Friday, May 26, 2017

10 essential Miami WMC jams…

10 essential Miami WMC jams / USG – Ncameu (Main Vocal Mix) (Clairaudience)
Don’t ever ask me why… I’ve always felt like an instant impression of hypnotic animality on this. As if it had been conceived to let the dancer leave control to bring her/him to another galaxy. Here we have nothing but a dream team of Chicago talents. From Ron Trent and Anthony Nicholson who produced it. To sultry songstress D’Borah Rivers. Not to mention a then relatively unknown Peven Everett on Trumpet.
10 essential Miami WMC jams / Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You (Roulé Music)
I was doin’ a brief stop at some beach party when I first got to hear this. I can’t remember who ever was spinning but the effect happened to be the one of a bomb from the very first note of Stardust. One could feel the surprise in the eyes of a collegue of mine. And also the instant effect it had on people dancing. We most likely all felt there was something apart on it. Just like Daft Punk‘s ‘Around The World’ had it the year before. With its rumblin bassline cleverly embedding elements of Chaka Khan‘s ‘Fate’. To me, one of the most brilliant episodes of the French Touch!
10 essential Miami WMC jams / Ann Nesby – Witness (Roachin Da Bassbin Mix) (AM:PM/Promo)
Writing for various mags at the time, I regularly found myself switching from R&B, Hip-Hop or Soul to House, Techno or Drum & Bass vibes. This explaining how I had the same pleasure listening to original works and remixes. Quite familiar with Sounds Of Blackness and their producers – Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis – listening to their former lead singer’s material happened to be quite natural. I just felt like so lucky to be given a copy of the AM:PM WMC’ 98 by Simon Dunmore soon before he came to lauch Defected Records. A limited sampler which features this stellar mix that never saw the light commerically. Although it’s such an oustanding rework. By Farley & Heller if not doin’ a mistake…
10 essential Miami WMC jams / Voom Voom – Baby³ (Version 1) (Compost Records)
By the beginning of the 2000’s, I was most likely dealin’ with the boiling Electronic Jazz scene. This getting me to meet people such as dZihan & Kamien and Jazzanova. But also Fauna Flash or Beanfield among others. When coming to listen for the very first time to ‘Baby³’, I was once again attending to a beach party, with Kruder behind the decks. I got literally taken into this electro Disco vocoderized joint, somehow standing at the crossroad between Giorgio Moroder and Daft Punk. And so overwhelmed when Kruder gave me an Advanced copy of it…
10 essential Miami WMC jams / Natalie Cole – Tell Me All About It (Smooth Edit) (Sounds Like Ultra)
What I loved about the 70’s/early 80’s is that we got exposed to such a musical diversity. This being how I came to appreciate things such as the Blue-Eyed Soul. And how I eventually discovered artists like Steely Dan, Bill LaBounty and Michael Franks among others. The biggest classic from the latter, ‘Tell Me All About It’ resurfaced 20 years later. As covered by Treena Rose on Jellybean Records. But also under the form of a white label titled Alan Smithee in Blue Blackness a few weeks before the Conf’. I discovered it back then during a sunset mix by the likes of Danny Krivit. It was an unofficial remix of Natalie Cole‘s version of it. I hopefully found a copy of it a couple of hours later at Uncle Sam’s…
10 essential Miami WMC jams / Ron Hall & The Muthafunkaz feat. Marc Evans – The Way You Love Me (Original) (Defected Records)
2005 happened to be my last round at the Miami Winter Music Conference. Among its not to be missed events, the famous Defected Records party that used to be held back then next to the pool of the National Hotel. I remember my attention being caught up when I first heard a boiling groove embedding a sample from Teddy Pendergrass‘Come Go With Me’. Trying to get to know more about it, a few people told me it was like a best kept secret at the time. I realized years after when it finally saw the light that it was the one I’d heard back then…

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