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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Coolin' Out (Something Else! on Wtnr for 05/05/11)

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Wes Montgomery's version of the classic"Tequila" gets us off to a bouncy start. I've always loved his latin take on the tune, kind of like aƱejo tequila--smooth, but with a bit of a kick. Speaking of kicking classics, "Paper Thin" by MC Lyte definitely qualifies. It's funny, this version seems to have gone Jamaican style with a dub following the vocal. I guess it's just hiphop proudly displaying its roots--keep in mind that DJ Kool Herc, inventor of the breakbeat, immigrated to the USA from Jamaica. "Duck Ya Head (Funky Flute Inst)" by Dred Scott keeps the vibe focused on grooviness. "You Will Rise (Goldfingas Edit)" by Sweetback ft. Amel Larrieux is a nice soul track with the former vocalist of Groove Theory and the main musicians from the group Sade. Next up is a track by one of the major jazz-fusion groups, Return To Forever's "Sorceress." Practically a supergroup with all 4 members being nearly household names, I have played numerous tracks by all of the involved musicians: Chick Corea (keyboards), Stanley Clarke (bass), Al DiMeola (guitar) and Lenny White (drums.) "Stressed Out (Raphael Saadiq Remix)" by A Tribe Called Quest is one of the better hiphop/soul combinations with vocals from Raphael Saadiq and Faith Evans that make this more than just a "track"--it's truly a song. An acid-jazz staple that also qualifies for UK soul is "Apparently Nothin' (The Re-Rub)" by Young Disciples. Ironically, Carleen Anderson who has been a part of the UK soul scene for ages is actually American. Her mother is the late Vicki Anderson, who most famously worked with James Brown and Bobby Byrd (who I believe she also married.) Her cousin Jhelisa (Anderson) worked with The Shamen and had a few hits of her own, the biggest being "Friendly Pressure." Another relative is Debra Anderson who has worked with Incognito. I'm happy to play the next number "The Awakening (Al Lindrums Magic Hat Rerub)" by Love Avalanche, a Danish producer who is part of the Barcelona scene and I've had the pleasure of spinning with on more than one occasion. We are both artists on the label Urban World Records out of Copenhagen, Denmark as is Copia Doble Systema, whose "One Day, Revolution (Schlachthofbronx Remix)" follows. The remixers, Schlachthofbronx are usually known for doing uptempo clubby tracks, but for some reason they were inspired on this track to go downtempo/dub… More soul stylings on "No Saint (Marc Hype & Jim Dunloop Remix)" by Danny Massure feat Miya Collins. Maxi Jazz of Faithless reminisces on Benji Boko's "Where My Heart Is" about UK pirate radio and the scene he was part of. The chilled vibe perfect sets up a nice twist on a Roy Ayer's song, "Sob a luz do Sol - Everybody loves the Sunshine" by A Bossa Electric--they flip the track Brazilian-style. I love that there is so much latin music coming from unexpected places like Scandinavia and northern Europe. The closer is a bit more like Roy the way Mr. Ayers usually rocks it--"Changes (Jazzual Suspects Remix)" by Soulstice. Plenty of surprises in next week's show...

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