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Saturday, January 27th, 2018
Alice Russell is natural, pure natural talent, a natural presence, a force of nature. Whether on a big stage with her 16 piece band, charming a crowd of 4000 into staying out dancing in the rain (as she did at Montreal Jazz Festival) or rocking out an intimate club set with a stripped down six piece band, she’s a singer who demands attention. Unfazed by taking to the spotlight after a sober Amy Winehouse or joining Roy Ayers live for ‘Everybody Loves The Sunshine’, there’s no wonder her powerful soul voice has attracted rave reviews from numerous national and international publications and praise from fans as diverse as Gilles Peterson, David Byrne, Dennis Coffey, Massive Attack’s Daddy G, and Groove Armada. Alice has also won over a whole host of producers – lending her strong, emotional tones to releases by Mr Scruff, Quantic and Nostalgia 77, the latter pairing producing the ‘Seven Nation Army’ cover that demolished clubs for years. Our influences run from Sarah Vaughan to Bach, Kate Bush to Arvo Part, and J Dilla to Alice Coltrane. We love everything from dirty, squelchy dubstep to old school soul. We nudge each other in the right directions.” As much as she loves being in the studio there’s something special about Alice let loose on an audience. From performing with a full band and horn section, to pair down and more intimate sets, Alice Russell takes no prisoners! 2012’s joint release with Quantic, ‘Look around the Corner’ was greeted with much enthusiasm around the world. The sound of this intoxicating record mixes sweet soul and blues with overtones of folk and gospel, and the inimitable swing of Quantic's world-renowned outfit the Combo Bárbaro, who form the core band. The resulting tour was met with a rapturous reception from sell-out crowds. Releases - Under The Munka Moon (2004, Tru Thoughts) - My Favourite Letters (2005, Tru Thoughts) - Under The Munka Moon II (2006, Tru Thoughts) - Pot of Gold (2008, Little Poppet/Differ-ant/Six Degrees) - Pot of Gold Remixes (2009, Little Poppet/Differ-ant/Six Degrees) - Quantic & Alice Russell: Look Around the Corner (With The Combo Barbaro) (2012, Tru Thoughts) - To Dust (2013, Differ-ant/Tru Thoughts)