Roll Back, Play That: DJ Soul Sister
Saint Heron presents “Roll Back, Play That,” an original series of superior musical deep cuts curated by our favorite artists of today.
New Orleans’ own Queen of Rare Groove, DJ Soul Sister, is one to never disappoint. Her musical knowledge and curation as a DJ extends decades with tunes that are sure to always get you moving on the nearest dance floor. She doesn’t disappoint, as she brings the funk on this edition of “Roll Back, Play That”. From jazzy soundscapes from saxophonist Gary Bartz to Go-Go rhythms from the iconic Rare Essence and grooves from the Bride of Funkenstein, this self-curated playlist is truly made for the soul. Tune in below.
DJ Soul Sister: What I’m In The Mood For Today.
Yesterday’s New Quintet – “Life’s Angles”
This is a soulful electronic project from the producer Madlib from 2001. If the highest, happiest feeling you could feel had a sound, this would be it.
Gary Bartz – “Sea Gypsy”
Ethereal vibes and tricky times from the veteran saxophonist’s 1975 album, The Shadow Do! I tend to like songs in either (what I feel are) happy or sexy keys. This has both.
Aretha Franklin – “That’s the Way I Feel About Cha”
Here, the Queen of Soul puts a mellow beauty on top of the Bobby Womack original and, as always, makes it her own. Recorded in 1973, produced by Quincy Jones. Her keyboard work on this knocks me out.
Rare Essence – “Hey Buddy Buddy (Live)”
Even though I’m true New Orleans in where I’m from and where I live, I rep hard for D.C. go-go no matter where I go. This is a recording past the 1980s go-go records on PA tapes and vinyl that I’ve collected for years, but it’s one of my favorite go-go cuts. Snoop Dogg recently posted an Instagram vid of himself jamming in his car to this.
Nicholas Payton – “The Egyptian Second Line” (Instrumental)
Two words. A groove. 2017.
Brides of Funkenstein – “Disco to Go”
Including this to represent for the women of Parliament-Funkadelic. This cut features vocalists Lynn Mabry and Dawn Silva givin’ up the funk in 1978 with P-Funk. Produced by George Clinton and Bootsy Collins.
Kool and the Gang – “Soul Vibrations”
A cut from my favorite album of all time. Released in 1972, good feeling funk from start to end. First bought this record when I was 6 years old, and I still can’t get enough.
Grover Washington Jr. – “A Secret Place”
Mellow gladness. 1976.
Circle City Band – “Magic”
One of my favorite rare grooves. Sounds exactly like what it’s called, especially on the dancefloor. 1983.
By NyAsia Burris | Published: October 18, 2018