Monday, July 28, 2014

To pray or not to pray

Just wondering... Is praying any effective for those who practice it and the other people around them? I mean, would praying do any good to, I don't know, all these lost souls by two plane crashes in two weeks time? Would it prevent the bombing in Gaza? Would it save all those kids, mothers and fathers? Would it make us all brothers and sisters? Would it make money something no one would care for? If it would, let me know. I'll start prayin' too. Till then, I'll leave it to Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.


track's info:
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes - Prayin'
The Blue Album
Source Records 1979

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Disco with a twist

Don't know about your summer, but mine ain't lookin' good so far. There are a few things, however, that keep me in high spirits when all point to the opposite direction. One of these is -take a wild guess- music. This compilation handpicked by Funk Hunk, ready to be released on July the 25th by Handshakes Records, easily managed to make me forget about shit going on, smile and start some finger snapping and shoulder moving when all else seriously failed.



I can't even begin to point out how many tracks in this compilation made me stop for a minute and enjoy. Really enjoy. (the Dopeshoes edit, oh-my-god).

Thank you Funk Hunk for putting this whole thing together and spreading the word. Thumbs up till they hurt!

*Find the whole thing here. Bet your thumbs will rise too.

info:
VA - With a twist Vol.1
Handshakes Records 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Miracle music

I don't believe in miracles. I believe in good, inspiring and forever lasting music sounding like a miracle.

This is the original version of "I believe in miracles" by the Jackson Sisters, which was co-written by Mark Capanni. He was the first to perform it in 1973 and a year later the Jackson Sisters sent it to the moon and back, something he didn't manage to do - this version however is awesome as well. Different kind of awesome, but still awesome.

 

Here's how Ramsey Hercules was inspired by Mark Capanni's tune which became widely known by the Jackson Sisters.



If you've got good base material, you can't lose. And Ramsey Hercules surely didn't lose. Neither did we.

tracks' info:
-Mark Capanni - I believe in miracles
Capitol Records 1973

-Jackson Sisters - I believe in miracles
Prophesy Records 1974

-Mark Capanni - I believe in miracles (Ramsey Hercules Edit)
Stereopor Records 2013

Monday, July 07, 2014

King and Queen of the Caribbean

In 1984 a Caribbean Queen was born and spread around the music world with the soothing voice of Billy Ocean. As a huge fan of Billy Ocean from a very early age when my older sister would buy all those "top hits" records of the '80s, this track was always among my young-age favorites.

I caught this tune the other day at a bar -a rather boring one, full of middle-aged, dull people, but with surprisingly enough good disco music that made me wonder if I'm that old as well and haven't realized it yet. It wasn't the original version, but a really skillful edit which I couldn't seem to find today, as I was searching for it. However, I caught this fine tune instead -offered with a free download-, which made up for my time of dead-end searching.



Really enjoyed the editing work of Tesla Boy here, although I must admit I'm missing the sax part of the song -I'd like a little bit more of it.

For those who ain't got no clue what we're talking about here, this is the original version of "Caribbean Queen" and this is Melba Moore's answer. If you've loved either of these two during the '80s, then I'm sorry I reminded you how old you are today :-) N'joy!

tracks' info:
-Billy Ocean - Caribbean Queen (Tesla Boy edit)
2011

-Billy Ocean - Caribbean Queen (No more love on the run)
Suddenly
Jive 1984

-Melba Moore - King of my Heart
Read my Lips
Capitol Records 1985

Friday, July 04, 2014

Funk it, baby

This summer seems like it's gonna be the worst one of all, with probably zero vacation and a lotta work -damn money and capitalism, look what you have done to us. So since it's Friday, I'm thinking, well, funk it.



Randy Crawford in the hands of JR.Dynamite, an Australian funker with a lotta inspiration on old gems, gave me a free download to smile about while I won't be doin' cannon balls into some cool water somewhere in Greece.

track's info:
Randy Crawford - Same Old Story (JR. Dynamite Edits)
2013

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Heartbeat time

This ain't a new discovery. It's one of those low-profile tracks back in the ending '90s-beginning '00s that didn't make a lotta noise, but stood among my top house tunes all these years.



Inspired by a group of dudes in Nottingham, Schmoov!, who wanted to combine house music with their former experience as a funk live band, this is one of those tracks that I've never heard through the speakers of a bar or a night club, but can still grab me and take me back to the time when house music was what it was supposed to be: a heartbeat.

track's info:
Schmoov! - Chicken Grease
Paper Recordings 2000

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Inherit the soul

Ending Junes are startin' to scare me.





RIP Bobby Womack. Let the music play, let it play just a little while longer.

tracks' info:
-Wilton Felder feat. Bobby Womack - Inherit the wind
Inherit the wind
MCA Records 1980

-Bobby Womack - Woman's gotta have it
Understanding
United Artists Records 1972

-Bobby Womack - Looking for a love
Lookin' for a love again
United Artists Records 1973

-Bobby Womack & J.J. Johnson - Across 110th Street
Across 110th Street
United Artists Records 1972

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