uptown soul


UPTOWN SOUL - models: Shaman Edwards & Lane Timberlake - photography: Stas Komarovski - fashion editor / styling: Miguel Enamorado - hair: Edward Lampley - makeup: Candle Komarovski - casting director: David Chen - manicure: Eri Handa - Interview October 2016

featured designers: Miu Miu - Prada - Hillier Bartley - Maison Marginal - Dries Van Noten - 3.1 Philip Lim - Gucci -  Chloe - Loewe - Coach - Chanel - (mixed with vintage pieces)


Jackie Ross “Selfish One” (Chess 1903, R&B#4 Pop#11, 1964)

One of my favorite uptown soul songs of all time, and one of the best selling of the genre was Jackie Ross’s first single for Chess Records. Patterned after Mary Wells’s Motown style, but borrowing the element of elegant Strings that appeared consistently on Brill Building work by Maxine Brown and Dionne Warwick, this fusion (although it can be said that Juanita Williams “Baby Boy” was the first song in this style) was so influential that it influenced songs as different as Brenda Holloway’s version of “When I’m Gone” Dusty Springfield’s “Some of Your Lovin’” and Edwin Starr’s “S.O.S (Stop Her On Sight)” (Check the the intro to the last one, it’s virtually identical to “Selfish One”).

Released in the fall of 1964, in the absence of Mary Wells, it rocketed to the R&B Top five, #1 in some regions like Jackie’s home base of Chicago, and barely missed the Top 10 pop listings. Unfortunately this auspicious start was fumbled: for whatever reason all of her follow-ups barely made the bottom of the Hot 100, and she exited Chess for Brunswick in 1966, but never restored the luster of her debut hit. 

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On this day in music history: October 8, 1980 - “Dirty Mind”, the third album by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded in Uptown (Wayzata Home Studio) in Wayzata, MN and Hollywood Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA from May - June 1980. After having his first taste of mainstream success with his self-titled second album, Prince takes a stylistic left turn by recording an album of raw, stripped down funk and rock songs on a 16-track multi-track recorder set up in his home studio on Lake Minnetonka. At first, Warner Bros Records are taken aback at the sexually explicit lyrics of tracks such as “Head” and “Sister”, but eventually agree to release the album after the raw tapes are remixed by Prince and engineer Mick Guzauski. The track “Partyup” is co-written by Prince and his friend and former high school band mate Morris Day, and is the catalyst for Prince putting together the band The Time around Day. Initial pressings of the album also carries a disclaimer sticker on the front to advise those of its explicit content. Though sales wise it is much less successful than his previous release, the album and the subsequent tour in support of it attracts the attention and universal praise from the rock press helping to widen his fan base beyond his core R&B audience. It spins off two singles including “Uptown” (#5 R&B, #101 Pop) and the title track. Initially selling around 300,000 copies at the time of its release, the album eventually reaches Gold status in the US less than one week before the release of “Purple Rain” (the soundtrack) in June of 1984. The album is reissued on 180 gram vinyl by Warner Bros’ Rhino Records reissue division in 2011. “Dirty Mind” peaks at number seven on the Billboard R&B album chart, number forty five on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Too Hot, for SoMa Week Day 4: Dragons

[Day 1: Latin Jazz] [Day 2: Cocoon] [Day 3: Hella] [Day 4: Too Hot] [Day 5: Purgatory] [Day 6: Undamaged]  [Day 7: A Beat]

This was inspired by the complete lack of ideas for this prompt, volleyball games I’ve played, and a desire to write a fluffy-ish college au because I absolutely love those, and procrastination. And of course, “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars.

When Maka Albarn meets Soul Evans, he’s snarling by himself to no one in particular and emanating a don’t-look-at-me vibe, but she decides that his eyes are too dreamy to admire from afar and soon she’s crossing the gymnasium and dropping down beside him, folding her legs and grinning.

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Straight Outta Dalton. [ LISTEN ]

01. I Want You Back / 02. Teenage Dream / 03. Bad / 04. Glad You Came / 05. Somewhere Only We Know / 06. Live While We’re Young / 07. Blackbird / 08. Whistle / 09. Bills, Bills, Bills / 10. Help! / 11. When I Get You Alone / 12. Animal / 13. Raise Your Glass / 14. My Dark Side / 15. Uptown Girl / 16. Hey, Soul Sister / 17. Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? / 18. My Sharona / 19. Smooth Criminal / 20. Silly Love Songs / 21. Misery / 22. Candles / 23. What Kind Of Fool / 24. Sing / 25. Stand / 26. All You Need Is Love.


Soul is coming back to the mainstream — and we have Mark Ronson to thank

Taylor Swift may have won 2014, but it’s a week into 2015 and she’s already been upstaged. Music purists will be happy to hear why: Swift has been ousted by Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars and the return of soul music.

It isn’t just “Uptown Funk” though, one week from now, Ronson will release Uptown Special — the album that’s promising to bring soul and funk back into the mainstream.


Lessons in total dudeness!

Maxine Brown - I have trouble coming up with words to accurately describe my appreciation for the artistry of Maxine Brown.  Perhaps it’s because my love for her music feels deeply personal to me.  The sound of her voice seems go into my ear and travels directly into my heart.  And I know she has that effect on lots of other people as well. Maxine Brown, she helps you get in touch with your feelings.  =)

It’s all in the delivery.  For example, click on this link to hear her incredible rendition of a John Sebastian/Lovin Spoonful classic. She breathes a whole lotta life into this one! Click here to listen to the original to hear the difference.

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