Word of 3 new 45 releases from Sonic Wax
HAMISH STUART - MIDNIGHT RUSH - IT IS WHAT IT IS - SONIC WAX 019 PROMO - £10
Glasgow born singer songwriter guitarist and producer, Hamish Stuart is best known for his 10 years as frontman with the Average White Band from 1972 to 1982. He has gone on to work with artists of the highest calibre such as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and David Sanborn. He has written hit songs for Diana Ross, George Benson, Atlantic Starr and Chaka Khan to name a few.
After spending some time in Paul McCartney's band he recorded his first solo album "Sooner or Later" in 1999. The album includes the tracks "Midnight Rush" and "It Is What Is". "Midnight Rush" was co-written by Hamish Stuart, Richard Bull and Jean-Paul Maunick (of Incognito fame). "It Is What It Is" was co-written by Hamish Stuart, Richard Darbyshire (of Living in a Box) and Frank Musker (Novello award winner).
Grant Sullivan "12 Shades of Fantasy" is a prolific music producer, re-mixer and DJ. Grant has been producing high-quality dance music consistently since putting out his first tracks in 1992.
Paul Redfern "Redfunk" is a DJ, radio presenter and self-confessed Average White Band nut and Hamish Stuart fan.
Together they are 12 Shades 'n' Redfunk. The pair met a couple of years ago and share a love of all things funk and soul. Grant invited Paul to take some tracks into The Utility Studios to do some mixes. Two of the tracks chosen were "Midnight Rush" and "It I s What It Is". A soulful house groove was agreed on for "Midnight Rush" and a groove similar to Nu Colours "Special Kinda Lover" for "It Is What It Is".
When complete the mixes were sent to Hamish Stuart who liked them so much he is planning to add them to his live set in the re-mix style!
TONY HESTER - IM GONNA LOVE YOU - SONIC WAX 020 PROMO - £10
Born Anthony Hester in 1949 on New Years Eve a true soul music genius was born.
Tony attended McComb College for two years on the east side of Detroit but quit to pursue his musical passion and start writing songs from his mothers basement on a old piano.
By the time Tony was 14, he had his first record recoded by the Marvelettes: "A Little Bit of Sympathy," the flip side of "You're My Remedy."
Motown then asked Tony to sign with them for 7 years but Tony declined as he did not want to be tied into a contract that long.
Later on in his career he was asked once again to join a major label; this time it was Golden World and that later sold to Motown. Once again Tony refused, as he liked to do his own thing like hanging around Hitsville and taking the bus around Detroit.
Sadly in 1980, at the age of 30, Tony was gunned down and robbed but Tony had struggled with drug addition most of his life and who knows what really happened that day; the soul world lost a true legend.
Tony had a true talent for writing soul music and singing and worked with everyone who was anyone in Detroit like The Dells, The Dramatics and the list goes on and on.
So enjoy this lost gem from the latter part of his career, as it's a true crossover masterpiece
PAT LEWIS - WATCH OUT - SONIC WAX 021 PROMO - £10
Soul Singer Pat Lewis was born on the East Coast in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. In 1951 at the age of 4 Pat left her small town behind and moved to the US's largest City; Detroit, Michigan.
The early 60s marked the beginning of Pat's career; at a point when soul gurus like Aretha Franklin were still icons to look upon. It was during the turn of the decade that The Adorables were formed, a group that consisted of Pat, her sister Dianne and two friends, Betty and Jackie Winston. The Adorables were quickly signed up by Global World Records as a backing singer quartet.
In 1966 Pat made her debut as a solo artist with Can't Shake It Loose as well as outside backing vocal sessions. She got to know The Andantes -the in-house backing group for Motown Records and through this connection & a timely turn of events found herself singing backing for Stevie Wonder's Up Tight! Paving the way to a number of Motown Records sessions.
Following her success Pat signed up to Solid Hit Bound Records and released a range of singles, including No One to love, The Loser and Look At What I Almost Missed. By the end of the 60s Pat had become a permanent backing singer for Aretha Franklin & Isaac Hayes and following on: George Clinton.
As well as writing a number of songs for Isaac Hayes, Pat became a well-recognized voice within Soul music. Recording over 50 numbers with the re-formed The Andantes where instead of stand-in she became the lead singer. In 1991 she co-wrote Separation with Ian Levine, which was labeled single of the week by Britain's Soul magazine Blues & Soul. Pat continued to work regularly with Ian Levine and in 1997 she recorded over 50 cover versions of Northern Soul and Motown classics. A couple of years later she recorded 76 gospel tracks with Ian Levine for K-Tel.
Pat Lewis has continued to share her Soul singing talents throughout the decades; her most recent performance was in 2007 when she performed in Manchester (UK) with The Vandellas, And had a record out on Sonic Wax called "Loves Creeping Up On Me" in 2011 She currently has been touring the uk on the northern soul scene.
Here we have one of the last lost soul recordings by her that has been remastered and has now make it on to vinyl after being lost for decades. The track is called "Watch Out" and is a pounding 60s northern dancer that will be a big record at the all-nighters I am sure.
The Pat Lewis and Tony Hester Is Licensed From Tuff City America
The Hamish Stuart Is Licensed From His Label and himself direct