This month’s Cratery is proof the weather’s getting a little hotter. And we’ve got the tunes to match: A little dub, reggae, rare groove, disco, funk and some good old fashioned soul music. The Lowrell record we both hold in our hands wasn’t some drunken attempt at comedy either – it embodies the spirit of this shit. We both bought Lowrell’s self titled LP years ago for the rare groove classic “Mellow Mellow Right On”, sampled for Common’s “Remind Me”. Yet I only recently discovered “You’re Playing Dirty”, a rare groove/boogie/modern soul banger after actually giving the rest of the record a chance 10 years later. Sometimes not listening to your joints can be as fruitful as listening to them.

1. Hopeton Lewis – Funky Kingston
2. Byron Lee – Who done it
3. King Tubby – Dreadlocks Dub
4. Willie Lindo – Midnight
5. Ronnie McNeir – I’m Your Lover
6. Hodges, James & Smith – (I who have) Nothing
7. Lowrell – You’re Playing Dirty
8. Tender Aggression – Cryin’ Wind
9. Ohio Players – What it Is
10. Carla Whitney – Lovin’ at midnight
11. Barbara Acklin – Seven days of night
12. Eugene McDaniels – Lovin’ Man
13. Eloise Laws – Ain’t it good feelin’ good
14. Skip Mahoney& the Casuals – Town called Nowhere
15. Gregory James Edition – Make it easy on yourself
16. Eddie Fischer – Land of our Father

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