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  1. The Bucketheads Sample Movin’ by Brass Construction With Got Myself Together


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    Taking disco and sampling it into house music in the 90s was a regular thing. It happened over and over again and I’m so happy that that era happened because two of my favorite styles of music had blended together to become an awesome style – disco house! Disco and House rule! Anyway this is a great example of that style. Take a Chicago house master like Kenny Dope and add a famous disco song from the 70s by Brass Construction, shake it up and end up with a classic 90s club hit by The Bucketheads!

    Got Myself Together was the second hit off of The Bucketheads one and only awesome album All In The Mind didn’t become as big a hit as The Bomb was but it’s just as good if not better than The Bomb. I’m sure everyone remember The Bomb with the classic line “These Sounds Fall Into My Mind”? Then you will for sure remember The Bucketheads. The album All In The Mind even contained a 15 minute version of The Bomb for non stop beats. It’s a classic track now 15 years strong! Phew those were good times in the 90s! Weren’t they? All In The Mind is chock full of tracks utilizing samples from bands such as Chicago, Level 42, Atmosfear and Linda Clifford. Boy if you love music that is made up of samples then this album needs to be in your collection!

    It was also so unique to discover a Latin/jazz version of Movin’ called Movin’ On by Ray Camacho of the Ray Camacho Band. All I have to say is that the 70s rules when it comes to music! Loads of cool hip styles were running all over. Kind of like the 90s and what’s starting to happen now again! Yay! Keep em comin’!


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    Movin’ by Brass Construction
    Got Myself Together by The Bucketheads
    Movin’ On by Ray Camacho

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    Posted in 1995, Album.

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  2. Why Can’t There Be Love (Pilooski Edit) by Dee Edwards


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    I had just recently discovered this great song Why Can’t There Be Love by Dee Edwards off of a Gilles Peterson Digs America Volume 2 CD and now comes this awesome remix/edit by Pilooski! WOW. I love it. I love compilations as I discover so much cool new tunes, remixes, remakes by getting new compilations I don’t know anything about. Anything vintage remixed is perfection for me. I picked up Saint-Germain-Des-Pres Cafe. The Blue Edition compilation and there was this great new Pilooski remix of Why Can’t There be Love by Dee Edwards. I actually still dig the original but the remix by Pilooski just adds the cool big beats to make it more club friendly. I’ve been enjoying remixes by Pilooski lately especially the big remix Pilooski did a couple of years back of the Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons song Beggin’. He has since remixed countless other artists including Nina Simone, LCD Soundsystem, Quantic, Bent and many more. The real winner here is the great remix that Pilooski has done with the Dee Edwards song Why Can’t There Be Love. Enjoy both the original and remix below and check out the great compilations the original and the remix are on.

    Gilles Peterson Digs American Volume 2 is definitely a compilation worth owning. If you are at all into 70s jazzy soul R&b then this mix of tracks compiled by Gilles Peterson is your cup of tea. The compilation included not only Why Can’t There Be Love the original by Dee Edwards but also tracks by Lorez Alexandria, Al Jarreau, Ray Camacho and more. Get it before it’s out of print and not available to own.

    Saint-Germain-Des-Pres Cafe. The Blue Edition compilation includes tracks by CfCf, Ben Westbeech, Dj Food, Mr Scruff, London Funk Allstars and many many more. The 2 CD mix is highly recommended for home entertaining as it’s got a great mix of cocktail type music.

    To listen to Beggin’ (Pilooski Re-Edit) click here.


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    Why Can’t There Be Love by Dee Edwards
    Why Can’t There Be Love (Pilooski Edi) by Dee Edwards

    Posted in 2010, Single.

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  3. Black And White Town by Doves Samples (Love Is Like A) Heatwave


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    This is one of those rare Brit rock tracks that I really dig. It samples one of my favorite recordings of all time (Love Is Like A) Heatwave by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas. That song goes down as one of my all time top 25 tracks and Black And White Town does an awesome job of sampling the part of Heatwave best. I’m not much a fan of Doves but after I heard of this I was sure enough checking out more from the band. Enjoy both Doves and Martha & The Vandellas tracks below.


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    (Love Is Like A) Heatwave by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    Black And White Town by Doves

    Posted in 2005, Album.

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  4. The Dynamics Cover Curtis Mayfield With Move On Up!


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    Love this reggaefied remake of the Curtis Mayfield classic Move On Up by The Dynamics. It’s a really nice remake from the band from France and once I heard it it was like this is nice and chill perfect for like background music for chill parties or to chill to in the background. The vocals are laidback and smooth and somewhat sexy. The song is from The Dynamics album Version Excursions which is an album of covers in this style which I highly recommend. Anyone into covers or reggae, soul, funk music should check out the album. Link to iTunes music store below as well.

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    Move On Up by Curtis Mayfield
    Move On Up by The Dynamics

    Posted in 2007, Album.

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  5. Baby (Clock Opera Remix) by The Phenomenal Handclap Band


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    Whenever there’s a remix album from a band I’m usually first in line to get it. Well I’m happy I did here as I love all the great remixes from The Phenomenal Handclap Band’s phenomenal first self titled album called simply Remixes. My favorite remix off the Remix album is Baby (Clock Opera Remix). The original is a 60s inspired soul/R&B number and the remix has been given a dreamy electro treatment. Check out both below and def check out the cool remix album. Remixes from Munk, Coco Elektrik, Fujiya and Miyagi among others for your listening pleasure. I highly recommend it owning the entire Phenomenal Handclap Band’s remixed album for all the cool remixes of their original music from their first self title album.

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    Baby by The Phenomenal Handclap Band
    Baby (Clock Opera Remix) by The Phenomenal Handclap Band

    Also check out The Phenomenal Handclap Band song 15 to 20 remixed by The Glimmers.

    Posted in 2010, Compilation.

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  6. Lollipop (Squeak E. Clean & Desert Eagles Remix) by The Chordettes


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    I’m really digging this remix of Lollipop The Chordettes song from the late 50s. It’s been given the extra bassy treatment but it’s really short like the original song itself. The original song I’m sure you’ve heard countless times is a cute innocent late 50s pop hit but this ones got a bit of gritty inner city feel to it even including a recognizable beat from Tone Loc’s Wild Thing. I’m sure you’ll recognize it once you hear it. I love it. Found this recently on the Whip It (film) soundtrack and wasn’t even aware that a remix has been done to this song and I’m happy to have discovered it.

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    Lollipop by The Chordettes
    Lollipop (Squeak E. Clean & Desert Eagles Remix) by The Chordettes

    Download The Chordettes Greatest Hits by clicking on the album artwork below.


    Posted in 2009, Compilation.

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  7. Never Too Much (ODahls K-Love Remix) by Luther Vandross


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    I’ve never been much of a fan of Luther Vandross but when I heard this remix to Never Too Much with the bouncy disco style I quickly fell in love with it. I remember the original when it came out in the very early 80s it was one of those songs similar to other that were released from that same era. The same song was remixed and rereleased in 1989 but never reached any charts here in the states. Now that we have this awesome remix by ODahl I have rediscovered how good this song is. The original and the very spacey dancey robo-quirky remix by Odahl. Highly recommended. Released in 2009 20 years after the first remix in 1989. Enjoy.

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    Never Too Much by Luther Vandross
    Never Too Much (ODahls K-Love Remix) by Luther Vandross

    If you like this remix and Luther Vandross click the album artwork below and download the greatest hits!


    Posted in 2009, Single.

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  8. Billie Jean by Shinehead


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    The anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death came and went last week so I figured I’d do at least one post of a cover or sample or remix of a famous Michael Jackson track. I figured posting about this Shinehead cover of his big hit Billie Jean. I only discovered this cover a little over ten years ago and it dates way back to just after Mr. Jackson had released his big hit – 1984. I love this remake and I love how it has a very chill summery hot sunny sound to it. It’s perfect in Shineheads trademark dub and dancehall style. From Shinehead’s album Rough & Rugged. Bet you didn’t know this cover existed did you?

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    Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
    Billie Jean by Shinehead

    Click the album artwork below to download the digital version of Rough & Rugged.


    Posted in 1984, Album.

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  9. ABC (Konishi Yasuharu’s Readymade Super 524 Mix) by The Jackson 5


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    ABC by The Jackson 5 is a pretty fun song and this is a very fun remix of ABC by The Jackson 5 in the style of Fatboy Slim and even Pizzicato 5. This one is remixed by Konishi Yasuharu and it’s lively, energetic and groovy and I think it’s suits the song very well because it has a very 70s remix style to it. This remix is from the Soul Source – The Jackson 5 Remixes 2 CD that came out back in 2000 or 2001. 2 CD’s of Jackson Five remixes! Rare discs that you might find somewhere used or new maybe and well worth owning if you can find them and you are into remixes.The CD is a Japanese Import so might still be available some places I would snatch it up if you find it.

    In the meantime check out both original and Konishi Yasuharu’s Readymade Super 524 Mix of ABC by The Jackson 5 below. Oh and also catch a live performance of The Jackson 5 on youtube!

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    ABC by The Jackson 5
    ABC (Konishi Yasuharu’s Readymade Super 524 Mix) by The Jackson 5

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    Posted in 2001, Album.

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  10. Remember Me by Blue Boy Samples Women Of The Ghetto (Live) by Marlena Shaw


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    Pretty cool sampling job by Blue Boy for the track Remember Me. Blue Boy is Scottish DJ, Alexis ‘Lex’ Blackmore and this is his one and only hit. This one dates back to 1997 so it’s 12 years old now but the sample is a live version of Marlena Shaw’s Woman Of The Ghetto. The live album it comes from is Live In MontreauxThis live version of Woman Of The Ghetto was pretty popular for sampling back in the late 90s and early 2000s. It was also sampled by St. Germain for this Rose Rouge track off of Tourist. Very cool stuff. Check out both Blue Boy and original live version of Women Of The Ghetto below. The samples is basically Marlena Shaw singing … “Remember me … I’m the one who had your babies”. It’s perfect. The song reached pretty high in the charts in the UK but here in the states it was pretty underground.

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    Women Of The Ghetto (Live) by Marlena Shaw
    Remember Me bu Blue Boy

    And there’s a video too for this song. Check it out.

    Posted in 1997.

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  11. Simply Red’s Sunrise Samples Hall & Oates I Can’t Go For That


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    Here’s a pretty darn good sample of the Hall & Oates track I Can’t Go For That in Simply Red’s track Sunrise. The song itself is really good and the sample of the Hall & Oates track I Can’t Go For That just works perfectly. Some of the lyrics to Sunrise changes over to the Hal & Oates song in Sunrise and comes back to the Sunrise lyrics. So it’s well done. This track Sunrise is off of the Simply Red album Home. A perfect blend of vocal R&B, pop and jazziness. The singles from the release including Sunrise and also Home and Fake all have remixes available. All are available for download from your favorite download store like Amazon, Emusic and iTunes!

    For now check out both Sunrise and I Can’t Go For That below and feel free to comment. Before you do that check out the video for Sunrise here …

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    I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) by Hall & Oates

    Sunrise by Simply Red

    Posted in 2004.

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  12. Champagne by Motorfunk


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    I absolutely love this track. It’s from a not very well known act from the very late 90s and early this decade called Motorfunk. They might be French but I could be wrong probably from the UK.

    I found this cut off of The Dirty House Session mixed CD by Groove Armada. It’s a free disc that came with my favorite magazine of the mid to late 90s called Muzik. Lot’s of great reviews and features of awesome electronic and dance music. The magazine folded around 2003 or so but this mix is one of their great mixes that came with the magazine. I have several of the mixes and I do enjoy listening to them still every once in a while.

    The track Champagne is basically sampling the Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King track Love Come Down. You kind of get that because it’s called Champagne. I kind had to listen twice to figure it out at first. I just didn’t know where the track from but I put two and two together and voila it turned out to be Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King! I absolutely dig this track because Evelyn’s version is so early 80s funk dance but this version by Motorfunk is so fast and ready for todays clubs. Even though it’s several years old now it’s still sounds fresh! I can still hear it at any hopping club.

    Check out the video with Evelyn singing Love Come Down. I absolutely love her hair. Don’t you think?

    And a live version which I think it’s from Solid Gold?? Maybe?

    Here are the two versions:

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    Love Come Down (12″ Version) by Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King
    Champagne by Motorfunk

    Love Come Down (12″ Version) comes from Evelyn’s Greatest Hits CD.

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    Posted in 2002.

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  13. Nasty Girl (Full Mix) by Inaya Day


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    Born again Christian, Vanity’s songs were sexy and risque back when they came out and most of them are pretty forgettable today but I still dig Nasty Girl as it’s a great track. This update by Inaya Day is pretty good also. It’s sped up a bit and it’s more of an electronic electro-dance track compared to the Prince produced funk/dance track of the original.

    I found Inaya Day’s version of Nasty Girl on Hed Kandi’s Disco Kandi 05.04 – a great collection of discoish electronic dance club tracks. It’s one of the better collections of music anyone can buy. Do check it out.

    Check them out as their quite unique on their own. What do you think of the two?

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    Nasty Girl by Vanity

    Nasty Girl (Full Mix) by Inaya Day

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  14. Crazy In Love by Patrick & Eugene


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    Ok this is real fun version of the great Beyonce track Crazy In Love. This version of Beyonce’s track is off of their album Postcard From Summerisle – and it’s a really fun album. There’s also a remake of Can’t Get You Out Of My Head by Kylie among other original tracks like The Birds & The Bees – check below for the video on youtube.

    It’s definitely a fun album and worth checking out to discover something new.

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    Crazy In Love Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z
    Crazy In Love by Patrick & Eugene

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    Posted in 2004, Album.

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  15. Shaft by Malik Adouane


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    Found this really fun version of Shaft by Malik Adouane off of Buddha Bar volume 1. It’s got all the same music as the Isaac Hayes version but this one is sung in Arabic. I love this. I love the remake in another language as it makes it alot more fun.

    What do yo think?

    Oh the video is fun too.

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    Theme From Shaft by Isaac Hayes
    Shaft by Malik Adouane

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    Posted in 1999, Album.

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  16. Good Life by Kaori


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    Here’s a jazzed up version of Inner City’s Good Life by Kaori. I found this version on Saint-Germain des Pres Cafe volume 2 and I was surprised at how good this version is. I love the original by Inner City as it’s a pretty big classic from the late 80s when dance music was breaking so this new version by Kaori breathes new life into the original.

    What do you think?

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    Good Life by Inner City
    Good Life by Kaori

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    Posted in 2002, Album.

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  17. Erotic City by Supafly Featuring Deni Hines


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    I’m a BIG Prince fan but only pre Batman … anything after is just crap. Erotic City was one of Prince’s cult B sides that made to radio. It was the B side to Let’s Go Crazy and came out back in 1984 off of the Purple Rain soundtrac. It was an underground hit and I have to say that this version of Erotic City by Supafly featuring the great vocals of Deni Hines comes really close to the original. The cool thing about this version is it does not contain the stupid chipmunk voice that Prince has on the original. Not sure why that’s there in the original but I suppose Prince thought it was a good idea at the time to include it as part of the song. I think maybe he thought that since the subject matter of Erotic City was so risque that he thought he’d add the cute cartoony voices. Oh well it worked back then but it’s a little tired now.

    But the Supafly version is a nice update. What do you think? I think Prince covers are good and some bad but this remake is quite nice and definitely worth multiple listens! Don’t you think?

    Let me know.

    I found this version of Erotic City off of the absolutely fabulous Nu Cool series (Nu Cool 55) from Hed Kandi. Love their releases and this one is pretty cool.

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    Erotic City by Prince

    Erotic City by Supafly Featuring Deni Hines

    Posted in 2006, Album.

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