Across 135th Street

Soul Extravaganza 2013

Soul
121 mins|First aired 22 Jun 2017Next Across 135th Street Sat at 10:00am EDT

Egotrippin’, y’all! NYC’s Chairman Mao knows all the beats, breaks and basics. Listeners of the universe, may the soul be with you.

Longtime RBMA content team soldier Chairman Jeff(erson) Mao shakes the dust off the “record” button at his Harlem NYC rest and presents a new episode of his long lost Across 135th Street programme. This edition is composed entirely of soul/funk/northern/mod/modern/disco recordings from the 60s/70s/80s pressed on those little records with the big holes in the middle (which are way too trendy now, but hey, it is what it is). A few random observations on the material: the use of parenthesis on the title of the Johnnie Mae Matthews track may or may not be absolutely necessary; the Ray J. featured herein is not that Ray J.; in a perfect world Foxy Girls In Oakland would’ve been one of the most influential records on a young Todd Too $hort Shaw’s childhood; Barbara of Rosco & Barbara almost ruins Could This Be Love at the end – almost; The Who ripped off the DynamicsMisery for Zoot Suit; the Pat Lewis track affirms that George Clinton was already great at making records before drugs; Vince Montana is a god; Le. Cop. is French for “Le Cop”; it doesn’t have to be Kwanzaa to celebrate Ujima; if Sylvester made northern soul records they’d sound like the Bits’n Pieces piece; Bobby Womack is in our thoughts; Terry Callier, RIP…. Listeners of the universe, may the soul be with you.

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