Tag Archives: inversions

I’ve tasked myself with doing this in my lunch break, so here goes… Air’s Moon Safari is one of those 90s coffee table albums along with Zero 7’s Simple Things and various others that helped bring the sound of downtempo and chill out to the masses (there are tonnes more but I’m against the clock here…)

Moon Safari was released in 1998 and produced three singles – All I Need, Sexy Boy and Kelly Watch the StarsContinue reading...

Get Down Saturday Night is a classic 1983 hit by Oliver Cheatham written by himself and Kevin McCord, released on MCA Records. It peaked at #38 in the UK singles chart that year.  Continue reading...

A breakthrough for me as a musician, and particularly as a composer, was when I stopped imagining harmony in rigid frameworks. The first instrument I excelled at to some degree was the guitar (being a fairly average pianist), and that had a great impact on the way I thought about chords.  Continue reading...

Quartal harmony is a system of building chord structures on perfect fourths. It’s been used by classical composers such as Stravinsky, Debussy and Bartók and innumerable jazz musicians like McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans and Chick Corea to name but a few.  Continue reading...

In 1976, Roy Ayres released his album Everybody Loves the Sunshine under the Roy Ayers Ubiquity moniker. The title track is a cool, lazy summer evening jam that’s been sampled by Mary J Blige, A Guy Called Gerald, Machinedrum, J.  Continue reading...