Deejay OM – “Blood From My Soul” Parts 1 & 2

 Here’s a special V Day gift for all of you.

I was cleaning out my hard drive over the week, and I found these dynamite rare soul mixes that San Francisco-based Deejay OM made a while back for the always excellent San Francisco Disco/Boogie/Funk blog The Beat Electric. Both of them were done the old-fashioned way: a box of 45s and two turntables. Neither have track lists, but trust, these are definitely the goods.

Enjoy!  (right click & “save as” to download)

Blood From My Soul: Music for Heartbreak

Blood From My Soul Part 2: Time Heals All Wound

DecibelCast Vol. 4 – “Sprung Again”

This ended up taking so much longer than originally planned. I began this year listening almost exclusively to music from the ’70s – mostly funk, soul, reggae and salsa… and yeah a bit disco as well – and so I thought it might be nice to put together a little mix of the vintage funk and soul music I had been so enjoying: That was all.

Unfortunately it ended up being a much more arduous process, which entailed yours truly completely losing the plot several times. Getting side-tracked, and moving away from the purely soul theme, I briefly entertained the idea of a multi-era, multi-genre West Coast mix. That ultimately didn’t end up happening either. Around this time, I got busy with other things and came close to deciding to just scrap the project entirely. It seems somewhere along the way I forgot the whole point, which was to make a compilation of smoothed-out jams to commemorate the spring. And so, with this mix comprising mostly vintage funk and soul tunes from mostly California artists, hopefully I’ve achieved just that.

[db-04] Sprung Again

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Tracklist:

Roy Ayers – “Everybody Loves the Sunshine”

Blue & Exile – “Good Morning Neighbor”

The Freestyle Fellowship – “Sunshine Men”

Brother Jack McDuff – “Your Smile”

Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – “I Got Love”

Cortex – “Prelude a Go Round”

Nicola Conte – “Seasons”

Booker T. Jones – “Progress” feat. Jim James

Maze – “While I’m Alone”

Mayer Hawthorne – “Dreaming”

Bullion – “Time for Us All to Love”

Arthur Verocai – “Dedicada a ela”

Quasimoto – “Seasons Change”

The Natural Four – “You Can Always Count on Me”

Funk Factory – “Rien Ne Va Plus”

John Holt – “Got My Head on Straight”

Leon Ware – “Why I Came to California”

Lee Fields & the Expressions – “Expressions Theme”

Jonti – “Batmilk”

Curtis Mayfield – “Trippin”

The Natural Four – “Why Should We Stop Now?”

The Stepkids

So these guys came through town a little while back with The Horrors, and totally blew my mind. Their self-titled debut just dropped a few weeks ago on Stones Throw and has quickly become one of my favorite records of the year.

All three members are accomplished song writers and the music they make is a kind of psychedelic soul that’s totally vintage, but not at all in that faux wannabe referential way. They make the ’70s seem like the best possible time to have been alive and listening to music, plus their songs have awesome titles like Brain Ninja and Wonderfox.

Here’s a free track for download over at Bandcamp

Check out these equally great videos they’ve done and don’t miss your chance to catch these guys in action.

Also, you can stream the entire record on the bands website:

http://thestepkidsband.com/

Charles Bradley

So we all (hopefully) know about Sharon Jones and Daptone Records, but the newest Daptone star is this bad ass motha.  Sounds like a relic from the soul funk era of days past but his album just came out late January of this year.   Sometimes the best musicians may just be that old homeless looking person that nobody pays attention to.  But having the Menahan Street Band backing him up probably helps…