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Throwback: “No One But The Lord” by Dannie Belles

12 Jul
Dannie Belles Making the Most of Today album cover

Making the Most of Today by Dannie Belles

As some of you may know, over the weekend MF DOOM and Ghostface Killah, who collaborate as the duo DOOM/Starks, set the hearts of hip-hop fans all aflutter with a little read cassette tape featuring a remix of the track “Victory Laps,” which will be released on iTunes July 26. Don’t know what the original sounds like since it’s not out yet, but the Madvillainz remix features the same sample used in one of my favorite Blackalicious tracks, “A to G.” I did some digging, and thanks to the wonder that is the internet I found that the descending piano chords and fetching guitar twang that inspired MF Doom and Blackalicious came from a rare funky recording of “No One but the Lord” by the ’70s gospel outfit Dannie Belles, featuring the late gospel songstress Danniebelle Hall. Dannie Belles’ version is so smooth and supercool that you almost forget it’s a gospel song. (Not that gospel can’t be cool! Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and the 1982 Celestial Choir can attest to that.)

Listen to the track below (originally appeared on the album Making the Most of Today).