Archive for the ‘Soul/ Funk/ Rare Groove’ Category

0177 Marvin Gaye – Ain’t That Peculiar @ 0:20

Friday, July 24th, 2015

marvin peculiar


“can’t do without you”

Listen to this and it will all make sense. What a loop.

Ain’t that Peculiar 0:10 – 0:24

From Moods of Marvin Gaye, released through Tamla records, 1966

0175 Kendrick Lamar – Hood Politics @ 0:00

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

“Don’t tell me that they got you on some weirdo rap shit ni$$a…. no socks and skinny jeans and sh!t… hahahhahaha…. call me on Shaniqua’s phone”

I was worried this was gonna happen too. Album of the year.

Hood Politics 0:00 – 0:35

From To Pimp a Butterfly, released through Aftermath/ Interscope records, 2015

0170 Laura Mvula – I don’t know what the weather will be @ 2:13

Friday, October 24th, 2014

“Or if today is all I have to live…”

Someone will be digging for tunes online 40 years from now, find this, and be soooo happy. Such a special record; warm, and built on the shoulders of giants.

I don’t know what the weather will be 2:13 – 2:58

From Sing to the Moon, released through RCA Victor records, 2013

0166 Gloria Ann Taylor – Love is a Hurting Thing @ 4:39

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

This is a straight burner, 9 seconds in on the clip, but 4:30 on the track!!!

Feel that where it counts…

Love is a Hurting Thing 4:30 – 5:05

From Deep Inside You, released through Selector Sound, 1970s

0150 J Dilla – Every Siren on the Donuts album

Monday, February 11th, 2013

It was the 7th anniversary of J Dilla’s passing on Feb. 10th this year, and Stones Throw are re-releasing the Donuts album as a box set of 7″ singles. Pitchfork (I know I’m mentioning them again) did a great review (10!!) of the release and Nate Patrin pinpointed what is always such a great part of any Dilla tune, the siren:

Even the ubiquitous siren he lifted from Mantronix feels like Dilla’s sole property now– maybe because Kurtis never thought to lay it over a mobius-strip revamp of Kool and the Gang album track “Fruitman” (“The Diff’rence”) or a tense, staggered piano loop cut from Martha Reeves’ mid 70s post-Motown solo debut (“Thunder”).

The siren is all over the Donuts album and like Nate says, it’s his now.

Side Note: Armand Van Helden used it first back in 2000, but Dilla used it best.

The Diff’rence 0:09

Thunder 0:29

As I said on March 5, 2006 when I aired these tributes on CIUT. The Best Ever.

Lowsound – J Dilla Tribute Part 1
Lowsound – J Dilla Tribute Part 2

From Donuts, released through Stones Throw Records, 2006 and re-released on 7″ Vinyl, 2013

0141 Frank Ocean – Pyramids @ 6:22

Monday, September 24th, 2012

“hit the strip and my bills paid, that keep my bills paid..”

It’s that trumpet part, oh man, sing it Frank. This guy is the next Prince.

Pyramids 6:14 – 6:52

From Channel Orange, released through Def Jam Records, 2012


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The Best Parts of Songs: 0131 Frank Ocean – Thinking About You @ 0:50

0139 The Dells – Adventure (No Way Back Part 2) @ 0:24

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

“No way back”

I’m stealing this one from the great Ron Hardy. He must have found this Dells gem and thought, well damn, that break is the best part of this song. Let’s build a house track around that break, and people will go bonkers when after 5 minutes, they FINALLY hear the break. Imagine this at the Paradise Garage! I chased down the original, and here it is right off the top of the clip.

You gotta listen to all of the re-edits to get a feel for how great this break is:

Ron Hardy
Theo Parrish
DJ Harvey

No Way Back 0:24 – 0:50

From No Way Back, released through Mercury Records, 1975

0133 Robert Glasper Experiment – Consequence of Jealousy @ 0:30

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

“Eeaaaassssiier for you”

It makes me happy that music like this still gets made. If there’s anyone to channel the great black soul and r&b music that came out the late 60’s and early 70’s, it’s Robert Glasper. Here, he brings on Meshell Ndegeocello for a late night lounge, piano soul romp through jazz history and back again. This is the re-re-birth of cool.

Consequence of Jealousy 0:19 – 0:48

From Black Radio , released through Blue Note Records, 2012