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Behind the Beats with Kate Mattison: The Tracks That Define 79.5’s Musical Journey.

Kono Vidovic April 28, 2024 14 4 5

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79.5 is the sound of New York City. Soulful and psychedelic, their melodies may be hard to categorize, from 70’s underground disco to acid jazz to sugary sweet pop. The line-up includes singer, songwriter and composer Kate Mattison, singer and rapper Lola Adanna, drummer Caito Sanchez (Charles Bradley, Lee Fields), bassist Andrew Raposo (Midnight Magic, Hess Is More) and sax player and flautist Izaak Mills.

This week, Razor-N-Tape revisit a few of the standout cuts from last year’s massive LP drop by Brooklyn band 79.5 with a varied dancefloor-ready remix package.

Here we asked Kate Mattison to talk to us about records that have had an impact on her musical journey.

I Saw The Light – Todd Rundgren

Todd Rungren is my hero!

On The Radio – Donna Summer

I absolutely melt when I hear this song, and the lyrics are so private, so raw. Something always about Donna.

Love is a Hurting Thing 12” –  Gloria Ann Taylor

Such an incredibly perfect track. The octave piano jumps are just so cool. 

Suzanne – Roberta Flack

Her cover of Leonard Cohen’s song is so interesting and lush. The strings at the end, just magic. 

Don’t Let Me Lose This Dream –  Aretha Franklin

She might be gone on this earth, but Aretha lives on in every one of us. This song makes me never want to give up. 

Why 12” – Carly Simon

First time I heard this I played it at least 10x again. Never tire of this gem. 

Who Do You Love –   Bo Diddley

As a kid, it got no better than listening to Bo Diddley on my Walkman while riding my bike. 

Velvet Rope –  Janet Jackson

I’m a big Janet fan, but this track especially I came back around to maybe 10 years after its release. It’s so dramatic and sweet, and always makes me dance. 

Gabriel’s Oboe – Ennio Morricone

It’s just so beautiful. 

Fish Ain’t Bitin’ – Lamont Dozier

This is a great song! I don’t know what it is about it but I always put it on when I’m feeling a little down, it perks me back up! 

A few final words.

Thanks for tuning in to our deep dive with Kate Mattison of 79.5, exploring the timeless tracks that have shaped their unique sound. Don’t forget to check out the latest groove with their new remix EP, available now on Razor-N-Tape. Dive into the dancefloor magic at 79.5 Remixes and let the rhythms move you!

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DJ | MUSIC CURATOR & SELECTOR | PODCAST MAKER | BLOGGER Professional online interpreneur. Coffee practitioner. Electronic music culture maven. Total music guru. Infuriatingly humble problem solver. Food & sports fanatic.

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