Old soul singles , that 7” vinyl variant, were something like raw gold even at the time when they were released. Particularly in Europe and other parts of the world. They were printed in small series, and only if they created a buzz, like the ones coming out of Motown at the time, were they reprinted. But now, even, those copies of the singles that made it, are cherished like gold.
At the same time, those singles had a musical signature that was immediately recognized – that cross between R&B, blues, and gospel, with obligatory horn sections, Hammond organ sound, and a guitar sound that so many guitarists had every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The vinyl singles have not (yet) come into resurgence like vinyl LP’s, but recreating the sound of those old soul singles and bringing them into modern times is a specific art in itself. And after all, they can live online, as long as the internet is out there at our disposal.
And that is exactly what the combination of Disaster Relief and Thornetta Davis brings us. Disaster Relief is actually the project of Detroit producer, songwriter/guitarist Darrin James and Detroit blues /soul singer/legend Thornetta Davis.
This song duo brings that ’60s soul sound back to life and modern times with punch, aplomb, and, you guessed it, soul. Along the way, the lyrics tackle some real serious subjects like politics of hate and division and fight for female rights. The music and the lyrics fully complement each other. Basically, you can both think and groove, all at the same time.