Daddy B. Nice’s Top 10 “BREAKING” Southern Soul Singles

TOP 10 DECEMBER 2020


1. “Is It Ova?”—–Beat Flippa feat. Hisyde & Avail Hollywood

Wild, delirious energy courses through “Is It Ova?” The bottom (bass, drums and all Flippa mixes into it) is terrific! And Hisyde and Avail ride this rambunctious rhythm track like cowboys on a bucking bronco. Beat Flippa does nothing less than define today’s southern soul with “Is It Ova?” and, by extension, his twenty-seven-track (!) musical feast P.O.T.Y., Producer Of The Year, whose tracks dominate this month’s top ten singles.

Listen to Beat Flippa, Hisyde & Avail Hollywood singing “Is It Ova?” on YouTube.

2. “Nose Wide Open”—–Beat Flippa, Benito & Lady Q.

Time to retire “sidepiece” and welcome “nose wide open” as the new “go-to” meme of southern soul. The term refers to someone, most usually a male, who is completely smitten by a female. Magic One scored with his soulful version of “Nose Wide Open” in September (#3). Now it’s Benito (the youngster who did “Guademala”) and Lady Q’s turn, and it’s not only the young bull’s (Benito’s) nostrils flaring; Lady Q’s nose is quivering too. Beat Flippa on the tracks—both from P.O.T.Y.

Listen to Beat Flippa, Benito & Lady Q singing “Nose Wide Open” on YouTube.

3.“Sunshine”—–Ms. Kida

We “playas” need our honeys breaking up the “rowdy-rowdy,” southern soul raucousness with their refreshing, dulcet harmonies. Ain’t that right, playas? And that’s exactly what “Sunshine” accomplishes on a recent DJ Sir Rockinghood mixtape as well as this month’s Daddy B Nice singles. Ms. Kida has no idea she has a hit single in the making with this melodious riff on David Ruffin and The Temptations’“My Girl”. “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day,” she sings, “But Baby, it ain’t cool when you push me away… “

Listen to Ms. Kida singing “Sunshine” on Jackson Music Awards Spotlight Soul Recording of The Week on Facebook.

4. “Teach My Son”—–Ricky Wayne feat. Luziana Wil

It has a hook, simple but effective, and it’s got that scruffy, one-take, “Mississippi Boy”-like production, but lyrically this song is #1. “I’m going to teach my son/ How to be a real man./ Make Shorty know the truth,/ And make Shorty understand.”

Listen to Ricky Wayne and Louisiana Wil singing “Teach My Son”

5. “We Steppin'”—–Beat Flippa feat. Derrick (Son of Jody) Salter

Here’s another Beat Flippa instrumental track with a gorgeous bottom and a “wall of sound” that leaves you gasping with pleasure, not to mention a head-turning vocal from yet another (Hisyde and Benito having been just cited) young virtuoso who loves southern soul music.
Listen to Derrick Salter singing “We Steppin'” on You Tube.

6. “Stay Here Forever”—–LaMorris Williams

Oh, man. Just when you start to count a guy out, he gets up off the mat and comes back. I love me some LaMorris. Play that acoustic guitar, boy. Saaaaang that song.

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing “Stay Here Forever” on YouTube.

7. “We Doin’ Alright”—–Beat Flippa feat. Wilson Meadows

“We doin’ all right,” Wilson croons, “let’s leave it that way,” in a hot-plate single that even hardcore funksters will appreciate. Wilson’s always had a knack for finding and milking that one hook everybody else overlooked, and even as he ages he retains his smoldering “cool”.

Listen to Wilson Meadows singing “We Doin’ Alright” on YouTube.

8. “Sho’ Wasn’t Me”—–Isaac Lindsay

The Delta singer who recorded a fine cover of Joe Simon’s “Chokin’ Kind” (#6, October 2020) steps on “holy ground” when he tackles Ronnie Lovejoy’s (not Tyrone Davis’s or Bill Coday’s or anyone else’s)“Sho’ Wasn’t Me”. Your Daddy B Nice vacillated but has eventually been won over: it’s not the original but it’s pretty damned good.

Listen to Isaac Lindsay singing “Sho’ Wasn’t Me” on YouTube.

9. “Thick N Juicy”—–Chris Ivy

A lot of these new singers on Beat Flippa’s new P.O.T.Y. album sound as authentic and gritty as Mr. Ivy (Chris Ivy) when he came out with “Turn Road,” which is high praise. “Thick & Juicy” is in the mold.

Listen to Chris Ivy singing “Thick N Juicy” on YouTube.

10. “Strong Country Man”—–Westdawn feat. R&B Pooh

Not to be confused with West Love, Westdawn follows up on her “I Want To Love You” debut (#5, April 2020) in convincing style.

Listen to Westdawn singing “Strong Country Man” on YouTube.

 

 

TOP 10 NOVEMBER 2020

 

1. “Won’t Disapprove”——Tucka feat. Marcus Fisher.

Now you take the geography of a woman… Who has expanded our appreciation of the contours, the smells, the intoxicating pheromones of the fair sex more than Tucka? “Lick, lick, lick” from “Sweet Shop” is a flat-out illumination of Marvin Sease’s “Candy Licker,” as is this latest portal into the ways a woman’s movement mesmerizes a man and brings heaven to earth.

Listen to Tucka and Marcus Fisher singing “Won’t Disapprove” on YouTube.

2. “Check Now”—–Wendell B.

When Wendell gets to, “Can’t you see Martin shaking his head?”, the pounding piano and the gorgeous musical depth transported me back to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?” This is looking like the album of the year. Read Daddy B. Nice’s 5-star review of Wendell B’s Real Talk.

Listen to Wendell B singing “Check Now” on YouTube.

3. “Flashlight”—-Jeter Jones feat. Arthur Young

Jeter pumps some life into this shopworn old metaphor, and how about Arthur Young? The man can sing. Can anyone beat him out for best new artist of the year?

Listen to Jeter Jones and Arthur Young singing “Flashlight” on YouTube.

4.“Good Thang (Remix)”—-Johnny James feat. Adrena, Lady Q, Miss Portia, Summer Wolfe & Mz. Hollywood

Even more—much more—than having talent, becoming a star requires the aggressiveness and persistence of a badger. Few of us have it; Johnny James does. He’s back with a troupe of ladies on a memorable remix of “Good Thang”. He’s stingy with the YouTube postings (only samples) but you can hear the tune in its entirety at the beginning of….

Listen to Johnny James et.al. singing “Good Thang (Remix)” on DJ Whaltbabieluv’s Southern Soul Quick Mix VI 2020.

5. “Let That Hurt Go”—–Avail Hollywood

Avail’s after another man’s gal. Love this verse: “Now all he can do for you/ Is lay on his back./ But most of the time,/ He ain’t even good at that./ He had a good job, Shorty/ But he blew it./ Must I remind you/ I’m the King of Grown Folks music?”

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing “Let That Hurt Go” on YouTube.

6. “Another Weekend”—–Dr. Dee

A Jackson-area artist who has been matriculating in southern soul music for the past decade, Dr. Dee delivers a nice, tight instrumental track with a lot of punch.

Listen to Dr. Dee singing “Another Weekend” on YouTube.

7. “Get It”——Big Yayo

Big Yayo gets back to the kind of dance groove that made “I Need A Cowgirl” such a big hit single. In fact, the introductory rhythm track is identical. Not quite as inspired as “Cowgirl,” but we’ll take it.

Listen to Big Yayo singing “Get It” on YouTube.

8. “Keep On Rockin'”—–Big G

As I’ve testified before, Big G is at his best when he inserts a little novelty into his tunes. This time he hits the bullseye with a jam glorifying the real old folks. Reminiscent of Stan Butler’s “Took My Grandma To The Club”.

Listen to Big G singing “Keep On Rockin'” on YouTube.

9. “Ready For Love (Remix)”—–Evette Busby

Listen to Evette Busby singing “Ready For Love (Remix)” on YouTube.

10. “Wipe Me Down”—-Pa Rooze feat. Lady Coco

Listen to Pa Rooze and Lady Coco singing “Wipe Me Down” on YouTube.

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