Searching for soul music songs with a particular sound - not at all peppy or perky or loving - very minor key torch songs with a boil of a beat. Songs of the scorned.
I don't know the difference between Northern or Detroit or Memphis soul and all the other descriptors. I've listened to some Motown albums and Staxx but the songs I've listened to seem too happy or sweet or cheerful or tender or crooning for what I'm looking for here.
The songs I like have a pretty similar chord progression.
Old: I like Bettye Lavette's "Let Me Down Easy
New: Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black
" and the song that inspired this post, John Legend's "Who Did That To You
" from the Django Unchained Soundtrack
I have seen this previous question
and the Mike Mitchell / Gene King "Never Walk Out On You
" is a little slow, but the right feeling, more or less.
I have also heard the Budos Band and in fact first thought of this question when I saw a show of theirs in Brooklyn and in the many many hours before they finally came onstage, the venue was playing the most amazing old sad thumping soul that I have been trying to look for ever since. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.