Today’s trax



Use me  –  Esther Phillips (In August 1984 i heard on the radio that this lady had died, i was cooking breakfast and dropped a fried egg on the floor  – i have never eaten a fried egg since as i was so devastated  …  originally released on C.T.I. …  written by Bill Withers)

I gotta keep dancing  –  Carrie Lucas (One of the early hits of Soul Train Records – named after  Don Cornelius  ‘Mr. Soul Train’ himself    … S.T. later metamorphosed into Solar Records which was subtitled as ‘Sound of Los Angeles Records’ … this trak was re-released as ‘Keep Smilin’ on Solar Records – with an added 2 1/2 mins extra)

Over and over  –  Material featuring Nona Hendryx (An assemblage of musicians headed by Bill Laswell – released mainly extended play 12″ on a variety of New York independent labels … released on the then most hip label in N.Y. – Ze Records  …  Nona is/was part of Labelle known for the original Lady Marmalade hit)

Falling for you  –  Ananda Project featuring Terrance Downs (Producer, writer, multi-instrumentalist – Chris Brann decided to have a side ‘Project’ which became a major project  …  released on King Street/Night Grooves Records)

Today’s trax



Sure hope you mean  –  Raphael Saadiq (Past member of Tony Toni Tone – Raphael give us a sixties throw back in 2009/10 which reminds you of that raw Soul sound of Sam Cooke, The Four Tops et al)

Hooray for Hollywood  –  Coney Island Chorus Girls (Inspired by the film montage ‘That’s Entertainment’ – producers ‘Rinder & Lewis’ harks back to the golden age of movies musicals …released on American Variety International Records also known as A.V.I.)

Always there  –  Willie Bobo (This was an originally instrumental hit for Ronnie Laws, then a vocal was added for Side Effect afterwards Willie’s version which is more Latin Jazz – tune went on to be a massive hit for Incognito featuring Jocelyn Brown and a House/Garage  version for Charvoni)

Gotta work  –  Robert Owens (A House Legend – this man was there in the beginning of Chicago … has been produced by Frankie Knuckles, one part of Fingers Inc., made records for Trax Records, produced & remixed by David Morales … the list is endless released on Freetown Inc.)

Today’s trax



God is love/Mercy mercy me  –  Sounds of Blackness (What’s going on – Marvin Gaye was such an iconic lp that was in most Soul music fans homes … S.o.B burst on the scene as the first release of Terry Jam & Jimmy Lewis’s Perspective Records … both trax are/were featured on that Marvin lp)

Wastin’ my love  –  Sticky Fingers (The Canadian trio ‘Three Hats Productions’ released their productions under different names and through different labels – usually vocalists were The Duncan Sisters …. released on Prelude Records … this was sample was featured on Must be the music – Joey Negro)

E.T. Boogie   –  Extra T’s (In the mid to late seventies – some big science fiction movies spawned offshoot records, be it cover versions of the sound trax or otherwise  … The Extra Terrestrial was likewise …  movie directed by Steven Speilberg … record released on Sunnyview)

You are somebody  –  Eric S featuring Martha Jean “The Queen” (The quote ‘Swedish House’ usually sends a shudder through my spine however not in this case  …  believe this could have been a monster trak if it got the right amount of airplay  … released on Playground Music Scandanavia)