CBC Music is proud to launch a stream dedicated to classic soul and R&B. You can listen to the station by navigating to the Classic Soul/R&B stream in the genre box just to the right of this blog (look under R&B/Soul).
I've had a lot of fun curating a playlist of soul classics, hidden gems and jukebox favourites. In the mix are also a few modern artists who represent the soul revival scene. To get you started, here are a few choice cuts that you'll hear in the stream.
The extended version of "Move on Up" by Curtis Mayfield is the most uplifting, anthemic, mood-brightening staple of summertime.
A little bit of blue-eyed soul courtesy of the divine Dusty Springfield.
Slim Moore and the Mar-kays are an unbelievable throwback funk and soul band from Ottawa. Yes, Ottawa. And they are making music now – you can see them live in festivals across Canada this summer.
There's plenty of Aretha Franklin in the mix, but did you know that her big sister, Erma Franklin, was also a singer and released the original version of "Piece of My Heart"?
Canadian soul classic "When I Die" by Motherlode (not to be confused with "And When I Die") was a hit in 1969.
If you are not grooving and feeling soulful yet, here's one more for you. Speedometer is a hard band to Google, but once you find this U.K. funk band you'll be hooked by their authentic, tight sound and the vocal chops of one of their singers, Ria Currie.
Check out the new Kids CBC stream on CBC Music
Introducing: The CBC Canadian roots stream
On the record: Dusty in Memphis
Soul searching: Slim Moore and the Mar-Kays
on Jul 10, 2012