Wednesday, August 16, 2017

10 essential lazy jams / Cast your fav!

10 essential lazy jams10 essential lazy jams… Like always, a selection is per definition limited, this time seeing us dealing with so to say hybrids. Too groovy already to be considered as slow joints. And most likely too lascivious to be played at peak time in the clubs… As a result, many are the gems we couldn’t talk about here, even though they would have definitely deserved the mention.

No need to say how this selection is way from being exhaustive, most likely due to find an extension later when the right time comes. Nevertheless, you should find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of  beats’n’ pieces where the emotion gets to the next limit.

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.

10 essential lazy jams / The Floaters – Float On (ABC Records)
The biggest if not the only classic by the likes of this group formed in 1976 by Detroit Emerald members James Mitchell and Marvin Willis. But also Paul Mitchell, Larry Cunningham, Charles Clark, and Ralph Mitchell. Taken from their 1977 eponymous album with production courtesy of Woody Wilson, its long version (more than 11 minutes) was one of the first 12″ to have a commercial release. Hip-Hop group Stesasonic eventually gave it a cover version 11 years after…
10 essential lazy jams / The Gap Band – Yearning For Your Love (Mercury)
Not as successful as the in yer face ‘Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)’, also taken from their 1980 ‘The Gap Band III’ album… The quiet stormy ‘Yearning For Your Love’ would nevertheless influence countless artists. People who eventually covered it or sampled it along with time. From Guy to Heavy D or Common to name but a few. It marked a change of approach for the band. With less synth parts and more space for the guitars and percussion. Not to mention Charlie Wilson‘s smooth baritone vocal performance…
10 essential lazy jams / Juicy – Sugar Free (Epic)
Getting their name from Mtume‘s ‘Juicy Fruit’ and in the same vein as the latter… Allison Bragdon, Jerry Barnes, Johnny Tucker, Katreese Barnes and Wyatt Staton scoring their biggest classic with this lascivious funky slapped bass-driven jam, conceived as a response to ‘Juicy Fruit’. Taken from their 1985 released ‘It Takes Two’ album, with production work courtesy of Eumir Deodato
10 essential lazy jams / Diana Ross – Muscles (RCA)
The opening cut to her 1982 ‘Silk Electric’ album (her second offering on RCA after leaving the Motown label). With production by no one else but long time friend Michael Jackson. Featuring the sultry Patti Austin (backing vocals) and Bill Wolfer (synth). But also Denzil Miller (Keyboards) and Nathan Watts (bass).
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