R.I.P. Aretha Franklin – A tribute to the Queen of Soul

R.I.P. Aretha Franklin – A tribute to the Queen of Soul

This week saw a truly legendary artist get a truly legendary send-off as the funeral of Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, took place in Detroit. Over the best part of nine hours, many of the great and good of soul music took turns to pay tribute in a ceremony dripping in gospel and heart, befitting a lady who began her singing career in the church. Of the numerous performances through the day from the likes of Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, and Ariana Grande, none were better than Gladys Knight’s fusing of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.61: Soul Power

The Tuesday Playlist No.61: Soul Power

This week we bring you 15 super soul performances from some of the greats! We’re big soul music lovers here at MVD and when it came to compiling this week’s playlist we realised that we were in a soulful mood. So dig The Spinners, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Sugar Pie Desanto, Sam & Dave and more besides…

New Reels: “River” by Leon Bridges

New Reels: “River” by Leon Bridges

Texan artist Leon Bridges finally releases the video for “River”, his first single from debut album Coming Home and shows all of us why it was he went viral on Spotify last year. River – Leon Bridges   This soul and gospel singer transcends genres with his acoustic gitar and gentle strumming, while he sings about remorse and wanting to go back home (Heaven, the Lord)…and though a strange lyrics to become viral when what we usually hear on the radio is a tad more mundane) we love that this young artist has made a space for himself in today´s music world. And there Read more »

New Reels: “Trap Tears” by Raury

New Reels: “Trap Tears” by Raury

Raury first came to our attention when he went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert wearing an “I Love Mexico” t-shirt with Donald Trump´s name crossed out on the back and made all of us fall in love with him and his obvious talent. It was a great “silent” protest against Trump, and as he said so himself “Trump embodies separation, solving problems with anger, fear, and personal differences. I’m all about the opposite, about being inclusive and open.” We couldn’t agree with him more. Well, fortunately this 19 year old is here to stay by the looks and sound Read more »

The Commitments: Soul Music to lift you above the shite.

The Commitments: Soul Music to lift you above the shite.

“The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. And the Northside Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin. So say it once and say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud” Jimmy Rabbitte A movie and a soundtrack that took over the world in 1991, and that, 20 years later, would reunite the actors for a tour around Ireland and in the UK. The Commitments is a comedy – drama. Though I have to say that having watched it again to write this post, it is really hilarious. The movie, directed by genius Alan Parker, who Read more »

Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse´s confessional, soulful, intimate and heartbreak anthem album that is “Back to Black”. Amy Winehouse´s second and final studio album gives us a glimpse into the short life and brilliant musician and sensitive soul that she was. Back To Black – Amy Winehouse   Amy Jade was an English singer and songwriter, sadly now a part of the 27 Club.  Since her debut album “Frank” she gained  critical success with her music showing influences of soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Amy was also known for her struggles with alcohol and drug abuse, bulimia, mental health issues and sometimes violent behavior. Read more »

What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye

What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye

MVD presents The Albums, a whole new section which we are launching with a look at Marvin Gaye’s classic ‘What’s Going On’ lp. So, we here at MVD have been doing ‘The Singles’ for a while now, a category that basically allows us to cover the good, the bad, the ugly, the old, the new, the borrowed, the blue etc… in a completely random manner that looks like some kind of agenda or plan. Now we love singles, 3 or 4 minutes of pure musical nirvana, but we are also both of an age where as we were growing up Read more »

New Reels: ‘The Answer’ by Joss Stone

New Reels: ‘The Answer’ by Joss Stone

Britain has produced a steady stream of big-voiced, soulful female singers in the last decade or so, from Amy Winehouse to Duffy, Adele to Paloma Faith and more. Stone was where this stream began though, and her debut lp The Soul Sessions, released in 2003 when she was just 16 years old and made with a legendary line-up of soul artists, seemed to herald the arrival of a major artist who was capable of fusing retro influences with a wholly contemporary edge. And then along came the aforementioned Winehouse et al… and some of her thunder seemed to have been Read more »

Unsung Figures No.5: Terry Reid

Unsung Figures No.5: Terry Reid

We take a look at the life and career of a singer and songwriter who had things turned out differently could have fronted either of two of the biggest rock bands of the 70’s. I’m not sure it’s fair or even accurate to call Terry Reid one of the unluckiest men in rock music. Here is a man who recorded his first album as a teenager, toured America as a headliner not long after, has worked with, toured with, and befriended everyone from the Rolling Stones to CSNY, from Jackson Browne to Bonnie Raitt. And yet the feeling that pervades Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: ‘Try a Little Tenderness’ by Otis Redding

Unforgettable Live Performances: ‘Try a Little Tenderness’ by Otis Redding

In this installment of our series on memorable or special live performances we take a look at the final performance of a man many call the greatest soul singer of all time. There are certain singers who have something that many others would love: an instantly recognizable voice. Otis Redding is one of those. His voice transcends countries, generations and will always be one of the best male voices ever.   It is still hard to wrap my head around the fact that he was only 26 years old when he died in a plane crash on the way to Read more »