“Smooth Operator” by Big Daddy Kane (from It’s a Big Daddy Thing, 1989)
That Mary Jane Girls—née Rick James—bass line is so smooth that Kane had no choice but to drop a jewel on it. When it comes to golden era lyricists no one can touch Rakim, but I’ve still got a spot in my top 10 for Kane.
“Bombin’ the L” by Fun Lovin’ Criminals (from Come Find Yourself, 1996)
Last week I gave anyone actually reading these words an earful about no one listening to that White Town record; this week I’m crying mea culpa as I have not ever, not once, listened to the entirety of this Fun Lovin’ Criminals record. Listening to this song reaffirms the fact that it might not have been such a bad thing.
“Jimi Thing” by Dave Matthews Band (from 1995-02-08: DMBLive: Palace Theatre, Albany, NY, USA, 2013)
Clocking in at over twelve minutes this is a rather rote version of the ode to the afternoon, um, sandwich snack!
“Folds in Your Hands” by Passion Pit (from Maners, 2009)
Man, I haven’t listened to this record in … two years?! I need to fix that.
“Ritual” by Journey (from ECL1P53, 2011)
Well isn’t this the turd in the punchbowl? Don’t get me wrong, I am completely okay with Arnel. Hell, after watching that documentary on his first year with the band, I even fell sorry for the guy. He’s got a great voice and can mime Perry’s every inflection and tone; something that I doubt even Perry can do, these days.
What’s on your shuffle today?