Been a moment since we featured some proper edit-tackle on the site... it would seem that the unofficial motto at Sleazy Beats HQ clearly involves language about "dusty, off-beat drum loops and flute samples," otherwise, it doesn't get posted. Our lack-of was highlighted furthermore once our Spanish compatriot, Javi Frias, dropped the promo for his new 12" at our doorstep.
The forthcoming sophomore EP for his newly minted, Night Shift Records, is a tight collection of disco, funk and boogie edits that hits the mark of quality and falls in line with a more traditional perspective when it comes to editing. No fancy gimmicks, white noise whooshes, liberal loads of layered drums or heavy handed, side-chained compression...just deft razor-wielding at it's finest.
The Move To The Groove EP, offers many treats to admire...I'd urge you to pick up a copy once it lands, which should be sometime before the year ends. Until then, let's take a closer look at "Tender Feeling," the lead cut from it's quartet of offerings.
Here, Frias' reworks "Sweet Rain," a lovely boogie gem off Dee Dee Bridgewater's Just Family LP from 1978. An album which signaled a fresh direction for the traditional jazz-singer and benefitted greatly by contributions from the likes of Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Harvey Mason, Bobby Lyle and Chick Corea...to name just a few. The Frias' version loops up some of the original's tastiest bits to create a delectable edit that showcase's chugging guitar riffs, smooth rhodes chords and Bridgewater's own, cooing vocal melodies.