Following a packed out performance as part of London Jazz Festival 2016, it’s time for Vocal Rumbles round two… Matthews Vs. Watkiss, the rematch!
Vocal Rumbles is a unique collaboration between artists Randolph Matthews and Cleveland Watkiss. This performance battle brings together two heavyweight vocal voyagers. In the blue corner: Cleveland “Thunderbolt” Watkiss, London Jazz Awards Vocalist of the Year, who’s worked with Bob Dylan and The Who. In the red corner: Randolph “Hurricane” Matthews, revolutionary combiner of jazz, blues and folk, who’s worked with Plan B and Grace Jones.
With the theatrical energy of a top-of-the-bill title fight, a deep-rooted musical soul and two truly unique vocal talents unleashing loops, back beats and mesmerising ring craft, Vocal Rumbles is a set to be a Hideaway Box Office hit!
A night of serious groove from an amazing vocalist who has been ‘the voice’ of four Incognito albums, toured, recorded and collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry (Sting, Brenda Russell, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Billy Ocean and Noel Gallagher) and who continues to deliver great soulful cuts in her own right.
“When Joy Rose joined Sting for a duet she sang with such power and conviction that one could wonder why she did not sing on Sting’s album instead of Mary J Blige. She knocked the audience dead and got a standing ovation” The Current
“Joy Rose… is simply breathtaking” SmoothJazzNow
Joy Rose’s remarkable vocal talents have been surfing the waves of the music industry for a number of years. Moving to London from Birmingham at the tender age of 16, Joy’s talent was immediately spotted by record producer Rod Gammon who recorded her first single “Gimme the Funk” for Savage Records. In 1990 Joy became the lead singer for the group Mocca Soul and was the featured singer on the album Persistence of Memory. In 1991 Joy signed her first major recording deal with Talkin Loud Records. The label released a series of singles ‘Feed the Feeling’, ‘Guilty’, ‘Take U Higher’ and ‘Serious Love’. Joy then went on to record two albums with renowned jazz pianist Jason Rebello – Make It Real and Last Dance.
Just in time for the change of season, green-fingered newcomer William Florelle bares the beautiful blossom of some extremely capable handiwork on his debut EP, Two & Three. Gorgeously sewn and crafted grooves on a soft bedding of r&b, jazz and afro influences, the seven track project leaves others reaching hard for some light from under the shade of its towering bloom. It also couldn’t be in better hands releasing through one of our favourite labels, WotNot.
We’re pleased to be able to share with you the EP’s first track, a shuffling dance floor-ready groove, holding soulful tendencies through tender yet assured vocals from Lua. With even melodic instrumentation employed in only short percussive measures, Florelle keeps things moving throughout. A detail that cutely amplifies the huskiness and almost languid quality in Lua’s voice, refined even more under gritty distortion as she seduces you to the dance floor. Channelling a 22a vibe with distinct r&b flavours, we can’t get enough of this one.
WOT029 is released on vinyl 31st March and digitally on 7th April, grab a copy through all good record stores.
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