If you like the new, solid gold sounds of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings then you'll love this mix of uptempo groovers.
Here is the complete playlist for all six parts of Jimmy Fallon's and Justin Timberlake's History of Rap.
A newly discovered box of old mixtapes on cassette contained some true gems, including this fabulous mix of non-stop old school funk. Put on your dancing shoes for this one!
If You Like...Marvin Gaye
The latest in my series of "If You Like.." playlists is Marvin Gaye. If you like the soulful sounds of this late, great artist, you'll love this playlist.
Often imitated--never duplicated (until now), here is the original version of our famous "Hipster Soul" playlist. First released back in 2012, this playlist has been fully restored to its original content. Now's your chance to once again hear what millions of other listeners first enjoyed.
As we said back then, "Who says hipsters don't have soul?? Call it Hipster Soul or HiSo or Soulster. It all STILL sounds good!"
No matter your religious beliefs, this great collection of gospel roots music will move your spirit and take your soul to a higher level. Perfect mix for that gospel brunch or for when you just need a little inspiration in your life. Take me to church because this is as good as it gets.
Wow. We just discovered this amazing album by Curtis Harding, aptly titled "Soul Power." Harding's fantastic vocals are a soulful throwback to the sounds of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett (and those are names that we don't throw around loosely). While channeling the soulful sounds of the '60s and '70s, Harding's vocals and music feel fresh, new and original.
From the moment the drums kicked in on the opening track "Next Time" we were hooked. Curtis sounds cool....like Marvin Gaye cool or Solomon Burke cool. And by cool, we mean hot. Check out "Keep on Shining," "Heaven's on the Other Side" and "I Need a Friend" and you'll know exactly what we mean.
The guitar and hypnotic vocals on "Castaway" and "Beautiful People" demonstrate Harding's ability to slow things down while keeping it interesting. The bluesy "Drive My Car" is the perfect song for that late night drive, with the gritty vocals and guitar propelling us along for the ride.
These songs sound important and full of substance. Because of that, this is an album that we want to listen to over and over again. We hope you'll give it a listen.
Instant Expert: '70s Soul
Here's another in our “Instant Expert” series of playlists with "'70s Soul."
We dug through our crates and combed the web to bring you a selection of songs that will allow you to impress even the most knowledgeable '70s soul music devotees with this mix of great songs.
Talk the talk to sound like an expert:
"Many people claim that the sound of soul music in the '70s was one of the first and most visible successes of the U.S. civil rights movement."
"Stevie Wonder wrote, produced and arranged the song Superstition. He also sang and played drums, keyboards and the clavinet on the song."
"If you listen carefully to the song "Got to Give it Up" by Marvin Gaye, you will hear him greet Don Cornelius, the famed host of "Soul Train" by shouting out "Say Don! Hey Man. I didn't know you was in here."
And now you're an expert!
The Essential Funk Collection
What is the funkiest song of all time? (Our vote is for Sly & The Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again"). The Tasty Turntable wanted to get your thoughts so we pulled together all the funk you need into one playlist. This is our essential funk collection. Let us know if you think we missed something.
In the words of Ike and Tina Turner: This one's "funkier than a mosquita's tweeter!"
Vintage African Soul
Unless you grew up in Africa during the 1970s and 1980s, this collection of vintage African soul songs probably will be new to you. Trust us though! We've gathered some of the funkiest and most soulful cuts that we could find. A great listen for all and some fine beats just waiting to be sampled by our DJ friends.