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I know I Want You pretty well but hadn’t listened to it in years.  Something I rectified this afternoon.  Great record. 
 

I didn’t know the history at all and listened to Musical Massage this afternoon as well after reading the Wikipedia entry on I Want You. Really enjoyed it. 

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Another great bit of writing Leon Ware did was on this album for evergreen Brazilian beach hunk Marcos Valle. They struck up a writing partnership in the late 70s / early 80s and created some real magic, including Rockin' You Eternally.

 

Wax Poetics did a lovely article a few years ago which have been mercifully saved on the internet:
https://backend.waxpoetics.com/blog/features/articles/rockin-eternally-leon-ware-marcos-valle-story/

 

 

 

Then there's this amazing cover by Ed Motta of Rockin' You Eternally.

 

 

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His longevity is incredible really. Basically a massive star in every era of popular Brazilian music from the 60s up until now. He made some great albums on Far Out more recently. This is my favourite of his, and one of my favourite bits of music full stop. 

 

 

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On the topic of Leon Ware, don’t forget he also co-wrote this Michael Wycoff belter - 90s RnB aficionados will recognise the sample immediately:

 

 

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I didn't realise he wrote that! What a classic.

 

Here's an amazing mix by Sadar Bahar that's well worth checking out. Every time I've seen him he has taken the roof off. The guy has more soul than a sock with a hole. It's a Boiler Room though so obviously comes replete with awkward white people clapping arrhythmically in the background. 

 

 

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I've not heard The Rising Cost of Love before this week, but there appears to be several different recordings of it by various artists. The uptempo disco version by Elkie Brooks from 1979 is by far my favourite. There was a Moton Records re-edit released in 2002, which I suspect is what Prins Thomas was playing in the 2003 DJ set I was listening to. His own remix/re-edit from 2018 is a bit longer. The ending is very nice!

 

 

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Yesterday I listened to that set by Sadar Bahar, who played some stinking tunes - many of which are in my collection already. Tonight was the turn of Dubplate Pearl. Refreshing to see DJ sets with such an emphasis on song selection. 

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On 12/02/2021 at 21:05, acidbearboy said:

I've not heard The Rising Cost of Love before this week, but there appears to be several different recordings of it by various artists. The uptempo disco version by Elkie Brooks from 1979 is by far my favourite. There was a Moton Records re-edit released in 2002, which I suspect is what Prins Thomas was playing in the 2003 DJ set I was listening to. His own remix/re-edit from 2018 is a bit longer. The ending is very nice!

 

 


Yeah, it’s great, and I LOVE Elkie Brooks.

 

Having said that, this is the best version. It’s not as dance floor friendly of course, but it’s in an entirely different class for my money:

 

 

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2 hours ago, acidbearboy said:

Yesterday I listened to that set by Sadar Bahar, who played some stinking tunes - many of which are in my collection already. Tonight was the turn of Dubplate Pearl. Refreshing to see DJ sets with such an emphasis on song selection. 


Glad you liked it! 
 

This is a great Elkie tune. There’s a Moodymann track that samples it too which has dragged this back into the limelight. More than passable version of As on that album as well.

 

 

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I was fiddling around with that app that lets you listen to radio stations around the world last night and it inadvertently led me to a station in Bristol I’d never heard of, with a DJ I’d never heard of, playing a brilliant tune I’ve never heard of by a band I’d never heard of.

 

And this morning I shelled out twenty notes for the 12” it’s on because the other track on there is brilliant too. And it turns out both tracks are on YouTube with brilliant fan videos! So enjoy brilliant Psychic Mirrors, mes amis:

 


 

 

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They're great! I'm sure I've heard that first one before when it's popped up on Spotify but that second one is definitely new to me. I had to look up if they're actually from the 80s as they have completely nailed the sound. Well worth the cash.

 

Here's a couple of curios. Not one, but two steel band interpretations of a Roy Ayers classic. One from Trinidad and the other from Shepherds Bush, via Trinidad. I saw the Ebony Steel Band one in the flesh recently but absolutely could not justify the expense. Maybe one day.

 

 

 

 

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That Ebony Steel Band one is amazing!

 

Yes I love it when modern bands get that stuff right like Psychic Mirrors have, it’s so hard to get a properly authentic 80s future sound going but they have got it dot on...I think it’s from 2011 or something, certainly has no right to feel so fresh.

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On 22/02/2021 at 21:19, acidbearboy said:

Couple of funk nuggets from a Prins Thomas DJ set.

 

The Equals - Mystic Sister 

 

 


That’s a new one on me, what a tune!

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