Mea Culpa, mea culpa mea maxima culpa.
Gosh, that was a long break wasn’t it?
Contrary to popular belief, I haven’t been beamed up by aliens anally probulated and deposited soaked in craft beer in some Somerset field, nor have I run off to Lhasa to learn to learn the nose-flute – life just got in the way (two kids under 4, and moving house will do that …)
Hopefully, now things have calmed down a little, I can get back to bringing you some of the beats and breaks that’ve been new to my ears this week.
Ok everyone knows At Last, the soundtrack to thousands of wedding first dances over the years, but my knowledge of the rest of Etta James back catalogue is a bit limited. I stumbled across the first of this week’s tracks on the Work Your Soul show from Gail Smith.
Payback is a far punchier number than At Last, dripping with horns and underpinned by snapping drums with Etta’s voice growling and soaring over her backing vocalists. Proper Soul Stomper
Credits Roll is built over a smooth bassline, with the Mouse Outfit horn section adding a jazz/soul tinged note, whilst Verb T bobs and weaves in and out of the beat like the pro he is.
I was casting around for a final track for this week, when what should land in my inbox but an email from DJ Nu-Mark, bearing the words “Jurassic 5 vs The Pharcyde”, and I knew I’d found this week’s third track.
Craft Services is a proper mash of beats from these two legendary groups – I spotted snippets of 4 Better or 4 Worse, Jayou, Soul Flower, A Day at the Races, Jurass Finish First, Quality Control and Red Hot as well as stack of the original samples these tunes are based on, and I know there’s a stack I missed – but manages to steer clear of being a ‘Lessons’ style exercise is busy beat slicing, I could properly imagining this frying a dancefloor.
Sorry about the hiatus, let’s hope we manage to not leave it as long before the next one, eh?