Listen -Andre Brasseur – Pow Pow – MP3
Welcome back from the long weekend.
I hope everyone had a chance to dig in, and dig last week’s edition of the Iron Leg Digital Trip.
It’s been a great 4th of July weekend, including fireworks in Asbury Park (right out of a Springsteen song) and being passed by a bunch of actual Hells Angels on the highway.
I figured I’d get the week started with something bright, with a solid helping of that “au go go” sound we all dig so much (see Iron Leg Digital Trip #5 The Party for more of the same).
The artist performing today’s selection, Belgian organist Andre Brasseur (who appeared in the aforementioned mix) made some very groovy records during the 60s, including the Northern Soul fave ‘The Kid’, ‘Special 230’ and ‘The Duck’. Though almost nothing he did could be described as “traditional” Hammond grooves (not enough R&B), he had a great knack for working up a certain swinging Euro discotheque sound, redolent of bright paisley, flashing lights and fast moving feet.
One of my fave tracks in this mode is the wild ‘Pow Pow’. Sounding like a younger, decidedly less sexy progenitor of the Manfred Huber and Sigfried Schwab soundtracks (which is interesting since I first heard Brasseur via a mix associated with DJ Soulpusher’s ‘Vampyros Lesbos’ dance party), ‘Pow Pow’ shoots off of the starting line with the horns, drums and bongos setting the pace. Brasseur’s organ comes in, doubled by a female chorus singing a generally wordless line, punctuated here and there by shouts of “pow!”.
The whole affair is just this side of lightweight, and you can just imagine a platoon of brightly clad go go girls bopping in the background as Brasseur turns to the camera, smiles and winks as if to say “Yes! I do have a golden organ!”
I hope you dig it and I’ll be back at the end of the week with some slamming R&B/garage