10 essential Talkin Loud classics… I guess I’ll never thank enough Hervé Duflot for havin’ introduced me to Talkin’ Loud label head Gilles Peterson. That happened back at the beginning of the 90’s at Paris Le Sherazade. Spinnin’ there, Peterson eventually gave me a promo copy of Incognito‘s ‘Can You Feel Me’. This would be the start of a long time friendship which led me to meet Incognito for an interview in London the year after. But also to follow the development of his label along with time. And God knows how this adventure happened to be so exciting. Therefore givin’ birth to some of the most beautiful pieces of music one may think of…
A label which he named after his Dingwalls club night ‘Talkin’ Loud And Sayin’ Something’ along with Patrick Forge.
Working with Norman Jay, he heavily contributed to the maturation of the contemporary groove. Bridging the gaps between periods and genres. But also artists coming from various horizons. From Incognito to Carl Craig, from Masters At Work to 4Hero and the list goes on.
Gilles Peterson has left Talkin’ Loud. From then, he has created his own label – Brownswood Recordings – in 2006.
A famous radio personality as well, one can catch Gilles Peterson every Saturday from 03:00pm to 06:00pm local time on BBC Radio 6.
As usual, no need to say how this selection is way from being exhaustive. Nevertheless, you should find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of highly energetic jams where the infectiousness of the groove predominates.
Wishing you’ll enjoy the ride as much as we did, while putting this together for you. With your feedback, and a mention of your favorite song more than welcome.
“Always there to please you…” What a better way to describe Incognito‘s music at the end of the day? A group which Gilles Peterson heavily contributed to get back to light after a 10 year hiatus. Takin’ on where Ronnie Laws but also Willie Bobo and Side Effect left, Jean-Paul Bluey Maunick and cohorts would score one of their signature cuts with their cover version of ‘Always There’ featuring Disco diva Jocelyn Brown at the peak of her art. With David Morales delivering one of his most brilliant remixes ever.
Bringin’ me back to the first time I met Omar. That happened at the office of Kongo Records in London, although I can’t remember if he’d already signed with Talkin’ Loud back then. But who cares at the end? Omar most likely embody to me that boiling generation of Yobebees (translate Young Black British) which made the local scene the most exciting in the world at the time. I suppose I could have said there’s nothing like this. And this song pretty much put Omar as one of the most talented artists of his generation. No wonder why I ended up bringing him for a cover story on the magazine – ‘Black News – I was working for back then.
To be honest, Rap has never been my cup o’ tea as running too much on clichés and vulgarity. I wouldn’t say the same though as far as Hip-Hop is concerned with groups like De La Soul or Gangstarr among others. Not to mention MC Solaar. A French lyricist of African descent gifted with the talent of playin’ with words (like Gainsbourg). A fact which France native Talkin’ Loud manager Gilles Peterson has without a single doubt noticed. ‘Bouge de là’ standing as Solaar‘s best composition along with ‘Nouveau Western’, borrowing a sample from Cymandé‘s 1973 classic ‘The Message’.
I suppose I’ll never thank enough long time friend Louie Vega for havin’ given me an ultra rare promo copy of this gem back in the day in Miami. Back then he and partner Kenny Dope collaborated quite extensively with George Benson. This givin’ birth to a handful of masterpieces such as ‘You Can Do It’ and the aforementioned. A cut where they shared the duties with the late Tommy LiPuma productionwise. And a brilliant rendition of Donny Hathaway‘s classic of the likes to which they eventually gave a Latin Jazz flavor…