I'm going to exercise some economy of expression today, and just let you enjoy these covers and remixes without a whole lot of teachin' and preachin' on my part. Be easy, soul children...
"Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)"---Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Random Facts: Made famous by The First Edition; said to be reflective of an LSD experience; rumored to be Jimi Hendrix's favorite song.
"Back To Black (The Rumble Strips Remix)"---Amy Winehouse
Random Facts: Some think Amy's the second coming of Christ, while others see her as little more than a product of the great-white-hype machine; both Ms. Winehouse and The Rumble Strips are infinitely better than their names suggest.
"Intergalactic"---Reuben Wilson & Bernie Worrell
Random Facts: Originally a track by The Beastie Boys; Worrell is a musician/composer best known for his work with Parliament/Funkadelic; Wilson is a musician who recorded for Blue Note, and is known for fusing jazz with several other musical styles.
"Survival of the Fittest (Mums Ca Dreamin Remix)" ---Mobb Deep
Random Facts: Another fantastic remix from Reworked 4; the kinder, gentler version of a street thug classic.
"Ain't No Sunshine"---Harlem Underground Band w/ Willis Jackson
Random Facts: Originally by Bill Withers; this particular version was released on The Kings Of Funk LP (2005), a compilation overseen by RZA and Keb Darge.
"Cutting It Up (Ratatat remix)" ---Raekwon w/ Ghostface Killah
Random Facts: Despite being decidedly electronica-ish, Ratatat's two volumes of hip-hop remixes are nothing short of spectacular; this particular mix appeared on the first volume.
"Bridge Over Troubled Water"---Aretha Franklin
Random Facts: Originally by Simon & Garfunkel; Aretha took this song to church, and now it's saved, sanctified, and holier than thou for the rest of all time; anything other than her version officially constitutes blasphemy; you can watch the video here.
Word From Your Moms:
"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows."---Epictetus