Yesterday I wrote a post about my love for house music and forgot to mention my other love, dance music. House is an aspect of the electronica/dance genre, but there are so many avenues within that category. House, dance, techno, trance, drum & bass, acid, garage, dub-step, breakbeat, disco, hi NRG, hardstyle, eurodance, and so many other genres. With so many genres, new genres, and hybrid genres being formed every day, it would be impossible to write a relevant book on electronica/dance music.
I’d love to cover everything and all the genres, but I do have to sleep at some point. It would take forever to go over the history, so I’d like to continue my tradition of posting some good artists and leave you guys wanting more each week. So today I’m going to talk about the legendary international sensation Crystal Waters. If your a regular on the club scene, especially during the 90s and when they play classic club bangers, then you’ve heard of Crystal Waters.
I’ve been listening to her music since the early 90s (and I was only in elementary school) and today is the first time I made the connection that she was related to the legendary Ethel Waters. I watch a lot of old films and my mom made sure I knew the classic black films, so I’ve seen “Cabin in the Sky” and “Stormy Weather” plenty of times. Ethel Waters is one of the greatest black actresses, singers, and jazz musicians throughout history. It’s amazing hearing her sing with Count Basie and his orchestra jamming in the background. She was another one of those great black females( including Billie Holiday) that found success in Baltimore in the early 1900′s (wow that was such a long time ago!)
Crystal Waters is the grand-niece of the Grammy Hall of Fame inductee Ethel Waters, so it’s no surprise that Crystal is so talented, especially coming from such great lineage. With 16 number one and Top ten singles, her international success speaks for itself. You can’t talk about dance music without mentioning her classic tracks “Gypsy Woman”, “100% Pure Love”, and Europe’s 2004 Top 10 Dance Hit “Destination Unknown”, which was a collaboration with Alex Gaudino.
She has an immense collection of great songs that get your body moving and she really does deserve the title of “Legendary Dance Sensation”. Crystal Waters is the embodiment of all things dance related and I’m glad she is continuing the tradition of creating great dance tracks for dance lovers worldwide! I ran across her latest song, Crystal Waters vs. Fred Pellichero “Say Yeah” and have listened to it four times in a row. It has a great sound and still has that Crystal Waters quality.
Her voice is truly unique and stands out amongst all the dance tracks in the clubs today…she is still a classic. You can’t talk about club classic’s without mentioning Crystal Waters, NightCrawlers, Robin S, and Inner City. Those artists set the pace for dance music and give the term “a night on the town” a reason to exist! So take that “Like a G6″! That track could never be a dance classic…definitely not in my book. “Like a G6” isn’t a dance hit classic but yet another watered down pop song with a dance beat.
Check out the Official video for Crystal Waters vs. Fred Pellichero “Say Yeah”. Can’t believe she has been in the music game 20 years and is 46 years old…she looks greats!
She doesn’t stop with her music, Crystal Waters continues to bring forth love for the dance community with her site Club Heads Radio and Club Heads TV.For more information visit her site and like her on FB.
Crystal Waters vs. Fred Pellichero “Say Yeah”
100% Pure Love
I’ve been on this old school kick lately with hip-hop, but I’ve also been jamming to 90s r&b. My playlist wouldn’t be complete with Jagged Edge, Jodeci, H-Town, Guy,Dru Hill, New Edition,Boyz II Men, Silk, and so many other artist that make up the 800 r&b songs on my Ipod. If I keep finding good music every day, I’m going to end up investing in a 32gb Ipod and giving my 16gb to my sister in law.
I’m not obsessed with music, but I love good music! For those of you who read my post the other day, you read about how I’m sick of this commercial radio crap. Everything sounds the same and it actually pisses me off. I can only listen to "Like a G6" so many times until I want to jump off the second floor balcony. It wouldn’t do too much damage, but it sends a message. The message simply is, I’m sick of all this mainstream popular music that damages the electronic beat with pop-ish lyrics or auto tune hip-hop rhymes.
Don’t get me wrong, I do like some of the r&b artist that are sometimes pop-ish, like Marques Houston and Mario (well not his latest stuff within the past 2 years) but I mainly still jam to artist from the boy band era. I used to love seeing those fine brotha’s singing and harmonizing in ways that could make a married woman question her relationship. It was nice to see black men coming together to create good music for the men and women, music that celebrated our love, shed light on breakups, and made soundtracks for sex.
The 90s r&b had such a pure and funky sound, and one group was able to perfect that sound with the infusion of jazz. Mint Condition is a musically diverse band of musicians that are able to blend jazz, funk, latin grooves, and traditional r&b into a beautiful collective of noteworthy music. I grew up listening to Mint Condition and their sound helped introduced me to the world of jazz. I absolutely love all their music, whether it’s new or old Mint Condition never fails!
But I must say that there 91′ debut album Meant to be Mint has some of the best tracks on it. There song "Sensous Appeal" has that New Jack Swing vibe, while "Breaking My Heart", also known as "Pretty Brown Eyes" is a song that rings true to the Mint Condition brand.
I’ve never been able to see them live in concert, but from what I’ve heard it’s one of the best live performances to see. They will have you laughing, crying, dancing, grinding, and in music euphoria. I hope to engage in that euphoria and see them in concert one day, but until then I will enjoy the old and the new Mint Condition. There latest album Caught My Eye is coming out in April 2011 and the single was released last month.I still have to pick it up or download it from Itunes (no more limewire for me and frostwire is eh…) From what I’ve heard so far on http://www.mintconditionmusic.com/ , I’m loving it! It’s good to see the these r&b veterans making such a bold comeback and it’s always nice to see Stokley doing his thing (Stokley is awesome!) on TvOne’s "Way Black When" as the groups drummer, along with the other awesome guys.
So be sure to check out and enjoy the old and new of my favorite band, Mint Condition.
Album drops 4/5/11….can’t wait!
Pretty Brown Eyes
Caught My Eye. A song off their latest album!