Tue. Sep. 28, 2021

PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss

Classics: PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss (Extended Mix) (Gee Street)

Music might probably not be what it has become without the contribution of James Brown. With the latter introducing what would become a standard from then in the production. In other words, the drum break (cf. ‘Cold Sweat’)!

I can already feel some of you wondering what does this have to do with ‘Set Adrift On Memory Bliss’… Well, we’re talkin’ about souvenirs here. And so is based the concept of this song. Not only embedding parts of Spandau Ballet‘s classic ‘True’. But also running on a rhythm part most likely taken from the break of The Soul Searchers‘ 1974 seminal ‘Ashley’s Roachclip’. A break that appeared on countless compositions. From Soul II Soul‘s ‘Back To Life’ and ‘Keep On Movin”. To Eric B & Rakim‘s ‘Paid In Full’ or Ice MC‘s ‘Easy’. Not to mention Des’ree (‘You Gotta Be’) and Milli Vanilli‘s ‘Girl You Know It’s True’ among amny others. And, last but not least, Marsha Ambrosius‘Luh Ya’

‘Set A Drift On Memory Bliss’ pretty much established PM Dawn on the cool rap front. Meanwhile standing as their biggest classic ever…

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Prince Be and DJ Minute Mix gave birth to PM Dawn back in 1988. As a matter of fact, here we had no one else but two brothers, Attrell and Jarrett Cordes. They most likely scored their biggest successes in the early 90’s. While blending Soul and Pop flavors with Hip-Hop. Eventually considered as embedding romantism in the scene. The fact they built the memorable ‘Set Adrift On Memory Bliss’ on a sample of Spandau Ballet‘s classic ‘True’ being probably for much on their reputation.

From the same album – ‘The Utopian Experience’ – which marked their debut back in 1991, the atmospheric ‘Paper Doll’ stands among their signature cuts. This, along with ‘I’d Die Without You’ and ‘Looking Through Patient Eyes’ which saw the day 2 years after.

PM Dawn kept on releasing albums until the end of the 90’s. Beginning with ‘Jesus Swept’ in 1995 and ‘Dearest Christian’ 3 years later. But although they included gems such as ‘I’ll Be Waiting For You’ and the floating ‘Misery In Utero’, the twosome never managed to repeat the same chart status again.

Even worse, the two brothers broke up with Attrell firing Jarrett, eventually replacing him with his cousin, Dr. Giggles aka Doc G, in 2005.

Attrell Cordes, who suffered from a few strokes, ended up ceasing his contribution to the band. Therefore leavin’ his cousin wearin’ the PM Dawn flag.
He sadly died on June 17 2016, due to his diabetes, aged 46.

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