PICK SIX: RUBY ANDREWS

Despite appearances otherwise, I’m not much of a completionist. I may go through pet phases of interest in a particular artist or label but generally, I lack the time (or better said, focus) to dive into entire discographies (I mean, that’s what we have Numero for). One of the “drawbacks” to foregoing such an approach … Continue reading PICK SIX: RUBY ANDREWS

RUBY ANDREWS: COME TO HER

Ruby Andrews: Hey Boy (Take a Chance On Love) Come To Me From 7″ (Zodiac, 1967). Also on Just Loving You: The Zodiac Sessions. It’s been a while since I’ve written anything about Ruby Andrews even though, as I’ve implied in the past, I’d put her ’60s recordings amongst some of my favorite by any … Continue reading RUBY ANDREWS: COME TO HER

RUBY ANDREWS: RUBY IN THE ROUGH

Ruby Andrews: Whatever It Takes To Please You + You Made a Believer Out of MeFrom Black Ruby (Zodiac, 1972). Both also available on Just Loving You. Ruby Andrews’ two albums on Zodiac in the late ’60s are easily some of the best, strong-armed soul recorded by any woman in the era. Both are pricey … Continue reading RUBY ANDREWS: RUBY IN THE ROUGH

PRESENTING: YOUR LOVE (AKA “THE WEDDING MIX”)

Your Love (aka “The Wedding Mix”) by Soul-Sides.Com/O. Wang on Mixcloud I’ve made mixes that I might disavow under pressure. I’ve definitely made mixes where I wish I could go back and revise it (in fact, I’ve done that). But with this, “the wedding mix,” I really feel like I nailed it. That’s not a … Continue reading PRESENTING: YOUR LOVE (AKA “THE WEDDING MIX”)

INTRODUCING SOUL SIDES VOL. 3

Soul Sides Vol. 3 (2014) by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud The idea behind Soul Sides Vol. 3, of course, goes back to the first two volumes but the inspiration to finally get around to putting one together is really owed to an old KALX acquaintance, Marin Moran. A few months back, she had sent me … Continue reading INTRODUCING SOUL SIDES VOL. 3

5 YEAR REWIND: BROTHERS OF SOUL

(As part of our 5th year anniversary, we’re revisiting 20 key songs. This post was originally published on February 7, 2007). Brothers of Soul: A LifetimeFrom 7″ (Boo, 1968). Also on I Guess That Don’t Make Me a Loser. (Original post): “I don’t use the word “perfect” very often (well, actually, ok, I probably do) … Continue reading 5 YEAR REWIND: BROTHERS OF SOUL

Q-TIP: THE VIBE IS BACK

Q-Tip: Won’t Trade + Believe (feat. D’Angelo)From The Renaissance (Motown, 2008) Ruby Andrews: You Made a Believer Out Of MeFrom 7″ (Zodiac, 1969). Also on Casanova. Large Professor: For My PeopleFrom The LP (Geffen, unreleased, 1995) Having sat with Q-Tip’s new album for a few…I have to say, this is phenomenal. I know I may … Continue reading Q-TIP: THE VIBE IS BACK

Songs of Obsession: The Brothers of Soul

Brothers of Soul: A Lifetime From 7″ (Boo, 1968). Also on I Guess That Don’t Make Me a Loser. I don’t use the word “perfect” very often (well, actually, ok, I probably do) but if ever there were a song that should inspire such an honorific – here it is. I discovered this 45 a … Continue reading Songs of Obsession: The Brothers of Soul