Buro 24/7 Singapore Weekly Playlist #82: Vinnie Quek

Doo-wop, you don't stop

Music and entertainmment consultant by day and DJ Dodgy Yamamoto by night, Vinnie Quek shares a trip back through the origins of soul jazz

I took a nostalgic trip through the music of my childhood, back to a time before modern electronic synthesisers and drum machines for this playlist. I treated it like a "Back to Mine Session", a sampling of what I play at home rather than in the clubs. It features mainly post-war early rhythm and blues, soul, doo-wop and Brazilian funk from the '50s to '80s. My father was an audiophile and a massive music influence to me and I was lucky that his music was all funk, soul and disco.

First up is Love Potion #9 by The Coasters, one of the early boybands and my introduction to doo-wop and early rhythm and blues. Sonny Til & the Orioles were an American R&B group that was popular in the late '40s and early '50s. They were one of the earliest vocal groups to establish the basic pattern for the doo-wop sound and their track Hey Little Woman is a jam.

Mel Tormé's version of Comin' Home Baby is my favourite rendition of this song till today, it's so groovy and is big band soul jazz at its best. Be Thankful For What You Got by William DeVaughn was one of the most played tracks when I was growing up at home. My introduction to early soul, you have to check out the track midway for its killer smooth and almost jazz-like arrangement. 

Banaeria by Emílio Santiago is my all-time favourite Brazilian Funk track that I play practically every Sunday and most people know the rift because Norman Cook sampled it in 1998 but the original is the real classic, Take Yo' Praise by Camille Yarbrough from 1975. 

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Text: Vinnie Quek

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