Mon. Apr. 22, 2019

10 essential Unity songs / Cast your fav!

10 essential Unity songs10 essential Unity songs… Like always, a selection is per definition limited. As far as one can remember, music has always stood as one of our closest companions to express our feelings whatever they may be. With its main power being its ability to lift up our hearts and souls. Not to mention the eventuality to get us standing together as one. Wherever we may be coming from. And whatever language we may be speaking and so forth. As a result, many are the gems we couldn’t talk about here. Even though they would have definitely been worth a mention.

Once again, 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 themes needing our attention in our respective search for a better tomorrow.

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 Unity songs / McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now (Philadelphia International Records)
In this world under the domination of diktats and trends, this 1979 classic by the likes of Gene McFadden and John Whitehead pretty much appeared like an alternative. And, by that, the common denominator for a whole generation of (Black) music lovers who, while clubbing, would be offered a different programmation. Miles away from what was displayed already back then on a big majority of radio stations. This to the noticable exception of those still in memories 30 years after. From WBLS by the time of Frankie Crocker to Radio Luxembourg by the time of Tony Prince. Not to mention Radio 1 by the time of Tony Blackburn [More…]
10 essential Unity songs / Joe Smooth – Promised Land (DJ International)
Not to be missed with Chuck Berry‘s 1965 released song of the likes. Chicago DJ/producer Joseph Lorenzo, Jr. Welbon‘s biggest classic ever back in 1987. And, in the meantime, one of Rocky Jones‘s DJ International Records label’s landmarks.
A highly inspiring song, soon after given a cover version by British outfit The Style Council. Thus inviting us to join as brothers and sisters. This in a world – the promised land – where “we’ll be free from violence, people crying in the streets…” As many words reamining so up to date nowadays. Don’t you think? [More…]
10 essential Unity songs / Terry Callier – Love Theme From Spartacus (Zero 7 Remix) (Talkin’ Loud)
Composed by Alex North as a part of the OST of the Stanley Kubrik1960 directed film ‘Spartacus’ featuring Kirk Douglas in the main role. And covered by numerous Jazzmen such as Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal and Yusef Lateef. Chicago-based Jazz, Soul and Folk guitarist/singer/songwriter Terry Callier would give it a new dimension. This while adding lyrics on his 1997 ‘TimePeace’ album. With Talkin’ Loud label head Gilles Peterson commissioning various remixers on its single release. From Zero 7 to Roy Davis, Jr., 4Hero and Peven Everett. “Only love will set us free” is the theme. Pretty much speakin’ for itself here as well…
10 essential Unity songs / Incognito – Freedom To Love (Atjazz Remix) (Reel People Music)
Co-written by Incognito‘s mastermind Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick with long time collaborator Dominic Ski Oakenfull. Then released as a part of their 2008 ‘Tales From The Beach’ album on Dôme Records. A pretty much inspiring message delivered by the instantly recognizable Tony Momrelle, leavin’ the door open for those who try. Meanwhile given a new life 4 years after on Reel People Music. This with 2 remix packages, respectively by the likes of Reel People themselves and Atjazz
10 essential Unity songs / Voices – Can U See The Light (Kings Of Tomorrow Remix) (white label)
A Body & Soul classic back in the day. ‘Can U See The Light’ appeared in uncleared conditions and, as a result, as a white label if not a bootleg. This highly uplifting jam as remixed by Kings Of Tomorrow‘s Sandy Rivera features some of the most beautiful voices of the House scene as a matter of fact. From Michelle Weeks to Dawn Tallman and the late Sabrynaah Pope. One has hardly got anything better than this since then [More…]
10 essential Unity songs / Blaze presents UDAUFL – We Are One (Shrine Horn Mix) (King Street)
Put together back in 2004 by Blaze. This collective of artists named Underground Dance Artists United For Life saw the light in order to raise funds for the reasearch against AIDS. Taken from their ‘Keep Hope Alive’ album. Most likely its most meaningful track, as illustrated by its straightforward lyrics. Not to be missed though with Black Coffee & Hugh Masekela‘s goodie of the likes [More…]
10 essential Unity songs / Masters At Work feat. Roy Ayers – Our Time Is Coming (MAW Records)
Believe in yourself is the word on this 2001 released jam by the likes of Masters At Work‘s Louie Vega and Kenny Dope. The famous twosome jammin’ along with Gene Perez on bass, Selan (Lerner) on keyboards and Luisito Quintero on percussion. This with the unmistakable Roy Ayers in charge of the vocal parts and the vibraphone…
10 essential Unity songs / David Peaston – We’re All In This Together (Frankie Knuckles & David Morales Clubbed Mix) (Geffen Records)
One of the most beautiful voices ever, the late falsetto R&B/Swing singer David Peaston on the highly emotional ‘We’re All In This Together’. Given a remix by New Jack Swing mogul Teddy Riley. And also turned in a highly vibrant way by the likes of David Morales and the late Frankie Knuckles back in 1989 [More…]
10 essential Unity songs / Charles Dockins presents James Howard – We Can Make It (Wake Up) (Remember Disco 80 Mix) (Downtown)
Originally released in 1991 on Canadian label Emotive Records, this early work by the likes of Baltimore-based producer Charles Dockins would nevertheless be given its best version, as remixed by Andrea Gemolotto and Sergio Portaluri on Italian label Downtown Records. A cut, the title of which speaks for itself. Thus dealing with the necessity for all of us to unite and leave like a family. With this remaining possible anytime. We can do it if we try. But do we want it at the end?
10 essential Unity songs / Shannon – Stronger Together (Mirage)
WDC-Born singer Brenda Shannon Greene came to prominence in the mid-80’s. This with the synth Funk led ‘Let The Music Play’ and ‘Give Me Tonight’. Two cuts followed the year after by the speaking for itself titled ‘Stronger Together’ which opened her second offering. In other words, the 1985 released ‘Do You Wanna Get Away’ album, produced by Chris Barbosa and Mark Liggett

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