Sunday, 30 June 2013

The Original Playboy - Cool Summer Breeze


The Original Playboy - Cool Summer Breeze (R & S Records, 1995)

The weather in the UK has finally realised it's summer so here's a track I've been wanting to write about for a while but just doesn't suit grey rainy days. The Original Playboy was a collaboration between jazzy drum & bass don Alex Reece and Pim AKA Pim Aldridge and they released just one 12" on R & S in 1995. Pim would go on to have a couple of releases on John Sexton's All Good Vinyl, the short-lived drum & bass sublabel of R & S.

'Cool Summer Breeze' is my favourite track on the record and it opens with a sample of the rhodes from the beginning of Norman Connor's 'You Are My Starship', also used by Gang Related & Mask on 'Bass Is Rollin'. Whereas that track was rough and rugged, 'Cool Summer Breeze' is as smooth as they come with the duo adding snippets of sax and flute along with a sensual, dreamy sigh of a vocal over a rolling beat and deep, funky bassline. Perfect for chilling to on a hot summers day.

'Cool Summer Breeze' is available digitally from Amazon and also appeared on the excellent R & S compilation In Order To Dance 6: Drum-N-Bass. You can hear Pim's solo material on his myspace page (tracks 6 through 10) and All Good Vinyl Classic Drum+Bass Sessions Pt.1, a CD of material from the label released on Copasetik Recordings, the imprint John Sexton formed following All Good Vinyl's demise, which also includes the other two tracks from the Original Playboy EP. It is available to stream on Spotify and purchase digitally from 7digital.

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