16/01/2021: “You Can’t Turn Me Away” by Sylvia Striplin

Funky souly goodness from start to finish. You can’t help but love this, I feel!

Her voice is stunning, of course. But that groove is brilliant. The squelchy yet tight bass struts confidently over a solid drum beat. You’ve got a smattering of guitars and a couple of old school synths to complete the package too!

Roy Ayers, who Sylvia had worked with extensively in the 70s, helped to write the song. It’s become her most famous, especially after being sampled in a Notorious B.I.G song (“Get Money”, 1995), and used in a Grand Theft Auto video game.

The song was released in 1981, on Roy Ayers’ record label, “Uno Melodic”.

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