Paperclip People – Throw [1994]
March 25, 2011

Carl Craig just nails this minimalist techno tinged house classic using just two beats of “Hit & Run” from Loleatta Holloway. Found throbbing throughout just about every club you could find back in the mid nineties. Absolute classic.

And with that, i’ll conclude the mini-tribute to the fantastic Loleatta Holloway, may her accapella continue to be used by everyone until the end of time!

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Yosh – Its Whats Up Fron That Counts [1995]
March 25, 2011

Taking its lead from the Dreamin’ Accapella from Loletta Holloway, this pretty middle of the road bouncy house number got absolutely CANED back in the mid nineties.

From Discogs
A most ordinary release, which can be reduced to track 4. This is the one that dominates this cd and the 12″ releases and it is the reason that it got my 5 points. I heard this track in a mix by Steve Mason in 1995 on BFBS Radio and since then it became one of my favorite house/breakbeat/hardcore/techno mashup tunes ever, next to Josh Wink’s “Higher State of Consciousness” and Theriot’s “The Wicked”.

In my opinion it could still be played today. Classic 1995 stuff.

Cappella – Take Me Away (Feat Loleatta Holloway) [1991]
March 24, 2011

Some love it, some hate it but the eurodance sound was everywhere between 91 and 94 and Capella sat right on top of the pile with this banger. Thankfully, Pierre Feroldi actually licenced Holloways accapella for this release.

Moby – Move (You Make Me Feel So Good) [1993]
March 23, 2011

A pretty generic housey offering from Moby, in his post-Go cheese days. The piano is ok, the beat needs more meat, yet again, featuring vocal cuts from the Love Sensation accapella.

Blame – The Music Takes You (2 Bad Mice Take You Remix) [1992]
March 23, 2011

2 Bad Mice do the dirty with Blame’s breakbeat stormer but they retain the most important part, the Loleatta Holloway vocal sample!

Black Box Feat. Loleatta Holloway – Ride On Time [1989]
March 22, 2011

Hate on them as much as you like, they took the epic accapella and propelled it into an entire planets consciousness over the summer of 1989. The very definition of legendary.

Loleatta Holloway – Love Sensation (Extended Mix) [1980]
March 22, 2011

One of the only tracks ever released that could need a repost. Absolutely epic.

The Infamous Accapella
Loleatta Holloway Singing Love Sensation Live
Love Sensation (Freemasons Remix)

RIP Loleatta Holloway
March 22, 2011

Loleatta Holloway

Its a sad sad day for music. We lost one of the truly great female vocalists. In this day of autotune and refined marketability, Holloway continued to find cuts of her vocals in all manner of music, in many cases without any financial compensation. Her voice remains one of the most sampled in the history of music with Love Sensation being one of the most prolific accapella’s of all time.

I grew up with Loleatta Holloway’s voice, from the originals back in the early to mid Eighties to the rise of the sampler and House & Garage tunes from 1987 onwards. From that point on, I dont think ive heard more than 20 different electronic tracks before I find one with a vocal from Holloway. Ive lost the plot with her, i’ve danced around a field with her voice floating across the fields, heard in raves, mixtapes, hardcore, house, drum & bass, commercials, movie trailers, on my ipod about four times a day and i’d hazard a guess that she was playing the day I got married. There are very few artists that I know of that can claim to have been in the collective audio unconscious of sample based music lovers for almost four decades.

She was one of the truly great vocalists of our time and one that will be very sorely missed by me. In an effort to do any kind of justice to this memory, lets get the music underway.

RIP Loleatta Holloway, you were fucking amazing.

…the key to her appeal is that she doesn’t push herself too far to the front. The pleasure of listening to divas like Whitney or Rihanna is that it’s an aspirational experience – women want to be them, men want to be with them. Holloway is a different proposition: a collective experience, of mutual understanding and shared joy. She takes the utopian ideals of clubland – sex, community, abandon – and massively amplifies them back at the dancers, singing to each one of them and the club as a whole. As her voice surges onto and fills the dancefloor, it really does feel like we’re all getting stronger.
Taken from a Great Obituary from the Guardian