Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Winter warmers Vol. 2



Happy holidays!

Tracklist: 
1. Nico - Petit chevalier 
2. Morgana King - A song for you 
3. Placebo - Aria 
4. Gary Bartz - Music is my sanctuary
5. Terea - Pretty bird
6. Deniece Williams - Free  
7. Marlena Shaw - Look at me, look at you
 

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Nancy Holloway - Hurt so bad

Was shifting through some records today and got stuck on this one from Nancy Holloway. The great 'Hurt so bad' from the 'Hello Dolly' LP. Pretty much a one track LP, but what an amazing song. Enjoy!


Sunday, 13 December 2009

D.I.S.C.O

Or something. The ususal mix of good grooves - soul music and related scapes. This has been lying around for some time, might as well post it. Enjoy!
Tracklist:


  1. Will Powers - Adventures in success (Dub)
  2. Soul Phiction - Prison song
  3. Dj Leftoo - Untitled
  4. Calender - Hypertension
  5. LCD Soundsystem - 45:33 (Theo P Rmx)
  6. Floating Points - Truly
  7. Maze - Twilight
  8. Mark E - Untitled
  9. Omar S - Flying gorgars
  10. Moodymann - J.A.N.
  11. Imagination - Burning up (Dub)
  12. Ronnie Dyson - All over your face
  13. Chic - I want your love (T. Terje edit)
  14. Rainbow Brown - Till you surrender

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Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Danny Hunt - What's happening to our love affair

Need to keep up with my posting. So here's a quick one. But still very tasty. Danny Hunt's - 'What's happening to our love affair' on Dynamite. I came across this 45 not too long ago, first heard on a 12" from the excellent and ellusive Truth is light label.
I believe this track is fairly big on the Northern Soul scene. For me it's all about the Stevie-esque feel about the track. Looking forward to drop this on a decent party in the future. Voila!

Danny Hunt - What's happening to our love affair (320)

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Winter warmers Vol. 1

This is a spontaneously put together mini-mix. I chucked in the Erykah Badu in the last few seconds. Still with a lot of care.
Possibly suitable for your bus ride during these darker months (unless you live on the other side of the planet or walk for that matter). No clever idea behind the programming, just great tunes basically. I actually did left some jazzy bits out from this one.
Just to save for later.
Starting of quite dark with the Harry Whitaker(!) produced 'I can see the sun in late December' by Roberta Flack. Then into one of the best releases of old unreleased music, from the last few years; 24-Carat Black. Check that LP! Some moody psych-ish stuff from Spirit and then into some top-class and slightly more joyfull soul music.
The idea is to try to make a few more, therefore the volume bit in the labelling.
Hope you'll enjoy it!

Tracklist:

  • Roberta Flack - I can see the sun in late December
  • 24 Carat Black - I want to make up
  • Spirit - Ice
  • Clark Sisters - Ha-ya
  • Erykah Badu - Bag lady
  • Dionne Warwick - You're gonna need me
  • Odyssey - Our lives are shaped of what we love
  • Marvin Gaye - Where are we going
Winter Warmers Vol. 1 (Download)

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Deirdre Wilson Tabac - I Can't Keep from Cryin' Sometimes

When your record consuming gets close to collecting habits, one of the great rewards is when you get a good bargain. Sometimes it's like a sport. Your skills such as knowledge and patience are well needed when looking for records. Obviously you need some luck to score that particular record. And when you do win, or in this case find the record, it's a great feeling.
A had a bit of that moment today finding the Deirdre Wilson Tabac LP. Sure, it's quite an easy find as long as you're willing to pay the price. But getting it for less than a dollar is great. So to celebrate this moment i'll share the best track from it. It also has a quite cool version of Beatles' 'Get back' on it. Both available on a Jazzman 45.
So here you, tomorrow the search goes on for another victory.


Deirdre Wilson Tabac - I Can't Keep from Cryin' Sometimes (320)

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Willis Jackson - Nuther'n Like Thuther'n

Just bought some fluids* to clean my wax and making them sound even better. One of the first old bits that needed a bit of polishment was my copy of Willis Jackson's 'More Gravy' on Prestige. Provided here is obviously the classic jazz dancer - Nuther'n Like Thuther'n.
Still sounding a bit rusty, but hey - it's an old record which sometimes tastes even better with some dust. Enjoy!


Willis Jackson - Nuther'n Like Thuther'n (256)
*The magic formula for cleaning records is 3/4 of isopropanol and 1/4 of distilled water and a nice old, soft cloth. And trust me on this one, I got the tip from one of the finest in the business.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Heatwave - Goin' Crazy

This is a superbaad track. 'Goin' crazy' from Heatwave's Candles LP. Nothing ellusive or valuable moneywise in collectors circles. None the less fantastic music and a must have track due to its superior musical class.
I guess that's about it for this time. Well, keep looking back. I've had some good finds lately (think I need to slow down my bying a bit) and I'm planning a mix or two.

Till then - Enjoy the track!


Heatwave - Goin' Crazy (320)

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Wallifornia Soul

I always find it great to hear stories on passionate people. This one is about a Belgian soul fan and crate digger. A nice little documentary by the people from Laidback.

Wallifornia Soul from Laid Back on Vimeo.


Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Colors - Am I Gonna Be The One

I got interviewed by a local paper today. It was a sort of '10 quick questions' for an article portraying some dj's from the area. Even though I knew the writer since before, and he's got some cool musical references, it's a bit tricky to describe what my dj'ing is about. And especially what I think makes good dj'ing. A bit arbitrary question to get into, but I'm not sure many get the idea for the passion of music. For me great dj's are really passionate about what they do, that's the foundation. A bit like Bill Brewster says in 'Last night a DJ saved my life': "you have to develop the hunger" (in the book referring to vinyl records which could be transfered to just music in this digital age).
Anyway, from my slightly 'constructed' intro for this post, to the essentials. Still to illustrate some of the hunger that I believe great dj's need.
Colors - Am I gonna be the one, on First Take Records from 83' - a fantastic piece of boogie.
So here you go, enjoy:

Colors - Am i gonna be the one (320)

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Jean-Luc Ponty - Computer incantations for world peace

Now to something slightly different content, compared to the stuff I normally post, this time from Jean-Luc Ponty. The french jazz violonist, possibly most known (at least within my circles) for the jazz-funk track 'In the fast lane'. This one, 'Computer incantations for world peace' from the 'Individual choice' LP, is a bit hard to define when it comes to genre.
None the less a great track which Underground Resistance sampled on one of my favourite UR tracks 'Journey of the dragons'.

The track was also recently comped by the Sonar Kollektiv camp, still nothing hard to find if you want the original LP. So for all of you who might be pleased with a digital version - here you go. Enjoy!


Jean-Luc Pony - Computer incantations for world peace (320)

Friday, 30 October 2009

Gene Harris - Losalamitoslatinfunklovesong

That's a great title. And certainly a fantastic song by Gene Harris. Today I had the pleasure to attend and speak at a 'DJ camp'. A local thing clearly inspired by the Redbull Music Academy, but very well executed. A cool venue, a nice setup with gadgets and things. I think they've been doing it for the whole week, and quite a few hours a day.
My role in this was to speak about the history of dance music, vinyl records, collecting etc. Obviously a quite big challenge to try to communicate with teenagers (mostly), who I don't share any musical references with. Whatsoever. Still I believe, or what i've heard, I managed to spark some interest for the roots of dance music.
So here's for all the young dudes (no girls i'm afraid), Gene Harris from the Astral Signal LP on Blue Note.


Gene Harris - Losalamitoslatinfunklovesong (320)

Monday, 26 October 2009

Doc Severinsen - I wanna be with you

Continuing my musical mission. This time with some funky soul-jazz from the old jazzer Doc Severinsen. I can't say I know much about him, or his back catalogue. This is from his 1976 LP - Night Journey and the track is 'I wanna be with you'.
I think he share his story with some other old school jazz players, I'm thinking of Webster Lewis, Benny Golson etc., going from straight jazz to more contemporary sounds in the seventies. I can recall when speaking with some hardcore jazz-dudes (in their sixties), and they were moaning about their favourite artists starting to play disco and other stuff. This don't dissapoint me though.


Doc Severinsen - I wanna be with you (320)

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Woods Empire - Universal Love

Time for some sweet boogie-down-action. A biiig tune, one for the old school ravers. The title track from the 1981 Woods Empire LP. Well...can't really come up with anything more to say. Not really necessary, it speaks for itself.
Enjoy!


Woods Empire - Universal Love (320)

Sunday, 11 October 2009

The Charles Stepney story

This is a trailer for, what I believe is an upcoming documentary of Charles Stepney. He's one of those characters that I tend to forget about, but when looking (or primary listen) back on music he's been involved with - he's one of the greatest. For me, one of the greatest all time. Top 5 easy.
He's been involved in so much great music; Rotary Connection, Minnie Ripperton, Marlena Shaw and Terry Callier to name a few. Reflecting on those artists and their music and you find some of the greatest LP's ever done. In his roles as composer, arranger, producer and musician he's influenced loads of contemporary artists and producers.


As a bit of bonus I'll give you a mega-mix from some Bavarian Nu-Jazzers (don't quote me on that though). This is from a bit shady 12" with some of the best pieces of Stepney's greatness. The strings (Chicago Symphony Orchestra apparently), the rhythms and drums, and the overall arrangements. Music doesn't get much better than this. Enjoy!

Stephnew (196)

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Bob James - Westchester Lady

If your'e into your sexy R'n'B and house, read no more. If you have the slightest interest in new or older dance related, and...good music, you need this. You might actually be well aware of Bob James. Even though it's not the rare and elusive stuff, this is essential in many ways. It's the blueprint, the heritage. Heavy!
I particuraly like Westchester Lady. I can't really evolve why, it's just a complete song in all ways - the melody, the drums, the strings. Obviously he's behing several other great and heavily sampled tracks, but this one it it(!). Still goose bumps
.
Hearing this vinyl rip, I realise I might need a second copy myself. Sorry about this, but enjoy anyway.

Bob James - Westchester Lady (320)

Saturday, 26 September 2009

It's a Jazz thing

You know what is said - Jazz is the teacher. It was time to pull out some Jazz bits, and I thought I'll create a mini-mix out of some favourites. Starting of with the sample friendly Gap Mangione trio - 'Boy with toys' from the Diane in the autumn wind LP. Bit of Stereo Konitz, some Coltrane related (or tributes rather) from Billy Gault and Lateef. Some slamming drums on the Afreaka track, and speaking of drumming, there is only one. Art Blakey from the Holiday for skins volume 1 LP, together with Sabu Martinez amongst others. Heavy!
Finishing of with the always incredible Dee Dee Bridgewater. The title track from the classic LP, it's so nice to pull out that one now and then. So here you go; it's all good.
Enjoy!
Tracklist:
  1. Gap Mangione trio - Boy with toys
  2. Lee Konitz - Five, four and three
  3. Billy Gault - Mode for Trane
  4. Yusef Lateef - Brother John
  5. Lee Morgan - Afreaka
  6. Art Blakey - Mirage
  7. Dee Dee Bridgewater - Afro blue

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Thursday, 24 September 2009

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Louie Ramirez - Barrio Nuevo

I'm quite a lot...a sort of 'periodic' when it comes to my music consumption. Occassionally i get the crawings for certain musical styles. Obviously, at least according to my own mind, with a stringency that relates to anything soulful and qualitative. Practically this means I've got some latin records laying about. I do play them at the right occassions, and they usually never fail to rock the party. This is one of those tracks, actually a bomb on any discerning dancefloor. Louie Ramirez - 'Barrio Nuevo' from the 'A different shade of black LP on Cotique, which I believe was an offshot from the Fania label at the time. Enjoy!

Louie Ramirez - Barrio Nuevo (320)

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Black Gold - C'mon stop (Prelude)

Bit of proto-house, post-disco type of dance music from 1983 and Black Gold - C'mon stop. Bit hard to label, none the less great piece of music on the Prelude label. I'm sure this got loads of plays in Chicago, back in those days.
Even though this Long version is clocking at 10:40, it actually manages to to keep it flowing nicely throughout the whole track. Perfect for the toilet break.


Black Gold - C'mon stop (320)

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Sandra Sa - Trem da central

Need to work on my posting frequency, and obviously keep the party vibe going. Therefore, a quick one, but certainly a goodie. Bit of brasilian boogie from Sandra Sa. The track is from her LP - Vale Tudo on the RGE label. Whether you're into brasilian music or bit of boogie, this certainly does the trick. Enjoy!

Sandra Sa - Trem da central (320)

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Music is the weapon

Got into some stuff on Dj Harvey the other night, check a recent interview at Resident Advisor. Never been a huge fan, but very aware if his cult status and...yeah, I believe he's sort of a Dj's Dj. I don't know the reasons for his exile to the US, but he certainly seems to be a cool dude over there. I've possibly seen him at some occasion in the UK, I'm not entirely sure. But some inspired from his sarcastic disco stuff, I gave myself into doing this mix. As the man himself says - at the end of the day it's about playing the right records after each other.
So armed with a can of lager (or 2 - very hedonistic), some sh-t speakers, a stack of records, I thought I'll give it a go. Doing it in my mixed flavour - disco, boogie, modern soul, house etc., all in the same. Check for some Larry Levan, some old & future classics, mid-school house stuff from Pulsinger and Heard, even some Norwegian space-disco.
I've never had any patience doing edits on a computer, just playing the old vinyls, there's really no place for any tricks. So here you go; 1 take straight down to file, with some skips, dust and all that, and most and foremost with the soul:
  1. Taana Gardner - Heartbeat
  2. Benny Golson - I'm always dancing to the music
  3. Phyllis Hyman - Living inside your love
  4. Expression - Release Disco
  5. Baron Zen - Burn Rubber (Dam Funk Rmx)
  6. Floating Points - Love me like this (Dub)
  7. Brainstorm - Journey to the light (A. Beedle edit)
  8. Last Exit - Sweet Maryline
  9. Breakwater - Say you love me girl
  10. T Connection - Saturday Night
  11. Alice Smith - Love Endevour (M. Fulton Rmx)
  12. iO - Claire
  13. Mr. Fingers - Waterfalls
  14. Prince - 17 Days
  15. Son of Sound - Life under bridges
  16. Shit Robot - Simple Things (T. Terje Rmx)

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Thursday, 10 September 2009

Paul McCartney - Check My Machine

Riding a bit on the Beatles wave blowing up right now, with celebrations and all. This one is a bit of a surprise coming from Sir Paul, which I first discovered on a mix from my Brasilian hero - Dj Nuts. Don't think available on any LP, just a b-side and on a Brasilian (only) 12". When recording this, I noticed som flaws on my vinyl - sorry about that. Can't really be bothered to make it all over again. So here you go; a nice little quirky thing for those musical feasts of yours.

Check My Machine (320)

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Courtial - Losing you

This is a fantastic track from the Courtial's - Don't you think it's time LP. A bit ellusive affair on the small Pipeline label. Not for every party, but certainly gets me going.
Speaking of hard work musicwise, I played this youth-festival-thingy. A bit to my surprise I was asked to take part. Not an obvious thing for me as I'm mostly into retro stuff nowadays and possibly can squeeze in some midtempo deep modern stuff. Sure a good opportunity to spread my gospel to a new audience, but do the kids really want to hear my stuff? And, sure I got it swinging, threw in a bit of hip hop and stuff that got'em nodding. Good to see some kids feeling the boogie stuff later on as well.
One funny thing was when a youngster was exposed to MJ's 'Off the wall' LP, and asked me - 'is that him'? Then the dude after me went on some sort of autopilot and played some poppy electro-house stuff. Needless to say, the kids went bananas...

So here's to all the David Guetta fans out there:


Courtial -
Losing you (320)

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Club Culture from 88'

More YouTube stuff. A great documentary, from 88', on Club Culture. Charting the Club scene, from Hip Hop, through House, Acid and the wider dance scene. Check this to get some insights on the history.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Lesette Wilson - Look into tomorrow

Just a quick one. Heard this track on a Patrik Forge mixtape recently. Sure I knew about Caveman boogie, but his kills it. Great drums and live feel.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Brownswood Bubblers - Promo mix

Brownswood is the record label of the one and only Giles Peterson of BBC Radio 1. A long time connoisseur of everything jazzy, soulful etc. Now and then they release these compilations of some of the nicest contemporary soul. They're up to No. 4, and this particular giveaway is mix a mix of tracks from all 4 of them.
Tracklisting:
1. Soundspecies – Can We Call It Love (with Ahu) [BB4]
2. Simbad feat. Steelo – Soul Fever [BB1]
3. Bullion – Get Familiar [BB3]
4. NSM – The Hype [BB2]
5. Katalyst feat. Steve Spacek – How Bout Us [BB3]
6. Cornish Waters feat. Duchess – Walking [BB2]
7. Ayak & First Man – Can We Go Back? [BB1]
8. DJ Day – A Place To Go [BB3]
9. Mayer Hawthorne – Maybe So, Maybe No [BB4]
10. Iman – Who Was I Trying To Fool [BB1]
11. Flying Lotus – Tea Leaf Dancers [BB2]
12. New Look – Everything [BB4]
Download it from here, and you get a nice set with the freshest music around.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Nancy Priddy - You've come this way before

Quite coincidently I came across this LP by Nancy Priddy. Apparently her only album, and released on the Dot label. A very nice funky, soulful and psych-ish listening almost all through. I particularly like the title track, with its heavy drums that recall to David Axelrod at his best.
Check it here:


Or save it for later. Don't miss!
Nancy Priddy - You've come this way before (320)

Billy Paul's 'East' covered by Shawn Lee

Looking forward to this forthcoming release on Ubiquity. Shawn Lee covers Billy Paul's Classic.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

The Chubukos - At the sun up

Due to the abscense of summer up here in the northern shores I thought I'll share some nice summery vibes on the vintage soul side - At the sun up (Instrumental) by The Chubukos. Don't know the scarcity of this one, think it's a quite easy find. Appears on the flipside on a 7" on the Mainstream label. It just sends this nice feeling, and the strings obviously gives that extra emotionality. Hope you like.

The Chubukos - At the sun up (320)

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Webster Lewis 'Do you believe' Live @ Club 7

About a year ago, I played this party at an old rough office space. It was the perfect enviroment; a tiny dark backroom with space for about 40-ish dancers. And it certainly one of the best nights all-time. It was one of those moments where you feel in complete control of everything. I could take anywhere, and a everyone would follow. And playing this track at 3.30 in the morning, and still keeping everyone with you is a one motherph-cking natural high. I tell you.
I didn't air all of its 17 minutes of glory, but a good 10 minutes.
So here you go. From the fairly recent Live at Club 7 LP, 'Do you believe' by Webster Lewis, recorded from the Club 7 in Oslo.

This is one reason why I still get a fantastic buzz from music!

Do you believe - Live at Club 7 (320)

Monday, 13 July 2009

Wilma Reading - Beginnings

Wilma Readings On Fire LP on dutch label CNR, is one of those records i've kept an eye on for a quite few years before finding it. Rarely comes up for sale, and usually on Japanese sites for a fairly high market price. It's more or less about 1 track, but what a track. First heard on one of Mad Mats fantastic compilations - High Jazz, which accordingly to some rumours also is the work of a Gothenburg based dealer.
Nevermind, the track - Beginnings, is a fantastic vocal jazz track for any party.
This is a vinyl rip from the original LP, therefore it's mono, it has some crackles. But you know what, - if you play this stuff from mp3, it needs some of the authentic dust anyway. So here you go
:

Wilma Reading - Beginnings (320)

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Shop mix

I rarely play records in stores, probably haven't done it in 10 years. Anyway, I was doing this gig on Friday night and had some hours to kill on the Saturday, and got booked for this shop. A huge room with, actually, a decent sound system. I don't think they normally get dj's who plays this kind of music; quite amusing watching the emo-kids and semi-hipsters to stroll around to Carmen Lundy.
These things tends to be quite tirening, so to stay focused I put my recorder on. So here you go; straight down to tape. Soul, jazz, funk, brasilian, bits of boogie and anything nice in between. We'll see if I can be bothered to pin down a playlist, after all there's about 2 hours of music...
Enjoy:

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Thursday, 25 June 2009

R I P Michael Jackson

Sad news on the passing of Michael Jackson. I'd say the 'Off the wall' LP is the pop record all-time. Very much the work of Quincey Jones, but also highlights the musical genious of Michael Jackson. Interesting on a producer note is also that a young Fonce Mizell was co-producing on the big Jackson 5 hit 'I want you back'.
For me MJ got very alienated since the eighties, but as a musical icon he's always going to be part of the history. Let's hope he gets remebered for his music.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Tamba Trio & Varig DC-10

This is just a weird cultural artefact, as well as a cultural commodity. This record is promotion record for the brasilian airline, and in particular their DC-10 plane. Tamba Trio was contracted to give some edge for the airline, and was handed out as a giveaway for the passengers. Overrall, quite cheesy bossa-stuff with a few nice left-of-centre musical highlights.
Mestre Bimba need some plays this summer. Enjoy with the juice & peanuts:


Tamba Trio - Mestre Bimba (320)

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Calender - Comin' on strong

Making up for my almost, non-existent posting. Here's another one from Calender - 'Comin' on strong' from the It's a monster LP. Big with Theo P amongst others. And it's certainly a monster track; right down dirty disco funk. There was an edit floating around som time ago, but I think the original does the trick.

Calender - Comin' on strong (320)

Billy Ocean - Nights

Keeping my rather slow speed on posting. Anyway, it's time for some boogie action. I stumbled across this when going through some old stuff. Great tune from the man Billy Ocean. This one is re-edit from Stonebridge, from 88 on the SweMix label. Apparently the Stonebridge dude has had some taste back in the days. Nowadays I believe he's just playing plain stupid house music.
So here you go, a nice little treat that crosses over most audiences.


Billy Ocean - Nights (320)

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Summer Madness

Again, a long time off. It's just been really busy times. Obviously keeping some thoughts on the blogging thing, but never got around to do anything. Anyway, tried to get my s-it together here and deliver something.
Voila, some deeper stuff just out of the decks. Nothing planned, just randomly picked stuff out of the crates. Sure, I wanted to keep it quite deep. Sort of, anyway. 1 take, nothing flashy, not trying to be clever, just great tracks and songs. Occasionally jazzy, spacey and soulful.
Tracklist:
  1. Build an ark - You yourself are the key to the universe
  2. Raphael Saadiq - Sky's the limit (Yam Who)
  3. Jon Lucien - Would you beleive in me
  4. Jorge Ben - Zula
  5. Azambuja & Cia - Tema do Azambuja
  6. Vangelis - Let it happen
  7. Can - Future days (CC rmx)
  8. Freddie Hubbard - Little sunflower (Theo P. edit)
  9. Yusef Lateef - Brother John
  10. Osunlade - The promise
  11. Dabrye - Magic says
  12. Palmskin production - The beast (Autechre rmx)
  13. James Vincent -Space traveller
  14. Goldfrapp - Clowns
  15. Carlos Nino - Fall in love

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Monday, 1 June 2009

Pete Dunaway - Supermarket

It's been a long absence. Just loads of work, good weather and all. But still not inactive musicwise. Actually had 3 packages in the post today; some random bits from the bay, Fatcity and Dustygroove.
Though, I'm thinking I need to give you a real treat this time. A quite ellusive record by Pete Dunaway, though it's not his original name (which I can't find at the moment). Apparently it was quite common to take on a 'western' sounding name at this time. And yes, he's brasilian. Not your typical sounding brasilian stuff either. Nonetheless an amazing track in Supermarket.

Good news for you who can't fork out the money for the original LP, is that it's going to be on DJ Cliffy's second volume of Black Rio. What I've heard so far from there, sounds really really good. I believe, out soon on Strut Records.
Till then, a vinyl rip of the so fantastic track:

Pete Dunaway - Supermarket (320)

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Mulato Astatke

I heard a great story on how Mulato's music happenend on the soundtrack of Broken Flowers. Apperently director Jim Jarmusch was a big fan of Mulato and ended up adding an african-american character to the movie just to get the Ethiopian connection, and therefore getting Mulato's music as a significant part of the story. Actually check the story from the source, Gilles Peterson recently did a podcast worth checking out.
Obviously you need to check out the new recording from Heliocentrics & Mulato Astatke. Out on Strut Records, and certainly an essential record if you ask me.
Meanwhile check this one. Come out, I believe in 05', don't actually know who's behind it. A cheeky edit on Yègellé Tezeta, handy for the toilet break, and to f-ck up the kids on the dancefloor.


Nephews of Phela - Mulah 2 (320)

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Old School Drum'n'Bass

I had the pleasure to attend Metalheadz at Blue Note, in Hoxton Square some 15 years ago. 'That's how it is' always played some of the jazzier stuff later on. Sure this brings good memories, though I don't have references to all of this. But check it out, it's cool:

Sunday, 10 May 2009

The Art of Diggin'

Blair - Nightlife

Forget about all trendy sh-te that comes and goes. This is the sh*t. Blair - Nightlife Lp from 78' on Solar Sounds. The title track is just an amazing piece of dance music, and if you like your fusion there's also 'Virgo Princess' on the LP. Talking bout new music, there's obviously still good stuff coming out, John Arnold & Jeremy Ellis recently covered this one. Sure a fine take with an uptempo edit by Bug in the Attic & broken beat meister Daz I Kue. So till you can get your hands on the original LP, check the new version on Future Soul Records, or this vinyl rip:

Blair - Nightlife (320)

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Brass in Africa


Keeping it on the soundtrack tip. Moving over to a more modern recording, still rooted in vintage blaxploation style. This is a cool cover on Johnny Pate's title track from Shaft in Africa. Here by the amazing Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, released on a nifty little japanese 7".
HBE are by the way, soon releasing a new LP on Honest Jon's. Make sure you check out, I believe produced by the El Michels Affair. And how bad is their take on Wu-Tangs 'Enter the 37th chamber'?! Killer.

Anyway, here's a vinyl rip from the 7":


Brass in Africa (320)

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Dennis Coffey

This is a well played track for me. Especially for about ten years ago, but going back to it now makes me realise how great track this is. Dennis Coffey is one guys who's delivered lots of breaks (or riffs rather) to the hip hop community. I'm actually bit of novice in this field, but he's done quite a few blaxploation soundtracks during his career. He's also got a quite interesting background in Detroit in the sixties. Being a session player at Motown and close to the Funk Brothers. I started to look around for some stuff and found this, check words from the man himself:

Back to what I actually what I wanted to give you initially; Theme from Black belt Jones. It's a vinyl rip from my, bit worn out, 7". Quite elusive nowadays, but there's quite a lot reissues around in one form or another. The Jedi Knights also did a fairly nice version of this break.

Theme from black belt Jones (320)

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Tropical Treats

Rickard Masip from Tropical Treats/Raw Fusion and Recordmania has kindly shared this really cool mix. Within certain circles he's a well known connoissuer of all things rare and funky. Recently back from digging in Colombia.
I've had the pleasure to hear him dj a few times, and he's a class selector as this mix also proves. Here you get to hear a great selection of funky latin & caribbean sounds, some heavy african & reggae tunes.

You need to check out yourself, I g
uarantee there isn't much you've heard before. Personally I think this is the kind of sh-t I wanna hear on a nice sunny day. Or in a dark, sweaty basement for that matter. Enjoy!

Tracklist:

Jackie Mittoo - Armagideon rock
Eric Cosaque - Guadeloupe ile de mes amours
La Tromba - Calaba calabao
Hafusa Abasi - Hayechi Mnazo
Tilaye Chemwaka - Unknown title ? (45 label is unreadable)
Joey Pastrana - A bailar oriza
Combo de caney - La mini falda
Les Vikings - Ambiance
Les Volcans porto novo - Jomido
Ebo Taylor - Odofo nyi akyiri biara
Ahmed Juma Ensemble - Mama matotoya
Bembinhos - Tiahuanaco
Rafael Labasta - Labasta llego
Johnny Sedes - Carupano canta
Julian y su combo - Salsa y bembe
La Roche - Arpa en salsa
Sweet Talks - Mampam sukuruwe
Cicada - Oli nkwu
Orchestre Veve star - Niturudia
Bruce Ruffin - Save the people

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Mayer Hawthorne

Here's the B-side for the next single from Mr. Hawthorne - 'I wish it could rain'. It's on the 'Maybe so Maybe no' 12":


While being on the subject, here's the original for 'Maybe so Maybe no':

Update: Get a free download of 'Maybe so' at Stones Throw

Monday, 20 April 2009

Messages

Here's a great remix by Aaron Jerome, on Victer Duplaix's "Messages". It's out there if you look around. Check clip, it's baaad!

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Record Shops


Today I want to pay homage to a few of the reord shops I've visited through the years. Nowadays I don't get the chance to pop into any decent shops too often. Due deference to Internet, there's nothing like walking into a real shop. For good or bad, to be honest. When going to Stockholm, I sometimes avoid going the shops as they're just too good, and It's just a burden to be encountered by these brilliant records that that are going to dig deep holes into your pockets.
Anyway, here's a list of great shops, some still around, that I've been to:
  • Vaxkupan. In my hometown (Nkpg), where I seriously started to buy records in the early 90's.
  • Recordmania, Stockholm. Simply one of the best shops I've ever been to. http://recordmania.net/
  • Soul Jazz, London, especially the old one at Ingestre Place. http://www.soundsoftheuniverse.com/
  • Fat Cat, London. Was always an essential stop on frequent trips to London in the 90's.
  • Atlas, London, as Fat Cat crucial for electronic isht in the 90's.
  • Reckless, London. There's a few around which always where great for promo's.
  • HMV, London. It could actually be really good at times.
  • Black Market, London. The basement for Drum'n'bass is just a great memory. http://www.bm-soho.com/
  • Honest Jons, London. Cool shop & cool staff. A nice trip to get out to out to west London when living there early 2000. http://www.honestjons.com
  • Guiness Records, Tokyo. The look and the records. Only in Japan. http://guinness-records.com/
  • Jazzy Sport, Tokyo. Really hard to find on the 5th floor in an office-type of building. http://www.jazzysport.com/
  • Disk Union, Tokyo. Various branches in focused on different genres. One of the best. http://diskunion.net/
  • Especial, Kyoto. A quite small but nice selection of jazz and related. http://www.especial-records.com/
There's loads more, and hopefully I'll still get the chance to enter a few of them in the future.