(Oooops – forgot to hit ‘post’ before I went away for the weekend, so I’ll just jump in the time machine fix it … or just post it as is!)
Bit of a mad rush this week, as I’m off to the wonderful Farmfest in a mo – two days in a sunny (ahahahaha I’ve seen the weather reports) field. Hey, at least the tunes are going to be amazing.
Proper old skool hiphop alert!
I’ve been a fan of MF Doom’s work for yonks and over the years became aware of the stuff he did with his brother under the name Zev Love X as part of KMD – check out Sweet Premium Wine to see how good they were.
MC Serch obviously thought similar, as he dragged them on board for The Gas Face track he produced for 3rd Bass, which in a wonderfully circular route ended up being respun as The Gasface Refill on the KMD album Mr. Hood.
Next one this week is a totally new artist to me, Kornel Kovacs.
Szikra is all crackling 4 to the floor house beat, with some silky synth tones over sliding in behind, and snippets of a heavily reverbed hip-hop vocal coming in to keep your interest – lovely little hypnotic ditty.
I’ve been scrumping for old 7”s this week turned up this belter.
There have been some damn fine covers of Beatles tracks – indeed Nina Simone’s cover of Here Comes the Sun was a regular late night number I used to play – but I reckon Can’t Buy Me Love by Ella Fitzgerald is one of the best I’ve heard.
Opening with a full on rip-snorting jazz swing band horn blast, before Ella floats in over the top, then the verse kicks in with a swing drum line and fat horns underpinning the lot.