darondo – didn’t I
donald byrd & isaac hayes – I feel like loving you today EDIT
blundetto – nautilus
minnie riperton – baby, this love I have
amy winehouse – i love you more than you’ll ever know
nightmares on wax – give thx
james tillman – shangri la
j finesse – drums, claps & snaps
dirg gerner feat fatima – rubies & diamonds
patrice rushen – settle for my love
the poets of rhythm – choking on a piece of meat
prince – colonized mind
diggs duke – patiently we bloom
aaliyah – rock the boat (cooking soul remix)
hiatus kaiyote – nakamarra
k-def – nj dodgers
alsarah & the nubatones – soukura (it’s late)
mulatu astatke – boogaloo


didn’t I – Darondo is a mythical SF soul singer who’s claim to fame is opening for James Brown once and driving a Rolls Royce that had a picnic table which folded out of the trunk. He only ever released one 7” 45 in 1972, and this amazing Al Green-sounding song wasn’t even on there. Was pressed by Ubiquity in 2006 and has blown up among collectors ever since.

I feel like loving you today EDIT – this is one of those joints I’d heard sampled but never owned until recently. If you listen in headphones you can hear Isaac’s vocals turned way down. I extended a few of the instrumental parts just to stretch it out.

nautilus – Blundetto is a French DJ from Dijon. This shit is just blissful to me. Came out on limited 7” in 2010. Now available digitally.
baby, this love I have – Minnie in her prime. I extended the intro just a bit for some quest love.

i love you more than you’ll ever know – A heavy cover of one of my all time favorite Donny Hathaway cuts. Not too many people can pull this off. RIP. to one of the baddest white girls to ever grab a mic.

give thx – From their late 2013 “Feelin’ Good” LP. Has a bit of a “People Get Ready” thing going on.

shangri la – This dude is from DC. His vocal delivery really reminded me of George Duke’s “Feel”. I sent him an Email telling him as much and now we are BFFs. Or at least I’m on his mailing list.

drums, claps & snaps – this song and the one above come from this very solid BBE compilation of new American soul cats out of Atlanta called ON DECK 2

rubies & diamonds – Dirg Gerner is a Chilean-born German-raised DJ living in London. This is a collaboration with UK soul singer Fatima, who I highly recommend peeping if you dig Jill Scott/Erykah Badu/etc.

settle for my love – I was too young to really appreciate this patrice rushen/roy ayers sultry sound the first time around. Good thing they recorded it all.

choking on a piece of meat – These guys were kind of like The Meters meets Groove Collective, carrying a torch for live funk in 90s Berlin. I copped this on their Daptone anthology that was released earlier this year.

colonized mind – a new (to me) Prince song I just discovered from his 2009 “LotusFlow3r”. He’s really doing some Hendrix shit towards the end of the track. Lately I’ve been digging around in all of the weird Prince records that few ever heard. There’s a lot of God & conspiracy talk, but there’s usually at least one gem on each. He even made an all-acoustic record called “The Truth” that never even came out (later boxed with another fanclub release).

patiently we bloom – This DC brother seems to have picked up where Donnie left off after his first album. Maybe with more Jazz. Shit is type hot, ya heard?

rock the boat (cookin soul remix) – Cookin Soul are three Hip Hop DJs from Valencia, Spain who have been making noise on the remix and edit blogs for a minute now. Soild shit. Probably out of key but Hip Hop DJs have never cared about that shit LOL.

nakamarra – funky-ass live band from Melbourne, Australia. been meaning to catch them live for a minute. This came out in 2012 on Giles Peterson’s Brownswood label, which is always a sure bet for that hot fire.

nj dodgers – This dude put out a whole album of replayed Hip Hop instrumentals. he stays very true to the track, with just the right amount of embellishment. Cop the vinyl or cassette HERE

soukura (it’s late) – speaking of Giles Peterson & Brownswood, Nicodemus’ label Wonderwheel is fast becoming the Brownswood of Brooklyn. very eclectic. Lots of actual live music played by musicians. All of it funky.

boogaloo – A nice vibey boogaloo number from the Ethiopian jazz master, who sat in with Duke Ellington and is still at it today.

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