Dusk Dubs returns with another incredible journey through sounds. As always, our guest provides us with music that has a special place in their memories and in their souls. Music that moves them, that invokes images of sunrises, sunsets, good times and good people. We then play each record, in full, giving it breathing space and allowing it to shine.
This week we welcome Mixamorphosis to the Dusk Dubs family...
"I’ve been a DuskDubs lurker, for some time now. So, when I was asked for a contribution, I really was genuinely flattered to be given the opportunity to share some tunes that are special to me.
The selection process I’ve gone for in putting my selection together is as basic as picking a selection of tracks that have a real personal meaning and significance to me. I started by going through my collection and picking out ‘possible’ tracks. This initial whittling down process left me with around 5 hours of music. What I’ve ended up with is a small selection that represents music that will always live with me.
I hope you enjoy the selection." [[ Mixamorphosis ]]
1) Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Moonlight In Vermont
This track comes from an LP that I often go to when I want to unwind. Timeless, beautiful music from an era when talent mattered more than PR and fashion. As much as I do love the original versions from Margaret Whiting, this version from Ella and Louis brings a different character to the track which for me, really brings it to life.
2) Bill Withers - Hope She’ll Be Happier With Him
I’m a massive Bill Withers fan and could have selected any number of his tracks for this Dusk Dubs selection. The reason I went with this particular track is that I really enjoy the lyrics, the emotion and his performance; it’s something that I just really feel. For a visual aspect of where I’m coming from, watch the Soul Power documentary which features a live performance of this track.
3) B.J. Smith - We Can Sail
I wanted to include at least a couple of my recent vinyl purchases and it was a tough choice because there has been so much great music released this year. I went for this B.J. Smith track from the excellent NuNorthernSoul label which has been releasing consistently good music since 2012 and I feel like it’s under most peoples radar. The record this track comes from features a cracking Jonny Nash remix too.
4) Nina Simone - Do I Move You?
I couldn’t not include a Nina Simone track in this selection. I really love her music, her voice and her story. You can really feel the difference when the music and singing from an artist is from the heart, and this is something that runs through Nina Simone’s work. If you haven’t caught the documentary ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’, I’d thoroughly recommend you check it out.
5) James Brown - King Heroin
Poetic and sadly as true today as it was 43 years ago when it was released. This was the first track from James Brown that I really sat up and paid attention to. I knew of his music of course. Everyone knows his classics, but this was different, and it really started me off on a mission to dig through his catalogue and led me onto a lot of the other artists that he shared a platform with over his long career.
6) Nick Drake - Saturday Sun
My first exposure to Nick Drake came via a random cheap compilation around 15 years ago. The track on that compilation was ‘River Man’ which I fell in love with and lead me onto the purchase of ‘Five Leaves Left’. This is my favourite track from that timeless album.
7) Harry Nilsson - Everybody’s Talking
“Everybody’s talking at me, I don’t hear a word they’re saying, only the echoes of my mind”. A sentiment I’m sure everybody can identify with one way or another. Nilsson was another of the artists in this list that has such a great catalogue of music I would have been happy to include virtually anything. Aside from this track resonating with me, it gives me a chance to plug the movie Midnight Cowboy in which this track is famously featured. If you haven’t seen the movie, give it a watch, it’s a great story.
8) Jellybread - I Pity The Fool
I’m afraid I can’t tell you much about Jellybread, other than to not confuse them ith the American band Jelly Bread. This is another track I discovered via a randomly picked up compilation, and one which has stayed with me ever since. If you like it, check out some of their other material via Discogs or Youtube.
9) Fat Freddy’s Drop - Hope
This track was my introduction to Fat Freddy’s Drop and it came via the Best Seven Selections compilation on the Best Seven label. I’d thoroughly recommend picking up the Best Seven Selections series as they are full of cracking reggae/dub/soul inspired music. If you don’t know Fat Freddy’s Drop, then rectify that as soon as you can. If you are looking for this particular track you will either need to pick up the Best Seven Selections release, the Hope For A Generation cd EP or the 10” single as the track Hope that is on the Based On A True Story LP is not the same track.
10) Massive Attack - Better Things
Really needs no introduction. Again, I could have picked many of their fabulous back catalogue, but this is a track that resonates with me and the vocals of Tracey Thorn are just sublime. A match made in heaven.
11) Gwen McCrae - 90% Of Me Is You
I toyed with the idea of using the cover of this by the Dynamics ( youtube.com/watch?v=r40R_wQRdDQ ) which you’ll find on the aforementioned Best Seven label, but Gwen’s vocals won me over on which version to use. Either way, it’s a great track, with great sentiment.
12) Lani Hall - Love Song
This is a track that most people know through Elton John covering it. I’m really not keen on his version myself, and much prefer this polished version from Lani Hall, or the original by Lesley Duncan - youtube.com/watch?v=SYelRP3MzEw
The second track I am featuring that is from recently purchased vinyl. Coming from the LP ‘Talk From Home’, a very worthy purchase, as are the other two releases on the Melody As Truth label, which you’d expect given it is run by Johnny Nash.
15) Kings Of Convenience - Misread
I’m sure Dusk Dubs listeners won’t need any introduction to Kings Of Convenience. This is one of my favourite tracks of theirs, but I could have picked any number of them. It’s a shame that they haven’t put any music out since 2009. Hopefully that will change before too long.
16) The Detroit Experiment - Highest
A classic album that will stand the test of time. I love a lot of Carl Craig’s work, but this has to be my favourite record that he has his name attached to. Of course, in this instance, the LP this track is from is a collaboration between many noteworthy musicians and if you haven’t given time to listen to the LP yet then you should make an effort to change that.
17) The Doobie Brothers - Losin’ End
One of my favourite tracks from one of my favourite compilations in recent times. If you haven’t checked out the Too Slow To Disco series, get on it. As well as some well known cuts, there are a few lesser known gems on them.
18) Christian Prommer’s Drumlesson - Plastic Dreams
I wanted to end my selection with a more uptempo track that reflected my love of house music. Jaydee’s track Plastic Dreams is one of the earlier house tracks that got me into the direction of dance music. Rather than use the classic version which we all know and love, I’ve gone for this Jazzy version from Christian Prommer that came out on the excellent Sonar Kollektiv label. Well worth picking up the LP if you can find a copy that is in a reasonable price bracket.