“Recognition” is a preview of THEESatisfaction’s new album, EarthEE. The song features frequent collaborators Shabazz Palaces and Seattle musician Erik Blood. EarthEE is the follow-up to 2012’s awE naturalE and you can pre-order it before the February 24th official release date.
Daily Archives: December 1, 2014
Prince surprised the crowd at The W Hotel in Hollywood and performed during Ryan Edgar and Nikki Leonti-Edgar’s set last night.
It’s been 3 decades combined since the members of The British Collective emerged and developed the canon of UK Black music. Junior Giscombe, Leee John, Omar Lye-Fook, Don-E and Noel McKoy were among the first generation of artists to successfully claim a unique soul identity inspired by their American heroes but proudly tied to their British roots. Their work spans from John’s days as a member of the ‘80’s dance group Imagination to Don E’s debut as a solo artist in the early ‘90’s.They created their own soul after the bluesy British Invasion and long before the current global fascination with Amy Winehouse, Adele and Sam Smith. And it was a meeting at Carl McIntosh’s birthday party that brought them together and became the catalyst for their music as The British Collective. The McIntosh event was a fitting place for the seeds of the group to be planted, considering McIntosh’s role in the beloved ‘80’s R&B band Loose Ends. Giscombe’s “Mama Used To Say” and “Too Late” from the ‘80’s reached out across the ocean and was so accepted in the United States that most fans thought he was an American. Pharrell Williams just added “Mama Used To Say” to the playlist for the NBA 2K15 video game. Leee John became a dance music icon as one-third of Imagination who made timeless club music spearheaded by their hits “Changes” and “Just An Illusion.” Noel McKoy established himself as a soul artist with his family in the late ‘80’s and later fronted The James Taylor Quartet. Don-E’s “Love Makes The World Go Round” made him a young solo star who later signed with D’Angelo’s label and worked with him on “So Cold.” Omar Lye-Fook’s 7-album discography often gets him labeled as the forefather of Neo Soul. In 2012 he was presented the MBE Award by Prince Charles. “Romantic” is the first song from their forthcoming album in the Spring. Junior Giscombe talked to Kickmag about The British Collective and the importance of substance returning to R&B.
“I think the culture toward R&B has changed, it has been watered down to the point that those who are making it today wouldn’t know where it came from originally”
How did The British Collective come together? And how did you pick the name?
We all met up at Carl McIntosh’s birthday bash about 2 years ago while Don-e was recording his Little Star album and suggested we get together on one of the tracks. It was a great idea, but how was it going to work? Everyone works constantly, how would we do it? Don suggested we all work from our own studios and send him the vocals and that’s how “Spiritual” our first collaboration came to be. We choose the name British Collective for what, to us, it represents, where we were born, who we are, British.
All of you are solo artists, was it hard for any of you to adjust to the group dynamic?
I think for us it’s not the normal scenario as we still work outside of BC. Our coming together live is incredible, up until we did at Koko’s a few weeks ago for Children In Need, we had no idea how each would react to being on stage together. It was magic.
What inspired “Romantic” and how did you all decide to make that the first song to spearhead the project? Who wrote it?
“Romantic” was written by BC, as too the album/CD we bring our own vibe to each song, then blend, then create. “Romantic” was inspired by the lack of it in the music we were hearing. We completed the song last year, it was one of the first songs we did and as the project went on we all seemed to come go back to it. “Romantic” had all the right ingredients and I think we made the right decision.
What was the idea behind the video?
The idea was born out of conversations with the rest of the team, Sam “Mama” Davis our stylist and video director and Diane Dunkley who manages the band. It was to be, simple, direct and to the point. No profanity, historic, a feeling of warmth that you only get when you’re being romantic.