While the last batch of weekly picks have been foot stompers and floor killers, this week’s Tune Of The Week is a decidedly more chilled out affair.
Nostalgia 77 presents Blue Shadow, featuring the vocal talents of Josa Peit. The track sounds like a throw back to Bill Withers type of blues (Soul Shadows anyone?) and features a great ensemble of rimshots, brass riffs and a mellow bass line.
This is the kind of track I can picture playing in the background while I cruise late into the night.
If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good cover version or a great reinterpretation. I came across this uber funky cover of Steelers Wheel’s “Stuck In The Middle With You” by Kinky Movement. I gets very close to being a cheesy remake, but still manages to keep it classy. If you love the original, then this one’s sure to get you drunk dancing when your friendly neighbourhood DJ drops it at 1 in the morning.
There’s nothing I love more than digging out an obscure track that was sampled in a contemporary track, especially when the later version was a success in it’s own right. This week, I found the origin of the bass line used in Amy Winehouse’s killer track “You Know I’m No Good.” It’s taken from a track by The Harvey Averdene Dozen from back in 1968.
Here’s Harvey and his other 11 compadres doing there thing:
Here’s Amy’s tune with Havery’s b line skillfully dropped in:
This is one of those rare times where I get goosebumps on my arms and a shiver down my spine on the first spin of a track. It was the same feeling I got when I heard James Brown for the first time and the same tingle I got from Liberian Girl. This is a seriously soulful re-edit of one of my favourite Marvin Gaye joints (I’m a big Marvin Fan). I found this while digging around on SoundCloud and all I can say is hot damn David Panda!)
Have a listen for yourself to see what I’m on about. And I think it’s especially appropriate since today (April 2) Marvin would have turned 71 years young.
More great music from Fink. I’ve been listening to his music more and I’ve been digging it more and more. To the point it seems where I’m unable to construct a decent sentence without using the word more, anymore.
Anyway. ‘This Is The Thing’ is taken off the album ‘Distance and Time’ available on Ninja Tune.