Handsome boy - "The Truth" (Featuring J-Live & Róisín Murphy) (1999)
I hadn't heard this song in a long while and what a treat it was, a real chicken skin moment, slick and sexy with a sobering sentiment, 'The Truth' is a well crafted song. It evokes that classic Blues/Jazz era sound, Róisín's smooth sultry vocals culminating with J-Live's intelligent rhyming, the perfect foil, bringing in a modern edge. All blended in with Jazz pianist, Galt MacDermot's 'Coffee Cold' sample, an immaculate piano and drum loop used to good effect.
It's taken from The Handsome Boy Modelling School's album 'So...How's Your Girl?' a project by producers Dan the Automator (Gorillaz) and Prince Paul (De La Soul) assembling an all star cast.
I wish I could say it reminds me of time spent in the small confines of a smokey jazz club in a back street somewhere in London but unfortunately the reality is that this song will remind me of a pub quiz in the less glamourous surroundings of Slough. It was a great pub though, good food, good beer and the music was always eclectic creating a good vibe. This song came on after an Ella Fitzgerald number and I thought they went seamlessly well together despite the obvious age gap. We won by the way!
I'm a big fan of Róisín Murphy, I love her sense of style and her quirky take on dance music, from her time with Moloko to her solo career. But she seems to be talented MC too, as the video below shows, taking over from J-Live after he was stuck in the toilets at one of her gigs. Word! Oh and stand up light shade courtesy of IKEA.
|"How long has he been in there!!?"|
THURSDAY I'M IN LOVE! - Handsome Boy Modelling School - 'The Truth'
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