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Favorite two-step tracks/artists?

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Hello everyone!

As somewhat of a soul newbie I'm strill struggling a bit with soul subgenre classification, but apparenly I love what's referred to as two step soul or "steppers". I'm not really a dancer but I guess it's that smooth, laidback and funky sound I'm looking for.

Anyways, feel free to share one or a couple of your favorite tracks/45s or if there are any specifik artists I really should dig into.

A couple of examples that I really dig are Jeffree - Loves gonna last, Paris - I choose you, Keni Burke - Risin to the top.

Any tips will be much appreciated!

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nice one to start with 

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Try Chi-Lites - Heavenly body or Ronn Matlock - I can't forget about you.

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Here's one you might like - Moses - Sweetest Love.

Also, a cheap record to buy..

 

 

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Here’s one for you, Edee- make it last

 

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Neglected later 1982 release by William DeVaughn:

 

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Believe it or not - this remix was huge with the Chicago Steppers scene  - 

 

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A lot of misconceptions on what a 2 step record is . They are slow tunes not midtempo with walking basslines . The original scene was made up of records that were played at reggae functions / blues party's and fitted in with that tempo . The 45's below represent some of type that were played -

Keith Barrow / You know you want to be loved

Rita Wright / Touch me , take me

Josie James / Win your love

 

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Wonderful wonderful overlooked Van McCoy classic from the Choice Four:

 

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And just like the Northern scene tunes came from the most unlikely of sources - great bassline .

 

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2 step classic - heavy demand in the 80's

 

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Oh man ; 

 

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From the days when Robbie Vincent's "little label collection" was a highlight of the Sound of Sunday Night - Phil Flowers from 1986:

 

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This was in demand enough at one time that it was booted - a very convincing look-a-like .

 

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This was always a big tune on the connoisseurs/ 2 step scene in London..   Rewind.

 

 

 

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More little label goodness from 1985, this time from Willie Clayton:

 

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Just picked up the album

 

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While I'm at it:-

 

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Crucial Brew by Red Stripe and the thick smell of spliff...

 

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Cd only which is a shame, something from 2005(i bought it has a new release).Nice little modern stepper. 

 

 

 

 

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Classic Philly Stepper - 

 

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Album tracking with Lonnie Liston Smith in 1991, featuring the amazing Spencer Harrison on vocals:

 

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Two step or "stepping" in the USA is taken very seriously and they dance in this video :)

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Tell me it gets much better than this:-

 

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having looked on youtube at what is categorised as "2 steppers" i'm going to remove this post

 

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6 hours ago, Chris Turnbull said:

Tell me it gets much better than this:-

 

Absolutely fantastic track 

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Lonnie again, this time from 1983 and with brother Donald on vocals:

 

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Back to 1979 for this wonderful Isaac Hayes tune:

 

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Isaac Hayes produced and wrote this for Donald Byrd in 1981:

 

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On ‎13‎/‎12‎/‎2018 at 00:28, Chris Turnbull said:

Tell me it gets much better than this:-

 

Outstanding Soul, nice one Chris. 

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Very Earth,Wind and Fire vocally ,killer 45.

 

 

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Always played this back to back with above. 

 

 

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Greatness from Dee Dee Sharp in 1977:

 

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From one of the highlight albums of 1995 - Margi Coleman:

 

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Im no authority on this genre but I came across the Chicago Stepping Dance scene a few years ago which Ive posted on my Pinterest Boards. Its roots are said to have evolved from the 1970's Disco dance 'The Bop' and were popularised by Chicago DJ Sam Chatman . Its got some slick moves commonly delivered by couples .. not always male - female to tunes that might be considered Two Step ? It reminds me a bit of the 'Beach Music Scene ' from the Carolina's and like that it is still active with its own competition's , reunions and compilation LP's for folks of a certain age. Sounds familiar. !! 🙂 Here's an example , the tune is Steve Butler's 'Shakedown' . (2005) 

 

 

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Superb 1980 track by Heat:

 

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Just noted shades of the moves from LJ Reynolds track posted above by BlackpoolSoul . Sam Chatman still organises Chicago events via Facebook apparently. Here's another clip .(2010)   I understand its not a Gay couple .. not that it matters .. ,and the 2nd track is Mario's 'Call the Cops'. .Some slick moves here guys . 

 

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14 minutes ago, Mickey Finn said:

Superb 1980 track by Heat:

 

 

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I often get confused about what is classified as two step but would've thought this qualifies

 

 

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Valentine Brothers - absolute classic :thumbup:

Featuring Porter Carroll on vocals, this from Bob Baldwin in 1992:

 

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