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10 essential Talkin Loud classics

10 essential Talkin Loud-classics10 essential Talkin Loud classics… I guess I’ll never thank enough Hervé Duflot for havin’ introduced me to Talkin’ Loud label head Gilles Peterson. That happened back at the beginning of the 90’s at Paris Le Sherazade. Spinnin’ there, Peterson eventually gave me a promo copy of Incognito‘s ‘Can You Feel Me’. This would be the start of a long time friendship which led me to meet Incognito for an interview in London the year after. But also to follow the development of his label along with time. And God knows how this adventure happened to be so exciting. Therefore givin’ birth to some of the most beautiful pieces of music one may think of…

A label which he named after his Dingwalls club night ‘Talkin’ Loud And Sayin’ Something’ along with Patrick Forge.
Working with Norman Jay, he heavily contributed to the maturation of the contemporary groove. Bridging the gaps between periods and genres. But also artists coming from various horizons. From Incognito to Carl Craig. From Masters At Work to 4Hero and the list goes on.

Gilles Peterson has left Talkin’ Loud. From then, he has created his own label – Brownswood Recordings – in 2006.

A famous radio personality as well, one can catch Gilles Peterson every Saturday from 03:00pm to 06:00pm local time on BBC Radio 6.

As usual, no need to say how this selection is way from being exhaustive. Nevertheless, you should find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of highly energetic jams where the infectiousness of the groove predominates.

Wishing you’ll enjoy the ride as much as we did, while putting this together for you. With your feedback, and a mention of your favorite song more than welcome.

10 essential Talkin Loud classics / Incognito – Always There (12″ Mix) (Talkin’ Loud)
“Always there to please you…” What a better way to describe Incognito‘s music at the end of the day? A group which Gilles Peterson heavily contributed to get back to light after a 10 year hiatus. Takin’ on where Ronnie Laws left. But also Willie Bobo and Side EffectJean-Paul Bluey Maunick and cohorts would score one of their signature cuts with their cover version of ‘Always There’. This while welcoming Disco diva Jocelyn Brown at the peak of her art. With David Morales delivering one of his most brilliant remixes ever [More…]
10 essential essential Talkin Loud classics / Omar – There’s Nothing Like This (Kongo Records / Talkin’ Loud)
Bringin’ me back to the first time I met Omar. That happened at the office of Kongo Records in London. I can’t remember if he’d already signed with Talkin’ Loud back then. But who cares at the end? Omar most likely embodies to me that boiling generation of Yobebees (translate Young Black British) who made the local scene the most exciting in the world at the time. I suppose I could have said there’s nothing like this. And this song pretty much put Omar as one of the most talented artists of his generation. No wonder why I ended up bringing him for a cover story on the magazine – ‘Black News – I was working for back then [More…]
10 essential Talkin Loud classics / MC Solaar – Bouge de là (Polydor / Talkin’ Loud)
To be honest, Rap has never been my cup o’ tea as running too much on clichés and vulgarity. I wouldn’t say the same though as far as Hip-Hop is concerned with groups like De La Soul or Gang Starr among others. Not to mention MC Solaar. A French lyricist of African descent gifted with the talent of playin’ with words (like Gainsbourg). A fact which France native Talkin’ Loud manager Gilles Peterson had without a single doubt noticed. ‘Bouge de là’ standing as Solaar‘s best composition along with ‘Nouveau Western’, borrowing a sample from Cymandé‘s 1973 classic ‘The Message’ [More…]
10 essential Talkin Loud classics / George Benson – The Ghetto / El Barrio (MAW Remix) (Verve / Talkin’ Loud – Promo)
I suppose I’ll never thank enough long time friend Louie Vega for havin’ given me an ultra rare promo copy of this gem back in the day in Miami. Back then he and partner Kenny Dope collaborated quite extensively with George Benson. This givin’ birth to a handful of masterpieces such as ‘You Can Do It’ and the aforementioned. A cut where they shared the duties with the late Tommy LiPuma productionwise. And a brilliant rendition of Donny Hathaway‘s classic of the likes to which they eventually gave a Latin Jazz flavor…
10 essential Talkin Loud classics / Nuyorican Soul – I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun (4Hero Remix) (Giant Step / Talkin’ Loud)
Nuyorican Soul most definitely showcased Louie Vega and Kenny Dope‘s maestria as producers. Surrounded with a plethora of luminaries from Roy Ayers to George Benson among others, they came up with the most ambitious post-Disco project. Paying a tribute to the ones who influenced them, their cover version of Rotary Connection‘s classic ‘I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun’ is another masterpiece of theirs. With Jocelyn Brown delivering what most likely sounds like the most introspective side of hers. Meanwhile, West Londoners Marc Mac and Dego McFarlane, aka 4Hero, remixing it shouldn’t come as a surprise [More…]
10 essential Talkin Loud classics / Terry Callier – Love Theme From Spartacus (Zero 7 Remix) (Verve / Talkin’ Loud)
During a vibrant meeting we had, I remember the late Terry Callier tellin’ me how much of owed to Talkin’ Loud label head Gilles Peterson for havin’ contributed to relaunch his career. The Chicagoan singer putting an end to a 15 years + hiatus. From his 1997 ‘TimePeace’ album, he would deliver an outstanding readaptation of the main theme from Stanley Kubrick‘s 1960 film ‘Spartacus’. Many people eventually remixed it beginning with 4Hero. But my favorite remains without a single doubt Zero 7‘s overwhelming rework…
10 essential Talkin Loud classics / 4Hero – Star Chasers (Mercury / Talkin’ Loud)
Whenever thinkin’ of pioneers, one of the first names comin’ to my mind is the one of Marc Mac and Dego McFarlane. Two London-based producers who’ve spent their lives exploring the most progressive side of the groove. And this, with a definitive knowledge of their past. Remembered for their cover version of Minnie Riperton‘s ‘Les Fleur’, they also happened to remix Nuyorican Soul‘s ‘I Am The Black God Of The Sun. From their 1998 ‘Two Pages’ album, ‘Star Chasers’ featuring female vocalist Face is a Broken Beat manifesto…
10 essential Talkin Loud classics / Roni Size / Reprazent – Heroes (Talkin’ Loud)
Hailing from Bristol, Roni Size, DJ Krust and Die joined forces as Reprazent. Together they embodied one of the most enlightening sides of the Drum & Bass (also known as Jungle). Therefore, bringing Jazz and Soul to a new dimension. Remember for instance Roni Size‘s firing remix of Nuyorican Soul‘s ‘It’s Alright (I Feel It)’ for instance. Featuring vocalist Onallee, the deep and atmospheric ‘Heroes’ is one of the standout cuts from ‘New Forms’. Their debut-LP which won the Mercury Prize back in 1997…
10 essential Talkin Loud classics / Young Disciples – Get Yourself Together (Talkin’ Loud)
Femi Fem, Marco Nelson, Dill Harris and Carleen Anderson came to form the Young Disciples back in the early 90’s. Despite an obvious talent and appeal, they only released one album – ‘Road To Freedom’ – in 1991. One of the highlights from the latter, ‘Get Yourself Together’ showcases the outstanding talent of singer Carleen Anderson.
Sorry, my bad! I initially stated ‘Get Yourself Together’ found its ancestry on the 1973 released ‘Misfortune Health’ by the likes of Cincinatti, OH Soul group 24 Carat Black. I was obviously wrong with Femi pointing me to Eddie Russ‘s 1974 ‘The Lope Song’. This in addition to fragments of both Prince‘s ‘Sign O’ The Times’ and Stevie Wonder‘s ‘Do Yourself A Favor’ [More…]
10 essential Talkin Loud classics / Perception – Feed The Feeling (Talkin’ Loud)
Joy Rose, Sean Daly, Stephen Forde and Tony Campbell pretty much made the sensation with ‘Feed The Feeling’. A boiling hot groove where they brilliantly recaptured some of their influences. Integrating fragments of Earth, Wind & Fire‘s 1977 ‘Runnin”. Meanwhile using the introductory percussion of John Luongo‘s remix of The Jacksons‘ 1979 ‘Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)’. A track which first appeared as a white label back in 1991. With Talkin’ Loud givin’ it an official release the year after…

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