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Simply Good Music is a fitting title for this compilation of tracks from the Giant Step stable, headed by tastemaker Maurice Bernstein. Few of the 14 songs fit neatly into any category of music; they all incorporate a wealth of soul, an underlying sense of electronica, a knack for jazz-funk, and an occasional foray into other Afro-associated styles like hip-hop, dancehall, urban, broken beat, and so on, incorporating artists from both sides of the Atlantic. So, yeah, categorizing this compilation is pointless -- like trying to pigeonhole the Giant Step label itself -- so it's best to just call it what it is: simply good music, as Bernstein himself terms it. And damn ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Simply Good Music is a fitting title for this compilation of tracks from the Giant Step stable, headed by tastemaker Maurice Bernstein. Few of the 14 songs fit neatly into any category of music; they all incorporate a wealth of soul, an underlying sense of electronica, a knack for jazz-funk, and an occasional foray into other Afro-associated styles like hip-hop, dancehall, urban, broken beat, and so on, incorporating artists from both sides of the Atlantic. So, yeah, categorizing this compilation is pointless -- like trying to pigeonhole the Giant Step label itself -- so it's best to just call it what it is: simply good music, as Bernstein himself terms it. And damn good it is, with practically every inclusion being worthy of merit -- top-notch tracks by top-shelf artists. The highlights are many, beginning with the opener, a new track by Esthero, "O.G. Bitch." Bernstein really has a place in his heart for this Canadian vocalist, and he happily trumpets her return to the recording arena. It's nice to hear her back in the game with such a standout song, this one with a dancehall feel opposed to the drum'n'bass flirtations of her past. Simply Good Music then proceeds to run through a number of well-known artists who gravitate within the orbit of Giant Step. British rappers Ty and Roots Manuva both turn in lively numbers; "Refugee" by Oi Va Voi is a showstopper, for sure; soul singer Aya brings the album to a slow groove halfway through with "Do What You Want"; Sara Devine then picks up the pace with "Take Me Home," before Amp Fiddler ushers in the amazing finale of Simply Good Music with one of the best songs from his unanimously acclaimed Waltz of a Ghetto Fly album, "I Believe in You." Another Detroit artist, Carl Craig, follows with his techno-dancehall remix of Zap Mama's "Bandy Bandy," which boasts a vocal contribution from the one and only Erykah Badu. A pair of Bugz in the Attic-style broken beat numbers follow -- by Agent K and DKD -- before Simply Good Music comes to an especially powerful conclusion with Danny Krivit's eight-minute edit of RSL's "Wesley Music," yet another of the many tracks here that should leave you simply awestruck. So, as you can see, there's no shortage of quality inclusions. If anything, Giant Step could have rolled out a double disc. There's not a moment of filler on Simply Good Music, and you're left hoping the "Volume One" subtitle is an accurate indicator of more to come. This one isn't just for the Straight No Chaser readership, or the folks who devoutly attend Sunday mass at Body & Soul; this is a compilation that should delight anyone with a taste for good music with a soulful yet forward-looking Afro aesthetic that will lift you to your feet without fail. Fresh, a very fresh sampler.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • Label: GIANT STEP RECORDS
  • UPC: 693657704522
  • Catalog Number: 7045

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 O.G. Bitch (4:25)
  2. 2 Wait a Minute - MPHO (3:22)
  3. 3 One Day (6:25)
  4. 4 The Haunting (5:31)
  5. 5 Lamentations (5:46)
  6. 6 Refugee (3:37)
  7. 7 Do What You Want - Aya (4:26)
  8. 8 Confessions of a Man - Jiva (4:30)
  9. 9 Take Me Home - Sarah Devine (3:59)
  10. 10 I Believe in You - Bubz Fiddler (3:44)
  11. 11 Bandy Bandy (5:42)
  12. 12 Betcha Did (5:34)
  13. 13 We Can Make It - DKD (5:07)
  14. 14 Wesley Music (7:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Brockman Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Andy Ross Flute, Saxophone
Amp Fiddler Synthesizer, Vocals
Kaidi Tatham Percussion, Keyboards
Chris Bowden Saxophone
Chris Starr Trumpet
Roots Manuva Vocals
Valerie Etienne Voices
Dominic "Ski" Oakenfull Piano
Ty Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Izzi Dunn Strings, Vocals
Khari Cabral Simmons Electric Bass
Forest Robinson Drums
Steve Chadwick Trumpet
Audrey Hermitt Vocals
Paige Lackey Martin Background Vocals
DTX Background Vocals
Tim Izzo Flute
Summerseat MVC Vocals
Howard Jacobs Percussion
Shane Fiddler Background Vocals
Tigran Aleksanyan Duduk
Alex Lattimore Vocals
Technical Credits
Marc Almond Producer
Bob Brockman Horn Arrangements
Marie Daulne Composer
Rick Essig Mastering
Carl Craig Remixing
T.J. Jackson Composer
Amp Fiddler Producer, drum machine
Bacon Producer
Carl Hancock Rux Composer, Producer
Kaidi Tatham Arranger, Producer, Dmx
Anthony Tidd Producer
Ron Trent Composer
Kelvin Wooten Composer, Producer
Esthero Composer, Producer
Mauri Bernstein Liner Notes
Jay Denes Producer
Dego drum programming
Roots Manuva Producer
Orin Walters drum programming
Toni Economides Engineer
Two Banks of Four Producer
Dominic "Ski" Oakenfull Composer
Karl Injex Producer
Ty Producer
Gerry "The Gov" Brown Engineer
Somatik Retouching
Simon Changer Engineer
Khari Cabral Simmons Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Nik Ammar Composer
GoodandEvil Producer
Phatman Producer
Shawn T. Davis Composer
J. Botham Composer, Producer
DKD Producer
Joseph "Amp" Fiddler Composer
Lovas Producer
Chris McHale Composer
Anetria Wright Composer
Donnie Johnson Composer
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