Influential producer and musician Arthur Baker has worked with Afrika Bambaataa, Hall & Oates and New Order, has returned to music with Slam Dunk’d, a classic disco project made in the modern era.
The song ‘No Price’ was originally made in 1979 but the label due to release it went bankrupt and the multitracks for the song was lost. Baker found it three decades later in an archive of tape reels in a New Jersey storage unit.
So he asked AL-P of MSTRKFT to help turn the song into a finished cut and they added Dave 1 of Chromeo on vocals. The result is a strutting string-laden synth-disco stomper.
There’ll be more Slam Dunk’d music and live shows in the coming months.
Chromeo’sWhite Women is certainly one of my most anticipated albums of 2014. We’ve already heard two killer tracks from it – ‘Sexy Socialite’ and ‘Over My Shoulder’ and the Canadian electro funkateers have also promised collabs with Ezra Koening, Solange, Pat Mahoney and Mtume’s Tawatha Agee.
You can hear Chaz Bundick aka Toro Y Moi on the vocals for ‘Come Alive’, an ’80s electro jam true to the duo’s style.
We’ve already established that ‘Sexy Socialite’ is up there with Chromeo’s best work. For their Late Nite With Jimmy Fallon performance, they kicked it up a notch with a stonking funky talkbox-flaunting rendition with the help of Death From Above 1979’s Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler and a gospel choir. The only downside is Jimmy says the track is on iTunes now but only if you’re in North America. What a tune.
I’ve decided to switch up the format here a bit so you get to read about about the tracks in question for some more context if wanted. I’m going to feature 10 of the tracks in that way and then post the playlist every week with bonus tracks worthy of your time (if you have more of it to give). So here are my top tracks of the week:
“I could be your boyfriend and your counsellor because tonight might damage ya.” sings Chromeo’s Dave 1 on the cheeky ‘Sexy Socialite’, a track which at first tries on a disco-funk bassline before morphing into the kind of synth pulse that Chromeo became known for on their breakout album Fancy Footwork. There’s a lady (the sexy socialite) in question defending herself and some funk jamming outro that takes the track past six minutes. Never change Chromeo.
A ridiculous remix of Chromeo’s ‘Over Your Shoulder’ by French chancer Mr Oizo. He takes the vocals and uses a talkbox to amp up the crazy. There’s parts of an awesome remix in there with those beats, so I hope a less-crazier version is the one that’s ultimately released.
There’s not that much genuinely provocative music out there these days despite what Gaga and Miley might think. But then FKA Twigs (formerly known as Twigs) might well be from another planet. The London-based singer’s music is amorphous, hypnotic and modern: R&B in GIF format. Literally in the case of the new video for ‘Papi Pacify’, which features a man putting his fingers inside her mouth as she sings. The act is ambiguously either violent or loving, it’s hard to tell. Her previous video for ‘Water Me’ found her with extra-terrestrially enlarged eyes and a captivating melody. Her new EP, titled just EP2, features production from Yeezus collaborator Arca. FKA Twigs makes brutally forward-facing music.
Awesome. One of the most fun bands around, Chromeo debuted a trailer for their new album White Women album last week, now, with new song ‘Over Your Shoulder’ they want you to relax. The Hall And Oates-esque track spends its duration complementing its potential new lady friend: “It’s those little imperfections that mean beauty in my eyes / I want to be in the intersection of your thighs.”
Mayer Hawthorne’s new single (and first for major label Universal) is an ode to Detroit and as such makes great use of dance footage from an ’80s Detroit cable TV show called The New Dance Show complete witha cheap yet real advertisement at the end.