Tuesday 13 January 2015

Tune of the Week - No.4 - 12.01.15

With so much wonderful music knocking around here in the Abstract studio, we thought we'd take the opportunity to showcase a few very special items that are close to our hearts. Our choices for Tune of the Week may be fresh through the door, or decades old - our aim is that they will always epitomise the ethos of AbstractRadio...

"Prokofiev, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis,
John Coltrane, The Rolling Stones
... all at the same time."

- Native Riddim -
Original and alternative mix
Toytonics TOYT028

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The long holiday break has never been the best time to release new material, so we have to profusely thank Toytonics for brightening up what would be an otherwise dreary time of the year with this absolute gem of a track.

Their website bio has little to say about the Coeo boys except that they're based in the Munich area and already have a couple of well received EPs under their belts. This, their latest release, demonstrates that, if nothing else, they also have a fond appreciation of classic house.
Native Riddim has two major components - firstly, a delicious groove wrapped around a sweet piano riff that has been (very) heavily lifted from an old-school Abstract favourite - the perpetually wonderful
Reachin' by Phase II, who were the mighty Blaze recording under a different guise.

The second part of note is the spoken word interview snippet appearing in the break half-way through the track, where Patrice Rushen elaborates on her musical influences, name-checking the sort of eclectic roster we would be proud to present here on AbstractRadio.

The flip features a pretty fine alternative version, with a different piano groove also reminiscent of something from times gone by - sadly, after quite a significant amount of head-scratching, we haven't been able to identify what it is as of yet.

So, a 25-year old piano sample and some bird wittering on about her daddy's record collection - doesn't really sound like much? Well, we dropped this to a packed room on NYE, and the place went suitably ballistic.
And frankly, we weren't surprised.

A lovely start to the year - here's hoping there's many like this to follow.

Happy new year folks.

Here's the original

And here's the alternative version

And here's the original vocal sample


f krunk said...

My guess as who the artist speaking about her background and influences is Patrice Rushen but im guessing. I was searching the web to find out and stumbled on this blog post from a few years back. Best.

AbstractRadio said...

Could be - we've never been able to pin it down.

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