“Tonight’s the Night” is a slow disco burner that routinely makes its way into dance clubs at just under 100…

April 1st, 2008 | | Re:Discovery

Rhoda Scott Trio

Rudy Van Gelder was responsible for capturing some of the finest jazz sessions in history. While recording Rhoda Scott, Gelder…

March 1st, 2008 | | Re:Discovery


“Just Cause I’m Guilty” by Hot appears in disproportionate quantities in America’s dollar bins, but is a remarkably funky song…

March 1st, 2008 | | Re:Discovery

Dyke and the Blazers

What happens when you are the O’Jays backing band and you find yourselves stranded in Phoenix? Naturally, you begin recording…

September 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery

Unlimited Four

The Unlimited Four were a little-known vocal quartet signed to All Platinum subsidiary Chanson. “Slow Down” finds them dragging out…

August 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery

King Hannibal

Atlanta R&B legend Mighty Hannibal underwent a minor name change to record the gritty Truth LP for Aware Records in…

August 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery

Joe Perkins and the Memphians

Forgotten Memphis soul belter Joe Perkins stalks a tricky, low-slung rhythm on this classic slice of deep Southern soul. Sounding…

July 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery

Paul Kelly

A native of Miami and onetime bandmate of the great Clarence Reid, Soul journeyman Paul Kelly eventually found his way…

July 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery
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Sons of Darkness

Though New Jersey R&B impresario Peter Brown has been gaining some much-deserved recognition for having mentored eccentric disco producer Gary…

June 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery


This one is a revolution sure shot! East London’s Equals transformed themselves from hard-rocking, Vespa-riding dandies to deranged funk adventurers…

June 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery

The Montclairs

One of the most undeservedly neglected vocal groups of the early ’70s, the Montclairs released one outstanding LP, Dreaming Out…

June 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery

A.C. Caldwell

A strange and compelling hybrid of styles, A.C. Caldwell’s “Wail” pits a gritty guitar-and-organ groove against a startlingly pretty string…

June 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery

Blood Brothers

Four words say it all. The Blood Brothers make an eloquent case for lyrical simplicity with this driving number that…

June 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery


Illustration formed ranks when blues-rock outfits (with powerful horn sections comprised of funky White men) became a standard. While their…

June 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery
Sound Experience

Sound Experience

An apt title if there ever was one, “Blow Your Mind” opens with a shambolic, fuzz-soaked riff that might have…

June 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery

Chairmen of the Board

Peppered with lush and precise arrangements, spiced via a powerful backing of organs and drums, and all under the vocal…

June 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery

The Hoodz

Dust-strewn mid-’90s Brooklyn street rap from the all-but-forgotten Hoodz. “Oo Li Oo” boasts foreboding keyboard samples and lazy synth flourishes…

March 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery

Errol Dunkley

A gem-like slice of “lovers rock” from Errol Dunkley, who gained modest fame as a teenage heartthrob cutting rocksteady hits…

February 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery


The phrase “doing it to death” surely rings true with the passing of the hardest working man in show business….

February 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery

Debbie Taylor

Debbie Taylor does penance for an undisclosed transgression on this hellacious track, the first single off of her lone Today…

January 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery

Ranking Devon

With “Death Ballarena,” Ranking Devon serves up a blistering toast over the Soul Vendors’ ever-popular “Death in the Arena” rhythm….

January 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery

Mack Simmons

Notorious wild man Andre Williams shouldered production duties on this storming take on the Ohio Players’ classic ode to hip…

January 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery

Howard Lemon Singers

The gently propulsive “Let Him Come In” has recently received deserved shine on Soul Jazz’s excellent Gospel Soul series. Stax…

January 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery
Artistic Sounds

Artistic Sounds

A truly unique album, the Artistic Sounds’ Message to a Nation frustrates conventional notions of what gospel music ought to…

January 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery