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This Month’s Groove

Salty Air (feat. Noa Lembersky)

Salty Air reminds me of James MTUME, an R&B artist from the early ’80’s.  This track has a nice beat and funky bass riff.  I caught it a couple of times on Sirius/XM radio and it was worth the purchase on iTunes.  Check it out and others from j.viewz.  Good Stuff.

(From Wikipedia)

Jonathan Dagan, known by his stage name j.viewz, is a Brooklyn-based songwriter, producer, remixer, and visual artist. Dagan was born in Israel on February 16, 1982.[1]

Under the alias j.viewz, he has collaborated with numerous guest vocalists and musicians. His production often incorporates nostalgic elements through the use of samples, analog tapes and synthesizers, and is often described as multilayered and detailed. NPR’s All Songs Considered said, “j.viewz writes songs that whirl and clatter like tiny Rube Goldberg devices.”

j.viewz’s visual presentations (including live performances and produced albums and videos) have received international recognition. In 2012, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for the unique package design of his album rivers and homes. The title video off of rivers and homes was nominated for an MTV O Music Award (“Most Innovative Video”) and a UK Music Video Award(“The Innovation Award”).


This Week’s Groove – Tricky

Tricky (born Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws, 27 January 1968) is an English musician and actor. As a producer and a musician, he is noted for a dark, rich and layered sound and a whispering sprechgesang lyrical style. Culturally, Tricky blends different styles, particularly in his musical fusion of rock and hip hop, high art and pop culture. His debut album Maxinquaye was nominated for the Mercury Prize and voted Album of the Year by NME Magazine.

I first heard of Tricky from the movie “The Replacement Killers” with Chow Yun-Fat and Mira Sorvino.  The song, “Makes me Wanna Die” by Tricky actually isn’t on the Soundtrack, so don’t go there or you will be disappointed.  The version from the movie is also not the version that you will find first.  The movie version, in my opinion, is a sultry, sexy thumper with a lazily sung vocals (on purpose).  this is the version want to get a hold of.

It took me a while to find this version.  You should also listen to the other versions as well, but this version, from the movie, is the version I prefer.

This Week’s Groove: “Makes me Wanna Die” by Tricky from the album Pre-Millennium Tension