Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Strictly Summer pt III

It's the third & final (for now......) installment of Strictly Summer.
The weather's still shit, but fuck it.

 Another selection of dope tracks.
This time around tracks include -

De La Soul are here with 'Sunshine', chopping up (I think) 'Blow Your Head' & giving us a nice old school style singalong chorus.

I had a fuck load of versions of 'Ain't No Sunshine' to choose from but I went with the fat Harlem Underground Band cover of this classic track. As sampled by The Beatnuts, Tribe & Ghostface amongst others.

Next up it's John Wayne & Johnny with 'Rain Fall Sun Shine', Now John Wayne is one of your boy Flair's all time favourite Jamaican DeeJays, he never actually recorded much but his tracks are absolute classics. Look out for the amazing 'Boogie Down' LP from 1983.

No summer selection could ever be complete without 'Everybody Loves The Sunshine' by Roy Ayers Ubiquity. I have no idea how many times i've heard this track over the years but it's a lot ! Listening to it now still sounds dope, it's been sampled by everybody ever & it's still THE essential summer joint.

Finally it's Yellow Sunshine with the awesome (self titled) 'Yellow Sunshine'. They only recorded one LP & split up when Dexter Wansel left the band, but what they recorded is the tits blud ! This track is crazy dope & is obviously essential listening. The break is incredible & has been fairly heavily sampled, it sounds at it's finest on 'Whirlwind Pyramid' by The D.O.C. Awesome stuff.

Strictly Business present
Strictly Summer pt III

Central Line - Walking Into Sunshine
De La Soul - Sunshine
Demastas - No Sunshine (Remix)
Harlem Underground Band - Ain't No Sunshine
John Wayne & Johnny - Rain Fall Sun Shine
Osibisa - Sunshine Day
Rockers Revenge - Walkin' On Sunshine
Roy Ayers Ubiquity - Everybody Loves The Sunshine
The Mighty Rudo - You Are My Sunshine
Yellow Sunshine - Yellow Sunshine

Password - defandstupid

"Groove On A Rainy Day"

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Strictly Summer pt II

For our second Strictly Summer collection we kick off with a pair who seem to turn up on many a Strictly Business compilation, it's Asher D & Daddy Freddy with the simply titled 'Summertime'. It's Mungo Jerry-Tastic. "Run come follow we".

'Summer Kicks' is a classic track from B-Boy Records, if I remember correctly KRS One produced it. It's wicked and it's by Camden Crew.

Fantasy Three give us the even simpler titled 'Summer' - "Let's all have a hip hop summer!". Fair enough, I will then.

'Summer Madness' by Kool & The Gang is absolutely essential as far as summer joints go, so it had to make an appearance here. Lovely tune.

I went for the Main Ingredient version of 'Summer Breeze', it was originally by Seals & Crofts, obviously the Isley Brothers version is a classic too, but I went for this version cos it was sampled on Biggie's 'Things Done Changed'.

The Quincy Jones version of 'Summer In The City' absolutely needed to be here, it's a lovely track & has been sampled to death.

Strictly Business present
Strictly Summer pt II

Asher D & Daddy Freddy - Summertime
Brick - Summer Heat
Camden Crew - Summer Kicks
Fantasy Three - Summer
James Reese & The Progressions - Let's Go (It's Summertime)
Kool & The Gang - Summer Madness
Living Funk - Silver Black Summer Day
Luis Bagalov - Summertime Killer
Main Ingredient - Summer Breeze
Peanut Butter Wolf - Summer's End
Quincy Jones - Summer In The City
Roots Radics - Summer Dub

Password - defandstupid

"The Sun It Haffi Shine"

Monday, 2 July 2012

Strictly Summer pt I

OK now, we're having a particularly wack summertime in the UK at the minute, in fact it's raining heavily right now, but i've been meaning to put this selection up for years now, so regardless of the weather we bring the summer vibes via music !
Grab it & put it away for a (non) rainy day.

This is part I of our Strictly Summer collection, it contains tracks such as -

Dorothy Ashby's 'Little Sunflower' from the lovely 'Afro Harping' LP is here, originally written by Freddie Hubbard. Smooth summer vibes.

'Sunshower' by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band has been heavily sampled, the rain noise in the back is just a little taste of a British summer.

From the 'Truck Turner' soundtrack, 'Driving In The Sun' by Isaac Hayes is more summer smoothness. As sampled by Pete Rock on Freddie Foxxx's 'Mind Frame'.

The KPM library recorded & released many a classic tune, this is one of the mellower cuts from the awesome 'Afro Rock' album - 'Sahara Sunrise' by John Cameron & Alan Parker.

From the 'Doom' LP we have Mood with 'Illuminated Sunlight', not particularly summery, but it's got "Sunlight" in the title, so shut up.

'Stick It Where The Sun Don't Shine' also has fuck all to do with summer but it's a dope little joint anyways & it's by Original Flavor.

Simon Park's 'Sun High' is originally from the DeWolfe library, it was later chosen for the soundtrack of the original 1978 'Dawn Of The Dead'. Sampled by Cage & Camu Tao on the Nighthawks LP.

With 'Breathe In The Sun' from the Black Dialogue LP it's The Perceptionists - MCs Akrobatik and Mr Lif, with DJ Fakts One.

Finally be have bearded breakbeat goodness with ZZ Top's 'Cheap Sunglasses', Billy Gibbons said that he got his guitar sound on this track by using a Marshall Major amplifier with a blown tube & a Maestro ring modulator which added to the character of the song ! Nicely done Billy.

Strictly Business present
Strictly Summer pt I

5 Elementz - Sun Flower
Alphabet Soup - Sunny Day in Harlem
Dorothy Ashby - Little Sunflower
Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band - Sunshower
Ghostface Killah ft Slick Rick, Raekwon & Rza - The Sun
Herbie Hancock - Sun Touch
Isaac Hayes - Driving In The Sun
John Cameron & Alan Parker - Sahara Sunrise
Kool G Rap - Tekilla Sunrise
Large Professor - Sunrise
Mood - Illuminated Sunlight
Organized Konfusion - Walk Into The Sun (Remix)
Original Flavor - Stick It Where The Sun Don't Shine
Ramsey Lewis & Earth Wind And Fire - Sun Goddess
Simon Park - Sun High
Sun - Sun Is Here
The Mighty Threes - In The Sun
The Perceptionists - Breathe In The Sun
Weldon Irvine - Morning Sunrise
ZZ Top - Cheap Sunglasses

Password - defandstupid

Up next - Part II of Strictly Summer.

"It's So Bright & So Smashing"