Funky souly goodness from start to finish. You can’t help but love this, I feel!
Her voice is stunning, of course. But that groove is brilliant. The squelchy yet tight bass struts confidently over a solid drum beat. You’ve got a smattering of guitars and a couple of old school synths to complete the package too!
Roy Ayers, who Sylvia had worked with extensively in the 70s, helped to write the song. It’s become her most famous, especially after being sampled in a Notorious B.I.G song (“Get Money”, 1995), and used in a Grand Theft Auto video game.
The song was released in 1981, on Roy Ayers’ record label, “Uno Melodic”.
Kicking off with a gospel inspired vocal harmony makes a statement. It happens in hip hop, particularly when artists like FlyLo are involved. Thundercat is a bassist, but broader part of that beat scene.
In this case, the gospel leads into a squelchy, dense soundscape, menacing yet majestic.
The song is about a descent into madness while everything else in the world collapses. Perhaps telling that it was written soon after Trump took the White House…
That also goes some ways to explain the paranoid texture of the track, and the craziness of the drums.
“Inferno” came out in 2017 on Drunk, Thundercat’s 3rd album.
I love a good organ trio. There’s an easy going jazz funk grooviness to the format which even ‘okay’ players can tap into. Delvon Lamarr’s group, sometimes styles DLO3, are much more than okay!
In the jazz world, these guys are stars, as their debut album Close But No Cigar reached number one on the Contemporary Jazz Album chart in the US. They still feel like a fresh offering though.
For some reason they keep switching up their drummer – below, it’s David McGraw, who left the band about a year after this. But Delvon and his guitarist Jimmy are a strong foundation for the group’s jamming.
The band’s sound straddles the soul, jazz, funk and blues vibes, leading to frequent comparisons with Booker T & and MGs. They can really nail a groove!
The song came out first in late 2017, having featured at the band’s KEXP session in the video below earlier in the year.
Anyone who’s been going to the cinema in the last 5 years might be familiar with the Amazons as the tribe of fierce warrior women in Greek mythology. Or, you might know that through your extensive classical education and what not. In any case, the Amazons are a byword for bad ass women.
Have a listen to this banger, originally released on Au Coeur De Paris in 1983, and tell me that this all female ensemble of Guinean ex-servicewomen doesn’t absolutely smash it!
The pulsing percussion comes in a torrent, exuberant horns riding the wave, with the classic afrobeat guitar lick steadily rolling. And those vocals; the power!
You can feel the energy of the crowd, since the recording was done live. The appreciation of the deft guitar solo and bold horns rings out – and why not? This is simply flawless from start to finish.