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Amy Winehouse was a boss. Prince Fatty is a boss. Hollie Cook is a boss. This version is boss.
Erykah Badu / Pharoahe Monch – Real Thang (Ticklah Remix) / Desire (Ticklah Remix)
label: BSTRD Boots
baduworld.com | facebook.com/erykahbadu
pharoahe.com | facebook.com/pharoahemonch
facebook.com/pages/Ticklah-Victor-Axelrod/81641501985 | soundcloud.com/victor-axelrod
side a: Erykah Badu – Real Thang (Ticklah Remix)
side b: Pharoahe Monch – Desire (Ticklah Remix)
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Ticklah is the reggae alias of Dap-Kings and Antibalas co-founders Victor Axelrod, who did these two remixes “for contests that never quite happened ……….or something like that”. The original “Real Thang” can be found on Badu’s New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War), while Monch’s “Desire” is the title track of his album from 2007.
Banda Achilifunk & Original Jazz Orquestra – Feeling
side a: Feeling
side b: Bad
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Both these tracks can be found on the rather ace Gitano Real album. “Feeling” is an original written by Lalo López, who’s also a member of Fundación Tony Manero, and sung by Ramonet, one of the first four Big Names in the history of Catalan rumba, and Soraya Cortés aka Lady Gipsy. And “Bad”, well, “Bad” is “Bad”, innit?
I discovered Hanni El Khatib thanks to my buddy David Lapof, who showed me the way to the “Loved One” video. My buddy David knows me well, I became a fan immediately and got myself the “Dead Wrong” and “Build.Destroy.Rebuild” 7″s, discovering The Allah-Las on the way.
Hanni El Khatib – Build.Destroy.Rebuild
label: Innovative Leisure
side a: Build.Destroy.Rebuild
side b: Loved One
This is his second single, boasting two El Khatib originals. Both tracks, like the ones on the previous single, can also be found on his wonderful first album Will The Guns Come Out (Spotify).
Hanni El Khatib – Human Fly
label: Innovative Leisure
side a: Human Fly
side b: Roach Cock
His rendition of The Cramps‘ “Human Fly” was featured in a car commercial, then got a digital single release, and it was apparently included on the European LP version of Will The Guns Come Out. And this year it was released on this 8″ yes 8″ vinyl, with the original “Roach Cock” on the flip.
Great little single on blue transparent vinyl, from the time Dum Dum Girls still sounded gritty on record. Which they don’t anymore, or at least, on last year’s Only In Dreams (Spotify). A clean sound takes away a big part of the charm, in my humble opinion. This kind of garage-pop should sound dirty, raw, lo-fi.
Anyways, “Bhang Bhang” is a track from their first album, I Will Be (Spotify), “Last Caress”, a cover of The Misfits‘ original from 1980, is exclusive to this single. The 7″ has been reissued by Sub Pop earlier this year, on blue and white vinyl.
Great little mashup here of Marvin Gaye‘s classic “Can I Get A Witness” and Byron Lee & The Dragonaires‘ cover of James Brown‘s “Hot Pants”, “Make It Reggae”. On the flip, another Marvin track, his duet with Tammi Terrell, “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” gets tangled up with Lennie Hibbert‘s cover of Johnny Lytle‘s “The Village Caller”, “Village Soul”.
Are you still there? Hello?
Alister Johnson did a quite brilliant job, I’d say. The tunes sound really natural, and they work on the dance floor, too! You can stream/download “Hot Witness” from Catalist’s Soundcloud page.
Which is nice.
Dead Capo – Atraco A Las 3
side a: Atraco A Las 3
side b: Carnaza
Two very fine slices of jazz-swing-blaxploitation-surf by this Madrid combo, “Carnaza” being a DC original, and the Adolfo Waitzman(*)-penned “Atraco A Las 3” a rendition of the theme from the hilarious 1962 Spanish film.
The band released their second album Sale earlier this summer, “Carnaza” is on it, “Atraco” isn’t.
(*)Spanish Wiki page
Cheval Sombre – Couldn’t Do
side a: Couldn’t Do
side b: As Tears Go By
I first discovered Cheval Sombre, a one-man band formed by New York poet, musician, and, apparently, English teacher Christopher Porpora, when buying records online. There was a 7″ split by him and Spectrum on The Great Pop Supplement, and I thought “if Sonic Boom’s on it, I can’t go wrong with purchasing this little piece of plastic, especially since it’s on white vinyl”, so I clicked “basket” and that was that. That particular single will be featured in this series later on. This one here’s the followup release, and a little taste of his second album, Mad Love, due out on 5th November on Sonic Cathedral. Looking forward to that one, as his self-titled debut full-length from 2009 (on Dean & Britta‘s Double Feature Records and also produced by Sonic Boom) is rather tasty.
It’s unclear to me if the B-side, a rendition of course of The Rolling Stones’ original, will be on it as well.
There’s a video for “Couldn’t Do”:
Ah, and if you buy the single, which you should, for example straight off Trensmat, you get the digital files for free.