My recent deluge of work means a drought in posts but I’m finally back. Pardon the kitchen sink but I got a lot to cover.
First off, my early runner for “album of the year” goes to Laura Mvula. I’ve been singing her praises for a while but had been looking forward to finally reviewing the U.S. release of her Sing to the Moon for NPR. I feel like any kind of superlatives I might throw her way will be woefully inadequate. Listen to this, the first song on the album. If you’re not awed…well, maybe you’ll [...]
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The 2nd Soulstrut Beat-Off is up and running (yes, I know how that sounds). This time, it’s “Scorpio” up at the plate.
Let me be real: when I first heard of this project, my initial thought was, “oh good god, this is like some throwback-packers wet dream but haven’t we pillaged the depths of the golden era catalog enough already?” Sure, I love the Pharcyde and Tribe but the idea of mashing up the former’s lyrics over beats inspired by the latter just seemed too nostalgia-sizzled. It’d be like bringing back Cross Colours gear or something.
But then I listened to the whole thing and even I couldn’t resist. This is great. And not simply because it is a [...]
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This is the first year where I’m putting the Summer Songs series on hold – too much else going on – but that doesn’t mean my summer listening has disappeared or anything. The thing is though…in any given summer, my heaviest rotation songs are almost never from that actual summer and 2012 (so far) is no different. Here’s the top rundown:
Lianne La Havas: Is Your Love Big Enough?
From digital single (Nonesuch, 2012)
Lily Allen: Smile (Mark Ronson Revisit)
From internet single (2007)
Cloud Control: Just For Now
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Bettye Swann: Make Me Yours
I Will Not Cry
From 7″ (Money, 1967).
Make Me Yours (CD Mix)
Make Me Yours (“Remix”)
From The Money Recordings
Bettye Swann: (My Heart Is) Closed for the Season
From 7″ (Capitol, 1968). Also on Bettye Swann.
When my man Vinnie got married, he had some custom 7″s pressed (class move, always) and on one side was Bettye Swann’s “Make Me Yours.” That’s a damn high compliment but who would deny that Swann’s song earns it?
The song not only [...]
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