Categories
Music Remixes

Aretha Franklin – One Step Ahead (Disco Tech Edit)

aretha

Admittedly, I do not possess a sizable Aretha Franklin library. I know her big tracks and can diva out with the best of em when the time’s right, but my knowledge of her oeuvre is small. I do have this track in rotation on my iTunes and when I came across this lovely little re-edit by Swedish artist Disco Tech I rejoiced in having more of the Queen in my library. Franklin’s performance here is raw and emotive. She adds inflection to the parts that require it and draws out other words to emphasize the longing and loss, but what remains consistent is how confident she sounds. Heartbreak and sadness are inevitable, but she’s keeping her head up high with her eyes looking forward. It’s a message we all should take a little bite of before the week creeps back in. Disco Tech’s edit keeps us moving with her. It’s a wonderful track to walk to (I’ve been doing it all week and each time it comes on my step gets a little bit lighter).

As our weekend comes to an end, it’s never a bad idea to take it slow with a solid track.

Aretha Franklin – One Step Ahead (Disco Tech Edit)

 

Categories
Music

Aretha Franklin – One Step Ahead

Aretha Franklin is one of my favorite musicians hands down.  The Queen of soul has been belting song after song for half a century now and her beautiful voice stays exactly the same.  This women has had quite a career, winning Grammy’s, singing for presidents, always being compared to Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday, another two of my favorite females musicians, but her voice was one that you could most definitely tell apart from the rest.  I am always trying to mimik her vocal range and do warm ups specifically to her music.  I don’t think a day goes by that you won’t hear me singing or humming one of Aretha’s tunes.  There is so much sexiness and dynamic to her voice and her presence that you just want to melt and then jump back up and laugh and dance.

The lyrics in One Step Ahead are so amazing, so thought out and right to the point.  Heartbreak is one the of the hardest things to go through.  One minute you feel like your in bliss and the BAM, your heart breaks in two and it’s like someone shot you right in the heart with a gun.  NO, I am not exaggerating!  The bottom line is, which Aretha sings so perfectly, is that as long as you are a step ahead of the pain that you are feeling then that’s a step in the right direction, you can’t go backwards and fall into the same old mess and the same old games.  Being ahead just a bit still makes the senses feel that person that deep down inside you still crave.  This is the ultimate short love story that makes the most sense, because sometimes when you love someone and you take that step ahead, just sometimes, you come back to that person and you can find that bliss again, and then it’s not always a step backwards, but a step in the right direction.

I’m only one step ahead of heartbreak 
One step ahead of misery 
One step is all I have to take 
Backwards, to be the same old fool for you 
I used to be 
I’m only one step ahead of your arms 
One kiss away from your sweet lips 
I know I can’t afford to stop for one moment 
Cos I’m just out of reach of your fingertips 
Your warm breath on my shoulder 
Keeps reminding me 
That it’s too soon to forget you 
It’s too late to be free, can’t you see? 
I’m only one step ahead of your love 
I try and yet I can’t take two 
Seems like I’ll have to take that one step backwards 
Cos one step ahead is a step too far away from you.”

Maybe on this wonderful Friday you can take this beautiful song and apply it to a person or a love you may be longing for or lost, or maybe you’re saying to hell with it, they had something great and now I am gone, gone and ready to flirt and party my ass off tonight!

Aretha Franklin – One Step Ahead

Categories
Music

Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Aretha Franklin et Mos Def

Any DJs from the pre-Serato era can most likely relate to thinking in the currency of records; twenty dollars = 4 records. Since this was my mentality, throughout high school I was a regular at Music Factory in The Bronx, and somewhere around 11th grade I copped the Mos Def 12″ for “Ms. Fat Booty”, with “Mathematics” on the B-Side.  Since this vinyl was equipped with two exceptionally dope instrumentals along with acapellas for each song, it stayed alive in my practice rotation for years, ultimately becoming on of my favorite records I ever owned.  I was always fascinated with the beats in rap songs, so the first thing I would do when I opened a record was check the credits for the producer.  The B-Side was another Primo classic, and “Ms. Fat Booty” was by a new name to me at that time, Ayotollah.

Producer Ayotollah is a wizard with the samples, and although fairly unknown he has constructed classics for countless New York based MCs like Ghostaface Killah, Guru, Talib Kweli, Cormega, and another Sample Saturday post “My Life” for Styles P.  His sound is largely based on soul samples, like in this case he uses the rare Aretha Franklin single “One Step Ahead.”  He starts “Ms. Fat Booty” with the chorus section of the beat, which is constructed with the 0:53 and 1:21 part of the sample.  Without listening to the original, it would be impossible to tell that this segment was put together with two pieces because of the way they seamlessly flow together.  The verse then comes in using a loop from the 0:36 mark.  Small chops are sprinkled on top to complete the boom-bap masterpiece.  My favorite Mos Def record to date.

Aretha Franklin – One Step Ahead

Mos Def – Ms. Fat Booty

via KevinCaseyMusic