Sunday, 13 April 2014

Janet Jackson - When I Think Of You (LNTG Rework)

I bought this album when it came out back in 1986 and totally loved it. WITOY was my favourite track and the reason I bought the album. This is the LNTG Rework of the track by Late Nite Tuff Guy.

I'm dedicating this post to my friend Sheena with fond memories of walking Scotland's West Highland Way with her in 1986 and completely doing her head in by singing this for the whole 95 miles.

Control was Janet's third album and the one that started the process of changing her from this...

to this...

This is what can happen when you take Control.

May - Soul (FloFilz Remix)

This is gorgeous. Belgian singer May (at least I think she's Belgian) has released a demo version of her track "Soul" which has been remixed by Germany's FloFilz who uses jazz samples to change the sound and feel of the tracks he turns his attention to. May's debut EP This Is Pure coming soon.



A Tribe Called Quest - Go Ahead In The Rain

"Go Ahead In The Rain" is one of those tracks that makes it absolutely impossible to stay still when you hear it, so prepare to sway in your chair, head bop in your car, or make little shuffling movements around your living room. It's from ATCQ's 1990 debut album People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, and features Triber Q-Tip on vocals.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Change - Angel In My Pocket (Fatneck Edit)

This is the Fatneck Edit of "Angel In My Pocket" by Change (Fatneck is Yorkshire DJ Jamie "Fatneck" Low). I love this - especially when the vocals kick in after the three minute mark. The original version was from Change's 1980 debut album The Glow Of Love.  

Jamie "Fatneck" Low

Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing (Juicy Edit)

US producer and remixer Consumable Electronica has created this genius mix of the Bee Gees' 1976 single "You Should Be Dancing" which starts out with the 'duum duum' section from Sly & the Family Stone's "Dance To The Music".

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Boy George - Live Your Life

So on Sunday night Ruth and I saw Boy George live again at The Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh. As I said on Twitter he was entertaining, gracious and funny and is definitely one of my favourite live artists. It makes me sad that so many people don't know any of his output since the Culture Club days. His current album This Is What I Do is a fantastic album which is well worth listening to all the way through - here's the first two singles from the album as previously posted on The Fine Tuner: 

The track in the video above is one of my favourites from the album - it's called "Live Your Life" and is a reggae influenced, inspiring track about being different and about self acceptance...

Everybody knew the boy was strange
They raised him in whispers
Oh how they prayed
The demons would go away
His daddy was cruel
He tried to make him tough
Always afraid to give him too much love
Too much love

At the end of 2013 Zoo Magazine featured Boy George styled by Jean Paul Gaultier and photographed by Bryan Adams. These amazing images are some of the results. Click on the link for more: 

Frankie Knuckles (with Jamie Priciple and Adrienne Jett) - Your Love (Original Mix)

"Your Love" is instantly recognisable both as a late 80's Chicago House classic, but more familiarly as the backbone of the mega-hit "You Got The Love' by The Source feat. Candi Staton (which was basically the vocals from Candi's orignal version of the track added to the music from the Knuckles mix of "Your Love"). "Your Love" was originally a Jamie Principle track which Knuckles played at The Power Plant before remixing it for its 1987 release (1989 in the UK). At 5:48 seconds in you can hear the influence of this track on Pet Shop Boy's 1988 release "Left To My Own Devices" which Knuckles would later remix.

Hercules & Love Affair - Blind (Frankie Knuckles Vocal)

Next up, the excellent Frankie Knuckles Vocal Mix of Hercules & Love Affair's 2008 single "Blind" which was co-written with Antony Hegarty from Antony & The Johnsons (and also features him on vocals).


Antony Hegarty

Donna Summer - Hot Stuff (Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper's Director's Cut Mix)

So in honour and memory of the late Frankie Knuckles I'm going to post a few of his tracks and remixes. Let's kick off with another track from the Donna Summer remix album Love To Love You Donna. This is the Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper's Director's Cut Mix of "Hot Stuff". 

Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

I know we all know this song (or we should) but I'm actually posting this for the have to watch video. Nancy Sinatra rules - this is camp, colourful and how I imagine the sixties should really look. I picture people walking down the street, heading to work dressed like this and walking like this - everything in Technicolor and there would be no need for skirts, trousers or coats!

"These Boots Are Made For Walkin' was released in 1966, written by Lee Hazelwood, and quite rightly went to number 1 in both the UK and US charts.