Next Monday I’m on the line-up to help launch a new Austin weekly (FB event page). Motown on Mondays is a multi-city (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honululu, New York City, and now Austin) weekly dance party inspired by the musical legacy of the most influential soul label: Motown.
It goes without saying that Soul music (in all it’s forms) is one of my favorite genre’s and in my opinion Motown was the most influential socially and musically here in the US and internationally. In the next week I’ll be posting links to videos, interviews, and editorials on the DJ Chorizo Funk page on the ole FB. I’ll be digging up some nuggets so make sure to keep updated.
Meanwhile here’s the BBoy classic and staple from Hip Hop’s golden era: T plays it cool.
It’s been 40 years since this was released as part of the soundtrack and original score to the blaxploitation film, Trouble Man. This record marked a new era for Marvin (beginning with What’s Going On-one of the most influential albums of all time), where he gained creative control of his music.
An interesting fact about this song is that it features the first synthesizer: The mini-moog. Not only did Marvin include it, but he was the actual musician playing the mini-moog. Another meaningful fact about this song is the drums are actually a loop. This was before samplers had been created so this was a cut and paste loop from the actual tape on a two track tape machine…..it’s no coincidence this track is a ubiquitous bboy and hip hop staple.