Listen to full track of “Aint That Easy” – MR. KUYATEH edit.
This is a funky joint, thats just nasty and sweaty… If you are having problems with the above audio, lemme know. Below is a snippet.
I’m an old soul and D’Angelo is a respected classic in my home. I know it took alot for the brother to get back into the spotlight, being that he’s a more reclusive soul, but his last album was Fiyah!!!
In an age where digital programmers are revered as new age musical gods, the release of Black Messiah was a dagger in the soul commercial sounds. The musicality alone surpassed the mass radio blast. His sonic soul reverberated through the musical spectrum and imprinted it’s own legacy that will be embraced for future generations.
My edit is intended to embody the dance floor energy, to this all ready funky as hell track. The NabaKuFunk sound, which is in all of the production that’s created, was a good blend. The dancer in me was able to get in a nice little dance zone, so i know it’s club ready.
Enjoy the experience!
To that I say, dance to my soul my peoples… – Mr. Kuyateh | dat Brooklyn African
PRESS the PLAY button Above: Joy Jones “Over” – Afro Funk Edit prod. by Mr Kuyateh
The original version of “Over” (see above video), is one of those delicious tracks that I could listen to all day.
It was featured on her Album “Godchild” in 2009 and had quite a few bangers. Salute Daz-I-Kue (Bugz in the Attic) for assisting in her musical growth. His musical spirit and attention to sound details is a tribute the fine musicians that were apart of the albums inception.
Now that I think about it, when I saw her at SOB’s awhile back she was with Daz and I believe Mark de Clive Lowe. That same night I fell in love with the ease in which notes fluttered from out of her.
I voice stalked for awhile aka checked other material and followed on Facebook/Twitter. My love of beautiful voices often leaves me in this predicament. I know that out of respect for the art and knowing that i’ll be supporting in the future some how, the trail is like a mental Stickie.
Now let’s get back to “Over”. The approach to process her voice was brilliant. The Daft Punk filter/tuning effect, whether her’s or producer decision, enhanced the potency and story effect of the words.
I know her live voice first hand. Of course the processing wasn’t needed to improve her vocals like other musicians that need that “musical crutch“. It was an experiential improvement. That end result is a beautiful piece of sound that will be eternally vibrating in Universal Space.
Joy Jones’s voice reminds me of a soulful Disney experience, wtf right. It makes sense though think a jazzier Minnie Ripperton, down one register and there you have it.
I swear I feel like I see butterflies and shxt. It’s just so sweet and composed of good energy, I guess that’s what happens when one’s internal spirit is projected sonically.
With that I say, enjoy my remix/edit which is a sexy in the club rhythm. I wanted to keep the vocals in front and have a subtle thump to enhance Joy’s words. The build is smooth and not over powering. Dancing to it can get real sexy when with a partner. If solo, it’s a dope track to get in a zone to… trust this dancer!
UPDATE | “OVER” as a soundtrack to the Korryn Gaines incident
It was around 9am and I peep a story about a young woman named Korryn Gaines who was killed in Baltimore by a SWAT team. Her son was also hit in the chest and all this as a result of a warrant for unpaid tickets.
What was extremely compelling about the situation was that she was live streaming (or recording) the SWAT raid. After she was killed, her public posting of the videos and her social media accounts were deleted. It’s highly suspected that the Baltimore Police dept. did that to keep the national spotlight away from them.
The entire story is not only compelling but touched me deeply. A black child and young woman were shot for ticket infractions. Her confrontational and militant attitude reminds me of me when confronted by the Police. I might be a little smoother than her, but I can recall actions that if I did now, is likely to get me shot.
Korryn Gaine’s remind me of sisters/cousins/friends, she’s feisty and has a low tolerance for the brutality of our people, particularly Police. I get it, as many in the real hood (aka home) would. Today it’s still on the news, tomorrow, it’s in our homes and the following day us on the ground.
Think about that for a minute….
I couldn’t get it out of my head and as i’m reading about her, the “Over” remix is playing. Ironically, the words were almost playing out to the video I was watching. At that moment, I knew what I would do… create a promo video to create awareness of Korryn’s death.
What is the purpose of creating the video?
Well all I can do is use my creative voice to take responsibility for social issue that effect my culture. I know that if left up to the few media outlets that control the airwaves, our cultures message would be lost in confusing truths and interpretations. Facts would be left out, things would be altered and the overall history be deleted like a Facebook post or Tweet.
We are living in a new age, the awakening is here… with that I made this video and plan on extending it. Archiving my own truths to teach without outside influence.
Bless up my peoples and keep that 3rd open! Salute
Rest in Love Korryn | Soldier
– Mr. Kuyateh | Always African
Proud Freetown, Sierra Leone Mandingo Man