2009 REWIND

Besides being able to share music, the other great joy of working on Soul-Sides.com is the process of discovery for myself. I have this big crate of “songs I mean to post about” but inevitably, these get pushed out of the way based on “stuff I just discovered” and it’s almost always the case that my year-end review of my favorite songs are comprised by songs that I found-along-the-way; 2009 was no different.

Irma Thomas: Hurt’s All Gone
From 7″ (Imperial, 1966). Also on The Jerry Ragovoy Story — Time Is On My Side
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The path to how […]

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THIS WEEK’S HEAVY ROTATION


Bitty McLean: Walk Away From Love
From On Bond Street (Peckings, 2005)

Montclairs: Hey You!
From 7″ single (Arch, 1969)

Captain Planet: Fumando
From Speakin Nuyorican EP (Bastard Jazz, 2009)

Big Boi w/ Gucci Mane: Shine Blockas
From Sir Lucious Leftfoot: Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam, forthcoming 2009/2010)

Jay Electronica: Exhibit C (radio rip)
From untitled(?) (Decon, forthcoming ?)

Lupe Fiasco: Fire
From Lasers (Atlantic, forthcoming 2009)

Clipse feat. Pharrell, Cam’ron: Popular Demand (Popeye’s)
From Till the Casket Driops (Re-Up, forthcoming 2009)

I have a […]

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THE SLOW JAM FACTOR


I was interviewing Mayer Hawthorne today for an upcoming piece that will run around whenever his album drops (sounds like August or Sept. at the latest) and he was remarking how surprised he was that “young kids” (meaning teenagers) have been into his songs and I suggested that it was the “slow jam factor.” For all the stereotypes of teens liking angry, rebellious music, there’s also the contingent that likes the bump n’ grind groovers they can get their red light dance on to or the kind of sweet, lowrider ballads you hear them dedicating to one […]

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REGGAE WOMEN ROCK ON

Jennifer Lara: Close To You
Jennifer Lara: Our Love
From Studio One Presents Jennifer Lara (Studio One, 197?)

Sharon Forrester: Please Don’t Let Me Be Lonely
Sharon Forrester: Silly Wasn’t I
From Sharon (Vulcan, 1973). “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” also on Trojan Seventies.

I’m definitely not that deep of a reggae collector but I do have a yen for good reggae soul songs and that’s what drew me to both of these albums. The Lara LP was a bit of an impulse buy – I hadn’t even really heard much of it but decided that […]

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BY REQUEST: TYRONE DAVIS


Tyrone Davis: Can I Change My Mind?
From Can I Change My Mind? (Dakar, 1969)

Alton Ellis: Can I Change My Mind
From 7″ (Studio One, 1970). Also on I’m Still In Love With You

Tyrone Davis: Let Me Back In
From Turn Back the Hands of Time (Dakar, 1970)

Jesse Anderson: Let Me Back In
From 7″ (Curtom, 1970). Also on The Curtom Story.

Tyrone Davis: A Woman Needs To Be Loved
From Can I Change My Mind? (Dakar, 1969)

I’m definitely not that well-versed in Tyrone […]

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QUANTIC/FLOWERING INFERNO: DUBADELICA

Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno: Westbound Train

Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno: Make Dub Not War

From Death of the Revolution (Tru Thoughts, 2008)

Should have been on top of this back in the summer when it first dropped but consider the new Flowering Inferno album to be good, warm listening for the chilliness of winter. This is Quantic’s latest incarnation, a close kin to the Quantic Soul Orchestra’s Tropidelico album from 2007 except here, it’s Quantic himself handling all of the musical duties.

The sound this time is out notably influenced by reggae and dub – the […]

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REMEMBERING BYRON LEE


Byron Lee and the Dragonaires: Slow Run
From S/T (JAD, 1968). Also on Very Best of the Reggae Superstars.

Byron Lee and the Dragonaires: My Sweet Lord
From Reggay Splashdown (Dynamic, 1971). Also on Hot Reggae Splashdown.

Byron Lee and the Dragonaires: Live and Let Die
From Reggae Fever (Dynamic, 1972). Also on Trojan Beatles Tribute.

I am really derelict for not getting to this sooner. Byron Lee, one of most prolific artists in Jamaican history, died on November 4th, 2008 (alas, not long after one of his contemporaries, Alton Ellis, also passed away). I should […]

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THE YEAR IN MUSIC: PART 1 (THE OLD)


(from l-r, Alton Ellis, Edwin Starr, Labi Siffre, The Impressions
Joe Bataan, Stevie Wonder, the Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band
Bobby Matos, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Skye 7″)

(This post began life on Side Dishes and has “evolved” since).

I had a strange realization the other week: 2008 might be the first year where I spent more time listening to older music than new music. This hasn’t been out of nowhere – it’s been a long-term shift but it hit me, when I was trying to come up with the standard “Top 10” list that I’m […]

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ALTON ELLIS: RIP


1944 – 2008

Sad news: rocksteady great (and one of the finest crafters of reggae soul) Alton Ellis passed away recently. I was a late-comer to his magic but I’ve been beguiled by it ever since. His catalog is massive but I’ve always had an ear for his stuff from the late ’60s and early ’70s. Here’s three of my favorite. Jah bless.

Alton Ellis: I’m Still In Love With You
From I’m Still In Love With You (Trojan, 196?)

Alton Ellis: What Does It Take To Win Your Love
Alton Ellis: It’s Gonna Take a Miracle
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THE SOUL SIDES’ "UNDER COVERS" MIX FOR DUBLAB.COM


I recorded this mix for Dublab.com back in June and is now available on their website archive. I originally created it as a promo mix for Deep Covers 2 (though the timing was off since Dublab was back-logged over the summer). Still, I put in a nice selection of different cover songs here – some you’ve heard, some you haven’t. Here’s the tracklisting:

Simply Red – I Know You Got Soul – You’ve Got It – WEA

 

James Brown: Your Cheatin’ Heart – Soul On Top – King

 

Jimmy McGriff – Ain’t […]

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