Realised shortly after posting this that I hadn’t done my usual witty (half-witty?) introduction to my weeks selections, but I’m sure you’re probably thankful for the lack of wittering before you dive into the tunes, eh?
First one this week is another in my current minor obsession of slightly housey reedits of classic disco tracks, and this week it’s the wonderfully named Alphonse Mouzon (doesn’t he sound like some sort of Latin lothario, all chest hair, open shirt and medallion bling) and his track I’m So Glad You’re Here. Don Dayglow provides the subtlest of touches on re-edit duties giving us an intro laded with spacey zaps until a 70’s disco guitar emerges from the murk, building until the strings and vocals hit – classic.
Next up is a slice of classic early 90’s hiphop from Boogie Down Productions.
Ruff Ruff is built around the now classic snare snap and simple 3 or 4 note bass loop which is almost hypnotic, with KRS-One giving it his usual Jamaican tinged bars on the collabo with Freddie Foxxx who’s dropping some serious flow.
I dug this one up from the rather tasty little article on the 25 Best Guest Verses in Hip Hop History article on the HHGA website. Well worth digging through the rest of the stuff on there as it’s reminded me of some classics – MF DOOM guesting on a De La track from The Grind Date, and the awesome Premo remix of Classic anyone?
Last track this week is from Stro Elliot, who I stumbled across courtesy of an old Big Chill mate, billybum. Sample heavy, sightly wonky and pretty laid back, I’m liking this Stro bloke and his album is pretty tidy
Favourite cut so far is probably Soul II Stro which takes the Soul II Soul dancefloor classic chops it up and makes it snap with crisp drums, a stack of judiciously applied reverb and some 8 bit sounding synth keys. It’s rather lovely, and slightly reminiscent of Gramatiks chops