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review David Philips & Abel Boquera from the UK

There you go walking along the street trying to get your groove on when you realise that what missing in your step is an appropriate soundtrack. The question, however, is the choice of said soundtrack. Do you for the corporate sponsored playlist suggestion or do you roll the dice and choose something that might just be more than bit classier? Something like “The Duo Sessions” by David Philips and Abel Boquera?

Well, they say that music can put the spring back in your step and these three songs do that just. Two originals and a cover of a Michael Jackson hit might not sound like much to interest your ears but David Philips and Abel Boquera have something special cooking in their crock pot. That something is a surfeit of easy going charm which duly makes these simply arranged songs into a recipe for a smile.

With David Philips & Abel Boquera in your ears, the street is the place to be.

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upcoming online show DAVID PHILIPS

DAVID PHILIPS should have been on tour in The Netherlands this month. BUT he’ll be doing another online show this Sat 23rd May at 19:00h Spanish time (UK 18:00h). It’s his mum’s birthday that day so no doubt she’ll be in the comments chatting. Also it will be a concert to remember his uncle Ian who recently passed. He loved the blues so he’ll be playing quite a few blues songs in his honour. David also promises to play some cigar box this time and “When I’m Drunk”.
Same place as last time :

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review EP David Philips & Abel Boquera

David Philips & Abel Boquera have been playing together in one form or another for more than a decade, but they never made a record together, and even the just-released The Duo Sessions only became a record perhaps as an afterthought. Usually, the recordings of songs beget the videos for them; here, the videos came first and then the idea to make a record out of the performances caught on camera in Boquera’s studio came afterwards. A David Philips record that includes another musician is a very rare event; none of the prior seven ones covered in this space had anyone else playing on them. So it may be a revelation to some that Philips plays well with others, and this singer-songwriter guitar whiz certainly meshes with his Fender Rhodes-playing friend.

The first two tunes come from Philips’ then-latest album Get Along, and this drum-less version of “Another Day” isn’t really missing anything because the beat is still intact. Boquera’s electric piano and Philips’s acoustic guitar blend so well, at times they sound as one. The funky folk-jazz song “My Gravity” (video above) similarly has plenty of propulsion without the formal percussion. Boquera’s swinging solo only enhances the jazz element of the song even further. The final track is Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” and Davis Philips soulful croon is a natural for this number. For good measure, he tosses in a nifty aside from his acoustic six -string during the instrumental break.

At a running time just past 11 minutes, it’s barely an EP much less an LP, but it’s a pocket-sized collection of a couple of really good musicians and pals having fun with a trio of fine songs. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.

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new EP David Philips

today we released:

B&T 974 – David Philips & Abel Boquera – The Duo Sessions

David Philips and his good friend and keyboard wizard Abel Boquera have been playing in bands together for the past 10+ years. Last year they decided to get together in Abel’s studio to make a few videos playing duo. The audio from this session is what you find here. Abel played an old 1970s Fender Rhodes electric piano and mixed/mastered the session. The first 2 songs are David’s originals from his record “Get Along” and the last was a bit of fun; a cover version of the Michael Jackson hit “The Way You Make Me Feel.”

This new EP is released digital only and available on all the download and streaming platforms. Here are the links to a few popular ones:

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new single David Philips

Today we released a new single by David Philips.

In Focus” is a modern folk ballad, written especially for the Spanish romantic comedy “Te quiero, imbécil.”

It’s a classic tale of not appreciating what you have until it is gone. David wrote this song together with two Spanish film score giants;Lucas Suarez and Javier Bayon.

This new single is released digital only and available on all the download and streaming platforms. Here are the links to a few popular ones:

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review David Philips on Indie Voice Blog

This is what INDIE VOICE BLOG wrote about 

David Philips – Acoustic Cover Versions 1 EP

David Philips is no stranger to indie music, or to this blog, as we reviewed his previous release back in May. On this brilliant EP, Philips strips down a pair of classic songs, “Dock of the Bay” and “Hit the Road Jack,” and totally re-imagines a pair of 80’s pop hits, “Freedom” and “Heart of Glass” to create a beautiful and peaceful soundtrack. This one is a treat from start to finish. We only wish there were more than four songs.

Recommendation: Definitely worth adding to your collection.

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review David Philips – Get Along by Red Rooster Radio (NL)

review of the new David Philips release by Red Rooster Radio (Holland):

Het is de tweede keer dat we dan van oorsprong Britse singer-songwriter David Philips in de recensie hebben. In 2011 bespraken we zijn album The Rooftop Recordings. Maar het is niet zo dat hij in de tussentijd heeft stilgezeten, want het album Get Along is het zesde album dat hij via het Nederlandse label Black and Tan Records uitbrengt. Philips is naast singer-songwriter ook sessie-gitarist en producer. Hij heeft zijn leven in Nottingham verruild heeft voor een verblijf in Barcelona. Verder is hij ook nog eens een verdienstelijk schilder/ tekenaar met een voorkeur voor het tekenen van vogels. Na een korte tour door Nederland en België tekende hij bij het Nederlandse label Black and Tan Records dat tot nu toe de albums voor hem uitbrengt. Inmiddels is dit dus inmiddels het zevende album van David Philips, dat al sinds mei in de rekken ligt. Ook nu is het album volkomen eigen werk. Van april 2017 tot april dit jaar heeft hij geschreven aan de teksten en de songs voor het nieuwe album en verzorgde hij zelf de opnames, de productie, mix en mastering en het art-work. Ook speelt hij alle instrumenten zelf. Werkelijk alles is van zijn hand en komt uit zijn eigen studio.Vergeleken met zijn eerdere albums is de stijl op dit album nu meer funky en jazzy, hoewel de folky songs samen met de blues ook niet ontbreken. Het album komt daardoor energieker over. Speciaal aan het album is dat er naast de 8 nummers drie demo nummers in een akoestische setting op het album voorkomen en dat er tevens een tweetal nummers zijn toegevoegd die op eerdere albums stonden, maar dan nu in een nieuw jasje zijn gestoken, te weten: Mountain To Climb 2018 en When I’m Drunk 2018. Met dit album laat David Philips nogmaals blijken een veelzijdig en talentvol muzikant te zijn. De productie, mix en mastering zijn mooi en helder, zijn teksten vol gevoel en getemperde emotie en last-but-not-least is zijn art-work ook iets om in de gaten te houden. De liefhebber zal zeker heel blij met dit album zijn.