Gee Recordings / Iroko Records
Drum Song
7" Vinyl Single
June 26, 2016

Artist & tune
  • Soul Sugar - Drum Song / Drum Song Version
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Straight from the hills of Paris Montmartre comes the man behind Soul Sugar, Guillaume 'Gee' Metenier, with another remarkable effort after he unleashed the killer "All I Know", a collaboration with Jamaican singer Courtney John across a revitalized version of Augustus Pablo's "East Of The River Nile" riddim towards the end of 2015.

Guillaume Metenier is regarded as one of Europe's heaviest keyboardists. He's specialized in vintage keyboards such as Clavinet, Fender Rhodes, and most of all B3 Hammond organ. As a disciple of the legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith with whom he regularly studies organ, he belongs to a great soul-jazz ancestry stretching from Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Brother Jack McDuff to Booker T, Art Neville, Bernie Worrell, and Jamaica's greats like Jackie Mitoo and Augustus Pablo. After his critically acclaimed first album "Nothing But The Truth" (Freestyle Records, 2010), he returned with a new soul/jazz/dub gem in 2012, a limited edition EP entitled "Hands On". The latter contained 6 tracks, including a rendition of Jackie Mittoo's Studio One classic "Dum Song", the much versioned beautiful Afrocentric instrumental from 1967.

And now the "Drum song" track from that "Hands On EP" has been re-cut and recorded during a session wich took place in a loft in the south of Paris, with long-time Guillaume's partners in crime Yvo Abadi, who brings his distinctive sound and approach to the groove on drums, and guitarist extraordinaire Thomas Naim. Master percussion player Nicodrum overdubbed the buru drum especially for this version. The sound of the re-cut is warm and enveloping with the gorgeous keyboards being candy for the ears. A real crisp instrumental in state-of-the-art quality! The "Drum Song Version" on the B-side is not really a dub mix, but more an instrumental that singers/toasters can use in sound system events. However it's also great for home listening.

Pure niceness and a more than worthy tribute to the Jamaican/Canadian Keyboard King.