Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Moodymann vs. Oliver $ - Who's really Doin Ya Thing?

Moodymann - the alter go of Detroit's revered deep House maven, Kenny Dixon Jr. - makes no fuss dance music. And his latest release, Mo Moody presents Live in Seattle on his Motor City-based imprint, KDJ Records is all serious business, yet again. The big tune on this three-tracker is "Doin Ya Thang," which samples Moodymann's distinctive charismatic jabber ("Y'all having a good time?") over a lush, hypnotic loop. The engaging speech sampled was recorded live at Manchester's old school house party, Cutloose over a year ago and captures an enthusiastic, cheering crowd in the background attributing to track's live feel. The recording is now available on a limited, vinyl-only platter of previously unreleased tracks from the vaults of KDJ.

However, here's the catch: "Doin Ya Thing," was previously released earlier this year by Berlin's Oliver $ on his home imprint, Play It Down. While DJs and music lovers alike ate this track up via Beatport and Juno it still stirred a worldwide uproar from music critics and music purists, accusing Oliver $ of manipulating Moodymann by not giving him any credit for the sample speech.

Can you tell the difference between Oliver $'s "Doin Ya Thing" or KDJ's? Not really. At the end of the day, it's up to you who you decide to support. In our opinion, you get more bang for your buck with this quality deep House platter by one of Detroit's finest...

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