New Motown Soul out on Truth & Soul Records. Good Vibes and an overdose of that good old Motown Soul.
Introducing…. Fitz & the Tantrums, although the album “Pick up the pieces” came out last summer and the Ep is even from way back in 2009. Its worth re-introducing this somewhat Motown instumented band, that reminds me, songstructure & hook wise, more of some 80ies bands that i simply cant name no more, but i know that Fitz’ swinging curl looks a lot like 80ies band ABC’s frontman Martin Fry, and the whole lot of them sure have that Blues Brothers look. In a post Mark Ronson world these songs fit right in with the modern day whiteboy soul thats rejecting todays so called soul offerings and looking for something with a more original feel – and this is where Fitz & the Tantrums come in, they sound authentic and thats why we dig them. Here are the tunes we recommend.
Fitz & The Tantrums – Breakin The Chains Of Love
Fitz & The Tantrums – Don’t Gotta Work It Out
Fitz & the Tantrums – L.O.V
Great acoustic version of The Knocks’ Dancing With The DJ.[audio:http://www.chromemusic.de/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Dancing-With-The-Dj-Campfire-Acoustic-Version.mp3]
Also check out the Chiddy Bang remix which I posted some time ago in case you missed it (also linking to the original version). Aaaaaaaaaaand…. watch out for some further intel on the Motown cover EP previously announced here.
It’s been two or three months since our last post concerning The Knocks. This one’s the first track of their upcoming EP titled The Same Old Songs and it features Mr. James “JPatt” Patterson on vocals. The EP will contain another five Motown reworks and will be released within the next days. Looking forward to that.
It’s Wednesday again. The so called Motown Wednesday!
Brenda Holloway’s wikipedia: here
[audio:http://www.chromemusic.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Brenda-Holloway-Youve-Made-Me-So-Very-Happy.mp3|titles=Brenda Holloway – You’ve Made Me So Very Happy]Brenda Holloway – You’ve Made Me So Very Happy
[audio:http://www.chromemusic.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Brenda-Holloway-Every-Little-Bit-Hurts.mp3|titles=Brenda Holloway – Every Little Bit Hurts]Brenda Holloway – Every Little Bit Hurts
[audio:http://www.chromemusic.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Brenda-Holloway-When-Im-Gone.mp3|titles=Brenda Holloway – When I’m Gone]Brenda Holloway – When I’m Gone
The Funk Brothers, are the people who created the Motown sound as itself. Often they were forgot, as they’ve mostly became props for quality as studio musicians, but in most case just by singers and additionally the Funk Brothers never appeared on any record cover. They always were THE band, when it came to recording a new Motown hit of that time. The list of number one hits is damn long and many many musicians like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, the Four Tops etc. reached their popularity just because of these guys. Yesterday, I watched Standing In The Shadows Of Motown (google video), a documentery about them. I really can recommend that movie to everybody who wants to know how that great movement in music history took place.
PS: If you liked that movie, buy it on DVD in order to have pure phenomenal sound quality!