ESP INSTITUTE
artist:THE MR. K EDITS
title:

HAPPINESS / AS

label:MOST EXCELLENT UNLIMITED (US)

1,990ĪŖ


A Happiness (Edit By Mr. K) 8:24
B As (Edit By Mr. K) 7:39

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From its first appearance in 1978 till this day, °»Happiness°… has been a favorite concert-opener of the Pointer Sisters. A simmering gospelly builder, the Allen Toussaint-penned single was a throwback of sorts both in its earthy sound and in the collaboration with New Orleans legend Toussaint, who°«d written °»Yes We Can Can,°… the Sisters°« first hit. °»Happiness°… barely cracked the U.S. Top 40, but found favor with soulful DJs who took to the steppers groove and uplifting lyrics. Mr. K°«s edit drops the listener into to a church-like live performance that builds tension before seamlessly transitioning to the 12-inch studio mix, perfectly positioned to take the dance floor from Let°«s Get Acquainted to Let°«s Get Down. Synth strings sizzle as Mr. K stretches the second section; an open drum groove provides a deliciously decadent bit of tension; add a never-heard closing acapella teased by Krivit°«s craftsmanship from the extended single°«s breakdown, and the transformation from simple opener to subtle centerpiece of the night is complete. What songs will stick with you when the party°«s through? This epic edit is a contender. By the late °∆70s, Gene Harris, leader and pianist of jazz legends The Three Sounds, had well over 30 albums under his belt and could do whatever he wanted on a record. Fortunately for us, he chose to open his 1977 LP Tone Tantrum with a cover of Stevie Wonder°«s transcendent °»As.°… Now a well-worn standard at Loft and Garage-influenced parties, Stevie°«s version is undeniably special, but can leave veterans of the scene longing for a different angle on the classic. Enter Mr. K, who has rescued Gene Harris°«s rare groove revision from obscurity and fine-tuned it for 2019 and beyond with emphasized percussion and a sinewy extension that cuts the bulk of the lyrical intro and lets Harris°«s electric piano and the all-star choir shine. As the chorus steadily swells, riding stellar session singers Venetta Fields (featured on Pink Floyd°«s °»Shine On You Crazy Diamond°…), Deneice Williams, D.J. Rogers and the Waters siblings, Krivit°«s edit sails along with it, utilizing all the power of Stevie°«s composition in the service of a fresh, new spin for the dance floor.

A Happiness (Edit By Mr. K) 8:24


B As (Edit By Mr. K) 7:39
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