‘This Is UK SOUL’ is a new collaborative event to showcase the best in British soul music.
Fresh from the release of their critically acclaimed second album ‘Seven Ways To Wonder’, ‘This Is UK SOUL’ is headlined by London’s finest soul collective Reel People.
“Reel People really know how to throw a party. A stormingly joyous and warm atmospheric performance.” Metro, on the Reel people live experience.
“The future of soul music”, concludes The Voice following their sold out Jazz Café show in February
Reel People’s appearance is made all the more special, as they hook up with UK soul legend OMAR, plus The Urban Soul Orchestra, both of whom featured on ‘Seven Ways To Wonder’.
Norman Jay needs little introduction, but to recap, the London based DJ has been a cornerstone of the Notting Hill Carnival for many years with his Good Times Soundsystem and even netted himself an MBE for his 'services to DJing and music'.
Critical acclaim for Reel People’s recent album, Seven Ways To Wonder
“Eminently listenable and beautifully played.” Sunday Express
“Another soulful masterpiece.” Irish Daily Star
“Oodles of club-savvy funk, jazz and broken beat rhythms: think cutting edge production combined with knowing retro flourishes.” Music Week
“Another UK soul classic.” Mixmag, urban album of the month
Reel People Biog
Hailing from London’s East End, Oli Lazarus spent three years of musical osmosis in Flying Records, a shop specialising in soulful dance music. After this grounding education and with very little song writing or studio experience under his belt, he produced Reel People’s debut single ‘Spiritual’. The entirely positive reception to his maiden voyage (plus a little help from production master Phil Asher and multi-instrumentalist Nathan Haines) helped spur him on to realise the lauded debut LP.
Oli and then partner Mike Patto set to it and in 2003 ‘Second Guess’ was released on Oli’s Papa Records label. The album was greatly received and led to the band being signed to Columbia Records in Japan, where they remain hugely popular, even supporting Herbie Hancock at the Tokyo Jazz Festival. In February 2006 the album was re-released on dance independent Defected Records. To enhance the new version, the guys penned the club classic ‘The Rain’ and the uber cool cover of Thelma Houston’s ‘You Used To Hold Me So Tight’. Accompanying this was a bonus disc of live versions which really showed off how the band had developed over the 3 years of touring ‘Second Guess’.
Live, Reel People have stormed auditoriums worldwide including week long stints at the famous Blue Note in Japan and Ronnie Scott’s in London. Other stand- out performances were delivered at The Southport Weekender, V Festival and T In The Park.