Tuesday, 26 May 2009

En Vogue - Giving Him Something He Can Feel 1992

East West Records A8524CD

After recovering from some serious computer problems I find myself with very little time to post music. In addition, the stats are virtually zero which is a real kick in the... teeth. No worries, I have a little time today and a request for En Vogue, Heavy D and Ce Ce Rogers. Hmmm, dissapointing again coz I do not have Thick Girlz or the 12" release of You Don't Have To Worry, only the Frankie Knuckles Mix on this Remix CDS. On a positive note (thank gawd for that) this is a great collection of mixes.

OK, so Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis, Maxine Jones and Dawn Robinson were rounded up by producers Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy when they decided to put a girl group together. In 1990 En Vogue hit the UK with Hold On and it was a slam dunk. Clearly, the girls image was classy eye candy but damn, these girls could sing too. Their debut album Born To Sing was a reasonable effort but the single releases that followed in 1991 were even more impressive. Leading up to the excellent 1992 Funky Divas album, this single collected a handful of remixes together.

The main track is a Curtis Mayfield classic. En Vogue pulled off a great coup made Giving Him Something He Can Feel their own. It is a somewhat slinky but stunning rendition and should be on every genuine soul lovers ipod. Hold On is here with a great remix from Marley Marl. The Hyperradio Remix of My Lovin' is THE mix for me, bringing out the best in this track. More fizz that a can of Dr Pepper. Last but not least, Frankie Knuckles provides a Def Mix of You Don't Have To Worry. All in all, I fine collection but I have added Kevin's Jazz Mix of Give It Up, Turn It Loose because it's a cracking mix by Kevin Dean and I haven't got the rest of the 12" to post. Enjoy!

  • Giving Him Something He Can Feel
  • Hold On (Marley Marl Hip Hop Remix)
  • My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) (Hyperadio Remix)
  • You Don't Have To Worry (Frankie Knuckles Club Remix)
The Download Link is here: Download
Filename: En Vogue.rar Filesize: 54.3 MB

Monday, 4 May 2009

Steinski & Mass Media - We'll Be Right Back 1986

4th & Broadway Records 12 BRWX 59

"We'll be right back after this word from our sponsor."
Only the mind of Steve Stein could come up with this gem. OK, it's not soul but it is an important sidebar in the colourful tomes of Soul & Dance history. After the legend that was Double Dee & Steinski, this could only be an anti-climax but in true Steinski style, it disappointed with pure genius.

Mr. 'Mastercuts' himself, the one and only, Ian Dewhirst tried hard with the remix but there is little that can be done with this piece of cut 'n' paste tomfoolery. Find it on YouTube, enjoy it for what it is, a tip of the hat to a true Americanism.

Why is it in demand, well check out the Acappella Bonus Voices.

  • Hard Sell Mix
  • Acappella Bonus Voices
  • Hard Sell Dub
  • Re-Edit
The Download Link is here: Download
Filename: Steinski.rar Filesize: 35.77 MB

Darkman - Yabba Dabba Doo - (1994)

Wildcard Records, CARDD6 855781-2

Here's a total banger!

Wildcard were another label on a roll in the early nineties. They'd signed China Black after their massive indie success on the Reggae charts with the still brilliant Searching (available for download elsewhere on TSV - I'll also post up a rip of the original indie release which had different mixes), and helped propel it into the pop charts. They also had Nu Colours, another up and coming urban act, and then they signed Darkman, who would go on to score the biggest UK Hiphop chart position to date with the infectious Yabba Dabba Doo.

I remember this track absolutely dominating airplay in the UK in the summer of '94. It was massive both on radio and in the clubs. it would blow up again the following year as well, when it was remixed and rereleased (I'll post the re-release at a later date for sake of completion). However, the finest version of it for me was always the Party Like That Mix, available on both releases.

The Ghetto Lab mix is interesting for the more gangsta take on the lyrics, the 7" Mix is thoroughly decent, as is the bonus track What's not Yours, but, as stated above, it's the anthemic Party Like That Mix all the way for this girl.

Some trivia - Yabba Dabba Doo was produced by Darkman AND a guy called Micky P (I'm pretty sure he was the same Micky P who used to be on KISS FM back in the day, when it was actually good) - no relation to our bossman, I take it? Also, and I never realised this back then, but there was additional production by the Young Disciples' very own Femi Fem. Cool, huh?

- Kymba :)
  • Yabba Dabba Doo (7" Mix)
  • Yabba Dabba Doo (Party Like That Mix)
  • What's Not Yours (Power Lab Censored Mix)
  • Yabba Dabba Doo (Ghetto Lab Mix)

The Download Link is here: Download
Filename: Yabba Dabba Doo.zip File size: 25 MB

Darkman - Who's The Darkman (1994)

Wildcard Records, CARDD8 853489-2

Today's prime cut I'm serving up is Darkman's follow-on single to Yabba Dabba Doo, which you can find elsewhere on this site - "earth gyrl" had posted in the comments section she'd like to see this one posted, so, this one's for you, Gyrl.

Who's The Darkman was a nice follow-up single, but didn't make as huge a splash as Yabba Dabba did. However, it's still a great sounding funky track (despite the kinda loose rapping style at times), and will sound dope played at volume from your car speakers - please tell me I'm not the only one who's been caning Soul Vendor in my car?? I've got an iPod playlist chock full of beautiful urban goodness from here - but I digress.

I like both mixes of this track, and find it hard to pick between them. I think the Shine Mix just edges it, but it kinda depends on my mood. Wicked isn't a bad song, but you'll really be wanting the title track.

If I recall correctly, there were no more releases from Worldwide, the album that accompanied this and Yabba Dabba, but, regardless, the two that were released are HEAVY!

Take care, lovely people.

- Kymba :)
  • Who's The Darkman? (Power Lab 7")
  • Who's The Darkman? (Shine Mix)
  • Wicked (Ghetto Lab Mix)
  • Wicked (Power Lab Mix)

The Download Link is here: Download
Filename: Who's The Darkman.zip File size: 24.54MB (updated and now at 190kbps)

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Sly & Robbie - Make 'em Move 1985

Island Records 12 ISX 251

Sly & Robbie are one of reggae's most prolific production teams. The rhythm section of drummer Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar and bass guitarist Robert Shakespeare started working together in the mid 1970s but both made their name independently on the Jamaican music scene.

They changed the face of reggae several times: in 1976, they introduced the harder style called Rockers, which quickly replaced the then prevalent One Drop style, then introduced the Rub a Dub" sound in the early 1980s. Sly and Robbie were important in developing the trend towards computer assisted music and programming in the mid 1980s.

Chris Blackwell made them the core of the Compass Point All Stars at the Nassau (Bahamas) recording studios where they recorded their 1985 Language Barrier album from which these tracks are taken. Every one's a winner, Bass & Trouble taken straight from the album. The Riot Zone Mixes are Paul 'Groucho' Smykle remixes #2 being the instrumental.

Riot Zone #1
Riot Zone #2
Bass & Trouble
The Download Link is here: Download
Filename: Sly & Robbie.rar Filesize: 41.96 MB