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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.

sir Was – In The Midst (2017)

From the album ‘Digging A Tunnel’, Swedish artist & jazz saxophonist Sir Was delivers a hypnotic mix of soul and electronic influences on this compelling track.

Cannonball Adderley – Autumn Leaves (1958)

Taken from the album ‘Somethin Else’, this is one of the great laid back recordings of modern jazz. Adderley, Miles Davis and Hank Jones swap outstanding ‘cool school’ solos while Art Blakey and Sam Jones keep the down tempo swing just right.

Cannonball Adderley — alto saxophone
Miles Davis — trumpet
Hank Jones — piano
Sam Jones — bass
Art Blakey — drums

 

BadBadNotGood – Time Moves Slow feat. Sam Herring (2016)

One of the absolute stand out tracks of 2016. The soul/jazz/electronic outfit from Toronto deliver a laid back gem with vocals from Future Islands’ Sam Herring.

 

Roy Hargrove Quintet – Strasbourg Saint Denis (2007 – Live in Paris)

Roy Hargrove is a Texas born, Grammy award winning jazz trumpet player. He is widely acknowledged for a contemporary sound that still maintains the tradition of the jazz greats.

His composition Strasbourg St Denis has become a modern jazz standard – a classic if you like – and this live performance from 2007 is just firing.

Roy Hargrove – trumpet, Justin Robinson – alto/tenor sax and flute, Gerald Clayton – piano, Danton Boller – bass, Montez Coleman – drums.

 

Mndsgn – Cosmic Perspective (2016)

LA based producer Mndsgn, pronounced ‘mind design’, consistently puts out a progressive mix of soul, hip hop and electronic influenced music. This dance track taken from his Body Wash album showcases a post-disco, psychedelic-funk influence.

The Supremes – Bad Weather (1973)

After the departure of Diana Ross, The Supremes continued to put out great music on Motown without much support from label head Berry Gordy. Stevie Wonder has writing and production credits on this track with Jean Terrell taking lead vocal alongside Mary Wilson and Lynda Lawrence. Classic Soul.