As soon as i’d put my Deep Soul 45s mix out in February, I knew I wanted partner it with a selection of more upbeat 45s. So four months later here it is, just in time for the Summer months. 20 of my most treasured and loved Soul tracks committed to record, from Funky and Mid Tempo, to full on Northern Soul dancefloor numbers.
I toyed with the idea of a purely Detroit Soul mix at first. So much great music was created in the shadows of Motown that didn’t get the attention it deserved, that it would have been easy to have 100% Detroit 45s, but there were a few 45s from New York, New Orleans, Texas and Memphis that had to make it in, which means nearly all the big Soul cities are represented. As it stands 13 of the 20 are still Detroit cuts, with 14 tracks coming out between ’66-’69, which really illustrates just how much great music was being made at that time.
It was great fun putting this together, and finally having 20 of my all time favourite 45s, that i’ve collected over the past 10 years, in one mix. We kick off with possibly my favourite 45 ever, the searing Soul of “Ticket To The Moon” by Betty Lavette , crushing drums and a heart wrenching vocal like only she can deliver, before moving through some fine Detroit Soul from J.J Barnes, Dee Edwards, The Parliaments, The Monitors, The Superlatives and another all time favourite from Ivy Jo.
I could talk you through the whole thing, but it’s only 52 minutes in total, so turn it up and enjoy!!