Last night I heard about the passing of soul legend Isaac Hayes. He was easily my favourite Stax recording artist. A supremely gifted musician, he won no less than 7 music sholarships at high school, and went on to form part of a songwriting team that made Stax on of the great soul labels of all time. Nothing made a mixtape stand out like a few well placed Isaac Hayes tracks. Portishead’s astute sampling of ‘Ike’s Rap 2′ was largely responsible for their success. There was so much more to this guy than Chef and the Theme from Shaft.
Here’s some of my faves, I can’t find the cover of The Beatles’ ‘Something’ anywhere, but you should check that out too . [Update: here it is – now this is how you do a cover http://www.last.fm/music/Isaac+Hayes/_/Something]
Walk on By
Ike’s Rap 2
Brand New Me