Review: "Jungle" is the second batch of Numero-reissued gems by The Young Senators from the '60s; actually, we should really say that these are released for the first time ever. The song is a no nonsense Detroit slinger with one of the best breakdowns we've heard on the label. "That's The Way It Is" is a softer tune, a delicate 60's pop song guided by organs, horns and prophetic vocals. Bang tidy.
Adrian Quesada - "The Last Time" (feat Sonia Moore & Anthony Farrell)
Adrian Younge - "The Love I Got" (instrumental)
Review: San Francisco label Ubiquity comes correct with a special limited edition 12" with two Adrians joining forces, namely Adrian Younge (Venice Dawn/Black Dynamite) and Adrian Quesada (Echocentrics/Ocote Soul Sounds/Brownout/Grupo Fantasma). "The Love I Got" is a furious drum workout with what sounds like UK soul artist Lewis Taylor on vocal duties (it's not though!), with female backing vocals and lashings of southern fried guitar. "Last Word" is quality female funk fodder, with a great performance from Sonia Moore and, for us, it's the stand out track. On the flip, "The Last Time" has both Sonia and Anthony Farrell with impressive performances on a melancholic trip of funky soul/rock. The EP ends with an instrumental version of "The Love I Got", with those hypnotic piano keys more distinctive than ever.
Review: Feel good soul music from the wonderful UK label Streetsoul on 45. On ''You're Not Here With Me'' soaring strings and uplifting vocals make this a timeless slab of wax. On the flipside there's no let up for true soul fans, with the fantastic production and poignant ''We're All God's Children''. Both tracks are taken from the excellent A Taste Of The Younghearts album.
Review: It would be fair to say that Timi Yuro's "As Long As There Is You" is a sought-after single. Something of a "holy grail" amongst soul collectors, original copies of the 1969 7" on Liberty Records regularly change hands for upwards of 1,000 quid. Happily, you can now acquire a fresh copy for a fraction of the cost thanks to this facsimile Expansions reissue. Fuzzy, heartfelt, stomping and blessed with wall of sound style production, "As Long As There Is You" is the kind of sad-but-happy track that used to make Northern Soul dancers go weak at the knees. Yuro's Central American influences can be heard loud and clear on "It'll Never Be Over For Me", where Mariachi style trumpet lines and sweeping strings rise above a heavy, bossa-influenced groove.
Review: Back in 1976, Retta Young - previously a member of 60s soul group The Superbs - recorded and released her sole debut album, Young & Restless. For some time, that set has been in-demand amongst soul and disco collectors, with pristine copies changing hands for hundreds online. Happily, Expansions have put together this licensed reissue. There's much to enjoy throughout, from the simmering strings and heart-aching vocals of slow jam "Now or Never", to the ultra-sweet bliss of "We're So in Love", via the Philadelphia International style brilliance of "My Love is on His Way" and emotion-rich "Let's Make Up For Lost Time".
Review: Earlier this year A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad and renowned composer Adrian Younge's Midnight Hour project revealed the duo's musical depth and dexterity with the likes of Luther Vandross, Bilal and Cee Lo leading from the front. Now comes the instrumental album where the duo's compositions spring to life with a different energy and sense of imagination. You can really hear where their work scoring Luke Cage had an influence on moments such as the big strings and lilting guitars crashing dreamily on "So Amazing" and the subdued introspection of "Don't Keep Me Waiting". A stunning fusion of soul and jazz wrapped up with hazy downtempo sentimentality, this is just as essential as the original vocal version.
Don't Keep Me Waiting (feat Marsha Ambrosius) (3:18)
Bitches Do Voodoo (feat Angela Munoz) (0:55)
Possibilities (feat Eryn Allen Kane) (3:11)
Dans Us Moment D'errance (feat Laetitia Sadier, Questlove, Keyon Harrold) (3:05)
Love Is Free (feat Eryn Allen Kane) (2:45)
Together Again (feat No ID, James Poyser) (3:21)
Feel Alive (feat Karolina, Loren Oden) (2:56)
There Is No Greater Love (feat Loren Oden, Saudia Yasmein) (2:18)
Review: As foretold on Kendrick's Untitled two years ago, composer Younge and Tribe Called Quest's Muhammad have been conjuring behind for many years (since 2014 to be precise, on Souls Of Mischief's album There Is Only Now) and Midnight Hour is the incredible result. 20 tracks of ageless Harlem wisdom; the warmth and fusion is rich throughout as we glide from each soulful moment to jazzy highlight with the help of vocalists such as Cee-Lo Green, Luther Vandross and Angela Munoz. Everything about this body of work smacks with class and authenticity; from the sweeping orchestral dynamics of "Gate 54" to the dreamy lo-fi jazz of "Smiling For Me" via the soul jazz vibrancy of "Dans Us Moment D'errance". The night is young...