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.
David Philips – Winter (Black & Tan B&T 962) UK born but long based in Spain, David Philips has been working over the last few years as a folk inflected artist for Holland’s Black & Tan Records, one man and a guitar, and so this release for the blues label – David’s sixth, not including a couple of remix tracks – might come as a surprise. It is still a solo effort, but the guitar is electric, blues harmonica crops up occasionally and there is a rhythm section behind David’s excellent vocals. All the songs are David’s of course, he plays all the instruments, and he even provided the cover art. The sound ranges from indie-rock to blues, with comparisons being drawn with Ryan Adams and Doyle Bramhall II; I also hear a little Tom Petty in there too, ‘Running’ opens with a riff a little like Jimi Hendrix’s cover of ‘All Along The Watchtower’ before turning in the direction of Neil Young maybe, and ‘That’s Alright’ recalls early 70s Pink Floyd with a long, space-y passage. Mind you, ‘The One’ is a strong slab of blues-rock. This release contains eight rootsy, hook-laden songs, and if this review has intrigued you, then do check out this release..
Congratulations to Doug MacLeod !!!
Doug MacLeod won a 2017 Blues Music Award in the category Best Acoustic Artist. Doug released some of his best acoustic blues work on the five releases on Black and Tan Records; A Little Sin (2002), Dubb (2004), Where I Been (2006), The Utrecht Sessions (2008)and Live In Europe (2016)
The hard copies of all these releases are sold out but of course all the music is avaialble on all download and streaming platforms.
CD B&T 043- David Philips – The Rooftop Recordings 2
will be limited to 1000 numbered copies. You can order your copy now and we will ship them in the first half of October.
In late May 2016 David Philips returned to his Barcelona rooftop apartment to record the Rooftop Recordings 2. David strips it right back to the bare essentials : guitar and voice captured with just 2 microphones and all doors and windows wide open. The result is a record that concentrates on the important aspects of Philips’ music, those being the songs and stories, soul tinged vocals and highly accomplished guitar playing. Philips is also a talented painter/draughtsman and the CD artwork is made up of a selection of his own watercolour paintings of birds that visit the Barcelona rooftops regularly. This special artwork version is limited to 1000 copies.
review by Frank Muscheid in Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung:
MUSIK WIE AUF FLÜGELN IN BAD IBURG / Grandioser David Philips im Casablanca
Bad Iburg. Großartige Musik hat das Casablanca am Freitagabend präsentiert: Mit David Philips baute ein Ausnahmekünstler seine sieben Sachen vor kleinem Publikum auf. Der gebürtige Engländer, der im siebten Stock gleich unterm Dach im sonnigen Barcelona wohnt, den Ausblick auf die Vögel liebt und aus einer Zigarrenkiste aus der Dominikanischen Republik eine Blues-Gitarre baut, hat der Kneipe einen kultigen Abend beschert. Irgendwo zwischen Jazz, Blues, Rhythm’n’Blues, Folk und Ragtime. Musikalisch festzunageln ist David Philips kaum. Da spielte ein unterschätztes Multitalent, das längst auf großen Bühnen auftreten müsste. Dafür konnte das Bad Iburger Publikum hautnah genießen, was dieser Mensch mit jeder Faser abfeierte. Continue reading review David Philips concert from last weekend in Bad Iburg (D)
like most previous years I will be attending Midem; the international gathering of the worldwide music business in Cannes (France). This year’s edition will take place on June 3 – 6. For me it is a great place to meet new business partners and discover new developments and technologies. Since the distribution of music is changing very rapidly it is important to stay up-to-date. And of course it is not a punishment to be in southern France in early June. If you are planning to go too, please let me know so we can meet in person.