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Friday, October 26, 2007

Monyaka - Go Deh Yaka (Go To The Top)

Monyaka was a funk group based out of Los Angeles, California. The members included Beres Barnett (vocals, guitar), Errol Moore (guitar), John Allen (keyboards), William Brown (keyboards), Larry McDonald (percussion), Val Douglas (bass), and Richie Bertram (drums)

Go Deh Yaka is a disco reggae stomper from the early 80s, really love this song especially when the sun is shining.

Taken from the original 12" single on Easy Street 7502
Go Deh Yaka (Go To The Top) (Club Mix) - 6:32
Song charted on August 6, 1983. Spent 7 weeks on the chart and reached #48

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Level 42 - Micro Kid

Level 42 is a popular Pop-Rock-Dance group from Manchester, England. The group had a number of worldwide and UK hits during the 80's & 90's.

The band gained fame for its high calibre musicianship, especially that of Mark King, whose percussive slap bass guitar technique provided the driving groove of many of the band's hits.

They are also known for the combination of King's lead vocals and keyboard player Mike Lindup's falsetto backing vocals. After originally disbanding in 1994, they reformed in 2001. Level 42 have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

"Micro-kid" is a song, released in 1983, by the british musical group Level 42. It was from their fourth studio album "Standing In The Light".

This was their second appearance on the Dance/Disco Chart in the US and faired well reaching #25.

Taken from the original 12" single on A&M 12091
Micro-Kid (Special Remixed Version) - 7:36
Song charted on June 9, 1984. Spent 8 weeks on the chart and reached #25

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Jamiroquai - Deeper Underground

Jamiroquai is an interracial alternative dance group led by singer/songwriter Jason Kay. They are probably best know for the song from "Napolean Dynomite" where Napolean dances for the school election skit. VOTE FOR PETRO!!!!!!!!

Over the years there has been numerous personnel changes with the only constant being Kay. The core members during the 90's included Toby Smith, Wallis Buchanan, Stuart Zender, And Derrick McKenzie.

"Deeper Underground" was the first single from the album "Synkronized" as a hidden track and was included in the soundtrack of the movie GODZILLA. It is the only single from the band to have reached number 1 in the UK charts and their 8th appearance on Billboards Dance Chart.

Taken from the original 12" promo single on Work records
Deeper Underground (Metro Mix) - 6:59
Song charted on August 22, 1998. Spent 9 weeks on the chart and reached #22

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Ultra Nate - Free

Born in 1968 in Baltimore Maryland, Ultra Nate is a female dance singer/songwriter. Before her being discovered by the Basement Boys, she was a pre-med student. Of course, she dropped that and it's a good thing she did since she has made a name for herself on the dance floor.

Ever since Ultra released the internationally renowned deep house classic, "It's Over Now" with the esteemed Basement Boys in 1989, which led to her equally eminent debut album, "Blue Notes in the Basement" (Warner Bros., 1991), Ultra has been a perennial force in dance music, regardless of idiomatic styles. Considering the ephemeral nature of dance/electronica music, Naté's endurance attests to her musical acumen.

This post incorporates the Mood II Swing remix of her number 1 song from 1997.

Taken from the original 12" single on Strictly Rhythm 12512
Free (Mood II Swing Extended Vocal Mix) - 12:09
Song charted on May 24, 1997. Spent 14 weeks on the chart and reached #1

Monday, October 22, 2007

Brainstorm - Lovin' Is Really My Game

Brainstorm was a disco group formed 1976 in Detroit, Michigan (USA) as a spinter group of 5th Revelation.

Members included Renell Gonsalves, Belita Karen Woods, Charles Overton, Jeryl Bright, Larry H. Sims, Gerald Kent, Trenita Womack, E. Lamont Johnson, Willie Wooten

They made an inspirational/message track in 1977 called "Wake Up And Be Somebody" but enjoyed their biggest breakthrough, later that year, with "Lovin' Is Really My Game". Here it is in it's entire 12" majestic version.

Taken from the original 12" on Tabu 10963
Lovin Is Really My Game (Original 12" Version) - 7:37
Song charted on May 14, 1977. Spent 26 weeks on the chart and reached #14