SUMMER SONGS 2010: LAUNCH!



Cassiano: Onda
From 12″ (Polydor, 1977)

The 2010 edition of the Soul Sides Summer Songs series has a few small changes. For one, the archive has been moved over to Word Press. Secondly, I’m going to post all summer song posts to our main site (here) but still archive everything at its dedicated site.

Most importantly, for at least this year, I’ve asked contributors to write about just one song. For some naive reason, I thought this would make it easier but it’s actually been quite a challenge from folks to limit [...]

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BLAST FROM THE PAST: MIXTIFICATION


I’ve been meaning to digitize my old mixtapes for a long time and finally got around to it. The only actual tape–>digital transfer I’ve made in recent years was Headwarmers, which I put together back in 1997 (I’ll be making a copy of this available for free download eventually). The next volume, Mixtification (O’s Dub Vol. 7) came out in early 1998.

I have to say, it’s been fun revisiting this era though I’m also struck at how many songs I probably would never [...]

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HOLY GHOST POSTS: TRUTHETTES AND MIGHTY WINGS


The Truthettes: He’ll Open Doors For You
So Good To Be Alive
From Child’s Prayer (Malaco, 1981)

Brother Jesse Jackson and the Mighty Wings over Zion Singers: Can’t Nobody Take You There
From 7″ (Designer, 1973)

It should be fairly obvious now that I have a soft spot for gospel soul songs that interpolate existing soul songs. They’re covers of a sort but especially when lyrics get changed, they really transform the original source material into something else entirely.

One of the best examples I can think of is this [...]

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PUMP THIS PARTY!


Bizarre Inc: I’m Gonna Get You (Original Flavour Mix)
From 12″ (BMG, 1992)

Lauren Flax feat. Sia: You’ve Changed
From digital single (DANR, 2009)

Apart from the fact that I’m procrastinating (hey, it’s hard to get into summer work mode!), I’m not embellishing when I say I really do dig this particular sound. I was never a house-head by any means and these songs, in particular, were really pop crossovers rather than deep house classics. But man, give me a good synthesizer chord progression and some four-on-the-floor and I can get [...]

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GARY BYRD: ON AWARD TOUR


Gary Byrd: Soul Travelin’ (Horny Unity Edit)
From 7″ (RCA, 1973)

I’ve known about this single for years; just never bothered to track one down until recently and I’m glad I did. I always thought of it, first and foremost, as “that song with those great horns” but when I actually listened to the whole thing, I was very much tickled by its gimmick: Byrd traveling around the country to different soul cities and having the band interpolate a series of classics, including Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” the Jackson 5’s “ABC” and even the [...]

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