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The Weekly Froth! - 20161021

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The Weekly Froth! A weekly take on six tracks, most of which have recently popped up somewhere in the blogosphere. Bit of a mixed bag with a slight leaning towards house, disco, and remixes, but generally just anything that for some reason tickled the writer’s fancy.

Track of the Week: ‘You’re So Special’ by Chesus (Jacques Renault edit)

From the start this one gets the festive tones in, with a right amount of house as its base and the disco sounds running right on through it all. At about the thirty seconds mark there are the vocals for the first time, though at that point still slightly muffled. The sound cleans up though, getting a clear drum in with some of them horn sounds, and the classical tones of the original that we know so well. Renault keeps it running though, just looping the vocal line mentioning that you are a Very special lady, but not ready to cash in on the big kahuna just yet. Instead, at 2:30, he moves to a deeper beat, with the original sounds hidden deep and far underneath that blanket, giving himself some time to crawl out from under that one again. Which, about a minute later, happens, with the clarity returning in the drum and other instrumentals. Around the five minute mark, near its end, the track goes back to the deeper bass, moving this lovely dance tune to its close.


‘The Spell’ by David August

David August starts this one by providing us with some atmosphere, with the deep synth that comes in at about the twenty second mark doubling in function as both aiding the aforementioned and a working as a sort of riff. Then the drums come in, taking over the role of the deep sound with the synth moving to a more lighter tone. At the 1:30 mark they strip it all out, just putting the atmospheric synths in again and what sounds like some vocal work. Then, a more rhythmic drum line, indicating the start of the second part of this track. If you just listen to something like at 2:40, where basically all the additional sounds also give off a kind of broody vibe whilst not disturbing the momentum of the drums until these are taken out completely yet again, that kind of exemplifies this track nicely. This time around, there’s a long interlude, that first sees some spoken word before it moves to the piano. It’s a track that moves you through a couple of phases, all building blocks to the overall atmosphere, which seems to complement the SoundCloud picture next to the track quite well I’d say.


‘Off The Wall’ by Michael Jackson (Young Pulse rework)

This has just about got to be one of my favorite albums, such an unmitigated joy runs through it. And Young Pulse takes on the title track, giving you the vocals first, then putting a deep bass underneath that becomes more and more prominent before the actual funk comes in just before the minute mark. That funk is driven, amongst others, by the steady pace of the drum, and the little guitar riff running right on through it. And Jackson, in the mean time, sings that Tonight, just enjoy yourself (a sound advise for all y’all across the world, I’d say). In the mean time, all the rhythm parts keep on working, the horns come in to get it going on as well, and Jackson is talking about Boogie down, which one certainly should have the intention of doing when having this song on. It’s a fab track, and the rework keeps all them dancers doing their thang on this ol’ classic.


‘World Turning’ by Fleetwood Mac (Ray Mang edit)

Ray Mang opens with some spoken word about expression through music and stuff, taking about until the thirty second mark before the almost country sounding guitar riff comes in with the piano basically dictating the pace. The minute mark sees the growly male vocals enter, singing about The world turning, and how they need to get their Feet back on the ground. Ray Mang has a nice piano momentum working there, giving you that hypnotic loop but without any of the “normal” rhythm instruments until after the two minute mark, when the drum kick comes in to help out all that country&western that’s going on. At the three minute mark he mixes it up a bit again, and the guitar is let loose some as well, giving you a bit of that solo work on top of a fairly minimal base almost solely consisting of those drums. This until some extra percussion is added after four minutes have gone by, drumming their way to the end of this rework of some old Seventies Fleetwood Mac.


‘Sleepwalkin’’ by Cheryl Lynn (Doctorsoul Wake Me Up Dub Rework)

Doctorsoul is giving you the dancefloor vibes with that kind of drum, adding the deep bassline to put Cheryl Lynn’s tune to. Those are the main elements to get that mid-paced funk moving, really bringing those vibes with the guitar riff and the more Caribbean sounding percussion as the track moves closer and closer to putting those vocals in. In the mean time he keeps running with the deep bass, giving that some extended focus in this dub. Just after the three minute mark Doctorsoul lightens up the mood a bit, moving slightly away from the deeper bass to get the guitar sounds in a bit more, and then finally adding the vocals with Cheryl Lynn singing that she wants you to Wake me up with your love. With, at this point, you getting the full goodness of the 1982 track. And after such patience, Doctorsoul is relishing having her in now, adding the echoes to the vocals to prolong the goodness and savor the flavor of this funky little number.


‘Key To Life’ by Kauf

Kauf starts with some guitar, building a melancholic nighttime sound around it with a bit of a grainy growl in the bass. This is juxtaposed by the relatively higher pitched vocals, which give you that distanced, alienated vibe on top of the more angelic “aaah-haaa” chorus line that sometimes double the main voice. The drum and bass are there to provide the deep canvas, with primarily the guitar that keeps cutting through it, almost as a mediator to the vocals and the rhythm sounds. As soon as Kauf mentions the Key to Life the grainy bass gets back before the drum kicks up the pace a bit and whilst the guitar keeps moving through it, giving you that Darkside feel a bit, that nice mixture of a hypnotic, melancholic dance sound with the guitar lines cutting right on through all of that. Especially nearing the last minute there is a part where the layers build up, though never making it too muddled, but instead creating a unison that fits the atmosphere he has set out from the get go. A lovely cut from the upcoming album (early 2017 it’s saying at the minute).



The Weekly Froth! - 20160205

  • Published in Columns


The Weekly Froth! A weekly take on six tracks, most of which have recently popped up somewhere in the blogosphere. Bit of a mixed bag with a slight leaning towards house, disco, and remixes, but generally just anything that for some reason tickled the writer’s fancy.

Track of the Week: ‘When Did I Stop Loving You’ by Marvin Gaye (Valique edit)

Valique gets into that looping action for the start, though after half a minute he gets that bass going for some rhythm and funk, really getting that dancefloor feel working. At the 1:20 mark we get the vocals in, again doing the looping thing, letting the same line with the same instrumental parts doing their thing. Then, the bass again, and with a lovely vocal coming in, super soulful, super old school. Then those horns as well, at 2:20, which team up nicely with the layered vocals that are asking When did you stop loving me, when did I stop loving you. When there’s no vocals, there’s at least the bass to keep you occupied, giving it a nice, deep balance to the higher pitched Marvin Gaye voice. The track certainly has some heartache in it, as in, genuine heartache, with Gaye creating this track just after his divorce. From accusatory to self-reflective to just plain old sadness, the beauty of this edit is that Valique does manage to keep all that, but give it some of that extra lets-dance-the-blues-away kind of goodness. That’s what those edits are all about, no?


‘Hot Hot (Give it All You Got)' by Debbie Jacobs (Evil Smarty & SanFranDisko edit)

SanFranDisko and EvilSmarty start this edit off with that nice little guitar riff aided by the rhythm of that punchy drum that they keep behind it. At the 30 second mark you get a nice little bass in there as well, and one of the main things all the elements achieve is that it just sounds like there’s a party going on in here. At the minute mark the strings arrive, a bit later the horns get there as well, and soon enough Debbie Jacobs and her girls come in with, first, some  background vocals, but just before the two minute mark she herself enters the stage to do her disco thang. Still the guitar riff and the drums form the main backbone elements, with the strings and horns adding all that disco flavor. The lads play around with pace and tempo a bit, though the main thing is that they keep the core elements running, and they savor all the disco goodness that comes with it. At 3:50 they, for a short moment, bring it down a notch, going with primarily the early sounds of the guitar and drum, but mere seconds later it’s the strings and Debbie Jacobs that enter the equation again. Just a nice disco edit with a nifty little riff to give it just that tad bit extra.


‘Take It Slow’ by Luxxury

The SoundCloud tag says “slow burner”, and boy, is that evident at the start. Just has that slow groove that it gets going, with the percussion, that lovely little guitar riff that comes in, and the aerial vocals singing their little lines. At about 1:30, that slow burning vibe has taken a back seat though, with a new guitar riff, the bass, and a punchier beat giving it a bit more tempo and adding so much meat to the bones that this real slow groove feel from the start has subsided a bit. Not to say that the middle part isn’t enjoyable in its own right, with all these elements in the mid-pace range helping out the still floating vocals singing that you should be Taking it slow. At the four minute mark most rhythm elements are either stripped out or moved to the background, and instead you get a bit of that saxophone going on, with a nifty bassline moving it into the burn-n-crawl realm again. Soon, though, that is all build on and build up again, ending with a catchy little guitar riff to help you dance through the final minute.


‘I Love You More’ by Rene And Angela (Pools edit)

A short edit from Pools gives you a little bit of that Rene & Angela thing, primarily based on that deep bass sound, giving you that step-step-step action. Then the vocals come in, singing that, gosh, I love you, with Pools doing the old chop-n-go trick on them, looping and cutting the same parts, which primarily is noticeable with the vocals. The vocals come out lovely though, the bass sound gives it that nice little rhythm to do a bit of dancing to, and it gives a modern slant to that old soul duet. So if you don’t mind your tracks at radio edit length, this might be a nice snippet to be listening to.


‘Little Lies’ by Fleetwood Mac (Jean-Claude Gavri touch-up)

Never a bad moment to dial up that Fleetwood Mac love affair a bit, and Jean Claude Gavri starts this one off nice and understated with some lovely sounds, first rhythmic, than that floating sound we kind of remember from the original. Just so we know where we are heading. It takes a while for it to really dive headlong into it, having the patience to wait it out until about the 1:30 mark, when a big old 80s pop drum comes in to signal the arrival of the actual song, including the vocals, singing that she Couldn’t find a way, settling For one day to believe in you. And then, the chorus, including the lovely instrumentation, and the drums to also keep the song as a little dancefloor thing and to make sure it’s got pace enough to keep it moving forward in that context. No more broken hearts, she sings, saying that We’re better off apart, before heading back to the chorus. Jean Claude Gavri knows how to handle an edit like this, putting loads of that goodness in of the original (it ain’t called a touch-up for nothing, ya know), but still in such a way that you and y’all can keep it going on the dancefloor.


‘Crime Cutz’ by Holy Ghost!

The lads of Holy Ghost! are back in action with some new material, starting hauntingly enough, though soon getting back to their synthesizers doing their catchy thing. With that said, it definitely sounds like a departure from their more disco oriented Dynamics sound, which was super slick and smooth. This has parts of that clean disco-pop sound, like at about the two minute mark, but the guys also add the warpy and the immediate in there, with the vocals in the verses talky and almost anxious, though more traditional in the chorus. The lads know their ways around their instruments, and they’re trying to not only get the song out of there, but also the feel and vibe. As evident, for instance, with the interlude at about the four minute mark. Though, after the interlude, they do still come back to the catchy, to the dancey, but with a bit more grit than their super polished previous LP (which I loved, by the way). It’s intriguing for sure, and a definite teaser to see what that new EP is going to sound like, which we have to wait for until the 29th of April. Unfortunately no embed here, but you can click here to still hear the brand spanking new Holy Ghost!.

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