Disturbed

I saw Disturbed at the Burswood Dome in Perth in 2011, with Trivium as support, and I thought that they were really good live. The whole show was very polished, and Dave Dramain really got the crowd engaged with his showmanship.

The band come from Chicago and consist of Dave Dramain – vocalist, famed for his guttural noises (which reminds me a bit of the Exorcist) on songs like Down with the Sickness; Dan Donegan on guitar; John Moyer on bass; Mike Wengren on drums.

Dave Dramain

They are most famous for Down with the Sickness, an angry ranting song from an abused child to his mother, which was really groundbreaking in terms of lyrical content. This song contains some of the guttural noises “A- wa-a-a-ah”,  and I really like it. I find that metal bands where the vocalist just growls throughout hard to digest and a bit of assault on the ears, but Dave adds just enough growl to make it interesting and he really has a melodic rock voice which makes his vocals very different from other bands. The rant at the end of the song is quite powerful.

Disturbed

Another Disturbed song which I love is Stupify, I love listening to this song when I am angry. It has not always been clear what the song is about, as quite often the lyrics are cryptic, but some have suggested racism and struggles against society.

The Game is another classic, I guess about a relationship with a manipulative girl.

The band first came to prominence in 1998 after starting out under the name ‘Brawl’. Their first album The Sickness got to number 29 on the Billboard top 100, and the band supported Marilyn Manson on tour in 2001. Since then they have gone on to produce quality albums such as Believe, Ten Thousand Fists and Indestructible. In 2011 the band had a bit of a break and are yet to regroup, each member being involved in different projects. They plan to get back together at some point, but nobody knows when this will be.

Disturbed are a clever band, creating unique songs about diverse subjects, with a very talented unique frontman – I think their music will be around for many years to come.

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Goldie

Goldie

Goldie

Goldie – what an inspiration this man is – is there anything he can’t do ?

He pretty much invented Drum and Bass, he is an accomplished actor, and a very talented artist.

He was born Clifford Price and is known as Goldie not because of his gold teeth, but because of his golden dreadlocks that he used to wear. He was brought up in foster care and made his name as a young break dancer and graffiti artist in the Midlands.

When he released his first album in 1995 – “Timeless” featuring Diane Charlemagne on the title track, the album succeeded in introducing the drum and bass genre to the masses. The album was a huge success, and really is ‘timeless’ because the tracks sound as good today as they did in the 90’s. It really is a classic. Goldie also has his own record label called Metalheadz.

Goldie has acted in various films including Snatch (one of my favourite movies), The World is Not Enough (crikey he’s even been in a Bond movie), and Everybody Loves Sunshine.

He has also exhibited his own artwork – I love his contemporary unique style. In his younger days he was a very prolific graffiti artist, and I have read somewhere that it was his art teacher who gave him the support to make something of his life.

Artwork by Goldie

Artwork by Goldie

Goldie’s first major album release, Timeless, wasn’t just a collection of songs that he put together on an album, it was more a musical work of art, groundbreaking and complex. Ethereal, orchestral in places, with deep basslines and lots of new arrangement ideas which had not been seen before. There are two tracks on this album which I love to bits – “Angel” and “Timeless”. “Timeless” is quite a long track and the best part of it is Diane Charlemagne singing “Inner City Life” which is available to buy as a subset of the track.

I like Angel because it makes me feel good inside, it’s a really hopeful track – Angel of my soul, stay with me, don’t let go, then as the song goes on it becomes quite dark and crunchy before pulling you back to the light before the end.

I like Inner City Life/Timeless because of the emotion that Diane puts into the vocals, and I really love the whole orchestral feel of the full version of the track – it takes place in a series of connected movements.

After Timeless, he then went on to make “Ring of Saturn”, “Saturnz Return” and “Sine Tempus”, and more recently he has made a ‘best of’ album called “The Alchemist”.

It also seems that he has fought a lot of demons in his life, but recently found stability with his lovely wife Mika and his passion for Bikram yoga which calms him down. His previous relationships have been quite openly documented – it can’t be easy to live a regular life in the glare of publicity.

He really is a modern day genius, how many people get to pretty much invent a music genre, and then have a presence in all the forms of arts – dance, painting, acting, writing and music ?

Goldie is still heavily involved in the music scene, regularly featuring at Fabric in London as well as other worldwide venues, usually with MC LowQui.

I wonder what form his next reinvention will take ? I’m sure it won’t be boring.

Thankful – Tess Leah, Ziggy Funk

Thankful is one of those songs that I play almost every day. When I first heard it I knew that I liked it, but it took a few plays to really grow on me. It is so good that I think it is one of those songs we will remember in years to come and say “oh yes, Ziggy Funk’s Thankful, that was an absolute classic”.

It’s a song about being happy that you have somebody good in your life, somebody who is your ‘everything’. A definite feelgood song. I bought the main mix which has keyboards that I love and chugs along like the classic house dance track that it is. There’s also the Neil Pierce Beat Players mix which has a lighter keyboard touch and is more jazzy with a bouncier vibe, and then the heavy and deeper Sy Sez Dub mix. They are all good, and Tess’s polished vocals are the icing on the cake.

Ziggy Funk is originally from Uganda and lives in London. He is a talented producer, DJ and guitarist who has recently collaborated with Neil Pierce to form the Rhemi label. Neil and Ziggy must be constantly in the studio because they seem to be releasing new tracks every week, and the quality of these releases is substantiated by their chart successes. Neil has a long pedigree in the house music scene (there will be a future blog on Neil and Ziggy later).

Tess Leah is from South East London – she is a singer/songwriter who had her first release in 2005. I think you will agree that her soulful vocals bring a lot of emotion to this track.

Ziggy Funk

Ziggy Funk

Neil Pierce

Neil Pierce

Click here for all mixes of Thankful

So what do you think ? Sub throb rating = 7,  Sue rating = 9.

 

Here are the lyrics:

I used to think that I would never find somebody like you

Never believed and never crossed my mind and then you walked in to my life

Now you got me crazy, crazy, crazy your love is amazing and I just can’t get enough

Now you got me wanting and wanting and wanting you make me feel so high, I wanna touch the sky

I’ve been spending all my life just thinking about you

I’ve been waiting oh so long just to be near you

I’ve searched high and low, now I seem to know

That a love like yours is golden and I’m thankful

Just thinking about you

And I’m thankful

Just to be near you

Now I’m thankful for the joy you bring

My heartbeat you’re my everything

And when I’m down and low you pick me right back up

No more rain days

Take away the pain

Now you got me crazy, crazy, crazy your love is amazing and I just can’t get enough

Now you got me wanting and wanting and wanting you make me feel so high, I wanna touch the sky

I’ve been spending all my life just thinking about you

I’ve been waiting oh so long just to be near you

I’ve searched high and low, now I seem to know

That a love like yours is golden and I’m thankful

I’ve been spending all my life just thinking about you

I’ve been waiting oh so long just to be near you

I’ve searched high and low, now I seem to know

That a love like yours is golden and I’m thankful

Yes I’m thankful, yeh I’m thankful

That a love like this is golden and I’m thankful

Yes I’m thankful, you know I’m thankful

A love like this is golden and I’m thankful

Now you got me crazy, crazy, your love is amazing and I just can’t get enough

Now you got me wanting and wanting and wanting you make me feel so high, I wanna touch the sky

I’ve been spending all my life just thinking about you

I’ve been waiting oh so long just to be near you

I’ve searched high and low, now I seem to know

That a love like yours is golden and I’m thankful

I’ve been spending all my life just thinking about you

I’ve been waiting oh so long just to be near you

I’ve searched high and low, now I seem to know

That a love like yours is golden and I’m thankful

And I’m thankful (repeat x 15)

I’ve been spending all my life just thinking about you

I’ve been waiting oh so long just to be near you

I’ve searched high and low, now I seem to know

That a love like yours is golden and I’m thankful

You Know How To Love Me

You Know How To Love Me was a song recorded by Phyllis Hyman in 1979. I had it on vinyl and I forgot how good it was until recently.
Phyllis had various releases from 1977 up until 1995 when tragically she committed suicide at the age of 45.

Phyllis Hyman

Phyllis Hyman

The original song is a dance track, probably what you would consider to be classic disco, Phyllis’ soulful voice giving the track depth and emotion.

There have been various covers, one that I have been playing a lot recently is the cover by Groove Junkies (Evan Landes) ft Indeya – GJ’s main mix released in Sep 2011. Indeya is Diane Smith and she has a 5 octave vocal range.

Groove Junkies Mix

I really love the feel of this mix, especially the drum track which reminds me of a Wipe The Needle track which I love. The song reminds me of good times and takes me back to carefree days.

This is the original:

Here are the lyrics:

Measure for measure, your love’s so much pleasure

Like a haunting melody, you came inside and captured me

And I’m so happy, you’re the rhythm of my rhyme

You and I together, we’ll stand the test of time

You know how to love me (Sure you do), You know how to make it right (So nice)

You know how to love me (There’s no denyin’),  Sweet as morning light

Sooner or later I knew you’d come my way, you’re welcome to my love just promise that you’ll stay

You know how to love me right in a special way, You know how to love me, tonight I wanna say

You know how to love me, You’re the real that I feel, never go away

Seeing’s believin’ don’t you know you’re a dream come true,

Ain’t nothin’ deceivin’ ‘Bout the way that I’m lovin’ you, yeah

You know how to love me (You know, you know) You know how to make it right (I can feel it)

You know how to love me (No doubt about it) Sweet as morning light

Nothing’s forever that’s what people say, but each time we’re together forever and a day

You know how to love me right in a special way, You know how to love me, tonight I wanna say

You know how to love me you’re the real that I feel, never go away

You know how to love me (Oh, you know that you do) (You know how to love me, baby) You know how to love me (Oh, I know you do, whoa) You know how to love me (Seeing’s believin’) (Don’t you know you’re a dream come true, yeah) You know how to love me (Oh, oh, baby) (Who will take this heart of mine)

Raw Siqnal

South African artists are producing some of the best house music at the moment and Raw Siqnal is no exception with his latest release ‘Come on Baby’ on Sandisco recordings.

Raw Siqnal - Come On Baby

Raw Siqnal – Come On Baby

Raw has a lot to offer as an up and coming producer, and with his latest release Come on Baby he gives us a deep hypnotic track with an African vibe that you can equally dance to or chill to. He comes from Daveyton, a township just outside of Johannesburg, and Raw’s many rich cultural influences are reflected in his music.

He took time out to answer a few of my questions:

Q. Do you still live in South Africa ?

A. Yes I still live in South Africa, I don’t think I am going to relocate any time soon hey, especially now that Ralf GUM has moved this side.

(For those of you who aren’t aware – Ralf GUM has recently emigrated from Germany to South Africa).

Q. What languages can you speak ?

A. I can speak English, Zulu and Sepedi, which is really not a lot considering that we have 11 official languages in South Africa. But I’m trying to learn Afrikaans now.

(Wow – most of us can only speak one language fluently – language is another cultural aspect which influences the variety of music in the world).

Q. Are you a vinyl junkie or a digital boy ?

A. I guess I’ll have to say that I am a digital boy , even though some of the technology might have its disadvantages. I really like technology – it’s cutting edge.

Q. Are you a good dancer ?

A. Hahaha I can’t dance at all but I’m really good at tapping my feet though -I can do that all night long. It’s really funny though because most of my DJ friends also can’t dance,  so I never feel left out when everyone is dancing.

(I know the feeling – I’m not a great dancer myself, but I do try if I have a little alcohol inside me).

Q. What musical instruments do you play ?

A. I actually can’t play any instruments but I do know the basics and I do practice the piano once in while when I do get a chance. It would be really great if I could master playing the piano though, because sometimes when I’m working on some of my production I feel like adding a nice solo to the tunes. I think will get to that level eventually, I just need to practice more frequently.

Q. Have you ever been to London ?

A. No I’ve never been to London before, but I would really love to visit, and there are a few UK based producers that I would really love to work with.
London promoters please book me so that I can visit this beautiful City (I’m actually still very cheap hahaha).

(Yes London promoters – snap this guy up – he won’t be cheap for long !!).

Q. If money were no object, where in the world would you travel to ?

A. Does the Moon count? Seriously though, there are a lot of places that I would love to visit but if I were to choose one, I would have to say Germany. I don’t really know why though, it might have something to do with their cars or their Deep House Sound.

(Maybe do a house swap with Ralf GUM’s family for a while…just a thought ?)

Q. How do you put a track together, is it spontaneous or does it tend to be planned in advance ?

A. I think that process for me is different for most of my songs, sometimes I just lay down a simple drum pattern and browse for some unique sounds that might inspire me – anything from Rhodes, Pads, Bass or Synth Sounds, and other times I will spend a lot of hours working on just a drum pattern till I get it right or maybe just browse my sound library to find a sound I like, then I’ll play around with it, without any kick or percussion on the sequencer until I come with up something nice.

Q. What gets you in the zone for making music ?

A. Wow hmm… I try to listen to other genres of music, I find that kinda helps rather than just listening to only House Music. Sometimes I would just load any drum loop and start adding different elements to it just for fun without analysing too much. I normally don’t save the file afterwards; its almost like a warm-up before a studio session. That really gets my creative juices flowing.

So that concludes the interview – thank you very much Raw for taking time out to chat to me. Wishing him the very best with Come On Baby which is currently working its way up the Traxsource charts.

If you want to know more, there’s another interview on the Sandisco artists page – click here.

raw siqnal

Golden Lady – Jose Feliciano – Foncett/Ikome Hardbody Samba Version

This is an amazing track, it always has me samba-ing around the house. It is an old Jose Feliciano cover with a touch of Frankie Foncett and Giovanni Ikome magic. Definitely a sub throbber – rating = 9, and a misheard song lyric to boot!

Jose Feliciano

Jose Feliciano

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

Jose Feliciano is a virtuoso guitarist, singer and composer from Puerto Rico who has been blind since birth, and he gained fame in the 60’s and 70’s. Golden Lady is originally a Stevie Wonder song released in 1973 on the classic Innervisions album, which also introduced the world to the hugely significant tracks Higher Ground, Living for the City and Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing. Jose Feliciano covered Golden Lady in 1974.

I like both the Stevie and the Jose versions, but feel that the Frankie/Giovanni mix has such magic and vibrancy that they have really added value to the song and brought it right up to date.

Frankie Foncett

Frankie Foncett

Giovanni Ikome

Giovanni Ikome

Frankie Foncett is an incredibly gifted and well-established DJ and remixer who has recently been collaborating with ‘The Young Don’ Giovanni Ikome who has also made a name for himself on the house scene over the last 13 years.

I have to award this a 10 out of 10 because I love it so much.

At 3:13 Jose is supposed to sing “looking at your hands” but he definitely changed it to “looking at your ass” – how cheeky of him.


Here are the lyrics:

Looking in your eyes
Kind of heaven eyes
Closing both my eyes
Waiting for surprise

To see the heaven in your eyes is not so far
Cause I’m not afraid to try and go it
To know the love and the beauty never known before
I’ll leave it up to you to show it
Take me right away

Looking at your hands
Hands can understand
Waiting for the chance
Just to hold your hand
A touch of rain and sunshine made the flower grow
Into a lovely smile that’s blooming
And it’s so clear to me that here’s a dream come true
There’s no way that I’ll be losing

And golden lady, golden lady
I’d like to go there
Golden lady, golden lady
I’d like to go there
Take me right away

A touch of rain and sunshine made the flower grow
Into a lovely smile that’s blooming
And it’s so clear to me that you’re my dream come true
There’s no way that I’ll be losing

In Love – Circle of Funk ft Lifford

This is a brand new song by Circle of Funk and Lifford. It gets released next Monday 10th June 2013 on the Slapped Up Soul label SUS011.

In Love artwork

Circle of Funk are definitely in my favourites list – they keep producing tunes that I simply love. I will post an artist review later in this blog – I have a lot to say about this group of talented guys.

There are lots of mixes of this song – they all sound different, and they are all good. Usually when I am presented with a song with multiple mixes, I like just one or two of them, but all of the three main mixes are really good and have their own unique slant on the song, and to begin with I couldn’t decide which one I liked best – it kept changing, which to me indicates that there is no inferior version of this song – they are all excellent. There’s the deep vibe of the original mix, the slightly jazzy vibe of the CoF soulful mix, and the more classic house dance vibe of Flex’s mix. Then there’s Lifford’s smooth soulful vocals which add magic to the whole package.

It is a song you can chill to, dance to, run to, (I have done all three), it fits any occasion, and although it is mainly a house track it is subtly different from regular house music, so grabs your attention with its unique arrangements. This song has topped the Pressureradio Soulful House Chart for the past two weeks.

I am officially in love with IN  LOVE – one of the best tunes of 2013.

Here is the official review:

IN LOVE is the latest track from Lifford and UK House producers Circle of Funk – the music that these guys produce just gets better and better with every release. This track will carry you away to the heady, distracted heights of being In Love with Lifford’s sensual, heartfelt vocals coupled with Circle of Funk’s deep and sexy house beats. The song is almost an aphrodisiac in the way that it draws you in, providing real satisfaction for the soul. This track showcases the very best of deep house music and shows how these talented musicians are able to treat us all to something new and unique even though house music has been around for years. Be sure to check out the amazing mix by Flex on his 90’s groove that takes you back into the day…

This is a soundcloud link to the 3 main mixes: