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SNBRN – Sometimes (Bee’s Knees Remix)

This is such a nice take on the original which we raved about back in May. The main synth gives it a bit of an 80’s new wave rhythm, which is ALWAYS welcome in my house. My door is also always open for groovy horns, so that’s a tasty bit of icing on the cake. The contrast is fantastic too, as the sinister sounding synth line of the chorus blends into the fun time horns. I can just picture Kenny G sauntering onto the scene rockin the sh*t out of his trusty sax with his greasy hair blowing in the fake wind.

The rebirth of horns in electronic/pop music the last few years makes me so happy. I was an impressionable little teen in the early/mid 90’s when horns carried the choruses of just about every great hiphop song of the moment. Songs like A Tribe Called Quest’s “Jazz” and Smif and Wesson’s “Bucktown” are great examples. The horns added so much depth to the song and defined the smokey, blunted and mellow mood so well. It added a smooth relaxed vibe, but was never soft. They were smart and elevated.

For electronic music, it’s often so needed. The horns are like adding peanut butter or caramel to tart vanilla frozen yogurt. It’s a smooth, sweet addition that makes the whole thing better. Unless one of Kenny G’s hair gets in your yogurt of course. That doesn’t make anything better.

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