SHAWN LEE - SOUL IN THE HOLE (MP3)


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01. Soul In The Hole
02. Jigsaw
03. Land Of Soul
04. Too Tired To Sleep
05. Something
06. Whatever Side You're On
07. Cruel Woman
08. Stay Away From Me
09. Playboy Bunny
10. Time To Say Goodbye
11. The Stuff
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Soul In The Hole is a tribute to multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lees favorite soul sounds through the eras. Featuring guest-appearances from Paul Butler (The Bees), Nicole Willis, Darondo, Karime Kendra, Fanny Franklin, and Kirin Lee, the album is an homage to styles from the late 1960s to the 1980s. “Writing and recording this project felt so natural. It was like coming home,” says Lee. “The great Richie Havens famously once said "I'm going back to my roots." That's exactly what I've done,” he adds.

He hand-picked his global selection of guests like the amazing Paul Butler (of The Bees, and currently working with Devendra Banhart) from the Isle of Wight, who appears on a track that is part Shuggie Otis, part Style Council mod. Northern Cali’s old school man of soul, Darondo is featured on two tracks, and the super-talented Nicole Willis, hailing from Finland, drops a Northern Soul shaker.

The title track features Lee on vocals and has a late 1960's Detroit stepper vibe. Two crackly-southern-ballads feature Fanny Franklin and Karime Kendra, the latter pulling off a deep version of a little-known Al Green/Willie Mitchell ballad. Lee teams up with his wife on the cosmic funk of “The Stuff,” “ I was thinking of the late 70's jazzy sophisticated productions of Roy Ayers. It reminds me of the UK rare groove scene of the late 80's early 90's,” he says. And there are even funk-rock and sunny Miami disco styled sounds to complete the chronological nod to the past that is mixed with just a touch of the present.




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