UMCS, CHARLES BRADLEY, AND OTHER QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Question from Nick: “I was wondering if you know what the beat is that the UMC’s freestyle over on Stretch and Bobbito’s radio show. I am pretty sure that Stretch put together beats, so it may be something he created. Regardless its classic case of how good stripped down drums and bass can sound.”

Answer: I don’t recognize it as an instrumental from an existing song from that era though it could certainly have been from a more independent release that would have flown under my radar then. I do think it’s more realistic that it was a Stretch [...]

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BRING THAT BARTER BACK! (5TH ANNIV. MIX)

First of all, Soul Sides is celebrating its 5th anniversary party in Los Angeles at the Shortstop next Thursday (May 14th). I’ll be spinning solo, trying to mix in as many “Soul Sides classics” (presuming such a thing exists) as possible. I would love to see my Southland posse roll out in full force.

That night, I’m also debuting the 5th Anniversary Special CD, which will include as many of the 20 “5 Year Rewind” songs as I can fit. Free to anyone who comes up and asks for one (while supplies last, of course). I’ll also [...]

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5 YEAR REWIND: LIJADU SISTERS



(As part of our 5th year anniversary, we’re revisiting 20 key songs. This post was originally published on April 23, 2006).

Lijadu Sisters: Life’s Gone Down Low
From Danger (Afrodisia, 1976)

(New comments:) Ok, so technically speaking, I actually have never posted this song before, at least, not on its own. I did post it (I think) as part of a snippet from DJs Matthew African and B-Cause excellent Soul Boulders mix-CD, probably the most influential mix I’ve heard in the last few years based on how many of its songs I’ve tried to hunt down [...]

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5 YEAR REWIND: MIGHTY VOICES OF WONDER



(As part of our 5th year anniversary, we’re revisiting 20 key songs. This post was originally published on August 28, 2006).

Mighty Voices of Wonder: I Thank the Lord
From 7″ (Revival, 197?). Also on Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal

(New comments:) On my recent NY trip, I picked this 7″ up at Big City and not only did it mean the end of a nearly three year wait, the timing couldn’t have been better.

To explain: this was the one single off the excellent Good God! compilation I really wanted; I [...]

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5 YEAR REWIND: THE IMPRESSIONS



(As part of our 5th year anniversary, we’re revisiting 20 key songs. This post was originally published on June 14, 2008).

The Impressions: I’m Loving Nothing
From This Is My Country (Curtom, 1968)

(From the original post:) “This LP is easily the best thing I’ve heard in months. I just cannot get enough of it and am marveling at its overall consistency and sheer sublimeness at times. I feel sheepish that it took me this long to get around to listening the Impressions’ solo albums but if they’re anywhere near this good, I’ll be copping [...]

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