Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Gwen Mcrae : Keep The Fire Burning/Funky Sensation

This is Gwen Mcrae on top of her game surrounded by the best producers and songwriters. 1982 saw the release of the album 'On My Way', containing the excellent, Willie Hutch penned, Webster Lewis produced 'Keep The Fire's Burning'.
After TK Records collapsed, McCrae moved to New Jersey and signed with Atlantic Records, recording two albums and having another hit with "Funky Sensation" in 1981. She continued to record and the success of some of her earlier recordings on the UK's Northern Soul scene maintained her popularity as a live act in Europe. McCrae moved back to Florida, recorded a one-off single for the small Black Jack label in 1984 called "Do You Know What I Mean", and then temporarily retired from the music industry.
 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saint Motel : My Type Ep

Saint Motel is a relatively new American four piece band from Los Angeles, whose music has been described as everything from "dream pop" to "indie prog". The band consists of A/J Jackson (lead vocals/guitar), Aaron Sharp (lead guitar), Dak (bass), and Greg Erwin (drums).
With sprinkling fresh melodies and exotic rhythms and a certain jazziness throughout, they manage to wrap the cold cold man in a happy song.
"Cold Cold Man" is the third song on the forthcoming "My Type" Ep. "My Type" takes off with funky and disco styled horns, a wall of sound where the bassline emerges silk smooth and takes us on a poppy ride where I'm happy to be on. Top songs !
 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Quantic : You Will Return (feat. Alice Russell)

“You Will Return” is a bittersweet dose of soulful psychedelic folk that sees Tru Thoughts label-mate and long-time collaborator Alice Russell giving a beautifully wistful and potent vocal turn among Holland’s glistening layers of banjo, accordion and guitar, and a subtly driving beat. With an exquisite lacework of harmonies, and string arrangements (courtesy of world-renowned Miguel Atwood-Ferguson) this sliver of timeless perfection with a twist calls to mind the last time Quantic and Alice Russell joined forces, on 2012’s full collaborative album and BBC 6Music Playlisted title track “Look Around The Corner”. Testament to this song’s popularity, an alternative upfront version of “You Will Return”, released on an exclusive Record Store Day 7”, sold out in rapid fashion.
 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Crown Heights Affair : Use Your Body & Soul (Scratchandsniff re-rub)

Originally known as Ben Iverson and the Nue Dey Express on Britne Records, founded by then-bassist Donnie Linton, the group was renamed for a neighborhood in Brooklyn. The line-up consisted of Phillip Thomas, William Anderson, Howard Young, Bert Reid, James Baynard, Raymond Reid, Arnold 'Muki' Wilson, Julius Dilligard Jr., and Raymond Rock. Under contract to RCA they recorded their self-titled first album in 1974, featuring their first single "(You Can't Bend My) Super Rod". 

Personnel changes followed, along with a shift in 1975 to De-Lite Records. The record label's subsequent liaison with Polygram Records saw the group gain worldwide audiences for singles such as "Dreaming A Dream", "Every Beat of My Heart", "Foxy Lady" and "Dancin'". "Dreaming A Dream" reached Number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1975, and they topped out at #2 on the Dance chart later that year with "Every Beat Of My Heart".

In the UK they made the Top 40 in 1978 with "Galaxy Of Love", and #10 in 1980 with "You Gave Me Love". On 22 June 2013 they reunited to play at the Coronet in London as part of the Streetsounds Summer Ball.
 

Change : The Glow of Love (Leroc Sportif Edit)

The Glow of Love is the debut studio album by the Italian/U.S. ensemble Change. It was released in 1980 and reached number twenty-nine on the US Billboard Album Chart and ten on the US Billboard Black Albums chart. The Glow of Love includes the singles "A Lover's Holiday", "Searching" and "The Glow of Love". The band recorded the songs for album at Fontoprint Studios, Bolognia, Italy.

The songs were then taken to Power Station Studios, New York City for the recording of the vocals. "Searching" and the title track were recorded and mixed at Media Sound Studios, New York. The sessions were then mastered at Sterling Sound Studios. Receiving positive reviews the album was originally released as an LP in April 1980. The artwork was designed and illustrated by Greg Porto.