Daddy B. Nice’s Top 10 “BREAKING” Southern Soul Singles Preview
TOP 10 FEBRUARY 2019
1. “Sunshine” – Solomon Thompson & David J.
Buoyed by the humor and edgy, straight-faced craziness that served Solomon so well in “Neighbors,” he and fellow wild guy David J merrily kick their way through a song that takes off on the comment Allen made at the beginning of “I’ll Take Your Word For It”. A woman says, “I have got a girl who is so good–if you threw it up in the air it would turn into sunshine.” Vick pauses and replies, “Well, I don’t want to meet her.” Solomon quotes the exchange verbatim and interjects, “I do!”, and “Sunshine” ensues.
2. “Thick Pocketbook” – Annie Washington
Proof that “Show Pony” wasn’t a fluke, “Thick Pocketbook” not only transitions from zydeco to straight southern soul but clarifies Annie’s simple but potent, non-melisma, Mel Waiters-like vocal style. Don’t change your name to Ms. B, Annie; we already have a Miz B.
3. “Hitcha Wit Da Tool” – Till 1
Is Till 1 a recording artist or a body builder? Hard to tell sometimes; he sure likes to display that naked chest. And like Cold Drank, his catalog too often reverts to urban-styled vocals, but “Hitcha Wit Da Tool” is his best southern soul song since “Oooh Baby” and a treat to listen to.
4. “You Make Me Feel Good” – Lady Q
Aided by Jones and Producer of the Year Ronald “Slack” Jefferson, the barrel-chested songstress with the masculine vocal style pounds out a gritty ballad for the ages. From her debut album Class N Session.
5. “Kitty Kandy” – Nelson Curry
Good rhythm track propels this unassuming dance jam from the Best Male Vocalist of 2018.
6. “Walk That Dog” – Dee Dee Simon
Well-produced debut by an accomplished new artist.
7. “All About Us” – Williams
Missed LaMorris in 2018–figured he was in a “shell” writing–but he’s kicking off 2019 with an acoustic slow jam I can only describe as droopy. In fact, it reminded me of the first few times I heard “Impala”(before it was called “Impala”); it was so slow. But if “All About Us” is half as intoxicating as “Impala,” it will be real good.
8. “Main Squeeze” – Kierra
Another adroit debut, with the vocalist carrying a rocking-the-cradle tempo with confidence.
9. “Southern Soul In The Sky” – P2K DaDiddy
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