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Track 41: Chain of Fools by Aretha Franklin

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A Classic.

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Track 38: Where Do We Go From Here by Charles Bradley

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Love me some Charles Bradley.

Bradley grew up in Brooklyn, NY in the 1960’s and was first introduced to soul music as a child when he saw James Brown play at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theatre.  After years of enduring grinding poverty, homelessness and far more life trials than anyone deserves, he was finally discovered by Daptone Records while singing with a James Brown tribute band.  His first album No Time for Dreaming fit in perfectly with the current NYC soul revival being spearheaded by Daptone.  As of late he’s been labeled “The Screaming Eagle of Soul” and having seen him play a few years ago at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, I can testify to the accuracy of this nickname.  His evocative delivery seems to explode with pent up sorrow and emotion.  Although I love dancing to soul music almost more than anything, at his show I found my feet glued to the floor… I was just too captivated to peel my eyes away from him.  Backed up by the Menahan Street Band and this man is truly a force to be reckoned with.

Towards the end of March he released his sophomore album, Victim of Love.  Like his prior work, it is intimately raw and rocks you to your core.  This track embodies his sound and revivalist style.

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Track 27: Down to It by Sugarman and Co.

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Sugarman and Co. are a New York funk band headed by lead saxophonist Neil Sugarman.  They’ve played with some of the biggest names in the current soul renascence centered in NYC, including Charles Bradley, Lee Fields and Naomi Davis.  This track is one of the few they’ve done on their own.  Enjoy!

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Track 20: Let My People Go by Darondo

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One my roommates freshman year of college turned me on to Darondo and its her birthday today (Happy Birthday Amelia!).  Although I’d always been a fan of the classics (James Brown, etc.), I was just starting to get into soul more.  I’d seen Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings  play that fall and it turned me on to a whole new world of contemporary soul.  Darondo however spiked my interest in investigating the more underground historical soul scene.

Darondo, aka William Daron Pulliam, performed throughout the 1970’s in San Francisco, although he never managed to gain much recognition.  However, he garnered quite a cult following that has followed him for 25 years.  His music clearly channels Marvin Gaye and Al Green, with steady stream of falseto accompanied by smooth, sensual rhythms.   But he’s a lot more raw and kind of wonderfully grimey.  This is the title track off of a 2006 compilation of a variety of his 1970s tracks.

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Track 19: Ulivyo by Dela

Dela is a Kenyan R&B/soul singer out of Nairobi who I came across a couple years ago when I was living there.  She’s teamed up with Sauti Sol, one of Kenya’s most popular male soul groups, a few times and has established herself as a trailblazer in Kenya’s bourgeoning contemporary R&B scene.  She’s got a hell of a voice and definitely stands apart from the painfully poorly produced rap tracks that dominate the matatu circuit currently.  Her debut album Paukwa is outstanding and I’m excited to see where she goes from here.

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Track 7: The Boss by James Brown

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Don’t think there’s anything to say about the King of Soul that hasn’t been said before.

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