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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.

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.