Twelve Bar Playlists
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01. 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.
 
02. Dwele – Poppa Yo
Detroit’s Dwele has always beaten his own path to musical creativity and brilliance, and we thank him for it. The opener from debut LP ‘Subject’, his quality has rarely dropped since.
 
03. Ann Sexton – Sugar Daddy
Southern-fried soul from the under-appreciated Ann Sexton. You should do anything you can to get your hands on her anthology, every cut a diamond.
 
04. Aretha Franklin – Heavenly Father
It never made the cut for Aretha’s incredible ‘Young, Gifted and Black’ set, but this studio out-take that re-surfaced on the Queen of Soul archive recordings shows that during these sessions nobody could touch Aretha’s soul.
 
05. Was Not Was – Poppa Was A Rolling Stone

Detroit pop-funkers’ take on The Temptations’ classic, giving it some early 90s snap and rap. Not sure about the latter addition, but it would be difficult not to make a hot out of this incredible number.
 
06. Notorious BIG – Big Poppa
The classic. Dedicated to all the ladies in the place with style and grace.
 
07. The Game – Like Father Like Son
‘The Documentary’ is a classic and you just can’t take anything away from The Game when he burst onto the scene. Heartfelt flow on this Busta-featuring chronicle.
 
08. Spoonie Gee – The Godfather
As the man reputed to have coined the phrase ‘hip-hop’ itself it is difficult to challenge his role as godfather, but this tune adds further strength to his credentials. An old school classic cut. Marley Marl on the production killing it.
 
09. Big Boi – Daddy Fatsax
Big Boi's long-stewing solo offering Sir Lucious Left Foot slipped under many radars, but we picked it up loud and clear, and it is a hidden treasure.
 
10. Big Daddy Kane – It’s A Big Daddy Thing
Classic ferocious rap from the one and only Kane. Prince Paul on the beats, but Kane displays all the skills that make him one of our favorite MCs of all time.
 
11. Kelis – Daddy

From Kelis’s sophomore ‘Wanderland’ LP, ignored by many, it is a showcase of The Neptunes at their peak. Stripped down future funk with an incredible but brief Malice cameo.
 
12. Courtney Pine – My Father’s Place
You just can’t knock British jazz legend Courtney Pine’s career. So smooth on the sax it is untrue, and a demon if you ever catch him live. This is from 2000’s ‘Back In The Day’.

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.

 

 

 
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