Regarded by many as a pioneer on the Dutch music scene DJ Graham B moved to Amsterdam in the late 80s and helped kick start the house scene there, promoting parties and radio stations, etc. He also co-founded and produced the first two albums of the ever-popular New Cool Collective . As one half of Jazz Juice, DJ Graham B has notched up some of the biggest selling singles on the Freestyle label and has carved a niche for their own style of electronic infused samba and Latin music - winning over fans such as Gilles Peterson, Mr Scruff and Annie Mac along the way.
Following the huge success of his debut single "Sambamadness", Graham steps out on his own once again to deliver another dancefloor bomb. Utilising some familiar samples and a kicking hook "It's Alright Now" is a peak time crowd pleaser of epic proportions - already road tested at Messin Around and various other sessions around the country. Over on the flip, "Um Pesado Bossa" picks up where previous single "Riot In Rio" left off - samba style percussion, a funkin bass and some grooving guitar work.
'Drummies / Fireball' - Leeroy of Saian Supa Crew 7" / JAKARTA007 Tracklisting : A1. Drummies B1. Fireball
Jakarta Records are back with another limited seven, this time by a main player from French hip hoppers Saian Supa Crew. Here Leeroy delivers a Bollywood infected funk-breaks track "Drummies" (a rework of an old Ananda Shankar cinematic sitar-funk classic) featuring uptempo beats, sitar and flute plus the odd sample thrown in here and there. This is sure to get the dancefloor rockin! On the flip with "Fireball" we stick to the Indian-flavoured sound, but the tempo is slightly slower and the beats chunkier, creating a b-boy essential.
Balearic Biscuits presents two rock records re-edited in two very different ways for extended club play. "Under My Dub" is of course "Under My Thumb", an early song by the biggest rock band in the world The Rolling Stones. This mix dubs out most of Jagger's vocal and uses the main marimba hook of the track to create an evocative, repetitive dance-rock theme. "It Will Never Dubben Again" is a melancholic edit of Tim Hardin's gentle 1966 album track "It'll Never Happen Again", an early jazzy folk-rock touchstone. [Piccadilly]
The classic Rollin Stones ‘Under my Thumb’ comes under the radar of the Balearic Biscuits label for a remix. Looping the start adding their own delay effects and utilising the vocal to extenuate the remix. On the flip we have the sublime Tim Harding with his ‘It will never happen again’ dubbed and echoed to the max. [Fat City]
This latest addition to the GAMM family provides a blissful new version of an old Balearic fave courtesy of the Beatfanatic. "Let It Happen" by Vangelis and Demis Roussos is given a delicate drum beat and aural massage, turning it from an on obscure album track to a 12-minute rave-up! B-side "Mekano" by Turelli sounds like authentic Italo disco alright and has some great hooks, but we're quietly confident that this is a disco production of the 'nu' persuasion. [Piccadilly]
Stockholms favourite Balearic experimentalist delivers the goods once more for GAMM reworking a different disco gem for each side of this 12! Let It Happen is a sprawling mid tempo disco epic - the perfect end of night anthem perfectly re-made by the Swedish maestro. The Turelli edit on the flip cruises into uptempo boogie territory with a fun and frivolous early 80s club sound.... [Fat City]
While listening to Dangerscouse's new mix on b00mb0x I discovered a track from the Coldcut stable I hadn't heard before; Steinski & Mass Media - It's Up To You (Television Mix) - Cheers Stu!
With the help of Google I tracked it down and found it was out as a Ninja Tune 12" (ZEN12 011) in 1992 and on the Coldcut and Steinski - 'No Rights Given or Implied: The Original Samplers' album (Bond Street BS 001) from 1993. This led me to find this music blog full of old school joints including that album to download! Enjoy
'Be Thankful For What You've Got' lyrics: Though you may not drive a great big cadillac Gangster whitewalls tv antenna in the back You may not have a car at all But just remember brothers and sisters You can still stand tall Just be thankful for what you've got Though you may not drive a great big cadillac Diamonds in the back, sunroof top, diggin the scene With the gangster lean For what you've got
You may not have a car at all But just remember brothers and sisters You can still stand tall Just be thankful for what you've got Diamonds in the back, sunroof top, diggin' the scene With the gangster lean ooh ooh ooh Though you may not drive a great big cadillac Gangster whitewalls tv antenna in the back You may not have a car at all But just remember brothers and sisters You can still stand tall Just be thankful for what you've got Diamonds in the back, sunroof top, diggin the scene With the Gangster lean (x3)
Last week I couldn't get enough of One Blood's version of William DeVaughan's "Be Thankful For What You've Got". First heard on Papa Spark's 'Stop That Train 06' podcast at his Stop That Train blog. Big thanx again to the main man.