A mysterious start to the week. ‘Sorrow & A Cup of Joe’ was one of the last things James Marcel Stinson ever recorded. Nonchalant deep house from one half of the Drexciya crew. “Only moccachino, make me feel alright.” Have a great week.
After some success with After Hours‘ ‘Waterfalls/Feel It’, Andrew Richardson teamed up with Sound Waves’ Gijo Rosario and created another deep house classic. Like the best of deep house from that time, the track’s simplicity (organ, vocal loop, hi hats) is what makes it still sound so timeless. The Strictly Rhythm label was on fire.
Detroit’s Dez Andrés released an old school deep house journey in 2012. Pressed on the La Vida label, the first track off the EP was ‘New For U’ – a classic house loop around a sample off Dexter Wansel’s track ‘Time is the Teacher’. Wansel originally recorded those strings in 1978; they were impossible to escape on the dance floors of 2012.
I listened to an inordinate amount of house music in the late 1980s/early 1990s. I spoke about those days with friends on Friday night. As part of a promise to feature some favourite house tracks, I have jettisoned what I had planned (apologies for Saturday’s erroneous misfires) and kick off Monday with a gold standard in house music: Mr. Fingers ‘Can You Feel It’ on the legendary Chicago house-music label Trax Records. Have a great week.
In 1999, at the height of the French invasion of dance music, Pépé Bradock did this. ‘Deep Burnt’ is the deepest of house tunes, cooking up Freddie Hubbard’s ‘Little Sunflower’, and laced with oodles of filter disco. The result is hypnotic. Enjoy and have a good week.
Seemingly unencumbered by everything that has passed since, South African producer, Nathi Maphumulo (aka Black Coffee) delivers a soulful house rhythm in 2010 that Frankie Knuckles and Jazzy B would have been proud of 20 years previous. Garage house, kwaito, deep afro-house… frankly who cares? Featuring Bucie on vocals, ‘Superman’ is pure quality.
They looked like p-funk throwbacks, but Ten City were one of the first outfits to make the hitherto unexplored bridge between Chicago house music and jazz-funk. They called it Deep House, the crossover worked and ‘That’s The Way Love Is’ made its way to the top of many club sets. Great memories. The piano certainly helped.