1. The Stone Roses – Fools Gold
Indie rock isn’t supposed to sound this funky. But then The Roses didn’t generally follow any rules but their own.
Spike Island flashbacks anyone?
2. Snoop Dogg/Nate Dogg/Dr Dre – Laylow
Snoop’s output on No Limit wasn’t necessarily always his finest, but occasionally he still flashed his genius and
none better than on this gangster chic roller.
3. Gil Scott Heron – The Bottle
The combination of Brian Jackson and Gil Scott Heron was truly one of our favourite musical partnerships, and this
ever-relevant piece of commentary sums up why. A true Twelve Bar hero.
4. The Jacksons – Show You The Way To Go
The thing about the Jacksons is that there are so many hidden gems in the vaults. This tune shows Michael’s growth
since leaving Motown, a pre-cursor of the even greater genius still to come.
5. The Solsonics – Montuno Funk
One of our favorites, a blast of salsa-tinged funk straight from the LA underground. The Solsonics know how to
swing for real, and bring the sultry sweat of Havana dancehalls straight to your speakers.
6. Al Green – Love and Happiness
Al Green is a perennial favorite, a soul voice for all seasons. And here the preacher man brings us up higher like no
one else can. Like we’d say, it’s all love, and in this case happiness.
7. Leroy Hutson – Lucky Fellow
Hutson is one of the most under-rated soul singers of all time, and this tune tells you all you need to know about
why we think so. Pure soulful mastery in this ultimate love song.
8. Mark Ronson/Nate Dogg/Ghostface – Ooh Wee
Sometimes when energy hits a bit of a lull you just need to come hard with a banger. And few bangs harder than
this hyper-produced instant hit. Ghostface has flows for fun.
9. Wham – Everything She Wants
Surprised? Trust us when we say that George Michael has created some of the greatest pop music of the past
thirty years. But the bass line on this takes on all-comers and leaves them spent.
10. Brand New Heavies with Grand Puba – Who Makes The Loot
With the right judgment and good fortune Grand Puba could have been amongst the greatest rappers. As it is,
he’s simply left us with some of the greatest raps. From Heavy Rhyme Experience this tune always pays off.
11. Digital Underground – The Humpty Dance
Because we like our oatmeal lumpy. That’s all you need to know.
12. Inner City – Big Fun
We don’t really need a crowd to have a party, just a funky beat and you to get it started and oh, we’ll dance
the night away.
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.