|Lizli Valentine & Bert Keys|
This a really great time for soul music and there's so much new product that refuses to follow trends. It's been a long time since we had such a wealth and variation in our music. At the Science Of Soul we try to showcase as much as possible. Got a couple of new releases from Dave Welding's Soul Junction label this week, that consistently put out solid product and these are no exception. The David Washington 45 is a real double header so I will playing both sides. My thanks to Soul Junction records for keeping us up to date. Myself and Mickey were trawling through the archives this week to find you some classic slow jams, I hope you enjoy what we found because we had a great time looking anyway!
Thanks for being part of our Science Of Soul family... now sit back enjoy the music.
Playlist for Sunday the 7th April 2013
Eric Gable - I Can Make You Feel Good
The Temptations - Some Enchanted Evening
David Washington - Games
Audio/Vince Broomfield - Don't Move A Muscle
Lezli Valentine - Love On A Two Way Street
The Moments - Somebody Loves You Baby
Eddie Kendricks - Not On The Outside
Susan Phillips - Key In The Mailbox
The Originals - Oh, You Put A Crush On Me
The Four Tops - Strung Out For Your Love
Charles Bradley - Hurricane / Victim Of Love
David Washington - Ready For Your Love
Johnson & Branson - Midnite Lady
Gene Chandler - Haven't I Heard That Line Before
Teena Marie - Dont Turn Your Back
The Four Mints - Row Your Boat
Bunny Sigler - Can I
Greg Walker - Thank You
Charles Bradley - Let Love Stand A Chance
The Delfonics - La La Means I Love You
Ed Townsend - How Could You Do It
Marvin Sapp - Best In Me
Bobby Womack - If You Think Your Lonley Now
Charles Bradley biography:
By now, Bradley’s remarkable, against-all-odds rise has been well-documented – how he transcended a bleak life on the streets and struggled through a series of ill-fitting jobs – most famously as a James Brown impersonator at Brooklyn clubs – before finally being discovered by Daptone's Gabe Roth. The year following the release of No Time For Dreaming was one triumph after another: a stunning performance at South By Southwest that earned unanimous raves; similarly-gripping appearances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Newport Folk Festival and Outside Lands (to name just a few); and spots on Year-End Best Lists from Rolling Stone, SPIN, GQ, Pasteand more.
Victim of Love is a continuation of that story, moving past the 'heartache and pain' and closer to the promise of hope. Where the last record opened with the apocalyptic "The World (is Going Up in Flames), Victim begins with the “Strictly Reserved for You,” a track where Bradley grabs his girl, jumps in a car and hits the highway for a romantic getaway. "You Put The Flame on It" sees Bradley backed by a horn chart that sounds like it was lifted from a lost Four Tops single. And on “Victim of Love,” the track that lent the album its name, Bradley sings over a gentle acoustic guitar, "I woke up this morning, I felt your love beside me.”
The new album also brings a broader musical scope. Where Dreaming hewed close to the rough-and-ready R&B sound Daptone has become known for, Victim is stylistically more restless, edging closer into the kind of psychedelic soul The Temptations explored in the early '70s. "People are not going to expect this. There's a lot of psych influences on this record, a lot of fuzz guitar," notes Thomas Brenneck of Menahan Street Band, Bradley's producer, bandleader and co-writer. "Confusion” most exemplifies the new direction of the album, opening with an echo-drenched vocal and charging rhythmic cadence.
The album’s closing track "Through the Storm" best summarizes Victim’s message. Over a deep gospel groove, Bradley expresses his gratitude – to his fans, his friends and to God – for their support, their dedication and their devotion. "When the world gives you love," he sings, "It frees your soul."
This is the new message of Charles Bradley, the Bradley who has emerged from the heartache stronger and more confident, overflowing with love to share. This is Charles Bradley, victim of love -- gratefully returning the joy that has been given to him. His site: www.thecharlesbradley.com