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short review David Philips from Canada

this is what Alan Cross from A Journal Of Musical Things wrote about the new David Philips release

Funky and smooth acoustic pop with that quintessential upbeat coffeehouse vibe, “My Gravity” plays like a John Mayer/Michael Bublé mashup. David Philip’s strong baritone vocals, peppy backing band, and casually meandering guitar lend energetic passion to this ballad.

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korte recensie David Philips in Heaven

Uit het nieuwste nummer (sept/okt 2018):

Op de dertien liedjes van GET ALONG, zijn zevende, trekt singer songwriter David Philips de iets elektrischer lijn door van voorganger WINTER. Hij speelt gitaar, bas en drums en put voor zijn mooie statige melodieën nog steeds uit folk- en bluesstijlvormen, aangelengd met jazzy gitaaraccenten en incidentele rock invloeden.

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review from Spain for new David Philips release

El cantante, compositor, multiinstrumentista y productor británico David Philips arranca mañana, martes 7 de agosto de 2018, una serie de fechas en nuestro país en las que presentará en directo los temas de “Get Along”, su séptimo disco. Todos estos conciertos tendrán lugar en elárea de Barcelona y se alargarán hasta finales del próximo mes de septiembre.

“Get Along” fue lanzado en formato digital el pasado mes de mayo y el sello Black And Tan Records lo lanzará en formato físico a comienzos del próximo mes de octubre. Con ocho nuevas canciones, dos nuevas versiones de clásicos antiguos de Philips y tres bonus tracks acústicos, “Get Along” es la culminación de toda una vida de creación de música y muestra cómo el británico sigue madurando como intérprete, compositor y productor. Philips es también es un talentoso ilustrador y sus dibujos y pinturas de aves son los que ilustran sus últimos lanzamientos.

 

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review David Philips by Bluesmagazine.nl

David Philips is een singer-songwriter, sessie-gitarist en producer uit de U.K. Zijn debuutalbum ‘Heal Yourself Alone’ in 2010 was net na de release ‘Album Of The Week’ bij BBC Radio. Na een korte tour door Nederland en België tekende hij bij het Nederlandse label Black and Tan Records die tot nu toe de albums voor hem uitbrengt. Dit is alweer het zevende album van David Philips (en het zesde op het Black & Tan Label) en is opnieuw een volkomen eigen werk: van april 2017 tot april dit jaar schreef hij de teksten en de songs, verzorgde zelf de opnames, de productie, mix en mastering en het art-work. Alles is van zijn hand en komt uit zijn eigen studio. Ook speelt hij alle instrumenten zelf. Vergeleken met zijn album ‘Winter’ van vorig jaar is dit album meer funky en jazzy en komt het energieker en zomers over, hoewel de folky songs samen met de blues ook niet ontbreken, maar verhalend zijn ze allen. Behalve dan het magistrale instrumentale nummer Red on Yellow waarin zijn Spaanse thuisbasis (Barcelona) goed te horen is en waar hij laat horen een zeer goede gitarist te zijn. Verder komen op het album drie demo nummers aan bod die in een akoestische setting te horen zijn. Heel boeiend om te horen dat de sfeer anders is op de demo als op het uiteindelijke resultaat. Ook heeft hij twee nummers toegevoegd die op eerdere albums stonden, maar dan nu in een nieuw jasje gestoken: Mountain To Climb 2018 en When I’m Drunk 2018 die beiden eerder verschenen op ‘David Philips on Black and Tan vol. 2 en vol. 3’. Beslist geen geval van ‘opvullen’, daar zijn de uitvoeringen te verschillend voor; integendeel, het is heel boeiend en interessant deze verschillende versies te horen. David Philips laat met dit album weer duidelijk blijken dat hij een zeer veelzijdige en talentvolle muzikant is. 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 indrukwekkend. Een muzikale aanrader voor deze zomer!

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review David Philips – Get Along

His vocals are smooth and silky while his accompaniment is simple and pure.  This album is a treasure trove, with eight new songs, three acoustic demos and two remastered songs from his vast catalog.  Regardless of whether the track is full band or acoustic demo, it is Philips’ voice that shines through.  This album provides the perfect soundtrack for your down time, and will provide you with a plethora of repeat-worthy song.  The smooth jazz and bluesy feel of “Another Day,” “My Gravity,” and “Nowhere” and the amazing instrumental “Red on Yellow” alone are worth the price of the CD.

Recommendation:  Make a wise investment and Get this one today!

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review David Philips in SomethingElseReviews

As singer-songwriters go, the thing that makes David Philips stand out whether he’s making an acoustic-based bare-bones record or a more fully produced affair is that he’s got a lot of soul. It’s there in his voice and present in his melodies. Just as 2017’s Winter titled toward his rock side, Get Along, his latest from Black And Tan Records, makes that soul more overt. Philips has never been afraid to put out his rougher recordings, he embraces it and it’s really to our benefit because there’s nothing to hide and nothing critical is missing from the demos. This time — and he’s done this with a song actually called “This Time” — he’s putting his rough-hewn product side-by-side with his (relatively) polished handiwork, which in either case all the chores are handled by him, and it’s hard to tell which version is better. The demo version of “My Gravity” is full of funky spirit with Philips accompanied himself only with an acoustic guitar. That was placed immediately following the fully developed version of the same song, which has its own charms but the raw version remains just as satisfying. The blues “Nowhere” (video below) is also paired with its demo version but it’s the stripped down take that’s more energetic and played in a higher key, altered to the point that you could be forgiven for thinking it’s an entirely different song. Philips uncorks some nasty blues harp in the middle of it, too; there might not be much musically he can’t do like a boss. Folk-soul, head-nodding, finger tapping rhythm and blues in an down-home wrapper is what make full band tracks such as “Another Day,” “Trim” and remakes of his own tunes “Mountain To Climb” and “When I’m Drunk” so irresistible. As a bonus, Philips’ jazz background makes a rare overt appearance on the instrumental fusion-ish number “Red On Yellow.” One thing that isn’t rare at all about a Philips record is that it’s all done by himself, from the composing to the playing and singing, to the production, engineering and mastering. But DIY isn’t for everybody, only for those who can do it all and do it all right. Philips is clearly that guy, and now we know that even when he does something by himself two different ways, both ways are the ‘right’ way. Get Along is available now digitally and available in CD form in September 2018 for those who also want more of Philips’ avian art to enjoy.

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new release David Philips

today we released:

B&T 044 – David Philips – Get Along

David Philips continues with his D.I.Y. approach for this his 7th album to date and his 6th on Black And Tan Records. Infusing Blues, Soul and Americana, he plays all the instruments on the record and also produced and recorded the album himself, as well as providing the hand drawn artwork. “Get Along” has a more upbeat and positive slant in terms of the songwriting compared to previous releases and although a full band sound is featured on most tracks, Philips still manages to keep things raw, organic and centered around his voice and acoustic guitar playing. With 8 new songs, 2 reworkings of old Philips classics and 3 acoustic demo bonus tracks, “Get Along” is the culmination of a lifetime of music making and music appreciation, showing how Philips continues to mature as both a performer, songwriter and producer.

This new record will be released digital now and later this year (September) we will follow with a physical release containing some more bird artwork from David.

Here are the links to the new release at a few popular platforms:

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David Philips in SomethingElse Reviews

When surveying his history and discography it’s quite clear that David Philips is diversely talented enough to make whatever the hell kind of music he wants to make without any outside help, and make it well. So when this British expat who now call Barcelona, Spain his home locked himself up in a studio last winter to make a more-or-less straightforward rock album, it was going to be interesting to see if this singer-songwriter mostly known for stripped down folk hymns could maintain that notion. Winter, now out from Black and Tan Records, does. It’s a fully produced album, but perhaps ‘fully produced’ only by the standards of roots rock. Philips plays all the instruments, as he always does, but there’s more to play: guitars, bass, drums, lead and background vocals. He puts it all together in a mix that resembles a real band, and wrote eight new tunes that have hooks and riffs, leaving just enough space to let his lead guitarist side flourish. The furry analog blare of “Changes” is immediately inviting to ears attuned to seventies classic rock and the grit quickly dismisses any idea that Philips would go commercial. The soul-infused blues-rock “Mary” is a dead ringer for a Doyle Bramhall II cut, and an occasion for Philips to show what he’s got in the hot licks department. He takes a three-chord riff far on “Rich Man” and goes rural with harmonica and acoustic guitar on the eminently catchy “Home.” And then he shows off Hendrix chops with a dash of Bad Company and Stevie Ray Vaughan thrown in on “The One” (video above) as well as on “Running,” while “Your Way” downshifts to a lilting ballad tempo. The album closer “That’s Alright” seems bound to be all about a heavy guitar riff before unexpectedly encountering a soulful psychedelic interlude laced with ace blues chops. Clocking in at a lean half an hour, Winter concludes maybe a little sooner than we’d like, but that running time was par for course in the vinyl age, and it’s much better to have that old feeling even if it means revisiting one of its small limitations. At least I didn’t have to get up to flip the record over in the middle of it. David Philips has again made music without making any concessions.