Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Inner Life feat Jocelyn Brown - Make It Last Forever



Sounds like Barry White strings, 1980's squelchy keyboard bass and Jocelyn Brown. Great stuff...

Monday, 15 December 2008

Kym Sims - Too Blind To See It (1991)



Memories....

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Tweet - Turn Da Lights Off



The beat on this one is awesome. Just wish Missy would turn her mouth off. Sadly she doesn't.

Karin Jones Here I Go Again

Lyn Christopher Take Me With You



Lyn Christopher - Take Me With You. This is nice...

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Donald Byrd Think Twice



More brilliance from Donald Byrd. Sampled on a house track (4.46) and by various other hip hop artists..

Donald Byrd Wind Parade 1975



Did these 1970's soul legends really realise just what they were creating? Donald Byrd with yet another killer track. Sampled by Black Moon and Tupac. Real music.

Bell Biv DeVoe Poison 1990



Undeniable classic.

Timmy Thomas Why Can't We Live Together



Strange how the majority of the world seem to think this way... There was actually a nice version of this in the early 90's - anyone know who it was by? Timmy Thomas with a timeless classic..

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Otis Redding (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay



Real soul music from Otis Redding.

Aaliyah At Your Best (You Are Love) Tribute



Nice tribute to Aaliyah. RIP.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Soul Inspired - Soul Night In Manchester UK



Soul music - in Manchester? The legendary soul control sound system are back! The amplifiers are being dusted down as we speak! Real soul music hits Manchester this weekend. Streetsoul/rnb/classic 80's grooves will be the order of the day here, or night! The last time I heard Mike Stephens play he was on FIRE! If you like the tunes on this blog and complain there's nowhere to go - this is for you. The survival of nights like this relies on people like you to make an appearance! Get yourself down there, I'm sure this is gonna be something special.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Diana Ross My Old Piano 1980



Check the bassline.....

Saturday, 8 November 2008

James Brown The Boss (Black Caesar Movie) 1973



Simply fantastic. James Brown, the man who invented modern black music.

Syleena Johnson feat R Kelly Special Occasion



Feel good club tune from Syleena Johnson. Reminds me of some good times.

Mantronix feat Wondress Take Your Time 1989



Classic Mantronix joint from back in time. As always, I like to bring the memories back...

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Audio Problems

Apologies, there is an issue with the audio, as far as I'm aware it will ll be back on 31st October

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Ike & Tina Turner River Deep, Mountain High (1966)



Just watching a Phil Spector documentary. Forgot about some of these gems from the 1960's.. This one's from 1966. Compare this to today's pop music!

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Dred Scott Check The Vibe Remix 1994 (Feat Adriana Evans)



Wicked dreamy remix of Dred Scott's CLASSIC from 1994

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Hil St Soul Smile



Check this out...

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Omar There's Nothing Like This



Omar's classic bassline smash here! This video isn't seen very often.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Alyson Williams I Need Your Lovin' (Def Jam) 1989



A rare piece of fottage from BBC TV's Top Of The Pops. Alyson Williams.

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Jedi Mind Tricks - Animal Rap (Micky Ward Instrumental)



Awesome hip hop instrumental! Thanks Jepi.

D'Influence Good Lover (EW) 1992



Classic acid jazz sounds from D'Influence..

D'Influence Good Lover

Friday, 19 September 2008

Name That Tune?



Anyone know what this tasty vocal sample is, or what tune it is originally from? The female vocal I am talking about, not the rap!

Alfonzo Hunter - Just The Way (Playas Play) 1996



Classic from 1996, big bassline

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Gladys Knight & The Pips



One of my favourite soul vocalists...

Sunday, 31 August 2008

The Flamingos I Only Have Eyes For You (1959)



Going way way back here with this one. Real soul music from 1959...Sampled by The Fugees..

Adeva Beautiful Love (Cooltempo) 1989



Superb soul tune from Adeva. Beautiful.

Friday, 29 August 2008

Zhane Crush (Motown) 1997



Wonderful stuff.

Rene & Angela I'll Be Good 1985



Great 1980's soul. Never get tired of the classics.

Jaki Graham Heaven Knows 1985



Original version of 'Heaven Knows' from UK singer Jaki Graham. This was covered by the magnificent Lalah Hathaway in 1990. Not sure which I prefer, there's not a lot in it..

Sunday, 24 August 2008

The Charmels As Long As I've Got You



Wicked soul tune sampled by Wu Tang Clan.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Jah Screechy Walk and Skank



Love this. UK people will remember the SL2 version of this 'On A Ragga Tip'

Monday, 18 August 2008

Jill Scott Cross My Mind



Jill Scott!

Sade Somebody Already Broke My Heart (Sony) 2000



Sade with another classic taken from Lovers Rock in 2000

Monday, 11 August 2008

Isaac Hayes RIP



Saddened to hear that Isaac Hayes has died. A 70's soul genius much sampled and appreciated by the hip hop community and the world for his amazing music. A sad day. RIP Isaac, thanks for the music you left us.




Isaac Hayes Walk On By



Isaac Hayes Ike's Mood



Issac Hayes Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymystic



Isaac Hayes Bumpy's Lament



Isaac Hayes Shaft



Isaac Hayes They Long To Be Close To You

Saturday, 9 August 2008

RIP Bernie Mac



October 5, 1957 – August 9, 2008

Sad to hear that US comedian Bernie Mac has passed away. Very funny man, he'll be missed. Rest In Peace Bernie.

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Gwen Guthrie Save Your Love For Me (Polydor) 1986



As requested, the late great Gwen Guthrie with 'Save Your Love For Me' This was a B Side track on the 'Outside In The Rain' 12" This one's for you Kelly.

Gwen Guthrie Save Your Love For Me

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Faze-O Riding High



Wicked mellow vibes from Faze-O. Sampled by Fresh 4 on Wishing On A Star amongst others. Listen and you'll see why, or hear why...

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Joyce Sims All and All (Live)



It DOES NOT get any better than this. If anyone tells you it does - don't believe them!

Minnie Riperton Reasons



The late Minnie Riperton with a funky cut from her classic 'Perfect Angel' LP.

Friday, 4 July 2008

Kem Heaven (Album II) (Motown) 2005



This guy is amazing. Real soul music on the Motown label. I cannot believe I've been sleeping on these albums! This is only one track from them, I could have picked another ten. Thanks for Dean Jay for putting me on to these. If anyone likes soulful house music, you need to check his podcast out - it's exceptional. CLICK HERE

Kem Heaven

Chante Moore Love's Taken Over Quiet Storm Version-Long (MCA) 1992



The Quiet storm version of classic Love's Taken Over. Take a few minute to relax...

Chante Moore Love's Taken Over (Quiet Storm Version)

Monday, 30 June 2008

The Jacksons Show You The Way To Go (Epic) 1976



A stone cold classic from The Jacksons.

The Jacksons Show You The Way To Go

Brooklyn Dreams Music, Harmony and Rhythm (Millenium Music) 1977



Real feel good music from Brooklyn Dreams!!!

Brooklyn Dreams Music, Harmony and Rhythm

Lafayette Afro Rock Band Darkest Light



This will always remind me of Public Enemy's 'Show Em Watcha Got' which used this CLASSIC sax riff on the political cut up instrumental track from album 'It Takes A Nation Of Millions' Darkest Light has also been used by Jay Z and a classic rave track from the early 90's..

Lafayette Afro Rock Band Darkest Light


Public Enemy Show Em Watcha Got (Def Jam) 1988

Aaron Neville Hercules (Jazzman) 1973



Another classic sampled to great effect by Young Mc on 'I Come Off' Check the original out.

Aaron Neville Hercules


Young Mc I Come Off (Southern Comfort Mix)(Delicious Vinyl) 1990

Donald Byrd and 125th Street NYC Feel Like Loving You Today (Love Byrd) (Elektra) 1981



Amazing stuff from Donald Byrd. Such a sweet tune. Sampled a few times, by Group Home back in 1995 (2 Thousand) and Erykah Badu in 1997's Sometimes... You can hear trademark Isaac Hayes production in this as well. Top notch.

Donald Byrd and 125th Street NYC Feel Like Loving You Today

Friday, 27 June 2008

7th Wonder Daisy Lady (Climbing Higher) (Parachute) 1979



Instantly recognisable classic! Sampled many times, this is the original version.

7th Wonder Daisy Lady

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Fresh 4 Wishing On A Star (10 Records) 1989

Smith and Mighty Anyone



Classic from the old skool!!

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Massive Attack Safe From Harm (Wild Bunch) 1991



Lovely.

Nu Shooz I Can't Wait (Live) 1986



You just tune in and I'll bring 'em all to one place for ya! New Shooz, I 'Can't Wait' live. Sounds suspiciously like the studio version to me... Like this wasn't all produced on a Casio anyway. Stonecold 1980's classic.

Joyce Sims Lifetime Love 1988



Surprising what you can find diggin' around on Youtube. Classic sh*t from Joyce Sims taken from the 'Come Into My Life' Album produced by Mantronix.

Fonda Rae Over Like A Fat Rat 1982



Killer...

Baby Huey Hard Times (1971)



Classic breaks tune from Baby Huey.

Monday, 16 June 2008

Sounds Of Blackness Optimistic (A&M) 1991



Diggin' deep...

Bassomatic Fascinating Rhythm (1990)



Another from the archives...

Soul II Soul Keep On Movin' (Virgin) 1989



Ahh, the good old days...

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Stevie Wonder Rocket Love



Check this one out.

Curtis Mayfield Freddie's Dead

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Pieces Of A Dream Warm Weather (Elektra) 1981



This makes me glad to be alive...

Pieces Of A Dream Warm Weather

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

The Bygraves Set Me Free (Unheard) 1991



Classic Manchester soul from The Bygraves. Top notch song with conscious lyrics. Marvellous.

The Bygraves Set Me Free

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Sade Cherish The Day (Sony) 1992



This is absolutely amazing. The video, the song, surely this has to be Sade at her very very best...

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Billy Preston & Syreeta Wright With You I'm Born Again



Beautiful stuff. They have both passed away sadly. RIP.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Rose Royce Love Don't Live Here Anymore 1978



This is why they cover these tunes. Truly outstanding music from Rose Royce.

Monday, 2 June 2008

Bobby Caldwell What You Won't Do For Love (1979)



Absolute classic from Bobby Caldwell. Sampled by 2pac on 'Do For Love' (Yes, I'm shocked that he looks like that as well!)

Erykah Badu Otherside Of The Game (Universal) 1997



My favourite track from her Baduizm album.

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Cymande Dove (Janus) 1972



Classic from Cymande, sampled to good effect by The Fugees.

Cymande Dove

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Donna Gardier I'll Be There (Virgin) 1990



Love this track, thanks a lot for Stevie Street from the wonderful forum back2basics for identifying this for me. Killer from 1990!

Donna Gardier I'll Be There (Classic Club Mix)

Barbara Mason Winter Love



Don't know anything about this tune apart from I like it - isn't that all that counts?

Monday, 26 May 2008

Movement 98 Feat Carroll Thompson Joy and Heartbreak (Circa) 1990



Top drawer from the old school...

P. Diddy & The Bad Boy Family Can't Believe (feat. Faith Evans & Carl Thomas) (Puff Daddy Records) 2001



Faith Evans and Carl Thomas with 'Can't Believe' taken from the Diddy album The 'Saga Continues'

P. Diddy & The Bad Boy Family Can't Believe (feat. Faith Evans & Carl Thomas)

The Salsoul Orchestra Ooh, I Love It (Love Break) (Salsoul) 1983



Nice track from The Salsoul Orchestra. She almost raps her way through this much sampled classic. Great percussion, stabs and bass as well...

The Salsoul Orchestra Ooh, I Love It (Love Break)

Marvin Gaye What's Going On / What's Happening Brother



The late, great Marvin Gaye. Beautiful.

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Anyone know what this tune is from 1990?

Anyone help with this tune?

Thanks for your responses! This is Donna gardier 'I'll Be There' (Classic Club Mix) from 1990!

Hashim - Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) (Cutting Records) 1983



You kids MUST learn. Absolutely WICKED electro track from back in the day.

Davina So Good (Loud) 1997

Total Can't You See

Sunday, 18 May 2008

UB40 Impossible Love (DEP) 1989



Powerful stuff from UB40. Taken from the album 'Labour Of Love II' which is a classic in its own right. Beautiful tune...

Sos Band No One's Gonna Love You /NWA Express Yourself Beats



What it says on the tin...

Sos Band No One's Gonna Love You /NWA Express Yourself Beats

The Good Girls It Must Be Love

Caron Wheeler Blue Is The Colour Of Pain



Didn't even know there was a video for this one.

The Family Stand Ghetto Heaven (Atlantic) 1990



This is one of my all time favourites. Amazing tune, great video.

En Vogue My Lovin' (EW) 1992



Classic from back in the day. There's never been a better and sexier vocal rnb group than these four...has there?

Adeva So Right (Cooltempo) 1989



Adeva with another nice soul groove taken from her marvellous album back in 1989.

Adeva So Right

Amy Winehouse Stronger Than Me (Universal) 2003



The hard hitting 'Stronger Than Me' taken from the killer album 'Frank' which had some seriously good tunes on it.

Amy Winehouse Stronger Than Me

Bob Marley & The Wailers Natural Mystic (Exodus) (Island) 1977



Why does this sound so good?

Bob Marley & The Wailers Natural Mystic

The Jacksons That's What You Get For Being Polite (Epic) 1979



The B Side to "Shake Your Body Down To The Ground"

The Jacksons That's What You Get For Being Polite

Gary Byrd & The G.B. Experience The Crown (Motown) 1983



'Chic' sounding disco production from Stevie Wonder on this back in time 12" Gary Byrd reminds us of how rap music used to sound before bitchez and bling. Stevie kills it on his verse...

Gary Byrd & The G.B. Experience The Crown

Dread Flimstone And The Modern Tone Age Family From The Ghetto (Urban) 1991



Old skool rave era 12" from Dread Flimstone. Listen...

Dread Flimstone And The Modern Tone Age Family From The Ghetto

David Joseph You Can't Hide (Your Love From Me) (Island) 1983



Back in time with this classic from David Joseph.

David Joseph You Can't Hide (Your Love From Me)

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Badboysoul Mix 2

Another quick mix for ya DOWNLOAD here. Some Classics from the 80's and 90's, hope you enjoy. Leave feedback / comments!

Dark Nights Feat Mary Pearce Still In Love With U
Bonnie Byrd Good Girl
Tashan Read My Mind
PP Arnold A Little Pain
Midnight Star Curious
Mary J Blige Changes I've Been Going Through
Maxeen Everything I Want
Jill Scott Slowly Surely
Gold In The Shade Over You
Loose Ends Don't You Ever (Try To Change Me)
Lorraine How Can You Tell Me It's Over
Bassline Feat Lorraine Chambers You've Gone
Zhane Sending MyLove
Soul II Soul Missing You
Anita Baker Angel

Saturday, 3 May 2008

UB40 Please Don't Make Me Cry (Labour Of Love) (DEP International) 1983



Loved this album when it came back in 1983. This is one of the stand out tracks for me.

UB40 Please Don't Make Me Cry

The Meters Just Kissed My Baby (Reprise Records) 1974



Delightful re-release from 2004, The Meters 'Just Kissed My Baby' Essential soul / funk grooves. I can't listen to this without mentioning the track that I first heard sample it in 1987...

The Meters Just Kissed My Baby


Public Enemy Timebomb (Yo! Bum Rush The Show) (Def Jam) 1987



Chuck D is on FIRE on this track, he absolutely murders it. This is how to make a rap tune, absolutely wicked. He is relentless all the way through, sounds like he could have gone on all night. Just played this 3 times back to back, you might find yourself doing the same...

Public Enemy Timebomb

Corrina Joseph Wanna Get Down (When You Get Down) Atlantic Jaxx) 1996



The cool sounds of Corrina Joseph, produced by BAsement Jaxx back in 1996.

Corrina Joseph Wanna Get Down (When You Get Down)(Summer Mix)

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Michael Jackson Liberian Girl (Epic) 1989



One of the best from his Bad album.

Michael Jackson Liberian Girl

Al Jarreau We Got By (Reprise) 1975



Glad I found this tune...check it out.

Al Jarreau We Got By

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Jodeci Come & Talk To Me (Hip Hop Mix) (MCA) 1992



This is the hip hop mix with the killer breakbeat.

Jodeci Come & Talk To Me (Hip Hop Mix)

Alyson Williams I Need Your Lovin' (Def Jam) 1989



Never seen this video before. Absolute monster of a soul tune from Alyson Williams remixed by Jazzie B and Nellee Hooper.

Eddy Grant Living On The Frontline (Ensign) 1979



Wow! Eddy Grant 'Living On The Frontline' This is a serious 12" record. The squelchy electronic bass on this is truly marvellous as are the lyrics. Listen to this in full, it's a great tune. Politically conscious words that are still as poignant and relevant as they were 29 years ago. Big respect Eddy.

Eddy Grant Living On The Frontline

Taana Gardner Heartbeat (West End) 1981



Massive disco/soul party BOMB!!!!!! Ini Kamoze 'borrowed' this KILLER rhythm track for 'Here Comes The Hotstepper' An essentail piece of vinyl...

Taana Gardner Heartbeat

Brenda Russell In The Thick Of It (A&M) 1988



I am feeling this one. Nice music from Brenda Russell taken from the B Side of her commercial hit 'Piano In The Dark' The percussionn and guitar on this gives a slight latin flavour...to my ears anyway..

Brenda Russell In The Thick Of It

Saturday, 26 April 2008

Grand Puba 2000 (Elektra) 1995



Only discovered this record a few months ago. This is super dope hip hop. He really is a very gifted emcee and the production on this is simply amazing. Without doubt one of the best rap records ever made, get one of these.

Grand Puba Back Stabbers


Grand Puba Change Gonna Come


Grand Puba Don't Waste My Time

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Roy Ayers Ubiquity Sensitize (Polydor) 1974



One of the best looped up samples I've ever heard. Dark, eerie but somehow beautiful.... Borrowed by Black Rob for his 'Life Story' track and also O.C. in 1997 on the tune 'Hypocrite' Music that sounds like this could have only been produced in the 1970's..

Roy Ayers Ubiquity Sensitize