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Soul Sauce Mix

My mix for May is an excursion into New Soul, grooves and laid back Electronica.With music from D’AngeloHiatus KaiyoteHindi ZahraFrameworks – UKAlice RussellGUTSThe Lijadu Sisters, KenLo, Space CaptainSegilolamr jukesOmar Lye-FookGuy OneRomarePopulousFat Freddy’s DropThe SeshenLianne La Havas & Kamau

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Friday 45s: Syl Johnson – Everybody Needs Love

Today’s Friday 45 comes from Syl Johnson, a flipside to his 1971 single “That’s Why” on the Chicago label, Twinight. This was featured on my mix of Deep Soul from a few months back, which you can hear here, or later on Reform Radio, when it airs as OOQ pt.54.

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Friday 45s: Betty Lavette – Ticket To The Moon


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!