Monday, December 31, 2012

Willie Hutch : Brother's Gonna Work It Out (Kon Remix)

In 1969, Willie Hutch signed with RCA Records and put out two albums before he was spotted by Motown producer Hal Davis, who wanted lyrics to his musical composition "I'll Be There", a song he penned for The Jackson 5. The song was recorded by the group the morning after Hutch received the call. Motown CEO Berry Gordy signed Hutch to be a staff writer, arranger, producer, and musician shortly there afterward. Hutch later co-wrote songs that were recorded by the Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, the newly rechristened Miracles, and Marvin Gaye. In 1973, Hutch started recording albums for Motown, releasing the Fully Exposed album that year. That same year, Hutch recorded and produced the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film, The Mack. Hutch had several R&B hits during this period, including "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" and "Slick". Hutch recorded at least six albums for Motown, peaking with 1975's single "Love Power", which reached number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Ondatropica : Caminando Por La Vida

This is an Ondatropica track not available on the UK edition of the record, a great salsa arrangement written by Alfreditio Linares and recorded in Medellin, Colombia 2012. Recorded live to Ampex 4 track at the Legendary Discos Fuentes. If you haven't heard the Ondatropica record yet, peak here:

Quantic : Reminisce Over You

A Cumbia take on the Hiphop classic, released on a Serato vs Tru Thoughts 12"

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Nina Simone : Come On Back Jack

This song was meant as an "answer" song to Ray Charles' massive hit, "Hit the Road, Jack". Producer Stu Phillips recounts how this song had been written specifically for Nina: "Since time was of the essence, I got the song to Nina as quickly as possible. She said she liked the song, but should not record it unless Ray Charles personally said he didn't mind her following up his record..."

Gregory Porter : 1960 What ?

Gregory Porter is an American jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actor. His debut album, Water, released in 2010 via Motéma Music, was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. His second album, Be Good, which contains many of Porter's compositions, was released on February 14, 2012, and garnered critical acclaim for both his distinctive singing and his compositions.
Porter tapped the prodigious talents of veteran producer Brian Bacchus for Be Good. “Gregory is the real deal and a revelation in terms of new male jazz singers, but I think that his voice coupled with his songwriting may be the thing that leaves most listeners with their mouths open,” says Bacchus.