Bring Down The Groove

This week on the Seven O Clock Sample, we are exploring the funky dance sounds of Deee-Lite.

In the 1990s, there were few groups that had the combo of dance grooves, poppy hooks and funky samples like the 3 of Deee-Lite. Super Dj Dmitir and Towa Tei created beautiful soundscapes for the luscious Lady Ms. Keir to sing and dance to. While there was without a doubt, a certain level of gimick to the Deee-Lite appeal, there was a lot of fantastic sampling going on too!

Towa Tei was without a doubt the driving force of much of this funk, a native of Tokyo and a Bronx breed producer, he knows his way around the classic funk, soul and jazz sections of your favorite New York record shop.

Remember this hit?…

Of course you remember this jam, it may even make you roll your eyes! LOL!
But there is no denying that there is a lot of funk in this jam, and some of that is thanks to Mr. Herbie Hancock!

YO DJ! Throw that record on!

Thanks you Mr. Hancock, as always you are the man!

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I Like Covers But Not Cover Bands

I’ve always liked cover songs. The good ones at least. I know that some people detest them. They say things like “What’s the point, if I want to hear that song I’ll listen to the original”. Obviously, they’ve never heard Spanky Wilson’s funky assed version of “Sunshine of Your Love”. Or the Blind Boys of Alabama’s transcendant version of the Rolling Stones’ “Just Wanna See His Face”.
The best covers use the originals as a starting point and then go off into directions unknown. They are surprising. It’s that mix of the familiar and the strange that make them so much fun to listen to. The artist makes the song their own, no matter how familiar the original may be.

That’s why, on the other hand, that I’ve never liked cover bands. Totally different ball game here. The job of a cover band is to perform note for note covers of the originals. To which I say, “What’s the point…?”

Each weekday afternoon at 5:00 PM, I present the 5 O’Clock Shadow, an original and a cover back to back. Do you have any suggestions?