JOSHIE JO ARMSTEAD – In The Right Place [Preacher Rose, 1989]
One of my most cherished picks this year and already been added to my all time vault. Absolutely impeccable production matching the lyrics of the American Soul singer perfectly. I imagine this being really popular in the UK a few years back and so if you come across a copy, don’t hesitate.
LOOSE ENDS – Don’t try to Change Me [10 Records, 1990]
I’m a bit of a Loose Ends fanatic and this one will always have a special place in the collection. The rough beat alongside the flawless keys and vocals by Carl Mcintosh makes it a 10/10 for me.
I should probably make one of those 40 min youtube edits, it’s that good !
JUNE YAMAGISHI & BOBBY WOMACK – Give This Love a Try [Meldac, 1988]
I will probably get in trouble for sharing this one! I first heard Volcov playing this one in his last Plastic People session before it closed and never regretted throwing a cheeky Track ID. The 12 minute arrangement on the Japanese CD has everything perfectly balanced between June’s playing and Bobby Womack’s vocal performance.
52ND STREET – Never Givin’ Up On You [MCA, 1985]
One of the more well-known bands from that era led by Manchester singer Diane Charlemagne.
I love the whole album but the chorus on this one is hitting all the right spots especially when played slightly pitched down. I’m actually almost strictly listening to all those tracks at pitched down and almost feel the original version is too quick.
JULIE ROBERTS – Ain’t You Had Enough Love [Bluebird, 1985]
Another Loose Ends production. This early version does it better than the more known Phyllis Hyman cover for me, especially when pitched down. Uncompromising delivery by the British singer and a mandatory add to the ‘love’ playlist.
FIFTH OF HEAVEN – Just A Little More [Mix Out Records, 1989]
Fifth Of Heaven is a bit of a one time wonder. Having released only three singles, they left without doing much more after making what is for me one of the best productions of the late 80’s. Simply put, one of my favourite of the genre.
MR FINGERS - Closer [MCA, 1992]
A playlist on love without a Larry Heard production would not do justice to the theme. There was plently to pick from the man but Closer always sets the mood right on the opening of his MCA album. Must have listened to this album 100 times over now!
PATRICE RUSHEN – (She Will) Take You Down To Love [Elektra, 1982]
It was a close choice between this and Settle For My Love for the most loving Patrice Rushen cut. Everything falls into the right places here, with help from the subtle Brazilian vibe from Paulinho’s percussions. She gave so many classics but the sneaky fillers always have that special feel.
L.J REYNOLDS – Trust In Me [Capitol, 1982]
I have been after a good copy of this one for a hot minute and could literally listen to this all day. The whole album is amazing and the lyrics on this track say it all. Props to my boy Dane for including this one his latest ASE mixtape. Trust in me, believe in me!
And a lil’ bonus here ;)