As the year winds down I’m gonna throw up some notable singles that I haven’t previously mentioned. First up, two by Leftie’s Soul Connection.
This Dutch band caught some attention over the last few years with a strong cover of DJ Shadow’s seminal Organ Donor and a spirited if ultimately pointless reworking of Jay-Z less than seminal American Gangster (appropriately titled Amsterdam Gangster.) Beyond fun gimmickry they are a strong soul/funk band in their own right, as these two singles attest.
First up, Have Love Will Travel bw Here Come The Girls. Both sides are rock-infused soul in the spirit of early Little Richard, aided by raspy shouty vocals courtesy of somebody named Flomega. The A-side is the heavier of the two, a cover mildly punked up up cover of a tune originally credited to Richard Berry aka the creator of Louie Louie.
The B-side is also a cover, this time courtesy of N.O. legend Ernie K. Doe. The rock leanings are a bit more mannered here, the snarl of the A-side replaced with a measured strut well suited to summer driving (not sleazy enough for pimp walking though).
The second single is You Don’t Know bw Cover My Eyes. This one switches gears to something less rocking a bit more soulful, with the vocal duties turned over to able throated Corrina Greyson. On the A-side You Don’t Know she goes to full-on scorned Motown soul diva mode.
The B-side slows things down with a dark ballad set to a deep organ backing. This one might actually be my favorite of the four songs in this post.