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Digital Kicks 023

01. Fire (Original Mix) – Soul Khula ft Miss Identity
02. Anywhere You Are – Sunshine Jones
03. Cherry (Jay’s Nude Vocal Mix) – Lisa Shaw
04. Midnight Love – Tennishero
05. Superstar – Lupe Fiasco
06. Stop Complaining (Morcheeba & Capricorn II Remix) – Lyrics Born
07. Sex Education: Ghetto Style – Gil Scott-Heron
08. Pretty Girl With A Crooked Smile – DJ T-Rock & Squashy Nice
09. Morning Child – 4 Hero
10. Appetite – Chin Chin
11. Tomorrow Never Comes – Club 8
12 Barbara Ann – The Beach Boys
13. Vespa – Mike Sammes
14. Up On The Roof – Kenny Lynch
15. Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison
16. Old Man Atom – The Sons Of Pioneers
17. Touch And Go – The Cars
18. Tokyo Moon – Windmill
19. You’re All I Have – Snow Patrol
20. Scream Team – Deerhoof
21. You Got Yr Cherry Bomb – Spoon

Fire (Original Mix) – Soul Khula ft Miss Identity
Soul Khula are two studio-boffin-DJ types and a very talented singing sista, all from Johannesburg South Africa. I have a remix of this song on a Cafe del Mar compilation, which I didn’t even realise until I came across this version, the original, on eMusic.

Very good, very chilled and just a little bit deep.

Anywhere You Are – Sunshine Jones
Sunshine Jones was one half of Dubtribe Sound System (along with Moonbeam) in his previous life.

But first he was a punk rocker from the Bay Area in San Francisco. Then he was in to Hip Hop. Then he heard House music. Then he went to Ibiza. And then he formed Dubtribe Sound System, touring non-stop for several years and playing live in an effort to eschew the DJ-centric dance world.

Now he is making deep, melodic House music and still featuring on compilations all over the place, like this one.

Cherry (Jay’s Nude Vocal Mix) – Lisa Shaw
This is a Beatport download that I was delighted to find. I first heard this track two years ago on ‘Es Vive Ibiza 2006’ but it was a mixed effort by Mark Doyle and I couldn’t find the original song anywhere. Until Beatport.

Shaw moved to New York from Toronto in the mid 1990s and quickly found her way in the underground House scene. She guested and sang on tracks for several high profile producers / DJs and finally released her own album, also called ‘Cherry’, in 1995. This song as well as ‘Always’ and ‘Let It Ride’ have featured on dozens of compilations and have been championed by DJs all over the world.

Midnight Love – Tennishero
Tennishero hail from Stockholm and produce quality, chilled out music.

There are debates about whether their name is pronounced ‘Tennis-hero’ or ‘Tenni-shero’. But one thing is for certain – this song, lifted from Hed Kandi’s ‘Kandi Lounge’ compilation is a cracker.

Superstar – Lupe Fiasco
Lupe is a Muslim from Chicago. His birth name is Wasalu Muhammad Jaco and he is the fifth of nine brothers and sisters.

He has won four Grammys, been called a “breath of fresh air” by Jay-Z and hangs out with Jay, Kanye West, NERD and Pharrell.

This track is from his second album, ‘The Cool’, and features Folk singer-songwriter Matthew Santos.

Stop Complaining (Morcheeba & Capricorn II Remix) – Lyrics Born
Lyrics Born is called Tom Shimura by his parents, who are one part-Japanese American and one part-Italian American. Growing up, he lived in Tokyo, Salt Lake City, Berkley and Tampa.

His music encompasses everything, ranging from Hip Hop to Pop to Rock to Funk. His rhyming style is very complex, using techniques such as phonemes and internal rhymes.

He cites the Sugarhill Gang and Ice Cube as influences and has collaborated with artists such as, DJ Shadow, Blackalicious and Jurassic 5.

This song is a remix of the original live song that appears on his 2006 release ‘Overnite Encore: Lyrics Born Live’.

Sex Education: Ghetto Style – Gil Scott-Heron
Poet, musician, spoken word performer and, in some circles, the godfather of rap. These are some of the descriptions placed on Gil Scott-Heron.

He hails from Chicago and was writing, singing, talking about controversial topics long before anyone else was or thought it was cool to do so.

His first album, ‘Small Talk At 125th And Lenox’, was mostly spoken word pieces. And very volatile ones at that. His second album, ‘Pieces Of A Man’, kept the proto-rap approach but combined it with more instrumentation and formal song structures. His third album, ‘Free Will’, was a combination of both. The first side was a musical experience, while the second side was, more or less, a rap session accompanied by a flute and some percussion.

This scathing attack comes from that second side and epitomizes his no-holds-barred, no-topic-is-taboo approach to making music and political statements about society.

Pretty Girl With A Crooked Smile – DJ T-Rock & Squashy Nice
DJ T-Rock was voted “Best God Damn DJ of 2003” by the legendary independent label Hip Hop Slam in San Francisco.

He was also called “The Best DJ You’ve Never Heard” by Bomb Hip Hop, who have introduced most of today’s popular scratch musicians to the mainstream.

Since then he has created a bit of buzz with his recordings and extensive touring schedules though out America and Europe.

In the last decade he has worked with, Afrika Bambaataa, Mix Master Mike (Beastie Boys), Z-Trip (Linkin Park) and Cut Chemist.

He is known for his eclectic blend of music and extreme turntable trickery. When asked how he does it, he replied, “It’s simple. There’s no trick. It’s just a simple trick”.

Morning Child – 4 Hero
4 Hero are 4 lads from North London. They formed and began recording in 1990. Since then, they have covered a lot of ground. Their music began as Breakbeat House and Techno, progressed to Jungle and Drum ‘n’ Bass, and has now settled on Broken Beat and Nu Jazz.

This track is from their most recent long player, ‘Play With The Changes’.

Appetite – Chin Chin
Chin Chin are the non-Hip Hop group who record on the Hip Hop label Def Jux.

This tune is from their self-titled release and features their “tighter than your boss with a raise” playing style.

Tomorrow Never Comes – Club 8
Club 8 are a Swedish group, who carefully tread between and experiment with different sounds. They have been known to play Dub, Indie, Trip Hop, Chill Out, 80s Alternative and Bossa Nova.

But instead of sounding like a car crash they manage to hold it all together and produce beautiful, slightly melancholic Anorak Pop.

This track would fit perfectly on any C-86 compilation.

Barbara Ann – The Beach Boys
‘Barbara Ann’ is a cover version of the Regents 1961 hit. The Beach Boys released it in 1965 with Brian Wilson and Dean Torrence (who was one half of Jan & Dean) on lead vocals.

The song appeared on the album ‘Beach Boys Party!’, which was their third LP released in 1965. It came out during the Christmas period and consisted entirely of cover versions.

Vespa – Mike Sammes
Mike Sammes was a musician and vocal session arranger. In 1955 he brought together a core group of singers called, (funnily enough), ‘The Mike Sammes Singers’.

They began working four sessions a day, six days a week and for nearly 15 years provided almost every single note of backing vocals on pop music recorded in Britain. They worked with dozens of singers, including the Beatles on ‘I Am The Walrus’ and ‘Good Night’. They recorded soundtracks, did radio work and sang thousands of radio jingles.

A lot of their jingles, like ‘Vespa’ can be heard on the collection entitled ‘Music For Biscuits’.

Up On The Roof – Kenny Lynch
“When this old world starts getting me down,
And people are just too much for me to face –
I climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space…”

This is my favorite song in this mix. It really gets me every single time that I hear it.

‘Up On The Roof’ was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and recorded by The Drifters in 1962. Although they didn’t have much success with it, Lynch’s version, released around the same time, was a Top 10 hit in the UK.

Kenny Lynch is a singer, songwriter, entertainer and actor from London. He is best known for numerous appearances on variety shows in the 1960s and his never-ending charity work.

Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison
Wilbert Harrison performed and recorded music for years with quite sporadic success. However, in 1959 he hit the big time with ‘Kansas City’.

The song was written in 1951 and became a Billboard Number 1 record for Harrison. It won a Grammy ‘Hall of Fame Award’ and has been named as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s ‘500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll’.

Old Man Atom – The Sons Of The Pioneers
The Sons of Pioneers were an American cowboy singing group founded in 1933 by Leonard Slye, who later took the screen name Roy Rogers.

Their smooth, harmonic western style music was influential and used in several films in the 1950s. Eventually, in 1980, the group were elected in to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

This song is a cover version of the Sam Hinton original and was released by RCA Victor in 1950.

Touch And Go – The Cars
The Cars formed in Boston in 1976. Following the release of their debut album, ‘The Cars’, in 1978, their follow-up, ‘Candy-O’, in 1979 and huge amounts of critical acclaim and success, the band were faced with the ‘difficult’ third album.

In typical fashion, they decided to change direction and go with a more experimental recording, ‘Panorama’, in 1980. It didn’t really work. Fans were disappointed. Critics didn’t like it. In fact, Rolling Stone described the album as, “an out-and-out drag”. But it did contain this little gem of a tune.

It didn’t matter though because bigger success would follow with ‘Shake It Up’ in 1981 and, after a short break, with ‘Heartbeat City’ in 1984, which produced five Top 40 singles and sold four million copies.

Tokyo Moon – Windmill
Windmill is Matthew Thomas Dillon. Although he is largely unknown, when he released ‘Puddle City Racing Lights’, the comparisons to Arcade Fire, Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev were immediately made. And it’s easy to see why.

The song begins with a simple piano riff, then strange, somewhat heartbreaking vocals come in, followed by huge drums and an orchestra arrangement that would give any of the bands listed above a run for their money.

‘Tokyo Moon’ is melancholia at it’s very finest.

You’re All I Have – Snow Patrol
Released in 2006 ‘You’re All I Have’ is the first track and single from ‘Eyes Open’; the fourth album by Snow Patrol.

The band formed in 1994 and have gradually shifted (or slid) from Indie Rock to Alternative Rock, as heard on ‘Final Straw’ and this song, before plummeting into Power Pop territory with the likes of ‘Chasing Cars’.

Perhaps their last great tune, ‘You’re All I Have’ signalled the end of their rocking with the cool kids and the beginning of their rocking with the dads.

Scream Team – Deerhoof
Deerhoof are from San Francisco. They are often introduced as Satomi Matsuzaki (who usually sings and plays bass), John Dieterich (who usually plays guitar), Ed Rodriguez (who usually plays guitar as well) and Greg Saunier (who usually plays drums).

I’m not really sure what that means other than they must be able to switch instruments and places between recordings, between gigs or even between songs.

But never mind that. The more confusing thing is trying to explain their sound. I have seen them classified as Indie Rock or Noise Rock. I have seen their music described as distinctive, unassuming, hyper-expressive, elastic, odd, harmonic, sophisticated, disjointed, condensed, asymmetrical, unconventional, raw and improvised. And that was just one review.

‘Scream Team’ is the ninth track on their seventh album and sums up everything great about the band in a very concise 160 seconds.

You Got Yr Cherry Bomb – Spoon
Since 1994 Spoon have released six studio albums, five EPs and 18 singles. They have been dropped by labels, fought, lost members, gained members, disappeared and reappeared.

This song is from the album, ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’, which has received a lot of good press and placed them ever-so-slightly on the radar.

But even recording the album was hard. ‘You Got Yr Cherry Bomb’ is a song that the band really struggled with. In the end three versions were recorded and this is the one that appears on the album. It was all probably worth it though because Rolling Stone named proclaimed it Number 16 in the 100 Best Songs of 2007.

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Digital Kicks 022

01. I Will Follow – U2
02. Seeing People You Know – The Young Republic
03. Vodka – China Bear
04. Faust Arp – Radiohead
05. Jigsaw Falling Into Place – Radiohead
06. Empire Song – Killing Joke
07. Get It On (Work In Progress) – T Rex
08. I Ain’t Got No Home In This World Anymore – Woody Guthrie
09. Country Trash – Johnny Cash
10. Lively Up Yourself – Bob Marley & The Wailers
11. Apply Some Pressure – Mark Ronson ft Paul Smith
12 Mr Pitiful – Otis Redding
13. Do You Believe In Love – Huey Lewis And The News
14. Do Wah Diddy Diddy – Manfred Mann
15. Casual Sub (Burning Spear) (45 or 33? Radio Edit) – ETA
16. Good Feelin (TNT Bonus Mix) – Swing Kids

Click here to listen to the mix.

01. I Will Follow – U2
Track one, album one.

U2 burst on to the scene with this song in October 1980.

Bono wrote the song only weeks before the band went into the studio to record ‘Boy’. He has said the song is about his mother, who tragically died at the funeral of her father.

The song is one of their most enduring tracks and has been included in nearly every live show they have ever played.

02. Seeing People You Know – The Young Republic
The Young Republic come from Boston and consist of eight lads, who are equally adept with rock and classical instruments.

This song is a non-album track and highlights their happy, poppy, country-tinged, orchestral-infected harmonic sound. Listen and smile.

03. Vodka – China Bear
I lifted this song from a ‘City Lounge’ compilation (number 3 to be exact) and included it because of the groovy, laid back vibe it contains. It makes for great lounge music and was also quite a popular track in Ibiza last year, featuring on a couple of compilations created by those peeps who are supposedly “in the know.”

04. Faust Arp – Radiohead
05. Jigsaw Falling Into Place – Radiohead

The band and the album are so good that I had to include two tracks. Both are from ‘In Rainbows’, released on the interweb last October and in shops this January.

One, two, three, four…

‘Faust Arp’ was a bit of an enigma before the release of ‘In Rainbows’. It began initially as an interlude and then transformed into a proper song as recording progressed. The song features Thom’s voice, guitar and strings blended together perfectly to produce a brilliant, little acoustic tune.

‘Jigsaw’ is a tight, quirky song that reminded everyone of the now pre-electronic, classic Radiohead sound. The track was the first single from ‘In Rainbows’ and made a decent impression in the charts on both sides of the pond. The video also features the entire band together on camera for the first time in years. The technique of using head cams to produce the black and white video just adds to the tense, edgy nature of the song.

06. Empire Song – Killing Joke
Killing Joke started as a Post-Punk Rock band in 1979. Their dark, Gothic sound combined heavy guitars with danceable rhythms that influenced numerous bands and grabbed the attention of a lot of people. One of them was John Peel. He loved them and played them constantly on his show.

Their third album featured ‘Empire Song’ and it became one of Peel’s favourites. Despite the recognition and airplay, the band started to lose the plot. Several of the members became heavily involved in the occult and moved to Iceland in an effort to avoid and survive what they called the ‘inevitable apocalypse’.

Of course the apocalypse never happened and they all eventually copped on and moved back to England where they continued to record and tour until the 1990s.

07. Get It On (Work In Progress) – T Rex
‘Get It On’ or ‘Bang A Gong’ (if you bought the record State side) is one of the most well known T-Rex tunes and arguably the biggest song from the Glam Rock era.

The track is from ‘Electric Warrior’ and was Marc Bolan’s attempt to emulate one of his heroes, Chuck Berry.

This version of the song is a bonus track from the extended ‘Electric Warrior’ CD and contains some in-studio banter between Bolan, the band and the engineers during rehearsals.

08. I Ain’t Got No Home In This World Anymore – Woody Guthrie
Woodrow Wilson ‘Woody’ Guthrie aka ‘The Dust Bowl Troubadour’ is one of the greatest American songwriters and folk musicians of all time.

He was born in 1912 and traveled extensively across the States, looking for work, in the 1930s due to the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.

The Dust Bowl or ‘dirty thirties’ was a period of severe dust storms that swept across the prairie lands in middle America and Canada during the early 1930s. Extreme crop damage and drought forced many men to travel west in search of work.

Guthrie was one of these men and he spent his spare time writing songs and singing about the working people he met.

This track is from ‘Dust Bowl Ballads’ which Guthrie recorded in New York in 1940. It was his first commercial recording and the most successful album that he ever made.

09. Country Trash – Johnny Cash
From the ‘Dust Bowl Troubadour’ to the ‘Man In Black’, Johnny Cash sings about ‘Country Trash’.

Another man all too familiar with pain and hardship, some of Cash’s songs exude feelings of loss and suffering from every single line.

‘Country Trash’ was recorded later in his career and can be found on ‘American III: Solitary Man’.

In the song Cash sings, “My hands don’t earn me too much gold, For security when I grow old. But we’ll all be equal under the grass, And God’s got a heaven for country trash.” Amen brother.

10. Lively Up Yourself – Bob Marley & The Wailers
‘Lively Up Yourself’ is the first track on the politically charged 1974 album ‘Natty Dread’ and is a blues influenced song that captures the spirit of the Rastafarian Movement.

Marley is by far the most widely known and revered performer of reggae and ska music. He is also known for his unwavering beliefs in the Rastafarian way of life. In fact those beliefs cost him his life.

In 1977 he was diagnosed with cancer when a malignant melanoma was found in an old football wound on his right toe. He refused amputation (believing the body must be ‘whole’), all other surgical possibilities and perceived doctors as deceivers. Within three years the cancer had metastasized to his brain, lungs, liver and stomach. Four years after being diagnosed, Marley died at the incredibly young age of only 36. His parting words to son Ziggy were, “Money can’t buy life.”

11. Apply Some Pressure – Mark Ronson ft Paul Smith
Mark Ronson. Producer. DJ. Cover artist. He’s won a few Grammys and BRITs. He plays at celebrity private parties. People either seem to like him or hate him.

‘Version’ is the album this song is from and, as the name suggests, is a disc of cover versions.

In an unusual move, Ronson enlisted Paul Smith, the singer with Maximo Park, to sing on this tune. The result is a not-so-different-than-the-original cover version. Slightly brassier. Slightly more polished and produced. But every bit as cool as the original.

12. Mr Pitiful – Otis Redding
‘Mr Pitiful’ first appeared on the 1965 album ‘The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads’.Then it surfaced as a reference in the fictitious dance song ‘The Crunge’ by Led Zeppelin.Next, it was featured on the soundtrack to ‘The Commitments’.

And now it appears again on Digital Kicks 022. It’s a musical journey.

13. Do You Believe In Love – Huey Lewis & The News
I was watching ‘The Wedding Singer’ a few months ago and heard this track for the first time in years. I used to really like Huey Lewis when I was a kid and this song would have been one of my favourites.

After seeing the film, I scanned my hard drive, found this track buried on a compilation, dusted it off and included it in this mix.

14. Do Wah Diddy Diddy – Manfred Mann
Manfred Mann, who is originally from South Africa, formed a band in London at the end of 1962. Inspired by the Blues scene championed by the Stones and Yardbirds, the group toured non-stop for nearly a year. They signed a record deal with HMV in early 1963 and struck gold with this tune, which was their third single. It went to number one in both the UK and the US. Proof that the third time really is a charm.

15. Casual Sub (Burning Spear) (45 or 33? Radio Edit) – ETA
‘Casual Sub’ was released by ETA in 1997 at the height of the Big Beat scene. It samples ‘Burning Spear’ by Burning Spear, who is a Jamaican born singer and musician.

The song was released as a five track EP and contained this original version as well as some really good remixes. The name comes from the fact that the song can either be played at 33 rpm (for a chilled out vibe) or at 45 rpm (for more of a party, get-down type of vibe). Either way the song is big and it grooves!

16. Good Feelin (TNT Bonus Mix) – Swing Kids
Swing Kids is a moniker for Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez of Masters At Work fame. He used the name when he produced, recorded and remixed this tune in 1991. India’s singing is a perfect match to his classic four-on-the-floor House music.

This track is one of his personal favourites and, by his own admission, very rarely leaves his record box. I lifted it from his brilliant collection, released last year on NRK, called ‘Back In The Box’.

Digital Kicks 021_A

I’ve been hard at work this month to bring you the latest Digital Kicks. In fact it is bigger and better than ever. So big in fact that this month it had to be split into two sides.

Move your cursor here to listen to Side A.

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FILES – A: The ‘Reverso‘ Side
01. Finger Painting – DJ Part
02. Promises (Reverso 68 Remix) – Badly Drawn Boy
03. Shine – Deep Dive Corp
04. Dizzy – The Royal Blue
05. A Hard Day’s Night – Peggy Lee
06. Something’s Got A Hold On Me – Etta James
07. Trespassing (Chalice Mix) – Cujo
08. Woman Of The Ghetto – Marlena Shaw
09. One More Time (Instrumental Version) – Peven Everett
10. There’s Something On – 808 Funk
11. Drunk Chicken / America – U2
12 I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You – Bee Gees
13. I Love The Rain (Acid Rain Remix) – The Real Tuesday Weld
14. Petootie Pie – Ella Fitzgerald

DATA – Behind the notes

Finger Painting – DJ Part
Shadow Records started in 1995 as a sub-label of Instinct to focus on the more organic side of electronic music. They partnered with Ninja Tunes and released lots of cool, hip ready-made electronica perfect for chilling out and introducing to your mates. Just like this track by DJ Part.

Promises (Reverso 68 Remix) – Badly Drawn Boy
Recipe for a great track:

A. Take the vinyl/download release only song ‘Promises’ by Indie singer/songwriter Badly Drawn Boy
B. Take the remix duo Reverso 68 (otherwise known as Phil Mison and Pete Herbert)
C. Combine the two in a studio
D. Play and mix the song during a slow steady process of layering, building and (re)constructing
E. Repeat as necessary until you have a re-worked, chilled piece of music that soothes while maintaining a groove that makes you smile and nod your head
F. Give permission to Kenneth Bager to release the track on his fifth installment of the Luftkastellet series
G. Stock the CD in all good music shops with better quality and a discerning ear

Ladies and gentlemen we have a winner!

Shine – Deep Dive Corp
Deep Dive Corp are called Bjorn Gerhard and Peter Musebrink by their family and friends. They have quite a beefy output of albums and 12″ singles on various finger-on-the-pulse type labels.

This track is lifted from the very same Luftkastellet compilation mentioned above. And I’m not sure which I like more – the woozy, drunken mumblings or the Pete Hook-esque bass line.

Dizzy – The Royal Blue
Grooooovy baby!..

‘Dizzy’ is a song that was recorded by the All-American, clean-cut, Buddy Holly-inspired, singer Tommy Roe in 1969. It has been the number one single in the US once and the UK on two occasions. The first time was in America in March of 1969 by Tommy Roe. The second was the same version in the UK in June of 1969. The third time was in the UK when the Wonder Stuff covered it with Vic Reeves in November 1991.

This is a lounge version, which I am fairly certain, did not go any where near the charts. I swiped it from a cheesy cocktail compilation that I picked up in America last summer, subsequently lost on the road and sub-subsequently found again when I got back to Dublin. It’s a musical journey…

A Hard Day’s Night – Peggy Lee
Peggy Lee was born Norma Deloris Egstrom in North Dakota in 1920. From her childhood years singing for food on the radio all the way through to her last performances in the 1990s, Lee was a wonder and a successful singer, songwriter and actress. She was the favourite singer of millions of people throughout the years, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong and Judy Garland.

This cover of the Beatles’ classic was also taken from the same cheesy lounge compilation as ‘Dizzy’ but originally appeared on Lee’s 1965 album ‘Pass Me By’. My advice to you is don’t pass her by.

Something’s Got A Hold On Me – Etta James
For the second month running, Etta is back with another killer tune. She’s really just too much woman for only one track.

Trespassing (Chalice Mix) – Cujo
Cujo is the Drum ‘n’ Bass moniker of Brazilian DJ/producer Amon Tobin. He took the name Cujo from the Stephen King novel and he took the name Tobin from his Irish stepfather. After moving to England, he released several EPs and then signed with Ninja Tunes in 1996. Six critically acclaimed albums followed as well as his superb live shows. He is renowned for using sampling in his records to a degree that no one else can even come close to. But when he plays live he takes everything to another level. He only uses a 7.1 surround system for his gigs and with the use of layering and texturing techniques, usually makes the records he plays sound even better than the original studio versions. This track is a great introduction to his work.

Woman Of The Ghetto – Marlena Shaw
Marlena Shaw was signed by the legendary Soul label Chess in 1966 and released this song, probably her most famous, in 1969. Although the live version is probably the definitive one, I prefer this original studio version.

In 1972, Marlena moved to Blue Note and in doing so became the Jazz label’s first female artist. When Disco began gathering steam in the mid 1970s, Shaw moved away from her Soul roots, adopted the new style and released the very first 12″ single for Blue Note.

The live version of this song from the ‘Live At Montreaux‘ album was sampled by St. Germaine and used for his song ‘Rose Rouge’.

One More Time (Instrumental Version) – Peven Everett
Peven Everett is a singer from Chicago who is probably best known for singing ‘Gabriel’, one of the seminal House records from the 1990s, with producer (and mate) Roy Davis Jr. The song sold over 250,000 copies and has been referred to as a ‘classic’ by nearly every single DJ who wants to be taken seriously (including me) and sound like they know what they are talking about when it comes to House music.

I heard ‘One More Time’ on Sirius satellite station #35, otherwise known as ‘Sirius Chill’. A quick search on emusic.com brought up a link and in only thirty seconds I had purchased the song. Is there anything the interweb can’t do?

There’s Something On – 808 Funk
808
– refers to:
The Roland TR (Transistor Rhythm) 808 Rhythm Composer drum machine. The TR-808 was only produced from 1980 – 1984 and (by most accounts) was not a very good machine. It sounded nothing like a real drum. But it was cheap, featured more sounds, had more controls and offered more memory than it’s predecessors.

It was embraced and only used by a handful of musicians during it’s production. Perhaps the most famous of them was Marvin Gaye, who used the Roland TR-808 on his song ‘Sexual Healing’ in 1982.

Ironically, when the machine had gone by the wayside in the late 1980s someone discovered that it could actually produce a very deep sub-bass sound. Exactly what early House and Hip Hop producers were looking for. Enter the first phase of DJ and dance culture…

Funk – refers to:
a) body odor or the smell of intercourse
b) the blend of soul, jazz and R&B into a slow, groovy, loose, riff-oriented form of music
c) the genre that was started by James Brown in the mid-1960s, expanded into jazz territory by George Clinton and Parliment in the early 1970s, copied by EVERYONE (and their brothers) in the mid-to-late-1970s and then replaced by machines (including the TR-808) in the early 1980s

808 Funk pay a proper tribute to both parts of their name with this tune.

Drunk Chicken / America – U2
Bono is known, and often derided for, his incessant rambling about most things political. But it is his incessant rambling that actually creates this song, which is an out-take from the Joshua Tree recording sessions and can be found on the 20th Anniversary Collector’s Box Set.

In the song he speaks/mutters, complaining about America and to America. But by the end of the song (about 90 seconds later) he admits that despite all of it’s shortcomings, America is actually an incredible place that he can’t stop being obsessed about.

I’m not sure what a chicken has to do with it and (it seems) he may, or may not, have been drunk when he recorded it.

I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You – Bee Gees
Before the polyester, gold chains and bad hair cuts the Bee Gees were regular guys. Before leading the way during the Disco tidal wave in the late 1970s they were a Soft Rock band in the 1960s. And a good one too.

The three brothers, Barry, Maurice and Robin, grew up in Australia, where they sang and performed at numerous resorts while releasing a couple of singles a year during their adolescence.

Before returning to their home in England in the late 1960s, a demo of theirs found it’s way into the hands of the Beatles manager, Brian Epstein. A five year contract with Polydor followed and the hits started flowing. This tune is from their third album and went to #1 in the UK and #8 in the States.

During the next 35 years, the band would go on to sell an amazing 225 million albums, placing them only behind Elvis, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney in all-time record sales.

I Love The Rain (Acid Rain Mix) – The Real Tuesday Weld
The real Tuesday Weld was an actress born in the 1940s and who starred in a film about rock ‘n’ roll called Rock, Rock, Rock. She also acted beside Elvis, Steve McQueen, Bing Crosby and Jack Nicholson (to name a but a few). She also won a Golden Globe Award.

This Tuesday Weld is a British band fronted by singer Stephen Coates. The band are named after the actress because Coates had a dream about her one night. His nocturnal meanderings influenced him and led to a very unusual, offbeat jazzy cabaret-style of electronica music. One that Coates refers to, himself, as “antique beat”.

My only problem with the song is that I, unlike Stephen, do not love the rain.

Petootie Pie – Ella Fitzgerald
Q:
What do you get when you combine Ella Fitzgerald, who was called the “First Lady of Song” with Louis Jordan, who was called the “King of the Jukebox”?

A: A hit record! The two of them sang together and this song and it went to #3 in the charts in 1946. With that much talent, how could it not have been a hit?

Digital Kicks 021_B

More Digital Kicks. Move your cursor here to listen to Side B.

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FILES – B: The ‘Rosemary’ Side

01. Shake – Deepak Sharma & Dieter Krause
02. Sax – H & H Soul Survivors
03. Easy Love – Louie Austen
04. Love Goes (Where My Rosemary Goes) – Wayne Newton
05. On And On – Eon
06. Never Gonna Give You Up (Cake Mix) – Rick Astley
07. Winchester Cathedral – Nelson Riddle
08. Fast Freeze – My My
09. Bless You (Album Version) – Lulu Rouge
10. Community (Fish Go Deep Vocal Mix) – Audio Soul Project
11. New Way – From P60
27. 5:05 (Selway Lightwave Remix) – Llana

DATA – Behind the notes

Shake – Deepak Sharma & Dieter Krause
In 2004 Deepak Sharma mixed and released a compilation called ‘Boogaloo, Brooklyn, 3:23pm’. It contained a track that he loved by Dieter Krause. The two met, became friends and started a label together. Hidden Recordings doesn’t conform to rules or guidelines. The two boys release whatever they want. Whatever they love. That means music from all different genres. Minimal to Deep. Chill to Tech. House to Techno. ‘Shake’ is an absolutely brilliant track. Here’s to being different and not sticking to formulas. Here’s to Hidden Recordings.

Sax – H & H Soul Survivors
There’s not much about these guys on the world wide net web. They have a myspace page but details about them are sketchy at best. It seems they met about seven years ago. They shared a love of old Soul, Funk and Jazz. They shared the same influences such as Herbie Hancock, Earth Wind & Fire and Quincy Jones. This track does just what it says on the tin – combines sax with
smooth, chilled House.

Easy Love – Louie Austen
Louie Austen is the Austrian, classically-trained, bar-crooning jazz singer who moved into electronic music a few years ago – by accident. He meet a producer in the studio who thought that contrasting his Frank Sinatra(ish) voice with experimental electronic tracks would yield some good results. And it did.

Austen is quoted as saying, “I decided there and then to resign from all other jobs and to completely dedicate myself to this new project for two years. If I’d find myself on the street after two years, I’d have to go back to my old jobs. But I wanted to try under all circumstances – I simply had to.”

Five albums, three EPs and numerous singles later, he is still working at his ‘new’ job. His tracks are played in clubs all over Europe and have been on numerous compilations, including Luftkastellet and Hotel Costes. There is something slightly OTT about his stuff but it works. And that is all that really matters.

Love Goes (Where My Rosemary Goes) – Wayne Newton
From one kitschy crooner to another, the mix moves into Wayne Newton’s cover of ‘Love Goes’.

Newton was born in 1942 and by the age of six was able to play the piano, guitar and steel guitar. He was discovered by an agent while in secondary school and was whisked away to Las Vegas for two weeks worth of shows with his brother. He ended up performing there for five years, doing six shows a day!

He worked with every single entertainment icon in the 1960s and 1970s. He was given a headline show at the Flamingo and became part owner of the Aladdin Hotel in 1980. By 1994, he had performed his 25,000 solo show in Las Vegas.

But it all ended in tears and bankruptcy when he sued NBC for libel and went over twenty million dollars into debt.

Newton has remained a prominent figure in Vegas and still performs there with a big band as well as consistently appearing on TV and playing festivals around the world.

On And On – Eon
Google these guys and you will get over 9000 results. None of which seem to have anything to do with this song. There’s information about a leading energy company, a geological designated period of time, sponsors of a biathlon World Cup, virtual reality software, outdoor decking systems, business banking and financial services. Well, the list just goes on and on…

Never Gonna Give You Up (Cake Mix) – Rick Astley
This song (and others like it) remind me of my youth and the state I was in at that stage of my life. It takes me back to a time in my life when I didn’t judge or analyze music. I just liked it because I liked it. I wasn’t concerned with whether it was cool or not.

Clearly this song was not (and is not) cool. But I like it. Call it a guilty pleasure.

And the best part is that, as you listen to it, you can take comfort in the fact that Rick will never:

Give you up
Let you down
Run around and desert you
Make you cry
Say goodbye
Tell a lie or hurt you

Winchester Cathedral – Nelson Riddle
I could probably dedicate an entire blog to what Nelson Riddle achieved during his life. He was a bandleader, arranger and orchestrator whose career spanned nearly 40 years. During that time he worked with just about everyone who had a song to sing.

‘Winchester Cathedral’ is a song originally released by The New Vaudeville Band in 1966. Here Riddle does his loung-y, hammond-y, string-y interpretation of the tune. To great effect.

Fast Freeze – My My
My My are actually three dudes. Two Germans and one Englishman.

Carsten Klemann was born in Berlin and started DJing in 1999. His favourite artists include the Velvet Underground, Fleetwood Mac and Kate Bush.

Lee Jones was born in Essex and began his life in music as Hefner. He moved to Berlin in 2002 and signed as part of My My to the Playhouse label in 2004.

Nick Hoppner DJed around Hamburg and Berlin. He used to work as an editor for Groove magazine. He is also a bit of a metal head and listens to Slayer, Anthrax and Metallica.

Despite the different tastes and backgrounds, the three lads prove that the sum is usually greater than it’s parts.

Bless You (Album Version) – Lulu Rouge
Lulu Rouge are a couple of dudes on top of the Scandinavian Chill Electronica scene. They hang out with Kenneth Bager and record for Music For Dreams.

If you check out their story on bigchill.net, you will see them described as:

‘Lulu Rouge is vibrant and playful yet extremely well orchestrated deep dubbed chill that always flies over the neighborhoods of Basic Channel meets Massive Attack before taking off, pushing the frontier further out into the big vast indefinite space.’

Strange days indeed…

Community (Fish Go Deep Vocal Mix) – Audio Soul Project
Audio Soul Project is Mazi Namvar. He’s a prolific producer, having released 80 records in only five years. He’s a remixer. He’s based in Chicago. He’s DJed for over ten years. And he has two record labels.

Fish Go Deep are two Irish lads, who have been resident DJs at a club called Sweat in Cork.

Combine the two artists and you have a BIG track. This song has been on just about every single dance compilation released in the last two years. And yer man (on the track) offers some good advice about music as well. Can you dig it?

New Way – From P60
Zoltan Nagy brings us deep House from Hungary. I first heard this track on a compilation called ‘Koh Samui’, named after the island and reflective of the underground club scene there. It’s best described as music for your body and your mind.

5:05 (Selway Lightwave Remix) – Llana
Llana Ospina is a producer. John Selway is a DJ, remixer, producer and all around electronic-type music guru. He has played, recorded and released just about every kind of dance music you can think of. This song would probably be classified as Techno but it touches on deep, minimal, tech and chill during it’s 7 minutes and 58 seconds.

Digital Kicks 020

Hello. Welcome back to a brand new, updated, revamped Digital Kicks. It’s hard to believe that I am already on volume 020. Not all of the compilations / mixes have seen the light of day but I can assure you they were all lovingly put together on my laptop and saved for posterity.

Some of you may remember previous editions of Digital Kicks. The premise is pretty simple – I trawl through all of my new music each month, select my favourite tracks and present them to you sequenced and mixed with love. I have had a long think about the approach and nearly decided to change the format beginning with volume 020. But since I want to avoid trouble and potential lawsuits, I am going to continue with the same formula.

So, I have still made my way through all of my new music for this month. I have still selected and sequenced the killer tracks with love.

I give to you the first Digital Kicks of 2008 and number 020 in the series…

To listen to the mix, click on the RSS feed on the right hand side of the page or click here to go directly to my Digital Kicks podcast page.

Enjoy the compilation!

The track listing for this month is:

01. I Still Remember – Bloc Party
02. We’ll Live And Die In These Towns – The Enemy
03. Tonight The Streets Are Ours – Richard Hawley
04. You Dream In Solid Gold – Future Kings Of Spain
05. My Babe – Little Walter
06. Let Me Blow Your Mind – Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra
07. I Just Want To Make Love To You – Etta James
08. Secret Stealth – Stealth 3
09. The Clapping Song – Shirley Ellis
10. The Preacher & The Bear – Golden Gate Quartet
11. Green Door – Wynder K Frog
12. Days Go By (Paul Oakenfold Vocal Remix) – Dirty Vegas
13. Spliffhead – Ragga Twins
14. Smile And Receive – Swayzak
15. Das Spiegal – The Chemical Brothers
16. Operation – Jamie T
17. Crumble – Dinosaur Jr
18. You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover – Bo Diddley
19. Ain’t Got No One – Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry
20. The Imperial March – John Williams
21. Midnight Funk Infinity – Soulphiction
22. Fragment Two (The First Picture) (Jesse Rose Instrumental Remix) – Kenneth Bager

Behind The Notes…