Summer Mixtape, Track 4: "Don't Touch That Thing" - Sylvia Hall
You could -- and maybe should -- spend the whole summer listening to the entire Numero Records catalog. Every time I think that they can't possibly dig up any more lost, funky greatness, they drop something like the latest addition to the Eccentric Soul series or "Soul Messages From Dimona."
There are a few dozen compilations on the label that could serve as a perfect summer mixtape, so picking just one song is a tough task. But this slice of Funky Nassau from "Cult Cargo: Grand Bahama Goombay" was the first one that came to mind. This song just oozes sun, warmth and the carefree attitude that goes -- or at least should go -- with summer. It's got a meaningless sing-along chorus and a beat that never stops. I've got no idea if Sylvia Hall ever recorded anything else. If not, she goes into the pantheon of single-song wonders. (Remind me to do that blog post later.) You know you've found an obscure artist when you Google her name and the first result is some random chick's LinkedIn page. Check your pulse if this one doesn't get you moving.
By David Malitz |
July 3, 2008; 9:25 AM ET
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