FALLING STONES: SURINAM SOUL

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Falling Stones: Come Back To Your Lover (Suriname, 196?, S/T)

Of all the records I brought back from Paris, the Falling Stones LP ranks high simply because I marvel at how well this famed group from Surinam nailed the Stax sound. In particular, lead singer Louis Windzak does a mean Otis Redding, especially on this song, an original by the group that easily sounds like it could have been a cover of some Memphis single. Thanks to Sir Shambling’s Deep Soul Heaven, I learned that the reason there’s such a heavy […]

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THE INTERNET: CHILL MODE ENGAGED

The Internet feat. Janelle Monáe: Gabby (Columbia, 2015, Ego Death)1

I’m not doing the Summer Song series this summer (I’ll probably bring it back next year though) but in listening to this new album by The Internet (whom I really like), I’m reminded of how my favorite summer songs aren’t the big, brash anthems (though those are pretty good too) but the ones that capture the stillness of summer moments created by the right blend of light and heat. Or something like that. My point is, in those moments, the soundtrack should definitely be like what […]

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ETHICS: SITTING IN MY LONELY ROOM

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The Ethics: I Want My Baby Back (Vent, 1969, 7″)

One of my favorite Philly joints; could have sworn I shared this before but must have slipped my radar. I like how the content says “ballad” but everything else about it, musically, says Northern scorcher.

365 Days of Soul, #170

KALI UCHIS: SHE’S STILL HERE

Late pass. I completely slept on Kali Uchis until the other week when DJ Phatrick dropped this tune onto an episode of Heartbreak Radio. First of all, how am I not going to be into a track that loops up the Notations. Second, Uchis does that dream pop thing that needs to be kept in moderation but when it works, it works well, especially over something as ethereal as this track. Now all I need is for her to drop this on a 7″.

365 Days of Soul, #169

NICOLE WILLIS: THEY’RE PLAYING OUR TUNE

Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators: Where Are You Now? (Timmion, 2015, 7″)

I say this every couple of years but Nicole Willis is a treasure. Can’t wait for her next album, coming out in October.

365 Days of Soul, #167

SOUL INVESTIGATORS: BAD BUT GOOD

The Soul Investigators: Bad Vibrations (Timmion, 2015, 7″)

Forthcoming on Timmion. A killer little instrumental with some funky flute action laid over a early ’70s JBs-esque rhythm.

365 Days of Soul, #166

BRENTON WOOD: DOES THIS GOT IT?

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Brenton Wood: Some Got It, Some Don’t (Double Shot, 1968, 7″)

Fascinating production choices on here…the way it opens, you think it’s going to be a slow-burner funk tune, ala “Cleo’s Mood/Back” but then you have those unexpected synth notes. And then the whole beat shifts into more of a Northern tempo but it feels like it starts, awkwardly, off the down beat.

365 Days of Soul, #164

THE MEADOWLARKS: I’VE BEEN TRUE TO YOU

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The Meadowlarks: Sad, Sad Boy (Money, 196?, 7″)

Firme rola by the Meadowlarks (Don Julian’s group since their doo woo days) that strangely seems to fly under the radar. A 7″ only release on Money but comped The Money Recordings.1

365 Days of Soul, #163

Oops, just realized I wrote about this very song back in 2011. Oh well. ↩

DOUGLAS AND LONERO: LOUNGIN’

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Douglas and Lonero: Right Place, Wrong Time (Haji, 197?, Live at Charley Brown’s)

This album has been described to me as “the best lounge soul album ever.” High praise but not insane; it is an exceptionally good lounge album, filled with all kinds of covers + good stage banter + solid instrumental interludes. It was hard to pull just one track off here but this was one of the first songs in the set and I dig how thunderously funky they go on this Dr. John classic.

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S.O.U.L.: AIN’T GONNA LET YOU DOWN

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S.O.U.L.: This Time Around (Musicor, 1973, 7″)

S.O.U.L. is best known for their two LP s in the early ’70s but this single was, far as I can tell, a 7″-only release from a couple years after. Very solid crossover on the A-side but I especially love the slow(er) jam on the flip.

365 Days of Soul, #159