This week in our radio show we wave goodbye Obama ignoring the idiot who’ll succeed him (the least said about him the better) through a selection of music we think he’ll appreciate and which focusses on the positive things of his reign (being fully aware it wasn’t all everyone hoped for). Anyway, a musical salute to a president we’ll soon all will miss even if he was far from perfect. Here’s an amuse-oreille if you will to what we’ll serve tomorrow in our radio show.
Crown Heights Affair – Dreaming A Dream – De-Lite
If there was one thing Obama instilled in all of us, certainly in the beginning, it was a dream or hope of a better future. Due to not being as progressive as we all hoped he would be and Republicans fighting hard to counter his policies, it didn’t get to where it should or could have gone but we’ll often look back nostalgically onto this dream we had during the nightmare the coming 4 years threaten to be. This Crown Heights Affair track, by the way, was one of the many highlights of Mr Scruff’s set last Friday at Vooruit. Taking Shazam to trigger a memory that was already deep in weekend mode. Shazaming to discover you’ve got this already is a common thread at Scruff parties for us. Hehe.
Aretha Franklin – Rocksteady (Danny Krivit Edit) – Ibadan
A track that appeared in Obama’s online playlists he liked to share on Spotify. We can’t argue on this with him as it’s been an Onda Sonora heavy rotation one, preferably in the Danny Krivit edit, for years. We’re not the biggest fans of current edits – we do like the Tom Moulton, Jim Burgess, Larry Levan, Tee Scott, Walter Gibbons and co ones a lot and think it’s no use trying to do better as often is attempted – except if they’re executed by grandmasters like Danny Krivit (he’s actually one of the old school kings but still very active), Joey Negro or Sean P.
Janet Jackson – Got ‘Til It’s Gone ((Ummah Jay Dee’s Revenge Mix) – Virgin
Doesn’t need too much explanation we think. .
Frankie Knuckles – Only The Strong Survive (Club Mix) – DJ International
A house version of a Billy Paul classic by Chicago House pioneer Frankie Knuckles. Obama showed at multiple times he knew the music his home city is most famous for. Giving shout outs to the Chosen Few Picnic and writing a letter, together with Michelle, to Frankie Knuckles friends and family when the legend died in 2014.
Common Sense – Resurrection (Extra P. Remix) – Relativity
Obama showed numerous times he’s a fan of fellow Chicago resident Common (Sense). Here’s a track from back in the days the MC was far more street and less conscious (and dare we say less bland) than he currently is. In the Large Professor remix.