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Every year the critics are ready to proclaim the death of soul music. Moaning to one another about the days when Curtis Mayfield, Barry White and Marvin Gaye once walked the earth like musical giants, sometimes they sleep when something fresh does co...
Inspired by Prince, Rufus, Miles Davis, Earth, Wind & Fire, Donny Hathaway, Sarah Vaughn, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, young Rahsaan was performing in his Pentecostal church choir by the age of 6. His talent and precociousness led his family to...
Multi instrumentalist, raconteur, jazz preacher, hipster sage, sightless seeker and American music legend. Words can only scratch the surface in describing the sheer force of human spirit that was Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Having passed away in 1977, th...
Hailing from South East London, Rainy Milo is the kind of artist that seems to slow time itself. From putting up her first track "Bout You" at the age of 15, which was snapped up almost immediately by Gilles Peterson for his 'Brownswood...
With three Supreme Beings of Leisure records under his belt and over 300,000 albums sold, Sakurai knows well both the heights and lows of the industry he's currently circumnavigating. Founded as Oversoul 7 in the mid-90s, the fledgling project shoppe...
Often it has been believed that RAMP actually stood for 'Roy Ayers Music Production', but bandleader and drummer John Manuel claims this: "The name actually refers to taking you on a journey, elevation, as in an on or up ramp, an access to another pl...
At a glance, he's a lot like any other guy you'd see in passing while going about your daily routine. A plain black t-shirt, jeans and Converse sneakers are the unassuming uniform of the unique, musical mind known as Randevyn, whose song delivery is ...
Since Saadiq's early days with the groundbreaking 80's soul trio Tony! Toni! Tone! the Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and record producer has carried the torch for old school R&B. In addition to releasing critically acclaimed solo albums lik...
One of the UK's best kept soul secrets, 21 year-old Rasiyah ('Ra-see-ya') has featured collaborating with Bugz in the Attic, DKD, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Restless Soul, Domu, Big Bang, IG Culture, Tomorrow's Warriors, Jazz Jamaica as well as live perform...
Raul Midón brings a vibrant sound steeped in classic soul to the pop arena, because pop is where a singer and a song can have the biggest and most widespread impact. When an envelope-pushing song becomes a pop hit, it shifts the entire musical...
Discovering her love for music at the prime age of four years old, RaVaughn began her solo performances in her parent’s living room for an audience of two but soon was cast in her first leading role in the musical “Annie.” It was on that stage ...
Born on Long Island in 1965, Ravi Coltrane is the second son of John and Alice Coltrane. His father (who recorded the landmark Blue Train for Blue Note in 1957) died when Ravi was only two. Alice, a renowned composer and pianist, raised Ravi o...
'Re-Bop: Savoy Jazz Remixed,' a reinterpretation of Savoy Classics by maverick producers in the hip hop and dance worlds....
Rebecca grew up in a chaotic single-parent household, with three brothers and two sisters; she used music as her escape. "I didn't have a very easy childhood to be honest and to get away from that I dreamt my life away; dreamt of singing." Even as sh...
Reunions of music groups can be tricky propositions. Some are clearly money grabs, while others are genuine. Classify Reflection Eternal's as the latter.

Reflection Eternal, the groundbreaking duo of rapper Talib Kweli and producer Hi-Tek, c...
In a clear, alluring voice that pulls you into the driving beat, Reni Lane sings,"There's a time, there's a place for us..." It is a fitting beginning to her debut album, and a strong step into the ring by a heavyweight pop contender, a

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Teaming up with legendary vibraphonist Roy Ayers, Renovation Unlimited puts forth the first single from their forthcoming album Mermaids. Lush, sophisticated and chic,...
Born in Accra, and raised in Wales, Ghana and India, Rhian grew up in a very musical environment. Her Welsh mother was an accomplished singer, and her father, an Ashanti naval officer, is a gifted guitarist. Rhian started playing piano at the age of ...
Birthed in November 1999, The Rhythm Roots Allstars began as the house band for the Rhythm Room, a Sunday night dance club that remained a weekly ritual for years at the Temple Bar in Los Angeles. Combining elements of funk, latin, calypsoul, electro...
Working out of New York City, Daniel Bagley AKA RhythmDB has written, co-produced and/or played keyboards on a slew of dance music tracks and remixes for artists including Michelle Weeks, Tonica, Rafaele Rivera, Amuka, DJ producers Chad Jack, and DJ ...
Rhythms Del Mundo Cuba: Features Last Ever Recording By Ibrahim Ferrer And Only Compilation Album To Include A Track By The Arctic Monkeys

On 13 November, Universal Music will release 'Rhythms Del Mundo', an exciting collaborative album, whi...
Graduate of USC Film School, Rian Johnson (Writer/Director) has been making movies since the seventh grade, but Brick is his first feature. He was honored with the Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision....
Ricardo Lemvo is a Congo-born artist of Angolan ancestry who grew up in Congo's capital of Kinshasa at a time when Cuban music and Congolese rumbas were the rage on the African continent. Lemvo's earliest musical influences were Congolese artists Fr...
Rich Medina is an accomplished Producer, DJ, Poet, and Personality on the underground music scene, worldwide. Connecting the dots between Hip Hop, Jazz, House, Spoken Word, Afro Beat and Bass Heavy Future Soul, "Big Rich" is ready to deliver one of t...
Born in the village of Minta in East Cameroon, Richard Bona grew up in a home filled with music. At the tender age of five, he started performing in public singing in the village church with his mother and four sisters. After moving from Cameroon to ...
The album 'Grand Slam' is suitably titled for the summer season and pulls together the key productions and remixes of Sunshine Recordings' Madrid de Los Austrias and G-Stone's Richard Dorfmeister (Kruder & Dorfmeister, Tosca) who have in recent years...
When Giant Step first began back in 1990, one of the regulars to the weekly club was a young chap from the UK named Richard Worth. Feeling inspired by the musical creativity at the club, he brought his flute and began to play alongside the DJ. Richar...
My name is Scott Thomas. My band is called Ringside. After reading the bio provided by my record company, I decided to write one myself. I am originally from Lafayette, California, a very conservative, sleepy town near Berkeley (where I usually claim...
Riz MC, author of the infamous internet cult-classic Post 9/11 Blues, and bold sophomore banger 'People Like People,' will be dropping his debut EP (read "mini-album") this May, entitled 'Confirm/Ignore,' on his own Battered Records imprint.

Igniting fires with righteous rastaman vibrations Rob Symeonn blends roots riddims with sweet, smoky vocals and an always uplifting message. Recording reggae music and satisfying fans is something Rob has done for over twenty years. Migrating from th...
Entertainer, showman, hit machine. At the age of only 31, Robbie Williams has already been a household name for 14 years, transforming from boy-band pin-up to the nation's favourite entertainer. For five years in Take That and the last ten years as a...
Growing up in Houston, Texas, Robert Glasper had a strong musical influence in his mother, who played piano and sang gospel music in church as well as in jazz and blues clubs in Houston. By the age of twelve, he was playing piano in church and often ...
Robert Randolph and the Family Band are ready to change your life, just as music changed that of this group...
Born in Los Angeles, Thicke grew up with an ear trained squarely at R&B and hip-hop. "I was listening to Kurtis Blow at 8, NWA at 12, Jodeci and Mary J. at 14 and Boyz II Men and Babyface soon after," Thicke says. "I didn't even listen to rock and ro...
Hailing from Sweden, Robyn was signed to a major label aged 15, had her first album out at 16 and had toured America before she was 20. While other teenagers were learning about who they were alongside their peers, Robyn spent her formative years sur...
Ghana's international music star Rocky Dawuni has leveraged his popularity within and without of the Continent to champion social causes and inspire a generation of artists and fans alike. Dawuni's eloquence as well as his successful melding of music...
Momentarily hailed as the finest recording artist of his generation, Rodriguez is often referred to as the greatest 70's US rock icon who never was. Jesus 'Sixto' Rodriguez was born and bred in Detroit, four blocks from the city center. He was influe...
AN IRISH ROVER (Introduction). I've moved around a bit since I was a kid. When I was twelve, my family moved to Manchester from Arklow, a small town in southern Ireland. My fa...
The Voice. Unlike any other, distinctive, clear, soulful. An eternal voice that has been the soundtrack for romance, passion and seduction in every sweet and sexy way. For a remarkable five decades, Ron Isley has been laying it down, as at home as th...
Ron Trent started spinning records in 1982. Hailing from Chicago, Ron's music career began at the early age of 14 when he produced a house-techno track called "Altered State" that later went on to become an underground classic in the dance scene in...
Roni started on the path of musical production when he was thrown out of school aged 16, but music had always been a part of his life. Roni was born and grew up at 'the top of the hill' a.k.a. St Andrew's, Bristol.

From the bottom of this h...
It was as a kid. Before I even knew what a soundsystem was. I was walking past Stockwell skateboard park and there was this sound being set up. They were probably just trying out their speakers. I was with my mum, holding my mum's hand. And I remembe...
There's something undeniably seductive about jazz music - its glamour, sexuality and earnest, soulful roots all appeal to a comfortable, old-fashioned musical sensibility. Yet singer/songwriter Rosey is one of the select few who sees one step beyond ...
Since emerging with a clutch of much-played tracks a couple of years ago, Route 94 has quietly yet forcefully established himself as a distinctive young figure in the house music scene. He caught the attention of his contemporaries after an initial c...
Roy Edward Ayers, Jr. was born in Los Angeles, CA on September 10, 1940. He comes by his affinity with music naturally, as his mother Ruby Ayers was a schoolteacher and local piano instructor and his father Roy Sr., a sometimes parking attendant and...
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Hypothesis: A three-man production outfit that write amazing, life-changing songs and then perform them live, to devastating effect with a nine-piece band. An outfit that create funked-up Jazz-Latin scores like Santana with Luke Vibert Controlling Fr...
Rudimental are a British electronic music quarte. The quartet consists of songwriters and producers Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden, Amir Amor (Amir Izadkhah) and DJ Locksmith (Leon Rolle). The group have released further singles since, including "Not Givin...
Rumer spent the early years of her life in Pakistan. Her father was the chief-engineer involved in the construction of the enormous Tarbela Dam, 30 miles to the northwest of Islamabad. Previously, the job had taken him, together with his young family...
From Glasgow......
In her 21 years, Rye Rye has lived more than most. Pulling herself up and out of the Baltimore projects by her own determination, wiling away hours in the city's all-ages club scene not to waste her time but to make something of her time. Semi...