This week we welcome Go Satta to the Dusk Dubs family...
Go Satta are an Anglo-American pop duo which combines the production talents of Phoenix Love from London (music, instruments, production) and Mo Love from Detroit (music, vocals, lyrics). Between them they have brought their eclectic musical tastes - dance, funk, disco, dub, folk, ambient, progressive - into 20/20 focus with their pop duo Go Satta.
"When you've been been producing genre-busting pop for 30 years, as well as being an obsessive personal fan of all kinds of modern music, choosing an hour's worth of material has been, to say the least, a challenge.
There is music here has that has directly inspired my own music and sound (Lee “Scratch” Perry”, OMD), music that I just dig for one reason or another (Stereolab, Arcade Fire), and songs I consider “perfect tracks” (Radiohead, Stranglers, Geoff Buckley, It's Immaterial).
My criteria for a “perfect track” are: it has the ideal length and arrangement. All performances are exemplary. The production is gorgeous. It is special and unique in some way.
I try to apply the above rules to the music I make in Go Satta as a useful checklist for a great song. It's what forces me to keep songs as short as possible, whilst being as layered and intricate as I can make them. I'm not saying I achieve any kind of perfection all or even some of the time, but it's important to set your bar high as an artist, or why expect anybody else to care?" (Phoenix Love)
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1) Go Satta – Patination
(Phoenix) We have chosen two of our own songs for this show. Both of which are our most recent recordings. A good sign, I guess, when you consider we have already recorded 50. I'm really pleased with the rounded sound of this song, and especially the 8 channels of vocals that Mo delivered for the chorus. And that chorus is just epic. It recently won a BBC Introducing Top Pick.
2) Go Satta – Detroit
(Phoenix): I hate repeating myself, so our next song from the studio was this kind of lush, modern take on Motown. It really allows Mo's voice room to breathe, and it was great fun arranging the dynamic and rather odd bridge. We're currently working on a couple of songs to release with this as an EP.
3) The Heptones - Crying Over You
(Phoenix) One of my “perfect” ones. Produced by the legendary Lee “Scratch” Perry in his Black Ark studio, this song contains not one, but two of the greatest reggae basslines of all time. The classic sound of his Black Ark studio is so important to me. So warm and organic. Proper roots reggae feels somehow ancient, as if unearthed by archaeologists.
4) Interpol - Untitled
(Mo Love): When I heard it for the first time it just felt so open; like flying through music or something. It was the first time I had heard music like that, and it blew my mind frankly. So I have a sweet spot for Interpol, always have and always will.
5) It's Immaterial - Ed's Funky Diner
(Phoenix): Another “perfect song”. I'd bet my bottom dollar you've never heard this before. Why wasn't this a worldwide hit? Why does almost nobody know about this band (except perhaps for the single “Driving Away From Home” that charted in the mid 80s)? An exhilarating rush of tuneful pop/rock. You are very welcome. Check out their first album, if you can find it.
6) Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats
(Phoenix): This is just so, so pretty. I was stunned to learn that it is a cover – of an electro-rock song by The Knives, of all people.
7) Blonde Redhead – Misery Is A Butterfly
(Mo Love): One of those bands that just puts all their emotions into their music. You can feel it, and most of their stuff seems pretty melancholy, but in a most beautiful way. I love the way these guys blend together so great. Their sound is so unique.
8) Radiohead – Nude
(Phoenix): Another “perfect” one. Why? Thom's vocal is exquisite, and the way the song builds to that ending...goosebumps every time. I love songs that change as they go along, musically, and the final coda is one of my favourite passages in modern music. I didn't “get” Radiohead at all for the first half of their career, then In Rainbows came along. It's one of the greatest rock albums of all time.
9) Bon Iver – Holocene
(Phoenix): If I had to take one song to my grave, or a desert island (I'd prefer the island), it would be this. It's possibly my favourite song of all time. A repeating riff over shifting chords always gets me going, and this delivers so beautifully. When the beat and the bassline kick in at 1.20 I get goosebumps all over. This song slays me. I've cried to this, and not just because I'm a sap. Because music. BECAUSE MUSIC.
10) Tom Waits – Little Drop Of Poison
(Mo Love): Tom Waits is one of those bluesy, folky, raw types... and I love his music. I am more of a fan of his faster tunes, but he has such a range of styles. His voice seems to fit all of it, too, in such a strange and beautiful way. I love the way he experiments with instruments, but he achieves it in a cool or beautiful way. I was lucky enough to see him perform live, and it was one of the most amazing shows I've been to. I chose this song, because it's from one of my favorite albums of his, “Orphans”. Epic.
11) Arcade Fire - Ready To Start
(Phoenix): Let's up the energy for a few, kids. This song is the soundtrack to my falling head over heels in love with Mo. I was very much ready to give up my old life and start anew. What a track. What a rush!
12) Stereolab – French Disko
(Phoenix): I used to go to the Old Trout in Windsor in the early 90s to see Stereolab. I had the great privilege to hear them, at point blank range, and at Apollo-rocket sound pressure levels perform this cracker several times when it was newly minted.
13) Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
(Mo Love): Gnarles Barkley are one of the all time greats in my opinion. Cee-Lo Green came outta left field and just blew everyone out of the park with Crazy. That whole album, from start to finish, is like a futuristic version of the Motown style and it was so fresh to hear! His voice is golden, and basically I became a life long fan when I heard that album. One of my absolute favorites.
14) Red House Painters – Mistress
(Phoenix): They had their 15 minutes in the early nineties. This song has a fantastic drum track. Fantastic lyrics too.
15) St Etienne – Avenue
(Phoenix): A respectful nod to a band who came before us on Dusk Dubs. I was dead jealous when they got on Heavenly – a label I'd always fancied for my own music. But fair enough, this is an immaculate, blissed-out 90s take on 1960s psychedelia, with a unique sound, especially the woozy intro, which was recorded inside a car while they were listening to a rough mix of the song. One of my favourite gigs was watching them support the much missed World Of Twist, way back in 1783.
16) Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness
(Mo Love): This song... Try a Little Tenderness is just packed full of energy, passion, and amazing vocals. The way it starts off so sweet and sensitive and ends up with Otis Redding pleading in such an epic way just gets me every time. I first heard this song in the movie “Pretty in Pink”, and I immediately went out and bought the CD. This was back in the late 90's and even now I never tire from hearing it.
17) The Stone Roses – Fool's Gold
(Phoenix): It was love at first listen way back when in the heady early nineties when indie, rock and dance all began swirling together. Britpop ascended, culminating in Oasis and Blur metaphorically punching each other in the face on TOTP five years later. Killer bassline and an irresistible groove.
18) The Stranglers - Golden Brown
(Phoenix): A “perfect” one – but you knew that already. This song proves that “pop” music can in fact be anything you say it is. Never before, and never since, has there been a track anything like this. Not just an anomaly in modern music, but for the band, as well. Most of their other stuff is growly and punky. And yes, I know it is a homage to heroin. Don't do it, kids. Why is Trainspotting II an impossible movie? Because if they were real junkies they'd probably all be dead by now. Pretty song though.
19) OMD – Messages
(Phoenix): There it is again, the simple, repeating riff over changing chords. This song grabbed me as a kid and it still sounds driving and vital today. It's ahead of its time: an early precursor of the rock/dance sound, so ubiquitous today. That little synth riff was made by manually octave-shifting a repeating 8th note, they had to do it live through the whole track and apparently getting the timing right was really agonising and took many takes. It strikes me that this song is a distant ancestor of our own “Patination”.
20) Radiohead - Idiotheque
(Mo Love): The sounds in Radiohead's Idioteque are just perfection. I am a die hard fan of Radiohead, and this one is one of my favorites of theirs. The beat is catchy, the words are great (as usual for them), and the way Thom's voice floats over that beat for the chorus is such a nice mix. Then as it transforms from chorus to trippy verse makes it solid. I also love the way Thom uses his voice in pretty much all of their songs. This is a golden winner.
21) Jeff Buckley – Lilac Wine
(Phoenix): Another of my “perfect” songs to finish. Perfect ensemble performance, perfect vocal, perfect length. This is a beautiful cover of a James Shelton song from the taken-way-too-young Buckley.