Three 7″ singles by Trish Toledo, Los Yesterdays, The Macrames: Chicano “souldies” on Now-Again Records produced by and written by Gabriel Rowland and Victor Benavides.
NA 7039 – LOS YESTERDAYS – MR. YESTERDAY/SO INSINCERE
The song that started it all for Rowland and Benavides was “Mr. Yesterday”, a future Chicano soul classic about a jilted lover who refuses to accept reality, opting instead to live in the memories of happier times. It was after Tom Brenneck heard the song that he contacted Gabe Roth and the due started working with Daptone Records. Here, we present the original, demo version of Los Yesterdays, “Mr. Yesterday.” Rounding out the record is the B-Side tribute to Little Anthony & The Imperials, “So Insincere” about a man who confronts his lover about her lies concealing a longtime affair.
NA 7040 – THE MACRAMES – UNITENTIONAL CONSEQUENCE OF LOVE/SO IN LOVE WITH YOU
The Macrames, with Benavides channeling his inner Al Green, invokes the early 70’s soul sounds of Memphis and Philly. Songs such as “Unintentional Consequences of Love” that tells the tale of a man who has unwittingly(and unwillingly) fallen in love and is living in denial. But as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so love is in the heart of the “perceiver” and “So In Love With You” exemplifies this opposite perspective of someone reveling in the thrills of a new love. Originally a part of Los Yesterdays early set lists, these two tracks featuring the legendary Ozomatli horns were shelved when the band solidified their unique 50’s/60’s psychedelic soul sound, and so The Macrames were born.
NA 7041 – TRISH TOLEDO – COCO LALALA/DO THE WRONG THING
On the heels of her Mango Hill records debut single,”Thee Only One” ft. Joey Quiñones from East L.A.’s, Thee Sinseers, Trish Toledo, a devoted fan of soul music, has built her fan base serenading audiences with her sultry voice on soul classics, and earning herself a legion of devotees as a result. Teaming up with The Abuelitos, Trish delivers some of her smokiest vocals yet, with songs like “Coco LaLaLa” & “Do the Wrong Thing”. Understanding that Ms. Toledo is the undisputed queen of the newly coined “Souldies” movement in L.A., the songwriting team decided they wanted to take her to the east coast via Miami for some more tropical sounding vibes. Hearkening back lyrically to such songs as The Supremes, “I Hear a Symphony” or the Toys, “Lovers Concerto”, “Coco LaLaLa” makes that familiar, romantic connection between love and music with some smoldering salsa piano thrown in to spice things up. On the other hand, there’s “Do the Wrong Thing”, a slow-burner with temptation on the rocks. A married woman, a persistent man, and another round of drinks on the way. Will she “Do the Wrong Thing”? You’ll have to listen to find out.