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  • Funky Downtempo Soul Jam Recommendations

    I've become slightly obsessed by a certain sound recently. If I post a few up, can others make any recommendations? The sort of stuff I'm think of is in the 85-108bpm range (roughly speaking, I promise not to shout at you if it turns out to be 111bpm), recorded around 1973 - early 1980s and often seem to be album tracks. Sort of like rare groove but more 70s-sounding I suppose.

    Such as:

    Caesar Frazier - Another Life


    Brother To Brother - Chance With You


    Barratt Strong - Stand Up And Cheer For The Preacher (I prefer the long version but it's on on YT)


    Freddi & Henchi - Cartoon People


    She - Easy Money (and all the other versions)
    Last edited by ladyboygrimsby; 27-06-2017, 08:43 PM.
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    This came to mind for some reason, but it's too fast, sorry! (113 BPM according to a JavaScript tap-tempo thing I just tried)

    Sylvester Jackson - I Want A Lot

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    • #3
      Jean Carn - I'm in Love Once Again



      Phyllis Hyman - Love Is Free



      Rene & Angela - I Don't Know



      Afro Cuban Band - Something's Gotta Give (just bought this on 7")



      Fatback Band - Gotta Learn How To Dance

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      • #4
        Another one from The Fatback Band - Mr Bass Man. Just had to post this because it is one of my favourite album covers.

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        • #5
          Thanks for these. How did I not know that Phyllis Hyman?! Perfect song. Keep 'em coming.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by ladyboygrimsby View Post
            Thanks for these. How did I not know that Phyllis Hyman?! Perfect song. Keep 'em coming.
            I asked myself the same question when I dug out the album it's on from my collection about 5 years ago. I probably bought the album soon after it's release in '78 and it had been neatly filed and almost forgotten for many years. I had no recollection of Love Is Free until I played it then. Odd as it is a strong track. So it was a discovery of sorts for me too!

            According to me (yes) http://darcysfeelit.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/door-22.html it was only on a UK & Europe album release and it seems to have been generally under the radar.

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            • #7
              Tonight's offerings

              Tower Of Power - Man From The Past



              Cissy Houston - Love Is Holding On



              The New Birth - Keep On Doin' It



              Willie Hutch - Easy Does It



              People's Choice - Movin' In All Directions



              Raydio - More Than One Way To Love A Woman



              Back to: Tower Of Power - Can't You See (You're Doing Me Wrong) I love this album. Is this track too fast or does it fit the bill? It's difficult to pick out the beat, it sounds too fast but the undercurrent is in the pocket I think.




              God! Is that time? I must go to bed.

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              • #8
                Argh, I've got all but one of these albums and I've never listened to any of these before. I've always played Squib Cakes off the TOP LP. Love the Willie Hutch, reminds me a bit of of VIP Connection's West Coast Drive at the beginning.

                Can't You See sounds fast, but I think it's only about 104bpm. There's a double-time thing going on there somewhere I think.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ladyboygrimsby View Post
                  Can't You See sounds fast, but I think it's only about 104bpm. There's a double-time thing going on there somewhere I think.
                  Yes when the double-time stuff settled down 104bpm was what I measured on the tap a beat app thingy.

                  It's funny how you perceive things sometimes. Take two Brass Construction tracks - I felt certain that Love would be well within your bpm parameters. and thought Now Is Tomorrow would probably be too fast. It turns out one is faster than I thought and one is a bit slower, they both clock in at about 113. Bit of double time stuff going on with Now and I suppose an almost ballad approach to the vocals on Love makes it sound slower than it is.

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                  • #10
                    Walter Heath?



                    "You don't want to kill the cash donkey"

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Shere Khan View Post
                      Walter Heath?



                      Oooh yes.
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                      • #12
                        bill, that phyllis hyman is on the flip of her 'living inside your love' UK 12" (i've been playing that "love is free" out for a while, great track!)

                        great 2-sider, cheapish 45

                        https://youtu.be/ocMeECAhKiw

                        obscure eugene mcdaniels from an early 80s OST


                        latin funk at the top end of your tempo range but sooo good


                        more 2 step than funky soul but killer
                        http://www.blaxploitation.com
                        Chops for show, groove for dough.

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                          no list would be complete without a Meters track
                          http://www.blaxploitation.com
                          Chops for show, groove for dough.

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                          • #14
                            http://www.blaxploitation.com
                            Chops for show, groove for dough.

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                            • #15
                              this is great, might be closer to what you're after

                              http://www.blaxploitation.com
                              Chops for show, groove for dough.

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