So Good Playlist for September 25

I went back to the old-school soul today, for the most part. The Nick Waterhouse record is still blowing my mind, and probably will be for some time. And the new Heavy and Souljazz discs seem to be living up to their last releases which says a lot. But the one that’s creeping up on me the most is Kid Koala’s 12 Bit Blues — it just takes the blues in such an interesting direction, and is a great showcase for his skill that also manages to be a more intuitive listen than the last few things I’ve heard from him.

All in all though, pretty happy with this one.

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Person to Person – Cow Fingers and Mosquito Pie ( Sony )

Sly and the Family Stone – M’Lady – Life ( Epic/CBS )
Otis and Carla – Lovey Dovey – Complete Stax Singles ( Stax )
Nick Waterhouse – (If) You Want Trouble – Time’s All Gone ( Innovative Leisure )
Blinky Griptite and the Mellomatics – The STrut Pt. 2 – Daptone Gold ( Daptone )

The Souljazz Orchestra*  – Kelen Ati Leen – Solidarity ( Strut )
Yellow Sunshine – Yellow Sunshine – Conquer the World: The Lost Sounds of Philadelphia ( Philadelphia International )
Orlando Julius and his Afrosounders – My Girl – Afrobeat Nirvana ( Strut )

Bettye LaVette – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere – Thankful N’ Thoughtful ( Anti- )
Merry Clayton – Southern Man – Merry Clayton ( Ode )
Charles Bradley – Why Is It So Hard – No Time For Dreaming ( Daptone )

The Meters – Handclapping Song – The Original Funk Soul Brothers and Sisters ( )
Thomas East – Just a Trip – True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax ( Now-Again )
The Heavy – Blood Dirt Love Stop – The Glorious Dead ( Ninja Tune )
Little Richard – Directly from the Heart – ( )

Genre spotlight: Calgary’s mid-90s funk revival
Calliope**  – Groovy Beat Parade – Calliope ( Self-released )
Interstellar Root Cellar**  – Fishbowl – Interstellar Root Cellar ( Self-released )
Recipe from a Small Planet**  – Sleeping Cities – Babel Fish ( Self-Released )

Toussaint Morrison – Baby, I’m Bad Weather – Is Not My Boyfriend ( Urban Home Companion )
Slakah the Beatchild*  – This Beautiful Feeling – Something Forever ( BBE )
Moka Only* – Ain’t Broken – Airport 6 ( Urbnet )
Mr. Scruff – Music Takes Me Up (w/Alice Russell) – Ninja Tuna ( Ninja Tune )

Pitt Baumgartner – Second Side (of the Record) – Tales of Trust (This is Not a Dephazz Album) ( Phazz-A-Delic )
Kid Koala*  – 7 Bit Blues – 12 Bit Blues ( Ninja Tune )
Chap One – NuSoul – Strange Frequencies ( Self-Released )

More Or Les* – Brunch Again – Mastication ( Fuzzy Logic )
Bi-Polar Bear – Ledge – When Ledge Is Home ( Modern Shark )
Lyrics Born – Is It the Skin I’m In – Everywhere at Once ( )

*Canadian **Calgarian

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