Off to Cornwall (hopefully not as rainy as above) with a stack of mates for half term and I really should be packing, but first you lucky *lucky* people get to receive another weekly slab of the three best tracks to hit my ears this week, and there’s a couple of corkers in there – enjoy.
First up, courtesy of Mr WahWah 45’s, Scrimshire, is a bouncing, chopped and screwed version of Lalomie Washburn’s track Freaky Strangeness. Sliced and diced samples from the original over a snare cracking beat with a full on soul vocal from the lady herself aided and abetted by a proper funk choral effort from the backing singers. Niceness.
Another week, another Grand Central related track pops up on my radar, this time from ex-label head honcho, Mark Rae. He’s just dropped the 4th iteration of his Hip-hop & Soul Edits series, and this lovely if slightly odd hip-hop/raga/disco cut, Larry Levan vs Yesking, is the standout for me
Built round a full on Bootsy-esque bumping bassline which underpins slinky synthesis strings (that’ll be the Larry Levan influence then) and a Yesking vocal from Secret King with what sounds like Mystro/Mydiggi & Lady Chan on the bars, it’s a totally odd, yet totally brilliant take on the these two tunes.
Speaking of squelchy bassline, the last up this week is has a similar thing going on but with a whole load more chug. Psychemagik are a relatively recent discovery to me, I know, I know, and their take on Gotta Hold on Me blends modern disco vibes with some properly soulful vocals lifted, I believe, from a version of the Something’s Got A Hold On Me by Etta James, all mixed together with a serious lick of funk.