Ronnie Herel Presents Neo Soul Sessions Vol. 1

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Long-time ambassador of Black Music in the UK, club and radio DJ Ronnie Herel presents Neo Soul Sessions Vol. 1, his debut compilation for BBE Music.

Cutting his teeth on the 80’s and 90s club scene in London, MOBO nominated DJ and producer Ronnie Herel has been a powerful champion of high-quality soulful music in the UK for over 3 decades. One of BBC Radio 1Xtra’s first signings, Ronnie went on to scout talent for TV show‚ The Voice’ before finding a new home as head of music at internationally renowned station Mi Soul.

Offering up a meticulously selected selection of hip-hop soul gems, Ronnie Herel’s Neo Soul Sessions Vol. 1 shines a light on a number of incredible artists, singers, songwriters, musicians and producers who find themselves in the netherworld between ‘underground’ and ‘overground’: too accomplished to fall into the former category, yet not ‘mainstream’ enough to fall into the latter. “The fact is” says Herel, “there’s a whole world of smokin’ grooves out there that most of the time gets overlooked for radio playlists; the powers-that- be opting for the more manufactured, purpose-built mainstream record.”

Featuring UK talents Omar, Etta Bond, Children of Zeus and Terri Walker alongside US heroes Foreign Exchange, Phonte, Erro and the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff, this collection delivers the very best in contemporary soul from both sides of the Atlantic.

“The words, thoughts, production, love and hard work these artists put into their music is clear for you to hear. Hopefully you will have made some new discoveries and will continue explore their music beyond this compilation. I hope there will be many more volumes to come, but we need your support and the artists need your support for that to happen, so tell everyone about this, and enjoy!” – Ronnie Herel

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released October 9, 2020

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Sometime after the Universal Robot Band and sometime before where we are now, a pair of DJ/promoter/whatevers, Pete Adarkwah and Ben Jolly, ran a successful club night named after our eponymous song, playing a joyful mix of all they considered good. 'Wouldn't it be fun,' they mused, 'To release some of these tunes?' And so BBE (Barely Breaking Even) was born. ... more

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