TVD Radar: The Podcast with Evan Toth, Episode 77: James Hunter

When was the last time you really danced and just lost yourself in the music without caring what you looked like? Analyzing music is a rewarding experience, but sometimes it’s best to just shut up, enjoy what you’re hearing and simply dance. And if you’re going to engage in such an activity, there’s no one finer to provide a soundtrack than James Hunter.

Hunter’s 2004 breakthrough album, People Gonna Talk was a refreshing listen back then as it was released just on the cusp of the retro-soul groove revival of the early 2000s, but it’s Hunter’s compositional skills which keeps the album fresh these 16 years after its release. Since then, he’s released many equally enjoyable albums, recently on the famed Daptone label.

So, it’s time for a retrospective. The James Hunter Six has recently released a compilation titled, With Love. To those who have enjoyed Hunter’s music over the last two decades it’s a great opportunity to revisit some classics from his catalog, but to the uninitiated, it’s a huge “where have you been” moment; a great opportunity to learn about a genuine soul music genius living in our modern day midst.

James Hunter joins me from Brighton in the UK to discuss the new compilation, his relationship with Daptone Records, a few secrets that go into getting the sonic quality of his albums just right, and how the best gigs are the ones where there’s plenty of room for people to get out of their seats and dance.

Evan Toth is a songwriter, professional musician, educator, radio host, avid record collector, and hi-fi aficionado. Toth hosts and produces The Evan Toth Show and TVD Radar on WFDU, 89.1 FM. Follow him at the usual social media places and visit his website.

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