Throwback Thursday: Incognito @ SOBs – May 19 & 20, 1993

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein shares his memories from Incognito’s US debut show in 1993. A throwback can’t be complete without our community, though; chime in at the comments and share your experiences from the night or just tell us about your favorite Incognito memory!

Incognito were a band that was part of the English funk movement of the 1980s alongside bands like Freez and Light of the World. By this time in 1993, Bluey, the leader of Incognito, had garnered a large following in the UK, Europe, and Japan.

In the early 90s the band was signed to Talking Loud, a label on Polygram that Gilles Peterson was then running. Their album at the time of this show was Tribes, Vibes, & Scribes and was released through Verve Forecast in the United States.

Washington DC based Maysa Leak was the vocalist and brought a very smooth R&B sound to Incognito. This sound really helped them gain quite a bit of popularity in the United States, seeing as it was very compatible with the adult urban format on the radio.

For this show, we brought the band out as part of a tour for their US debut. We did two sold out nights at SOBs with two shows a night. Incognito is a funky, tight band. As far as the crowd, you had your jazz-funkers, which is what I call myself, and then you had your adult urban crowd who were a bit older and knew Incognito from the radio. It was a nice mix of folks; some getting down and dancing, others mellowing out and taking in the music. It was just a great show, very fond memories.

And I have to say: Bluey was and still is one of the sweetest guys in the music business. He always stayed very pure and true to the music; Incognito is still going!

New Track: Full Crate – “Without My Heart” ft. David Simmons + MP3

 

Dutch producer Full Crate is one super talented dude. This new track is no doubt going to amass some believers. “Without My Heart” keeps a beautifully understated jazzy R&B groove reminiscent of Incognito (remember him?), and is set off by David Simmon’s blissfully smooth vocal delivery. And that breakdown towards the end? Excuse us. Great.

Looking for more from Full Crate? Be sure to stream his latest project, Golden Glasses, which dropped a few months back. Buy links down below!

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Incognito: “Lowdown ft. Chaka Khan & Mario Biondi” Video

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“Lowdown,” a remake of Boz Scaggs’ original, comes from the highly acclaimed Incognito album, Transatlantic R.P.M. Check out the official music video featuring the vocal stylings of Chaka Khan and Mario Biondi.

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Incognito & Samples

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On their new album Transatlantic RPM, Incognito remakes a heavily-sampled classic, “Lowdown,” originally by Boz Scaggs. The remake is infused with the vocal soul power of Chaka Khan and Mario Biondi while preserving the hip-hop rhythms that sprouted from the original.

Boz Scaggs - original version of “Lowdown” (1976)

Whether you’re a hip-hop fan, producer, or just an educated listener, you’ll probably hear something familiar in this. The various layers of rhythm in the Boz Scaggs track have been sampled enough in old school hip-hop to qualify “Lowdown” as a break beat classic. Scaggs’ drums are easy enough to spot, but that flipped bassline produces a bit of a challenge in discovering samples.

Leave a comment with more sample knowledge and we’ll be your best friend.

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New Album from Incognito: Transatlantic R.P.M.

Pioneering and groundbreaking UK groove-masters Incognito embark on their third decade of creating harmonious classics with their new recording, Transatlantic R.P.M, available everywhere today. The group is joined by an all-star lineup that includes the iconic Chaka Khan, R&B/jazz/soul diva and longtime Incognito vocalist Maysa, spoken word artist Ursula Rucker, Motown legend Leon Ware and renowned Italian singer Mario Biondi.

Grab a download for a limited time here.

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