Starting off on his 62nd birthday, Charles Bradley: Soul of America follows the extraordinary journey of singer Charles Bradley during the electrifying and transformative months leading up to the release of his debut album "No Time For Dreaming"

www.charlesbradleyfilm.com

 


Video for Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - I Learned The Hard Way taken from the new album of the same name.

www.sharonjonesandthedapkings.com | MySpace


Video for You Ain't No Good, which is the second single from Australian funk / soul outfit, The Bammo's latest album.

www.thebamboos.com


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Video for The Hawk Feat Little Hannah Collins - "Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover" which drops on www.recordkicks.net (today I think).

Hannah was keyboard player / vocalist with UK band The Heavy and Scott Milsom aka The Hawk, bass player for funk band Big Boss Man. It's a little more Northern soul / Motown-eqsue than my personal taste normally runs to, but it's a happy little dity.

www.myspace.com/thehawkmyspace


Video for The Black Dynamite Sound Orchestra's Shot Me In the Heart, a fantastic slice of heavy soul this.

Vocalist Loren Oden dilvers a master-class in conveying passion and emotion on this track. If you've not picked up the album and you have even just a passing interest heavy funk and soul I strongly recommend you do.

I quite want that "Venice Dawn Theme" that plays over the video titles as well.

Props to C.E. Garcia of vinyl4giants for keeping me in the know.

Via: Wax Poetics x Converse 45 Series Presents


Black Dynamite (Original Motion Picture Score)

In 1971 African American film director Melvin Van Peebles had a Richard Pryor moment. Fed up with presenting an acceptable version of blackness for The Man he figured it was time for something more confrontational. Something that would have the early 70's audience leaving the theatre thinking 'fuck yeah'. Essentially, a film that would stick it to The Man. Studios however where unlikely to want to fund such an outing. Having convinced a then relativity unknown group called Earth, Wind and Fire to record a soundtrack, Melvin took the innovative move of releasing the soundtrack in advance of the movie. Not only did this raise capital, it also promoted the movie in a way his non existent marketing budget would not have allowed. The film was Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. While arguably not Blaxsploitation as such itself, it paved the way for the birth of the genre. There was a market for confrontational, strong black characters kicking ass to funky beats. The Man may not have been too keen on the rising black radicalism of the late 60's and early 70's, but just like his fictional representation in the Blaxploitation films he did like money. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song's had in simple terms made a boat load of cash from a very small outlay. The Soundtrack had been a smash hit and tied funk and the fledging movie genre together in a way that had not happend before and has never really happened since. Cult classics like Shaft and Superfly where to follow, with soundtracks by Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield respectively.

So when Scott Sanders and Michael Jai White decided to create Black Dynamite, their loving homage to the genre , they knew it had to have a soundtrack to match. Scott called on friend and fellow DJ Adrian Younge, who set about writing and recording the music in his spare time. The self taught multi-instrumentalist playing around 15 different instruments across the album. Utilising analogue equipment has enabled Younge to produce a sound more akin to classic pre-80's recordings. However while there's no denying the ghosts of funk legends living and dead alike can be heard clearly in the musics influences there's also something distinctly modern and fresh about this set. I think that comes from Adrian being a beat digger. 30 years or more has passed since many original funk recordings where made. At least 20 since Hip Hops beatdigging late 80's golden age. This gives a modern musician a lot of insight into not just what works, but what really works. Its pretty likely everyone you have ever met has heard the Amen Break in some form or another, but almost no one could tell you anything about the track it comes from. Essentially this means the Black Dynamite score sounds like a record one would dream of unearthing in a lost dusty corner somewhere. Also while 70's deep funk is the primary influence there's a distinctly Euro-funk / library music influence which would not have been present at the time. Drawing influences particularly from Morricone and his lesser known compardres, men who created some of the best soundtrack music you've probably never heard. Primarily a funk set there's a hint heavy soul here, but thankfully the jazz influence is kept at a minimum and the dreaded disco-funk does not rear it's ugly head.

Though the film is a comedy homage, a loving parody if you like, this is a serious soundtrack. Sure the opening song in particular "Black Dynamites Themes" does contain some wildly funny exaggeration, but that's just channelling the spirit of Rudy Ray Moore. All the vocals are spot on really evoking the kind of emotion you hear in tracks from the period. I've listened to this album a lot since I got it and some of the highest praise I can give it as a complete set is I've never skipped a track once. It really is to quote the oft used phrase 'all killer, no filler'. For me the highlights being Jimmy's Dead and Chicago Wind, but with the love that went into creating this its a close run thing.

Much like Van Peeble's movie all those years ago Black Dynamite has found itself given an exceedingly limited release (Though I'm sure it will be popular on DVD). So chances are unless you've bittorented it (which is bound to happen when studios treat anticipated films like this) you have not seen the movie. Don't let that stop you picking up the soundtrack in advance however, after all that's what they did with Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. Impress your friends and stick it to The Man with one simple purchase.

Adrian "AJ" Younge - "Shot Me In The Heart" (Black Dynamite OST)

Black Dynamite - Posters

Black Dynamite - Trailer

Check out the official site at www.blackdynamite.com

Listen to Chicago Wind below:


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Nate Harrison narrates the history of the "Amen Break" a 6 second drum loop taken from The Winstones - Amen Brother.


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www.myspace.com/busybodyfilms


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Black Dynamite Sound Orchestra Performs "Tears I Cried When Love Has Died" Live.

Black Dynamite - Posters

Black Dynamite - Trailer

Check out the official site at www.blackdynamite.com

vinyl4giants posted the mp3 "Shot Me In The Heart" which you can listen to below or download.

Adrian "AJ" Younge - "Shot Me In The Heart" (Black Dynamite OST)

 

Via: vinyl4giants - Twitter


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Video for Australian funk outfit The Bamboos song "On The Sly". The track features as a double A single with 'Turn It Up' (feat Lyrics Born).

www.thebamboos.com | www.myspace.com/thebamboos


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That most notoriously prolific of shock rock procreators, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, has had another baby. No, not the cambion offspring of some incubus tryst, but rather this track by the insurmountably gratifying Brit Indie / funk rockers, The Heavy. Taken from their recently released second album, The House That Dirt Built (Ninja Tune,) Sixteen, with its "pure vintage voodoo soul," conjures the magic with some beautifully reverent overtures towards the late Screamin' Jay's I Put A Spell On You.

And now, for your viewing pleasure, I present the inimitable Screamin' Jay Hawkins performing his aforementioned and oft-covered hit. Take it away, Screamin' Jay...

www.myspace.com/theheavy73

www.theheavy.co.uk


Black Dynamite [Soundtrack]

vinyl4giants has a quick interview with composer of the Black Dynamite OST Adrian "AJ" Younge. The film directed by Scott Sanders and starring Michael Jai White is a homage to classic 70's Blaxploitation flicks and needed a homage soundtrack to suit. Those familiar to the genre will know that it's one where the music is hugely integral. Often the soundtracks were works of a far higher calibre than the films themselves. Legends of funk and soul contributed to and created albums, some of which are amongst the greatest recorded works of all time. You just have to listen to Curtis Mayfield's sublime Superfly OST once and you'll see what I mean. Isaac Hayes, Bobby Womack and the Godfather Himself James Brown were all to create sonic backdrops for these black action flicks. Brown even made an album for a film that didn't exist, The Payback (Rejected by Larry Cohen as the soundtrack to Hell Up in Harlem), Brown himself felt his Black Caesar OST was sub-par.

Understanding homage is not the same as copy, Adrian "AJ" Younge has taken inspiration and developed the score he would have made had he been working at the time.

You can buy the Black Dynamite OST using the amazon links below this post or from waxpoetics.com (comes with bonus track  Tears I Cry).

Black Dynamite - Posters

Black Dynamite - Trailer

Check out the official site at www.blackdynamite.com

vinyl4giants posted the mp3 "Shot Me In The Heart" which you can listen to below or download.

Via: vinyl4giants


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Video for How You Like Me Now? from West Country funksters The Heavy. Featured on their new album The House That Dirt Built which drops tomorrow (5th October). Arctic Monkeys producer Jim Abbiss and members of The Noisettes where involved in the Album, which blends Cinematic elements (Spaghetti Western) with indie rock, soulful vocals and pure heavy funk.

www.myspace.com/theheavy73

www.theheavy.co.uk


Zaire '74 / Soul Power T-shirt

This "Zaire '74" design is the original, official artwork created for the 3 day festival.Worn by crew members and performers like James Brown, Bill Withers, sister Sledge and The Spinners throughout the festival, this shirt is featured prominently 35 years later in the documentary Soul Power and it's predecessor the 1997 academy award winning documentary When We Where Kings.

Soul Power - UK Trailer

www.soulpowerfilm.co.uk | twitter.com/soulpowerfilm

www.misswit.net/soulpowerfilm


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Soul power premiers at  is released theatrically in the UK on the 10th July 209 Glastonbury festival 2:30am Friday (Saterday morning)

"In 1974, the most celebrated American R&B acts of the time came together with the most renowned musical groups in Southern Africa for a 12-hour, three-night long concert held in Kinshasa, Zaire. The pipe dream of musician Hugh Masekela and producer Stewart Levine, this music festival became a reality when they convinced boxing promoter Don King to combine the event with “The Rumble in the Jungle,” the epic fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, previously chronicled in the Academy Award winning documentary “When We Were Kings.”

Soul Power is a verité documentary, entirely composed of footage shot in 1974 at the legendary music festival (dubbed “Zaire ’74”). It shows the experiences and performances of such musical luminaries as James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, Celia Cruz, Miriam Makeba, among a host of others. At the peak of their talents and the height of their careers, these artists were inspired by this return to their African roots, as well as the enthusiasm of the Zairian audience, to give the performances of their lives. The concert has achieved mythological significance as the definitive Africa(n)-American musical event of the 20th Century.

Soul Power has been crafted from the extensive footage which remained after the making of When We Were Kings, which famously documented the epic title fight, but only briefly touched upon the Zaire ’74 music festival. This footage has remained vaulted for the past 35 years, unused, unseen, until now. Lensed primarily by celebrated cinematographers Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens), Paul Goldsmith (Rust Never Sleeps), Kevin Keating (Harlan County USA), and Roderick Young (Wattstax), Soul Power finally provides today’s audience the opportunity to experience this historic musical event in all of its magnificent, filmed glory, restored in HD and with incredible sound quality. An unbridled musical journey for the ages."

www.soulpowerfilm.co.uk | twitter.com/soulpowerfilm


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Music video for Hidden Treasure by DJ Vadim feat Sabira Jade. The single is released worldwide on April 12th.

www.djvadim.com | Myspace


Back to Daylight is the first single from Dub Pistols forthcoming album Rum and Coke. The sigle features Ashley Slater. 2005's Six Million Ways to Live is far an away my favorite of their three album releases so far. This tracks not really grabbing me if I'm honest, but its OK in it's own sub Bobby Womack way I guess. 

www.merchandized.co.uk | Myspace


Tommy Tempa

London-based Soul, Jazz and Blues-influenced Hip Hop producer, Tommy Tempa, has been quietly gaining recognition for his production of other artists work. However, whilst also making up one third of spooky Hip Hop/Blues outfit, Mancini and the Creepers, he's still managing to make time for his own personal musical output. And for this I am thankful.

Untitled Prt1 is a track from his upcoming EP, which will soon be released by 2600 Recordings. This Jazzy, music-box delight has something of dark French abstraction to it, though tainted with prettily Western-sounding chimes and guitars of Americana. It's a recipe for all-round deliciousness and I thoroughly recommend a listen. Enjoy! 

Catch Tommy Tempa's Untitled Prt1 on a computer near you via his myspace page.


La Fine Equipe La Boulangerie

From French Beatmakers La Fine Equipe (Blanka, Oogo, Mr.Gib, Mattic and Chomsky) comes the album La Boulangerie, masters of the sampler one and all. Here they showcase their skills with the MPC over 37 tracks, whose titles seem to come from staring longingly at the scrumptious delights in the pâtisserie window. They cut up soul, funk, reggae, dioulouge, swing, dub, hip hop, arabic music, rocksteady and anything else they come across.

Most of La Fine Equipe seems to have some kind of affilation with the mighty Wax Taylor (The French equivilant of America's RJD2 or the UK's DJ Parker). So you know these guys have pedigree and as all are strong artists in their own right the 30 plus tracks are solid stuff with no padding and being instrumental there's no worries about languauge barriers. Hopefully artists in the US and UK will consider hooking up with these French beatmakers for production because their stuff is fantastic.

Fans of sampling and instrumental hip hop should make this a must purchase. It might be a bit of a search picking it up outside France, but I purchased the MP3 album from junodownload.com in the UK.

La Fine Equipe - Brioche (Video)

www.myspace.com/laboulangeriealbumwww.lafineequipe.com

Check out Chomsky's Pain Au Chocolat and Oogo's Space Cake below:


Isaac Hayes

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