February 22, 2018

Gilberto Gil & Jorge Ben - Filhos De Gandhi (V4YS Afoxé Edit)

Released in 1975 as part of Jorge Ben & Gilberto Gil duo album Jorge & Gil, this song evokes the legendary Carnaval bloco from Salvador de Bahia, the Filhos De Gandhy, whose history is a great snapshot of Brazil social and cultural roots.

In 1951, following authoritarian Brazilian authorities challenge of some important social welfare benefiting Bahia's port workers, a group of the city's dockers led the opposition, chosing Mahatma Gandhi's famous non-violent approach.
Unfolding during carnival time, their demonstrations were met with a large popular success, so much that they decided to cement their group through a cultural and spiritual association: a carnival bloco. The Filhos De Gandhy (with an "y", I don't know why), were born.

 Today it's one of the oldest and largest blocos in the country with more than 10 000 members. Their white outfit and turban is easily recognizable, and the legend says it gives men wearing it a certain sex-appeal with women :)

Bahia's strong African legacy is also very much present in the Filhos's songs and chants, often written in Nigerian Yoruba language, while also influenced by African animist religion Candoblé (also known in Brasil as Afoxé). Born in Salvador and occasionally partying with the group, Gilberto Gil wrote this 13 minutes-long song, probably as a direct tribute to the Filhos.

Here is my drummed-up and shortened Dj-friendly edit of it.

P.S.: the photo artwork dates back from 1946/48. It was taken in Bahia by late French photographer and enthnologist Pierre Verger, who dedicated his life studying the links between West Africa and Brasil, notably the Candomblé religion. His work as a photographer is simply stunning, I urge you to google it if you enjoy photo as an art, and Brasil & its people in particular.

February 21, 2018

Dorothy Morrison - Rain (V4YS The Deuce Edit)

Rain is a 70's disco/gospel anthem, released in 1972 by Dorothy Morrison.

Featuring in the legendary David Mancuso's The Loft compilation series, this track actually came to my attention while watching HBO TV show The Deuce, the latest gem from my favorite screenplay writer, David Simon (The Wire, Treme, Show Me a Hero...), who co-authored it with George Pelecanos.

 A deep dive into the seedy side of Nyc's Times Square area in the 70's, the show gathers a fascinating collection of characters, supported (as usual with David Simon's productions) by a splendid soundtrack. A highly recommended watch if you haven't already!

 Here's my "housy" take of the song.

February 15, 2018

The Supreme Jubilees - It'll All Be Over (V4YS Rework)

A relatively unknown Californian Soul & Gospel band, The Supreme Jubilees released only one LP, in 1979, which was recently re-issued and is a highly recommended gem.

Keyboardist Leonard Sanders wrote the wonderful song, It'll All Be Over, and I was not surprised when I read he was a big fan of Donny Hathaway, as this soulful groove clearly evokes Donny's sound.

 Here is my slo-mo take of it.

February 6, 2018

Broken Social Scene - Lover's Spit (V4YS Like It All Rework)

Revisiting a classic song from my cherished Canadian indie tribe, Broken Social Scene.

Lover's Spit first appeared in 2003 as part of their second album You Forgot I In People, before reaching new heights in 2004, with a new version featuring Leslie Feist on vocals.
This second take was released on their album Bee Hives, which is probably my favorite record from the band, an absolute masterpiece highly recommended if you're not familiar with them.

As an aside, if you're also into quality independent movies, lots of songs of Bee Hives, including Lover's Spit, feature on the soundtrack of 2006 Ryan Fleck movie Half Nelson, starring an unknown young US actor at the time, named Ryan Gosling.

A beautiful melancholic friendship story between a disillusioned History high-school teacher and one of his student. Here is my slo-mo, DJ-friendly rework of the Bee Hives version of the song.

January 16, 2018

Bryan Ferry - Slave To Love (V4YS Can't Escape Edit)

No need to describe this classic 1985 mellow song from Bryan Ferry. There are a few cool edits of it out there, but I wanted something a bit more slo-mo/balearic-like, so here is my take of it.

January 11, 2018

Liquid Gold - Could Be Tonight (V4YS Play With Matches Edit)

Released in 1982 by UK band Liquid Gold, "Could Be Tonight" is one of these forgotten disco tunes that make life more funky.

Here is my regrooved version of it.

January 6, 2018

Sufjan Stevens - Should Have Known Better (V4YS Rework)

One of my favorite Indie/Folk artist, Sufjan Stevens combines musical composing genius, sounds design creativity, to lyrics writing talent.

Evoking the passing away of his mum and the associated grief, his 2015 album "Carrie & Lowell" is nothing short of a masterpiece. If the record is a true "concept album" per se, resonating even louder when listened to in its entirety, I've always been particularly moved by the track "Should Have Known Better", especially its end, where the combination of a beautiful melody, with some hopeful and soothing words edges to a moment of grace. 

Here is a little tribute to it, with a kind of slo-mo/balearish-like twist.

January 5, 2018

October 24, 2017

94 East Feat. Prince - If You See Me (V4YS Rework)

A Minneapolis-based band formed in 1975 by Pepé Willie, 94 East band lasted only 4 years, until 1979. Enough to welcome in the meantime a 16-year-old local kid for funky electric guitar duties.

Here is my revisit of "If You See Me", a groove pearl where (very young) Prince's guitar style sounds already so funky.

September 18, 2017

The Rolling Stones - Can't You Hear Me Knocking (V4YS Rework)

A classic song from the legendary 1971 album Sticky Fingers, Cant You Hear Me Knocking embeds a classic Stones rock cut and a phenomenal Santana-like groovy instrumental jam.

Mick Taylor later explained that this second part was not planned at all. Thinking the recording session was over, he started improvising and the band followed on. The sax and congas bringing this latin/groove feel to the jam.

Here is my slo-mo rework of it.

July 24, 2017

Vibes4YourSoul Mixes#37 - A Latin Tale

Here is a sunny Latam-flavored mixtape, with a strong Brazilian accent and a few Latin Jazz moments.

Lots of classics, lots of edits, lots of joy.

July 23, 2017

Jorge Ben - Rio Babilônia (V4YS Flamengo Edit)

Released in 1983 as part of the Dádiva album, Rio Babilônia is not as famous as the Taj Mahal / Filho Maravilha / Pais Tropical song, which was the highlight of this LP. It is nevertheless a joyful love message written by Jorge Ben to his incredible hometown. 

Here is my drummed up edit of it. 

May 22, 2017

Patrick Coutin - Fais-moi Jouir (V4YS Riddim Edit)

An artist issued from the vivid 80's French alternative Rock scene, Patrick Coutin is first and foremost known to the French audience for his 1981 hit J'aime Regarder Les Filles.

Released in 1990, as a bonus track of a re-issue of his first album, Fais-moi Jouir is definitely hotter in term of lyrics, but as much fun. Its cool laid-back rythm inspired me this reggae-flavored DJ-friendly edit.

Download for free on The Artist Union: theartistunion.com/tracks/ad48b7

May 19, 2017

Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog (Captured Tracks)

When I found out Mac DeMarco had left New-York to settle in California I was scared.
I mean, it's not as if the boy needed an extra dose of coolness! He almost invented the concept, musically at least, through two albums that are already classic companions for so many indie/folk lovers like me (2 and Salad Days).

So I wondered: shouldn't we all get ready for a massive "coolness overdose warning risk" upon the release of his first west-coast-made record?
We definitely should...but as we cannot get enough of Mac's vibes, we don't care.

Finally enters This Old Dog, Mac fourth LP, and let's say it loud and clear, a new masterpiece.

Play it once, get hooked. Keep going, it's hard to stop, courtesy of Mac's ability to craft songs and atmospheres that truly are "all weather". Chill, work, drive, run, write, cook, make love to the sound of its laid-back vibes. And feel the positivity from its sweet melodies, dreamy lyrics, light and subtle orchestration, inimitable dreamy guitars lines, or slightly detuned keyboards pads.

I could go on and on pitching what I consider as the best 2017 record I've heard to date, so I'll stop there. Just thanking Mac for doing what he does: spreading true love around.

May 14, 2017

Leroy Hutson - Don't It Make You Feel Good (V4YS It Sure Does Edit)

A Soul, Funk & R&B singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and arranger, Leroy Hutson is probably slighltly less well known than the Marvin, Donny or Curtis of this world. He's nonetheless a cornerstone of this legendary 70's music scene.

Here's my refreshed DJ-friendly take of one of my favorite track by him, Don't It Make You Feel Good, released in 1976 as part of the Hutson II album.

Download for free on The Artist Union: theartistunion.com/tracks/839d0f