Slipback: Love Lock

Slipback: Love Lock

No particular theme hee, just good music. D-Train, 9.9, Mac Band, Gladys. Five Star, THe Whispers, GQ, Mtume, Darryl Hall, Atlantic Starr, Lo-Key, Loose Ends.

Slipback: Love Lock

 

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Tracklisting:

01 – D-Train – You’re The One For Me
02 – 9.9 – All Of Me For All Of You
03 – Mac Band – I Could Never Say Goodbye
04 – Gladys Knight And The Pips – When You’re Far Away
05 – Five Star – Let Me Be The One with Grover Wsashington Jr. (Philadelphia Remix)
06 – The Whispers – (Let’s Go) All The Way
07 – GQ – I Love The Skin You’re In
08 – Mtume – Love Lock
09 – Darryl Hall – I’m In A Philly Modod
10 – Rahsaan Patterson – Come Over
11 – Atlantic Starr – Don’t Take Me For Granted
12 – Lo-Key – Don’t You Know By Now
13 – Loose Ends – The Real Chuckeeboo (Tomorrow / Mr Bachelor / I’ve Just Got To Have It All)

D-Train was an easy track to start out with thanks to Amanda, where I saw some of the lyrics of when I went to wish her a Happy Birthday. (Thank you Amanda!) 9.9 was an obvious choice, since I needed a good segue into the little-known track from the Mac Band which is similar to hits from L.A. & Babyface. I had to follow up that with a track which was written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who also played on the track along with Monte Moir. The track “When You’re Far Away” was produced by no other than Leon Sylvers III.

The Five Star track, “Let Me Be The One” was indeed produced by Nick Martinelli, but if it sounds a bit like Loose Ends, that is because it was written by the trio, who also played all of the instruments, except the saxophone, which was played by – you guessed it – Grover Washington, Jr. The two great tracks from The Whispers and GQ are followe by Mtume’s sublime “Love Lock.” Darryl Hall follows that track with “I’m In A Philly Mood” with help from The Family Stand (i’m sure you can hear Sandra St. Victor singing background vocals.

Rahsaan Patterson’s “Come Over” is one of my favorite love songs of all time. The next two tracks are what I like to call the “call and answer” tracks, The first is from Atlantic Starr with a has an interpolated by Erykah Badu from RC & The Gritz track “Leave Me Alone,” which is entitled “Don’t Take Me For Granted” (the call). This is followed by my personal favorite slow jam from Lo-Key “Don’t You Know By Now” (the answer). This compilation ends with Loose Ends’ title track of their third US album, THe Real Chuckeeboo, which is a blend of 3 tracks, the middle one being one you should be familiar with, “Mr. Bachelor”.  Shoutouts to G-Dub, DJ Diva, and TGrundy.  Hope you enjoy.

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In Rotation, Volume 35 – This Here Music

In Rotation, Volume 35 – This Here Music

On tap: Piranahhead and Diviniti with Carmen, Yakul, Zilo, Liana, Greentea Peng, Tasha Angela, Jonti with Steve Lacy, Ty amd Speech, Kindness and Bahamadia, Terrace with Robert, 9th Wonder, and Kamasi Washington, Free Nationals with Benny, BOSCO, and ALex Isley.

In Rotation, Volume 35 – This Here Music

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Tracklisting:

01 – Pirahnahead and Diviniti – The Beauty Of Life feat. Carmen Rodgers
02 – Yakul – Streetlight
03 – Zilo – Into The Sun
04 – Master Soul Boy – Inside
05 – Lianne La Havas – Read My Mind
06 – Greentea Peng – Sane
07 – Tasha Angela – Lost In Nostalgia
08 – Benny Sings – Summertude
09 – Jonti – Scrood (feat. Steve Lacy)
10 – Ty – This Here Music (feat. Speech) (Explicit)
11 – Kindness – Something Like A War (feat. Bahamadia)
12 – Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder and Kamasi Washington (feat. Phoelix) – Sleepless Nights
13 – Free Nationals feat. Benny Sings – Apartment
14 – BOSCO – Cruel
15 – Alex Isley – Road To You

It’s been a while, but there is still good music out there that needs to be represented. I presented the first tack, The Beauty Of Life, because it is one that has stayed in rotation and is a great track from Hide & Seek, a compilation by Foreign Exchange. The UK group Yakul is represented here, as is IS’s Zilo, from the album Gorgeous. Master Soul Boy’s track Inside, was put in my ears by Todd Big La Kelley, the Liana track was placed in my ear by Jeff, and the Tasha track was sent to me by J Brotherlove. Benny Sings and Jonti accompanied with Steve Lacy is followed up by the UK rapper Ty with Speech from the group Arrested Development. Ty passed on 7 May 2020, the same day as Andre Harrell. THat was a tragic day in soul and hip hop music, and he will be missed.

I had to follow up Ty wit a track from Kindness featuring Bahamadia, who I can never get enough of. This is followed up by the thoughtful track from Terrace and the crew, and great track from the Free Nationals with a little help from Benny Sings. I finish it off with BOSCO (very underrated), and Alex Isley. Thank you fo allowing me to wet my feet. Special, special, special thanks to J Brotherlove, Jeff, KB, and Todd Big La Kelley, ,Big ups to Grant Love, Chris Christopher, Nikki, Macedonia, and Arnold. Your feedback is always encouraged. Take it light.

Harrell Tribute: Uptown, Volume 2

Harrell Tribute: Uptown, Volume 2

Uptown, the second wave. Guy, Father MC, Christopher WIlliams, <JB, FInesse an Synquis, Heavy D and the Boyz, Soul 4 Real, Groove B Chill, Al B Sure, Horace Brown, Jeff Redd, Jodeci.

Harrell Tribute: Uptown, Volume 2

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Tracklisting:

01 Guy – Groove Me
02 Father MC – I’ll Do 4 U
03 Christopher Williams – Every Little Thing U Do
04 Mary J Blige – Real Love
05 Finesse and Synquis – Soul Sistas
05 Guy – Round And Round
06 Heavy D and the Boyz – More Bounce
07 Soul 4 Real – Every Little Thing I Do
08 Mary J. Blige – Be Happy
09 Guy – Teddy’s Jam 2
10 Groove B Chill – Where Were You
11 FInesse and Synquis – I’ll Be There
12 Christopher Williams – All I See
13 Al B Sure – Ooh This Love Is So
14 Horace Brown and Faith Evans – How Can We Stop
15 Jeff Redd – Love High

16 Jodeci – Lately

So nice, I had to do it twice. For this one, I try to ensure that the I cover all of the bases, and comcemtrate on tracks that have special meanings to some of the peoeple that I know who were serious fans of Uptown.

I believe I could have used Father MC’s “Lisa Baby”, but I didn’t have enough room, and I had to drop the classic “I’ll Do For U” with Mary J. Blige. Heavy D and The Boyz’ “More Bounce” was a request from Theresa which I had never listened to. It’s a great track and compliments the tracks around it well, case in point Finesse and Synquis’ “Soul Sista” which keeps the momentum going.

I always enjoy instrumentls, and “Teddys Jam 2” is classic. It’s followed by what I onsider two of the most forgotten hip hop/new jack swing track, “Whee Were You” and “I’ll Be There” which Special thanks to Sharon and Grroove who taught me about Groove B Chill. THe last tracks slow ou down a but and end with Jodeci’s rendition of the Stevie Wonder classic, “Lately”.

Special, special, special thanks to Theresa, T Grundy, Gene “Groove” Allen, KB, Grnt Love, Chris Christopher, Nikki, Macedonia, and Arnold. Your feedback is always encouraged. Take it light.

Harrell Tribute: Uptown, Volume 1

Harrell Tribute: Uptown, Volume 1

Uptown in full effect. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Father MC, Heavy D and the Boyz, Jeff Redd, Groove B Chill, Guy, Little Shawn, Mary J, Soul 4 Real, Christopher Williams, Guy, Little Shawn, Horae Brown, Al B Sure, Jodeci.

Uptown in full effect. Harrell Tribute: Uptown, Volume 1
 

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Tracklisting:

01 Dr. Jekktl and Mr. Hyde – Genius Rap
02 Father MC – Treat THem Like You Want To Be Treated
03 Heavy D and the Boyz – Somebody For Me
04 Jeff Redd – You Called And Told Me
05 Groove B Chill – Hip Hop Music 06 Guy – I Like
07 Mary J.. Blige – You Remind Me
08 Soul 4 Real – Candy Rain
09 Christopher Wolliams – Dreamin’
10 Guy – Teddy’s Jam
11 Little Shawn ft. Notorious B.I.G. – Dom Perignon
12 Horace Brown – Things We Do For Love
13 Al B Sure – Nite and Day
14 Jodeci – Come And Talk To M
15 Mary J. Blige – Love No Limit
16 Guy – Let’s Chill
17 Jodeci – Forever My Lady

Andre Harrell, the head of Uptown Records, is gone but definitely not forgotten. In his stead, he helped launch the careers of Guy, Mary J. Blige, Heavy D and The Boyz, amd Jodeci. However, these tracks hold a significance. If you can remember at least half of these tracks, then I am sure you can remember where you were when these tracks came out. FOr myself, I can remember being in Lincoln, Nebraska on a project, listening to Mary J. Blige’s “What’s THe 411” and hearing Love No Limit for the first time, causing me to walk around a neighborhood several times listening to track several times. And yes, there are definitely more examples.

I am very grateful for Theresa, T Grundy, Garfield, Eric, Jeffrey, and the onle and only Gene “Groove” Allen. Your feedback is always encouraged. Take it light.

Acid Jazz, Volume 14 – Over The Sun

Acid Jazz, Volume 14 – Over The Sun

On tap: Brenda Russell, Basia, Dilouya with Omar, Myele and Rachel, Brand New Heavies, Mark Rae and Veda, Robohands, Common, Omar and Terri Walker, Swing Out Sister +Moonchild, DJ Simon S and Nathan Thomas, Tyler The Creator with 3 great people, Flying Lotus with Thundercat, Kate Rogers, MDea, Sy Smith, Bah Samba.

Acid Jazz, Volume 14 – Over The Sun

 

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Tracklisting:

01 – Brenda Russell – Make You Smile
02 – Basia – Drunk On Love
03 – Dilouya featuring Omar – Over The Sun
04 – Myele Manzanaza featuring Rachel Fraser – On The Move
05 – The Brand New Heavies featuring Honey Larochelle – Heat
06 – Mark Rae featuring Veba – Without You Now
07 – Robohands – Peace
08 – Common – My Fancy Free Future
09 – Omar featuring Terri Walker – Pass It On
10 – Swing Out Sister – Which Wrong Is Right?
11 – Moonchild – Onto Me (Explicit)
12 – DJ Simon S featuring Nathan Thomas – Sunblind
13 – Tyler, The Creator feat. Roy Ayers, Syd Bennett, and Kali Uchis – Find Your Wings (Explicit)
14 – Flying Lotus featuring Thundercat – The Climb (Explicit)
15 – Kate Rogers – Fine
16 – N’Dea Davenport – Bring It On
17 – Sy Smith – Sometimes A Rose Will Grow In Concrete
18 – Bah Samba – And It’s Beautiful

This  has been on the drawing board for almost 6 months. I am glad  that it is now seeing the light of day.  We start off with the wonderful track Make You Smile which  captivated me and never let go.  Bluey Maunick, the leader of Incognito, produced this track, and Brenda’s bpove nails it.  This rolls right into Basia, with the classic Drunk On Love. Dilouya teams up with Omar, who (as usual)  nails it.  Myele then teams up with Rachel Fraser, whom fans of Sorceress formerly known as Funkommunnity, should recognize. The result between the two is the thumping On The Move.

And then it happens.  The Brand New Heavies  pull out the killer track Heat,  one of the great tracks from their album TBNH.   Mark Rae, one half f of the duo Rae an Christian follows up quite nicely with Without You, accented wh the vocals from Veba.  A great instrumental from Pobohands follows sliding right into Common’s My Fancy Free Future which is one of my favorites.   Omar with help from Terri Walker takes the forefront with  Pass It On,   allowing Swing Out Sister and Moonchild to slide right  in and bring their demands to the forefront, but do it so calmly you don’t realize you’re being pimp-slapped by their sweetness.

DJ Simon S  teams up with Nathan Thomas to give you the very nice mellow track Sunblind.  That track brings you to the crazy but talented Tyler The Creator with a little help from Roy Ayers, Syd (from Th Internet), and Kali Uschii with Fly Your Wings, one which is still on repeat with a crazy video to compliment it.    Flying Lotus hooks up with Thundercat for the nice head nodder about life called The Climb.  This is followed by another feel-good track from Kate Rogers entitled Fine,  which I find myself  playing repeatedly also.

N’Dea’s classic, classic Bring It On is followed by Sy Smith and my favorite track from her last album entitled  Sometimes A Rose Will Grow In Concrete.    The track that wrps up the podcast is Bah Samba with the amazing vocals of Alice Russell  with And It’s Beautiful should make you feel good after you hear it.

Hope you enjoy ‘ Drops from Macedoia and DJ Diva, and special thanks to Mike Wolfe and Jeffrey,  who helped the podcast gel together nicely.

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Slipback: Come Into My World

Slipback: Come Into My World

On tap: Aurra, Cheryl Lynn, Rufus and Chaka, The Emotions, EWF, Steve Arrington, Joe Sample, George Benson, Brenda Russell, Loose Ends, The Family Stand, Sade, Gavin Christopher, Kashif, Confunkshun, The Crusaders.

Slipback:  Come Into My World

 

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Tracklisting:

01 – Aura – Are You Single
02 – Cheryl Lynn – Shake It Up Tonight
03 – Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan – Any Love
04 – The Emotions – Come Into My World
05 – Earth Wind and Fire – Wanna Be With You
06 – Steve Arrington – What Do You Want From Me
07 – Joe Sample featuring Take 6 – U Turn
08 – George Benson – Gonna Love You More
09 – Brenda Russell – In The Thick Of It
10 – Loose Ends – Love Controversy Part 1
11 – The Family Stand – Say Love
12 – Sade – Give It Up
13 – Gavin Christopher – You Are Who You Love
14 – Kashif – Send Me Your Love
15 – Con Funk Shun (Let Me Put) Love On Your Mind
16 – The Crusaders – Street Life

I  promise that there will be more in this space  mentioing the significance of all of these tracks, but please know that there is meaning behind all of the tracks and in particular the tracks from Aurra, The  Emotions,  Loose Ends, and Joe Sample. Shoutouts to Jeff, Eric, Laurence, Bernie, Wilson, Wil, Carlos, Mike P.,and Theresa.

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Cupid’s Hunt 2019

Cupid’s Hunt 2019

Love is in the air. 

Not just any other day. On tap: Sheila E, Cardell, Michael Henderson, Blue Magi, LTD, The Whispers, Jermaine Jackson’, Deniece Williams, The O’Jays, Leroy Hutson, Portrait, The Gap Band, Chante and Keith, Jeffrey, Alex.

Cupid’s Hunt – 2019

 

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Tracklisting:

Sheila E – Hold Me
Cardell – What Does It Mean
Michael Henderson – In The Night Time
Blue Magic – Stop To Start
LTD – Stranger
The Whispers – Is It Good To You
Jermaine Jackson – You Like Me, Don’t You
Deniece Williams – Cause You Love Me Baby
The O’Jays – Lovin’ You
Leroy Hitson – So In Love With You
Portrait – On And On
The Gap Band – Wednesday Lover
Chante Moore  and Keith Washington – Candlelight And You
Jeffery Osborne – Crazy ‘Bout Cha
Alexander O’Neal –  The Morning After

There’s so much to  say, but time is at a premium on this wonderful day.  Much love to you and I do hope you enjoy.
Hope you enjoy.

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Slipback: All In The Way You Get Down

Slipback: All In  The Way You Get Down

On deck:  Cherrelle, The System, Prince, Jesse Johnson, Kenny G with Elias Hall, Jeffrey Osborne, Fatback Band, Brothers Johnson, Kashif, Lee RItenour and Eric Tugg, Sade, The Family, DeBarge, ConFunkShun, Gap Band, Loose Ends.

Slipback:  All In The Way You Get Down

 

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Tracklisting:

01 – Cherrelle – I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On
02 – The System – I Just Wanna Make You Feel Good
03 – Prince – Anotherloverholeinyohead
04 – Jesse Johnson – Can You Help Me
05 – Keny G and Elias Tate – What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)
06 – Jeffrey Osborne – Plane Love
07 – Fatback Band – I Found Lovin’
08 – The Brothers Johnson – Celebrations
09 – Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio – It’s All In The Way You Get Down
10 – Kashif – Say Something Love
11 – Lee Ritenour and Eric Tugg – Is It You
12 – The Family – River Run Dry
13 – Sade – Give It Up
14 – DeBarge – I Like It
15 – Con Funk Shun – Straight From The Heart
16 – The Gap Band – Yearning For Your Love
17 – Loose Ends – Stay A Little While, Child

I should be calling this the VT mix, since one of the longest running fans of old school Wednesday podcasts, VT,had a birthday a couple of months ago. THe death of Aretha, as well aslife in general, made it more challenging to get it out of the door. I am finally, funally satisfied (what can I say I am mmy own worst critic!)

Cherrelle and THe System were the easiest to pull out (I’m still amazed at how that video looked when I first heard it Still waiting for the breakdancing King Kong to appear in the neighborhood.) Prince and Jesse following them was easy too.

And then I got into that music rut which doesn’t happen very ofteh but this time that and the desth of Aretha followed suit. it took me a while to locate some gems. “What Does It Take” is one of a very select few remakes tht are vclassics, and this makes it my favorite Kenny G cut, and John Elias a force to be reckoned with.

I was listening to a podcast featuring Jeffrey Osborne last week and as the people interviewing him were talking abiout their fsvorite cuts from him, I realized that my favorite track was the one he mentoned Plane Love. The classc Fatback Band cut was followed by an instrumental from THe Brothers Joihnson, which provides as a segue into the submime Raydio cut. If you listen to the lyrics, you’ll you see this smooth cut is a cold reality0check. Whew!

Kashif’s nice track is followed by the long forgotten track from Lee Ritenour, which was played on the R&B stations in the south in the early 80s.The Family blends perfectly into Sade, which slides right into DeBarge, ConFunkShun, The Gap Band, and Loose Ends. Hope you enjoy ‘

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Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soul

Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soul

On deck:  Aretha Louise Franklin,
Slipback:  Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soul

 

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Tracklisting:

01. Wonderful
02. Spanish Harlem
03. Chain Of Fools
04. Rock Steady
05. Respect
06. Think
07. Daydreaming
08. Until You Come Back To Me
09. Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You)
10. Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)
11. Pullin’
12. I Never Loved Man (The Wy I Love You)
13. Angel
14. I’m In Love
15. Call Me
16. Ain’t No Way
17. Sparkle
18. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
19. Something He Can Feel
20. Hooked On Your Love
21. Rock With Me
22. Take Me With You
23. Rollin’ In The Deep
24. Freeway Of Love
25. Get It Right
26. Jump To It
27. Who’s Zomin’ Who
28. Love All The Hurt Away (with George Benson)
29. A Rose Is Still A Rose
30. Dr. Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business)

This time, I’m going to let the music do the talking.  Share your thoughts- I know I will.  Special special thanks go to NT Grundy, Mike Seneadza, Buford Durr, Craig Washington,  Mike W., and Sharon Robinson for making this experience far easier than I thought it would be, and much more richer  than I imagined.  Hope you  enjoy.

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Slipback: Hanging On A String

Slipback: Hanging On A String

On deck: Blue Magic, Donna McGhee, The Jones Girls, George Duke, Loose Ends, Rene and Angela, Billy Griffin, Slave, Patrice Rushen,m Hall And Oates, Lisa Stansfied, Chaka, Cameo, Joyce Sims.


Slipback:  Hanging On A String

 

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Tracklisting:

01 – Blue Magic – Welcome To The Club (Uptown Soul Version)
02 – Donna McGhee – It Ain’t No Big Thing
03 – The Jones Girls – You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else
04 – George Duke – I Want You For Myself0
05 – Loose Ends – Hanging On A String
06 – Rene & Angela – I Love You More
07 – Billy Griffin – Serious
08 – Slave – Dreaming
09 – Patrice Rushen To Each His Own
10 – Hall And Oates – One On One
11 – Lisa Stansfield – Real Love
12 – Chaka Khan – Night Moods
13 – Cameo – Feel Me
14 – Joyce Sims – Come Into My Life

I started on  this in February and meant to get it done by St. Patrick’s Day, but time wasn’t on my side.  When I finally got a chance to do this thigh, there were so many thoughts in my head that it took a while to get it perfected the way I wanted to; however, because of all that, I believe I have  enough tracks for two more, so  expect a couple more of them soon.

Loose Ends’ Hanging On A String is one of my favorite  tracks of all time, so I had t to  include it.  In fact, this track was released on the US side 33 years ago.  If  that is not considered old-school, then I don;t know what it is.  Welcome To The Club  by Blue Magic was inspired by the Unsung episode about the band.  I had just happened top hear  this version on one of the CDs I purchased which had a  lot of great tracks, this included.

I’m sure that the old school aficionados will love George Duke and Slave, in addition to Donna McGhee, which is a nice mellow groove with some very direct lyrics.   The instrumental Dreaming has an incredible bass line which makes me smile each time I listen to it, and the Joyce Sims track is a smooth track to end with, since it never gets old.   I could go on and on about the other tracks, but I am sure most will agree that this is a nice summertime mix to groove.

Drops from DJ Diva, Macedonia, and G-Dub. Much love to the geezers Wilson (no pressure!), AR Hamilton, Theresa, Alana, and DJ G Dub. Hope ou enjoy.

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Cupid’s Hunt: 2018

Cupid’s Hunt: 2018

Love is in the air. 

On tap: Liz Hogue, Rufus and Chaka, Confunkshun, Norman Connors, BBQ, Lou, Quincy and Patti, Sister Sledge, Phyllis, Sheila, Zoom, Night3ind, Rockie, Heatwave, and The Dazz Band.

Slipback:  The UK, 2017

 

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Tracklisting:

01 – Liz Hogue – Dream Lover
02 – Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan – Everlasting Love
03 – Eddie Kendricks – Intimate Friends
04 – ConfunkShun – By Your Side
05 – Noran Connors – I Am Your Melody
06 – BB&Q Band – Gene
07 – Lou Rawls – Let Me Be Good To You
08 – Quincy Jones featuring Patti Austn – Somethin’ Special
09 – Sister Sledge – Thinking Of You
10 – Phyllis Hyman – I Found Love
11 – Sheila E – Hold Me
12 – Zoom – Love Seasons
13 – Nightwind – Love Me Baby
14 – Rockie Robbins – You And Me
15 – Heatwave – Sho Nuf Must Be Love
16 – Dazz Band – Heartbeat

There’s so much to  say, but time is at a premium on this wonderful day.  Much love to you and I do hope you enjoy.
Drops from DJ Diva, Macedonia, and G-Dub. Much love to the geezers Victor(no pressure!), and AR Hamilton. Hope you enjoy.

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Slipback: UK, 2017

Slipback: UK, 2017

On tap – Central Line, Imagination, Total Contrast, Princess, Kiss The Sky, Blue Zone, Culture Club, Brand New Heavies, D-Influence, Wally Badarou, Loose Ends, Soul The Family Sensation, Ephraim, Mica, The Chimes, Real Thing, Queen.

Slipback:  The UK, 2017

 

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Tracklisting:

01 – Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine
02 – Imagination – Just An Illusion
03 – Total Contrast – Takes A Little Time
04 – Princess – Say I’m Your Number One
05 – Kiss The Sky – What Does It Take
06 – Blue Zone and Lisa Stansfield  – Big Thing / Love Is A Good Thing
07 – Culture Club – Time (Clock Of The Heart)
08 – The Brand New Heavies -Stay This Way
09 – D-Influence – Journey
10 – Wally Badarou – One Day, Won’t Give It Away
11 – Loose Ends – Choose Me (Rescue Me)
12 – Soul The Family Sensation – I Don’t Even Know If I Should Call You Baby
13 – Ephraim Lewis – Skin
14 – Mica Paris – Don’t Give Me Up
15 – The Chimes – Love Comes To Mind
16 – Real Thing – Raining Through My Sunshine
17 – Queen – Cool Cat

I coould talk about this at length, but for this one, I’m going to keep it as simple as possible. I had a rule of 80 minutes maximum for a podcast (the length of a CD) but for this one, I was actually forced to cull it down from nearly 2 hours, and as a result it is just above 80 minues, and you won’t see that happen very often.

For the sake of simplicity, I’ll touch on a few key elements. The track from Blue Zone was one of the first tracks that featured Lisa Stsansfield and was released before Affection, her first album. If you are unfamiliar with Wally Badarou, he is one of the principal songwriters and producers of Level 42 and is considered the hidden fifth member. This track came from his first album which was released in 1979, Back to Scales Tonight. Soul The Family Sensation’s vocalist is Jhelisa, who you know for the track Friendly Pressure and one of my favorite albums, Galactica Rush. Mica’s track, which was slept on, from her first album, So Good, and was co-written by her. Her friend Will Downing is on vocals as well.

Drops from DJ Diva, Macedonia, and G-Dub. Much love to the geezers Wilson (no pressure!), AR Hamilton, Theresa, Alana, and DJ G Dub. Hope ou enjoy.

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Slipback: Mutual Attraction

Slipback: Mutual Attraction

On tap: Alex, Curtis Hairston, Evelyn, Norman Connors, Patti Austin, Change, Howard Jones, Level 42, Kashif, The System, Melissa with Peabo, Angela Bofill, Cameo, One Way, Steely Dan.

Slipback:  Mutual Attraction.

 

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Tracklisting:

01 – Alexander O’Neal – (What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me
02 – Curtis Hairston – I Want You All Tonight
03 – Evelyn Champagne King – I’m In Love
04 – Norman Connors – Take It To The Limit
05 – Patti Austin – Do You Love Me?
06 – Change – Mutual Attraction (Nick Martinelli Mix)
07 – Howard Jones – Things Can Only Get Better
08 – Level 42 – Something About You
09 – Kashif – Call Me Tonight
10 – The System – This Is For You
11 – Melissa Manchester and Peabo Bryson – Lovers After All
12 – Angela Bofill – Tropical Love
13 – Cameo – Hangin’ Downtown
14 – One Way – Don’t Do Me That Way
15 – Steely Dan – Peg

There are quite a bit of things going on in this mix, as I tried to put a little bit of everything  that was requested and talked about, while also paying homage to those who have passed/ Even though I usually try to find a dance hit to start off the mix with, after frustration, I just let the music play until I finally heard Alex’s voice and that’s what  made me start out with To Make You Love Me.    Curtis and Evelyn were easy choices, although I  ultimately was persuaded by  a group of folks for “I’m In Love” as the third track.

The Norman and Patti energetic tracks give way to Mutual Attraction, with Nick’s spin on it, which I played three times in a row to take it all in which is why it is the title track.   My fave track from Howard Jones brightened up my morning on Wednesday, so Level 42 was an obvious choice to follow it.  “Call Me Tonight” is one of my favorite instrumentals of all time and  continues the homage to Kashif.   The  jam from The System is followed up  with a Melissa/Peabo duet, given the green light by Nikki bka Infinite Ink.   Angela is followed by Cameo’s track, given a huge  thumbs up by DJ Vinnie V and AR, among others.  One Way;s timeless track was played quite a few times, and one of my all time faves from Steely Dan caps this mix, and you can rest assured that there will be others presented this year with additional podcasts.

Drops by DJ Diva, Macedonaia, and G Dub.
Shoutout to Wilson Sam (Geezer), G-Dub, Lin, ELong, DJ Vinnie V, Nikki, and Jeffery.

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Slipback: Butterfly

Slipback: Butterfly

On tap: Change, Fonda Rae, Nicci, George Duke, Mtume, Steely Dan, Donald Byrd, Tease, Sheila E, Human League, BB&Q Band, Jackson 5.

Slipback:  Butterfly.

 

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Tracklisting:

01 – Change – Paradise
02 – Fonda Rae – Over Like A Fat Rat
03 – Nicci – So In Love
04 – George Duke – I Want You For Myself
05 – Mtume – C.O.D.
06 – Steely Dan – Peg
07 – Donald Byrd – Butterfly
08 – Tease – Firestarter
09 – Sheila E. – Hold Me
10 – Human League – Hyman (Extended Version)
11 – BB&Q Band – Genie
12 – Jackson 5 – I Am Love

This took some time to come  out because I am starting to get more particular about how I want this to sound, but I finally got it out.  Around my birthday, I wanted to go a little more mellow than usual (I suppose we can attribute  that to age, right?)  Most should be familiar to most with the exception of Nicci.  I had to put Steely Dan in because I had been  wanting to do that for the longest, and Genie was a perfect succession to Human, since it had that Jan and Lewis feel to it as well. Hope ou enjoy.

Drops by DJ Diva, Macedonaia, and G Dub.
Shoutout to Wilson Sam (Geezer), G-Dub, and Jeffery.

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Slipback: Razzamatazz

Slipback: Razzamatazz

On tap: Thelma Dynasty, Howard Johnson, Quincy with Patti, George Benson, Ambrosia, Bert Robinson, Johnny Hammond, Lionel, Chris Jasper, Cononel Abrams, Shalamar, SOS Band, Change with Luther.

Slipback:  Razzamatazz.

 

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Tracklisting:

01 – Thelma Houston – You Used To Hold Me So Tight
02 – Dynasty – Here I Am
03 – Howard Johnson – So Fine
04 – Quincy Jones featuring Patti Austin – Razzamatazz
05 – George Benson – Inside Love (So Personal)
05 – Ambrosia – You’re The Only Woman
06 – Bert Robinson – Heart Of Gold
07 – Johnny Hammond – Fantasy
08 – Lionel Ritchie – Love Will Find A Way
09 – Chris Jasper – Like I Do
10 – Colonel Abrams – Table For Two
11 – Shalamar – Over And Over
12 – SOS Band – The Finest
13 – Change – Searching

The first podcast of the summer. Flytetyme is in two places, beginning the podcast with Thelma Houston and near the conclusion with SOS Band’s biggest hit.  Dynasty’s hit that is severely underrated continues the cast, with Howard (with Kashif) leading the wy to Quincy and Patti with the supreme headnodder Razzamatazz.  George Benson (alon with Kashif this time as well) continues the smooth groove which brings us t the melanin-light soulful hit from back in the day with Ambrosia.  Bert Robinson coms back hard with his only hit Heart Of Gold, leading the way for the 1975 instrumental from Hohnny Hammond.  Chris Jasper and Colonel Abrams slow it down a bit with classic slow jams Like I Do and the very unappreciated Table For Two.  Ending with the three mid-to-uptempo hits from Shalamar, SOS Band, and Change (with Luter at the helm)  places the icing on the cake.  Much love to the geezers Wilson, Jeffery, and DJ G Dub.  Hope ou enjoy..

Drops by DJ Diva, Macedonaia, and G Dub.
Shoutout to Wilson Sam (Geezer), G-Dub, and Jeffery.

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