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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Another Message (Something Else! for 10/14/2010 on Wtnr Radio)


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Back again, starting off with the "Something Else! Intro" before going into a re-rub of an old favorite for many, "(Another) Message to Rudy (Fort Knox Five Edit)" by legendary English 80s ska-revival group The Specials! Fort Knox Five are producers from the same Washington DC music scene as Thievery Corporation and they have worked together numerous times. We follow with another English (by birth) act is singer/dancer/fashion designer Wunmi. She has been associated with high profile acts including Masters At Work, Truby Trio and Soul II Soul (she danced in the "Back To Life" video.) The title of her 2006 album A.L.A. (Africans Living Abroad) refers to her Nigerian heritage and ex-patriate lifestyle. Giant Step was kind enough to send me the following remix, "ALA (Don-Ray's Cairo Remix)" by Wunmi. Many of you know that I am a big fan of the music of Herbie Hancock. The next song is by one of his long-time sidemen, Bennie Maupin and is a re-interpretation of "Water Torture" which he wrote for Herbie's album Crossings. This version is from an album called Slow Traffic To The Right and features Patrice Rushen playing clavinet, electric and acoustic piano. "Birdland" by Def Tex is a great acid-jazz track I came upon years ago on vinyl thanks to DJ Mark Maxwell. Heading into a bit more of a latin bag, "Todo Tiene Su Final" by Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe keeps the energy up before going full disco with Joey Negro and The Sunburst Band's "Journey To The Sun." Staying with the house music tempo, "Do It Your Way" by Mood II Swing leads into "Forever" by James Talk and Ridney (recognize those vocals from anywhere?) Another Giant Step track from my inbox is "New Civilisation" by Curv. It blends well from the preceding house track, has nice percussion and perfectly sets up a two-fer closer: "Drum Song" & "Dreams" by Earth Wind & Fire. "Drum Song" is one I'd sought out years ago after hearing it on the radio, but I could never properly identify it. After picking up an early-ish album by EWF, Open Our Eyes, I discoverd the name of the track I'd been searching for! The newer version of the album has bonus tracks, one of which is our closer, "Dreams." Appropriately titled and a nice way to end a set until next time!

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