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Smoove and Turrell on The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show

Smoove and Turrell on The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show earlier this month. Great laughs and a preview of a handful of songs from their upcoming CD.

I dig what I’m hearing so far, but I am kind of an unconditional fan at this point!

Smoove & Turrell on the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show 5/5/18 by Vanessa Query

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Smoove & Turrell: “I Can’t Give You Up

This has always been one of my favorite Smoove and Turrell songs. The line “Every time I turn around and look at you I just wanna pass out” makes me wanna pass out. These guys rock my world!

I Can’t Give You Up by Smoove & Turrell

origonal 12″ version . the 12″ includes remixes from lack of afro / a skillz/ basement freaks / smoove. taken from the album Antique Soul on jalapeno records 2009

DJVQ: Quick & Dirty (Playlist)

New DJVQ playlist—it’s been a while!

Like it says—a quick-and-dirty of the songs I’ve been listening to again and again and again and again and again and again (yes, that was a hint!).

Featuring much of the usual and some new ones:
Lack of Afro ft. Joss Stone
John Turrell / Basement Freaks
Baby Charles
Lyn Collins
Kylie Auldist
Izo FitzRoy / Moods
Smoove and Turrell

With inspiration from The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show / Freestyle Records, Jalapeno Records, and DJ Fern

Quick & Dirty (Playlist) by Vanessa Query

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Albums of the day/month/year

Albums of the day/month/year… From The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show and Jalapeno Records… As usual… At least until Smoove and Turrell’s new one (feat Izo FitzRoy) comes out! 😃🕺

Fellow Americans: Get them:


The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Vol. 5, by Various Artists

The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Vol. 5 by Various Artists, released 08 December 2017 1. The Traffic – Super Freak 2. The Allergies – Love That I’m In (feat. Andy Cooper) 3. The Andy Tolman Cartel – You What! 4. Nicole Willis & UMO Jazz Orchestra – (Everybody) Do the Watusi 5.

or iTunes or Amazon


Jalapeno Funk, Vol. 9 by Various Artists

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Smoove and Turrell ft. Izo FitzRoy: “You’re Gone”

Rick Hall Tribute, The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show – BBC Radio 6 Music

Tonight we’ll be paying tribute to the legendary producer Rick Hall.

DJVQ Song of the Day:

Smoove and Turrell ft. Izo FitzRoy: “You’re Gone”

I’ve been waiting for this beauty since I heard the news!! Smoove and Turrell’s upcoming album features a John Turrell–Izo FitzRoy duet. 😍

THANK YOU for indulging in my own personal Fantasy Funk Band!

This sneak peek is only available via our beloved The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show.

Tunage starts around 2:37:45.

Happy New Year! 😝😂🎉💃

Spirit of the West | Another Happy New Year

Spirit of the West perform “Another Happy New Year” for the John Mann: Here and Now concert at CBC Vancouver. Subscribe to our channel! https://youtube.com/cbcmusic CBC Music is your hub for coast-to-coast-to-coast Canadian music. Watch exclusive performances, candid interviews, and behind-the-scenes content featuring your favourite artists. Visit http://cbcmusic.ca for the full story!

Happy New Year! 😝😂🎉💃

The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show – The History of Women in Funk and Soul

Some really killer episodes of The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show ended 2014 that you can still listen to online for a while.

This one is ESSENTIAL: The History of Women in Funk and Soul

The History of Women in Funk and Soul, The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show – BBC Radio 6 Music

Craig looks back on his History of Women in Funk and Soul with plays three hours of hits.

“Throughout 2014 Craig has been charting The History of Women In Funk & Soul. Starting way back from Mahala Jackson’s era through to the up and coming artists of today Craig will be looking at successful women in funk & soul. You’ll be hearing when Craig had the late Amy Winehouse in Session and conversation and when Beverly Knight and Lisa Stansfield joined his Fantasy Funk Band. They’ll be disco hits from Donna Summer and Gloria Gaynor. R&B-soul from Jill Scott & Angie Stone. Country soul from Candi Staton and neo-soul from Erykah Badu.”

And then, the Biggest Tracks of 2014

Biggest Tracks of 2014, The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show – BBC Radio 6 Music

Craig takes a look back on the tracks and albums that really made waves on the scene.

“It’s been a great year for Funk & Soul with releases by Shaun Escoffery, Lisa Stansfield, Brand New Heavies, Smoove & Turrell, Lack of Afro, Lee Fields, Aloe Blacc, the list is endless. Craig takes a look back at the tracks and albums that have really made waves on the scene throughout 2014.”

This show includes this gem by Smoove and Turrell

Smoove & Turrell – Will You Be Mine (Official Video)

Smoove & Turrell – Will You Be Mine is taken fron the new album, Broken Toys Music Video Produced by Zebrafish Media – www.zebrafishmedia.com Follow Smoove & Turrell: https://www.facebook.com/smooveandturrell https://twitter.com/smooveturrell https://soundcloud.com/smoove-and-turrell Follow Jalapeno Records: http://www.jalapenorecords.com https://twitter.com/JalapenoRecords https://www.facebook.com/jalapenorecords https://soundcloud.com/jalapeno-records http://open.spotify.com/user/jalapenorecords

“A Time For…” – Lack of Afro feat. Wayne Gidden – YouTube

“A Time For…” – Lack of Afro feat. Wayne Gidden

Taken from the forthcoming album “This Time”, released on Freestyle Records http://www.freestylerecords.co.uk Buy the single from Juno: http://www.junodownload.com/products/a-time-for/1780416-02/ Written by Adam Gibbons and Wayne Gidden http://www.lackofafro.com Directed and Produced by Alex Genn-Bash http://www.alexgennbash.com

This is a beautiful, earnest song–unlike its official video. The video makes me increasingly uncomfortable. Toward the end I peek through my fingers, not wanting to look full on but too morbidly curious to look away.

Really not helpful that now whenever I get this song stuck in my head (which is frequently, since I listen to it frequently), these images also get stuck in my head.

But. On some level, I identify with this man. If It let myself go while listening to this song, I might look not entirely unlike this.

“I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred (1991)

Oh man this song takes me back. It was very important to my 10-year-old self. I knew all the lyrics in Spanish, too. Because I had the single on a tape and the other side was the Spanish version. I wish this would go all retro-viral.

Looking back, this could have sparked, or at least reified, my love for self-referential, self-parodic humor. It is clearly a joke (disguised as or including a wider critique), and yet there’s an honesty here, too. Like a megalomaniac admitting they’re a little self-centered, or making fun of self-centered people in general. Do they say it out of truth or is it a bluff? Some of both? It really blurs the line between joke and truth–showing us that that line doesn’t always exist.

Am I being jokingly overly-academic about this or am I truly this pedantic? (Or both?)

A letter to Spirit Of The West

Dear Spirit Of The West:

I meant to write this letter last year, when I was pregnant. Since I am writing it now, it will be a slightly different letter, what with the birth of my first child in February and all. My original letter was going to say, “Hi. I’m an American fan, and I’m pregnant, and I was wondering if you were planning on doing a live show somewhere near the eastern border of our countries, preferably near New England, like in southern Quebec or southeastern Ontario, so that I can see you perform live before I give birth to my first child, which would make such a possibility invariably more challenging.” I never got a chance to write that letter.

So: Hi. I’m an American fan, and I haven’t gotten to see you perform live, which is very sad indeed, but maybe one day when my son is old enough or I can con someone into watching him for long enough, we/I will come and see you, preferably when you do a show relatively close to New England, because it’s probably too much to ask you to do a show in New England.

In the meantime, I am raising my son to be a fan as well, because I think it’s important to expose people to exceptional music, particularly in areas where said exceptional music is mostly unknown, e.g. around me, which is a damn shame.

Honestly I don’t think it will be much of a feat, making him a fan. He’s already showing a preference for folk music and you are among his favorites. He hears it in the house, he hears me loudly singing along with it in the car, which is the only place I will do that. I play it to keep him company when I have to leave him alone to do things like brush my teeth.

And when he’s old enough to ask me, “What’s this music?” I will answer in much the way I do when grown-ups ask me this question. I will say, “Oh, they’re this amazing folk-rock band from Canada, they’ve been together for a long time and have all sorts of different styles going on, here let me play you a few of my favorites,” and I will play “Drinking Man” and “D For Democracy” and “Bone Of Contention” and encourage them to buy your CDs though they’re hard to find and usually kind of expensive when you can find them because they’re imports, because sadly we live in a pretty culturally insular place.

And then my son (whose name is Desmond, by the way) will say, “This music is familiar and comforting, probably because I heard it a whole lot in the womb and as a baby, but even if it wasn’t I’d love it, but because it is I love it even more, because it’s great, and that guy’s voice is awesome, and that flute!, and all the rest, too. And Mama, you shouldn’t feel ashamed to sing along loudly, even if you can’t carry a tune, because it’s so lovely when you sing, not the quality of the singing of course, but because it’s clear that you too love this music, and are really in touch with the emotional quality of it, and really identify with the emotional quality of it. And when you listen to it, when you sway to it, when you sing along, it’s clear that it brings you to your happy place, though that may seem a bit of a misnomer to people who don’t know that when I say that, I mean a place more akin to your connective place, your human place, the place where your faith in life and the world and humanity is renewed, where you love unconditionally. Sometimes that place makes you happy and sometimes it makes you melancholic and sometimes it makes you righteously angry and sometimes it just calms you down, but whatever it is, it’s always a really worthwhile emotional state. So sing! Belt it out! Show your love for this music not just in spoken words but through the honest rhythmic qualities of your tuneless singing voice.”

And one day, I may listen to him. I probably wouldn’t be able to help it, if I were to ever see you perform live.