Sunday, September 13, 2009

Other styles: Modern Soul / R&B / Jazz(y) albums of the last 5 years

Besides reggae, there's plenty of other styles of music I listen to. Lots of soul, funk, some R&B, hip-hop, (punk)rock and jazz. As much as I love reggae, I couldn't listen to just that, there's so much more quality stuff out there. This time I decided to post some titles of modern records of the last 5 years or so I highly rate in soulful, funky and jazzy styles. If you rate these kinda albums, add some recommended titles you rate in a comment. Curious to see what people come up with, so much wicked music out there!

Cheers all!

Here's a top 15 of favourites (limited to one per artist, could have added more Sharon Jones for instance):

1) Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - Naturally
2) Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators - Keep Reachin' Up (see picture above)
3) Adele - 19
4) Ryan Shaw - This Is Ryan Shaw
5) Lady Linn and her Magnificent Seven - Here We Go Again
6) James Hunter - People Gonna Talk
7) Eli 'Paperboy' Reed & The True Loves - Roll With You
8) Leela James - A Change Is Gonna Come
9) Raphael Saadiq - The Way I See It
10) Jesse Dee - Bittersweet Batch
11) Duffy - Rockferry
12) Giovanca - Subway Silence
13) Stephanie McKay - Tell It Like It Is
14) Amy Whinehouse - Back To Black
15) Sabrina Starke - Yellow Brick Road

Bubbling under:
The Budos Band - Budos Band II
Daniel Merriweather - Love & War
Wouter Hamel - Nobody's Tune

Heard good stories about the new Lee Fields album 'My World' too.

Just in case, do NOT request uploads of any of these, I will not upload 'm. They're all commercially available, so go to a store for samples and / or buying. Thanks.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Poll results: What style of mixes you rate highest?

First poll finished after some 50 days of voting. 163 people participated on the question what style of mixes they prefer hearing. Here's the result:

Winning style: MODERN ROOTS with 56 votes (34%)

Followed by: Early 80s RUB-A-DUB with 43 votes (26%)

And the rest in order of number of votes:

70s Roots (31 votes, 19%)
Late 80s Digital (24 votes, 14%)
Modern Dancehall (9 votes, 5%)

(ska and rocksteady were no options in this poll, in case you're wondering, this was because I never made a mix in those styles [yet])

Thanks all for participating, new poll up now about your preferred other musical styles next to reggae. Join in!