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Just stumbled across this in the collection. Wow. Love it when you haven’t though about a certain tune, or artist in a while, right?
Fierce is the only word for it. The bassline is fierce. The drums are fierce. Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare are behind the rhythm section by the way, which explains why the groove is so good. .
Oh and Grace Jones is also fierce, obviously. As you can see for yourself. I met her once, in Ibiza. Scared the bejaysus out of me as I recall.
This version kills me. Crazier percussion, much more random.
The version you know with the female vocal is the one straightened out for the disco dancefloors by Larry Levan. Nothing wrong with that version either, hell no. But recently, it’s been about this eleven minute workout as far as I”m concerned.
I’ve been jonesing on Arthur Russell (pictured) of late. If you don’t know too much about him you could do a lot worse than pick up the amazing compilation by Soul Jazz Records.
This tune “Bigger Than Prince” is every kind of excellent. It works as a perfect homage to the Purple One’s early 80’s computer funk period, as well as the killer current house track that it is. And who can ever resist the sound of a Linn Drum ? Not me, that’s for sure.
It’s out next week on Yousef’s Circus label.
William Onyeabor “Good Name” free download from Luaka Bop.
Fans of this blog will have seen me going on about William Onyeabor previously. If you get the chance then PLEASE get to know his music. It’s incredible and you won’t be disappointed.
Gordon Mac, Gossips, Spats, Kenny M (from Scotland) The Family Quest, “The Birmingham Powerhouse, up in Birmingham”, Tiffanys in Leeds” not to mention the Midlands legendary DJ “Johnny From Nottingham” …. All these and more mentioned in this audio timecapsule - Tim Westwood’s hip hop show on the pirate station LWR.
Westwood might have left the BBC, but I’m pretty sure “The Beat Goes On”
Biz Markie rocking some Technics that only play 45s. And a gratuitous pic of Biz back in the days.
Might have to be a Juice Crew Friday in Furious Styles Towers.
Happy birthday Dr Funkenstein, Mr George Clinton.
This Mandy Smith tune was produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman. Blimey. Who knew?!
Frank Tope & Trevor Jackson, two of my favourite go-to music mavens, certainly did. Harvey played it last night, and they saved me from embarrassing myself by rushing up to ask him what it was by letting me in on the secret.
Earlier that day, Harvey had fed the five thousand* at Lovebox. He was supposed to do an additional two and a half hour set at Concrete in Shoreditch later on, but in truth it was much less than that. Disappointing as that was, there was still enough time for him to play a lovely selection, and a night is always a success for me if I can walk away with a new nugget of musical knowledge.
This is it. I’m told by Frank that it was a “big Shoom record”, and a “balearic classic”. Words I’m convinced are just there to make me pay over the odds for a Stock, Aitken & Waterman record on Discogs… Enjoy.
*An exaggeration, but it helps my “Harvey as Jesus” theory, so please allow it.
Good songs about cricket are hard to find. Rather like Australian test match wins these days heh…
This is my favourite of the very small bunch, a calypso tune extolling the virtues of the spin twins, “those pals of mine Sonny (Ramadhin) and (Alf) Valantine”” who bowled the Windies to victory at Lords in 1950. It was their first victory in the UK.
The record was released on a 10” ( at 78RPM). The search is now on to find one, yup.
The benchmark of freshness. The epitome of sartorial steezy. Whenever you think you look good before a night out, ask yourself. What would Harold think?
Tune of the day oh man and it’s not even the afternoon yet. 1000 vinyl ten inches go on sale in a coupla days. When they’re gone, they’re gone. Brownswood you’re large.
I’ve just found a note i wrote to myself saying “N’draman Blintch - fucking hell!”. So I looked it up.
This is why. Some serious synth-y Nigerian funk which draws an immediate comparison to William Onyeabor. (edit: That’s because it was produced by him, I”ve just checked. Isn’t the intranets wonderful?). His album “Cikamele” has just been re-pressed it seems, so you can get it on lovely vinyl from Honest Jons and I dare say a whole host of other places. Enjoy.