Isla Downey

The Face Contributor Isla Downey

Contributor

Isla Downey

“Blues are the roots, the rest are the fruits” quips Isla, our soul girl at heart hailing from Scotland. This long time supporter of The Face brings her passion for soul music old and new — from the obscure to the well known floorfillers, as a contributor to the Song of the Day. Though Northern Soul has always been her true favourite, Jazz, Funk, and Disco also make the cut.

Contributions by Isla

Tom Browne - Funkin' for Jamaica

Tom Browne – Funkin’ for Jamaica

The single—a memoir of the neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens

Otis Clay - The Only Way Is Up

Otis Clay – The Only Way Is Up

Though not a hit at the time, the song became the title track of Clay's 1982 LP, 'The Only Way Is Up'.

The Emotions - Blind Alley

The Emotions – Blind Alley

This track is taken from the album Untouched, released on STAX imprint Volt in 1972.

Otis Redding - You Don't Miss Your Water

Otis Redding – You Don’t Miss Your Water

With its string county melody and feel, the song is one of the most heartbreaking statements of the law of karma as it relates to love.

Jean Wells - Keep On Doin’ It

Jean Wells – Keep On Doin’ It

Jean Wells is in fine form on this funky mid tempo number from 1972 on the Lawton label.

Jocelyn Brown - Somebody Else’s Guy

Jocelyn Brown – Somebody Else’s Guy

Jocelyn channels the church in this dance classic that hit #2 on RnB billboard charts!