Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The ’60s soul fetish (cont.)

I enjoyed the “retro soul” conversation that jumped off yesterday. Wanna keep it going? Below are three more videos with that ’60s flavor... from artists I had not heard of.

The first one is Jully Black (pictured). Born in Toronto, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, Ms. Black is a gold-album artist in Canada.

This 2007 video is for her biggest single, “Seven Day Fool” (an old Etta James cut).

The middle one is Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators. Ms. Willis is a native Brooklynite who got her music career cooking in London. The Soul Investigators are “Finland’s premier funk band.” (Seriously.)

The video – “If This Ain’t Love” – was in support of their 2007 album “Keep Reachin’ Up.”

The bottom one’s Ricky Fante, and he was ahead of the curve. His 2004 CD “Rewind” was all about some Otis Redding.

But it didn’t sell. Now you can find plenty of used copies of “Rewind” at Amazon.com for one cent. The video is for “It Ain’t Easy,” the lead single off that album.

Any other soul revivalists out there we haven’t acknowledged yet?

5 comments:

Francisco said...

Jully gives me this early Mary J Blige type of Vibe.

Anonymous said...

I think Anthony Hamilton has a legit classic soul sound without sounding forced. His albums 'Comin where I'm from and 'Ain't Nobody Worryin' have a sound that is really classic without coming of like he's pressing. And having just seen American Gangster he can definitely pull off the sound with ease, it's him and not a gimmick.

bklyn6 said...

Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-Fante. Now, that was a "sad song." Was he supposed to be the second coming of Otis Redding?

You know, too me, Johnny Gill always seemed like he should've been a big star, that he could have been the Otis Redding of the 90s.

James said...

James Hunter

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Thanks, James. I never heard of him.

Here's a video introduction.