Daft Punk’s chart domination is being challenged by New York-based DJ /Producer Chris Malinchak. Just like Get Lucky’s disco vibe, his soulful house groove So Good To Me is the perfect antidote to the thumping electro beats –by the likes of Will.i.am– riding the charts. Signing to Ministry of Sound, Chris is working his way from the decks to the charts. The song breathes Summer Love. Malinchak cleverly samples two Soul classics in his mellow tune: If This World Were Mine by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell and Soul II Soul’s Back To Life. Listen carefully and see if you can spot Marvin near the end. One for a Summer night.
Brussels’ Indie Rock band Montevideo released their third album Personal Space, produced by Joakim, in October. Fronted by singer Jean Waterlot, the band named after the capital of Uruguay now consists of four friends. Montevideo’s inspirations include glampop Bowie, The Clash, Sonic Youth, The Pixies, and even Marvin Gaye. The sound they’ve created best fits the description of Britpop. Listening to their music, you cannot deny the link with Suede, Blur or Pulp.
The band’s self-titled album (2006) was followed in 2011 by the album Tribal Dance. For the new release, the first since they signed with EMI Belgium, Montevideo reworked their Fate & Glory, bringing in the lead singer of Intergalactic Lovers, Lara Chedraoui. Watch the cool b&w video directed by Pierre Waterlot for La Reine Production.
Four weeks ago Jill Scott’s latest album The Light of the Sun: Words And Sounds, Vol. 4 debuted at no.1 on Billboard’s album chart, proving she’s still got the knack 11 years on from her first, Who Is?: Words And Sounds, Vol. 1.
One track in particular deserves a little more attention, one more post. The collaboration with Anthony Hamilton has been blogged extensively. Simply because So In Love is a gem. Two of R&B’s most Soulful put together can only result in pure chemistry. If old school is your thang, you will luv this one. Musically the track refers to Marvin Gaye, vocally the harmonies are spot on. A beautiful R&B sound you don’t come across too often anymore. One of those instant classics. Like a cool summer breeze, but one that will play on way into winter months.
A deserved top spot for Miss Scott, who looks stunning in the follow-up video to Shame (ft Eve). Summer is in full swing.