- VOL.1 'SOUL HITS' OF TIMMION RECORDS
Education Vol. 1: The Soul Hits of Timmion Records For the better part
of 15 years Helsinki's own Timmion Records has released some of the most
exciting soul sides happening today. To help spread the Timmion love
Daptone staffers and brass made a list of their favorite Timmion tracks
from the past couple years. Presented here is Bad Education, Vol. I, the
culmination of weeks of deliberation and infighting (mainly due to
their unusually high batting average) - 10 tracks that best represent
the eclectic wealth of soulful riches Timmion Records has to offer. Side
1 one gets cracking with This is What Love Looks Like, a mid-tempo,
breezy dancer by NYC's own Carlton Jumel Smith whose recent album, 1634
Lexington Ave, is poised to be one of the top Soul releases of 2019.
Johnny Benavidez, the Texas-born, California-raised balladeer showcases
his heartfelt falsetto with Tell Me That You Love Me; - a beat ballad of
the highest order, and a must for fans of Texas giants The Commands.
Pratt & Moody, a vocal duo who have been making waves for sometime
in their native Finland, serve up another heart-wrenching, head-bobbing
ballad with Lost, Lost, Lost. Picking up the tempo we have the
undisputed queen of Finnish Soul, Miss Nicole Willis! The New York
native is already a household name on the UK Northern Soul scene, but
now it's time for this expat to make some noise Stateside. Closing out
the side we have the leather-clad-fringed flute phenom know as Ernie
Scorpio Man Hawks. The Scorpio Walk's deep groove laced with murmuring
fuzz bass and surf guitar rushes the listener like a maniacal villain in
an art house spy movie. Side 2 two packs even more soulful punches,
starting with the unreleased track Until Your Mine by Wanda Felicia.
Equal parts slick, Big City street harmony and raw, southern soul, the
track evokes the very best of Fame era Candi Staton. Next up we have
Bobby Oroza whose featured track This Love took the Soul scene by storm
upon its release in 2016. His understated, earnest vocal let's the
sparse arrangement and heavy beat take you to a place where the sun
shines bright and the low-riders shine brighter where the Sunday
afternoon sun dances off the gold flecks of custom low-rider paint jobs.
Bad Education the funky, afro-latin soul monster with a message (whose
title graces the cover of this album) tips the hat to legends like Joe
Bataan and Ray Barreto. The debut single by Bardo Martinez, already
known for his work with Chicano Batman, lays down a fiery indictment of
the educational system defining it as a mouthpiece for the military
industrial complex. A heavy tune with a heavier message! Finnish born
Emilia Sisco offers up another debut with Don't Believe You Like That,
another gorgeous beat ballad backed by Cold Diamond and Mink that is
sure to appeal to the darkest end of the dance floor. There's a special
lane in the history for Soul of Soul for music this understated.
Rounding out the side we have a man who needs ZERO introduction for
those in the know. Louisiana born and raised Willie West has been making
side after classic side since 1959. Whether it's his early raw R&B,
deep brooding ballads, or his black belt Funk anthem Fairchild all of
his records are essential - I'm still a Man (Lord Have Mercy) is no
exception. From top to bottom Bad Education Bad Education, Vol. I is a
feast for discerning funk and soul freaks alike!
1. This Is What Love Looks Like!
2. Tell Me That You Love Me
9. Don't Believe You Like That
10. I'm Still A Man