Michael from The Flash Dance collective mashed up Chandler’s Duke Of Earl over the break from Eric B & Rakim’s Paid in Full at the Airplanes & Blazers party I attended. One of my favorite 60’s tunes mixed with one of my favorite rap songs. Genius. I loved it so much I wrote to ask if a recorded version existed. Sadly for me, one does not. But, he was kind enough to write back and tell me that he usually mixes Duke Of Earl with Cypress Hill’s - Hand On The Pump and DJ Shadow’s - The Number Song (Cut Chemist Mix) which there is a video of here - http://www.theflashdance.com/index.cfm?postID=192 (scroll to the bottom of the post; also embedded below). Rad!
Emulating American doo wop groups like the Platters and Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers while incorporating bossa nova and calypso rhythms proved a unique and successful combination for the Cuban quartet Los Zafiros. Recording between 1962 and 1967, Los Zafiros (translated as “The Sapphires”) gained relative fame in Cuba and in Europe, once performing a live show in Paris which the Beatles attended. - allmusic.com
Laws - This is Me (prod. by L.A. the Craftzman and Feb 9)
There aren’t many rappers that grab my attention these days, but I like Laws’ flow.
Brazilian-born, Florida-based up-and-comer Laws rejoined forces with DJBooth.net to bring fans 5:01 (Overtime), an expanded, tagless re-release of his acclaimed sophomore mixtape 4:57PM. Download all three Laws mixtapes HERE.
“…formed over a mutual love of Talking Heads and twisted, inventive Pop. The resulting band reflects those two elements beautifully - Walk the Moon makes fascinating, danceable Art Pop. …Captivating live show.” - Mike Breen, CityBeat