I have always loved soul music, it has formed a soundtrack to much of my life. I turn to it again and again as I move through my life, I mine it's emotional arc, groove to it's impossibly funky rhythms, and lean on it's achingly simple, lovelorn and love-worn lyrics. When I was younger, Motown was my daily diet and Northern Soul was my weekend fix--it was the perfect foil for my amphetamine-fueled escapades on the dance floor at Wigan Casino and other all-nighters, but I always harboured a deep love for other, less frantic and dance-focused soul. It was mainly because of the education I received from my friends--the elders who schooled in the finer points of rhythm and blues and soul--well, here's a site for sore ears: Sir Shamblings Deep Soul Heaven, a destination full of gems and jewels of the soul-kind. Mining the smaller labels and artists, this is a site so rich in material it should be used as an educational tool. You will perhaps find many names here that you have never heard before--it's never too late to add to your canon, so listen good.