Marlena Shaw – Woman of the Ghetto EP (Catz ‘N Dogz Remix) [Pets Recordings]

I Want You To Get Together

Catz ‘N Dogz (Grzegorz Demiañczuk and Wojciech Tarañczuk) take over this iconic vocal live sample to officially honor American jazz, blues, soul singer Marlena Shaw. The three-tracks EP will be out on August 25 through their imprint, Pets Recordings.

Premiered by BBC Radio 1 DJs Pete Tong and Annie Mac, it’s a surprise summer track. It’s the kind to be on that list of titles that update old sounds for a purpose, as well as Bedouin will drop Pink Floyd’s “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” on the same date. It’s another suggestion what Berlin based Polish duo have done with the original material though. Instead of a recreational cover, they take the vocal sample to a current techno deep house beat from where suddenly rumps an acid straight line. As simple as it has ignited every track, remix and DJ set that has used it throughout these years, more than two decades. But, this time, in full credit. A second version goes for the Afrobeat percussion inspired and developed from the back then stage performance.

Originally included on her second studio album “The Spice Of Life,” the last she released for Chess’ subsidiary Cadet Records in 1969, ‘Woman Of The Ghetto’ got a live version on July 5, 1973, at Montreux Jazz Festival. The recorded performance hit the shelves a few months later as “Marlena Shaw/Live: Cooking With Blue Note At Montreux”. The moody spoken introduction to the song became house music’s legacy. The line hit with Blue Boy’s “Remember Me (Pharm, 1997) and peaked with ‘Rose Rouge,’ on St. Germain’s album “Tourist” (Blue Note, 2000).

It is by way of tribute not only to Marlena Shaw herself but for a generation that grew in the 90s; a period trended on the so-called rare groove scene. At the end of the 60s, she occasionally ventured in soul charts, right after being the vocal counterpart for Jazz giants like Cannonball Adderley and Ramsey Lewis Trio. Splitting from Cadet Records, she worked periodically with Count Basie until she signed for Blue Note in 1972 to build a solid recording career. She left some gems on the way, and diggers were aware. As it happened with ‘California Soul,’ with Diplo’s remix featured on volume 4 of the “Verve Remixed” compilation series, now it’s time to recognize officially to Marlena Shaw for the famous inviting phrase on the “Woman Of The Ghetto” introduction line in a remix.

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