Music Reviews

Marques Wyatt

For Those Who Like to Get Down

Om

LA DJ/promoter Marques Wyatt is infamous for bringing house and acid jazz to the City of Angels. With the latter dead (and taking new forms), Wyatt is strictly house and brings a unique, tasty dance sensibility to this mix CD that comes from over a decade of spinning all over the globe. Listening to For Those Who Like to Get Down, your boogie ear delights in the skills that have garnered much respect from legends like “Little” Louie Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez.

Dancing is as imperative here as stabbing your fellow gladiator with a trident was in the Coliseum. The disc kicks off with a Wyatt original, the title track, and then blasts off into the dance-frenzy stratosphere. ThereÃs the soulful groove of Osunlade’s “Change For Me.” Slowsupreme and Demetrios Project have cool cuts until we hit the “spiritual” clunker, “Precious Lord” by Paul Johnson (the gospel choir just grinds and grates against the beat), but Iz + Diz’s “Love Vibe” quickly recovers the project with a precociously sexy rhythm. The disc eventually starts to wind down into an after-set feel with “Oda Oya,” an Afro-lounge scuttle-your-butt cut by Ola Jagun and His Ancestral Rhythms. Kerri Chandler and E-Man deliver a Terry Callier-sounding “Brooklyn (Where I Live)” with its familiar Roy Ayers theme. And The Rurals wipe the sweat from your brow and hand you a beer with “Rubbersong.”

Om Records: http://www.omrecords.com


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