Arriving on wax 10 months after it first appeared as a free download on Soundcloud, Ain't Got Time cleverly incorporates the memorable piano from Stevie' Wonder's Hey Love with Marvin Gaye's vocals for Too Busy Thinking About My Baby. The outro includes some needlework and extra bits to make it more of a true composition instead of a generic mashup. As Mike has added a lengthier description on the YouTube or Soundcloud page linked below you can check there for how this track eventuated. A tasty international hook up between the UK & North America. The flip West Coast Wishin is Stevie's I Wish combined with Ronnie Hudson's West Coast Poplock. I must say I do appreciate the open drum break exit. Worth getting double copies for that alone. I'm pretty sure heads will be scratchin' in confusion when this drops.
Washington, DC born, but Canadian raised Mike Gaff aka THE GAFF, has an impressive record collection and is a top scratch deejay, but surprisingly has only one previous vinyl release himself. And that would be 2013's mid-tempo b-boy shuffling Do That Thing on the Home Breakin' offshoot label Punch Out Recordings.
Southampton's Lee Mintram aka FEATURECAST has been putting records out since way back in the ealy 2000s starting off with the Catskills label. He then had a bunch of records out through several of those 'funky breaks' type of labels such as Goodgroove, Funk Weapons, Ghetto Funk, Super Hi-Fi and Jalapeno. You know the vibe, uptempo party rockin' hip hop sampling boogie funk type of steez. Witness his 60min set for Clubland TV here.
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Strictly limited to 100 copies only.
Available here at Bandcamp.
Straight out of Melbourne Australia comes this debut release from a brand new label called Easy Now, focussing on a blend of Hip Hop and roots reggae. The label might be new, but the people running the show have been around for a while and have certainly brought their A game with this limited 45 release pressed to red coloured vinyl.
Originally from Southsea in the United Kingdom, DJ Maars made a move to Australia a couple of years ago, and has been steadily keeping busy and turning out some quality output. The collab with Melbourne native Tom Showtime has been in the making for some time and creates a good fit. Afterall, both producers have been making a names for themselves at home and abroad with reputations of releasing good quality party jams.
The A side takes on a classic Mos Def joint, but puts on an entirely different spin on it. If you know the original version then you know it's a stripped back beaty affair, but this new remix turns it up a notch and gives it a strong reggae melody (which was lacking in the original version), making it work nicely on the dancefloor or in the headphones. No beating around the bush here: I'm not a fan of the original Mos Def version, but this new remix is dope!
The B Side has been floating around the internet digitally for a minute, but it's super nice to have it finally on the 45 format. No awards for guessing which acapella DJ Maars has used on this. The original version which most people know and love is totally played out in my opinion - So to hear it rebuilt from the ground up with a dope skankin' rhythm on this new remix definately gives the anthem a new lease on its tired life, making this 45 an essential party rocker.
The release, available through Bandcamp also comes with the digital versions, plus the promise of the full album once it's completed.