Monday, August 10, 2009

Animal Music

During my last visit to Alosta's state-of-the-art library I stumbled across 'The Blue God', the second album of Tricky's ex, Martina Topley-Bird. After releasing her 2003 debut album 'Quixotic' (single 'Sandpaper Kisses' got some airplay and was picked for the soundtrack of the popular videogame 'Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy') she collaborated with the likes of Jon Spencer('s Blues Explosion), Gorillaz and Diplo. Her second baby was conceived with the help of superproducer Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse, whose vintage sound perfectly suits Martina's soft and sexy voice. Singles 'Carnies', 'Poison' and 'Baby Blue' (extremely catchy) are very enjoyable, but 'Something To Say' and 'Phoenix' are worth checking out as well. More Danger Mouse soon!

Let's go Disco...

Two hit wonder Montell Jordan (his other hit was 'This Is How We Do It') became the talk of R&B-town in the late 90's with the song 'Get It On Tonight', displaying his aversion of dancing in the club, love of fur coats and Motorola-sponsordeal. Despite my aversion of the whole R&B-scene I must admit I always loved this song because of the exotic, laidback beat. Too bad we can't give Montell any props for that, because it was the German duo Jörg Evers and Jurgen Korduletsch who provided the epic discobeat 'Love For The Sake Of Love' for Jamaican singer Claudja Barry (ex-Boney M; later scored a big discohit with 'Boogie Woogie Dancing Shoes') back in 1976. The -mainly instrumental- original is a bit slower and the string-coated chorus is très Love Boat and thus quite terrible, but the groove is simply irresistible. Claudja starts her sexy parlando at 2'40" and doesn't play too big a role in this production, but I can't imagine Evers and Korduletsch selling a lot of records without her face on the record sleeve. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Summer Jazz's Here

Miles Davis
Since my man Sylle asked me if I knew any good jazz (preferably stuffed with trumpets), I decided to list some of the greats:
1. Miles Davis (the Jimmy Hendrix of Jazz): 'Bitches Brew' (1970): a strange journey into a world unknown, trippin' music; 'Ascenseur Pour l'Echafaud' (1957): soundtrack for Louis Malle's film, check some scenes here and here.
2. Donald Byrd: this guy was a real blessing for any producer looking for a nice groove (vibe on 'Dominoes'). Check his albums 'Slow Drag' (1967) and 'Stepping into Tomorrow' (1974, remixed by Madlib here) or find out why Tom Barman and CJ Bolland should thank Byrd a zillion times here (compare to this).
3. Dizzy Gillespie: this guy wrote a lot of songs that are considered 'standards' nowadays ('A Night in Tunesia', 'Manteca'). Check his latin thing on 'Afro Cuban Jazz Moods' (1975) or 'Modern Jazz Sextet' (1956) with Sonny Stitt on sax.

These are of course only three of the greatest trumpeters of all time. If you like it, I'll try'n'list some more some other time. Enjoy!

Donald Byrd

Dizzy Gillespie

Monday, August 3, 2009

The King of Pop was Gangsta


I know I'm kinda late but I haven't payed my respects to the King of Pop yet, so here we go: it may be a bit strange, but my favourite MJ song is no massive hit like 'Thriller', 'Bad', 'Smooth Criminal', or 'Billie Jean', but one of his last singles, 2001's 'You Rock My World'. This song, produced by Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins (scored with these ones, too: 'The Boy Is Mine', 'It's Not Right, But It's Okay', 'If You Had My Love', 'Say My Name', 'Lose My Breath', 'When I Grow Up', ...), was never a #1 hit but still managed to get a permanent spot in my brain's back catalogue. The music video for 'You Rock My World' was -like most of MJ's video's- a nice short, featuring A-list actors like Michael Madsen, Chris Tucker, Marlon Brando, Billy Drago and the ravishing Kishaya Dudley. The video portrays Michael as the smooth player/dancer, exactly how I want to remember him...