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Category Archives: Soul

Funkadelic – Hit It & Quit It

Tough, Chunky Soul from Clinton’s rockier Funk manifestation. This track if from their 1971 album ‘Maggot Brain’.


Sly & the Family Stone – (You Caught Me) Smilin’

Allegedly an ode to getting high, this track from Sly’s 1971 album ‘There’s A Riot Goin’ On’ could as easily been about his struggle with mental health issues; especially when considering lines such as “In my pain I’ll be sane to take your hand”. Real gem from a gem of an album.

Parliament – Children of Production

P-Funk, uncut Funk, the bomb. Lovely tune from the super Funk band’s 1976 album ‘The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein’.

James Brown – Superbad, Superslick

The minister of super heavy Funk gives the world one of the richest Soul tunes.  This rich 1975 tune is spacious, funky, elegant, yet tough. This is in among  his greatest songs, and that’s not a statement made lightly.  And those backing vocals.

Sly & the Family Stone – If You Want Me To Stay

This is just one of many examples of how ‘soulful’ soul used to be. Ridiculously so in fact….none more Soul.. Amazing track from the ‘Fresh’ album (1973)

Prince – Automatic

The Electro is strong in this one, and made even better with the track cosying up with ‘Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)’ on his album 1999 (1981).  “A U T O matic”

Jimi Tenor – Spell

Jimi channels his inner Curts Mayfield on this track from the wonderful ‘Out Of Nowhere’ (2000) album.

Labi Siffre – I Got The…..

Stupendous Soul music from 1975 that has been sampled by many who don’t warrant a mention here. Simply put, the samples don’t do this track justice at all. Dive in.

Prince – Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)

A wonderful future funk track from Prince’s fifth studio album; 1982’s ‘1999’. This could be a contender for the tag ‘Minneapolis Techno’, and surely stands as one of the records that influenced the Motor City guys. Fantastic tune.

*This is a fan made video, just to let you know.

Rotary Connection – I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun

Stunning Psychedelic Soul from 1971 here. Rotary Connection were from Chicago, and were formed by Marshall Chess, son of Chess Records founder Leonard Chess. It is also of note that the receptionist of Chess records, a certain Minnie Ripperton, was one of the singers in this outfit.

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