I went back and took a listen through the whole of Ray of Light for the first time in god only knows how long. No remixes, no edits, the original album. Possibly the first time since 1998 if I’m honest. Incredible to hear how its not dated in the slightest, still sounds as progressive as the day it was released. A really superb showcase of Madge’s superior talents that so sadly got lost in the maelstrom of the Pop Dross we’re subjected too daily. But I think its safe to say that while she’s got some exemplorary pipes, the winner on Ray Of Light is William Orbit. Given the money, and from what i’ve heard, the time, he kicked out one of the seminal crossover pop albums of the decade.
The album weaves pop down into practically every flavour of electronica keeping the album from taking itself too seriously and providing entertainment for anyone. For me, Swim is one of my favourites by a mile. Where Drowned World is a sweeping declaration of fame rejection and Ray of light the title club banger. Swim sits comfortably those two behemoths with a relaxed but solid groove in its pocket and a wry smile on its face. Absolutely brilliant.
So I have been digging back through all the Soundcloud finds from the last 6 months. Kicking off with this belter from Gorgon City. A proper UK House banger if every there was one with that wonderful twangy bass contrasting perfectly with Welshes vocals AND the wonderful string sections of the bridge. A cracking summer track and one ive been caning the hell out of for months.
This is how you start a week, with Capleton and Yami Bolo filling your ears with truck loads of conscious lyrics and some fantastically repurposed dancehall favourites. Its hard not to be drawn in by Bolo’s voice, its absolute butter and a great contrast to Capleton’s legendary gruff, gravelly lyrical gymnastics. All told, its a track that might be almost 20 years old but carries a message so relevant in today’s batshit crazy world.
No, I had not forgotten you folks! Just been slammed like a beast as of late. That said, many hours of music have been consumed so there should be plenty to see around here for a while. Starting with this Turbo Cheese Behemoth from Tekno Too. I originally heard this on my beloved Grooverider, Dreamscape 2 tape and as a young 12 year old lad, it blew my uncultured socks off.
But what a hardcore track this is, hell it doesnt even bother with a handy DJ friendly intro. Nope, its just POW, here have a facemelting piano. Forget trying to beatmix this badboy. Just hard cut at the top of a buildup and you’ll have the place erupt. An absolutely unashamedly Hardcore banger in the classic sense of the word. No fancy stuff just a break to get you shuffling and an assortment of epic riffs and vocal stabs to get you grinning from ear to ear. Bonafide legendary status this one.
There’s been a glut of incredible tracks filling up my Soundcloud feed as of late, this latest offering from Kaytranada is no exception. Its like liquid summer exploding all over the inside of your skill. An absolute masterclass in soul and groove from one of the best producers in the business. Get your ears around this immediately, you will not be disappointed.
It took me a while to really get into the Beasties. By the time they had put out Pauls Boutique, I was neck deep in hardcore breaks, rave and techno and sorta just missed all their releases around the golden period of 1989-1996. I was actually fortunate enough to go to one of their last Wembley concerts (with backstage pass) and had an absolute blast. I would say it was that concert that had me revisit their back catalogue. That and my better half reminding me how incredible Pauls Boutique is.
This being the first release AFTER Paul’s Boutique had showcased the Beastie Boys talent for breaking out of the mould they had been shoehorned into, it had some huge shoes to fill. To be honest, I think I may actually say that this track stands alone, better than any one track from Pauls Boutique. Its mature, its got some great rhymes and the beat is top notch. Whereas the entire album of Paul’s Boutique stands together as a twelve course meal of sample mayhem, Jimmy James is like the best damn burger you have ever eaten. Taken on its own, its a bloody masterpiece.
My apologies for the delay in posts, its been a busy few months and sadly WP have changed their default posting backend making it rather troublesome to post on this POS Atom machine I use. That said, this is how you do a triumphant return, with a corker of a track like this.
Ive enjoyed pretty much every Smoove release i’ve heard. He’s got a real knack of kicking out some of the freshest sounding funk this side of 1979 and with his collaborations with Turrell, its just onward and upwards. Broken Toys is their forthcomming album, #3 in total and the standout track for me is this track. Its an absolutely perfect marriange of electro, funk and soul, with fantastic lyrics, a driving bassline from heaven and plenty of soul to keep you nodding. I heard it originally on Zemeralds most recent mix on Blue Racoon radio and must have repeated that part of the mix a dozen times before locating it.
For those interested, the link to the soundcloud copy of Broken Toys from Smoove & Turrell is below. Give it a listen, its amazing. Standout tracks other than the one above are Broken Toys and People Keep Talking but to be honest, the whole album rocks it.
What a jaw dropping track this is. Linda Clifford has a voice that must have obliterated dance floors back in the late 70’s. She collaborated with some huge artists like Curtis Mayfield and had a hugely successful solo career of her own. But for me, this might be THE seminal Linda Clifford tune. Its chocked full of groove, a vocal that is both powerful and reserved, leaving plenty of room for the huge choruses. The Salsoul flavored instrumental takes a backseat throughout the entire tune, like the guys knew they were playing with the some serious talent. The breakdowns are perfectly timed giving Clifford’s voice center stage at all the right moments. The 12″ extension goes on a bit at the end but the girl has to get her breath back right? Tune of the week right here.
For the most part, all the Deltron 3030 tracks are basically perfect. An example of mashing two behemoths of beats together without any financial or social constraints. Del The Funky Homosapien has been one of my favourite MC’s for years, Dan The Automator has always blown me away with the complexity of the beats he lays down. If you’ve never listened to any of their stuff, both separately or as Deltron, I’d rectify that asap.
On the other hand though, despite my earlier gushing, this would be one of those rare occasions where the remix clearly betters the original Deltron offering. Clouser shifts gears into a nice breaks flavour and throws some devilishly evil synth strings behind Del’s lyrics, turning the track into a dancefloor destroyer. Rough, brutal and fucking brilliant.
An absolutely brilliant remix from Vimes. A track that just screams Summer into your face at a deafening volume. I cant see how this wont wind up everywhere. The vocals from Salvat are almost melancholy had it not been for the arm waving, uplifting arrangement from Vimes.