In 2006, two guys from Copenhagen paired up and produced a fantastic album with a unique sound. A little bit soul, a little bit dance, a sense of humor, synths, strings, guitars, the works. Since then, both of them don’t seem to have done anything as far as music is concerned, which is a shame. Enjoy this seven year old track which still sounds bright, fresh and promising.
Right now it is the DEAD center middle of the winter. You are miserable. I am anxious. And a lot of people around are really annoyingly low. It is cold, bleak and it is terrible. Alas, here is a 10+ minute song about tentative optimism and warm weather. The track is pure escapism so it will not make summer come early, but at least there is a glint of it.
“When my baby walk, you know she’s fine and mellow. Every time she stops, her flesh it shake like jello.”
Happy Valentine’s Day! Chester Burnett knows how to compliment a lady. Not only that, but with a badass blues name like Howlin’ Wolf, an imposing 6′ 3″, 300 pound frame, and his trademark growl, the guy was a force of nature.
Howlin’ Wolf was a quintessential artist in the electrified Chicago blues style that emerged in the early 50′s; a direct precursor to rock and roll. Though he’s arguably one of the most important Blues artists of all time, Wolf eschewed many of the stereotypical bluesman trappings, doing some seriously un-bluesman-like things. Such as handling his personal finances well his whole life, fairly compensating his sidemen, and not having any out-of-control substance abuse or gambling problems.
Despite having his shit together in his business and personal life, Howlin’ Wolf was an out-of-control visceral performer as evident on “Shake For Me”, the lead-off track on his essential self-titled album, released in 1960.
Words by Donny Potter
In the early 1980s a few producers and DJs, mainly in Chicago and Detroit, began to mix together disco, soul and early electronic music. Larry Heard, aka Mr. Fingers, was at the center of the Chicago scene and was the first to focus on mixing disco’s soulfulness specifically with the new electronic styles coming mostly from Europe. His music keeps discos very human touch. This later track by Heard is also a perfect combination of composition and atmosphere, lush humanity shining through a drum machine and a few synthesizers..
Words by Peter Fusco