SoulCuts Advent Calendar Day 6 – Another Wah Wah Christmas EP

6 12 2010

Ho! Ho! Ho! those lovely folks at Wah Wah have unleashed another assault on the festive songbook with this nice three track EP fresh out for Yuletide! Scrimshire’s take on Donny’s This Christmas ticks all the elaborately festooned seasonal boxes while the label’s first lady, Stac, comes through with a characteristically soulful performance on the stripped back, bluesy take on the Phil Spector / Darlene Love classic, Please Come Home. The EP rounds out with pianist Stephen McCleery’s superb melancholic, Keith Jarrett styled, take on the classic Christmas tune, We Three Kings. It’s an exceptional, moving version of the song that will be played chez SoulCuts throughout the entire season.

All proceeds from the EP will go to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. And for two of your British pounds, this EP is undoubtedly the physical manifestation of the spirit of Christmas. Well done Wah Wah! (Again!) Click on the player above to buy a copy!


Waht (sic) a Giveaway! Wah Wah 45s Put on a Right Old Show!

16 11 2010

One of our favourite labels, the funky and British-as-a-cup-of-tea, Wah Wah 45s has decided to give us lucky punters some smashing ditties for nothing but a wink and a smile. Whipping up excitement for their upcoming celebration at the Scala, this new EP combines brassy funk from the Hackney Colliery Band, a scrumptious slab of dub from Resonators and the shockingly deep and dope exclusive Greymatter remix of Stac’s Glory from one of our favourite albums of the year, Turn That Light Out (A remix album is due by the end of the month! Yikes!). Friends, lend me your ears:

Their Live at the Scala event in smelly old London promises to be a night sure to warm you to the bones. With a line-up that includes Quantic, The Unabombers, Hackney Colliery Band, Stac, The Simonsound and tons more goodness, all roads lead to the Scala on 27th November! Read more about this amazing event right here.

Pop over to the Wah Wah 45s Bandcamp site to get your mitts on this sweet as Turkish Delight EP before grabbing some tickets for the 27th right here.

STAC – Turn That Light Out – Review

22 07 2010

I’ve been trying to write a review of Stac’s Turn That Light Out for the past couple of weeks. I jot some ideas down, write a paragraph or two and then take another listen, and before I know it I’m lost in the music again.

I just can’t express how special this album sounds to me. I suppose its a bit of a cop out, or perhaps I’m just a lazy bastard, but sometimes writing about music just doesn’t do the listening justice. And to further complicate matters, I saw Stac and her band perform live at Flowmotion Live the other week. It was pretty much super, but left me scratching my head once again as to how to describe such a unique sound and artist.

If I must write anything about Stac’s debut album, it will be this: Turn that Light Out is a brave, unpretentious album with a stronger sense of identity than any British soul album of the past five years. It deserves to be heard far and wide. I may even invest in a public address system, strap it to the top of my Focus and blast it around the estates until all are converted, or I get knifed.

It’s accessible and adventurous, with delicate instrumentation enveloping jazz, folk and soul into the perfect backdrop for Stac’s fairly amazing vocal arrangements and captivating lyrics. But don’t take my word for it, have a listen right here:

It’s pretty much all killer, no filler, but standouts include the reggae-tinged Strainger, the stirring folk-soul of Head On Me, the jazzy vibes of All or Nothing and the just wonderful Glory.

Turn That Light Out is a fresh, soul-drenched album that hangs together beautifully, heralding the arrival of a shining new talent with oodles of promise.

And here’s where you can buy it: You know it makes sense. Tell ‘em SoulCuts sent ya!