Wednesday, 18 October 2017

'A little of the big stuff' by The Formellas

PRESS RELEASE

'A Little of the Big Stuff'

Performed by
THE FORMELLAS
Written by: Carl Dixon
Published by: Carl Dixon/CHD Publishing (PRS) © 2013 (P) 2017


The official release date is the 1st June 2017 and can be purchased from CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and all leading streaming services.




If you enjoy retro sounding mid 1970s soul, this new album release features no less than fourteen mixes to capture the spirit of disco music prevalent around that time. These productions have been carefully crafted with respect to a period that gave us the likes of Love Unlimited, The Three Degrees, The Sound of Philadelphia, The Salsoul Orchestra and MFSB. The instrumentation remains faithful to a more traditional style of arrangement from the days when sequencing and midi did not exist. Although using modern techniques to record these tracks, the essence of the music here still sounds organic and collaborative. The main influences for this music are the 1970s and particularly the Philly Sound. Nobody will ever recreate that music successfully without the musicians who made it and arrangers that so eloquently added their input to the songs in the first place. The likes of Bobby Eli, Earl Young, Vince Montana, T G Conway, Jimmie Williams, Phil Hurtt, Tony Bell, Larry Washington, Ronnie Baker, Norman Harris, Thom Bell, Richard Rome and Bobby Martin are a few names that come to mind, but there are so many other individuals responsible for that sound too numerous to mention. The writers, producers, musicians, arrangers and artists are greatly appreciated and are celebrated here with efforts to write and produce similarly.

This song was originally an instrumental released on the Bandtraxs album named 'Make five' and was merely a notion that one day lyrics would be written and vocals added. These are the fruits of that idea with studio recorded drums, horns, guitars and bass guitar. Studio pro’s in LA provided the horn and the female vocal tracks with LaTisha on lead and b/v's, whilst Bobby Eli recorded Jeff Leonard on drums in his ‘The Grooveyard’ studio in Philly on the main tracks of this album. From a trivia point of view, the Loft mixes are specifically with early looped drums I was experimenting with before I commissioned Philly studio drums. These are real drums professionally recorded for producers to use with their productions whether demos or commercial releases, but I wanted a real Philly groove on this hence Jeff Leonard's contribution. The Moss mixes are the original London drums by Simon Moss from the instrumental version of ALOTBS off the 'Make Five' album released previously, except this time accompanied by vocals and real instruments not recorded previously. Simon was the drummer with Manchester 80s group 'The Clouds'. The bass guitar by Gavin Morris is on all versions, also from Manchester.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Title: A little of the big stuff
Writers: Carl Dixon (PRS)
Artist: The Formellas
Label: Bandtraxs
Production: Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions
ISRC number: GBXNE1700031 to GBXNE1700044
This album version release: 1st April 2017
Recording location: Philadelphia, LA, Nashville and London
Original song incarnation 2013 and released on the album ‘Make five’ by Bandtraxs

For more information about the track please visit www.bandtraxs.com or contact carl@bandtraxs.com

Artists and session musicians on ‘A little of the big stuff’:

Lead Vocals:
LaTisha (Studio Pros, Los Angeles)

Backing vocals
LaTisha (Los Angeles)
Carl Dixon (London)

Musicians
Drums 1: Jeff Leonard, The Grooveyard, Philadelphia. Thanks to Bobby Eli.
Drums 2: Loopmaster
Drums 3: Simon Moss, London
Guitar 1: Mark Baldwin, Nashville
Guitar 2: Carl Dixon, London
Bass guitar: Gavin Morris, Manchester
Horns: Studio Pros, Los Angeles
Keys/percussion: Carl Dixon


Produced, mixed and mastered by
Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions



© Carl Dixon 2013, (P) 2017

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

'Stressful Drive' by Stressful Drive




PRESS RELEASE

‘Stressful Drive’
Written by: Carl Dixon © 2017
CHD Publishing (PRS, MCPS)
Performed by
STRESSFUL DRIVE 

The official digital release is the 10th October 2018 and can be purchased from
CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and all leading download and streaming services.




Bandtraxs and 'Stressful Drive' are delighted to release this new original work composed and produced by Carl Dixon, which has elements of Soul, Philly, Disco House, Chill House and Modern flavours throughout. 'Stressful Drive' is an instrumental dance track influenced by a live gig in London featuring UK soul group 'Soulutions', who write and perform their own material exquisitely. Carl realised that he too could come up with something a little more modern than many of his other retro sounding ideas. This was fun creating and hopefully there will be more similar efforts like this in the future.

In the past Hull born Carl Dixon has co wrote and produced with celebrated Funk Brother guitarist, song writer and performer Dennis Coffey songs featuring Spyder Turner and Cherokee Pree in the ‘Motor City’ along with some other notable ‘Funk Brothers’ and session musicians back in 2008. 'Tell me (crying over you)' and 'Glory Fleeting' featuring Spyder Turner on lead vocals, 'Suddenly there's you' featuring Pree on lead and 'Detroit (city by the river)' by Bandtraxs were all released successfully from that session and are available to purchase or stream. Later that same year Carl teamed up with Philly legend Bobby Eli where they co wrote, along with singer songwriter Chiquita Green, four new songs in his ‘Grooveyard’ studio. The two releases from that session were ‘There I go falling in love again’ by Chiquita and ‘Soul Recession’ by legendary Salsoul recording harmony group ‘Double Exposure’ famous for such releases as ’My love is free’, ‘Ten percent’ and ‘Every man’. In addition, Carl also has a co write with UK soul singer Diane Shaw and producer Andy Birkinshaw called ‘Good Lovin Man’ which is on her album ‘Love, Life and Strings’. Carl and The Delgonives are also proud to have co produced and sang on Robert and Mike Paladino's 'Soul Girl' parts 1 & 2 in 2015. This song is a derivative of 'The Four Winds' original 'Playgirl' released in 1963. Carl and Robert created this masterpiece remotely via Internet collaboration.



IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Title: Stressful drive
Writers: Carl Dixon
Published by: CHD Publishing
Artist: Stressful Drive
Label: Bandtraxs
ISRC number: GBXNE1800001
UPC: 193428008588
Sleeve art: Carl Dixon
This release: 10th October 2018
Recording location: London

Written, produced, mixed and mastered by Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions

www.bandtraxs.com or contact carl.dixon@bandtraxs.com
© Carl Dixon/Bandtraxs 2018


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

'Coming home' by The Delgonives


PRESS RELEASE
‘Coming Home’
Written by: Carl Dixon & Rikki James
 © 2014 (P) 2017

Performed by

THE DELGONIVES
The official release date is the 17th July 2017 and can be purchased from CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and all leading streaming services.


A brand new song and production performed by The Delgonives sounding similar to recordings released during the1960s US west coast surfin' and folk era. The song was co written by Carl Dixon and Rikki James at the BASCA song writing retreat 2014 in Wales at the Monnow Valley Studios where the likes of Oasis, Black Sabbath, Simple Minds and Robert Plant have recorded in the past. The official release date is the 17th July 2017. Normally The Delgonives perform more soulful songs with a Carolina Beach, Blue Eyed Soul and Detroit groove, but this time something a little different. Unlike other Bandtraxs releases this one does not have multiple mixes.


In the past Hull born Carl Dixon has co wrote and produced with celebrated Funk Brother guitarist, song writer and performer Dennis Coffey songs featuring Spyder Turner and Cherokee Pree in the ‘Motor City’ along with some other notable ‘Funk Brothers’ and session musicians back in 2008. 'Tell me (crying over you)' and 'Glory Fleeting' featuring Spyder Turner on lead vocals, 'Suddenly there's you' featuring Pree on lead and 'Detroit (city by the river)' by Bandtraxs were all released successfully from that session and still available to purchase or stream.

Later that same year Carl teamed up with Philly legend Bobby Eli where they co wrote, along with singer songwriter Chiquita Green, four new songs in his ‘Grooveyard’ studio. The two releases from that session were ‘There I go falling in love again’ by Chiquita and ‘Soul Recession’ by legendary Salsoul recording harmony group ‘Double Exposure’ famous for such releases as ’My love is free’, ‘Ten percent’ and ‘Every man’. In addition, Carl also has a co write with UK soul singer Diane Shaw and producer Andy Birkinshaw called ‘Good Lovin Man’ which is on her album ‘Love, Life and Strings’. Carl and The Delgonives are also proud to have co produced and sang on Robert and Mike Paladino's 'Soul Girl' parts 1 & 2 last year. This song is a derivative of 'The Four Winds' original 'Playgirl' released in 1963. Carl and Robert created this masterpiece remotely via Internet collaboration.

Stay tuned for other releases from The Delgonives like 'One piece of cake' and 'Tell me (crying over you'.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Title: Coming home
Writer: Carl Dixon & Rikki James (PRS)
Artist: The Delgonives
Label: Bandtraxs 
Production: Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions
ISRC number: GBXNE1600001
UPC: 191924036579
Artwork photo: Carl Dixon
Sleeve art: Michelle Dixon
This release: 17th July 2017
Recording location: Wales & London


All instruments, Lead & backing vocals by Carl Dixon


For more information about Bandtraxs releases please visit:- 
www.bandtraxs.com or contact carl@bandtraxs.com 


© Carl Dixon & Rikki James 2104

(p) Carl Dixon 2017