1. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – They Reminisce Over You
Morris Day is the front man that Prince could have been with a little more application. Definite Twelve Bar
party playlist member.
2. Rick James - Mary Jane
Quite simply one of the greatest songs of all time. Rick James was astonishing.
3. Bilal – You’re All I Need
Bilal is criminally over-looked by many commercially, but recognized as a master by those with real sense.
4. Aalon – Rock N Roll Gangster
Aalon could have been as big as Prince or Rick James or whoever the hell he damn well pleased, but sometimes
the music game just doesn’t play ball. Do all you can to get hold of the Cream City album.
5. The Specials – Gangsters
If you’re going to release your first ever single, you may as well make it a classic. 2 tone ska revivalism that
never stops bouncing.
6. Horace Silver – Song For My Father
Silver’s piano playing has so much funk in it. It may be written for his father but Silver Jr shows on this standard that
when it comes to Hard Bop jazz he is truly the daddy.
7. Betty Davis – Anti Love Song
Davis is a Twelve Bar icon. When we first heard Anti-Love Song and the piano break dropped it literally nearly
sent us insane. In a good way.
8. Morris Day And The Time – Jerk Out
Surely a classic for everyone the very first second they played the crackling intro. Rest in peace Trouble T.Roy.
9. Common – Go
Said I was bait for her to master, little red corvette no she was faster. A standout from Common’s finest and
most coherent album.
10. Ice Cube – It Was A Good Day
Considering what Ice Cube has achieved musically it is kind of odd that this is probably his most well-known track.
But it simply never gets tired. And at 4:20 minutes you know how he made it a very good day indeed.
11. Brand New Heavies With Guru – It’s Gettin’ Hectic
Fitting that Guru should provide one of the standouts amongst an exceptional fusion of acid jazz and hip-hop
that is the Heavy Rhyme Experience Vol. 1
12. Etienne De Crecy – Prix Choc
Twelve Bar has always had a slight fiending for some French fancy.
Good music is the driving force behind everything we do here at Twelve Bar.
That’s why we’ve been digging through the Twelve Bar vaults to pull out our favorite tunes for your browsing and
listening pleasure, and keeping our ears to the ground for what is fresh now and in the future. And then we’re putting
them altogether into a delicious musical gumbo and serving you a fresh bowlful of twelve select tracks every week.