Friday, May 8, 2015

Mark Ronson Effectively Samples Python Lee Jackson's "In a Broken Dream" for A$AP Rocky's Rod Stewart & Miguel-assisted "Everyday"


"With bluesy organs, descending basslines, and one of the slowest, hardest-swaggering beats we've heard in a good while, "Everyday" calls upon [Rod] Stewart's classic number "In a Broken Dream," re-contextualizing it as a tale of modern ennui (read: boredom)," as okayplayer effectively describes A$AP Rocky's latest At.Long.Last.A$AP (ALLA) single, "Everyday;" recorded with a very unlikely cast of magnificent characters... Rod Stewart, Miguel, "Uptown Funk" super-producer Mark Ronson, and co-producer Emile Haynie. When it comes to ridiculous left-field collaborations, "Everyday" falls somewhere in between The Fat Boys' utterly awesome Beach Boys-backed "Wipe Out" and Kid Cudi's surprisingly smooth Michael Bolton & King Chip-assisted "Afterwards (Bring Yo' Friends)." Ronson ingeniously managed to convince R&B crooner Miguel to passionately sing: "Everyday I spend my time drinking wine / Feeling fine / Waiting here to find the sign / that I should take it slow," which he re-appropriated from Python Lee Jackson's 1970 single, "In a Broken Dream" and cleverly flanked with sampled snippets of Rod Stewart's original pre-panty-dropping fame performance.


It's our first listenable taste of what A$AP Rocky has repeatedly alluded to as his Classic/Psychedelic Rock-inspired new album, ALLA, which is soon forthcoming, not as soon as initially expected, but still soon enough — June 2nd; as Billboard noted in a recent Rocky-centric profile, his reference points during the album's sessions included Portishead, Massive Attack, Thom Yorke, "old 60's psychedelic sh*t like The Kinks and The Stooges," T. Rex, and greenhorns Tame Impala. At.Long.Last.A$AP is rumored to include appearances from "Crazy" producer Danger Mouse, Lykke Li, Juicy J, FKA Twigs, Clams Casino, and none other than Pretty Flaco himself aka Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, in addition to Rod Stewart and Miguel. ALLA may or may not end up showcasing A$AP Rocky's three previously released singles, "Lord Pretty Flacko Joyde 2," "Multiply," and "M.'$," 2/3rds of which were effectively re-released on white vinyl last month as a stand-alone Record Store Day exclusive 7-inch. "Rock, soul, pop, disco, standards & now hip-hop. Soon I'll have more genres than children!," @rodstewart jokingly Tweeted Friday afternoon, just so "happening" to coincide with "Everyday"'s iTunes and Internet-wide digital retailer release.

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