Love Grace Jones!
Born in Jamaica, Grace Jones has never shied away from her West Indian roots. Incorporating Caribbean styles, her seminal early 80s albums made frequent use of the legendary studio at Compass Point.
Returning with her new album 'Hurricane' in 2008, Grace Jones took the echoes of dub to an intense standard. Inspiring some under-the-counter remixes, Digital Mystikz supplied a stunning re-working of 'Love You To Life'.
Seemingly taking this on board, Grace Jones confirmed plans for a dub remix album earlier this year. Ivor Guest stood at the controls, with the singer's material given a complete re-working by the producer.
As ever, image is paramount to Grace Jones. The cover for 'Hurricane Dub' features an image from one time creative partner Jean-Paul Goude of the singer wearing a trademark Philip Treacy hat.
Set to drop on September 5th, 'Hurricane Dub' could well turn out to be a fascinating about-turn from Grace Jones.
Grace Jones - Well Well Well Dub
A friend gifted me the new Grace Jones yesterday. Love those dubs and the new cover.
Grace Jones - Devil Dub
Grace Jones - 'Hurricane/Dub' (Wall Of Sound) Released: 05/09/11
4 out of 5 stars
It’s not that surprising really, a dub album by Grace Jones. Known for pushing boundaries and merging genres with class and sophistication, this record is another exploration into the weird and wonderful for Jones and with the help of producer Ivor Guest, she manages to create a record almost as mystifying as herself.
The record comes as a bonus disc on the Deluxe Edition of her 2008 release 'Hurricane'. The original record itself has scatterings of dub, particularly track ‘Well Well Well’ and perhaps for someone with Jones’ creativity, a dub version of the record is a natural extension.
With t-shirts showing her iconic image and name checks from Lil’ Wayne, Grace Jones is on the periphery of pop culture. People wearing the t-shirts may not know her music, as Lil’ Wayne fans may not, but this is a modern sounding record with bass drops and synth that would not sound out of place on Rinse FM. Of course, with the popularity of Dubstep, it is not only a chance to explore new musical pastures, but a smart commercial idea to record a dub album at the moment, and Jones capitalises.
Her trademark reggae tinged funk which features heavily on the original record is a perfect match with the sounds found here, ‘This Is Dub’ is a great opener, and the most contemporary sounding track on the album. Jones’ opening vocals are endearing and the track squirms over a grimy bassline. The album then reverts into proper dub. Chill out tracks with a laid-back reggae beat and Jones’ chopped up vocals appearing sparsely. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it is a delight to hear it done properly by an artist who knows what she is doing. ‘Sunset Dub’ is another standout track, a mid tempo groove featuring a hypnotic bass hook echoing Bob Marley. ‘Devil Dub’ is also a worthy version of the brilliant original track, with it’s eery piano flushes and a nice beat to fall back on.
If you are in to dub music, or if you are a fan of Grace Jones, this record will be not only appealing, but satisfying. Ivor Guest has done a fine job of creating a record to accompany the original, as well as stand up as an individual record.
Grace Jones - Corporate Cannibal (Atticus Ross Mix)
Album review: Grace Jones' 'Hurricane'
Four stars (out of four)
It’s been 18 years since the inimitable Grace Jones released an album stateside, but the legendary new-wave, nightclubbing diva was always light years ahead of her time; in a Gaga world, she sounds more relevant than ever. Downright prescient, in fact: How could the Jamaican-born fashion and music icon have known that an album called "Hurricane" would be stunningly apropos right now? (Especially since it was released in Europe a couple of years ago.)
Please let me be one whit as cool as Jones when I’m well into my fifth decade. No one intones like the stentorian Warhol muse -- and then she breaks into vibrato-driven song, throbbing and strong. She’s fierce on the declarative "This Is," lacerating on the YouTube favorite "Corporate Cannibal," sinister and sexy on "Love You to Life" ("attracted to immorality / a magnet to immortality"), mournful and moving on "I’m Crying (Mother’s Tears)."
In Jones’ hands, with the help of island legends Sly and Robbie, reggae pulses with menace and bristles with intrigue. Brian Eno helps deliver the illbeint atmosphere with keyboards and "treatments" that lurk, poke and crash, and Tricky spits his thing on the title track. But mostly it’s Jones, along with co-producer Ivor Guest, who delivers this unquiet storm of a comeback.
Awesome return for Ms. Grace Jones. Brilliant production. Sly and Robbie, as always, hold it down and keep it tight.
Music's Best Fashion Moments of 2011
Grace Jones Maintains Her Edge
This past autumn, Jean-Paul Goude, one of the most paramount fashion photographers of the 1980s and the man who made Grace Jones a robotic pop icon, displayed a collection of his portraits of the singer, bringing to mind just how much her shockingly modern and avant-garde visual tested pop's outer limits. And how fearless it remains: now 63, Jones remains the original Amazonian post-everything style dynamo, as seen in the assemblage of recent live footage captured here.
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Happy Belated Birthday to Miss Grace Jones!!!
She turned 64 this past Saturday.
Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself.
Go forward and make your dreams come true.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
The QUEEN sings for the Queen's Jubilee
One of the all-time greatest albums from one of music's greatest icons at last gets a radical remaster on 2CD, 180gm 2LP, Blu Ray audio and digital for 2014. Contains bonus tracks of remixes and two completely unreleased tracks from the 'Nightclubbing' sessions.
Order your copy here: www.smarturl.it/nightclubbingCDdel
A book, a new album, and a reissue. I'm going to put some Grace on my face in 2014!
Grace Jones - Me! I Disconnect From You (Radio Edit)
Grace Jones - If You Wanna Be My Lover
Happy 66th birthday, Grace Jones...
Grace Jones Turns 66, A Look Back At The Style Icon's Fiercest Magazine Covers (PHOTOS)
Our jaws collectively dropped this morning when we found out that today marks Grace Jones' 66th birthday. We can't believe that the music/movie/fashion legend, who is still performing and killing the catwalk, is technically considered a senior citizen. Gasp!
The age-defying, Jamaican-born beauty remains one of fashion's most beloved icons.
Here's a list of "artists inspired by the iconic music legend"
This is why I LOVE Grace:
"Asked if she had been approached to work with the singer, Grace replied: "Yes, she did, but I said no. I'd just prefer to work with someone who is more original and someone who is not copying me, actually." Ouch."
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This appeared on a white label (JONES001) at the back end of 2008. Although not credited on the notes, the remix is by Yam Who?
Grace Jones - Williams Blood (Yam Who? Electric Dub)
remastered in 2014 available as a free download: https://soundcloud.com/yam-who/grace...-remaster-2014
Great news! A documentary on Grace is forthcoming.
Grace Jones - The Musical of My Life, The Lovers and the Despot and Irene’s Ghost to receive funding following Sheffield Doc/Fest pitching session.
Grace Jones - Again and Again. Rare b-side from the 1975 "I Need A Man" single