Respected crate-digging publication Wax Poetics has thrown their weight behind Newark, New Jersey's Zee Desmondes and Teddy Powell, better known as The Jack Moves.
Inspired by a mutual love for Wu-Tang and Lowrider Oldies, the pair decided to parlay their dabbling in music which sampled
old school Soul tunes into actually making
classic Soul tunes themselves.
The result is "Doublin' Down", which finds Zee's falsetto vocals floating over a boom-bap drum track, wah-wah guitar strums, and dramatic orchestral flourishes.
The single is out now, with a full-length LP to follow, on Wax Poetics Records, in 2015.
The Jack Moves
This week's Monday Magick entry is the work of Over Night Low, an Ohio area Funk outfit whose members would go on to populate the bands Sun and the Ohio Players. Their 1972 single "The Witch Doctor (Catches Jungle Fever)", cut for the King Records sub-label De Luxe Records, just might be the funkiest track to appear under the Monday Magick heading.
"The Witch Doctor" isn't particularly dark, nor is it overtly concerned with the occult, or even with voodoo or other native shamanistic practices, despite the title. But it is, as the output of the Ohio Players would be throughout their career, sexual as fuck. Stylistically it features a number of the hallmarks that would make the Ohio Players key members of the Funk brotherhood, not the least of which being the outrageous voices, ribald humor, and untamed sexuality. What's in the Witch Doctor's "bag"? I don't have to wonder too hard, since in my humble opinion, sex, like music, is magick.
The "Witch Doctor" 7'', backed with "Rev. Jay", was repressed around the turn of the century by the Soul Fire record label. For more Over Night Low take a listen to the several LPs released by The Ohio Players and Sun throughout the 70s.
Music is magick.
I'm not really sure what
the fuck is supposed to be going on with Minneapolis-based duo Pony Bwoy's "ether/or", either sonically or
All I know is I dig this shit.
I've seen the pair, comprised of Jeremy Nutzman and Hunter Morley, referred to as "R&B", but I don't really know how accurate a genre description that really is.
"ether/or" reminds me a whole lot of Los Angeles' CLIPPING, and a whole whole WHOLE
lot of Spark Master Tape if he was on that smooth shit.
Regardless, I need a copy of their album 'nar-ke'
, which dropped this week, like yesterday.
One of our favorite bands ever, of Montreal, announced the upcoming release of their thirteenth studio LP, 'Aureate Gloom'
, earlier this week.
They also dropped the first single from the album, a delicious Disco-flavored Rock number with an infectious clap-along beat and signature slithery oF bass-groove called "Bassem Sabry" that loudly declares "there is no governor, anywhere."
While Barnes has always been one of the most quotable lyricists in popular music, "Bassem Sabry" finds him getting downright anthemic
, spitting lines like "I never followed, some kind of masters voice", declaring "every leader is a cellophane punk", and pledging "I believe in witches, I believe in you"!
Put it on repeat until 'Aureate Gloom'
drops on March 3rd via the Polyvinyl Records label.
This week's Monday Magick comes courtesy of Sly & The Family Stone, a band not necessarily known for their occult leanings. The band, which hailed from the California Bay Area and broke on the scene in 1967, was probably better known for pioneering the popularity of Psychedelic Rock and Funk, as well as being the first big-time American Rock act to have a racially and sexually integrated lineup. But in December 1969 the band released the song "Thank You (Falettingme Be Mice Elf Agin)" as a single, and it's the song that graced that singles b-side, "Everybody is a Star", which made their music a bit more "magickal".
In 1904 the phrase "Every man and every woman is a star" was written by none other than Aleister Crowley in 'Liber AL vel Legis' or 'The Book of the Law'. This of course is the very same law which can be summed up in the much ballyhooed anarchical phrase "Do what thou wilt". While I can't draw a direct connection between Crowley and Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart, it is worth noting that the Thelemic Law which instructs us to "Do what thou wilt" and declares that "Love is the law, love under will", shares much in common with The Family Stone's music, including songs like "Every Day People", the aforementioned "Thank You", "Stand", and others, which was largely concerned with topics of individualism, love, unity, and standing up for oneself and ones beliefs. These themes all culminate in a really remarkable way in the anthemic "Everybody is a Star".
Oddly enough, the album "Everybody is a Star" was originally recorded for was never finished and the song ended up on the band's 'Greatest Hits' collection. This was the last record the Family Stone recorded with their original lineup intact. This marked a palpable change in the groups output that coincided with Stewart's move to Los Angeles and descent into addiction. Despite the drugs, he continued recording, releasing the decidedly darker but definitely classic albums 'There's a Riot Goin' On' and 'Fresh' with a revolving team of musicians, before dissolving the band outright. A 2011 report claimed Stewart is now homeless, living in a van in South Central Los Angeles.
Music is magick.
Young Swede Seinabo Sey spins her own uniquely cinematic brand of Soulful Pop on her recent single "Pistols at Dawn".
The video, directed by Christian Larson, features some really striking color imagery, as well as a creepy, sort of witchy, undercurrent.
"Pistols at Dawn" is on the Stockholm-based singers 'For Madeleine'
EP, which is in stores now on Universal Music.
I can admit, I watched Beyoncé's new video "Haunted" because of the title, and I wanted to see if it would be on some "me" shit.
Well, Bey did not disappoint.
Forget the Madonna comparisons. This shit is gorgeous!
I'm talking grotesque, and delicious, and oh, so sensual.
And I'm not just saying that 'cause she's the "Queen of the Illuminati".
"Haunted" is from that self-titled album she released a while back.
You probably already own it.