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: ‘Be A Better Man’ by Situation (Greg Wilson & Derek Kaye remix)
This one starts with a nice synth and a mid-paced beat to get it all going on. Soon, though, we get a little riff in there— which sounds amazing— and the cymbals also do their work. Then, more keys, on top of more guitar, and then a bass sound is added for some extra rhythm. Greg Wilson and Derek Kaye really build this deeper disco sound out nicely, giving something extra every so often to keep it wheeling and dealing, and then, at 1:50, the flush, with the vocals coming in, saying they Go down anywhere you are. I love the vocals, so lush, and the transition from with vocals to without is superb, hitting the right tone with the instruments right there. When the vocals come in, they come in with a little bit of immediacy, adding some momentum to the track. I love the rocky edge the boys give this tune a little bit later in this track, which is the sound they work as they fade out the rhythm for a moment before, obviously, working that one right back in there at 5:20 (doing it with the bass, let me tell ya). Just a real dancefloor corker by the two veterans who just know about how to do all this.
‘My Own Throne’ by Pat Lok feat. Claire Mortifee
I love the secondary sound next to the thudding beat, that vocal line of dah-dah-da-da, a bit higher pitched to juxtapose the other sound at the start (aka , the beat) nicely. After that, some actual singing, saying that she will claim her throne, which is then helped out by a synth sound. After the first verse ends we go a bit glitchy with all the sounds, though that gets balanced out by that same vocal line as at the start (which is a find, let me tell ya). At about the 1:45 mark Pat Lok dials down the beat, going for the vocals and a more gentle percussion sound. At 2:30, after a short build-up, again primarily the vocals, though after that one the main sounds of the song start up again to do some dancing to. The vocals by Claire Mortifee really make this one gel together, not just with the singing, but especially the more rhythm lines she produces, which keeps intact that delicate balance.
‘Atmo’ by Nicholas feat. Paul Cut
I love Nicholas’s dancing chops, and here he starts out by a nice, galloping sound produced by a percussion that helps out the beat. Then, more dancing perc sounds. Whilst all that is going on we hear The People talk and jive and stuff as, just before the 1:30 mark, Nicholas turns up the beat once more, this time getting some of those piano sounds in as well. And, at 2:15, he really gets jazzed up, putting the piano as primary marker, and even continuing the solo as the dance beat returns. Around 3:30 we get the bass that starts plugging along, paving the way for another turn up of both the beat and the piano sounds. It’s just another House music stomper by Nicholas, who just knows how to get them people moving. You can slide this one in on any set, really, helping to keep the big Mo alive.
‘Am I Wrong’ by Anderson Paak (Sammy Bananas Bootleg)
Love how the looping starts, the cymbals and beat laying down the groundwork on top of which the same sound repeats itself at the same moment. Then, at about the forty second mark, the deeper drum, and also already a semblance of vocals, which first audibly come through at about the minute mark with a well placed Well I … Then a subtle, jazzy bass comes in, giving it this nice R&B vibe. The vocals, subdued-yet-soulful, start getting in more lines, now a Only one at a time, which then gets repeated a few times before a little break that is the prelude for a little riff and, especially, a little bit of them horns. Those work up to a return of the bass and the other rhythm sounds, bringing back the vocals as well. That break-n-horns thing gets repeated a little bit later on, but then the return sees even more horns and even more of that part of the vibe, aside from the rhythm instruments. It’s a lovely slow burner, intricate and one to dream away to at that beach fest as the sun shines.
‘Strong Feeling’ by Superprince
How about immediately starting with that super catchy guitar riff, with the bass working underneath to keep this one moving forward. It immediately sets the tone and pace for this one, which is only added to by the horns that come on, adding the funk, adding the dancefloor soul. Then, the old school vocals, with the gentlemen singing Carry on, as everything keeps Rolling, rolling on. Then, after the unison, the individual vocals, with one man stepping forward and giving you that slick-interpersed-with-a-little-growl-now-and-again vocal turn. When he is done we get the boogie guitar, as the bass sound is still providing the groundworks on which one can dance to. And they sure know how to keep that funky business high up there, not letting up and not letting go of that what gets people on the floor. High paced, high energy, and people can be working up a sweat for sure on this catchy little tune right there.
‘Brick House’ by The Commodores (A Young Pulse Friendly Re-Work)
Young Pulse takes on that old school Commodores sound, giving you all of the good ol’ disco dancefloor stuff that you can handle. Obviously with the drum and bass sound as prime sounds to keep that rhythm right. But also, the horns and the vocals, singing that she is a Brick (horns) house. I love the multiple horn layers in the verses, and then all that funk in the chorus, with that lovely bass second to none. When Young Pulse moves into that chorus, such a smooth endeavor how they funk that up. During the interlude at 2:50 there are some woodwork percussion sounds, then those big, bold sounds we feel we remember those times by, and then, for a moment, they dial it back with just the higher pitched sounds there before the bass re-enters moments later, with the big brass section to help them out. One of those instantly recognisable tracks where Young Pulse makes sure that it brings the funk and the fun for all ages, really.