A couple of weeks ago we posted Shigeto’s fantastic remix of Dennis Coffey & Mayer Hawthorne’s “All Your Goodies Are Gone” to get you psyched for the upcoming remix EP. We hope it worked too, because the EP is here, and it’s amazing! We assembled some of the most talented artists from the Detroit area, all influenced by Coffey’s work, for a collection of re-interpretations and remixes of his new tracks. With mixes from Dabrye, 14KT, Recloose, Nick Speed & more, you know it’s going to be something special. And what’s more, it’s totally FREE. Grab the EP in its entirety below, and if you haven’t checked out Dennis’ full solo album yet, get on that!
One thing about working with Dennis Coffey: the man likes to keep things Detroit-centric as much as possible. Which is great. The sheer amount of talent coming out of the D is incredible, and his latest album was heavily enriched by contributions from some of the city’s finest performers, including Mayer Hawthorne, Mick Collins of The Dirtbombs, Rachel Nagy of The Detroit Cobras and more. So it came as no surprise that when we started the discussions about putting together a remix compilation, the plan was to pull from Detroit’s extremely rich electronic community.
We’re partnering up with Fat Beats to give away the whole collection soon, which includes contributions from Dabrye, 14KT, Recloose, Nick Speed & more, but to kick things off we wanted to share with you this excellent remix from Ghostly’s Shigeto. The Michigan beat maker puts a distinctive bounce underneath “All Your Goodies Are Gone,” somewhere in between garage house and the signature Motor City hip-hop sound characterized by innovators like Jay Dilla. The remix collection, titled Outer Galaxies: Dennis Coffey Reinterpreted will be out soon. Dennis Coffey’s Dennis Coffey album and Shigeto’s Full Circle are out now.
The Detroit Music Awards won’t be the first time Dennis Coffey and Mayer Hawthorne share a stage together. In fact, the two performed their cover of Parliament’s “All Your Goodies Are Gone” when Mayer was in town this past February, and we were lucky enough to get some great video footage. It’s a nice preview of the kind of guitar wizardry to expect from Dennis when he hits the road in June and July. Having seen him in Austin this month, we can attest to the fact that Dennis takes no prisoners on stage.
It feels really great to see deserving people get their due, and it’s difficult to think of many people more deserving of recognition when it comes to Detroit music than Dennis Coffey. On April 15th, the day before Record Store Day, The Detroit Music Awards will be honoring Dennis with a Distinguished Achievement Award. He’ll be joined on stage by Mayer Hawthorne, to perform the track “All Your Goodies Are Gone,” which appears on the new album. Dennis is also nominated for the video for his cover of Cee-Lo’s “F**k You,” which features a host of notable Detroit folks. If you’re in the area, you can catch the show at The Fillmore Theater.
When we discussed the idea of putting together a mix focusing on Dennis Coffey’s immense history in the world of soul, funk, and hip-hop, House Shoes was our clear first choice. Often referred to as “Detroit’s musical ambassador,” Shoes is intimately acquainted with Dennis’ history, and a first rate DJ to boot. On Constellations – The A to Z of Dennis Coffey, he delivered beyond our expectations. Touching on everything from the psychedelic b-boy soul of Coffey’s 70’s solo material, to classic recordings on which he recorded as a sessions musician, to hip-hop cuts which have sampled his material, and even a couple of sneak peaks at the new album’s music, he offers as clear a portrait as any of way Dennis Coffey is beloved by so many music fans of all varieties. His drop game is tough too! We were also happy to hear how comfortably the new material sits next to Coffey’s many classics. If that’s not the mark of timelessness, I don’t know what is! As everyone from Q-Tip to JakeOne to DJ Jazzy Jeff are happy to remind you: Dennis Coffey will be out April 26th.
Constellations – The A to Z of Dennis Coffey: A Mix By House Shoes
RECORDED AT SOUNDMATIC BY RHETTMATIC
1. Scorpio Intro- (feat Dennis Coffey, Jazzy Jeff, Jake One, and Q-Tip)
2. LL Cool J- Jinglin’ Baby
3. Dennis Coffey- Main Theme (Black Belt Jones OST)
4. Dennis Coffey- 7th Galaxy*
5. Dennis Coffey- Ride Sally Ride
6. The Temptations- Cloud Nine
7. Rodriguez- Sugar Man
8. Marvin Gaye- I Want You
9. Dennis Coffey- Garden Of The Moon
10. The Spinners- It’s A Shame
11. Dennis Coffey- Never Can Say Goodbye
12. Dennis Coffey- Whole Lotta Love
13. Diamond D- No Wonduh
14. Isley Brothers / Dennis Coffey & Lyman Woodward- It’s Your Thing
15. The Floaters- Float On
16. The Dramatics- In The Rain
17. The Dramatics- Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
18. Dennis Coffey feat. Mick Collins (Dirtbombs) & Rachel Nagy (Detroit Cobras)- I Bet You*
19. Edwin Starr- Easin’ In (Hell Up In Harlem) / Digable Planets (Nickle Bags)
20. The Temptations- I Can’t Get Next To You
21. The Undisputed Truth- Smiling Faces Sometimes
22. Dennis Coffey feat. Mayer Hawthorne- All Your Goodies Are Gone*
* denotes material from the upcoming Dennis Coffey album
Dennis Coffey At SXSW 2011 Weds. 3/16: (Guest Appearance w/ Adrian Younge) – Wax Poetics Showcase @ Scoot Inn 1308 East 4th Street – 1:00 AM
(w/ Chico Mann, Kendra Morris, Echocentrics) Sat. 3/19: Hotel San Jose 1316 South Congress Avenue – 6:30 PM
(w/ Black Angels, Black Joe Lewis (Dennis guesting), The Relatives (Dennis guesting)) Sat. 3/19: Beauty Bar: Palm Door 401 Sabine St. 12:00 AM
(w/ Brownout, T. Bird & The Breaks, Diplomats of Solid Sound)
We love Record Store Day. Any excuse to go get our hands dirty is a welcome one, and when you add a bunch of limited edition vinyl from quality artists, plus in-store performances and all sorts of other fun, we’re all about it. But until now, we’ve been missing out on one key part of the action, which is putting together a limited release of our own, and we thought the Dennis Coffey release would be perfect. So for this year’s celebration, we’re putting together a super limited 7″ featuring a digital-only instrumental bonus track from the album, plus an exclusive mix by legendary cut-n-paste producer and serious vinyl head Steinski (if you’re not up on the Lesson series getfamiliar). Dennis will even by stopping by UHF in Detroit for a special home town in-store performance. It all goes down April 12th, so get excited! Dennis’ self titled album will be out two weeks later on April 26th.