[Every Friday #22] > Serge Gainsbourg – Melody {1971}

I just brought my two sons to the station, leaving for their first solo trip to Paris. So this needs to be a French tune.

Serge Gainsbourg was a genius. Starting with chansons and clever lyrics in the late 50s, he soon made a point releasing music that always captured the spirit of the times, venturing off to some amazing groovy beat tunes with Brigitte Bardot, erotic ballads with Jane Birkin, funk, disco, reggae, and dub eventually. And I probably forgot a couple of genres as well.

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[Every Friday #21] > Sonya Spence – Let Love Flow On {1981}

It isn’t much of a surprise that, having worked tirelessly to compete in the male-dominated Kingston music scene, producer Sonia Pottinger staunchly supported the efforts of female singers in making their mark. She also wasn’t afraid to dabble in other musical genres than the “in” reggae sound of the time.

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Drome – Hinterland, Kassler Kessel {1993}

Zuerst 1993 auf CD beim Nürnberger Label Wigwam erschienen, um dann ein Jahr später mit der wunderschönen ID Zen 11 auf dem Coldcut Label Ninja Tune – damals noch Ninja Tone – als Re-Release lizenziert zu werden, schaffen Bernd Friedmann und Frank Hernandez auf The final corporate colonization of the unconscious traumhafte Ambient Klangwelten, ohne sich davor zu scheuen, einigen der Tunes eine Tanzbarkeit im besten Leftfield Groove mitzugeben.

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[Every Friday #20] > eden ahbez – full moon {1960}

eden ahbez was a wild man. He was the prototype hippie, living under the Hollywood sign in the 1940s, propagating vegetarianism and an anti-capitalist lifestyle way before anyone had long hair and beards.

He recalled once telling a policeman: “I look crazy but I’m not. And the funny thing is that other people don’t look crazy but they are.”

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Ελπίδα – Θάρθη Θάρθη {1973}

Griechenland mag nicht für viele Beiträge zum Soul oder zum Funk bekannt sein, aber die musikalischen 60er und 70er sind auch dort nicht spurlos vorbei gezogen. Und in den Endzügen der Militärdiktatur veröffentliche Elpida 1973 mit dem nach ihr betitelten Album ein Big Band getriebenes Werk, das in Funkyness den “Originalen” aus den Staaten in nichts nachstand.

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[Every Friday #19] > Tullio de Piscopo – Primavera (Stop Bajon) {1984}

This is a weird one.

Far from rare (you can cop it on any fleamarket in Germany for way less than 5€), almost everybody knows this tune but only few people know the artist and the correct title of the song.

Tullio de Piscopo is a jazz drummer from Naples who, besides being a sought after session musician, started to record his own music in 1976 with the album Suonando La Batteria Moderna, which became a holy grail for hip hop producers and the like as it just contains pure funk and jazz solo drumming waiting to being sampled and became a pricey sought after item in the past twenty years or so.

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Beastie Boys – Gratitude {1992}

When you’ve got so much to say it’s called gratitude

Es gibt nur wenige Bands die so einen starken soziokulturellen Impact hatten wie die Beastie Boys. Was bei Ad-Rock, Mike D und MCA wohl vor allem an ihrer DIY-Attitüde lag: Einfach machen, mit Leidenschaft und einem musikalischen und Selbstverständnis, in dem die Energie von Black Flag, der Visionäre Habitus eines Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry und die Funkyness von Lee Dorsey problemlos miteinander verschmelzen konnten.

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