More funky beats from the Mo Wax label and this release from 1999.
Featuring; Bass – J. Curly, Drums – M. Whitefield, Guitar – J. Whitefield, Organ – Til Sahm a.k.a. “The Spooky Grinder” and Percussion – Bo Borale.
The 2 mixes don’t distract from the mix. DJ Spinna’s a bit more Hip Hop, hands-in-the-air mix with bits of brass.
Mo Wax – MWR 114CDE
1 I Changed My Mind (Rattlesnake Mix By Stereo Mc’s Radio Edit) 3:55 2 I Changed My Mind (DJ Spinna Mix) 5:13 3 I Changed My Mind 4:42
From 1997 and sounding a bit like if Flowered Up had covered Underworld’s “Born Slippy.” Atomic Dog where Farid Mahmood and Megamax (from Germany ???)
Steve Hillage does a long ambient mix, very blissed out until the beats hit!
Whatever… – 0098715 WHE
1 Angelfood (Radio Cut) 3:56 2 Angelfood (Red Version) 4:58 3 Angelfood (Cloud 9 Dub) 9:24 4 Angelfood (Blue Version) 5:04
It’s the 90’s so time for some UK Acid Jazz. From April ’93 and a cover of a Bill Wither’s track. Raw Stylus was Jules Brookes & Ron Aslan with a gang of backup musicians.
The Remix has lots more synths in the room. An electro bass. “Boom” seems like a dub version. “Wind This Mother F**ker Up!”
So cool it should come with a warning!
Acid Jazz – JAZID 69CD
1 Use Me (7″ Edit) 3:40 2 Use Me (Main Mix) 5:15 3 Use Me (12″ Remix) 5:38 4 Boom 4:39
Some smooth, funky grooves from ’93 from London duo Rio Hendricks and Robb Scot, in fact the mixes cover most styles, the last 2 mixes being House.
Some jazz horns and funk guitar give it a band feel. The Freejazz has full band line-up. Rio Hendricks -Vocals, Preston – guitar, Vocals Robert “Spike ” Scott – Fender Rhodes, Brother Ray – keyboards, Vocals James Mack – Percussion, Mark Norton – Flute, Orefo Orakwue – bass,Tim Weller – drums and Lefroy -Vocals and attitude.
The Freehip arrangement works best for the song and the pure jazz of the instrumental the Freetime version.
Revco Records – REVCT002
A1 Free Your Mind (Freestyle Version) 5:38 A2 Free Your Mind (Freejazz Version) 6:00 A3 Free Your Mind (Freetime Version) 3:36 B1 Free Your Mind (Freehip Version) 4:10 B2 Free Your Mind (Freeray Version) 4:17 B3 Free Your Mind (Freedom Version) 3:33
The Carpenters get covered by some American Indie artists on this ’94 release to promote the LP, “”If I Were A Carpenter.”
Redd Kross gives a light, emo touch on what was a silly song anyway. The ’85 remix by The Carpenters is also included.
Johnette Napolitano (from Concrete Blonde) and Marc Moreland (Wall Of Voodoo) do quite a good job on “Hurting Each Other” with the rawk guitar a wall of noise.
A&M Records – 580 805-2
1 Redd Kross Yesterday Once More 3:42 2 Carpenters Yesterday Once More (1985 Remix) 3:50 3 Johnette Napolitano With Marc Moreland Hurting Each Other 4:09
Quite silly and from ’97.
Disco Euro Trash that samples Inga Humpe and performed by German musician, Andreas Dorau the person behind by “
Fred vom Jupiter” (1981) – link below
Grungerman (Wolfgang Voigt) certainly adds plenty of deep bass on his mix, hard beats and I like the mix of light and dark.
Forever Sweet make there mix into a bit of Tech House track. Looping and harmonizing Humpe’s vocals.
ElektroMotor – 571 991-2
1 Girls In Love (Original Version) 3:42 2 Girls In Love (Grungerman Remix) 5:16 3 Girls In Love (Forever Sweet Remix) 6:58 4 Singen.Hören. 4:03
Early stuff from OCS and my favourite track by them. Producer Hugo Nicolson and Jimmy Miller mixes rawness with bright guitars. Fantastic Indie Dance and often overlooked.
“My Brother Sarah” is quite electronic, an atmospheric ballad. “Mona Lisa Eyes” is a pure acoustic number (guitar and piano) “Bellechoux” is a flute lead funky instrumental. Cool Jazz vibes.
Fontana – 866 431-2
1 Sway 3:43 2 My Brother Sarah 2:43 3 Mona Lisa Eyes 3:42 4 Bellechoux 3:23
Three Fish was an American rock band formed in 1994 by Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, along with drummer Richard Stuverud (War Babies)and guitarist Robbi Robb (SA’s Asylum Kids and Tribe After Tribe)
This was their debut and only single release. It’s quite gentle rock with almost a folk feel to it. Produced by well respected American producer John Goodmanson. (Sleater-Kinney)
More gentle acoustica on “Can I Come Along ?” plus a short, weird, funky instrumental.
Epic – 663350 2
1 Laced 3:18 2 Can I Come Along? 3:24 3 If Miles Were Alive 1:16
So many bands were knocking about in the late 90’s (probably not as many as now) All were trying for that breakthrough , some were crap others quite average. Only a few broke through and some of them were average! When it comes to International artists, I’m struggling!
Novastar were a Belgian band based around singer/songwriter Joost Zweegers, who also played the piano/guitar.
“Wrong” brings in the orchestra to give it that Epic feel. This does have a bit of class. Wheat from chaff.
“Smooth Flavours” is a little more jangle but has quite a bit of variety, dream pop to Americana. This is an early version.
WEA – 3984 29404 9
1 Wrong 3:34 2 Smooth Flavours 3:41
Guess this is from the 90’s and a cheeky little bootleg from Fred.
A mash-up between Frankie Knuckles “Tears” and ABC’s “One Better World” – they did sound similar anyway. It seems it was well worn and played 🙂
The B-sides are taken up with 4 short beatapella’s from some late 80’s /90’s classics. Probably a DJ tool to create loops.
Not On Label – ABC
A Frankie Knuckles & ABC Tears / One Better World 6:55 B1 Mac Thornhill Horn Beats 2:01 B2 Jay Strongman East To West 2:03 B3 Coldcut This Thing Is Crazy 2:05 B4 Neneh Cherry Buffalo Beats 2:14