SOUL SIDES VOL. 4

Soul Sides Vol. 4 (The Proper Version) by Soul-Sides.Com/O. Wang on Mixcloud

When I sat down to brainstorm Soul Sides Vol. 3, I actually came up with tentative tracklistings for three future volumes. I didn’t want to drop all three at once since I knew, with the benefit of time and perspective, I would likely make tweaks here and there. So I sat on Vol. 4 and it’s only been over the last month or so that I’ve [...]

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DEE EDWARDS: I CAN DEAL (BUT WITH WHICH VERSION?)

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Dee Edwards’ “(I Can) Deal With That” is one of the best crossover ballads I’ve ever heard but for the longest time, I had no clue that there were two versions on De•To, from the same year1 It was Nydia Ines Davila (long-time Daptone PR chief), who schooled me to the fact that the two versions are based around the same master recording. What I assume to be the second mix (based on matrix numbering) is basically the original mix + strings + a tambourine and [...]

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NORTHERN-ISH

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Concept Nine: No Escape b/w When
From 7″ (Tangerine, 1960s/70s)

Picked this one up at the Groove Merchant a while back and was hoping to find more info on them. Cool Chris seemed to think they were out of the Bay Area or at the very least, California. That makes sense since Tangerine was a Ray Charles-owned label, presumably based in L.A. at the time. The record’s producer, Dave Braithwaite, also worked on other Charles-related productions, including at ABC (he also engineered Billy Brooks’s “Forty Days“!) which probably means [...]

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GRAB BAG: JULY 2014

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A FB commentator (uncharitably) suggested that I should post more music to the site…as if I had been withholding out of malice or ignorance. While I may question the spirit of the comment, I at least received the message component, loud and clear. Here, my dears

Kenny Dope Unreleased Project: Comin’ Inside
From: The Pushin Dope EP (TNT, 1994)

Back when I posted this Brass Construction song, I thought [...]

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DAPTONE SUMMER

After what seemed like a quiet winter/spring, Daptone has burst out with a grip of new releases over the last few months.

Of the bunch, my favorite has been Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens’ “Sinner“:

I wouldn’t have expected this to have been the cut I’d gravitate to but there’s such power here, especially in those opening bars where Shelton lights into “I…was…born!!!!!” This is the lead cut off the upcoming Naomi Shelton album.

I’m also into the new Ever-Soul reissue of The Relatives’ “Leave Something Worthwhile”.

From what I can suss out, this is the [...]

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