Google+ Beathearts: 04.2013


Daft Punk ft Pharrell - Get Lucky (M's Chic Disco Mix)

As much as I loved Daft Punk back in the day when they dropped those secret white labels on Soma (Da Funk) and Sourcelab (Musique) I must admit I didn't feel their new single Get lucky when it dropped. And that's despite our fascination for Pharrell's projects.

So I was equally sceptical as surprised when one of our regular contributors, DJ M-rock, dropped a rework of the track. He had the same feeling as we did, that the new track lacked something. But instead of whining he did something about it.


"The thing with the Daft Punk ft Pharrell song is even though I love the risk they’ve taken, and how that vintage disco sound is so familiar, it doesn’t totally knock the room down. And it sounds a bit like it could use some more to really give it that old school feel. I wanted to hear a funky brass band and a section of violinists bending their necks towards their instruments on top. So that’s what I did, I just worked hard at producing it so it sounds old school. People are constantly telling me I made an amazing song actually sound better. They can’t even believe it’s the same song because it feels different."

Indeed! It's all in the details. It's the same track but with that dope live feel that makes the whole difference. Dope!


Neneh Cherry & Afrika Baby Bam – Nina (prod. Four Tet)

My favourite Neneh story is from back in 1990. She and her husband Cameron McVey invited the whole Massive Attack crew into their home in Bristol to record their classic Blue Lines album:

"We were lazy Bristol twats. It was Neneh Cherry who kicked our arses and got us in the studio. We recorded a lot at her house, in her baby's room. It stank for months and eventually we found a dirty nappy behind a radiator. I was still DJing, but what we were trying to do was create dance music for the head, rather than the feet. I think it's our freshest album, we were at our strongest then."
(Daddy G)

23 years later she's got a whole new brew cooking and this time she's invited Fourtet and one of the Jungle Brothers, Afrika Baby Bam, and to join at the dinner table. The result is a fresh afrobeat inspired, spoken word ode to Nina Simone that leave us craving for seconds. Let's all keep our fingers crossed that there's more to come from this collaboration.

Download (MP3): Neneh Cherry & Afrika Baby Bam - Nina
Download (Wav): Neneh Cherry & Afrika Baby Bam - Nina


Bahamadia - Dialed up

"It ain't how you do - it's how you do it"

The queen of hiphop is back! As a prelude to her upcoming album here's special treat. An 11 minute project/mixtape/mosaic of new Bahamadia tunes recorded entirely on her phone. More specifically the iMaschine app on iPhone.

The whole thing is dope but our highlight is the smooth part that might be titled Blessed (?) on a future release. Ok B we're hyped! Give us a date to focus on - when's the album dropping?

Buy/Download (Bandcamp): Bahamadia - Dialed up