London-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Will Archer, a.k.a. Slime, has delivered one of the smoothest R&B jams I've heard in a long while, despite his sorta icky alias.
Blending '80s Quiet Storm and Sophistipop influences, the moodiness of '90s Downtempo and Trip-Hop, Smooth-Jazz instrumentation, and a whole lot of sexy, "Hot Dog" is a classic but future-forward slow-jam.
Slime's debut LP 'Company' drops August 14th via Weird World Record Company.
Electronica, Indie Rock, ethnic percussion, and psychedelia collide in a way that recalls Gorillaz, White Flight, tUnE-yArDs, and the Flaming Lips on "New Mutation Boogie" from New York City's Invisible Familiars.
"New Mutation Boogie" is from the group's debut LP 'Disturbing Wildlife', which is out now via the Other Music Recording Company.
I'm really pushing the limits of the Monday Magick format with this week's entry, "Disco Devil" from legendary Reggae musician and producer Lee "Scratch" Perry. But appropriate or not I don't really give a fuck because I was feeling a Dub sort of way today and just wanted to hear the tune.
Songs about occult subject matter are almost unheard of within the Reggae genre. But if there was going to be one it would be musical madman Lee "Scratch" Perry who'd supply it. Known as the father of Dub, Perry is notorious for making outrageous, some might even say blasphemous, religious statements over the years. And while he's recorded several stunning Rastafarian anthems, not the least of which being Max Romeo's classic "I Chase the Devil", he's also been antagonistic towards the faith at times as well. So, its not really surprising that he'd remix the righteously indignant "I Chase the Devil" into the far more diabolical "Disco Devil". As occult-themed songs go it's rather tame while still celebrating the Luciferian spirit of rebellion.
After recording his most enduring work (with the likes of Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Heptones, Junior Murvin, The Congos, and others) in the early '70s Perry had a nervous breakdown. He burnt down the legendary Black Ark studio where he'd recorded so many hits and destroyed many of his master tapes. Thankfully he recovered, and after moving to Europe, has returned to recording music and touring.
Monday Magick goes back to the vinyl archives this week to unearth a rare jam that mixes The Devil with funky Disco music. It's a lengthy dancefloor stomper from Chicago-bred percussionist, singer, and producer Peter Brown's 1977 TK Records debut 'A Fantasy Love Affair' titled "Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me".
The title "Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me" may seem pretty innocuous in and of itself. But the song, which provided Brown and the TK label the first gold 12'' single in music history, features some dark lyricial content. At least "dark" by the standard of 1970's discotheque fodder. See, while Disco was derived from the Blues tradition, with it's well-known traditions of crossroad deals with The Devil and debaucherous content, Soul music (which played an important role in the development of Funk and Disco) was equally as beholden to Black church music, which didn't exactly promote congress with forces diabolical. But Brown's monster jam doesn't shy away from the unwholesome aspects of "the Funk". He spends almost ten minutes spinning a tale of temptation, lust and sin inspired by a sexy disco lady who turns out to be "the devil in disguise". "The idle mind is a playground for the devil" he opines as female background voices shout "I wanna set you on fire...'Cause it's HOT" alongside moanings which could be extasy or agony. As funky as the track, with it's P-Funk-esque bass and chicken scratch guitars, is the aforementioned "idle minds" may have been just as influential as dancing feet when it came to record sales as the single cover featured a striking image of a nude woman in silhouette. Sex, the occult, and a beat you can dance to...What more can you ask for?
Brown went on to release a handful of records on his own, and earned production and writings credits for other artists, including Madonna for her hit "Material Girl", before retiring in the late '80s. He currently lives and works in Colorado.
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