Oh Stevie

April 25, 2012

You’re just what I need today. 

*from Stevie Wonder for Once in My Life

Charles Bradley

February 3, 2012

The documentary about Charles Bradley – Soul of America – debuts at the SXSW Film Festival next month. The trailer looks loaded with live performance and life drama, the man has had many a turn in his life.  His album No Time for Dreaming is all kinds of soul and funk … a first album at the age of 62, is in every way a life’s work. Raw and real.  

El Rego

December 8, 2011

The recent El Rego release from Daptone Records has been playing non stop in my house. It is my go-to good feelin’ album right now. African funk tinged with blues, traditional African sounds, and soul. Here’s a greeaat video released by Daptone introducing you to El Rego, “Benin’s Godfather of Funk.”

The Stepkids

November 28, 2011

Man I just love this band. Good vibes all the way around. So smooth and I couldn’t be more in love with their first full length release. Their groove is so distinct and well, undeniable. Dreamy psychedelic soul.

Chris Joss does it, again!!

October 28, 2011

Swear, I love this dude. He brings the funk every-dang-time.Chris Joss’s latest release on ESL Music, No Play No Work, is yet another great jam! Along with the funk, he throws in psychedelia/rock and occasional moments of espionage. Reading up on the album, they mention his focus on Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock – no doubt about that. This is the only video I could find for his new release, and I hate to say it, but this track doesn’t truly reflect the full album. Tracks like “Toxic People” or “Come on it’s Time to get Up” are more along the lines of my favorite.   He’s one of my top 20. Always brings it. Here’s a video of him at work, creating a track. Holy cow!

AM & Shawn Lee

October 27, 2011

Perusing the ESL Music label’s page the other day and I realized, I’ve been missing out! ESL was always the go to label for me. After all, it’s how I discovered Nicole Conte! The sounds range from international to jazz to bossa to funk to pop to electric, but all in the same vein. My next few posts will feature some of their artists. First up is AM & Shawn Lee. Talk about an album growing on me. Wasn’t blown away at first, but now, I find myself perpetually going back to their new release, Celestial Electric. Well groomed pop that incorporates soul, funk, with melodic overtones. It’s a very chilled vibed. Pretty dang and otherwise killer-ly amazing video right here:

But this is the song that does it for me! 

 

*** and yes, it’s that Shawn Lee.

Mayer Hawthorne

August 5, 2011

Watch the entire video. WATCH IT …’cuz it’s funny.

Love this man.