As Bollo and Chapter collaborate on their re-rub of Eddy Grant’s ‘Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys’, The Waveform Transmitter‘s Ste Knight takes a look at what Secret Weapons the Ibiza duo have in their missile silo. Get ready for launch!
Fans of seventies funk will immediately recognise Bollo and Chapter‘s latest release on the iconic SoulHouse Music imprint. The track was originally penned by Eddy Grant, who was, at the time, a member of multicultural band, The Equals. Of course, this was back in 1970, which is almost fifty years ago. The track has seen numerous permutations since then, and Bollo and Chapter have come up with this sun-drenched house bomb, bringing the track bang up to date.
Bollo has previously reworked the track, adding the vocal talents of American singer, Jocelyn Brown, to the mix, giving the track a distinct house feel instantly. Bumping heads with Chapter, AKA Melon Bomb‘s Scott Gray, has given the track yet another lease of life, with this version, injecting it with afrobeat stylings that sit well with the original sentiment of the track. The Bollo & Chapter Remix is backed up by an overhaul from Brian Power, SoulHouse Music‘s head honcho, and a dub version treated by Ronnie Herel.
You can take a listen to the new mix in the Secret Weapons playlist that the two have put together for us, so, without further ado, let’s see what Melon Bombs detonate when Bollo & Chapter man the controls. This is definitely one for the pure house heads among us!
Robert Clivilles – Set Me Free (Louie Vega Vs C&C Music Factory Remix)
This track has everything, a tough, driving afro beat, beautiful soulful vocals, sublime organ playing and plenty of atmosphere. Anything Mr Vega is involved in is usually a winner. Perfection!
Teenage Mutants & Purple Disco Machine – The Path (Original Mix)
A great track to bridge a set from vocal and uplifting to a slightly deeper, chunkier groove. Purple Disco Machine is becoming somewhat of a legend these days and rightly so. Excellent producer, fantastic DJ.
Bollo feat. Jocelyn – Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys (Bollo & Chapter Remix)
We decided to give this track a new lease of life by stripping it back, laying down an afro beat and adding some uplifting Rhodes riffs to accompany Jocelyn’s ever powerful vocals. The crowd always goes nuts when it crashes back in after the breakdown.
Silvano Del Gado, Paolo Barbato – From Jamaica to Brasil (Paolo Barbato Working Remix)
Big, driving and intricate afro-latin drums with the classic “work it to the bone” vocal sample. It gets you deep in your gut, you can’t fail to groove to this. Perfect for a late-night journey set.
Zoo Brazil – Sand
It amazes us how this one seems to have slipped through the net. it’s been out for a couple of years already. Whenever we play it, people want to know who it is. It’s very uplifting, cool and driving with a lovely steel drum sound that carries you right off!
DJ KhaiKhan – Naglewe (Original Mix)
This starts as a gentle, deep little number and then comes along a cheerful, African whistle riff. By the last third, it’s got you deeply in its throes and you can’t escape it’s euphoric and energetic grip. Top afro track this.
Celia Cruz – Herencia Africana (DJ Jose Marquez Salsafrican Mix)
Afro-latin at its best with a re-rub of this legendary American Cuban vocalist – Celia Cruz – track. You can’t help but smile from ear to ear when this little baby kicks in on the chorus.
Folamour – Ivoire
A beauty from the album Umami by the fast-rising French producer and DJ. A heady mix of disco and afro with one of the catchiest chorus’s you’ll hear in a while.
Gershon Jackson – Take It Easy (Mike Dunn Blackball Ezee Mixx)
I love how this track can be slipped into a vocal even soulful set or a deep tech house session. I heard Cassy playing it a few years back at DC10 and the crowd loved it. Always gets a great response wherever it’s played.
Crackazat – Universal Love
We love the old school garage style of this little beauty. It’s got sassy, skippy drums, a very cool falsetto vocal, then this real surprise of a deep metallic riff that carries it right through.
Bollo feat. Jocelyn ‘Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys (SoulHouse Mixes)’ is out now on SoulHouse Music. Check out the rest of our Secret Weapons playlists, here.