Saturday, October 15, 2005

Jill Got Roots

You Got Me - The Roots ft Jill Scott

From The Roots Come Alive this version features the songs writer standing in for Erykah Badu and showing why she was to become the super songstress she is now

Still sends a shiver down my spine!

The Sun Ain't Shining for Jacko

Ain't No Sunshine (SSY remix) - The Jackson 5

Adding some nicely blunted beats this remix from SSY is on the second of two Japanese albums dedicated to new mixes of Jackson 5 favourites from way back when Michael was all sweetness and light!

Originally out in 2002 these albums have been recently re-released

Get them from Juno

Friday, October 14, 2005

Miss Peaches On The Streets

Out On The Street Again - Etta James

Superbad rare groove from one of the first ladies of soul

Etta James was going through rehab when this was cut adding a raw edge to an already dark funk track

From the 1974 album Come a Little Closer

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Alf does go Dubstep

Don't Go - Yazoo (Navad Ravid mix)

More bootleg action - this time from one of the ultra rare Rebtuz releases

80's synth-pop superstars Alison Moyet & Vince Clarke aka Yazoo get their classic 'Don't Go' fused with a dubstep beat by Navad Ravid

Get the latest rebtuz here

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

South African songbird gets soulful with Axelrod

Kukuchi - Letta

Letta Mbulu was exiled from South Africa for over a quarter of a century. In that time she worked with the likes of Michael Jackson, Cannonball Adderley and David Axelrod. The latter producing two albums for her, 'Letta Mbulu Sings'(1967) & 'Free Soul'(1968).

Both now available on one CD - bargain!

Don't Gross Out To These Japanese Jazz Breaks

Don't Let Go - Mondo Grosso

Japanese producer Shinichi Osawa lifts a guitar lick from an Ellen McIlwaine tune and turns it into a jazzy breaks dancefloor monster!

Nuff said!

Find it on this Nik Weston compilation here

Friday, August 19, 2005

Lewis-D delivers a broken Justyce

Yo Baby (Lewis-D Remix) - Lady Justyce

This is the first outing for raw new London MC talent Lady Justyce. Just 15 when it was recorded this should put her right up there with the other nobility of the emerging London urban scene.

Bringing a broken flavour to proceedings Lewis-D is on remix duties, the man behind Spiritual South's floor-filler 'Green Gold'

If you like then check out the associated talent sites

Lady Justyce

Thursday, August 18, 2005

A D&B Love song

Love (d&b bootleg mix)- Jill Scott

Took me ages to find out this was a bootleg mix of a Jill Scott tune, her classy vocal lifts this above other similar d&b efforts of the time and goes down very well on the dancefloor!

Try Gemm for the now hard to find 12"

Björk Gets Strung Out

Hyper Ballad (Brodsky Quartet Version)- Björk

Formed in Manchester in the '70s when the members were barely in their teens The Brodsky Quartet are now as famous for their crossover work with Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney as they are for their classical work.

One of my favourite tracks from Björk, there seemed to be a million different mixes of it with this the stand out in my opinion. It appeared on Telegram an album of remixes of tracks from 'Post' her second solo album.

Monday, August 01, 2005

What shores?

Good Luck Shore - United Future Organization

From the same album 'Bon Voyage' that spawned the fun-filled dancefloor smash 'Flying Saucer' and convinced me that Gilles Peterson and all things Acid Jazz were not necessarily a bad thing

No looking back after that basically - the whole album is definitely worth a listen

Can you bounce to it?

Da Bring Back - Capitol A

In this minimal techy hip-hop cut Capitol A declares this as 'next shit!' and indeed it is - at least I've not heard it's like - check it out for yourself

Originally only to be found on the King Britt compiled, Japanese only release 'Black To The Future' it's now to be found on the easier to find 'This Is What Radio Should Sound Like' again from King Britt

Monday, July 25, 2005

No Sunday Lie-in for this Lion

Sunday Morning - Manu Dibango

Recorded in Paris whilst the Atlantic Revue was on tour, this tune showed Manu Dibango picking up the Stax baton and running with it

Carolyn Franklin, Aretha's sister is belting out the vocals on this 1969 track - with the Cameroonian Lion showing off not only his sax skills but chipping in with some very fat hammond playing too

Originally from 'Saxy Party' it can now be found on African Soul - The Very Best of Manu Dibango

Louis sings Lennon

Give Peace A Chance - Louis Armstrong

From his last recording session in New York, May 1970, before his death a year later from heart problems

This cover of The Beatles anti-war classic has Louis and Friends lift this into a street gospel stormer!

The album also contains an priceless version of the Pharaoh Sanders/ Leon Thomas song 'The Creator Has a Masterplan' with Leon Thomas duetting with Satchmo

Pure soul from the Godfather

Mama's Dead - James Brown

From the Black Caesar soundtrack - composed alongside Fred Wesley - the album that proclaimed JB to be 'The Godfather of Soul'

This is one of his most soulfull renditions and shows a surprising tenderness from one usually so full of the funk

The rest of the album is pure '70s Blaxploitation and is a must for fans

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Tweet gets the booty treatment

Tweet's Theme - Tweet vs Jimi Entley Sound (Soundhog bootleg)

One of the best bootlegs ever mashed together as far as I'm concerned - couldn't believe it wasn't a pukka tune!

Fusing the lush vocals of 'Oops (Oh my)' from New York's Tweet with the Jimi Entley Sound's instrumental 'Charlie's Theme' this is Soundhog's finest moment!

If it sounds a bit like Portishead that's because the Jimi Entley Sound was a Geoff Barrow project

Monday, July 04, 2005

Need some lovin'?

Just A Little Lovin' - Irfane

This got a white lable release a couple of years ago now and promised to be the tune of 2003

It got bogged down in sample clearances though and it took until earlier this year for a re-recorded version under the name Outlines to finally make an appearance!

Here's the re-issue!

Who turned the lights out?

Loves To Do It - Lights Out: San Francisco

Voco did - a Bay Area DJ who had a weekly show on KMPX and KSAN in the '60s called 'Lights Out'

He was given a chance by Blue Thumb records to record a concept album based on the music he played on his show and came up with 'Lights Out:San Francisco' featuring John Lee Hooker, Tower Of Power and The Pointer Sisters amongst others.

This is one of the stand-out funk-rock tracks on the album - enjoy!

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Yello find religion - not!

Domingo - Yello

Not got a clue what these guys are on about - but it's an electropop masterpiece!

From Stella, the same album that features Yello's biggest hit Oh Yeah! - Play this loud as it rocks out

Find it on Yello 1980 - 1995: The New Mix In One Go - on sale at Tesco would you believe?!

Mack gets organic

Mack The Knife - Bobby Emmons

This is just fun - an easygoing organ version of the jazz standard - could do with a re-edit to extend it as it's rather short - but it happily chugs along

This is from the 1965 Hi album 'Blues with Beat and an Organ' which I've no idea where you would pick up these days - but check out the Hi Records site for more of their catalogue

Prophesying a broken heart!

Eli's Coming - Three Dog Night

This is a stomping blues/funk workout from late 60s rockers Three Dog Night.
A cover of a Laura Nyro track - it clocks in at under 3 minutes but hold tight - it's the quality not quantity that counts here.

If you want to spend silly money on rare Japanese imports you can, here, otherwise Amazon or iTunes will sort you out