Archive for the 'soul' Category
Easy like a Sunday blog post, a leisurely vibration from the Mancunian producer.Read more/listen...
First blog post of a complete tune for some time but I had to drop this soul bomb as it deservedly appears to be blowing up all over the place and I feel like adding a small amount of momentum whilst it’s still fresh (although admittedly I am quite late to the party as this has been out for R2 Records for a few weeks and was apparently out as a 7″ even before that). Deep but not quite at the pace of even slower deep house jams; soulful due to main sample it takes from an early eighties boogie number and re-translates into a new context plus damn tight production. Disseminating the Radio version here but both the Dub and the other track Shangrila, are on the money. Props to ck yet again for bringing this track to my attention – tastemaker! If he ever shifts his ass to write on his own blog, I’d have nothing new to put up.
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The whole track is built round a chunk of a song with the same name by Real To Reel, it’s probably only fair that they get some love as well. Since I have a fondness for eighties groove jams and recognise their influence on many of the other records that I’ve got, I think I’ll be needing a copy of this on black wax at some point.
I remember the Morales remix of Love’s Got Me get heavy rotation on Kiss 100 back in the day and I always preferred that version to the original but tucked away on the flip side of all the various releases of the single, was this smoky late nite groove. The low funky bass and percussion with a gentle caressing touch of reverb make for good soul vibration.
Play it on your radio,
Let the vibes flow through…
Another track brought to my attention by ck a few years ago: freshly back from a business trip to Los Angeles, he’d managed to squeeze a visit to some vinyl emporium to perform the ritual of the vinyl junkie, getting the fingertips dirty, diggin’ amongst the crates. The album Masterjam was amongst the booty he brought back over the pond and although this song is by no means the only decent track on what is a tidy Quincy Jones produced slab of West Coast disco/soul, it was the first track he played to me from it and is my favourite.
The pictures below are from the Any Love release on twelve that I recently got hold of, which has it spread across one side of vinyl in all it’s analogue glory. I really wish they had released a longer mix rather than just pressing up what was available on the album because as it fades out, it just starts to get going in my opinion, the phrases “There’s an ill wind blowin’, can’t you feel it blowin’?” and “Something’s going on tonight” repeated over each other. It just seems to be revving up, with the promise of the track going to another level. I wonder if Rufus, Chaka or Quincy thought the same and tried to find that way without sucess. More likely they were happy to leave as is – a cautionary song about living life in a fast lane without appreciating the view before the scenary changes.
Weekend before last I was at ck’s and he dropped this audio bomb on my ear lobes. Sounding like Mtume had decided to reform and release new material, ck introduced me to Dâm-Funk’s world. Ck and Keith have specialised more into hiphop than I ever have but their tastes mean they acquire material like this, boogie funk or modern-soul (whatever you want to call it), which I needs to get me into and stock up on. It’s got that West Coast L.A. early eighties vibe thang goin’ on, totally nails it and I’m saying that despite not even visiting the States, let alone Los Angeles. On the flip side, you have the more uptempo but equally retro-sounding Galactic Fun, bringing to mind the productions of the Belgium outfit Spirit Catcher who forge a similar path with a love of eighties synths but more from a house angle.
Dâm purrrdy sleeve as well; released earlier this year but still widely available and h-h-hot, so grab a slice of this boogie pie and support the artist. Looking forward to checking out his forthcoming long player on Stones Throw in the new year.
ck’s all over it – he also played me this promo vid Dâm-Funk put together to publicize his Funkmosphere parties in L.A. – check out the sassy eighties vibezzz. When I eventually get to visit the States and hit L.A. I’ll definitely be visiting to hear all the black wax original pressings, analogue goodness, and to cut some shapes on the floor.
If this track were a spirit in a very exclusive and expensive bar, it would definitely be on the top shelf. In fact it would have it’s own shelf, leaving the other lesser spirits to be drunk by alcoholics who care not for what they consume. This is a solid gold British soul classic from producer Ray Hayden with the sultry, butter-melting vocals of Ms. Girault that first arrested my attention on one of the excellent Rebirth Of Cool compilations in an edited version. So with your other half, turn down the lights a little, slip off them shoes and maybe a little more and let yourself be seduced by the Original Full Length…
Don’t let the artist name put you off, this version of the Chet Baker classic brings it fully up to date.Read more/listen...