New episode of “Across 135th Street” for ya inna lovers rock stylee – just in time for Valentine’s Day. This one features a gang of sweet (mostly UK) reggae covers of classic tunes. Audio and other enlightening info below. Label scans of every record in the show in the gallery. Enjoy!
With Cupid poised to set couples across the universe in his crosshairs and morph every object in sight (whether desirable or otherwise) heart-shaped, the theme of the latest episode of “Across 135th Street” turns to the fantastic and romantic. This in the form of a plethora of lovers rock style reggae cover versions of big tunes from the 70s and 80s soul/disco/funk canon. Listen in as host Chairman Jefferson Mao delves into his covers crates, serving up a program whose sweetness shall be your weakness – whether you’re all up in the throes of affection or just watching from the sidelines. From Barry Biggs’ rendition of Evelyn (I Came to Bring the) “Champagne” King’s “Love Come Down” and Dee (not to be confused with Dee Dee) Sharp’s take on Keni Burke’s “Risin’ to the Top” through Yvonne Archer’s sweet rework of Rufus and Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody,” Mystic Harmony re-route of the Jones Girls’ Philly favorite “Nights Over Egypt” via London, and Misses Misty’s “Mellow Mellow” treatment of a Chi-City steppers classic, it’s all love, people.
CLICK THE THUMBNAILS ABOVE TO SEE EVERY RECORD PLAYED ON THE SHOW