21 April 2014 |

Flying Sparks 2014-03-29: Beatitude

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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 GeesStayin’ 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.

The track 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.



To be listened on Mixcloud:

Track Listing

The playlist in the following.

Beatitude, Part 1

  1. Kormac: Kormacs Scratch Party (feat. DJ Yoda & DJ Cheeba)
    Word Play
    Scribble, 2010

  2. Kula Shaker: Modern Blues
    Pilgrim’s Progress LP
    Strangefolk, 2010

  3. Jagwar Ma: Come Save Me
    Marathon Artists, 2013

  4. Temples: Shelter Song
    Sun Structures
    Heavenly, 2014

  5. BigM vs. The Beatles: Hard Days Mashup
    Big M Bootie 5 (12inch)
    BigM Tunes, 2008

  6. BigM vs. The Rolling Stones: All Over Now
    Big M Bootie 5 (12inch)
    BigM Tunes, 2008

  7. Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar & Chorus: Mil Gaya Ham Ko Saathi
    taken from compilation: Beginner’s Guide To Bollywood Vol. 2 (CD3: Bollywood Kitsch)
    Nascente, song from 1977

  8. Salma & Sabina Agha: Toba Toba (Mamma Mia)
    Sing The Hits Of ABBA In Hindi LP
    Not On Label, 1981

  9. Mark Ronson: God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (feat. The Daptone Horns)
    Toxic / God Put A Smile 12inch
    Sony BMG, 2007

  10. Kormac: The Party Must Continue (feat. Messiah J & The Expert)
    Word Play
    Scribble, 2010

  11. La Lupe: Fever
    Reina De La Cancion Latina
    Fania, 2006

  12. Muguette: Ces Bottes Sont Faites Pour Marcher
    taken from the compilation: These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ / Ces Bottes Sont Faites Pour Marcher 7inch
    Jazzman, 2013

  13. Skeewiff: I Got Soul (Chrispop‘s Coming Together Repop)
    I Got Soul Remix
    Skeewiff, 2012

  14. Pushin Wood: White Russians
    taken from: Pushin Wood / Renegades of JazzLittle Hurricane 7inch
    Bambeats, 2012

  15. M. Rux & Fog Puma: Surf’s Sup (Fog Puma/Mr. Rux Remix)
    Surf’s Sup & Golden Girls 7inch
    You Need Friends – Not Diskos, 2013

  16. Leo Le Bug: Machine Messiah
    taken from EP: Leo Le Bug / Le YanSlipt EP 12inch
    Chinese Man, 2012

  17. Anakronic Electro Orkestra: Why Is It Funny?
    taken from compilation: JUMU Nu Juwish Music 01
    V2, 2007

  18. SoCalled: 2nd Cup: Bless The Wine (feat. Bless & Susan Hoffman Watts)
    The So Called Seder: A Hip Hop Haggadah
    JDub, 2005

Beatitude, Part 2

  1. Kormac: Behind Locked Doors
    Good Lord EP
    Scribble, 2012

  2. Gloria Jones: Tainted Love
    taken from compilation: Gloria Jones / Just BrothersTainted Love 7inch
    Champignon, 2009

  3. Skeewiff: Coming Home Baby
    Bootyshaker EP
    Jalapeno, 2003

  4. Doctor Stereo: Shake Hank Shake
    Resense 030 (Doctor Stereo) 7inch
    Resense, 2012

  5. Anu Malik, Asha Bhosle & Chorus: Sun O Dilruba Dil Ki Yeh Sada (Edit)
    taken from compilation: Sitar Beat! Indian Style Heavy Funk Vol. 1
    Guerilla Reissues, 2006

  6. Salma Agha: Jeena Bhi Kha
    taken from compilation: Beginner’s Guide To Bollywood Vol. 2 (CD1: Bollywood Disco)
    Nascente, song from 1984

  7. Ed Smith: Billie Jean
    The Michael Remixes Vol. 1 (7inch)
    EDR, 2008

  8. Transglobal Underground: Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets) (feat. Natacha Atlas)
    taken from compilation: Natacha AtlasHabibi – Classics And Collaborations (CD2)
    Nascente, 2013

  9. Beach Bellydance Babylon: Night And Day (feat. Raphaëlle Von Glitz)
    Halwa Et Chantilly
    Mule Satellite, 2013

  10. Hector Zazou, Barbara Eramo & Stefano Saletti: Y.M.C.A.
    Oriental Night Fever
    Naive, 2010

  11. JD Twitch: Cumbia 2
    Let’s Get Lost Vol. 5 (Cumbia EP Vol. 1) 12inch
    Let’s Get Lost, 2011

  12. Jewrhythmics: Hava Nagila
    Serving The Chosen
    Essay, 2012

  13. Club des Belugas: Some Like It Hot
    Chinchin, 2008

  14. Renegades Of Jazz: Green Leaf Woman
    Resense 036 7inch
    Resense, 2013

  15. Big Daddy: Like A Virgin
    taken from compilation: La Musique de Paris Dernière 2
    Naive, 2002

  16. Mick Harvey: 69 Erotic Year
    Intoxicated Man (feat. Anita Lane)
    Mute, 1995

  17. Quantic & Alice Russell with The Combo Barbaro: Magdalena
    Magdalena (MCD & 12inch)
    Tru Thoughts, 2012

  18. Amos Milburn: One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer
    taken from compilation: Electro Blues Vol. 1 (CD2)
    Freshly Squeezed, 2013

Beatitude, Part 3

  1. Machito & His Orchestra: Hold On (I’m Coming feat. Graciela)
    Latin Boogaloo Holy Grail 7inch
    Record Kicks, 2014

  2. Aldo Vanucci presents Amie J: Naive
    Tru Thoughts Covers EP 12inch
    Tru Thoughts, 2009

  3. Lorde: Royals (Shoe Scene Symphony Remix)
    The Love Club Limited Edition 12inch
    REALDJS, 2013

  4. Cayetano: The Circle Of Life (feat. Georges Perin)
    Once Sometime
    Pale Sound / Klik, 2012

  5. Amy Winehouse: Love Is A Losing Game (Truth & Soul Remix)
    Love Is A Losing Game 12inch
    Universal / Island, 2007

  6. Palov & Mishkin: Et De Clarinete
    Think Twice
    Cast-A-Blast, 2009

  7. Nuffwish: Loaded Chalice
    Nuffwish Vol. 4 12inch
    Not On Label, 2004

  8. Akshin Alizadeh: Yiddish Love
    Street Bangerz Vol. 8
    Cold Busted, 2014

  9. Jewdyssee: Havanagila
    PanShot / Galileo, 2012

  10. Cheb i Sabbah: Im Ninalou (The Groovio Deep End Remix)
    La Ghriba (La Kahena Remixed)
    Six Degrees, 2006
    remix by: Gaurav Raina

  11. Eddie C: Golyak
    Red Motorbike Vol. 7 7inch
    Red Motorbike, 2013

  12. El Molito: Nice & Easy
    Untitled 7inch

  13. Nostalgia 77: Medicine Chest (feat. Josa Peit)
    A Journey Too Far LP
    Tru Thoughts, 2014

  14. Whiskey Barons: Shake Yuh Waist
    Guajira 12inch
    Flavorheard, 2009

  15. Don Air: Kiss Me
    Carpenter’s Delight
    Response, 1999

  16. M. Rux & Fog Puma: Golden Girls (Mr. Rux Remix)
    Surf’s Sup & Golden Girls 7inch
    You Need Friends – Not Diskos, 2013

  17. Fab Samperi: Jazz Di Mezzaluna (Smoove Remix)
    Power Bossa Remixed
    Agogo, 2014

  18. Watcha Clan: La Camel
    Radio Babel
    Piranha / Vai La Bott, 2011

Beatitude, Part 4

  1. Dave Bartholomew: Who Drank The Beer While I Was In the Rear?
    Who Drank My Beer While I Was In The Rear? 7inch

  2. Andrews Sisters: Rum & Coca Cola (Jojo Effect Remix)
    taken from compilation: Betty Boop presents Electro Swing
    Edel, 2012

  3. Sarah Vaughan: Tea For Two
    taken from compilation: Verve Unmixed Vol. 4
    Verve, 2008

  4. Ella Fitzgerald: These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
    taken from the compilation: These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ / Ces Bottes Sont Faites Pour Marcher 7inch
    Jazzman, 2013

  5. Skeewiff vs. Shawn Lee vs. Nancy Sinatra: I Got Soul Boots Made For Walkin’
    I Got Soul Remix
    Skeewiff, 2012

  6. Mel Tormé: Happy Together
    taken from compilation: La Musique de Paris Dernière 4
    Naive, 2005

  7. Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman: Somethin’ Stupid
    Somethin´ Stupid (MCD)
    Chrysalis, 2001

  8. Bahama Soul Club: Ay Jona
    The Cuban Tapes
    Buyú, 2013

  9. Just Brothers: Sliced Tomatoes
    taken from compilation: Gloria Jones / Just BrothersTainted Love 7inch
    Champignon, 2009

  10. Wolfgang Dauner: Take Off Your Clothes To Feel The Setting Sun (Mojo Club’s Taking The Sun Higher Mix by The Original Jazz Rockers)
    taken from compilation: Jazzreworks – The New MPS Sessions
    MPS, 2004

  11. Larry Williams & Johnny "Guitar" Watson: Too Late (Edit)
    taken from compilation: Hawaiian Bop Edits 7inch
    Hawaiian Bop, 2013

  12. Deluxe: Daniel (feat. Youthstar)
    The Deluxe Family Show LP
    Chinese Man, 2013

  13. Jasmine Kara: My Babe
    Blues Ain’t Nothing But A Good Woman Gone Bad LP
    Acid Jazz / Tri-Sound, 2012

  14. Elisa Toffoli: Ancora Qui
    taken from soundtrack: Django Unchained
    Republic, 2013

  15. Aldo Vanucci: Aldo’s Delight
    BSTRD Boots Vol. 9 12inch
    BSTRD Boots, 2009

  16. Cayetano: There Is A Sky Now (feat. Georges Perin)
    Once Sometime
    Pale Sound / Klik, 2012


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