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

Counterbalance No. 133a: Bob Marley and the Wailers’ ‘Catch a Fire’

Quench me when I'm thirsty. Come on and cool me down, baby, when I'm hot. Your recipe is so tasty, when you show and stir your pot. Cooking up the 133rd most acclaimed album of all time in this week's Counterbalance.

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Otis Redding: The Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection

This sprawling new box featuring every A- and B-side Redding produced is a must for any fan of soul music and a reminder that the singer was truly one of the greatest treasures American popular music has ever produced.

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Cornell Campbell Meets Soothsayers: Nothing Can Stop Us

The lead singer of the Eternals reprises his deep roots forays with help from the new school.

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Randall Bramblett: The Bright Spots

The Bright Spots may not break new ground, but it's much more than a mere throwback. It's too confident, too accomplished, and quite simply too good to be dismissed or denied.

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The Skatalites: Walk with Me

What most people know today as reggae music is really just ska which, tired from the hot Jamaica sunshine, decided to chill out and take a breather.

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Redtenbacher’s Funkestra: The Cooker

Consistent and enjoyable, The Cooker serves as a triumphant showcase of top-rate musicianship.

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Founding Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist Hillel Slovak Died 25 Years Ago Today (video)

The Israeli-American guitarist played on 1985's 'Freaky Styley' and 1987's 'The Uplift Mofo Party Plan'.

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Royal Canoe: Today We’re Believers

Today We’re Believers definitely employs the kind of sound that the term “hybrid” was invented to describe, especially in its excellent mid-section.

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Willy Moon: Here’s Willy Moon

Even if the Elvis by way of trip-hop premise of Here’s Willy Moon is a gimmick, who cares when it’s this fun?

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Jazz Fest 2013: Notes from the Field and Photos

New Orleans' greatest festival turned into a music-filled swamp during the two weekends of Jazz Fest 2013. It was dirty, smelly and sonically delicious -- exactly the way Jazz Fest should be.

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Major Lazer: Free the Universe

Each bar straddles rapid snares that pop and snap like firecrackers rippling on a waterbed mattress of liquid bass. Is this starting to sound like dirty talk? Then you're starting to get it.

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1 May 2013 // 10:05 PM

Alice Russell: To Dust

Fifth solo album from authentic soul diva Alice Russell deserves to see her claim her rightful place in the vanguard of the current female singer-songwriter explosion.

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The Heliocentrics: 13 Degrees of Reality

13 Degrees of Reality is a cerebral and ambitious album that greatly benefits from stylistic non-conformity.

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Chico Mann: Magical Thinking

Mann navigates through ‘80s influences and cues masterfully throughout Magical Thinking.

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17 Apr 2013 // 10:06 PM

Beastwars: Blood Becomes Fire

Blood Becomes Fire will undoubtedly be placing high on many end-of-year lists in 2013, and the 10 songs therein present unrelenting and graphic visions of ruin and despair.

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9 Apr 2013 // 7:00 AM

20 Questions: Bad Rabbits

How do you prove your salt when you're an energetic Jam & Lewis-referencing modern-day funk band? By going on the Vans Warped Tour, of course. Now the Bad Rabbits are touring with Kendrick Lamar, have a new album out, and a fresh set of 20 Questions answers in tow...

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Charles Bradley: Victim of Love

Throughout Victim of Love, Bradley exhibits vocals rich in soul, grit, and emotion.

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31 Mar 2013 // 10:02 PM

The Lions: This Generation

Are we heading for a roots-reggae renaissance?

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27 Jan 2013 // 8:31 AM

Solid Steel Radio Show 25/1/2013 Part 1 + 2 - Coldcut (MP3)

British electronic duo Coldcut head up this week's edition of the Solid Steel Radio Show, which Ninja Tune presents on their Soundcloud.

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22 Jan 2013 // 1:00 AM

Kylie Auldist: Still Life

Hearkening back to the days of classic soul, Still Life is an updated retro-soul affair that serves as a solid testament to R&B singer Auldist's artistry.

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'Staircase' Is Gay in a Melancholy Way

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"Unfairly cast aside as tasteless during its time for its depiction of homosexuality, Staircase is a serious film in need of a second critical appraisal.

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