In anticipation of my upcoming EP for ASL Singles Club due out November 18th, I made a mix that flows from smooth jazzy soul through boogie and into a bit of deep house…
Winter Sadness – Kool & The Gang [De-Lite]
Papa Was A Rolling Stone – The Temptations [Motown]
Inner City Blues – Grover Washington Jr. [Kudo]
The Ghetto (El Barrio) – George Benson [Verve]
Sun Palace – Rude Movements [Passion]
Gladys Knight & The Pips – On And On [Buddah]
Love Hangover – Diana Ross [Motown]
Looking Forward To You – Jack J [Moodhut]
Sunrise Market – LNRDCROY [Pacific Rhythm]
Bittersweet – Wolfey [ASL Singles Club]
Illusion – Tone Control [Tone Control Music]
Keep On Movin’ – Soul II Soul [Virgin]
I haven’t been listening to a lot of hip-hop instrumentals lately, but this caught my eye when I was scrolling down my SoundCloud feed because I am a long-time fan of Juj. It was his Slack LP that won my heart a few years back. I rinsed “Insomnia”–both parts, “My Room”, and “Sunday Bouncer”.
I would say that this slick new jazzy joint entitled “Midnight” is up to par with those favourites mentioned above.
On “Beautiful World”, Rick Wade delivers the perfect balance of tension through the interplay of the jazzy muffled electric piano chords, dissonant disco strings, the dry lightly swung 909 groove, and the disconcerting vocal hook taken from Radiohead’s “Creep”–a track off their 1993 LP Pablo Honey.
“Secret Distant Memories” evokes feel-good after-hours disco party vibes with its sampled funky bass riff and string section.
“In The Fields” again traverses into jazzy deep house territory. Wade overlays a jarring flambuoyant Roger Daltry vocal riff taken from The Who’s “Barbara O’Riley”.
The Fields EP is out on Beatport this coming Friday the 13th via Tokyo-based Unknown Season. It will be available on wax in November.
1) Mavis Brody – Use My Body
2) Kitty and The Haywoods – You Can’t Say I Didn’t Try
3) Minnie Ripperton – Adventures In Paradise
4) Love Unlimited Orchestra – Midnight Groove
5) Eli’s Second Coming – Why Don’Cha
6) Lady Zu – Hora Da União
7) Ju-Par Universal Orchestra – Funky Music
8) Letta Mbulu – Baile Baneso
9) Angela Bofil – Angel Of The Night
10) Sister Sledge – As
11) Van McCoy – Born Into Slavery
12) Sarah – Ação Super
13) Seawind – We Got Away
14) Marc LeRoi Cummings – Struggling Together
15) The Valentine Brothers – I’ll Make You Happy
16) Urszula Dudziak – Papaya