GLORIA JONES: TOO MUCH TAINT?

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Gloria Jones: Tainted Love (All-Nighter Mix) (Inferno, 1982, 12″)

Can one have too much of a good thing? I picked this 12″ back when I didn’t own Jones’s original 7″ yet and at the time I figured, “hey, everyone loves this song but the original is so short, why not extend it to nearly five minutes?”

Then I started to play it out aaaaaaand maybe it runs just a bit long. You can only lead a crowd through that chorus so many times before […]

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DR. JOHN: RIGHT PLACE REMIXED

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Dr. John: Right Place Wrong Time (Professor Shorthair Remix) (Superjock, 2014, 7″)

Oops, meant to mention these a few weeks back: New Orleans’s DJ Yamin has been remixing Crescent City classics and re-releasing them on 7″ as part of the “NOLA Breaks” series. Of the batch, I thought this one did the best in just adding enough little things to juice up the excellent original without overdoing it.

365 Days of Soul, #133

GREENWOOD RHYTHM COALITION: PURE GROOVE

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Greenwood Rhythm Coalition: Puro Rock (Names You Can Trust, 2014, 7″)

Dub cumbia remix.

An absolute killer remix of El Combo Chimbita’s “Puro Show.” GRC have never failed me and this one is amongst their very best. I think they add those sleepy, mournful ska guitar lines at the beginning of the song and it’s a genius touch.

365 Days of Soul, #64

KID GUSTO: LATIN REMIX HUNTER

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Kid Gusto: Safari Salvaje (BSTRD Boots, 2011, 12″)

Latin remixes.

Oops. Kid Gusto literally handed a copy of this 12″ to me three years ago and I meant – really I did! – to give it some love back then. Better late than, uh, never? And the thing is: the remixes on this 12: include some of my favorite Latin dance tracks, including a remix of Afrosound’s “Tiro Al Blanco” but “Safari Salvaje” is all-timer for me. Gusto doesn’t even need to do a ton here to juice it up – […]

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GRAB BAG: MARCH 2014

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Quick opening note: not to sound like a broken record (pun intended) but the vinyl game is always humbling. No matter how many records you have, there’s always more/better ones to still learn about and yearn for. I’m reminded of this all the time, especially when DJing with my betters such as the Southern Soulspinners who always come with crazy heat at every gig. I try not to trains-spot on their sets too much but it’s hard to resist knowing what the hell it is they’re blowing my mind […]

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