Articles tagged new zealand, funk, hi-life, reggae, dub, islander, neo-soul, soul, samplers, brass

2 Nov 2016 // 2:05 AM

Dexter Wansel: Stargazer

Stargazer compiles all of Dexter Wansel’s Philadelphia International recordings, but the collection’s sequencing leaves something to be desired.

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1 Nov 2016 // 10:30 AM

Emeli Sandé - “Hurts” (Singles Going Steady)

Sandé's lyrics are so personal and her delivery so breathtaking and urgent that "Hurts" commands attention.

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Izzy Flynn - “Faith” (audio) (premiere)

London's Izzy Flynn is an artist on the rise as her blend of electronic, electropop, soul and jazz is mesmerizing.

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31 Oct 2016 // 10:41 AM

Solange - “Don’t Touch My Hair” (Singles Going Steady)

Don't mistake Solange's cool voice for weakness: she has a strong message and proud resolve, and she makes both very clear in this stunning single.

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27 Oct 2016 // 2:20 AM

NxWorries: Yes Lawd!

Yes Lawd! wants to be a neo-soul version of Madvillainy or The Unseen or Donuts, but comes up short.

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Solange: A Seat at the Table

With this unapologetic examination of blackness in America, Solange boldly cements her status as a voice to be reckoned with.

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Thievery Corporation Steals the Night With Truth Bombs at Berkeley Greek

The energy in the Berkeley air crackles as the band and audience unite in a collective groove that makes it feel like the political revolution still has a chance.

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25 Oct 2016 // 2:05 AM

Macy Gray: Stripped

Macy Gray reimagines some old work, provides some new work, and tackles other artists' work in an exciting, triumphant new LP.

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A Ritual de lo Habitual in San Francisco With Jane’s Addiction and Fishbone

Jane's first two albums continue to represent a pinnacle of sorts for the classic trio of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll which few other bands have distilled in such a vibrant manner.

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Melissa Etheridge: MEmphis Rock and Soul

MEmphis Rock and Soul finds Etheridge lacking the secret ingredient that once made these songs timeless classics.

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Lizz Wright Plays Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald’s Centennial Birthday with New Video (premiere)

Lizz Wright celebrates the music of Ella Fitzgerald at a special concert this Saturday, October 22nd at the Apollo Theater in NYC and shares new video.

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The Seshen: Flames & Figures

While there are tracks that stand out, Flames & Figures genuinely suffers from monotony in its attitude and aura.

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14 Oct 2016 // 2:10 AM

Jah Wobble: In Dub

This collection of selections and collaborations spanning 30 years confirms Jah Wobble as the foremost interpreter and practitioner of dub on the global scale. He is a consummate musician to boot.

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John Brown’s Body: Fireflies

With their 12th record John Brown's Body become the poster children for commitment.

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Various Artists: Nigeria Soul Fever

Sharp turns and bumpy backroads trace a strange path from polished funk to low-budget disco and back again.

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Bobby Rush: Porcupine Meat

A throwback for the ages, long live Bobby Rush and his funked up soul blues.

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Jah Wobble and the Invaders of the Heart: Everything Is No Thing

Just because the post-everything bassist Jah Wobble has mellowed doesn't mean his drive has depleted.

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Betty Harris: The Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul

Of course, this is New Orleans music so much of the best stuff has a strong sexual presence. Harris’ excitement is itself exciting.

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Gene & Eddie: True Enough: Gene & Eddie With Sir Joe at Ru-Jac

Omnivore Recordings continues gets it right with latest reissue of the Maryland-based Ru-Jac label.

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Pat Thomas: Coming Home - Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1964-1981

Pat Thomas' voice was made for singing, and that's the simple truth.

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