Marlena Shaw – Woman Of The Ghetto [Akshin Alizadeh Remix]

October 27, 2015 in Singles

Marlena Shaw Woman Of The Ghetto Remixes Cold BustedNo, I didn’t think it needed doing, either – some classic tracks just oughta be left alone! So I’m somewhat surprised – but very happy – to report that Azerbaijani producer Alizadeh has absolutely knocked this one out of the park.

In his hands, Woman Of The Ghetto becomes a lazy, laidback jazzual affair, all dusty beats, squalling sax, fluttering Moog, wukka-wukking geetar and of course that vocal, or at least the “I want you to get together” bit of it. And as I said, it’s a stone cold bomb, the combination of Marlena’s voice, headnoddin’ trip-hop beats and just a touch of jazz-funk noodle proving irresistible.

If you want to be a bit more subtle with it, there’s also an accompanying instrumental.

Out: This week, I think… they didn’t say, but that’s when the promo expired

About: This is brought to you by LA label Cold Busted, who’ve long been TIWWD’s favourite purveyors of lo-fi/trip-hop/stoner jazz-type shenanigans. Find ’em here, here and here.

Marlena Shaw – Woman Of The Ghetto (Akshin Alizadeh Remix)

June 19, 2014 in Singles

Marlena Shaw Woman Of The Ghetto Cold BustedA complete change of pace now… LA-based Cold Busted are one of my fave labels for lo-fi funk, stoner-friendly downtempo vibes and such, but what with this being primarily a house blog and there only being so many hours in the day, they don’t get as much love on TIWWD as I might like. This, though, is their 100th release so it definitely deserves a shout!

To mark the centenary, they’ve drafted in Azerbaijan-based producer Alizadeh to serve up this (officially licensed and 100% legit) refix of Marlena Shaw’s soul classic Woman Of The Ghetto, as sampled by Blueboy and St Germain. Alizadeh’s take is a lazy, lo-slung, west coast-ish groove, with boom-bap beats, wah-wah guitar and sprightly piano licks topped by parping 80s sax. It’s available in vocal and instrumental versions, though as the former mostly just loops up the “I want you to get together… put your ha-ands together one time” (with not a “geng-gegga-geng” or a “remember me” to be heard) there’s not a lot in it as to which mix to plump for… either will slot into those bar/beach/BBQ sets perfectly.

You might be thinking that such a well-loved classic didn’t really need reworking, and you’d have a point. But Alizadeh’s done a fine job here all the same.

Out: This week

About: Find Cold Busted here, here and here.

M-Capio – Dot Dash EP

October 13, 2013 in Singles

M-Capio Dot Dash EP Plain Sound RecordingsTime for a change of pace now, with an EP packed full of dusty, lo-fi beats from M-Capio, AKA Irish producer Jonny Mac.

“After several deep and tech EPs, this time I’m getting back to my roots with some trip-hop, dub and disco beats,” Jonny told me in his email, and yeah, that just about covers it. Neon Dub is a slo-mo skanker for which my notes read “laidback stoner beats”, Sandy Says puts extensive spoken Obama samples over what sound like distorted trombone samples and a wonky, scratchy backbeat your average Bay Area backpacker would be proud of , while finally Hills Of Funk is livelier, funkier number with an 80s disco sound palette that gets a bit Axel F in places.

Neon Dub is the standout for me but as changes of pace go this’ll do nicely all round.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Plain Sound Recordings, a Denver-based label who haven’t featured on TIWWD until tonight. They describe their remit as “house, techno and abstract composition” so I’m guessing this falls into the latter category! To find out more, hit ’em up on Facebook and/or Soundcloud.

Vitamin D – Love May Come

January 24, 2012 in Singles

For someone who’s not usually a fan of dusty hip-hop and lo-fi sample epics, I seem to be reviewing a few on here lately, mostly courtesy of Cold Busted. And here’s another f’rinstance, a two-tracker from the label boss himself.

Love May Come is a scratch n’ paste affair, fusing 70s soul and Hawaiian (well, steel guitar and birdsong) flavas into a lazy, sun-drenched loper perfect for Sunday sessions and summer chillage. Over on the B, Work Week Creep is a moodier, breaksier affair. If Norman Jay played the former, then Shadow or Tobin might play the latter – not that I’d presume to second-guess any of those respected turntablists but you get the idea!
Good stuff, basically, and a nice change of tempo for TIWWD. Gotta be done sometimes.
Out: This week
About: As I’ve mentioned several times lately, Cold Busted are based in Denver, Colorado and can be found on that there Big World-Conquering Book Of Face

Mister T – Gentle Music

January 15, 2012 in Albums

Because it was before Xmas it seems like ages now, but it was actually a mere 24 days ago that I reviewed the album Seven Wonders by Mojo Rising, saying that not a lot of such downtempo, dusty kinda vibes make it onto TIWWD. Well, here we are 24 days later and here’s another album of mellow, funk-fuelled goodness from the same stable, Denver’s Cold Busted.

Mister T hails from Athens, Greece and Gentle Music is his debut full-length. Within its grooves you’ll find raw retro funk (Everything Is Wah, Rastas Funky Well), quirky electronic lounge vibes (Cocktails, Memories) and lo-fi near-instrumental hip/trip-hop (Hip Soul, Lazy Sound, Back To Bristol), ending with the scratchy, vibraphone-laden Living Room. I can think of no better way of describing it further, than to say that I’m writing this on a Sunday afternoon and that’s probably the perfect time to hear this album, as well.
Perfect lazy, laidback vibes for sofa-surfers and lounge lizards everywhere, then. And the second winner on the bounce from Cold Busted.
Out: This week
About: If you dig your downtempo funk/trip-hop/lo-fi grooves then Cold Busted have plenty more where this one came from. Check out their radio show as well.