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Boomkat Product Review:
Releases in Numero's Eccentric Soul series focus on a particular American city or label and present a digest of the finest, least likely to have been heard material for your listening pleasure. In this case, the Miami is under the spotlight, with the Deep City label being the hub for Florida's soul talent during the early to mid '60s. It's pretty astonishing to think that this music has, essentially, been lost in the mists of time all these years - there are some real gems here. Naturally, there's a clear influence from early Motown than pervades over this collection, but the Miami sound is characterised by an inclination towards elements of reggae (see Paul Kelly's 'The Upset', for example) and dreamy, tropical horns (as on Betty Wright's 'Paralyzed'). One of the standout achievements of this compilation is surely its reintroducing Helene Smith to the world. Her work on 'Thrills and Chills' and 'You Got To Do Your Share' surely should have set her up as Deep City's Diana Ross figure, yet it seems she never made it big outside her home state. Another great piece of crate digging on Numero's part.