Songs of the Week: Curt Chambers, Melody Thornton, Lee Fields, Itz Redzz

Curt Chambers – Grass Is Greener

After years of peacocking around the stage at Eric Roberson gigs, Curt Chambers finally has a solo album.  He has long been one of the highlights of Eric Roberson’s live shows with supreme guitar skills, silky smooth husky vocals and a body woman just want to “breed”.  The lead single of his album (available for free from his website), Grass Is Greener, perfectly highlights his skills.  Strong vocals supported with strong guitar licks, all wrapped up soulfully.


Melody Thornton – The One That Got Away

When the Pussycat Dolls split up, it was inevitable the girls would go solo.  Whilst Nicole released an album which (as much as I liked it) felt a little like songs PCD had already penned but hadn’t gotten round to recording, the others seem to be taking a brave creative step away.

Melody’s brave footsteps may just be the best yet.  Her new music couldn’t be further from the PCD pop train and is all the better for it.  Her new EP (available for download here) is diverse, exciting and showcases a lady who is full of ideas and influences.

My favourite, from an EP brimming with highlights, is The One Who Got Away, where Melody takes it back to the 60s with an energetic and fun 4 minutes that requires an instant rewind.

Lee Fields and The Impressions – Faithful Man

Following along the path of Sharon Jones, Betty Wright and Charles Bradley is Lee Fields.  More super-powered soul music revisited for our generation.  Think James Brown, less funk and more soul.  This song is special and his album is special, atmospheric soul with string and trumpet and horn you could image thrown in!

He is also playing Islington Assembly Hall on Tuesday 3rd April.  Tickets can be obtained from here.  If your free on Tuesday, you really want to click that link.

Redzz feat. Leddra Chapman – Tables Turn

Leddra Chapman puts in a solid turn on Redzz’s latest track, Tables Turn.  The folk vocals blend perfectly to offset the grime undertones in Itz Redzz rapping. Great song that has been growing on me for a little while now.

On a side note, really upset last minute “stuff” meant I missed Leddra’s gig last week.  Very much looking forward to the next tour – hope it comes around soon!

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