Saturday, May 27, 2017

Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness VS Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime

Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness (Polydor)
The definitive highlight of Kool & The Gang‘s 1974 released ‘Lights Of The World’ album, back at a time when the band was more into Jazz/Funk fusion (their first period, before becomin’ the Disco hit machine we know). And certainly one of the most sophisticated composition of all times built on smooth melodies built’ as as many waves comin’ over a synth part running on a psyche orgasmic-like progression. Embedded although not officially credited on the ‘Rocky’ OST two years later and sampled by countless artists since, from Guru to Aaliyah or Erykah Badu among others. When not heavily influencing others like Ray Hayden (Opaz) or Jerald Daemyon in 1996…
Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime (Jive)
Standing as the biggest classic by the likes of Philadelphia pals Jeff Townes (DJ Jazzy Jeff) and Will Smith who would get a Grammy Award for it back in 1992. The lead single of ‘Homebase’, the fourth of the 5 albums they released together from 1987 to 1993, with production work by the likes of Chicago-based Hula K. Fingers featuring singer LaVette Goodman on the background vocals who later on released a couple of singles on Strictly Rhythm. One of the countless sampled cuts/extrapolations of Kool & The Gang‘s ‘Summer Madness’ serving as the right vehicle to Jazzy Jeff‘s positive lyrics…
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