Daddy B. Nice’s Top 10 “BREAKING” Southern Soul Singles Preview
TOP 10 APRIL 2019
1. “Beautiful” – Wendell B. Tha’ Boss delivers.
2. “Stay” – Chris Ardoin
The opening button-accordion hook sounds like a rooster announcing a brilliant new day, and the dazzling instrumental track (with live rhythm section) combines with an unusually evocative vocal. Zydeco artist Chris Ardoin (pronounced ar-do-in) said his audiences doubled when he got the “swing-out” crowd. Now he’s crossing-over to southern soul. He revisits The Staples Singers’ “Do It Again” in “Just Kickin’ It,” another song from his new album Evolution.
3. “Rodeo” – Itz Karma featuring Jeter Jones
By now everyone recognizes that Jeter Jones is about as close to being the “cutting edge” as anyone in southern soul music. Right? He has a nose for a hit.
4. “She’s My Baby Forever” – Jaye Hammer
Oh, you forgot what that “old-school” southern soul sounded like? Here ya’ go. As sweet and seasoned as they come, from Hammer’s new CD, Double Trouble.
5. “DJ Let Me Grind On Her” – Avail Hollywood
I marvel at the vocals on Avail’s new album Still King. In the early days there was a little “smoke and mirrors,” the vocals disappeared at times. The first verse is the game-changer, robust and full-fledged. Hollywood’s never sung with such strength and clarity.
6. “Mail Man” – Fat Daddy featuring Sir Charles Jones
Think of it. Your first southern soul single becomes the #1 Song of the Year. A dream come true. And the next year–2019–you have the King of Southern Soul, Sir Charles Jones, singing alongside you on a five-minute-plus stab at another number-one single. That’s the fate of Fat Daddy, who has a deep well of southern soul inspiration behind his work.
7. “The Ladies Love To Slide” – T.K. Soul
Beneath its synth-funk-disco exterior, there’s a good and even personable dance-floor jam. Play it a few times. From T.K. Soul’s unexpectedly idiosyncratic new album, Untouchable.
8. “Stop Looking” – West Love
Here’s a new singer who arrives with the chops and poise of a veteran. Promoted and produced by Stan Butler, she’s also marketing two other credible singles, “You Betta Go” and “Doing That Donald Trump”.
9. “Sugar Daddy” – 2 Buck Chuck
Here’s another new artist with the chops and confidence of a vet. Chuck’s got a number of quality singles circulating from his new album Sugar Daddy, but the title cut is arguably the strongest.
10. TIE: between…
“Changed My Mind” – Sassy D
“Lonely (If You Think You’re Lonely Now)” – Nicole featuring Big Yayo
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