The first mix of the year 2023… Nice to have you back!
Heaven’s On The Other Side
A mix full of trendy soul music from today picked with some evergreens from the past.
Black Rain – Ben Harper
Harper is a fantastically talented musician and he has a really great voice to be heard on “Both Sides of the Gun” from 2006.
Wisdom Behind the Smile (Cash) – Keziah Jones
Nigerian singer-songwriter and guitarist. He described on the first album his musical style as „Blufunk“, which is a fusion between raw blues elements and hard, edgy funk rhythms. Also his Nigerian roots in Yoruba music and soul music can be considered a major influence on his sound. He is known for his distinctive style of guitar playing, including his percussive right-hand technique which is similar to a bass guitarist’s slapping technique.
Black Heart – Stealth, The Dap-Kings
The Dap-Kings were the powerhouse band behind the Sharon Jones for 16 years. They are also the band on Amy Winehouse’s album “Back to Black”. They have been the house band for many TV shows, radio shows and live special events. Although we don’t know Stealth’s real name – unless he’s like Seal and he’s aiming at single-name celebrity status – he is a young singer based in Birmingham.
Freedom – Jon Batiste
Batiste began working on the album in late 2019, making it in his dressing room over six days in September and finishing it by mid-2020. While largely written and recorded prior to the events of 2020, the album’s lyrical and thematic content reflects such events as the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and his involvement in 2020, leading Black Lives Matter protests in New York after the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
Hey Gringo – Kaleo
Kaleo is an Icelandic band which formed in Mosfellsbær in 2012. It consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Jökull Júlíusson, drummer David Antonsson, bassist Daniel Kristjansson, lead guitarist Rubin Pollock and harmonicist Þorleifur Gaukur Davíðsson.
Feet Don’t Fail Me Now – Joy Crookes
“Skin” is the debut studio album by British singer-songwriter Joy Crookes, released through Insanity Records in 2021. The album has spawned four singles, including “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now”.
I Need A Dollar – Aloe Blacc
Performed by Aloe Blacc, was a huge success. “Good Things” is the second studio album.
Writing’s on the Wall – Plan B
Is the sixth single to be taken from Plan B’s massive album, “The Defamation of Strickland Banks”.
Dancing In The Moonlight – King Harvest
A song written by Sherman Kelly, originally recorded in 1970 by Kelly’s band Boffalongo and then a hit single by King Harvest in 1972. In 2000, a cover by English band Toploader became a worldwide hit and achieved multi-platinum status in the United Kingdom.
One and Only – Gabriels
Gabriels have shared new single “One And Only”. The song features a lively instrumental arrangement with samba piano chords and funky off-beat percussion, performed against soulful lyrics that explore love and loss.
Will I See You Again? – Thee Sacred Souls
San Diego’s sweetest export is back with two sublime sides of West Coast flavored soul. Josh Lane’s vocals send you to a place transcendent of time and space… A world where lovers love, and hate has no place.
Cold Night in Santa Fe – Will Hoge
Will Hoge was born and grew up in Franklin, Tennessee, “Anchors” is the tenth studio album.
Looking for Moses – Mamas Gun
UK-based soul titans Mamas Gun are set to share new music for the first time since their massively successful 2018 album, “Golden Days”. Delighted to premiere the new uplifting Bill Withers tribute, “Looking For Moses”.
You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
The lead single of the album “Gossip in the Grain” by American folk singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne released on August 26, 2008.
Nothing From Nothing – Billy Preston
A song written by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher and recorded by Billy Preston for his 1974 album “The Kids & Me”. Becoming Preston’s second solo chart-topper in the United States.
(Here Comes) the Darkness – Ernest Ernie & the Sincerities
Really great work from Ernest Ernie & The Sincerities. One of the few contemporary groups who can get a vintage soul style so right. The production is great, almost a Motown-styled ear for the way that back-end rhythms and soaring strings can work in a subtle, but powerful blend behind Ernie’s lead.
Heaven’s On The Other Side – Curtis Harding
Harding followed his evangelical Gospel-singing mother on tour as a child in Michigan, and later moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he became a rapper, in addition to singing back-up for Cee-Lo Green.
Shoulder to Shoulder – The Haggis Horns feat. John McCallum
The infamous Haggis Horns hardly need any introduction, having been at the forefront of the UK funk scene since they came to our attention as a horn section. Singer-guitarist John McCallum is a veteran of the UK live music scene. Through his work with artists such as Corinne Bailey-Rae and bands like The Haggis Horns he has travelled the globe.
- Black Rain – Ben Harper
- Wisdom Behind the Smile (Cash) – Keziah Jones
- Black Heart – Stealth, The Dap-Kings
- Freedom – Jon Batiste
- Hey Gringo – Kaleo
- Feet Don’t Fail Me Now – Joy Crookes
- I Need A Dollar – Aloe Blacc
- Writing’s on the Wall – Plan B
- Dancing In The Moonlight – King Harvest
- One and Only – Gabriels
- Will I See You Again? – Thee Sacred Souls
- Cold Night in Santa Fe – Will Hoge
- Looking for Moses – Mamas Gun
- You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
- Nothing From Nothing – Billy Preston
- (Here Comes) the Darkness – Ernest Ernie & the Sincerities
- Heaven’s On The Other Side – Curtis Harding
- Shoulder to Shoulder- The Haggis Horns feat. John McCallum