Terrible news from Daptone Records. After battling pancreatic cancer for some time, Sharon Jones passed away today. She leaves a body of work that reinvigorated soul music, and her presence will be sorely missed. RIP.
Portugal’s got soul! Marta Ren is part of a worldwide neo-soul wave which groups like Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings got rolling several years ago, and her take on the genre is a marvel to listen to.
I have about zero interest in Burberry Menswear. It’s not my thing, though I can see where it would appeal to those who get a kick out of clothing. This video was supposed to highlight Burberry’s line of clothing, but that gets smashed immediately by the arresting voice of Benjamin Clementine, a man who, shockingly, spent part of his teenage years living as a homeless person. He’s really got quite a future ahead of him.
There’s little that’s better than James Brown and band hitting their stride. Here’s 19 minutes of Escape-Ism!
Oh, man, this is a real person, apparently. I have found this year’s summer hit.
The next time someone bothers me to do something I find offensive, this will be my stock answer: “Hell naw, to the naw naw naw!”
Prince has died. Another massive loss, another long round of phone calls of friends sharing why they saw him as a pivotal artist during the 1980s. May he rest in peace.
Funky Jazz from the house band of the Soviet state record label, the Melodiya Ensemble. There’s almost no info on the band, but there is an article on Soviet Funk, so enjoy.
Though I normally prefer listening to hymns during this time of the year, it’s time to break out some soul music as well, courtesy of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.
This one comes from South Korea, courtesy of my good friend, Max Franosch, who has a taste for music I respect deeply.
Lucid Fall have a sound that remind some chilled-out neo-soul band married to a Dylanesque bossa nova sound. This guy is worth keeping an eye on!