Friday, December 14, 2007

Winter Cheer!

So winter is well and truly upon us in the UK, it's bitterly cold! But since i'm flying to Spain at 7:30 this morning I thought i'd bring some musical cheer and goodwill to all! (Alright, Spain isn't boiling but least it's a tad warmer than Coventry as you can see in the three-day old photo heehee!)

I have just finished another soulful mix, one to get you moving and keep you warm... also shed those calories after all that lovely xmas food! I won't be posting it until tomorrow so this is a bit of a teaser! Props to Mike over at thisistomorrow who posted my first mix thanks!, and cheers for all the response.
Catch ya tomorrow for the tinsel wrapped pressie of a mix...


MissT xx

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A delicious morsel of Cold Blood..

Before you start thinking, she's a bloodsucking nutter - I am obviously talking about the soul-funk-rock group Cold Blood. In particular the album, First Taste of Sin (1972) produced by no other than Donny Hathaway and from the first track to the last it has Donny stamped allllll over it. One track i've singled out as a particular fav is 'You Had To Know'. A fantastic soul ballad that after one listen you instantly recognise it as Hathaway's production: from the surging piano, rising strings and powerhouse vocal; do I go as far to suggest the sister track to 'I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know', oh yea I do.

Here the track in its full glory, take a listen and bask in the soul of Cold Feet, and credit must go to lead singer Lydia Pense - sing it girl!

Cold Feet - You Had To Know

Check back as i'll be posting some more of my fav tracks and a very special album post - an LP that I have never seen on any soul blog. That must be enough incentive to come back ;)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

An Early Winter Warmer... Mix No1!

So here's my first mix of the winter seasons, it's nothing serious, a mix of warm soulful sounds to look forward through winter! I shall post some shorter mixes up when I get the time, but till then ENJOY!!

MissT xx

An Early Winter Warmer

Here's the playlist:

Amy Winehouse - Cupid
Angie Stone - Wish I Didn't Miss You (Nuffwish Remix)
Yabby U- Robber Rock
Red Astaire - On & On
Parov Stelar - Charleston Butterfly
Patti Drew - Hard to Handle
Yoyo & The Soul Snatchers - You've Been Gone Too Long
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings- Nobody's Baby
The Auratones - Samba for Letty (Phil Martin Remix 7")
The Pimps of Joytime - PJT's High Section
Leo's Sunshipp - Madame Butterfly
Norman Connors - Once I've Been There
Willie Hutch - Why Has Our Love Turned Cold
Millie Jackson - Something Bout Cha
Bulljun - Fat Morning, Central Park
Al Barry & Cimarons - Morning Sun
Del Davis - Baby Don't Wake Me
Althea & Donna - Uptown Top Ranking
Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie (Original Extended 12")
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Reggae Merengue

Sunday, November 11, 2007

I'm back!

Well, it's been a fair old while since I blogged but I am now back! Hoorah. And with this return shall be more music and more mixes - yes my very own. I make them for friends and family, so why not share em out. I'd love any response to them, so any comments can only make them better and more soulful fun!
I'll pitch back later with the link and tracklist to the mix and more mindless chatter!!

Asta luego me amigos!!

MissT xx

Friday, May 11, 2007

Little Dragon - Test/4ever Single

Little Dragon are a new group from Gothenburg, Sweden specializing in the nujazz, broken beat area. Their first single was a limited edition 7" vinyl record, which features two tracks:

A Test
B 4Ever

Both tracks definitely have that nordic jazz feel to them, slightly more electronic than straightforward broken beat. 'Test' is a fine little cut, which grows on you the more you listen to it with a wonderful back drop which just resonates in your head.. Oh i forgot to mention the singer in the group, a little known (ahum) Yukmimi Nagano. If you're thinking you know that name, well she IS the singer in Koop, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Sleepwalker and numerous other singles. Her vocals match perfectly with the beats, as shown in the B-side 4ever.

This is the only single the group have released, but is a wonderful little introduction. Really mellow, soothing, perfect for those late night chill sessions.

Little Dragon Myspace

Bah Samba - Bah Samba

The first album which I shall showcase is a self-titled debut by a group called Bah Samba. Bah Samba were formed in 1995 by Julian Bendall, with other key members being Alice Russell (vocalist), Mark Ralph (guitar) and Timmy Walker (bass). However, this is NOT a small group! Both on recorded albums and live gigs, they have a group consisting of brass section, flutes, percussion (congas!), drums, acoustic guitar, strings... you name it they've played it.

Their debut album Bah Samba was released 2002 on the Estero record label, and is one of the best debut and all time albums I have ever heard. It is one of those albums you keep going back to, it never ages and it certainly has a feel good vibe. The album mixes the genres of samba, latin, jazz, folk, soul and beautifully executed by all the group members. This album is superb for the summer, and if it is not on your BBQ playlist, why not?!

I have had the pleasure of seeing this group perform live twice now, and if you get the chance take it. Again, absoluely fantastic live. The group enjoy themselves, and the individual players encourage eachother and it is a tightly formed musical unit. But, I have not even mentioned the gorgeous, sun-drenched vocals of the UK's number 1 soul, nu-jazz, broken beat vocalist Ms. Alice Russell. I feel her vocals on this album cut is, quite frankly the best i've heard from her, and live she knocks yr wooly socks off.

Give this record a spin, I know you will fall in love with it instantly - and if you do I have some more Samba goodies coming up!

Also take a visit to their homepage as well:

My first ever post!

Welcome to my blog of the arts! Over the last few months I have been reading and searching blogs, trawling through search engines finding new music and films. And I started to look at this activity as a form of diggin'. Like you have vinyl diggin' this is online diggin', and I have been lucky enough to find some real gems that I most likely would never find out on the streets.

So this blog is a way for me to give something back to the other bloggers, introduce lots of good stuff (well I think so!), and most of all, have a good ol' chat and natter.

With the music, sometimes I will put tracks up, other times full albums - but I was always insist if you do download them, they are available in the shops so do go and purchase them! buy the live show tickets if you can and really have a good time!

Most of all, I would love people's feedback, comments, emails - just to see what you think. Well that's my schpeel over with, time for some real bloggin'. Miss T xx