donderdag 8 december 2011

Our Top 50 Favorite Tracks Countdown - 45 -41

Yessir, it has started, the countdown of the 50 best tracks of 2011! Everyday I’ll post one track in the Daily Clip section, but if you missed one don’t worry, after each batch of five I’ll be sure to post those songs with links on the site (you’ll find it in the main post). So for the next 50 days, nothing but the best, here we go!

This year was the first time I ever heard of Tyson, and he has come out of the gates running with some catchy singles. It has some great vocals, and it simply has energy that I feel is lacking from so much of this kind of stuff. Not with Tyson though, and with 3:35 it almost feels like a hit and run. It is packed with emotion and it is a nice mix which finds itself lending a bit from both pop and disco books. A whole album might be a bit tiring if it would be done this way, but as this is a tracks list I only care about the track baby, and this one has the goods.

Oh man, funk this shit up. The title is, I assume, a reference to Bootsie Collins, but this is not quite as extravagant as that man’s clothing is. The best thing about this is, it just keeps on building, keeps on growing, and it makes you want to dance and when the next instrument comes in it makes you want to dance some more. If you are short on time, just listen to a bit before the three minute mark and see how it gets it going at just over 3:00, and you know what I mean. This is exactly what you want in your set, something as hypnotic as this, and so seemingly effortless at that.

Lets go gay. From the free (!) album Bent he put out this year, Ssion has this seduction gay thingy going on in his voice for this one which makes it even more sexy. Not too mention those typical background vocals which only add to that cultural heritage feeling. Also, it is just a fun, catchy song that makes me smile. And songs that make people smile and that are a bit cheeky, they are a rare breed indeed. “If you know you’ve got something, go give it, give it away at a luvvbazaar”, I mean, especially sung this way, how can you not love that. And it is also a song that is put together pretty well with the music, the vibe, the variety. And its friggin’ free! Mental.

Ray Mang certainly has a way of doing some awesome things (some of it which I proudly have on vinyl). It takes a few beats and a few tribal drums for the first real sounds to come in. But when they do at about 15 seconds, it just always completely bowls me over. It has yearning written all over it, and then she isn’t even singing yet. That typical disco vibe. And my goodness, such nice vocals as well. That chorus is divine, the way she sings it, and the way Ray Mang don’t make it all-out disco but don’t lose that vibe either, that’s so very good.

I wish I could post a stream or link to this, but I can’t because there is none, so you’ll have to do with the original. Too bad, because the rework is a good example of contemporary vintage disco up and down and twice around. T.K. Records has been releasing some reworks and edits of songs they released in their (and disco’s) glory days. Another doozy is ‘Don’t Drop My Love’, originally by Anita Ward. This is just old school and it celebrates those who, you guessed it, dance, and that for a whopping ten minutes. Who wants those masculine heteros standing with their arms crossed staring at some guitar band. No man, we want to see the beauties of this world dance. Preferably on this mid-paced (under 120 BPM) tune from the golden years.

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