The sun is shining, waves are gently crashing on the beach, birds are chirping – all’s well at our quaint resort on Germany’s Baltic coast, during this weekend in April. But wait? There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly … apparent. Juvenile hipsters and well-aged soul freaks mingle happily with holidaying families and silver-haired regulars. A legendary soul diva relaxes next to a notorious funk god on a makeshift sundeck, while all around them people laugh and dance: guys with their girls, kids with their mothers, and some men even with their wives.
There’s good music in the air, soul music, from Northern to Southern, via raw, deep, and modern, with just a touch of funk, disco, hip hop, house, and electronic eclecticism thrown in the mix. This fairytale-scenario is now tried and true, ever since 2007, when Dan D. and his crew took over Weissenhäuser Strand for their first “Baltic Soul Weekender”. Now in its third year, this singular event has successfully transplanted a British tradition to German shores, inviting a fantastic line-up of soul stars to Germany, many of them for the first time. From singers and instrumentalists like Ann Sexton, Roy Ayers, The Temptations, Omar, Gloria Scott, Alexander O’Neal, The Fatback Band or Marva Whitney, to a host of internationally acclaimed DJs. All of these artists, plus a few thousand fans (and their families) from all over Europe, have made the impossible possible. Like The Dells declared: “They said it couldn’t be done, but we did it!”. But then again, as a host of soulful song-smiths will gladly tell you: if you have great music, good people, a relaxed and loving mood, and the right place – how could you go wrong?
Now, to make a good thing even better, you can take the “Baltic Soul Weekender” home with you, in the form of this compilation, which covers all the above-mentioned styles, while still flowing like a mighty stream, from the seventies to the here and now. The only thing you’ll have to imagine are the birds, the waves, the beach and the sun. Well, and maybe the fun-loving people, too … But you can always meet them again. Next year.
01. Flowers – For Real
02. Dennis Taylor – Sometimes
03. Dezzie – Move
04. Terry Callier – I Don’t Want To See Myself With You
05. Marc Ewans – The Way You Love Me (Dim’s T.S.O.P. Version – Part 1)
06. Bennson – Whatever It Is
07. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Ben Human RMX)
08. The Rebirth – Evil Vibrations
09. Ray Munnings – Funky Nassau
10. Lou Pride – It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World
11. Lemuria – Hunk Of Heaven
12. Eli Goulart – Sunny
13. Flame N King And The Bold Ones – Oh Happy Day
14. Love Tambourines – Spend The Day Without You
15. Johnny King & The Fatback Band – Peace, Love Not War (K-Dope Productions Remix)
The compilation Various “Baltic Soul Vol.2” (Unique Records) is going to be released June 19, 2009.