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  1. Moodswings Covers Donna Summer Covers Jon & Vangelis With State Of Independence


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    Boy! It was only after 15 years or so that I discovered that State Of Independence was originally remade by Donna Summer in 1982 a year after Jon & Vangelis released it off of their The Friends Of Mr. Cairo album from 1981. I have to say that the first time I heard State of Independence was the Moodswings version featuring the great Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders on vocals. But I do have to say the version Donna Summer recorded a year after the Jon & Vangelis version are so similar. Very kind of minimal with a very mellow bounce beat added in with the vocals. Kind of doesn’t go anywhere for me and I’m glad it was remade and covered in the 90s. Check them both out below.

    Once you get to the Moodswings cover and the Murk remix of State Of Independence from 1996 then you get to some more excitement. The Moodswings trip hop version of State Of Independence has that euphoric, dream like quality with excellent haunting vocals from Chrissie Hynde then you get a total 360 degree turn around for the Donna Summer Murk Remix of State Of Independence. There are many more remixes on the single for Donna Summers State of Independence from 1996 but the Murk Remix is the best. A tad bit outdated today but still fun to check out.

    Preview all versions below!

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    State Of Independence by Jon and Vangelis
    State Of Independence by Donna Summer
    State Of Independence (Murk Club Remix) by Donna Summer
    State Of Independence (Spiritual High) by Moodswings Featuring Chrissie Hynde

    Posted in 1996, Album, Single.

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  2. Get A Move On by The Quantic Soul Orchestra


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    I love me some remakes and this one is awesome. It’s the classic downtempo/swing jazz classic by Mr. Scruff remade by the very cool and groovy The Quantic Soul Orchestra. I love it! It’s lively, danceable and has a very retro organ sound to it. Very similar to their sound which I truly love so this version rocks! Check them both out below at the link. This remake of Get A Move On by The Quantic Soul Orchestra is off of the Tru Thoughts Covers album that’s come out a couple of months back. If you like covers, remakes or remixes then this album is definitely worth it! It’s also on The Quantic Soul Orchestra album Pushin On.

    BTW The Quantic Soul Orchestra or Quantic is mostly Will Holland.

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    Get A Move On by Mr. Scruff
    Get A Move On by The Quantic Soul Orchestra


    Posted in 2005, Album.

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  3. 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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  4. Slip Into Something More Comfortable by Kinobe


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    This is awesome … Kinobe have sampled From Here To Eternity by Engelbert Humperdink in their very popular appropriately titiled chillout track Slip Into Something More Comfortable. I love the sample very much here and it works 1000%! The Engelbert Humperdink track From Here To Eternity is basically the main parf of the track with some additional bass added here and there and some vocals.

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    From Here To Eternity by Engelbert Humperdink
    Slip Into Something More Comfortable by Kinobe

    Posted in 2001, Single.

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  5. Midsummer Night Blues by Waldeck


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    This is awesome … from the great electro swing revival/movement happening in Europe now comes a great track called Midsummer Night Blues by Waldeck. Midsummer Night Blues is off of his album Ballroom Stories. It’s an excellently made album utilizing sounds from the great swing and jazz era with many samples and of course mostly electronica and pop elements with updated production an Midsummer Night Blues samples elements of great Gershwin track Summertime sung by so many great folks. The version I have below is the version by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. I felt that the music behind their version was the closest to the sampled sound from the Waldeck samples.

    I could be wrong but it felt like it’s the right version.

    Waldeck Ballroom Stories

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    Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald and Louie Armostrong

    Midsummer Night Blues by Waldeck

    Be sure to catch this great live version of Midsummer Night Blues in Vienna below. Then buy the entire album from Amazon as it’s awesome!

    Or a live version in Bucharest Romania.

    Best of all you can use this DJAY DJ app and mix these tracks in your playlist of cool songs with your iPad!

    Posted in 2007, Album.

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  6. Que Sera by Wax Tailor


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    I love this remake of Que Sera by Wax Tailor! Taking an old song especially like an old cheerful, bright and happy Doris Day song and remaking it in this style is awesome.

    Wax Tailor is a French Trip-Hop/Hip Hop producer/artists that’s released several eps and albums and this is one of my favorite remakes as of recently – last couple of years. He’s worked with folks like Sharon Jones and Ursula Rucker. This track comes off of his first full album Tales From The Forgotten Melodies. Check it out as it’s a great release. For true Trip-Hop and Downtempo fans with Hip Hop flavor!

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    Download Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) by Doris Day

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    Check out the official video and the live versions of the song Que Sera. Love em!

    Best of all you can use this DJAY DJ app and mix these tracks in your playlist of cool songs with your iPad!

    Posted in 2005, Album.

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  7. U.K. Girls (Physical) by Goldfrapp


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    Here’s a pretty cool and chill version of the 80s Olivia Newton-John track Physical by Goldfrapp. This is off of the Utopia Ep which contains several remixes of Utopia and has a couple of bonus tracks like this cover. This isn’t your traditional cover it’s more like a mash-up although I think it’s just two songs as one.

    I like this version by Goldfrapp especially since it does not sound like the original high nrg early 80s dance pop song. It’s quite cool and moody. I think it’s more along the line of Goldfrapp’s Felt Mountain style of chill – trip hop sound that made them huge. I think this remake would have also worked if they used their electro glam synth sound that was hugely sound of the Black Cherry album. I would have appreciated some remixes of this track as well – would have been fun but I get the focus of the Utopia single is Utopia and not U.K. Girls (Physical).

    What do you think of the two versions?

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    Physical by Olivia Newton-John
    U.K. Girls (Physical) by Goldfrapp

    Best of all you can use this DJAY DJ app and mix these tracks in your playlist of cool songs with your iPad!

    Posted in 2000, Single.

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