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Thursday, June 23, 2011

One World Under A Groove (Something Else! on Wtnr for 6/23/11)

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"Deus Me Fa├ža Funky" by Skowa & Mafia starts us off this week.  Some of you might have guessed that this is a cover of the Headhunters' classic, "God Made Me Funky"--in Portuguese.  I love good cover versions!  Next up another tune from the album Janxta Funk (which was featured last week.)  This time a latin-tinged track called "Blues Wit You" by Pimps of Joytime.  No stranger to hyperbole, LA hiphop MC Aceyalone from Freestyle Fellowship comes at us with "The Greatest Show On Earth (Fat Jack Remix.)"  This remix actually changed the time signature of the original (6/8) to common time (aka 4/4.)  From the forthcoming Red Hot + Rio 2 "Freak Le Boom Boom" by Marina Gasolina + Secousse lightens things up a bit.  Like the previous track, "Mushroom Strut" by The Fantastics! is another track from upcoming releases featured last week.  "Pt. 2 Eight Ways of Love" is a track from Black Octopus, an obscure album by original Headhunters bassist, Paul Jackson.  From jazzy funk, we move to jazzy drum & bass with Icons' "Third Eye Visions" from album Emotions With IntellectColm K's "Basics (Colm's Organic Remix)" gets things back to more of a song-oriented area before we completely blow apart the "song" concept with "Macho City" by the Steve Miller Band and their 16 minute opus…  Sample spotters will notice Colm's clever use of the intro to "The Breaks" by Kurtis Blow and the Meters' "Hand Clapping Song."  Credit, where it's due, I want to give a shout to DJ buddy Jon Wedge for hipping me to the Steve Miller track.  He dropped it just before I went on at a wonderful thing that happens on Sundays afternoons at Cinnamon Cafe.  Another cover (of sorts) is "One Nation Under A Groove" by Chaka Demus & Pliers, a nod to Parliament/Funkadelic from a Jamaican group most known for dancehall reggae classic "Murder She Wrote."  Wrapping up this week's show is a soul joint from Van Hunt, "Down Here In Hell With You" a unique way of expressing his connection to the other person in his relationship.  I can't figure out if it's twisted or romantic...

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