Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Playlist: Irish soul bands

In honor of St. Paddy’s Day, I went searching for some Dublin funk. If you saw “The Commitments,” you know that the Irish dig soul music. Matter fact, the city of Dublin sponsors a soul festival every spring.

Here are some tracks I found from funky Irish bands:

1. “Nutbush City Limits” (live) – Santoria

This group’s influences include Aretha Franklin, the Jackson 5 and (of course) Ike & Tina Turner. Santoria’s website is here. Lead singer Linzi Mckeon is hot as balls.

2. “Pass the Brack” – The Candidates

Influences include the Meters, James Brown, P-Funk and Kool & the Gang. The band’s MySpace page is here. I don’t know what “brack” means.

3. “Ghetto Life” – Mob Fandango

Mob Fandango’s website is here. These chaps don’t declare any specific musical influences... but I can tell from this track that Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” album is one.

4. “Voodoo (Hoodoo)” – Ali & the DT’s

Here’s one with a bluesier vibe. Influences include Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Otis Redding. The group’s website is here. Ali De Mora and his band are coming to America, with a Baltimore pub gig scheduled for early July.


Thrasher said...

Why listen to posers..Shit I prefer my music straight with no chaser...Miles, Herbie, Dexter, Coltrane, Cannonball,Sitt, Sarah, Horn, Carter..

Irish don't know shit about Black music...I give zero love for perps fuckin with the real deal..

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Hot as balls indeed sir...indeed!

Undercover Black Man said...

^ You ever heard of any of these bands, Daniel? Or is Dublin like a whole other planet?

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Never heard of them, Dublin and Ireland is indeed a whole other planet compared to the UK.

Redz.Harvest said...

Here's an irish lass doin a lil Nina: