At last! England had it’s own Bad Boy Gangster. Not a rapper admittedly, and he didn’t really do Hip-Hop, and he sung in an unusually high voice, and he was actually born in Germany, and came from Leicester, but he got in trouble with the police! Gangster I tell you, a proper Gangster that Mark Morrison.
I absolutely loved Return of the Mack as soon as I heard it, always danced and sung along as soon as it came on if we were out, and even now my mate says he thinks of me every time he hears it.
I used to go home for lunch at school, and used to get in at about a quarter to one. In 1996 it was Martin Collins on Capital radio at 1pm, and for months every day he would start his show, while I was eating my Pot Noodle, with Return of the Mack or Fast Love by George Michael, both of which were jockeying for the number 1 spot in the charts.
I bought the single, and then bought the album, from which Morrison had five Top 10 singles, the first artist in British pop history to do so. But the album wasn’t quite as good as Return of the Mack. After a few years, for some reason I felt the song was mine, and during a particularly difficult time I promised myself I would never play the whole original version until I was 100% happy, and I still haven’t played it yet (including searching for the video for this post).
I have listened to the remixes though, and at the Funky Fish in Brighton on New Years Eve it soundtracked my entrance into the club, which brought a huge smile to my face, and kicked off a great night and filled me with optimism for the coming year, so hopefully it won’t be much longer before the Mack returns.
So I’m aiming to increase the music side of my blog this year and a new mix seemed a good place to start. Going to put out some different kinds of mixes as well at some point so keep an eye out for those, for now, it’s the latest instalment of my Funk Soul Brother series.
Not quite as proflic as I had hoped but still going, as Volume 4 finally gets uploaded. A somewhat down tempo mix this time, full of electonic winterscapes with a splash of heat here and there. We kick off with the dream like A Scarecrows Heart is Made of Straw by Rain Dog Feat. Finn Ryder followed by J-Felix’s remix of Ooh by Paper Tiger and the tumbling One Day by Mooryc. Next up some atmospheric funk from Brazil’s Junip with Ola, La Vem Ela and some mellow hip hop from Medline. Melody Gardot’s silky voice is up next with It Gonna Come before some deep and cold Electronic goodness from In Fields with the vibrating Stay Safe, Electric Wire Hustle’s March and Molasses from Kan Wakan. Picked up from a mix by iZem, DJ Satellite’s Malembe Na Sououss warms things back up before the soulful Aching Heart from Ade Alafia Adio leads us to the haunting Cold Little Heart from Michael Kiwanuka from his album Love and Hate closes the mix.
It’s been a while but finally managed to get this saved down. Mikael Seifu starts off with Soul Manifest before the slow beats of Jonwayne’s Jump Shot. There’s a little soul injection from DJ Vadim & Sena and Electric Empire before Oddisee, The Allergies and the bold Dayme Arocena speed things up a bit. Snarky Puppy then come in with an international melting pot of a tune. Rodriguez Jr provides a nice deep house track while Life on Planets take things back down. To finish off Orelha Negra and Idjut Boys provide a couple of relaxing numbers before Pajaro Sunrise’ weird and wonderful cover of I’m on fire closes the mix.
A slightly more chilled and summery one this one..