My mix for May is an excursion into New Soul, grooves and laid back Electronica.With music from D’Angelo, Hiatus Kaiyote, Hindi Zahra, Frameworks – UK, Alice Russell, GUTS, The Lijadu Sisters, KenLo, Space Captain, Segilola, mr jukes, Omar Lye-Fook, Guy One, Romare, Populous, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Seshen, Lianne La Havas & Kamau
When I started selecting tracks for my Spotify playlist a forntight back, I realised that I had featured so much excellent Electronica that one playlist wouldn’t be enough.
So here is then is a second playlist of Electronica featured on the OOQ radio show.
Classic bit of New Orleans Soul this week. Produced by Allen Toussaint and sung by Eldridge Holmes.
Crushing drums, heavy wah guitar from the legendary Dennis Coffey, and vocals like only Betty Lavette can deliver. This is no doubt one of the heaviest 45s I own.
When Betty Lavette re-released her seminal track “Let Me Down Easy”, reimagined as a heavy funk number the writers at Karen Records, inspired by the recent Moon landings, penned “Ticket To The Moon” as the flipside.
The arrangement by Dale Warren (of Mowtown and latterly Stax) is incredible and the vocals powerful. I love how it always sounds like Lavette’s voice is on the verge of breaking, but she just contains it. It’s got a bluesy quality with a serious amount of soul and is so distinct.
Turn this one up!