Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gangbangs are good for the heart! Or aren't they?

I guess the title of this post made you curious enough to read it, but I'll be honest: I'm not going to list the medical pros and cons of having sex with several people at the same time (I wouldn't be able to say much about it anyway, since I haven't had the pleasure of sharing the bed with more than one female simultaneously - fingers crossed, though). Ann Sorel, a pretty unknown French Yé-Yé-girl did tackle the subject on her 1972 record 'L'Amour à Plusieurs', describing a wild night with friends and its consequences. Her raspy yet sexy voice is accompanied by a slow, smooth groove and oriental-sounding strings arranged by Jean-Claude Vannier, who did the same for Serge Gainsbourg's epic album 'Histoire de Melody Nelson' (and made a crazy score for an Yves Saint Laurent fashion show, check it here). 'L'Amour...' will certainly sound very familiar to Gainsbourg-afficionado's but is quite unknown to the big audience, and that is exactly why I want you to hear it. More Frenchism coming soon...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Vulture

Today I'd like to talk about the British (Nigerian/Belgian roots, though) singer-songwriter, musician, activist and poet Labi Siffre: a very strange name you probably haven't heard before. Yet, I'm quite certain y'all have been vibin' to his music at least a dozen of times. First and foremost because Siffre's 'I Got The' was sampled by Dr. Dre for one of the anthems of the late 90s: 'My Name Is' by Eminem. You'll have to wait till the break (2'10") to recognise the sampled bits, but the song itself is worth your while. Em and Dre had to change some of the lyrics to get the sample cleared after Siffre stated that "attacking two of the usual scapegoats, women and gays, is lazy writing. If you want to do battle, attack the aggressors, not the victims", which may have made the lyrics even better.
Dre wasn't the only one to see the potential of 'I Got The': Foxy Brown ('Hot Spot'), the Beatnuts ('Beatnuts Forever'), Jay-Z ('Streets Is Watching'), Noreaga ('N.O.R.E.')and Erick Sermon (for Def Squad's song 'Countdown') sampled it; even RZA used the bassline for
the Wu's 'Can It Be All So Simple'.
Labi's talent obviously wasn't as limited as the 'talent' of some of those sampling producers. Madness scored one of their biggest hits by covering Siffre's 'It Must Be Love' (you can find the Madness-cover here); his anti-Apartheid anthem '(Something Inside) So Strong' was covered by a.o. Kenny Rogers, The Flying Pickets and Michael Ball; Kanye West used a sample of 'My Song' for his 'I Wonder' and RJD2's 'Making Days Longer' is actually a cover of Siffre's 'Bless the Telephone'.
My favourite Siffre-song is 'The Vulture', a song in which Labi (despite being openly gay) admits to being a real playa playa seducing girls who just got their hearts broken. Play on playa!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Party All The Time, Bitch!

Now who could resist..?
This song has been buggin' me all day, so I decided to post it here and hope y'all get infected too. Deep Dish-producer (you all know their song 'Flashdance') and DJ Sharam stormed the charts in 2006 with 'PATT', a very simple but effective floorfiller based on the Rick James-produced Eddie Murphy-song 'Party All The Time'. O yes, the comedian/actor/director/producer used to sing! The song is très 80s (which makes quite a lot of sense 'cause it was made in '85), but the video is hilarious and if you're really honest you have to admit Rick 'superfreak' James did a great job on production. Two blonde nitwits called Shanell & Aubrey O'Day made their own obnoxious version. And now I gottago 'cause my girl likes to...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Take me with you for some smut peddlin'

Today I'd like to introduce y'all to Lyn Christopher, a beautiful lady whose addictive 'Take Me With You' provided a very dope bass riff for Smut Peddlers (High & Mighty + Cage) on 'One by One' (also check 'Medicated Minutes' and 'Amazing Feats' from their aptly named album 'Porn Again'). LL Cool J ('Listen To My Heartbeat' ft. 50 Cent) and DMX ('Three Stories' ft. Duo) made an effort to jack the bass as well, with rather disappointing results. Fun fact is that this groove was recorded in Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios (in 1972), which -in my opinion- makes it sound even better.