I have always been a record collector and have also DJ'ed for periods of time. My love for music has been there since childhood, growing up on Soul, R&B and Disco Classics like Barry White and Gloria Gaynor. This blog is mainly for sharing and spreading my love for music. Not what's trending right now, just what's really good!
Messing around with my new toy! Here playing back one of the first mixes I’ve done since I got out of the DJ game 15 years ago. Of course I had to make the comeback in the same style I left it, 90s RnB baby! (even though 80s is really my preferred choice) I only played vinyl back then, so this style of digital mixing is all new to me, I feel like a kid, having to learn it all over again…
It’s that time again, Funky Friday! Today I decided to share another funky Swifft Edit, this time of "You And Me" by Maurice Starr a.k.a. Larry Curtis Johnson. He was originally in the Boston-based family band The Johnsons with his 5 brothers, prior to taking on the Maurice Starr name. He released 2 albums as Maurice Starr prior to making his name as a multi-instrumentalist producer for New Edition amongst others. Now press play and get ready to move your hips!
I knew Tank had a new solo project in the works after the TGT collaboration last year, but not that it was this close to dropping. So thanks goes out to DjSoulchild for putting this release back on my radar!
"You’re My Star" is a mature uptempo track from Tank laced with horns and a funky baseline that brings me back to the R&B of yesteryear but still with a fresh feel to it. Looking forward to the album titled "Stronger", slated for release later this year. Maybe 2014 will be the year when real R&B makes a comeback? Thank you Tank for putting your foot down and showing how it should be done!
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Pharrell Williams new album G I R L was released a week ago today. I’ve had a good listen to it now and there’s one track in particular stands out to me (other than "Happy" of course). That track is "Gust Of Wind" featuring Daft Punk. It seems that these guys can’t fail when they collaborate! Here it is in an Orchestral Edit by Yam Who who has added some instrumental goodness to this extended version.
Make sure you checkout the full album on iTunes or Spotify and let me know your favorites!
How about some Sunday Soul from the legendary Bobby Womack? The song "How Could You Break My Heart" originally appears on his 1979 album ”Roads Of Life”, but was actually released as a single by Arista as late as 1987.
Enjoy your Sunday! I’m heading out in the sunshine, as spring seems to have found it’s way to Sweden…
The Salsoul Orchestra - Nice 'N' Naasty (Funk Hunk Edit)
It’s Funky Friday! Time for a sweet instrumental Funk Hunk Edit of "Nice N’ Naasty" by The Salsoul Orchestra. This jam was originally released in 1976 and was the title track of the album they released that year.
The Salsoul Orchestra formed 1974 in New York, and was the the house band of Salsoul Records. It included up to 50 members with instrumental section, arrangers and conductors.
Barry White & The Love Unlimited Orchestra - Somebody's Gonna Off the Man (Swifft Edit)
Some call it Throwback Thursday, for me though most days of the week are filled with throwback tracks. Today I want to share an often overlooked 70’s gem by Barry White & The Love Unlimited Orchestra. Here’s "Somebody’s Gonna Off the Man" in a great Swifft Edit. The song originally appeared on the 1974 soundtrack for the movie Together Brothers where it features in the opening scenes. You just have to love the strings and Barry’s strong vocals over the newly added propulsive beat by Jonathan Swifft. The break at 4.35 makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end, and then again how it builds to the strong finish at 6.20 just floors me! Play it, love it and repeat!
I first heard The Internet on Soundcloud sometime last year, but then for some reason forgot about them again, shame on me! Thanks goes out to my old record collector friend Tony SoulClap Nilsson for reminding me when he posted "Dontcha" on Facebook last week. So of course I have to support and repost quality music like this. Make sure you check out the full length album "Feel Good" for some more sweet tracks!
It’s Friday again, and time for some feel good funky soul vibes! This time from Cool Million feat. Eugene Wilde, most know for his 1984 hit "Gotta Get you Home Tonight" which was also sampled by Foxy Brown and Blackstreet in the mid 90’s. This track is called "Back For More" and has that smooth 80’s feel even though it was released in 2010.
Make sure you check out the full length album "Back For More", it’s definitely worth a listen. Now press play and enjoy your weekend!
It’s Friday and time to get your groove on! To get you in the right mood I have the fantastic track "We Are On The Move" by Zo! feat. Eric Roberson & Phonte. It has a real feel good throwback groove and gets me thinking about some classic 80’s tracks. The video was released last week and is taken from their album "ManMade" from last year.
The video was directed by Kenneth Price and is a nice tribute to the classic video by The Whispers for the song “Keep On Lovin’ Me”.
Late last night I stumbled upon some great mixes/edits by The Reflex. These are some of the best Michael Jackson re-works I’ve heard, staying so true to the originals but still bringing something so fresh and new to the table. Now press play and enjoy The Reflex Re√isions of "Rock With You", "P.Y.T." and "Thriller"!
Now this wouldn’t be a Soul Blog if I didn’t post Leela James latest single featuring Anthony Hamilton. These two great soul voices of our time match each other beautifully on "Say That". This is the first release from Leela’s yet untitled album planned for release early 2014.
If the rest of the tracks on the album match this one we’ve got a real soul gem to look forward to this year!
I must say Bobby V surprised me in a very positive way with the release of his EP "Peach Moon" earlier this month. I’m glad to see artists move away from the glossy lightweight R&B that we see on the charts today. With this release Bobby V is giving us a more mature sound with real live instruments and a great neo-soul feel.
Above you get the visuals for "Koko Lovely", and below you can stream all the tracks from Audiomack. Make sure you support artists that make real music by purchasing the EP on iTunes!