My first foray into the world of cover versions for 2015 and what a Smorgasbord we have today... something for everyone!
It starts with a Jackie Wilson big band take on Stevie, there's a disco version of an Ian Dury popular track, Phil Upchurch jazzes up a Shuggie Otis cut (although more famous in the hands of the Bros Johnson), jazz funk legend Harvey Mason gives us a recent smoothed out version of a Donald Byrd anthem, Rashann Patterson sings the Blow Monkeys and 2 reggae tinged version excursions to finish on!
Back from my Holidays, had too much new music in my inbox to not put out the latest Street Sounds Sessions, so here goes!
Cover star Robert Glasper has an album of Cover's called "Covered" coming out later in the year, but in the meantime here's the third release in his tip of the hat to the great Dilla; SoulPersona and Princess Freesia are back with a new LP called "Fast Forward" and its a must purchase for those who like their Soul 80's stylee! I feature one of my fave cuts, "I will be with you".
Cee Lo is back to, featuring a Sample off Bob James' great theme to Taxi in "Taxi Cab Confessions". Kaidi Tatham remixes a track from the great Ruth Kovela LP, plus new music from Carmen Rogers Feat. Anthony David, Kenny Lattimore and so much more.
Ill be back with the next White Label Mix next week, thanks to DJ Grizz for holding things down in my absence! Hes back at the weekend!
Back to the dusty crates for a helping of old Soul n Rare Grooves... its Soul Niceness 87!
We kick off with a late 60's bubbler from Jackie Wilson, there's a 1978 goodie from Switch, a Rare Groove anthem from Foxy, something mellow from the Manhattans, and we end with the original cut of a much covered gem from Bobby Womack (who sadly passed last year just weeks before being due to headline a festival at my local park in Walthamstow!!).
SoulNRnB is back next week from his family holiday... so be gentle with him! I'll be blowing the dust off more tunes next weekend!
Time to feature those latter day bands that still keep the hard Funk and pure Soul torch burning- its New Funk Volume 19.
Its a Funk journey around the globe starting in Japan with the madcap Zainichi Funk, NY's Ray Lugo comes next, then we have Australia's The Bamboos, Canada's The Quartertones, the excellent USA's funk-jazz of Soulive to mention just a few! So get your shuffle on!
I do believe Mr S and his funky brood are away in sun this week but I'll catch you next weekend back in Rare Groove and dusty shelf Soul territory!
Oh yeah. Its that time of the year. Chocolates. Bottle of
Thunderbird on the rocks. Candles from the corner shop that smell of a
chemical fire when burning. Arguing over how romantic you're not. All this before the beautiful backdrop of those flowers you picked up from the Gas station on the way back from work cause you forgot it was......
Make it all better with this mix that will turn your loved one into a pussycat. Some great slow jams that will make it all seem better, from the likes of Eddie Kendricks, Chrisette Michelle, Patrice Rushen, D'Angelo, Dayton and much more.
I'm away on holiday next week, so will see you in two weeks time. In the meantime, Grizz will take care of you as usual, and you can always visit my Mixcloud page for various mixes from the blog!
Its that time of year that the flower and cuddly toy industry really make their bucks... yes its Valentines Day next week. Here's a little selection of Soul love tunes from way back to get you in the mood.
We start with Minnie Rippertons' intense gem, there's a Linda Lewis goodie reflecting a more 'complex' side of relationships, Leroy Hutson does what he does best, we've a Black Ivory rare groove classic, and finish on a soul-jazz laid back love song from Lonnie Liston.... plus more!
Coming soon- Mr S has a treat to brighten your midweek and I'll catch you real soon.
Second Street Sounds mix of the year features another great soulman on the Cover, Rahsaan Patterson. The track featured on the mix isn't new, in fact its a track he recorded with Questlove and the Roots back in the day that never got a release. He's just put it on the Interweb from tape so we can all check out how great it is, like an Al Green throwback.
As well as that, there's some great new music from Jeff Bradshaw feat. Tweet & Eric Roberson (Class all the way); A track from the brand new Rebirth LP "Being thru the eyes of a child" that you all need to pick up. I must have convinced you by now!; Plus another fine track from the new Conya Doss LP.
As for independents, there's a great organic soulful tune from Stone Mecca called "Dream Maker"; Plus a nice track from Aaron Parnell Brown called "Just Leave" that suggests some quality from his forthcoming LP to be released in the spring.
!2 tracks in all, check them out! Grizz returns at the weekend, and Ill be tip toeing into his territory next week with some Valentines Day Soul for you all. Don't tell him.
Welcome back for another shot of the good old stuff! We've treasures from the 60's, 70's and 80's so get your 2 step on and head nodding for Soul Niceness 86.
We kick off with a Lenny Williams corker, there's a Jazz-Soul nugget from bassist Alphonso Johnson (the man responsible for the mad bass-line on Jeffrey Osborne's 'Stay with me tonight'), some nice 2-step from the Chilites, a 60's nugget from the Marvelettes, and we end with some 80's goodness from Shot and Donald Byrd respectively.
For those of you in love (or just lust) I've a loved up pre-Valentines mix next Sunday. Mr S will keep you grooving until then from midweek.
2015 brings a new round of White Label mixes, and here's the first.
A mix of 70's,80's,90's,00's hell, even present day, soulful sounds. From 80's boogie, to Soulful House, to 90's RnB, to 70's Soul, you never know whats coming cause we dont track list it. Strictly White Labels over the Vinyl!
So take a leap of faith and press play below for some great sounds and tune into Grizz this weekend!