Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Aladdin - Summer Breeze

Aladdin - Summer Breeze (Aladdin, 1997)

With the UK getting a bit of late August sun over the past couple of days I thought I'd take the opportunity to write about this summery tune from Aladdin, the pairing of Aphrodite and Mark QED. I can't find much info on QED other than on the Urban Takeover website's profile where he's described as a "long haired hippy from Leyton". After QED appeared on Urban Shakedown's Do It Now! EP in 1992 the duo made a series of jungle/jump-up tunes from 1994 to 1997 including 'So Good' and 'Mash Up You Know', all released on the Aladdin sub-label of Aphrodite Recordings.

'Summer Breeze' was the last of their collaborations and is of course a cover of the classic seventies Seals & Crofts song that was popularised by the Isley Brothers. The airy intro features female vocals repeating the track's chorus ("Summer breeze makes me feel fine / Blowing through the jasmine in my mind") before a drum roll leads into a typical Aphrodite jump-up tune with an elastic bassline and snare heavy drums. Further vocals appear regularly throughout so although it doesn't stray too far from Aphrodite's formula it makes a change from his usual hip-hop sampling fare.

The track featured on the Aphrodite label compilation and was later re-released as a single after being included on his self-titled album for V2 in 2000. Although you can purchase the track from Beatport it is available to download for free from Aphrodite's Soundcloud above in the AIFF format. If you find the vocals a bit too much check out the 'Summer Dub' that appeared on the flip:

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