It’s a good week for retro soul and funk jams, with debut albums from Marta Ren and Nigel Hall, as well as Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member Mavis Staples. The Spotify list is below.
Cave Singers – Banshee
– After being on both Matador and Jagjaguwar labels, this Portland trio is self-releasing their fifth album. Video: “Christmas Night“.
Lake Street Dive – Side Pony
– Eclectic indie pop band releases their sixth album in just ten years, and their first for Nonesuch Records. Song: “I Don’t Care About You“.
Marta Ren & The Groovelvets – Stop Look Listen
– The 60’s are reborn with this funk and soul revival. Debut album. Video: “I’m Not Your Regular Woman“.
Mavis Staples – Livin’ On A High Note
– Mavis has been singing for over 60 years, starting with the Staple Singers, moving into her solo work on Stax/Volt, and onto work produced by Curtis Mayfield, Prince, Ry Cooder, Jeff Tweedy, and now M. Ward. Features songs written specifically for her by Nick Cave, Neko Case, Aloe Blacc, Benjamin Booker, and more. Song: “High Note“.
Nigel Hall – Ladies and Gentlemen…Nigel Hall
– Soul singer and Lettuce collaborator’s debut album features Charlie Hunter, ?uestlove, Ivan Neville, and more. Lyric Video: “Lay Away“.
Ra Ra Riot – Need Your Light
– Electronic synth-pop groups new album features Vampire Weekend‘s Rostam. Video: “Water“.
Wolfmother – Victorious
– Aussie hard rockers are basically a one man band and singer Andrew Stockdale played all vocals, guitars and bass. Video: “Victorious“.