It’s been a while since I posted any Tune Of The Week or Mix Of The Week selections. Mostly it’s been because I’ve been busy with other things, but also because I haven’t found any real knockout mixes.
This mix from DJ Alex dropped me straight back in to the 90s RnB club scene, with tracks by Dr Dre, Usher, TLC, Aaliyah and Dru Hill. I can almost hear the swishing of the parachute pants…
0:00:08 – Fugees – Killing Me Softly
0:03:31 – Whitney Houston – My Love Is Your Love
0:05:54 – Bob Marley – Turn Your Lights Down Low (Feat. Lauryn Hill)
0:08:30 – Brandy – I Wanna Be Down
0:11:10 – Usher – You Make Me Wanna
0:13:34 – Missy Elliott – Sock It 2 Me (Feat. Da Brat)
0:16:07 – Ginuwine – Pony (Feat. Timbaland) (Ride It Mix)
0:17:58 – SWV – Can We (Feat. Missy Elliott)
0:20:37 – Total – What About Us (Feat. Missy Elliott & Timbaland) (Remix)
0:22:57 – 702 – Where My Girls At? (Feat. Missy Elliott) (Remix)
0:25:22 – Dru Hill – How Deep Is Your Love (Feat. Redman) (Remix)
0:28:11 – Jay-Z – Can I Get A… (Feat. Amil)
0:30:48 – Big Pun – Still Not A Player (Feat. Joe)
0:32:30 – Destiny’s Child — Jumpin’ Jumpin’ (Feat. Lil’ Bow Wow) (Remix)
0:34:22 – Aaliyah — Try Again
0:36:44 – TLC — No Scrubs (Feat. Left Eye)
0:39:36 – Diana King — Shy Guy
0:42:00 – Shaggy — It Wasn’t Me (Feat. Rikrok)
0:44:19 – Dr. Dre — The Next Episode (Feat. Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg)
0:46:43 – Bow Wow — Bow Wow (That’s My Name) (Feat. Snoop Dogg)
0:49:03 – Gina Thompson – The Things That You Do (Feat. Missy Elliott) (Bad Boy Remix)
0:51:52 – K-Ci & JoJo – You Bring Me Up
0:53:54 – Brian McKnight – You Should Be Mine (Don’t Waste Your Time) (Feat. Mase)
0:56:44 – Horace Brown – Things We Do For Love
0:59:23 – Next — Too Close
1:01:54 – Soul For Real – Candy Rain (Feat. Heavy D.) (Remix)
1:03:46 – Faith Evans – All Night Long (Feat. P. Diddy) (Remix)
1:06:28 – R. Kelly — Home Alone (Feat. Keith Murray)
1:09:22 – Mariah Carey — Fantasy (Feat. ODB) (Bad Boy Remix)
1:12:07 – Zhané – Hey Mr. DJ (Feat. Rottin Razkals)
1:14:39 – Hi-Five – I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)
1:17:05 – Janet Jackson – That’s The Way Love Goes
This week’s selection for Tune Of The Week is a feel-good hip hop track by Brother Ali. The positivity in the lyrics and the head-nodding funk production make this a new favourite.
Brother Ali – Fresh Air
Brother Ali – Fresh Air Lyrics
[Verse 1: Brother Ali]
Ant check this out
I’m the luckiest son of a bitch that ever lived, I spend life doin shit I love
Got the world’s most beautiful kids and don’t nobody do it like us
Sunday morning play Al Green, make pancakes and watch cartoons
Sometimes get to change that scene, catch a plane and see somewhere new
Just got married last year, treated so good that it ain’t even fair
Already got a boy, now the baby girl’s here, bought us a house like the Berenstain Bears
Not two years ago I was homeless, I mean crashin on the couch of my homies
Now I’m crashin on the couch with Conan, signed a mortgage and bought my home, shit
Should of seen when they handed me the keys, I still couldn’t believe that it was mine
Like “baby hurry up let’s leave, before these damn people change their mind”
Ha, and shit what can I say? I would have made these damn songs anyway
Some of y’all still listen to ’em everyday, beautiful thing, I bow my hand and pray
[Chorus x2: Brother Ali – w/ ad libs]
I love the life I live, my laughter and my tears
I don’t know where it’s goin but I like it like it is
[Verse 2: Brother Ali]
Uh, I get a lot of love in my hometown, twin cities, y’all know how it go down
Same club where Prince shot “Purple Rain”, advertise my name and it’s sold out
I’m surrounded by greatness, my loved ones are amazin
Sometimes I look in their faces and just think of the lives they’re changin
And I don’t just mean Rhymesayers, my son’s grandmother quit freebasin
Desiree got eight years straight, now that right there cause for celebration
Ah, I’m so happy for her, we used to fight like cats and dogs
But she ain’t even mad that I left her daughter
She calls me her son, so that’s my mama
[Chorus: w/ ad libs]
[Verse 3: Brother Ali]
Ah, keep it goin now
All my life I had this music, my heroes have all saluted
I don’t need y’all to like my new shit, them dudes are the reason I do this
I done did so much cool shit, lived a lifetime in the last two years
Got the memories to prove it, look what a dude who ain’t even graduate high school did
Ha, used to always be the new kid, laughed at ’cause I never used to pull chicks
Now I turn down more girls than them rich ass pitiful ball playin fools get
Sometimes I smile so wide, I think about the dreams that I’ve lived
Shit even if I died tonight y’all, I’m the luckiest son bitch that ever lived
[Chorus: w/ ad libs until the end]
More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmania.com/fresh_air_lyrics_brother_ali.html
All about Brother Ali: http://www.musictory.com/music/Brother+Ali
“The Truth” has been on rotation in my collection for about 10 years now, and it’s a track I can keep going back to and find something new every so often – the hallmark of a classic.
“The Truth” is a cover of Galt MacDermot’s seminal piano soul composition “Coffee Cold” (which was featured on the 1968 version of The Thomas Crown Affair). Initially it was Roisin Murphy’s voice that drew me in to the track, but the tone, texture and musically of the music soon took the focus. It was while hunting down the samples used that I discovered “Coffee Cold.”
Handsome Boy Modelling School – The Truth
“The Truth” is taken off the 1999 album “So… How’s Your Girl?” which features performances from Roisin Murphy, Del The Funky Homosapien, Gran Puba, Biz Markie and others. If you’re in to breakbeak hip hop, it’s worth a listen.
“Handsome Boy Modelling School” was made up of Dan The Automator and (the legendary) Prince Paul (De La Soul. Wu Tang Clan, Fat Joe)
Galt MacDermot – Coffee Cold
This is one of the rare instances where I have an equal amount of love for the original and the rework. I want both of these on vinyl, baldy.
This week’s cover is technically more of a remix, but it was so artfully and respectfully handled, that I just has to post it.
Umami is comprised of German Duo of Sam and Robert who put together a cracking rework of Bobby Hebb’s beautful acoustic soul record ‘Sunny’ which ranks very highly on my list of all time feel-good pop songs.
Umami – Sunny
“Sunny” has been covered by everyone from Jamiroqui and Marvin Gaye to Frank Sinatra (even a surprisingly tender version by Leonard Nimoy aka Mr Spock), and I’ve posted some of my favourite versions down below the original.
It’s always great to hear a classic rework make its way to the dancefloor.
This installment of Tune Of The Week is a new piece by an old favourite. I heard Fink’s “Warm Shadow” while watching AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ and it reminded me that I forgot to buy Fink’s fourth album Perfect Darkness, a situation which has since been remedied.
Fink – Warm Shadow
It’s quite fitting for Warm Shadow to be featured as this week’s selection; Fink’s emotionally raw “This is the thing” was the first record chosen as the Tune Of The Week when I started this segment in 2010, and I still consider ‘Pretty Little Thing’ one of the sexiest songs in my collection.
Every Thursday I post a clip or video of a track that I’ve been playing on repeat for that week. These are not necessarily new songs or the latest chart topper, just music I’ve been feeling over the last couple of days – my Tune Of The Week.
I’ve created a YouTube Playlist which has all the tracks from the Tune Of The Week Collection.
Every now and then I can go for a li’l slice of RnB cheese (not too cheesy, mind you).
This week’s Tune Of The Week is by Juicy and features the talents of none other than The Weeknd. Everything about this record feels like a Timbaland record from 10 years ago, and that’s a good thing in my books. If you listen closely, I think you could agree that this may as well have been Usher and T.I on a Timbaland track.
Juicy J – One Of Those Nights featuring The Weeknd
As usual, the Weeknd is mellow and mourful about the deranged and depraved behaviour depicted in the lyrics. I get the impression he wants to find a way to stop the late nights drinking and partying. Juicy J on the other hand sounds like he can’t get enough of the crazy lifestyle. I guess this is a case of opposites attract because somehow the combination works.
One Of Those Nights is taken of the Juicy J’s album ‘Stay Trippy’ and if you ask me, if this is just one of them nights, he’ll soon be the late Juicy J
To say that I’m a fan of Bonobo would be an understatement. This is my working music, my running music, my thinking music, my writing music. My music.
Circus is taken off the album ‘North Borders’, the follow up to epic ‘Black Sands‘. After hearing ‘Circus’ for the first time, I immediately placed my pre-order for the album. Bonobo’s Circus follows up where ‘Eyes Down’ left off, but with some more pace in the drum line.
Bonobo Circus Music Video
Black Sands boasted an amazing ensemble cast and delivered the phenom that is ‘Eyes Down’ with Andreya Triana on vocals (also one of my Top Ten Songs From 2012). Looking at the colab list for North Borders, this promises to be another amazing album, featuring performances from Szjerdene, Erykah Badu and Grey Reverend.
Today’s cover version is a jazz inspired mind trip. Picture Miles Davis, Frank Ocean and The Roots all having a jam session, and you’ll get to where this track is at.
Christian Scott – No Church In The Wild
Trumpeter Christian Scott delivers a trumpet driven, jazz version of No Church In The Wild that would make Charles Mingus smile, and is perfect for this week’s #coverversion Friday selection.
Considering the inherent similarities between the origin and spirit Hip Hop and Jazz Music, I really shouldn’t be as surpised as I am. But damn son, I didn’t see this coming…
I didn’t want to pick something that people could already envision a jazz version of; I picked a song that had such a different vibe. I want people to be like, “Damn, I didn’t even know you could do a jazz version of that!” – Christian Scott
As ‘No Church In The Wild’ is one of my Top Ten Track of 2012, I had high expectations of this cover, and Christian Scott delivers. The only way this gets any more awesome is if The Throne decide to record a version of their verses over this
I haven’t been a fan of anything User has put out in the last 10 years or so. It’s all been textbook, by the numbers RnB with inane lyrics that border on infantile. In a word, boring.
Now though, the smoove-moving one has joined forces with Diplo (again) to put out the very intersting “Go Missin”. The off kilter, minor key affair is a very fulfilling collaboration. Diplo has a tendency to go underground from time to time, and Usher certainly helps raise things back to ground level. Usher’s cheese is similarly lent some legitimacy by Major D’s production.
Go Missin – Usher produced by Diplo
If I’m honest though, I would have loved to hear what ‘The Weeknd’ could do with this production. This record is definitely a step in the direction of Abel Tesfaye’s eery House Of Balloons.
Still, I had this on replay for more than a few spins.
This week’s cover version is a hip hop classic turned on it’s head by Australian rockers ‘The Vines’. ‘Ms Jackson’ is a song with a story – Andre3000 wrote the piece as apology to his ex-girlfriend’s mother after they broke up. The fact that the ex in question in Erykah Badhu just makes the story that much more interesting, hence it is my pick for this week’s edition of #coverversion Friday
The Vines deliver a heartfelt, very different version of the track. Even though the vehicle used for delivery is so vastly different to the original, The Vines still manage to get the message contained in the lyrics across in a way that seems genuine and not forced. This is no mean feat considering that this cover version has many fewer words than the original, since Big Boi’s rap is not there to sketch in the details.
The Vines Ms Jackson cover version
In some ways, this version of the song is truer to the original than the album version presented on Stankonia. In an interview with Vibe magazine, Andre3000 tells that the track was originally an acoustic.
“‘Ms. Jackson’ was an acoustic guitar song that I was doing at home. Then I just converted it over into something people could understand a little bit more.”
Outkast Ms Jackson
As Outkast’s first major radio hit in South Africa, ‘Ms Jackson’ was my introduction to Outkast , and also the genesis of a catch phrase that I still throw around.