Hope you are having a great weekend. We're having beautiful clear skies today yet still unseasonably cold! Here is a funky soul band with a bit of a clubby groove to warm you up – and one that features some great male harmony vocals behind lead singer Jann Harrison! Harrison's got a very light style of singing – almost soprano at points, which makes the male voices especially welcome – as they help ground the grooves much more deeply down towards the basslines that are such a strong part of the album. The whole feel of Melodies got a really classic De-Lite Records feel from the 70s – a groove that's right up there with the Kay-Gees at their best – with riffing guitar, bumping bass, smooth keyboards, and tight horns over the top. Titles include "Gotta Get A High", "Shake Your Body", "Try To Find A Way", "Never Gonna Let You Go", "Sexy Lady", and both vocal and instrumental versions of "Melodies". The vocal version is featured here. Enjoy!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
So sad to hear the news today that legendary Disco vocalist Ms. Loleatta Holloway, best known for her 1980's disco hit "Love Sensation", has died yesterday at the young age of 64. Ms. Holloway was born in Chicago, where she began singing in gospel groups like the Holloway Community Singers and the Caravans before signing with Aware Records. Her first album, "Loleatta", released in 1973 is considered to be a disco classic with dance floor classics such as "Dreamin'", "Hit and Run" and the beautiful "We're Getting Stronger". Later in that decade she recorded more disco hits with "Only You", and the historical Walter Gibbons Mix of "Hit and Run" featured here and "Catch Me on the Rebound". She returned to the top of the Dance charts with "Shout to the Top" and then with a reworked "Dreamin'" in 2000. Another stand out is the underground House anthem "So Sweet". Her contribution to dance music will never be forgotten and will live on forever. R.I.P.
We're Getting Stronger - Loleatta Holloway
"Beware of the idles of March"...It's hard not to escape that thought as I write this post with all the insanity that has happened this month. Starting on a positive side with the peaceful culmination of the Egyptian uprising then the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear tragedy in Japan and now another war in the Middle East in Libya. All having major global implications impacting humanity on so many deeper levels. With all of that said as the world mourns, I was inclined to make a mix that reflects hope, love, freedom and redemption amidst tragedy and death. The March Mix features a healthy dose of Jazz, soul, gospel, disco, house and a nice emphasis on some great Japanese acts that I felt right for this mix.
The emphasis here is of hope, freedom, rebirth and a bit of escape during this hard times. Enjoy!
March Mix - Dj Glamjack
1. Yann Tomita - Love In Gas Music
2. Gerardo Frisina - Mile E Una Notte
3. The Emotions - Flowers
4. Giorgio Moroder - Oh L'Amour
5. PYG - Flower Sun Rain
6. Babatunde Olatunji - Mesai (Intro)
7. Webster Lewis - Do You Belive (Alt. Version)
8. Steffi - Moving Lips (The House of Glamjack Treatment)
9. Crue-L Grand Orchestra - Psycho Piano (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
10. Richie Rich - Salsa House
11. Cornelious - Brazil
12. Destroyer - Chinatown
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Yours feat. Virginia - Steffi
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
It has been difficult to post here with all the catastrophes in Japan laying heavy on my mind. I'm taking this opportunity in sending my prayers to all my friends, their families and to all the Japanese fans of this blog. My heart goes out to all of you during this difficult time. As far as music concerns, I been thinking on posting something rather somber in here but opted for something rather peculiar and left field. "Oooh Baby (Goin' To Pieces)" is from drummer of British progressive rock band Yes, Mr. Alan White. Ramshackled was the titled of his debut LP and thus far, his only solo recording. The LP was released during the period when all five of the Yes band members released solo albums. White also became a member of the Plastic Ono Band and has appeared on over fifty albums with artists including John Lennon, George Harrison, Joe Cocker, Ginber Baker and The Ventures. I'm loving the overall feel of this song, specially the amazing percussion. "Oooh Baby" was heavily played by DJ Tom Savarese during his residence at the legendary 12 West club in New York City during the '70s. Enjoy!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The Night The Lights Went Out (Dimitri from Paris Disco Re-Edit) - The Trammps
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Runaround On The Underground - Erasure
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Reasons To Be Cheerful Part. 3 (12" Extended) - Ian Dury