Monday, January 5, 2009
Ingredients In A Recipe For Swedish Soul
I woke up this morning in a sweat, heart pounding like a Little Ricky drum solo. No, it wasn't my recurring dream of Vanna White giving me vowels for free. For some inexplicable reason I woke up with some Swedish soul music on my mind. "What the..." you may ask, "...is Swedish soul music?" It is the jumbo shrimp of music genres. And the truth is, I know nothing about The Solution....except for this.
One afternoon, David Fricke was shopping at NYCD, my late, beloved CD empire, and we were talking, you know, Swedish soul music. And he suggested The Solution. It took weeks before I could find a copy of "Communicate," but I did. Thank you, David Fricke.
I wanted to tell you more about this band, but I found very little info on the interweb. Both All Music and eMusic say nothing, but at least eMusic offers the CD for download. There is enough energy oozing off of this record to fire up the deadest of relatives. It a Stax/Volt Revue with a rhythm section from Lund. It packs the wallop and chunk of Nirvana's "Nevermind,"with the ghost of Arthur Conley stalking the grooves. It's a big ol' dance party and it truly has some soul. The drum intro alone screams "I'M SWEDISH AND I'M PLAYING SOUL MUSIC!"
This is "GET ON BACK" by The Solution. Listen HERE and just try not to move or dance some psychotic frug.