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Slipback – We Can Make It If We Try

Yes. I’m back. Ready? On tap: The Jones Girls (2x), Savanna, Sharon Redd, Cashflow, Loose Ends, The Sylvers, POAD, Shalamar, Jaki Graham, Stevie RJs Latest Arrival, Vaneese Thomas, Jean Carne, The O’Jays.

Slipback: We Can Make It If We Try

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Tracklisting:

01 – The Jones Girls – You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else
02 – Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It
03 – Savanna – Never Let You Go
04 – Cashflow – Mine All Mine
05 – Loose Ends – Ooh, You Make Me Feel
06 – The Sylvers – We Can Mak It If We Try
07 – Pieces Of A Dream – Mt. Airy Groove
08 – Rocky Robbinbs – Time To Think
09 – Shalamar – I Can Make You Feel Good
10 – Jaki Graham – Round and Round
11 – Stevie Wonder – That Girl
12 – RJs Latest Arrival – Heaven In Your Arms
13 – Vaneese Thomas – Love In Your Eyese
14 – The Jones Girls – Nights Over Egypt
15 – Jean Carne – Don’t Let It Go To Your Head
16 – The O’Jays – I Want You Here With Me


Warning – there’s bass all over the place.

The Jones Girls and Sharon Redd (who are both giving bass and guitar) are followed up with the UK group Savanna, which features Leroy Osbourne on lead vocals (remember Sade’s “Nothing Can Come Between Us”?) and Ca$hflow from Atlanta, produced by Larry Blackmon of Cameo. Loose Ends’ slept on track “Ooh Your Make Me Feel” is followed by the hit from The Sylvers “We Can Make It If We Try” which was released in 1973.

Pieces Of A Dream’s instrumental “Mt. Airy Groove” (released in 1982) is followed by Rockie Robbins “Time To Think” (released in 1981). I would be remiss if I didn’t include some Stevie goodness with “That Girl” (released in 1982) from “The Original Musiquarium.”
Fast forward 4 years with the group from Detroit, RJ’s Latest Arrival with “Heaven In Your Arms” (1986) is followed up by Vaneese Thomas’ slept-on track “Love In Your Eyes” (more bass). I close it out with 3 classics from another one from the Jones Girls (couldn’t resist putting two tracks on by them thanks to TV One’s “Unsung”), Jean Carne, and The O’Jays. Hope you enjoy.

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Slipback: Love Lock

No particular theme here, 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 Mood
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

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

Uptown, the second wave. Guy, Father MC, Christopher WIlliams,

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.

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

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.

Cupid’s Hunt 2019

Not just any other day. On tap: Shiela 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.

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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Slipback: Hanging On A String

Om 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.

Cupid’s Hunt: 2018

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: 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: 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: 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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