Handsome Boy Modelling School – The Truth Featuring Roisin Murphy – Galt MacDermot #coverversion

“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)
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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.

Handsome Boy Modelling School

El Michels Affair – Sounding Out The City – Grooveshark Playlist

The way I found El Michels Affair is a little back to front.  I discovered a track off their second album “Enter The 37th Chamber” called C.R.E.A.M. It’s not just any track, but a cover of a Wu Tan Clan Classic. After listening to the rest of the Chamber album, I then discoved their 2005 debut album – Sounding Out The City. I’m a huge Dusty Fingers fan, so this kind of blues, soul and funk inspired Jazz is right up my alley.  If you’re looking for something laid back and instrumental to put you in a good mood, this is just the thing.

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Sounding Out The City by El Michel's Affair

El Michel’s Affair – Sounding Out The City by Lester Hein on Grooveshark