Ain’t Nobody Playin’

Ain’t Nobody Playin’

It’s release day at last! Ain’t Nobody Playin’ is back on the stores with a new mix.

Want to say a huge thanks to Nick Van Gelder and Gaz Rackham for contributing their amazing skills to the track

Also huge thanks to Dave Lockwood for his sonically superior DL Mix. Not only is Dave a great engineer but he’s also an awesome guitarist – check out his tutorials.

Really looking forward to seeing you all on the road as soon as it’s possible.

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Ain’t Nobody Playin’ Release Date

Ain’t Nobody Playin’ Release Date

Atheen - Ain't Nobody Playin'

Back when I first started playing music, it was my dream to have a jazz-funk-fusion album that I could be proud of. Along with a bunch of funk-loving friends, I spent hours studying the work of The Brecker Brothers, George Duke, Level 42, Stanley Clarke, Weather Report and many more.

So imagine my delight that some of my funk heroes have agreed to contribute parts to a few of the tracks! First up is a track featuring the amazing talent of Nick Van Gelder on drums, then on the next release we have a fantastic sax break from the legend himself, Mr Gary Barnacle.

I also want to feature some of those wonderful friends from back in the day. As always, Gaz Rackham (bass) is making his presence felt on these first two singles and I hope on many more.

This project had a false start a couple of years ago –  a few distractions came along, including a job with Yamaha that was great but took up a huge chunk of time. So now, Modal Records is officially relaunching with a new distribution deal in place and a new mix of the first single out on Friday 28th August.

Really hope that we can meet you on the road in the not too distant future but in the meantime we’re going to chuck some more YouTube videos together just for fun x

Forget Me Nots Cover

Forget Me Nots Cover

Worked on a little project in the studio just for fun, one of my favourite tracks by an all-time favourite performer, Miss Patrice Rushen. Again this features the most awesome Gaz Rackham on bass.

God Bless The Child

God Bless The Child

Here’s a throwback gallery video, a fun little home recorded collaboration with Martin, a guitarist friend. We were looking to play some laid back Jazz gigs and this is one of the demos that we put together, one of my favourite songs by the lovely Billie Holiday. Will definitely do a proper recording of this track in the very near future.

Canned Heat Cover

Canned Heat Cover

OK, so you know how much I love ‘The Funk’ and vowed to cover some favourite tracks for the sheer fun of it. Here’s one from a little while back that was programmed up using Logic Pro X and with an awesome contribution from epic bassist friend Gaz Rackham. Video on iPad as I didn’t have hi-res back then! 🙂 x

YouTube Updates

YouTube Updates

Finally taken charge of my YouTube channel and came across some lovely comments that I didn’t even know were there, thank-you guys!!!

New video content coming from next week. In the meantime here’s a cover I did of a favourite track by Sarah Bareilles 🙂 x x x

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International Jazz Day

International Jazz Day

Happy #InternationalJazzDay folks! As I often say, we all go to Jazz in the end. Some of us start there too…

Here’s my own little rendition of Black Coffee. Will be brushing up on the jazz chops over the coming year x