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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 6 piece band, she’s a singer who demands attention. Unfazed by taking to the spotlight after a sober Amy Winehouse or joining Roy Ayres 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 brace 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. But following her first release 'Under The Munka Moon' it’s her records with longtime producer and bandleader TM Juke that she’s best known for. From their debut album ‘My Favourite Letters' through to 2008’s live-tinged ‘Pot Of Gold’, they have made some of the most arresting blues soul since the glory days of Aretha.

“We’ve both got a very open approach to writing songs,” she explains of the prolific relationship. “And we both like so many different types of music whereas some people are more purist. 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 dub step to old school soul. We nudge each other in the right directions.”

The direction they’re nudging each other in right now is towards the synthesizer rack. A love of Prince’s upbeat ‘Dirty Mind’ album and tracks like ‘Controversy’ are leading to a new sound for the upcoming album.
“We’re writing and recording as we speak,” Alice exclaims. “It’s sounding like a cross between ‘My Favourite Letters’ and something much newer. Obviously my voice is there, which brings out that soulful, emotional sound, but there are a lot more synths. It’s a bit more punk electro soul. Yeah!”
If you’ve seen Alice perform live recently you might not be surprised; her December show at the Forum in London saw her take to the stage with her traditional horn section backed up with synths, while smaller gigs have showcased the pacey songs with a four piece set up that sounds rocky. As much as she loves being in the studio there’s something special about Alice let loose on an audience.

“Being on stage is more instant,” she admits, suggesting the reason why she limited herself to just three takes on each song on ‘Pot Of Gold’. “I like things when they’re quite free. In the studio it can be like when you know someone’s taking your photo. Writing in the studio is amazing but when you’re doing takes it can be a bit daunting, but also really exciting. Live you can’t take it back – you’ve got to go all out there.”

It has led to some great experiences, like when she stayed on in Japan to visit the village where the promoter was from: almost like a 50s teen movie, a deal was struck where Alice would have free reign of the hotel for her stay if she did a gig.
“Of course we said yes,” Alice says with delight. “Babies and grandmas all turned up and there we were with a makeshift sound system thrown together out of amps and speakers. It was one of the most heart warming gigs I’ve ever done.”
Other live highlights include singing with The Roots in Philadelphia, while recording has seen her sing on Talking Heads leader David Byrne’s recent LP. Surely belting out the intensely emotional songs must get a bit tiring. Apparently not.

“It’s a great emotional release,” Alice smiles. “And sometimes makes you feel really high, especially when you’re singing the high notes. If you’re feeling rubbish and everything else feels like it’s going wrong you feel better if you have a good singsong.

"Working with a singer like Alice was something new, terrifying and ultimately amazing."
- David Byrne

"....one of Britain's best kept secrets"
- Independent

"...lush strings combined with Russell's intense, declamatory tones result in a strikingly soulful makeover..."
- Mojo

"Amy Winehouse will wish she could produce an album half as good as this....Alice is a wonderful soulful, bluesy vocalist backed by a band that's tighter than an Aberdonian during the credit crunch"
- Daily Express

"...her vocal style has a gritty power and authentically raw soulfulness..."
- Venue Magazine

- Word Magazine

Alice Russell Official Alice Russell, Brighton, Britain (UK)

  • Collaborations and featurings 13 tracks, 58.10 Alice Russell Official on June 20, 2014 12:55

    1. 1. You Will Return feat. Alice Russell (Original) by Tru Thoughts 4.01 4036 plays
    2. 2. Rolling In The Deep by judithowen 3.57 1083 plays
    3. 3. Adventures In Paradise (feat. Alice Russell) by The Decoders 3.37 10499 plays
    4. 4. Beautiful Losers Feat. Alice Russel by Hocus Pocus FR 4.01 49543 plays
    5. 5. Big Trouble in Little China ft. Action Bronson & Alice Russell by DJ Yoda (UK) 4.00 4294 plays
    6. 6. TM Juke - Knee Deep feat. Alice Russell & Jim Oxborrow by Tru Thoughts 5.14 142519 plays
    7. 7. Pushin' On by quantic 3.19 24640 plays
    8. 8. Mr Scruff "Music Takes Me Up" (feat. Alice Russell) by Mr Scruff 5.28 41307 plays 96.0 BPM
    9. 9. Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Barbaro - Similau by Full Thought 2.04 427 plays
    10. 10. Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Bárbaro - I'll Keep My Light In My Window by Tru Thoughts 5.42 149120 plays
    11. 11. Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Barbaro - Look Around The Corner by Tru Thoughts 4.28 55344 plays
    12. 12. Quantic & Alice Russell with The Combo Barbaro - Magdalena (Hint Remix) by Hint 4.32 4373 plays
    13. 13. Re-Jazz - Gabrielle (Kiko Navarro Main Mix) by kikonavarro 7.41 2997 plays 118.0 BPM
  • To Dust / I Loved You 6 tracks, 28.36 Alice Russell Official on November 11, 2013 12:04

    1. 1. To Dust 3.13 7772 plays
    2. 2. I Loved You 3.59 6904 plays
    3. 3. To Dust (Sam Sparro Remix) 3.58 6803 plays
    4. 4. I Loved You (Anushka's Wild Hearts Edit) 5.48 3505 plays
    5. 5. To Dust (Giom Remix) 7.19 1799 plays
    6. 6. I Loved You (Acoustic) 4.17 6609 plays
  • Midnight At The Beverly Laurel 8 tracks, 48.59 Alice Russell Official on September 30, 2013 22:16

    1. 1. To Dust (Sam Sparro Remix) 3.58 6803 plays
    2. 2. Different (AOM Galaxy Vocal) 9.10 2436 plays
    3. 3. I Loved You (Anushka's Wild Hearts Edit) 5.48 3505 plays
    4. 4. To Dust (Giom Remix) 7.19 1799 plays
    5. 5. Different (AOM Galaxy Dub) 6.51 767 plays
    6. 6. Hard and Strong (Let The Machines Do The Work Cover My Love Remix) 5.01 7117 plays
    7. 7. Hard and Strong (Let The Machines Do The Work Dustmachine Live Remix) 6.51 6871 plays
    8. 8. Hard And Strong (Typesun Remix) 3.57 701 plays
  • For A While Single 2 tracks, 8.43 Alice Russell Official on August 27, 2013 16:50

    1. 1. For A While 4.52 6036 plays
    2. 2. For A While (Lost Midas Remix) 3.50 13727 plays
  • TO DUST 12 tracks, 54.19 Alice Russell Official on April 16, 2013 16:23

    1. 1. Alice Russell - Heartbreaker by Tru Thoughts 3.40 60233 plays
    2. 2. Alice Russell - Heartbreaker (Falty DL Remix) by Alice Russell Official 5.22 105509 plays
    3. 3. Twin Peaks by Alice Russell Official 4.32 45385 plays
    4. 4. Alice Russell - Hard & Strong (Typesun Remix) by Typesun 3.57 15001 plays
    5. 5. Alice Russell - Hard And Strong (Let The Machines Do The Work Remix) by letthemachinesdothework 5.03 24506 plays
    6. 6. For A While by Alice Russell Official 4.52 6036 plays
    7. 7. For A While (Lost Midas Remix) by Alice Russell Official 3.50 13727 plays
    8. 8. I Loved You (Acoustic) by Alice Russell Official 4.17 6609 plays
    9. 9. Alice Russell - I Loved You (Anushka's Wild Hearts Edit) by Alice Russell Official 5.48 9256 plays
    10. 10. Drinking Song (Full Version) by Alice Russell Official 5.39 24476 plays
    11. 11. I Loved You by Alice Russell Official 3.59 6904 plays
    12. 12. To Dust by Alice Russell Official 3.13 7772 plays

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