Soul: the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.
With soul and body being different entities, theoretically both need separate nourishment to live healthily. Our bodies receive the food we eat everyday, but our souls need soul food. For alot of us, that soul food is music as it speaks to our emotions, sparks our thoughts, and supplies our ambitions with energy. Healthy souls keep everything alive.
Specifically, the first music popularized as “Soul Music” appeared in the 50’s and early 60’s as a combination between African-American gospel music and rhythm&blues. It was specifically used to appeal to emotions by talking about major life themes and speak to one’s soul, hence the name. Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin were among the pioneers of the Soul movement, and they’ve left a legacy that lives on today.
Now, 50+ years in the future, artists like the San Francisco trio Pillowtalk are still reviving soul classics. Their debut vinyl release The Soul Edits 12″ back in April on Wolf + Lamb‘s W+L imprint included three soothing, blissful, souled out reworks of some real classics – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell‘s ‘Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing‘ along with Bobby Hebb‘s version of “Sunny“. Both are absolutely amazing reworks, especially if it’s a style of music you were already into to begin with. Pillowtalk has really impressed us with their work recently, and their live band approach to their live music makes them one to look out for in the future. Listen/Download below!
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