July 30, 2016

Marvin Gaye - Where Are We Going (V4YS Rework)


Originally recorded in 1973, Where Are We Going was supposed to be part of the legendary Let's Get It On album. For some reason it did not make the cut, and this beautiful song written by Larry Mizell was first heard through a jazz/funk cover by Donald Byrd & his Blackbyrds.

It's only in 2001 that the original Marvin Gaye version was released as part of Let's Get It On LP reissue featuring various b-sides & studio sessions. Ever since I first heard it a few years ago, it has immediately become one of my favorite Marvin's song, because of its irresistible groove, Marvin's singing at his best, but also its thoughtful lyrics.

Here is my DJ-friendly beefed up take of this overlooked track.

July 25, 2016

Mélanie De Biasio - Blackened Cities

Blackened Cities is a the latest stunning release from Belgium singer Mélanie De Biasio, whose 2014 splendid LP, No Deal, is still resonating loudly in my mind.

It's hard not to get carried away by this 24-minutes-long recording, almost built as a seamless minimal-techno DJ Set. Driven by a remarkable rhythmic frame (notably the astonishing drumming of Dre Pallemaerts), Mélanie's captivating velvety voice designs a feeling of darkness and mystery. An almost perfect sound echo of the industrial landscapes she refers to as a source of influence for this record.