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Stop by the Mt. Airy Groove for a head noddin' amalgamation of jazz, soul, fusion, Brazil, AfroBeat, and all funky things, mixed seamlessly on 100% vinyl. My pops used to say it reminded him of bebop. Learn more about the host here.



Shaolin Marauders. Print E-mail
Monday, 11 November 2013

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Midnight Marauders and Enter the WuTang: 36 Chambers came out 20 years ago this week, on the same day no less (!!!).  Let's check out some samples from these classic LPs, plus more from William Onyeabor, Karl Hector & The Malcouns, and Grover Washington before he went lite.

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Wednesdays, 12pm-2pm
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November 13, 2013

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Bridge Over Troubled Water"  Dennis Coffey  Goin' For Myself  (Sussex)

"After Laughter (Comes Tears)"  Wendy Rene  The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1975  (Stax/Volt)

"As Long As I've Got You"  The Charmels  The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1975  (Stax/Volt)

"Protect Ya Neck"  El Michels Affair  Enter The 37th Chamber  (Truth & Soul)

"Red Clay"  Jack Wilkins  Windows  (Mainstream)

"Blackstone Legacy"  Woody Shaw  Blackstone Legacy  (Contemporary)

"Just Enough Room For Storage"  James Brown  Tribes Vibes Vol. 2  (Strictly Breaks) 

"Not Yet"  Grover Washington, Jr.  A Secret Place  (Kudu)

"Can't Stand The Pressure"  Karl Hector & The Malcouns  Ngunga Yeti Fofa EP  (Now Again)

"Boogaloo"  Mulatu Astatke  Mulatu Steps Ahead  (Strut)

"Choking on a Piece of Meat (part 2)"  The Whitefield Brothers  Poets of Rhythm Anthology 1992-2003  (Daptone)

"Fantastic Man"  William Onyeabor  Who Is William Onyeabor?  (Luaka Bop)

"Super 8 (part 1)"  Quantic Soul Orchestra  7 Inch  (Tru Thoughts)

"Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever"  The Four Tops  The Wonder of Stevie: Melody Man  (Harmless)

"Amen Brother"  The Winstons  12 Inch  (Alpha Omega)

"Working People"  Connie Pitts  Gospel Funk  (Secret Stash)

"Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself Again"  Maceo & All The King's Men  7 Inch  (House of the Fox)

"Neal's Lament"  Magic in Threes  Magic in Threes  (GED Soul)

"Across The Tracks (part 2)"  The Believers  7 Inch  (Brownstone)

"Can It All Be So Simple"  Wu Tang Clan  12 Inch  (Loud/RCA)

"Electric Relaxation"  A Tribe Called Quest  12 Inch  (Jive)

 
Smooth good. Print E-mail
Monday, 04 November 2013

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Ready to get back to funky vinyl after last week's spooky Fewsh Junction round three & wild Halloween rock show.  Luaka Bop records returns to the scene with another entry to their fantastic World Psychedelic Classic series, fast on the heels of the superb Tim Maia volume 4, this time answering the question Who is William Onyeabor?  Plus, instrumental reggae from Winston Wright, the Soul Searchers covering JB, and a tribute to late great Lou Reed, Mt. Airy Groove style.  You better run, run run!

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Wednesdays, 12pm-2pm
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November 6, 2013

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Femme Fatale"  Aloe Blacc  Good Things  (Stonesthrow)
***for Lou Reed

"Martha's Moment"  Jukka Eskola Qrquesta Bossa  Jukka Eskola Qrquesta Bossa   (Schema)

"Harlem Medley (part 1)"  Galt MacDermot  Galt MacDermot In Film  (Kilmarnock)

"It Came Over Me"  The Poets of Rhythm  Poets of Rhythm Anthology 1992-2003  (Daptone)

"Winston Do It"  Winston Wright  The Liquidator Strikes Back  (Jamaican Recordings)

"Let's Go (It's Summertime)"  James Reese & The Progressions  The Funky 16 Corners  (Stonesthrow)

"In a Game Preserve"  SHQ Group  The Jazz Nebyeki  (Panton)

"Crystals"  Thom Janusz  Ronn Forella...Moves!   (Ubiquity)

"Jabali"  Catalyst  The Complete Recordings Vol. 1  (Porter)

"Moving Pictures"  The Stepkids  Troubadour  (Stonesthrow)

"Spooky"  The Pazant Brothers & The Beaufort Express  Loose & Juicy  (Vanguard)

"Think"  The Soul Searchers  We The People  (Sussex)

"Breeze & Soul"  Kool & The Gang  Kool & The Gang  (De-Lite)

"The Way They Do My Life"  Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul   Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul  (GSF)

"I'm Payin' Taxes, What Am I Buyin'"   Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s  Damn Right I'm Somebody  (People)

"Body & Soul"  William Onyeabor  Who Is William Onyeabor?  (Luaka Bop)

"Since Our Last Goodbye"  Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band  No Time For Dreaming  (Dunham)

"Disillusioned Man"  Demon Fuzz  Afreaka!  (Janus)

"Can I Kick It?"  A Tribe Called Quest  12 Inch (Jive)
***for Lou Reed

"The Bronx" Booker T. Jones featuring Lou Reed The Road From Memphis (Anti)
***for Lou Reed

 
Season of the witch. Print E-mail
Monday, 28 October 2013

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Strange things are afoot this week at the Groove with Halloween just around the corner.  Tune in to hear the madness!

Something is different here...can't figure it out.

Mt. Airy Groove
Wednesdays, 12pm-2pm
And it's strange.

October 30, 2013

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album):

"Season of the Witch"  Donovan  The Essential Donovan

"One Hundred Years From Now (GP Vocal)"  The Byrds  Sweetheart of the Rodeo

"California Cottonfields"  Gram Parsons  The Fallen Angels: Live 1973

"I'm Sailin'"  Mazzy Star  She Hangs Brightly

"Time Passes Slowly (alt take)"  Bob Dylan  Another Self Portrait: Bootleg Series Vol. 10

"Sinning Hands"  Iron & Wine  Exclusive EP

"Saddle Up The Palomino"  Neil Young  American Stars-n-Bars

"New Madrid"  Uncle Tupelo  Anodyne

"Bad-n-Ruin"  Faces  Long Player

"Downtown"  Crazy Horse  Crazy Horse

"Four Winds"  Bright Eyes  Cassadega

"King Harvest (Has Surely Come)"  The Band  The Band

"Space Captain"  Joe Cocker  Mad Dogs & Englishmen

"Light Up or Leave Me Alone"  Traffic  The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys

"Movin' On Up"  Primal Scream  Screamadelica

"There She Goes Again"  The Velvet Underground  The Velvet Underground & Nico

"What Goes On"   The Velvet Underground  The Velvet Underground

"Rock & Roll"  Jane's Addiction  XXX

"Velvet Goldmine (b-side)"  David Bowie  The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust

"Holdin' On To Black Metal"  My Morning Jacket  Circuital

"Little T & A"  The Rolling Stones  Tattoo You

"The Fez"  Steely Dan  The Royal Scam

"Cities"  Talking Heads  Fear of Music

"Confetti"  Lemonheads  It's a Shame About Ray 

"Hot Soft Lights"  The Hold Steady  Boys & Girls in America

"The Bends"  Radiohead  The Bends

"Ocean Man"  Ween  Chocolate & Cheese

"Yellow Sun"  The Raconteurs  Broken Boy Soldiers

"Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" The Velvet Underground  Loaded

 
Harvest Festival & Orchard Day! Print E-mail
Friday, 25 October 2013

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GtownRadio will be broadcasting live from Awbury Arboretum from 12pm-2pm!  Stop by or listen in!

 
You can leave your hat on. Print E-mail
Monday, 21 October 2013

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The weather may be getting cool, but it's still hot at the Groove this week.  Got new music from Jukka Eskola, easily one of the finest musicians Finland has to offer, on a bossa inspired outing that includes a string section  Plus, a new EP from Karl Hector & The Malcouns, Brazilian fusion from Opa and funky bagpipes from Rufus Harley.  The records start spinning Wednesday at noon...come on in!

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Wednesdays, 12pm-2pm
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October 23, 2013

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Meet Me in the Morning"  Merl Saunders & Aunt Monk  You Can Leave Your Hat On  (Fantasy)

"Chester-Le-Street"   Jukka Eskola Orquesta Bossa  Jukka Eskola Orquesta Bossa   (Schema)

"Mystic Brew (Trixation Version)"  Vijay Iyer Trio  Historicity  (Act)

"Blues Medley"  Chico Hamilton  Man From Two Worlds  (Impulse)

"MRA"  Hugh Masekela  Hugh Masekela  (Wing)

"Scotch & Soul"  Rufus Harley  Scotch & Soul  (Atlantic)

"You've Made Me So Very Happy"  O'Donel Levy  Black Velvet  (Groove Merchant)

"One Mint Julep"  Bob James  Rhodes Scholar: Jazz-Funk Classics 1974-1982  (Tappan Zee/Decision)

"Totem"  Opa  Golden Wings  (Milestone)

"Harvest Machine"  Janne Schaffer  The Chinese  (Vertigo)

"Midnight at the Oasis"  Pleasure  Dust Yourself Off   (Fantasy)

"Ngunga Yeti Fofa"   Karl Hector & The Malcouns  Ngunga Yeti Fofa EP  (Now Again)

"Serengeti Stroke"  Pan-Atantics  Poets of Rhythm Anthology 1992-2003  (BMJ/Daptone)

"Prowlin'"  The Whitefield Brothers  In the Raw  (Now Again)

"El Gusto"   Karl Hector & The Malcouns  Tamanrasset EP  (Now Again)

"Gba Mi Leti Ki N'Dolowo"  Fela Anikulapo Ransome Kuti   Ikoyi Blindness  (Kalakuta)

"Punky Reggae Party"  Bob Marley & The Wailers  Babylon By Bus  (Island)

 
West coast. Print E-mail
Monday, 07 October 2013

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Loads of killer electric piano looming this Wednesday.  Got west coast jazz funk from elusive keyboardist Herman Eberitzsch, Atlantic records soul jazz from Gary Burton and some bouncin' riddims from Monty Alexander.  Plus, more from The Stepkids, the Poets of Rhythm and those great comps from Bob James & The Blackbyrds (including tunes from the Cornbread, Earl & Me OST!)   See you Wednesday.

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Wednesdays, 12pm-2pm
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October 9, 2013

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Born to be Wild"  Wilson Pickett  The Best of Wilson Pickett Vol. II  (Atlantic)

"Discern/Define"   The Poets of Rhythm  Anthology 1992-2003  (Daptone)

"Rhyme & Reason"  Herb Geller  The View from Here: An American in Hamburg  (Tramp)

"Leroy the Magician"  Gary Burton  Good Vibes  (Atlantic)

"Pretty Girl"  The City Champs  The Safecracker  (Electraphonic)

"Right On"  Syl Johnson  Is It Because I'm Black?  (Twinight/Numero)

"Inversion Layer"  Robert Walter's 20th Congress  Get They Bearings  (Royal Potato/Elgin Park)

"All Blues"  Jerry Hahn  Moses  (Fantasy)

"Funk Punk"  HE3 Project  Chapter One  (Family Groove)

"Civilization"  HE3 Project  Chapter Three  (Family Groove)

"Getting to the Moon"  San Francisco Express  Getting It Together  (Family Groove)

"Love & Happiness"  Monty Alexander featuring Ernest Ranglin  Rass!  (MPS)

"Corey Died on the Battlefield"  The Wild Magnolias   The Wild Magnolias with the New Orleans Project  (Polydor)

"The Ghetto"  Donny Hathaway  12 Inch  (Atco)

"One-Gun Salute"  The Blackbyrds  Walking in Rhythm: The Essential Collection 1973-1980  (Fantasy/Decision)

"Wilford's Gone"  The Blackbyrds  Walking in Rhythm: The Essential Collection 1973-1980  (Fantasy/Decision)

"The Lottery"  The Stepkids  Troubadour  (Stonesthrow)

"Sign of the Times"  Bob James  Rhodes Scholar: Jazz-Funk Classics 1974-1982  (Tappan Zee/Decision)

"Between You & Me"  Jean-Luc Ponty  Aurora  (Atlantic)

"Tomorrow People--The Children of Today"  McDonald & Giles  McDonald & Giles  (Klimnt/Island)

 
A great day in Germantown. Print E-mail
Friday, 04 October 2013

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GtownRadio is all over the Revolutionary Germantown Festival and Oktoberfest @ Grumblethope this Saturday, October 5th!  Click here for the entire day's schedule.  Join us!

Revolutionary Germantown Festival

When: Sat, October 5, 10am – 4pm
Where: Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Avenue
 
Join the festival on the grounds of Cliveden and Upsala for the Revolutionary Germantown Festival marking the 236th anniversary of the Battle of Germantown! Activities include battle reenactments at 12pm & 3pm, children's activities, a colonial muster, re-enactors George Washington and Ned Hector, tours, food, and a beer garden! A fun day for the whole family celebrating the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Philadelphia. The Deshler-Morris House (OPEN 1 day only in 2013!) Johnson House, Germantown Mennonite Meetinghouse, Wyck and the Concord School will be open for tours.
 
For more information call 215.848.1777 or visit www.revolutionarygermantown.org
 
Battle Of Germantown: G-Town Radio Live Broadcast
When: Sat, October 5, 12pm – 3pm
Where: Cliveden: 6401 Germantown Avenue
 
G-Town Radio will once again be broadcasting live from the historic grounds of Cliveden and Upsala for the Revolutionary Germantown Festival marking the 236th anniversary of the Battle of Germantown! Come see it live or tune in!
 
Oktoberfest at Grumblethorpe
When: Sat, October 5, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Grumblethorpe, 5267 Germantown Avenue
 
After a great day at the Revolutionary Germantown Festival head down to Grumblethorpe, a Colonial German homestead where British General James Agnew succumbed to gunshot wounds - to enjoy a relaxed evening of homemade potato salads, coleslaw, desserts, fresh grilled sausages, music, tours, and beer in the 18th century garden. Free admission, fee for tours & food, donation for beer. Music provided by GtownRadio's Mt. Airy Groove!
 
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Oh! Pioneers! Print E-mail
Monday, 30 September 2013

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Early '90s German deep funk pioneers The Poets of Rhythm just got anthologized!  These guys were very much responsible for the real funk revival of the mid to late 1990s and inspired important popular acts like Sharon Jones & Lee Fields and labels like Daptone and Truth & Soul.   So in addition to checking out some excellent and rare music from the Poets of Rhythm, let's hear some music from lost luminaries like Joseph Henry, The Soul Command and J.D. & The Evil Dynamite Band on defunct labels like Desco and Soul Fire, all of whom were integral in bringing deep funk back to the masses.   Stop by.

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Wednesdays, 12pm-2pm
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October 2, 2013

Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Inspiration Information"  Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  Soul Time!  (Daptone)

"Discern/Define"  The Poets of Rhythm  Anthology 1992-2003  (Daptone)

"Return of the Evil D's"  J.D. & The Evil Dynamite Band  7 Inch  (Pyscho)

"Chum's Pimpage"  Bronx River Parkway  7 Inch  (Latin Express)

"Toothpick"  The Mighty Imperials  7 Inch  (Desco)

"Never Found a Girl"  Joseph Henry & The Mighty Imperials  7 Inch  (Daptone)

"I Feel Right"  Joseph Henry  7 Inch  (Daptone)

"Cold Sweat"  The Mighty Imperials  Thunder Chicken  (Daptone/Desco)

"Funky Train"   The Poets of Rhythm  Anthology 1992-2003  (Daptone)

"Path of Life"   The Poets of Rhythm  Anthology 1992-2003  (Daptone)

"Guiding Resolution"  The Poets of Rhythm  7 Inch  (Ninja Tune)

"Bus People Express"  The New Process   7 Inch  (Tramp)

"Wind Your Clock"  Naomi Shelton featuring Cliff Driver  7 Inch  (Daptone/Desco)

"Cherry Pickin'"  The Sugarman Three  7 Inch  (Desco)

"Moon Mission"  The Soul Command  7 Inch  (Soul Fire)

"Hook & Sling"  The Soul Command 7 Inch  (Soul Fire)

"Make It Good To Me"  Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  Dap-Dippin' with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  (Daptone)

"Easy Access (part 1)"  El Michels Affair  12 Inch  (Soul Fire)

"The Bastard"  The Whitefield Brothers  7 Inch  (Soul Fire)

"Give It Up Turn It Loose"  The Daktaris  Soul Explosion  (Desco)

"Rhodesian Girl"  Pan-Atlantics  (The Poets of Rhythm)  Anthology 1992-2003  (Daptone)

"Getcho Soul Together (part 1)"  The Breakestra  7 Inch  (Stonesthrow)

"Sexy Popcorn Pot"  The Breakestra  7 Inch  (Stonesthrow)

"Your Love (Is Something That I Need)"  Lee Fields & The Explorers  7 Inch  (Soul Fire)

"I Changed My Mind"  Lyrics Born & The Poets of Rhythm  12 Inch  (Quannum)

 
Family grooves. Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 September 2013

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Electric funk goin' down at the Mt. Airy Groove this Wednesday.  Got the new one from The Stepkids, 45s from the Flip Side of Stax and grooves from the keyboard of Robert Walter.  Plus, music from two excellent new comps highlighting the careers of Bob James & The Blackbyrds!

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Wednesdays 12pm-2pm
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September 25, 2013

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Evil Ways"  Cal Tjader  Tjader  (Fantasy)

"South Carolina"  Bus People Express  7 Inch  (Daptone/Hotpie & Candy)

"Love in the Streets (Ain't Good as the Love at Home)"  Johnnie Taylor (The Soul Philosopher)   Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side Of Stax 1968-1974  (Stax/Light in the Attic)

"Blind Alley"  The Emotions  Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side Of Stax 1968-1974  (Stax/Light in the Attic)

"Itch & Scratch (part 2)"  Rufus Thomas  Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side Of Stax 1968-1974  (Stax/Light in the Attic)

"It's Nice To Be With You"  Jim Hall  It's Nice To Be With You: Jim Hall in Berlin  (MPS)

"Spirit of the Bells"  Earth Disciples  Getaway Train  (Solid State)

"Inner City Player"  Sam Sanders  Mirror, Mirror  (Strata/180 Proof)

"Open Pastures"  John Betsch Society  Earth Blossom  (Strata East/Heavenly Sweetness)

"Little Business"  Robert Walter's 20th Congress  Get They Bearings  (Royal Potato/Elgin Park Recordings)

"Palilalia"  Robert Walter  Spirit of '70s  (Greyboy)

"I Heard It Through The Grapevine"  The Temptations  Cloud Nine  (Gordy/Motown)

"Sweet Salvation"  The Stepkids  Troubadour  (Stonesthrow)

"Dried Flowers"  Ed Motta   AOR  (Dwitza)

"I See Chano Pozo"  Jayne Cortez & The Firespitters  Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection: Independent Jazz Sounds from the 70s & 80s  (BBE)

"Gipsy Funk"  Janko Nilovic  Funky Tramway  (Vadim)

"Self Dealin'"  The 3 Pieces  Vibes of Truth  (Fantasy)

"Supernatural Feeling"  The Blackbyrds  Walking in Rhythm: The Essential Collection 1973-1980  (Fantasy/Decision)

"Westchester Lady (live)"  Bob James  Rhodes Scholar: Jazz-Funk Classics 1974-1982  (Tappan Zee/Decision)

 
Adventures in paradise. Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 September 2013

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An excellent combo of new & old releases pulled from the stacks today at the Mt. Airy Groove.  Got more from Myron & E with the Soul Investigators, a little from the neglected Mayer Hawthorne album (the jury is still out!) and, of course, Ed Motta!  Plus, music from Minnie Riperton, Shuggie Otis and Stanley Cowell.  Onward to victory!

September 18, 2013

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Get Thy Bearings"  Robert Walter's 20th Congress  Get They Bearings  (Royal Potato/Elgin Park Recordings)

"Cafe de Chinitas"   Pedro Iturralde  Jazz Flamenco!  (Vinilissimo)

"Travellin' Man"  Stanley Cowell  Blues for the Viet Cong  (Arista Freedom)

"Down by the Riverside"  Wil Blades & Billy Martin  Shimmy  (Amulet)

"Everyday Love"  Myron & E with the Soul Investigators  Broadway  (Stonesthrow)

"Spinning Wheel"  Lonnie Smith  Drives  (Blue Note)

"Cry Baby Cry"  Ramsey Lewis  Mother Nature's Son  (Cadet)

"Title Wave"  Herb Geller  The View from Here: An American in Hamburg  (Tramp)

"When It Comes Down To It"  Minnie Riperton  Adventures in Paradies  (Capitol)

"Nobody's Afraid of Howard Monster"  The Dave Pike Set  Riff for Rent  (MPS)

"Kansas City Mascher"  Scott Bradford  Rock Slides  (Probe/ABC)

"I'm Gonna Love You"  The Cecil Holmes Soulful Sounds   Music for Soulful Lovers  (Buddah)

"1978 (Leave the Radio On)"  Ed Motta   AOR  (Dwitza)

"Slick City"  James Mason  Rhythm of Life  (Chiaroscuro/Shout)

"Santos & Ken"  The Stepkids  The Stepkids  (Stonesthrow)

"Wine Glass Woman"  Mayer Hawthorne  Where Does This Door Go?  (Universal Republic)

"Sparkle City"  Shuggie Oties  Inspiration Inspiration  (Luaka Bop)

"Sardines"  The Junkyard Band  12 Inch  (Def Jam)

 
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