Monday, 4 April 2011

Soul testimonial

Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin'
Bing Ji Ling - Shadow To Shine
Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - Scandalous

A trio of recent releases all fitting the 'retro-soul' appellation with aplomb. I'll keep this short - there are lashings of funk and fuzz and sweet soul harmonies and lush orchestrations and the echoes of Temptations, Isleys, Isaac Hayes and so on and so forth. New to me, these guys have applied superb production values to each album and there is an empathy for soul's past as well as instinct for its future. I recommend them all, without reservation.

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