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Bought a Silk album blind in the charity shop - turns out Freak Me by Another Level (1998) was originally written and performed by Keith Sweat and Silk in 1992.

 

 

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80s Balearic Beat favourite Jibaro by Electra, an early Paul Oakenfold production, was in fact a cover of the 1974 track of the same name by Spanish/Columbian brothers Elkin and Nelson. The original version is densely layered latin funk - I bet it sounds great on vinyl. Also check the stripped back and rather intense live tv performance.

 

 

 

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Show Me Love by Robin S was originally released in 1990, without THAT bassline.

 

 

I was also unaware that Vaughan Mason (Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll) was involved in Raze's Break 4 Love and Doug Lazy's Let It Roll. All classics of their genres.

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I was into home taping from the top 40 as a kid, but there were a bunch of songs that stayed with me despite me never knowing the name. One track that I always wanted to re-find was some dance number that sampled a test match cricket anthem or something, and a year or so ago I finally tracked it down.

 

 

To be honest I could probably fill this thread with anecdotes of "trying to find the version of a song I heard on the radio but there are dozens of different "edits" on iTunes". I heard a mix of Jungle Brothers "I'll House You" that stayed in my mind for years and I only discovered what I deemed to be the "right" version after hearing numerous variations:

 

 

What makes this one worse is that I think I originally taped it from the radio about a minute after it had started, so nothing was familiar until I scanned along! I can't be the only one with this weird "nostalgia" where the first variation of a track you hear - even if it's not the original - will always be the "right" one?

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It's awful, yes, but I was probably 9 at the (pre-internet) time and so radio garbage was all I knew. ;) As an aside, WhoSampled has always been a godsend for finding these sorts of terrible curios from the past, especially for someone who followed sample-heavy dance rubbish. :) 

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No need to defend your taste. We all like some garbage. Besides, nostalgia cares not for quality. Pretty sure I have something decent with Mr Roy's name on. 

 

WhoSampled is a fantastic resource but it can be a real wormhole. I spent a good few hours listening to sample sources from FSOL's Lifeforms, which was recently re-released. It got me wondering if they actually played a note of melody in creating it. But listening back to it in full today - it's still a great record. 

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Today I learnt that Josh Wink's Higher State of Consciousness started out as a downtempo track on a 1994 chillout compilation album on Strictly Rhythm records called The Deep & Slow. It was remixed and released as a single the following year, with the 12" featuring 3 new versions all made by Josh Wink - one of which was the Tweekin' Acid Funk version that hit the charts and was subsequently remixed several times.

 

Here's the original:

 

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On 26/03/2018 at 19:57, acidbearboy said:

Pretty sure I have something decent with Mr Roy's name on. 

This?

 

 

I've been trying to find a tune I heard at a house party in 1995. Pretty sure it must be a version / mix of Funk & Drive by K&M - a bit like this, if the whole track sounded like the synthy bit that starts at 2.31.

 

 

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21 hours ago, Dapple said:

This?

 

I think it probably was that, yeah. I thought I had a Mr Roy remix of Nikita Warren - I Need You, but Something About You just samples the piano loop from it. The remix 12" I have from '96 features Nush and Basement Jaxx. The only other thing in my library by Mr Roy is a mediocre remix of Gat Decor - Passion. 

 

Can't help with the K&M Funk Drive thing, sorry.

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Nothing specific, but recently an M-Beat/Renk compilation creeped into my Spotify recommendations and it's led to a spot of "ohhh so that's where that vague memory of a tune comes from" enlightenment... :) Although the first two tracks were already permanent fixtures in some of my current playlists!

 

 

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It turns out that Saffron from Republica did a stint with N-Joi in the 90s, before hitting the big-time with Republica. She may have sung a few live PAs, but she sure ain't singing on the record - that was a Gwen Guthrie sample (and a couple of others). 

 

Singing

 

Miming

 

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Street Player by Chicago has been on my want list since I first heard it on Norman Jay's Notting Hill Carnival Essential Mix in 1996. Obviously I knew the sample from The Bomb by The Bucketheads, but I thought the full track was really something else. Sadly, I have never seen a copy of the 12" or even the LP it was featured on in the 24 years since then. I recently saw a lockdown DJ set from Bob Sinclar, who also played the track and I joked moaned to my wife that kids these days have it easy - no paper wantlists to carry around, and no scouring each and every record shop you encounter for old tracks - and that this holy grail of Disco could probably be had in iTunes for 99p now (it can actually be had for 79p). What I found out today though, was that Chicago's version was actually a cover - the original was done the year before (1978) by Rufus and Chaka Khan. 

 

 

Here's a really, really tight cover version that I just found on youtube - great vocalist and trumpet solo. 

 

 

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There are six versions of Chris Rea's classic Josephine. I listened to them all and made some notes.

 

1985 (3:53) original single version - slow paced with a driving bassline. no funk

 

1985 (3:58) shamrock diaries version - remade with a chic-style rhythm guitar and funky bassline

 

1985 (5:38) remix single - similar to above but with a stronger beat and an extended intro

 

1987 (7:10) french edit - extended version of the above, with an even longer intro

 

1988 (4:17) new light through old windows (best of) - smooth uptempo version included only on the US LP release. funky bassline similar to the shamrock diaries version, but without the chic-style rhythm guitar. smoother keys and lead guitar work over the top. (included on the road to hell 2019 remaster)

 

1988 (4:34) new light through old windows (best of) - slower, with a light reggae feel featured on the standard release.

 

Here's a playlist with them all (the 1985 remix is my favourite)

 

 

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Gilles Peterson played that Street Player cover when I saw him last summer. I didn't even realise it was a different version until he grabbed the mic and shouted out that it was from Russia. It's so good. Sounds a lot like a version Dimitri From Paris might make.

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On 14/04/2020 at 02:07, acidbearboy said:

Also I heard this for the first time tonight - sampled heavily in SL2 - On A Ragga Tip from 1992.

 

 

 

Nice. As well as a label, Blacker Dread used to have a record shop in Brixton. There is a good documentary - Being Blacker - about him but it's not about his shop or label really, more about where he is now (or was two years ago).

 

I have a few records on that label, my favourites being two of the albums that came out with a cast of various ragga artists - Nuclear War and Rougher Neck Fashions.

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Finally by CeCe Penstion popped up on Kisstory the other day in the car. Classic track with a monster bassline, which I would love to hear on a big club system. I read a comment on Discogs or Youtube from somebody saying the song was just a rip off of CeCe Rogers - Someday. I think that's being a little unfair having listened to them both side by side, but I was surprised to not have noticed the similarities before. Not a big fan of the CeCe Rogers track personally, I can appreciate the sentiment, and Liquid's Sweet Harmony is hugely indebted to it, but I find the production to be rather flat and the adlibs on keys/vocals in the second half drag on a bit. 

 

 

 

 

 

Hate that solo in the fourth minute! Spoils an otherwise great mix!

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