Photo by Gerard Victor
The f0nk. We’ve discussed it before, and now it’s back again. Released in 1974 by Kool and the Gang, “Summer Madness” remains one of the best grooves from the 70’s. The beat is not only irrepressible but one of the most familiar samples of all time. G-funk and Mr. Smith with Jazzy Jeff helped reintroduce the song to a younger audience, and to them, it is the definition of summer.
So now it gets a flip by one of the best drummers in the game.
Karriem Riggins cannot be classified as just another guy with a beat. Currently drumming for Diana Krall, Riggins has worked with Paul McCartney, Madlib, Oscar Peterson, Talib Kweli, J Dilla, Common, Erykah Badu… the list goes on and on and on, it’s pretty ridiculous. His debut record, Alone Together, was a product of his time in Los Angeles. With a drum kit, keyboard, and a sampler the record came together. His take on this classic track got the real treatment: a slick five minute video. Riggins’ “Summer Madness” focuses on the spirit of the original yet he delves into deeper grooves. The extended cut takes you into a jam of the original beat, showcasing some drum skills and the tightness of the band. If you want to make your day sunnier, look no further.