NICOLE WILLIS: THEY’RE PLAYING OUR TUNE

Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators: Where Are You Now? (Timmion, 2015, 7″)

I say this every couple of years but Nicole Willis is a treasure. Can’t wait for her next album, coming out in October.

365 Days of Soul, #167

SOUL INVESTIGATORS: BAD BUT GOOD

The Soul Investigators: Bad Vibrations (Timmion, 2015, 7″)

Forthcoming on Timmion. A killer little instrumental with some funky flute action laid over a early ’70s JBs-esque rhythm.

365 Days of Soul, #166

PERUCHIN: A FIERY ROMANCE

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Peruchin: Laura (GNP, 1961, The Incendiary Piano Of Peruchín!)

Another Groove Merchant pick-up, this comes from one of Cuba’s most accomplished Latin pianists of the 1960s. Normally, I would have gone with the delightful little descaraga, “Pa Gozar,” but I find “Laura” to be mesmerizing as this mix between a straight forward romantico cha cha cha with that killer piano montuno midway through.

365 Days of Soul, #165

BRENTON WOOD: DOES THIS GOT IT?

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Brenton Wood: Some Got It, Some Don’t (Double Shot, 1968, 7″)

Fascinating production choices on here…the way it opens, you think it’s going to be a slow-burner funk tune, ala “Cleo’s Mood/Back” but then you have those unexpected synth notes. And then the whole beat shifts into more of a Northern tempo but it feels like it starts, awkwardly, off the down beat.

365 Days of Soul, #164

THE MEADOWLARKS: I’VE BEEN TRUE TO YOU

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The Meadowlarks: Sad, Sad Boy (Money, 196?, 7″)

Firme rola by the Meadowlarks (Don Julian’s group since their doo woo days) that strangely seems to fly under the radar. A 7″ only release on Money but comped The Money Recordings.1

365 Days of Soul, #163

  1. Oops, just realized I wrote about this very song back in 2011. Oh well.