Robbie Vincent

  • ABOUT US

    The Electric Soul show - www.electricsoulshow.com is a Radio/Internet Radio show that is geared towards playing different and varing styles of contemporary black music ranging from Soul music to Jazz Music,from Raregrooves to HipHop music and from Urban Gospel music to Soulful House music. Disco, Lovers Rock Reggae and Funk music are also played on show whenever there is time to fit them in.

    Please click on the show's opening Radio Jingle that you may have heard of before.

    The idea of the Electric Soul Show was created by Dj Mistri who is still in charge of the operation which is based here within Ipswich Town, England. He envisaged a dream of playing a variety of black music styles that could entertain, educate on some occaisions and at the same time break down snobbery that exists in regards to listening to music in general.

    The show is a regular listen to many peoples of Ipswich Town, England as well as having a huge International audience at the same time. The music's played on the show is very varied indeed which can take the listener on a journey that can make the listener feel sad in one instance, then on the very next song/track played can make you/the listener feel like you are just 16 years old all over again.

    Listening to the Electric Soul Show

    The shows motto is "From the streets of  Ipswich to the whole wide world".

    Dj Mistri, was born and bred within Ipswich Town, England and has been buying music since the age of 14 years old. However, Dj Mistri (Ipswich) fell in love with music from about the age of 8 years old, after being forced to listen to  to "music under the bedcovers" at that time of his life.

    Via being forced to do this he found out about and fell in love with UK Radio dj's of the time such as Tony Price (England)and Robbie Vincent (England) via these "music under the bedcovers sessions".

     

    From then Dj Mistri decided on becoming a record collector. Buying anything that his ears liked. Eventually after time Dj Mistri appeared on the pirate station called Flex Fm here in Ipswich town, England, then eventually moving onto the Ipswich Community Radio - Ipswich town, England.

     

    The Electric Soul Show is an enthusiactic supporter of new artist/s with new musical material; as well as established artists with new musicial material. We do like to support these type of artist/s with their single releases.

    We like to support New Artists, but you have listen to the show first.

    However, if both of these artists have an pending album, ep or mixtape coming out, and would like for that to be promoted by the Website and the Radio show it iself then please let us know. Talk to us about this or other products or services that you might like to get exposed.

     

    It is not only about the Music artists themselves that we are only concerned about;  we are also interested in talking to Record Labels, other Music related business or  Music websites in regards to this proposition as well. We want to help you. And we are not just saying this.

    Remember the Electric Soul show can be listnened to via a Desktop Computer, Mobile Phone, Laptop and Tablet Style Computer any time of the day or night.

    Recording a music album in a music recording studio

    If you would like to get  in contact with me about anything that I have mentioned above please contact me via - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can discuss about this further.

     

     

  • If it moves, Funk it - The Radio Catchphrase from the Uk Legendary Dj/Radio Broadcaster - Robbie Vincent

    He is catch phrase was and will always be - “If it moves Funk it”.

    The Legendary Robbie Vincent = 2015 

    For a number of us over here in the Uk. As soon as we hear this catchphrase It means only one person and one thing; and that person is Robbie Vincent.

    Robbie is originally from the county of Suffolk, here in England where I am based actually.

    In fact he was born on the 9thJune, 1947 within the town of Felixstowe, Suffolk, here in England; which is about 11 miles from my home town which Ipswich Town, the county of town of Suffolk, England.

    Within the Usa however; and especially around the New York Area of the Usa (late 1970’s and early 1980's). We know that you had a Dj/Radio personality of around the same time that had the same special pull and or special relationship with music lovers of Soul, Funk and Jazz .

    That persons name was Frankie Crocker; and his nickname that he was known by was as “The Chief Rocker” or “Hollywood”.

    He was so influential within the Music industry (within the Usa) as a Radio dj/personality and as a music selector; especially around the time that these legendary clubs were running as well. Studio 54 and the Paradise Garage.

    That both Dj and the clubs mentioned above became national news items to the nation around the country of the USA.

    Probably the only other Dj at the time that could match him at that time would have been Larry Levan (the main club dj for the world famous Paradise Garage club, in New York, Usa).

    Probably the greatest ever club DJ that ever did it - Larry Levan 

    Larry Levanwas a club Dj, and Frankie Crocker was a Radio/DJ (WBLS-FM – New York, Usa). Both had tremendous pull within the world of Soul, Disco and Funk music scenes.

    It has been well reported that Frankie Crokerduring the height of the Disco boom  - when Studio 54 nightclubwas at the height of its popularity. Crocker rode in through the front entrance of the nightclub on a White Stallion.

    In the studio, before he left for the day, Crocker would light a candle and invite female listeners to enjoy a candlelight bath with him.

    He signed off the air each night to the tune "Moodys Mood for love" by vocalese crooner King Pleasure. Crocker, a native of Buffalo, coined the phrase "URBAN CONTEMPORARY" in the 1970s, a label for the eclecticmix of songs that he played.

    Frankie is credited with introducing as many as 30 new artists to the mainstream, including Manu Dibango's - "Soul Makossa" to American audiences.

    While both Gary Bryd  and Herb Hamlett were influenced by Crocker, it is only Hamlett who always attributes his success to his mentor in Buffalo, Frankie Crocker.

    In October 2000, Crocker went into a Miami area hospital for several weeks. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and kept the illness a secret from his friends and even from his mother. He died on Saturday, October 21, 2000.

    For us within the Uk. Well, within the southern part of the Uk that is. Robbie Vincent’s (“If it moves Funk it” catchphrase)  meant we were NOW going to hear quality radio that would feature the latest Funk, Soul and Jazz/Funk releases from the Usa, Brazil and Japan.

    If it moves funk it  - THE FAMOUS CATCHPHRASE FOR - ROBBIE VINCENT

    No Robbie he didn’t ride into the nightclubs on any White horse such as “Flicks” in Dartford and the Goldmine' in Essex. But his music influence was just as legendary.

    Being born, bred (Dj Mistri) and situated myself within the town of Ipswich, here in England. Getting hold of the numerous London Pirate radio stations that were in abundance at the time (1980’s) in London was a no go for me and many others that lived my part of the world at that time.

    Robbie Vincent via his Radio show on Radio London, offered many of us Soul, Jazz and funk fans the ability to hear the latest releases before them came out on vinyl. It may not mean anything today generation in regards to being able to hear tracks like what was mentioned above on your Mobile Phone as standard.

    However, for many of us this show was a god send at that time. It really was. Pen at the ready, you made sure that the Radio had a good supply of batteries. You put the Radio to the Window, or the best place in the house so that you can get the best Radio reception.

    Robbie Vincent was so upfront with his tunes and album releases which he sourced  from the Usa, Brazil and Japan in regards to Soul, Jazz, Funk and Brazilian Jazz Funk; that you had to make sure that you got those music titles down – quickly and precisely.

    As when you visited your local record shop you would bombard the hell out the Shop assistant with list that you had in your hand.

    More often then not they didn’t have them. So a trip to London would have to be arranged. Such was the level of upfront tunes that he was playing that you your record bill could come to £100 pounds sterling, each visit (which was a lot of money to be spening on vinyl records at that time). And in those days single 12inch records come cost you £6 pounds, or albums up to £20 pounds!

    I managed to catch the show for the first time during the year of 1980 during the lunch time period. I could only get about 40 minutes of the show due to the Radio reception would fade and you would no longer be able to hear the show.

    Robbie Vincent's Saturday Show broadcast in the early 1980's on Radio London had a cult following. It must be said. Most people when you visited London in that period of time were listening to the show.

    Below is part of his show that he devote to Jazz and Jazz.Funk and Jazz/Fusion within the early 1980's - Please click the You tube Video below!!

    Something that I did myself and have now found out other fans of the show were doing the same. We were all making Pirate Radio cassettes of his show (Robbie Vincent) each and every week.

    However, for myself I have lost those tapes now. I just can’t find them. I still shake my head about this even today. As I know some of those tunes that he played will be lost for ever especially those obscure Brazilian Jazz Funk tracks and Japanese Jazz/ Funk albums details from the early 1980’s

    I have found out that many fans of the show made Pirate tape (c90) cassette recordings of the shows week after week, which was on aired from 11:30 amto 2 pm.

    Robbie show that included these promos and new releases would become club dance floor anthems that filled dance-floors from Flicks in Dartford to The Goldmine in Canvey Island.

    Robbie would play a selection of UK and US Imports, thus strengthening the sales and reach of the sales both in London and further afield.

    Such was the show's cult listening habit that many fans would travel to locations within the Uk where even the weakest signal of BBC Radio London could be received – these locations included High Wycombe, Marlow, Luton, Dunstable and even just east of Guildford.

    His Saturday show in 1983 progressed to include a Fusion Jazz 40 (which often would mirror the Fusion Few Chart in Blues and Soul magazine).  I loved this part of the show so much, however it used to drive me crazy, as the Radio frequency always started to fade out. This resulted in me try to extend the aerial or running up and down the house to try and get a better reception for the show.

    Robbie Vincent's  importance to the scene of Soul, Funk and Jazz music scene within the Uk was that several import 12" singles and albums would not have been officially released in the UK without HIS influence.

    Some of albums or tracks from these artists included Maze feat Frankie Beverley, Brass Construction, Tania Marie, Earl Klugh, and Alfie Silas.

    Below is the 1st Uk Radio Interview for Maze - done by Robbie Vincent (1982) - Part 1

    For instance the first official playing of Lionel Richie's All night Longwas by Robbie Vincent on his Saturday Show in Autumn 1983 as a promo, well ahead of the Richie's album - Can't slow Down.

    Occasionally, the Saturday Show standard format would be held over for Robbie's popular "All Winners Show" where the fans would choose the tracks to be played.

    On this occasion during the 12th October 1982, one such All Winners Show unearthed a long lost jazz funk band called Prnce Charles and the City Beat Bandand within weeks, their song 'In The Streets' was re-released in the UK. The band went on to have a renewed career in the next few years and UK hits.

    On the same show, The Tramps'Soul Bones' was played resulting in a scurry to find deleted copies of this forgotten soul classic. On the same show, a composite of Merry Clayton's 'When The World Turns Blue', John Klemmers 'Adventures in Paradise' and Teena Marie's 'Portuguese Love' was a sequence which has remained as a memorable highlight.

    Other notable successes down to Robbie Vincent's work include Gilberto Giland Sadao Watanbe. Robbie was also first to play Teena Marie's comeback recording in 1983 called 'Fix It' following her signing from Motown Records to Epic.

    Careers previously restricted to the US and Latin America were given prime exposure on Robbie Vincent's Saturday Show notably, Phyllis Hyman, Angela Bofill and Brenda Russell.

    Below is the 1st Uk Radio Interview for Maze - done by Robbie Vincent (1982) - Part 2

    Robbie supported Uk acts such as Second Image, I-Level, and early 12" Singles from Loose Ends.

    In fact during 1981, Robbie became manager of UK Soul Funk band, Second image, securing record deals with Polydor record label and then in 1984, with MCA Records. He acted as their sole personal manager until the band split in 1986.

    It was a very exciting time for music much of it underground and unique to Caister all-weekenders and all-dayers.

    In spring 1983, Robbie Vincent played a 7" Single by unknown funk band here in the UK called - Mtume – the song 'Juicy Fruit' became a massive UK hit being released as an extended 12" single largely as a result of Robbie's pushing.

    It should not be underestimated the contribution to the UK Jazz Funk and Soul scene made by Robbie Vincent between 1979 – 1989, but in particular in the early 1980s.

    With Greg Edwards, Jeff Young, and other DJs, Robbie Vincent was part of both a soul revival as well as a massive move for commercial acceptance of Jazz-Funk.

    In addition, the mainstream Jazz movement, so often missed in the story, received an incredible boost thanks to unknown and new artists being given a media platform.

    Robbie Vincent and Roy Ayers

    More recent news of Robbie is that he is still doing what he does best which is his radio show along the same format.  However, during 29th November 2013, Robbie Vincent announced his decision to leave Jazz FM (UK)and was denied a final farewell show on the station following his announcement.

    This caused a stir within the Uk Radio world. As many though it cruel of Jazz Fm (Uk) to prevent him from saying goodbye to his listeners to his show.

    Like I mentioned that Robbie  is still going and can be found here - Robbie Vincent

    Well that all folks for me now anyway.

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  • Joyce - Aldeia De Ogum - What a tune

    Joyce - Aldeia De Ogum - What a tune

    I was checking my music boxes that I have stored in my loft. I have decided to look through the various music vinyl tracks and I came across artists from the country of Brazil. It was via this thought process that I came across an album that stopped me in my "tracks" so to speak as I flicking through them.

    The album was/is called "Feminina" by  the artist called Joyce released in 1980.

    "Feminina" by Joyce released in 1980

    As soon as I had that album in my hands I turned the album over to look for the track called "Aldeia De Ogum".

    What a track it was when it was released! It has always been my favourite. At the time everyone was going crazy for it when they first heard it as well, or if you were into the same type of music that I was at the time.  

    England at the time was going through a musical love affair with the music known as Jazz/Funk and Jazz Fusion as well with other musical styles.

    The music of Jazz/Funk or Jazz Fusion was dominating the dance floors of Englandat the time; and it was finding play on most of the

    Underground pirate radio stationsas well.

    The music that was being featured and was being bought heavily from the Uk music loving fans were from Usa Jazz/Funk artists such as Roy Ayers, Grover Washington Junior, George Benson, Herbie Hancock and Earth, Wind and Fire, etc etc.

    Also due to specialist Radio shows hosted by Dj personalities such as Robbie Vincent.

    We were also being pointed over to look at the growing Japanese Jazz Funk musical artists that were also making excellent material for us to purchase and obtain as well.

    However, the country of Brazil entered the fray with these artists - Azimuth, Tania Maria and this artist Joyce.

    Myself and the whole wide world will always know her as Joyce. However these days she goes by the name that is Joyce Morceno.

    In her musical life time Joyce, has written over 400 songs since she decided that a music career was for her.

    Joyce singing and playing the Guitar 2011

    Starting her career within the year 1968, Joyce has written and helped to produce over 40 Albums so far; and it seems she is not slowing down.

    If you have ever seen Joyce live on stage you will either see clutching a Microphone and singing into it. Or playing her own Guitar. Or better still singing and playing at the same time to a particular song.

    Nominated for 4 Latin Grammy awards already within her career, and achieving a Brazilian life time achievement award as well.  She is thought of fondly in Brazil.

    However, lets back to the single that stopped me in my tracks as mentioned previously. The single once again is called "Aldeia De Ogum" - released in 1980.

    And I have to say what a fantastic single it is. It is a Jazz Track and yet it is full of Brazilian musical influences.

    Those influences are Samba music; and a modern form of it at the time when this record was made as well.

    However, from the same album that is "Feminina" the single called "Clareana"was the first big hit from the album; and was well received within Brazil at the time.

    The single that is "Clareana"was originally composed as a lullaby for her two young children that she and her Husbandwere bringing up at the time.

    However, the next big hit from the album was "Aldeia De Ogum"and still stands the test of time.

    It states softly with the percussion instruments coming to the fore first, then the Rhythm guitar enter the fray; then the drums and then we are greeted with Joyce's voice.

    Sung in her native Portuguese language it makes the single sound even better in my opinion.

    For me it's when you hear the Rhythm guitar for the 1st time within the song that just makes you melt. Those very first guitar riffs and the Joyce voice that you hear then you know that it is going to be a great, great single.

    Please Listen to the single yourself and see if it has the same effect on you that it did all those years ago when I first heard it, early in 1980.

    Where ever you are in the world when the song gets up and running you feel by listening to it that you in the middle of summer.

    It is such a summer tune that you could be in the middle of winter and yet still feel that you are in the middle of summer.This song has that effect.

    Joyce is now in her mid 60's; however she is still contemplating taking on an extensive 2015 European tour.

    I have mentioned above earlier within this article that she has written already over 400 songs so far. But for me "Aldeia De Ogum"will always, always be the best song Joyceever composed.

    And another thing I will still always be calling her "Joyce". I still can't get used to calling her Joyce Morceno. She will always, always be known as Joyceto me.

    Well that all folks for me now anyway.

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  • Morning - Brazilian style - Manhã - estilo brasileiro

    Morning - Brazilian style - Manhã - estilo brasileiro

     

    Azymuth enjoying a joke together

     

    In my youth I got into Brazilian Music via listening to Radio Shows done by Dj's such as Robbie Vincent and Dave Brown here in England.

     

    They played big hits from back in the day from artists such as  Tania Marie and Giberto Gilfor instance that were pure class.

    I myself have already written a few articles already on this very website concerning Brazilian music - please do check them out.

     

    What I am about to tell you is about another article about another brilliant, brilliant piece of Brazilian music with has a lovely touch of jazz/funk music to the piece as well.

    The song in question is called "Manha" by the Brazilian group that is Ayumith.

     

    However, sad news reached us here within England and around the world when one of the founder members of the group - Jose Roberto Bertrami(keyboards) pased away within the year of 2012.

    (Born - February 21, 1946, Tatuí, São Paulo, Brazil and Died -July 8, 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

    He had been hospitalized for at least two months with liver failure.

     

    Bertramiwas the leader of ensemble that is Azymuth, one of the biggest and best-loved homegrown Brazilian groups.

    He with the other member of the band fused together Brazilian rhythms and textures withcontemporary American funk and jazz.

     

    For a number people who loves the Brazilian sound. They will state that the "Jazz Carnival"single was Azymuth's crowning glory.

    It was and will always be a treasure for all of us Jazz Funk music fansall over the world.I still have my copy (12 inch record) of the record after all those years in my loft someway.

     

     

    However, the track I love the most from Azymuth is the tune called "Manha".

    Its a wonderful, delicious track from Azymuth from all those years ago, and it still sounds great.

     

    The group that is Azymuthstarted their careers way back in early 1970's as a cover band.

    The original band members were - Jose Roberto Bertrami (keyboards), plus Alex Malheiros (bass, guitars), and Ivan Conti (drums, percussion)

     

    However the chief composer of the group was Jose Roberto Bertrami (keyboards). They were originally known as Grupo Seleção as a band.

    However when Marcos Valle, another giant within Brazilian music invited them to a record a sound track Lp as a tribute to the

     

    Former, Fomular one Racing driving hero from Brazil that was Emerson Fittipaldi; their fortunes changed. The actual recording that was released was called

    - O Fabuloso Fittipaldi  - on Phillips records (1973)

     

    One of those tracks on that recording (from the album that was  - O Fabuloso Fittipaldi  - on Phillips records- 1973which they made) was called "Azimuth".

     

    It was a great success with the music loving Brazilians at the time. It was after this success with the record; that the group

    asked Marcos Valle if they could use this name for the name for the band as well. He agreed and the rest is history as they say!!

     

    One of the original members of the band - Ariovaldo Contesini  and a major component of the band (Who was the bands percussionist) who has since died (within the mid 1970's)

    - by dying threw into the balance the band continued exsitence.

     

    Before he left however, Ariovaldomanaged to stay long enough to help produce Azymuth'sfirst, full,studio album recording that was called 

    'Linha Do Horizonte' on the Som Live Label (used in another novella)

     and then the worldwide release of the album of the same name that is - "Azimuth"(Polydor records) in 1975.

     

    After that album was recorded and released Ariovaldo Contesini eventually did leave the band.The records sales that followed the massive popularity of the programme allowed them to be put

    forward to release their first full LP..

     

    This LP featured other classics like Manha(a  huge standard on the London club scene at the time) and Faca De Conta. The unique Azymuthsound was born.

     

     Known within Brazil as Linha Do Horizonte on the Som Live Label. Known to the world as Azimuth (Polydor records) in 1975

     

    Their second album Aguia Nao Come Mosca was an even bigger success.It was also released within the USA and Japan on Atlantic Records, bringing Azymuth much welcomed international attention.This LP led to a world signing with the North American jazz label Milestone Records.

     

    To the band this was something of a total surprise as they were just playing their own music, which they saw as MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira)with a touch of jazz.

     

    During the year of 1979, Azymuth's first Milestone record release became one of their best-selling LPs via the label. It was to feature the worldwide disco/fusion hit single -  "Jazz Carnival".

     

    As a single, it sold over 500,000 internationallyand remained in the UK top 20 for eight weeks.

     

    Azymuth went on to record a string of albums on Milestone record label, establishing themselves as one the worlds great jazz bands.

    They played in the best jazz festivals and venues around the globe, and worked with other musicians like Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Deodato and Stevie Wondereven.

    In 1983 the three members of Azymuth started solo careers, whilst still recording collectively.

     

    However, the trios burgeoning solo commitments caused a heavy toll; and by 1987, Azymuth as a band had split.

     

    In 1995 Joe Davis from Far Out Recordings label was introduced to Azymuth, whilst on a recording project in Rio working with Brazils best jazz musicians.

    Instantly both Joe and Azymuth struck a common bond through the music that they loved; and not long afterwards, Joe asked them to record for his label.

     

    In 1996 the album Carnivalwas released, to excellent reviews and critical acclaim - a welcome return to the bands creative best.

     

    Since 1996 the Azymuth soundhas gone from strength to strength and has gained many new, younger fans across Europe.

    Through their energetic shows and especially through remixes by some of the most exciting producers around

    (Roni Size, 4 Hero, Jazzanova, Kenny Dope and Global Communications to name a few) theyve become an important force once again on the underground jazz scene.

     

    Their more recent releases for Far Out recordspays homage to the different styles they have created over the years, sprinkled with 100% new recordings. 

     

    Representing Azymuths fertile period of the late 70s and early 80s (when they would regularly sell in excess of 500,000 albums!)

    they welcome percussionists such as Cidinho Moreira and Chacal,

    to allow them to create the classic Azymuthsound as heard on Jazz Carnival, Partido Alto and Dear Limertz.

     

    However, the track I love the most from them is the tune called "Manha".

     

    Its a wonderful, delicious track from from all those years ago, and it still sounds immense.The title of the track is known as "Manha"- which to us in England,

    or the English speaking world means "Morning".

     

    If you do get to put this track on the during the first beat of the morning. Its the perfect waking up recordto start of the day. Have a listen and see how good it is. (I love it,but what do you think?)

    Well that all folks for me now anyway.

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