In Rotation, Volume 28. [Click to play or right click-save as to download.
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01 – Si Tew with Pete Simpson – Room To Grow (Yoruba Soul Mix) [ Si – site | Pete – myspace ]
02 – The Rurals featuring Jaidene Veda – Into Life [ The Rutals – wiki | Jaidene – bandcamp ]
03 – Leon Ware – Love On The Beach (AtJazz Love Soul Remix) [ site]
04 – Deborah Bond featuring Lewis Taylor – If I Didn’t Need You [Deborah – site ]
05 – Soulpersona – Stretched Thin (featuring Princess Freesia) [ SoulP – blog ]
06 – Dego – Pushing You To Begin (featuring Ferraz) [ 2000 black – site ]
07 – Soulpersona – Alright (“Loose Ends” Remix featuring Replife and Princess Freesia) [ purchase | SoulP – blog ]
08 – Rahsaan Patterson – 6 AM [ site ]
09 – Heston – Ooh La La [ myspace ]
10 – Deborah Bond – Mr. Day’s Dream
11 – Julie Dexter – Blue Skies [ site ]
12 – DJ Jazzy Jeff and Ayah – Telephone [ Back For More – site DJ Jazzy Jeff – site ]
13 – Tracy Cruz – Love’s Galaxy [ site ]
14 – Zo! Featuring Phonte – Everything She Wants [ +FE – site | Phonte – wiki ]
15 – DJ Mitsu The Beats – Promise In Love featuring Jose James [ DJ – myspace | Jose James – site ]
16 – Emily King – Down [ site ]
New employment and new responsibilities are the cause for the delay of this rotation, but I’m glad to be back in the thick of things. Starting off the set with Si Tew was par for the course. Pete’s vocals sine through this downtempo house track. I continued with the smoothness of the Rurals and Leon Ware, two consummate artists, both in new school and old.
As if things couldn’t get any better, SoulP and Princess Freesia manage to knock it out of the box with an outstanding track from the album The Lapdance, one of the best albums of the year. The same can also be said for the Deborah Bond’s sophomore LP Madame Palindrome. The track If I Didn’t Need You with Lewis Taylor was a nice surprise and a welcome addition to a very, very nice album. The thing that thrills me about rotations is that for me, personally, they hold a lot of surprises. Deborah’s duet with Lewis is the first one. The second one came rather unexpectedly.
I was listening to Kaidi Tathum and loving his latest album (which will be in the next rotation- believe me) and was handed an album from Dego (better known as Dennis McFarlane), whom I had never heard of before but loved the track Pushing You To Begin. To my delight and surprise, it turns out that Dego and Kaidi were the forces behind 2000 Black, who dropped A Next Set Of Rockers, a nice album released in 2008. Then to make matters even better, SoulP decides to take one of my favorite tracks of all time, Hanging On A String (Contemplating) and mix it with Replife’s track Alright (from the album Soulacoaster) and Princess Freesia’s vocals. I’m usually wary of any Loose Ends remixes, but this is one of the best ones produced.
To continue the old school soul, Rahsaan Patterson’s track follows with Lalah Hathaway follows from one of the best albums of the year, Bleuphoria. After these tracks, it was only natural that the next track Heston, with the soulful Ooh La La. I have a soft spot for original instrumentals, as evidenced by my inclusin of Deborah’s Mr. Day’s Dream. This great track is followed by a trac from the underrated artists Julie Dexter from her album New Again, as well as DJ Jazzy Jeff and Ayuh from the album Back For More.
Tracy Cruz’ nice track Love’s Galaxy is followed by the remake of Everything She Wants by Zo! and Phonte, a great track from the album …just visiting three. Finishing the sets off are two great cuts from DJ Mitsu The Beats with Jose James, and a track from Emily King, an artist who I was unfamiliar with, but thanks to my friend DeLo and Soulbounce. I’ve got a chance to hear and appreciate.
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