The brilliantly named Edit Murphy does a really classic remix of Marvin Gaye with “Mercy,” found on his Motown Edits Vol. 1 release, resulting in a nice dubbed out disco vibe.
Ernesto Djédjé was a huge star on the Ivory Coast in his day and listening to “Ziboté,” it makes perfect sense. Catchy vocals, great instrumentation, groovy rhythms, and—although rare for West African records from the 70s—the recording is crystal clear and expertly mixed. One look at the cover and you know it’s gonna be funky.
The elusive Detroit champion Moodymann has been churning out deep, sample-based soul music for late-night dance floors for 20 some years. This self titled LP, in my opinion, is his greatest achievement.
I’m lugging a crate of my favorite jazz, funk, soul, and reggae 45s into the DJ booth for a rare all-vinyl set at The Lodge at Red Rocks!
Donald Byrd’s Places and Spaces album just reminds me of spring (which has finally arrived here in DC).
Like some lost Prince outtake, Inc. deliver a nice catchy slice of stripped down funky soul on “Swear.”
Stevie Wonder’s 1971 pop-soul single, “If You Really Love Me,” gets a tasteful re-work by JR.Dynamite. A reminder that warm summer days are not too far off.
“Again and Again” is a soulful slice of electronic pop from GiBBZ’ debut EP, Who Gibbz A F#@$.
Bobby Bland was the man! Bland was out of Memphis and had a voice and style all his own, the perfect mix between blues and soul.
“Hard Times” is a prime example out of Griz’s catalogue of tunes to showcase his soulful, hard-hitting sound. Love this one!