1. Reissue labels generally fly below the radar, but the Numero Group has made a name for itself by releasing thorough archival investigations of local labels and scenes in distinctive packaging. Now the label is celebrating its 45th release with a set of 45 seven-inch singles.

    Reissue labels generally fly below the radar, but the Numero Group has made a name for itself by releasing thorough archival investigations of local labels and scenes in distinctive packaging. Now the label is celebrating its 45th release with a set of 45 seven-inch singles.

  2. holysoul:

    The Story of Sam Cooke (Part One)

    Part Two

    Part Three

    Part Four

  3. With his voice still raw from a show the night before, watch rough-and-tumble soul singer Lee Fields reach deep, fight off the morning fog and give a passionate, stripped-down performance of “Still Hanging On.”

  4. From history’s shadows, hear five high-quality soul tracks that all feature women who deserve to be heard.

    From history’s shadows, hear five high-quality soul tracks that all feature women who deserve to be heard.

  5. 
Maybe it was Whitney Houston’s death. Maybe it’s the return of the televised singing competitions – and the caliber of the singers on The Voice. It’s certainly helped that R&B songs that have been creeping onto radio since the fall are getting video releases now. Maybe we just really missed Usher.
Whatever the reason, we are noticing a rush on vocal-heavy, gospel-rooted, grown and sexy slow jams this winter. These new songs and performances aren’t afraid of the sweat. They come from the far ends of the R&B spectrum; they’re either full-barreled, vein-popping belters or pillow talk murmurers. Singing and sanging.

—NPR’s Frannie Kelley, via Give The Singer Some: 5 New Soul Songs

    Maybe it was Whitney Houston’s death. Maybe it’s the return of the televised singing competitions – and the caliber of the singers on The Voice. It’s certainly helped that R&B songs that have been creeping onto radio since the fall are getting video releases now. Maybe we just really missed Usher.

    Whatever the reason, we are noticing a rush on vocal-heavy, gospel-rooted, grown and sexy slow jams this winter. These new songs and performances aren’t afraid of the sweat. They come from the far ends of the R&B spectrum; they’re either full-barreled, vein-popping belters or pillow talk murmurers. Singing and sanging.

    —NPR’s Frannie Kelley, via Give The Singer Some: 5 New Soul Songs

  6. Hear a mix of rare soul, funk and disco on its original vinyl, handpicked by the DJs of Sweet Power on KUSP. We love the crackle.
Photo: The Jack Sass Band, whose Sassified was released in 1980 and contains the hit “Much Too Much.”

    Hear a mix of rare soul, funk and disco on its original vinyl, handpicked by the DJs of Sweet Power on KUSP. We love the crackle.

    Photo: The Jack Sass Band, whose Sassified was released in 1980 and contains the hit “Much Too Much.”

  7. How To Keep It Real When Making New Soul: Three Attempts

    How To Keep It Real When Making New Soul: Three Attempts

  8. The music that inspired Amy Winehouse is made of laughter and freedom as much as blood and tears. This collection of songs features soulful women who stood up and shouted their happiness, their refusal to stay down or their sassy self-love.

    Photo: Labelle in the early 1970s.