The Decoders, Mara Hruby & Van Hunt Deserve Your Respect

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


For their Adventures In Paradise: A Tribute To Minnie Riperton project, LA outfit The Decoders have enlisted some supreme talent, and the list continues to grow as Mara Hruby and Van Hunt have hopped aboard to educate the masses on the power of "Respect". Now before you get all smarty pants with me and say that, "Minnie Riperton never sang "Respect" --- that was Aretha and Otis, duh!" let me say that Minnie Riperton did in fact cover "Respect", and she did so when she was with the psychedelic soul outfit Rotary Connection on their 1969 covers album, Songs.

Let me just swoon for a bit over how much I appreciate The Decoders for bringing conscious to RC's haunting reworking of this soul classic. It's one of my favorite cover songs due its original foundation being completely shattered to where it's deliciously unrecognizable and gives the feisty femme rant a seedier tone. Hruby and Hunt channel Riperton and RC's Mitch Aliotta perfectly for their lamenting affair and they yearn and burn in all the right places. If you don't see something raised on your skin, then I feel kinda bad for you, because this is a divine reading.

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