Frida Touray, Never Mine, E2 Music ***

Track of the day and new in the One Love spot - introducing the fine vocals of Frida Touray, a long-time backing singer for Lianne la Havas, whose appealing slow dance of a song 'Never Mine' while not jazz at all is more a persuasive, nuanced, …

Published: 8 Jul 2022. Updated: 33 days.

Track of the day and new in the One Love spot - introducing the fine vocals of Frida Touray, a long-time backing singer for Lianne la Havas, whose appealing slow dance of a song 'Never Mine' while not jazz at all is more a persuasive, nuanced, soul-pop number that you might hear on a commercial radio station and one that stylistically would fit seamlessly with Emeli Sandé in a playlist. The Swede's EP Mending from which the song is drawn was produced by Snowpoet's Chris Hyson and is out on 22 July. Londoner Touray describes the release as “a creative choice to be as honest and vulnerable I could be, without thinking about it - having to be edgy or cool sounding.''

Frida Touray, photo: press shot

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Chris Doherty, Pure Lured ***

The main portions of the piece build on a sax riff, the keys grooving back in response in a 1970s manner. So, a solo from fine player Meilana Gillard is one talking point. Notable too is a guitar response from Joseph Leighton who trades licks with …

Published: 8 Jul 2022. Updated: 33 days.

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The main portions of the piece build on a sax riff, the keys grooving back in response in a 1970s manner. So, a solo from fine player Meilana Gillard is one talking point. Notable too is a guitar response from Joseph Leighton who trades licks with Meilana.

Leighton, once a student of the stimulating Austrian guitarist Hannes ''Grim Reaper'' Riepler, certainly adds a Peter Bernstein-like inventive scalar sweep to the track as the changes in the bass guitar line unfold to modulate and communicate harmonically with Meilana's aching solo.

'Pure Lured' - a Derry-ism for ''very happy'' - introduces Derry bass guitarist Chris Doherty who meshes very well here with keyboardist Neil Burns who is significant throughout the track, while drummer John Goodman keeps rugged time as the tune switches eventually back to the main theme. Drawn from Wise Up Wee Boy out on 16 September. Chris Doherty, photo: press

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