Sugar's Pick

Angelique Kidjo / Remain in Light / KravenWorks: Powerful Vocals from a World Music Legend, Resillient Lyrics from 40 years ago and the Talking Heads Legendary album, Drumming from the AfroBeat Legend Tony Allen, Excellent production and you have another Legendary Release...

Angelique Kidjo / Remain in Light / KravenWorks: Powerful Vocals from a World Music Legend, Resilient Lyrics from 40 years ago and the Talking Heads Legendary album, Drumming from the AfroBeat Legend Tony Allen, Excellent production and you have another Legendary Release...

Roger Daltry / As Long As I Have You / Republic: With his 10th solo album after multiple hits with the Who, Daltrey is joined again by Pete Townshend on guitar with a perfect blend of original material and covers of soulful hits from Stevie Wonder, Nick Cave, Stephen Stills and others...

The Suffers / Everything Here / Shanachie: "The Electrifying 8 Piece Wonder Band Bring Gulf Coast Soul to the World..." They bring Profound Songwriting. Family, Heart and True Soul too...

Sting & Shaggy - 44/876 - Island: Wow! A perfect marriage of  Rock and Reggae with powerful and unmistakable lyrics, recorded in Jamaica and NY with lots of guests (Robbie Shakespeare, Morgan Heritage, Branford Marsalis,...) plus a whole second disc with a pretty cool interview that you do not want to overlook, and 5 more legendary Sting tunes performed live in Kingston, Jamaica...Wow!

Alice Merton / No Roots / Mom+Pop-Paper Planes Records: A young voice within an old soul, a woman of the world  (Berlin, London, NY, Connecticut, Canada, a singer/songwriter to keep an eye on...

Mystic Bowie's Talking Dreads / Talking Dreads /BFD: Like Reggae? Like Talking Heads? Try out the new one from TomTom Club vet Mystic Bowie's Talking Dreads as they take on the Talking Heads catalog...Great tunes and their Reggae spirited interpretation make for a great ride...

Walter Wolfman Washington / My Future Is My Past / Anti: With Irma Thomas, Ivan Neville & Jon Cleary playing with the 74 year old New Orleans legend, the result may be Mellower and Jazzier than anticipated but truly Soulful and Beautiful with production by Ben Ellman of Galactic...

David Starr / South and West / David Starr: Songs written and produced by Coloradan David Starr in Nashville and Cedaredge showcase his artistry, talent and musicianship  described as: "...Classic, acoustic, songwriter/troubador stuff that harkens back to the best of the James Taylor/Joni Mitchell era..."

Jay Douglas / Lovers Paradise / MegaCity: Old School Reggae (Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica) mashed up with Old School Soul (Involved in the Toronto Music Scene...), Jay Douglas is "Perhaps The Greatest Reggae Veteran Most People Have Never Heard Of..." and with 17 "Best Of" and newer tracks, he should become very well known...

Tom Misch / Geography / Beyond The Groove: The debut release on his own label proves that the British Singer, Jazz Guitarist/Multi Instrumentalist, Songwriter brings a remarkable blend of Dance, Jazz, Disco, R&B & Techno to the table with guests DeLaSoul, Goldlink, Poppy Ajudha & Loyle Carner. Listen and Love...

Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco / You're Driving Me Crazy / Legacy: The vocals from Van are familiar and his songwriting continues to  captivate, and Joey's Hammond organ joined by his band members with Guitar, Drums and Tenor Saxophone make the 15 tunes a treasure trove of Jazzy, Bluesy, haunting melody and message.

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio / Close But No Cigar / Colemine Records: The Seattle trio (Delvon Lamarr on Organ, Jimmy James on Guitar and David McGraw on drums) plays a sweet blend of RetroSoul/Jazz Funk/R&B/Rock and the ten tracks will make you love the organ all over again...

Durand Jones & The Indications / Durand Jones & The Indications / Dead Oceans-ColeMine Records: Durand Jones is a genuine Soul singer with the nostalgic sound  of James Brown/Marvin Gaye/Smokey Robinson/The Meters and with his bandmates of  funky horns, organ, guitar and his own OutOfThisWorld vocals; 8 tracks is not enough!

Roots of Creation / Grateful Dub / Bomb Shelter: With the 6 member Roots of Creation and featured guest performances by Stephen Marley, Melvin Seals, G. Love, Asher and Haley Jane;  the 13  selected Dead covers are "Reggaefied"  and a fitting, danceable, fabulous tribute...

Paul Thorn / Don't Let the Devil Ride / Perpetual Obscurity: A Rockin Blues/Gospel release from the son of a Pentecostal Preacher, Ex Boxer and Musician Extraordinaire...With guest appearances from  Blind Boys of Alabama, McCrary Sisters, Preservation Hall Jazz Horns and Bonnie Bishop; it is a winner - Everyone should play his version of  "Love Train" every day...

Yarley G / Vivid Echoes: A Compilation / Yarley Music: The Haitian migrant is on a Musical Mission to forge a little more peace and love in a troubled world with his talent and passion, and with an impressive guest list, he is doing a great job... 

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Soul Of A Woman / DapTone: The final studio album from the amazing Performer and her Band, released in 2017, it is finally here and could be Sugar's Pick Of Every Week - She will be missed, but her Music, Talent and Soul will have you cherishing her and the tunes she left behind for a very long time...

Hollie Cook / Vessel of Love / Merge: The British "Tropical Pop" singer has created a unique blend of Reggae and "Lovers Rock" and with her West London background, (Father was drummer for Sex Pistols & Mother was backup singer for Culture Club,) the production is undeniably lush and sensual...

Bahamas / Earthtones / Brushfire: Toronto based Afie Jurvanen gets a little funky and a little provocative with 11 excellent original tracks ("Bad Boys Need Love Too," "Opening Act," "Any Place...") Drums, Bass & Guitar and vocals that will sweep you away...

Calexico / The Thread That Keeps Us / Anti: Undeniably provocative and indicative of the tumult of the times we are living in, Joey Burns and John Convertino and bandmates have created a lush and comforting collection of tunes that succeed in soothing while stimulating our senses and our minds...

Jim James / Tribute To 2 / ATO: My Morning Jacket's frontman covers  an array of classic tunes (By the likes of Dylan, Willie Nelson, Sonny & Cher, Irving Berlin...) that span genre and generation with the idea that "If people really listened ...outside of the genre they normally listen to - that alone could start to unite people..." A pretty good idea... 

Van Morrison / Versatile / Sony Legacy: Standards from the Modern Jazz Library plus 6 personal compositions comprise  this CD of 16 tracks from the Legend who has managed to cover many, many Musical Genres in his 72 years...

Sweet Pea Atkinson / Get What You Deserve / Blue Note: The Legendary Soul Singer; formerly of Was (NotWas) is back with 10 tunes (7 Produced by Keb Mo and 3 produced by Don Was) loaded with Funk, Soul, Blues, R&B - Check Out "You Can Have Watergate; a track attributed to James Brown with Mindi Abair helping out...)

Mavis Staples / If All I Was Was Black / Anti: The legendary 78 year old Blues/Gospel/Soul/Rock Singing Phenom has collaborated with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and the message is: LISTEN - Listen to the words, listen to the voice, listen to the wisdom, listen to the message...

Keyon Harrold / The Mugician / Legacy: The Jazz Trumpeter from Ferguson, Missouri, based in NY, covers a wide sweep of music; Jazz, HipHop, R&B with a fine dose of Social Commentary thrown in along  with an impressive guest list that includes Robert Glasper, Gary Clark, Jr and Reggae's Josh David Barrett...

Bootsy Collins / World Wide Funk / Mascot: William Earl "Bootsy" Collins is back...With a legacy that includes James Brown and Parliament Funkadelic, his guests on this CD and his always humorous yet profound vocals, he continues to carry the banner for Funk/Soul/Rock/R&B/HipHop and...

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats / Live At Red Rocks / Stax: The full length Concert Recording is Live, Loud and Raucous and with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band joining them for "S.O.B." and "Having A Party" and the second line parade finale, you will feel like you are almost there (or recalling "Pickin In The Park...")

Son Little / New Magic / Anti: Aaron Livingston aka Son Little of Philadelphia is an extraordinary Soul/R&B/Blues  Singer that is a treasure that everyone should be listening to and dancing to...

Mitch Woods / Friends Along The Way / eOne: For the Blues Lover! For the Great Music Lover! SuperGuest Line Up with the legendary PianoMan/Vocalist: Taj Mahal, Van Morrison, Ruthie Foster, Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Kenny Neal, Cyril Neville, Charlie Musselwhite, Marcia Ball, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, John Hammond, Joe Louis Walker!!!

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