Day 24 of our charity Advent Calendar in aid of The Steve Reid Foundation.
After 23 days of wonderful sounds spanning various genres and reaching all corners of the globe, we’ve reached our penultimate offering. Along the way we’ve had light synth work from Dark Sky, a rare Brazilian reissue from Hareton Salvanini, disco rework magic from Midland and even an original Christmas song from Melbourne’s finest Jace Xl and family.
The final track of our charity Advent Calendar is bestowed upon us by a mysterious producer with but two releases to his name, both on equally elusive label Misterio. Jus’ Just first grabbed our attention in 2014 with a joint issue that amassed Gospel vocals and huge bass slams, while this April saw the release of holy percussive shaker ‘Power’.
If you’ve heard either of these, you’ll know that today’s song is well worth the wait. Funked-up disco edit ‘Let’s Give Thanks’ is simply impossible not to shake your hips and move your feet to. Rich soulful female vocals cut above a throng of trumpets, groovy bass licks and heavenly strings. As the lyrics holla: “dancing is a way to express a whole lot of things”, so grab your loved one and groove down on Sunday. It’s only right.
Here’s some words from Jus’ Just about the release: “It’s not on purpose, I swear, but it seems that I am drawn to gospel tracks. Both of the edits I’ve done on MISTERIO are gospel – one a more modern R&B thing and the other involving nothing more than vocals, a tambourine and the wood floor of a church. This one’s a ‘just-the-good-stuff’ edit of a gospel disco tune from 1978. Reminds us all not to forget to give it up to the big guy while doing the hustle, which is a very important message for Christmas Eve.”
Download ‘Let’s Give Thanks’ from our Bandcamp. It’s pay-what-you-like, with all proceeds going to The Steve Reid Foundation, a charity founded by Gilles Peterson that aims to support musicians in dedication to the visionary jazz drummer.