Mayer Hawthorne is cool like that

3 05 2009

Meet the man with the midas touch: Mayer Hawthorne. A Motown pedigree, hip hop stamina and flavor for days. Now with a video for his killer debut single. Soul Sides and On Point have more info & MH goodness.

Monday niceness: DJ Kwak’s Motown mix

26 01 2009

Back to niceness is the musical brainchild of DJ Kwak and 72 Soul, two cats from Brussels whose multilingual radioshow kicks off your Saturday evening on FM Brussels. This week, they’re celebrating Motown’s musical legacy of with a fine selection of soul classics. Aaahhhh, listen everybody…

Listen online or download here. Tracklist after the jump.

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Martha Reeves’ Civil Rights creed

11 01 2009

“Fittingly chosen by Gerri Hershey for the title of her seminal book on soul, Nowhere to Run encapsulates all that is good in the genre. From 1965, it was an early Motown hit that set the label on the path to greatness and a potentially coded statement that there was ‘nowhere to run’ from the advancing Civil Rights movement.”

Taken from the liner notes to Express Yourself: Soul In The 20th Century, a themed and historically contextualized 4-cd box set. Aloxe corton recommended and approved by my dancing daughter Amelie.

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Nowhere to run (Motown, 1965)

Mayer Hawthorne’s Motown mix

4 12 2008

Why don’t you indulge in wholesome, aural delights mixed by the man. Motown goodness up for grabs at Scrumptious. Save some room for dessert ‘cuz here’s the track list.

01 Berry Gordy Intro
02 Martha & The Vandellas – In My Lonely Room
03 Brenton Wood – I Think You’ve Got Your Fools Mixed Up
04 Bobby Bland – Hands Small But Mighty
05 The Marvelettes – You’re The One For Me Bobby
06 The Steelers – Get It From The Bottom
07 Marvin Gaye – Stubborn Kind of Fellow
08 Brothers of Soul – I Guess That Don’t Make Me A Loser
09 Belita Woods – Magic Corner
10 Dee Edwards – Why Can’t There Be Love
11 The Escorts – By The Time I Get To Phoenix
12 The 21st Century – I Just Can’t Forget Your Name
13 The Whatnauts – Trouble Making Fool
14 The Superlatives – I Don’t Know How
15 Smokey Robinson and The Miracles – Baby Baby Don’t Cry
16 Shirley Lawson – One More Chance
17 The Montclairs – Hey You!
18 The Precisions – If This Is Love