Happy New Year! 2023 is here and I don’t have any grand proclamations or predictions about the current state and future of music (not that anyone has asked me lately). I am happy that those of us who made it have made it and I’m ready for another year spent absorbing and enjoying music from my fellow Philadelphian’s. Although it’s early in the year, there are already a handful of dope, Philly music-related things that have caught my attention. Here are 5 of the best.
Nat Turner Rebellion ft. Major Harris – “Can’t Go On Livin” b/w “Laugh To Keep From Crying”
If it’s funky and from Philly, chances are I’m interested in hearing it. I recently found this 45 by Philly soul band, Nat Turner Rebellion. During the brief time that they were together in the early 1970s, Nat Turner Rebellion shared stages with R&B royalty like The Stylistics, Sister Sledge, and Brenda & The Tabulations. “Can’t Go On Livin” is a lovely, string-kissed soul balled while “Laugh To Keep From Crying” is a brassy funk jam with some trippy, psychedelic wah-wah guitar on the intro.