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JAMES WILSON’S Year End REVIEW OF 2023

It’s that time of year again, another annual review of the music that stood out. There have been some outstanding releases, but not as over-flowing as in recent years. There are thoughts and reasons, but let’s not talk about them. Instead, let us celebrate the superb winners that reflected my love for independent and unsigned […]

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Smoove and Turrell brings us songs of joy with their album ‘Red Ellen’

The North East’s Smoove and Turrell return with their seventh (studio) album, Red Ellen. You don’t see many modern-day artists/bands release as many albums as this nowadays, it’s a credit to the calibre of music and their loyal fanbase. They have come a long way since their debut single, “I Can’t Give You Up”. The […]

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Danny Toeman is having a funking good time with ‘Shake the Blues (Outta Your Shoes)’

Danny Toeman is an artist who bleeds soul and funk. His musical talents and influences are clear to hear throughout his releases, especially with the funky goodness of “If What You Say is What You Mean”. But, he slows things down to create some wonderful tender moments, as “She’s Got Something About Her” can testify. […]

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IBG CONTRIBUTOR JAMES WILSON’S TOP 5 RELEASES OF 2020

It’s easy to say that 2020 will be a year not easily forgotten. For many, music has been a massive help to get people through these challenging times. As much as it has been tough for musicians too, we would like to thank them for creating songs that have been a support throughout it all.  […]

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Danny Toeman Asks ‘If What You Say Is What You Mean’ With His Latest Release

London’s own Danny Toeman has gained the reputation of a showman thanks to his live performances. Blending funk, R&B and soul to create his own version of a modern-day Soul Man. He can effortlessly switch from uptempo funky tunes to slow emotional moments. No matter the sound, his voice continues to stand out and match […]

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SMOOVE AND TURRELL BRING THE DANCE FLOOR GROOVES WITH ‘STRATOS BLEU’

Smoove and Turrell are back with their new album Stratos Bleu. Since their debut release (Antique Soul, 2009) they have carved themselves the reputation of a hard-working band bringing their own mixture of soul and funk. However, this time they want to offer something a little different to what fans have come to expect.  Stratos […]

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EDDY SMITH AND THE 507 GET SOULFUL WITH THEIR TWO PART EP ‘A LITTLE TOO LATE’

Over the last few years, there has been a growing buzz about the band Eddy Smith and the 507. They have been captivating audiences with their energetic showmanship as well as their soulful side. It is clear to hear that they have been influenced by the likes of Joe Cocker, The Rolling Stones and Aretha […]