We’ve all heard of Motown, right?
Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Diana Ross and The Supremes. More often than not it’s used to describe a whole category of music, rather than referring to the Detroit-based label. But Motown was only responsible for a handful of artists that helped start - in my mind - the most impactful genre: soul music.
I say most impactful because soul music created disco, which then created dance music; it’s at the root not just musically but culturally too. And where would we be without the impact on music that Aretha Franklin, Etta James and James Brown made? But we must remember that behind every big star, there is a label releasing their music. Without these labels, so much in our aural landscape would be so different today, which is why new music is so important.
So, I have chosen three music labels putting out soul music today that are keeping the greatest genre alive and fresh.