Happy making music for you and my spiritual welfare in four parts between funk, soul, blues, psychedelia and their more electronic variations in the original or as cover versions.
Beatitude, Part 1: Scratch The Party
After the explanation of Kormac how to make a good party, there is time for happy making music. First, we have three instances of contemporary psychedelic Brit pop’n’rock by Kula Shaker, Jagwar Ma and The Temples. Then, back to the British pop roots: The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in a mashup. You’ll often find mashups in Bollywood tunes, for example with the Bollywood singers Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar. Salma & Sabina Agha made a Hindi version of ABBA songs in the 1980’s.
God put a smile on your face, is Mark Ronson‘s opinion. That’s why
the party must continue, agrees Kormac. The
fever is rising with La Lupe. Even though the
boots were made for walking (Muguette covers Nancy Sinatra in French), we can dance to soul which we got by Skeewiff, and we can surf together with M. Rux & Fog Puma. Finally, the messiah blesses the wine, because it’s still funny with Leo Le Bug, the Anakronic Electro Orkestra, and SoCalled.
Beatitude, Part 2: Behind Locked Doors
Part 2 picks up where it has left off Part 1 after Kormac has analyzed what men do
behind locked doors: with
tainted love maybe? Again, we have classics in the original, in cover or mashup versions in the mix.
Tainted Love by Gloria Jones is the 1965 original of Soft Cell‘s 1981 cover which has become famous. The original of the R&B track
Comin’ Home, Baby was released by Mel Tormé in 1962. Bollywood tunes like to integrate elements of Western pop music. Two examples here provide again Asha Bhosle (together with Anu Malik) and Salma Agha.
Jeena Bhi Kha is from the 1984 film Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki and contains vocal riffs and chord changes from Michael Jackson‘s
Billie Jean. Good point to take Ed Smith‘s adaptation from the King of pop’s song.
Then, some Arabic influenced covers: The favourite Transglobal Underground did a remake of
Whatever Lola Wants together with Natacha Atlas. The side project Beach Bellydance Babylon did one of Cole Porter‘s classic
Night And Day together with Raphaëlle Von Glitz. Afterwards Village People‘s gay disco hymn
Y.M.C.A in the version by Hector Zazou, Barbara Eramo & Stefano Saletti. JD Twitch put Bee Gees‘
Stayin’ Alive into a cumbia context. Jewrhythmics reinterpreted the Hebrew folk song
Hava Nagila ("Let us rejoice") like a Donna Summer disco hit.
At the end of Beatitude 2, we have swing, soul, funk and blues by Club des Belugas, Renegades of Jazz, Quantic & Alice Russell and Amos Milburn as well as Serge Gainsbourg and Madonna covers by Mick Harvey & Anita Lane and Big Daddy, respectively.
Beatitude, Part 3: Hold On, I’m Comin’
Part 3 brilliantly begins with a Latin boogaloo by Machito & His Orchestra. A commonality with the subsequent track is the fanfare which was already used in BigM‘s Beatles mashup in Part 1. Aldo Vanucci‘s
Naive is a beautiful cover of a indie rock song by The Kooks; the singer is Amie J. We continue with cool vocals: The female singer Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor alias Lorde from New Zealand won two Grammys for her song
Royals in 2013. George Perin did the vocals in Cayetano‘s beautiful ballad about the
circle of life. Amy Winehouse sings that
love is a losing game.
The mood is lifted again by Palov & Mishkin‘s Latin clarinet track. Primal Scream‘s
Loaded is transformed into a dub reggae tune by Nuffwish.
Then, some covers or reinterpretations of Yiddish or Israeli music: Akshin Alizadeh reinterprets
Bay mir bistu sheyn (
Bei mir bist du schön), originally written by Shalom Secunda and Jacob Jacobs for the Yiddish musical I Would If I Could (in Yiddish: Men Ken Lebn Nor Men Lost Nisht, "You could live, but they won’t let you") in 1932. The 1938 version of the Andrews Sisters have become famous world-wide. Another cool interpretation of the Hebrew folk song
Hava Nagila is provided by Jewdyssee. DJ Cheb i Sabbah (died in 2013) covered Ofra Haza‘s hit
Im Nin’alu in 2005 which is based on a Hebrew poem by the Rabbi Shalom Shabazi from the 17th century. Eddie C put the Persian song
Gol-e Yakh from the singer Kourosh Yaghmaei into a relaxed house/disco beat, followed by El Molitos
Nice & Easy.
Medicine Chest with the vocals of Josa Peit is taken from Nostalgia 77‘s new album A Journey Too Far. Some cowboy or Beach Boys music is provided by the Whiskey Barons, Don Air, and M. Rux & Fog Puma. The Smoove remix of the Brazilian
Jazz Di Mezzaluna is taken from Fab Samperi‘s recently published remix album Power Bossa Remixed. Part 3 is finished with another reference to the Yiddish classic
Bay mir bistu sheyn–by Watcha Clan from Marseille this time.
Beatitude, Part 4: Who Drank The Beer, While I Was In The Rear?
We start Part 4 with blues, swing and jazz, and with songs about happy making drinks like beer, rum, Coca-Cola, and tea. 😉
Ella Fitzgerald, Skeewiff, Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman cover Nancy Sinatra songs, Mel Tormé covers the most famous song by The Turtles.
After the Cuban Latin jazz by the Bahama Soul Club we have some more soul, funk and jazz by the Just Brothers (1972), Wolfgang Dauner (original is from 1969), Larry Williams & Johnny "Guitar" Watson (1967), Deluxe (2013), and Jasmine Kara (2012).
The "dance of the beatitude" is closed with a song by the Italian pop singer Elisa Toffoli (a.k.a. Elisa) from the soundtrack of Django Unchained followed by songs by Aldo Vanucci, Cayetano and Georges Perin.
Bei mir bist du schön: de.Wikipedia.org, en.Wikipedia.org
Fever: de.Wikipedia.org, en.Wikipedia.org
Hava Nagila: de.Wikipedia.org, en.Wikipedia.org
Happy Together: en.Wikipedia.org
Im Nin’alu: de.Wikipedia.org, en.Wikipedia.org
Somethin’ Stupid: en.Wikipedia.org
These Boots Are Made For Walkin’: de.Wikipedia.org, en.Wikipedia.org
Y.M.C.A.: de.Wikipedia.org, en.Wikipedia.org
- Cheb i Sabbah: de.Wikipedia.org, en.Wikipedia.org
- La Lupe: de.Wikipedia.org, en.Wikipedia.org