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

April 15, 2017

V4YS Mixes#36 - Cali Groove Tape

A groove tape to welcome the spring, lots of classics, lots of edits/reworks, a few newbies...and a laid-back atmosphere reflecting my feeling after coming back from a few days in San Francisco.

 California dreamin' !

March 6, 2017

The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (Luaka Bop Records)

Let's keep on with cosmic Jazz vibes. Just dialing back the time while staying in the spiritual company of the Coltrane family. Almost at the same time Flying Lotus is releasing on his label Brainfeeder his friend Thundercat new album, Luaka Bop Records just gathered a fascinating collection of recordings from FlyLo's aunt Alice Coltrane during her "Hindi" period.

Picture this: late sixties, sunny California, Alice Coltrane's Hindu Ashram. Can it get any "Yogier" than this?
Well it can, if you immerse yourself in the various musical creation she wrote at the time and many years after, blending her Gospel roots, with Indian devotional music. 

This complete collection will be released in May 5th, in the meantime this splendid extract should "zenify" you!

March 2, 2017

Thundercat - Drunk (Brainfeeder)

More cosmic vibes from Californian craziest bass player. Joined by some usual suspects (Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington...) Thundercat (Stephen Bruner) just finished cooking a new rejoicing album, out on Brainfeeder.

If Drunk is not departing from his easily recognizable bass sound, it adds a soulful layer with a stronger emphasis on vocals than on his previous releases. West-coast creativity and laid-back feeling at its best!

Full streaming below:

February 28, 2017

Rufus & Chaka Khan - Live In Me (V4YS Rework)

One of the many recordings of Chaka Khan with Chicago band Rufus, "Live In Me" is part of their 1979 album "Masterjam", produced by Quincy Jones.

Warm and groovy, this song is also a bit "cheesy" to me by moments, so here is a nudisco rework, where I kept the grooviest parts while adding some punchier beats & bassline.

Free dwlnd on The Artist Union.

February 27, 2017

Bonobo - Migration (Ninja Tune)

Lots to catch up with. Let's start. It's hard to be caught out wrong when praising a Bonobo release. Ever since his first productions, back in the early 2000's, Simon Green has established himself as a cornerstone of the lo-fi/electronica world. His albums are exquisite sound forays, where organic instruments melt into fascinating sampling backbones.

Over the years he's also been increasingly incorporating guests vocalists and musicians to the mix, adding an ultimate layer of smoothness and exoticism to his overall work. This time around, Rhye singer or Australian producer Chet Faker (aka Nick Murphy) join the party alongside a few others.

While maybe not reaching the heights of Blacksands (still my personal favorite record to date by Simon, from 2010), Migration is nevertheless getting close to it. So relax, and immerse yourself into this new exquisite journey.

Full streaming below:

January 20, 2017

The XX - I See You (Young Turks Records)

First unequivocal musical emotion of 2017 for me, The XX third LP, I See You, comes out right on time to heat our feelings.

5 years after their latest gem, the UK trio kept its poetic minimal pop signature while cheering things up a bit in a somehow more romantic atmosphere. Oliver Sim & Romy's vocals still works wonders, a perfect balance of strength & finesse, while Jamie XX's keyboards sounds got an extra dreamy vibe. Deep dive advised!