The Brothers Johnson – Strawberry Letter 23 – Epic
How do you choose just 10 songs? Well, that’s the task I’ve been given, so let’s see what we can do 🙂 Now these are in no particular order of awesomeness, and if you asked me to do this tomorrow, there could be 10 new songs. And the next day, and the next, and the next…haha…so let’s get to it. Now, about Strawberry Letter 23…this piece is super cool funky soulful bliss. Actually, The Brothers Johnson covered this tune. It’s originally by Shuggie Otis. But I love this version. Hearing it always makes me think of the times I’ve played it live with one of the bands I most enjoyed playing with right here in NYC. It even has a dueling guitar solo kinda like Allman Brothers. This thing struts.
Cloud One – Disco Juice – P&P Records
Perhaps one of the greatest pieces of disco ever. Courtesy of legendary P&P Records. Interestingly, the hook isn’t in 4/4. What a tune. Mighty Dub Katz messed with it along the way and added a sweet vocal. Just one line, a girl singing ‘I think that we should get back together’. Why not 🙂
Harry Romero – Tania – Bambossa Records
Courtesy of legendary Subliminal Records. Some superb sample play. Just workin’ it and letting it do it’s thing and bringing out what makes it awesome. The rhythm of this is so grabby. Really really nice. And while I’m thinking of it, I love that tune Air Race by Jose Nunez. Jose is also part of the Subliminal camp.
Jonas Rathsman – Tobago – French Express
A great tune and a nod to my boys and the fun we had doing French Express. I love this song. Sweet organ and piano lines with a super catchy hook. And a classic 90s hiphop horn hit starts the verses 🙂 And I’ll tell you what, he really is such a sweet guy.
Chris Malinchak – So Good To Me – Ministry of Sound
You know I had to put this on. I’ll take this opportunity to mention that hearing it always makes me feel a sort of sadness, a bittersweetness. I become saturated and almost overwhelmed. I am so thrilled that this song captured so many imaginations. There is no telling how a piece of music will make you feel. This must be one of the mysteries and joys of music.
Leon Vynehall – It’s Just (House Of Dupree) – 3024
An exceptional piece of French house. I love French house. It’s bigness, it’s melodic weight. I love the things that matter with it….Some complain of the repetition in French house. Whatever. They just don’t get it 🙂
DJ Falcon & Thomas Bangalter – Together – Roule
Speaking of French house, allow me to share a French house classic. This is courtesy of legendary French label Roule.
Kerri Chandler – Rain – Nervous
So bouncy and jazzy. So beautiful and playful and vaguely haunting. The vocal is just right. So full of soul and simply fantastic.
SOHO – Hot Music (Original Jazz Mix) – Kool Groove Records
This thing is so mean. That snare is so hard. It just bumps along with a jazzy piano. It’s got a hiphop feeling, a real hiphop sensibility to it too.
Blue Six – Music And Wine (Mig’s Petalpusher Vocal) – Naked Music Recordings
This always conjures up a very particular and excellent feeling. It just works. I love this song. There’s a coolness to it. Sometimes I think of the endless nights in strange cities I find myself in. The streets and the lights.
So there we are. We’re already at 10. I’ll tell you, I’ve amassed such a collection of records. Walls of vinyl! I wonder if I’m a hoarder? I can’t help myself. It feels too good. Who cares! haha I’ve made a point of mostly sharing songs I found that way. Maybe one of these will even be your new favorite song. I hope so 🙂
Chris Malinchak – Photograph EP (2 Crows Records)
Returning for the sophomore release on his newly launched 2 Crows Records, Chris Malinchak drops three melodic cuts entitled ‘Photograph EP’. After many years working with major labels, following his seminal ‘So Good To Me’ hit on Ministry Of Sound, Chris Malinchak’s new direction is exciting to say the least. The Brooklyn-based producer, who made a name for himself releasing on respected house imprint French Express, launched his own label 2 Crows Records earlier this year with a two track release titled ‘Wash My Soul’, kick-starting a propitious 2019 with further talks of a collaboration alongside Canadian pop superstar Kiesza. A whimsical triangle sample sets the carefree tone of the stunning ‘Photograph’ marrying smooth sax and vocal lines on lush stabs, before ‘Watch’ brings a light pumping kick and finger snap snare, with liquid reverbed guitar and vocal cuts. Tying it all together, ‘Simpatico’ implements sublime chords with delayed atmospherics and hollow bass.