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Kate Tempest – Tunnel Vision (2016)

London-based poet, rapper Kate Tempest delivers a fierce and futuristic vision of global illness. From her 2016 album ‘Let them Eat Chaos’.

 

Al Green – Take Me To The River (1974)

From the album ‘Explores Your Mind’, this is the original version written and performed by ‘The Reverend’ himself. The musical and lyrical influences from both R’n’B and Gospel combine with Green’s unique vocal sound to make this one of the all time great soul tracks.

Slum Village – Get Dis Money (2000)

From the album ‘Fantastic Vol. 2’, this track from Slum Village still stands as one of the finest examples of hip hop’s development from jazz influences, using the sample from Herbie Hancock’s breezy, vocoder track ‘Come Running To Me.’

Jeffree (Jeff) Perry – Love Don’t Come No Stronger (1975)

Jeffree (Jeff) Perry is a true ‘hidden gem’ of soul music. His uncle, Robert Bateman, was one of the early engineer/producers at Motown, and by 12 yrs old Jeff was singing with his brothers on Atlantic records as the Perry Brothers.

Jeffree himself went on to work at Motown and became a close friend of Marvin Gaye. He launched his solo career on Arista Records and this track, ‘Love Don’t Come No Stronger’, was not only the label’s first R&B hit but stands as a masterpiece of soul music that simply never received the attention it deserved.

Managing Fear through Breathing

 

When equipped with an understanding of how the body manages the emotional system, we can easily trick ourselves into emotional balance.

The JB’s – You Can Have Watergate, Just Gimme Some Bucks & I’ll Be Straight (1973)

While every day seems to bring another political twist or turn, we all know this is nothing new. In the ’70s, James Brown’s band ‘The JBs’ were not only the funkiest outfit in town, they also had a political voice. This track is an absolute classic, with horn arrangements from trombonist Fred Wesley and Mr. Brown expressing himself as usual.

“Watergate” is the general term used to describe a complex web of clandestine and often illegal activities undertaken by members of President Nixon’s administration between ’72 and ’74. The word specifically references the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C. and ‘activities’ such as bugging the offices of political opponents and investigations of activist groups and political figures. Nixon resigned before he could be impeached but was subsequently pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford.

Lee Dorsey – Give It Up (1969)

Lee Dorsey stands out as one of the classic voices of laid back, New Orleans R&B. Working alongside legendary Crescent City producer/writer Allen Toussaint and the deep south groove of The Meters, this track showcases Dorsey at his best.