Another radio show from 2014, this one was a solo flight at the original Bel-Air studio. From re-listening to the show, I brought a bunch of B-more club, Brazilian Carioca, and a smattering of other stuff from Jamaica to Angola. In the early aughts I was fully diggin’ on the Baltimore sound Unruly Records and their brethren, along with the Baile Funk scene. The skeletal, hard hitting rhythms are, to my ear at least, close cousins. Like many, Diplo’s Favela On Blast broke the sound open to me. Each deserve a post on the records I copped at the time. Upon review, 2004 was a solid era for music built around a specific rhythm, with Reggaeton also blowing up. The set ends with with Turbulence’s Notorious, which is still fire and a song so nice I had to have the record twice.
I’ve had to clean up and clean out the piles of cassette tapes that were at my parents’ house, the shoe boxes that were in my closet and stashed on shelves. Most of the tapes were recordings of records I bought so I could listen to them in car and on a Walkman in the pre-MP3 era. I got ride of most of them but kept nearly all of the mixtapes that people made for me. This one is a pause tape that my brother made for me back in 2006. The tape reflects his ecletic world of hip-hop taste. Think Stones Throw meets back of the crate gems.
And the best part is that it is a pause tape. As much as I love a well done live analogue mix, there is a special place for a pause tape. As much effort, time, and care the a mixtape takes, the pause tape is that extra step of planning and effort that reach a sublime when it is executed well. This one is well done. Pause tapes have a long history in Hip Hop. I’d argue that the pause tape is a physical representation of Hip Hop. But that is a longer take on history and theory…let’s just get to the jams.
In December my wife had a birthday party at a local bar. I put together a mix of ska and roots reggae, focusing on the chunes that she big ups. It is a nice mix to listen to so I’m sharing it with you.
Baba Brooks- Guns Fever / Alton Ellis- Dancehall Crasher / The Valentines- Blam Blam Fever / Derrick Harriott- The Jerk / Nora Dean- Barb Wire / Dave & Ansell Collins- The Third / Junior Byles- Beat Down Babylon / Niney The Observer- Blood & Fire / Dennis Brown- Wolf & Leopards / Barry Brown- Buriel / Barrington Levy- Sister Carol / Junior Murvin- Police & Thieves / The Congos- Row, Fisherman Row / Althea & Donna- Oh Dred / Sugar Minott- Inna Dancehall Stylee / Junior Reed- Original Foreign Mind / Eek-A-Mouse- Ganja Smuggling / John Holt- Police in Helicopter / Lynval Thompson- Six Babylon / Capelton- Bun Dem Everyday / Tanya Stephens- It’s a Pity / Stalag Riddim / Sister Nancy- Bam Bam / Buju Bantan & Tenor Saw- Ring The Alarm / Barrington Levy & Beanie Man- Under Mi Sensi / Yellow Man & Fathead- Mash It Up Now / Michigan & Smiley- Diseases / Johnny Osbourne- Ice Cream Love / Cocoa Tea- Jah Made It That Way / Half Pint- One In a Million / Conroy Smith- Indian Lady / Ini Kamoze- World a Music / I Wayne- Living in Love / Fanton Mojah- Hungry / Warrior King- Virtuous Woman
Things have been a bit moribund on the site but I recently had an idea to liven things up this winter. I am inviting over to therecordgame.com lab collectors of vinyl to make a mix of their choosing. It can be a good ole fashioned DJ mix or it can be some out there platters that they’re currently grooving on (the choice is yours!). The collector lays down the mix and I upload to it here for all to enjoy.
First up is movie sound track, hardcore, and house music collector Ryan Johnson. An all around good dude with damn good taste in music. He brought a heavy crate of House over to the house and mixed it up. Unfortunately, somewhere, somehow, the mix got cut 2/3 of the way through; but luckily that first 2/3 is all killer and no filler. He will have to come back to drop some more chunes (maybe I can entice a soundtrack mix out of him).
While packing for a trip I was throwing on records to nice up the vibes and to have a mix to listen to while traveling. It is mostly newish R&B, Funky House type stuff. I recall jotting down the tracks, to really up the multi-tasking game, I guess. But paper is nowhere to be found, so there may or may not be an update. There is always Shazaam.
A friend asked me a to make a mix to play at a fall party / cookout. Being during the day and an older skewing crowd, I stacked up jazzy, mellow ,funky, type records. But as always, it is some free form funkified filth. And, as always, all vinyl.
It is more of a free association type mix, pulling records out just before playing, and few rough spots happen along the way (especially when I was making coffee). All fun though.
Gover Washington – Mister Magic / Grant Green – Sookie Sookie / Yusef Lateef – The Hump / Tribe Called Quest – Excursions / J. Rawls – A Tribute To TROY / Yesterdays New Quintet / Arroyo / Nas – The World is Yours (Tip Mix) / Bobbi Humphrey – Jasper County Men / Cal Tjader – Soul Sauce / Sabu Martinez – Wounded Knee / Black Sugar – Fuego / Joe Bataan – Regresso / Willie Colon and Ruden Blades – Buscando Guayaba / Eddie Palmieri – Harlem River Drive / Power House – Late Start / Allan Moorehouse – Soul Skimmer / Ersen – Gonese Don Cicegim / Erkin Koray – Esterebim / Husni Ozkartal Orkestrasi – Su Deremin Sulari / Metin Alatli -Meulana Boyle dede / Erkin Koray – Turku
Oliveire E Seus – My Boy Lollipop / Brian Bennet – Solstice / David Axelrod – Mucho Chupar / Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Everybody Loves The Sunshine / Dorothy Ashby – Come Live With Me / Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson – Must Be Something / Donny Hathaway – Everything is Everything / Earth, Wind, and Fire – Everything is Everything / Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up / Isaac Hayes – Hung Up On My Baby / Geto Boys – Minds Playing Tricks on Me / Alliance – Cupids Holding / El Michaels Affair – Creation / El Michaels Affair – Shimmy Shimmy Ya / Camp Lo – Luchini / DJ Premier – Unreleased White Label / The Winchester Seven – The Next Message / Betty Wright – Clean Up Woman / Linda Lyndell – What a Man / Lynn Taitt – Stepping Up / Chakachas – Jungle Fever / Mighty Tom Cats – Soul Makossa / Afrique – House of The Rising Funk / Trinidad & Tobago Steel Drum Allstars – Do Your Thing / Public Enemy – Shut ‘Em Down (Pete Rock Mix) / Nice & Smooth – Sometimes I Rhyme Slow / Fugees – Ready or Not / De La Soul – Itzsowezee (De La Mix) / Jimmy Ross – First True Love / Rufus Feat. Chaka Khan – Ooh I Like Your Lovin / Donna Summer – Spring Reprise / Diana Ross – Upside Down / Billy Frazier & Friends – Billy Who? / Jimmy Bo Horne – Spank (re-edit) / Le Stache – African Ole (rmx) / Common Sense – Voices Inside My Head / Bobby Pickett – Monster Mash
As I read Marlon James’ Man Booker winning novel A Brief History of Seven Killings I was “listening” to different chunes in my head throughout the book. If you haven’t read the book, it is divided into two parts, with the first half detailing the turmoil roiling Jamaica in the days leading up to the attempted assassination of Bob Marley.
While little actual music is detailed in the story, with vivid scenes and characters that ring authentic, having a bit of knowledge of reggae made it easy to imagine what might have been playing on radios tucked in the background. I decided to split the mix aligning with the book; with part one being some 70′s rasta upliftment, and the other some rough’n tough 80′s ragga. I didn’t absolutely adhere to time and place, but I did absolutely adhere to an all vinyl mix.
Part Two will be posted at the end of the summer.
Bring fire pon Babylon
Culture- Two Sevens Clash / The Abyssians- Satta Massagana / Hortense Ellis- Woman of the Ghetto / Wareika Hill Sounds- Sweet Incense / Marcia Griffiths- Stepping Out of Babylon / Johnny Clarke- Declaration of Rights / The Revolutionaries- Jah Rastafari / Niney The Observer- Thief / The Mighty Diamonds- Dredlocks Time / The Upsetters- Groove Dubbers / Bob Marley- Belly Full / Culture- Iron Sharpening Iron / Peter Tosh- Stepping Razor / Freddie McGregor- Jah Help The People / Althea & Donnna- If You Don’t Love Jah / Black Uhuru- Stalk of Sensimilla / Barrington Levy- Jah Life / Jah Stitch- From The East to The West / Clint Eastwood- Faith Move Mountain / Ranking Spence- Go De Natty / The Congos- Fisherman / Gregory Isaacs- Created By The Father / Junior Reid- Black Man’s Seed / Dennis Brown- Whip Them Jah Jah / Sugar Minott- Africa is The Black Man’s Home / Barry Brown- Jah Jah Guide Them / Junior Murvin- Police & Thieves
I’m doing a one hour set at the Bel-Air fundraiser party at Alphville on 2/21. An hour is super quick so I threw a bunch of disco records in the bag to sort out what I want to bring. It needs to be an hour of power – straight burners. So this is the rough set that I will be playing, with some records being taken out and others added. And, being the first run through, the mix, ahem, has a few flaws. But listen to it, get the vibes, and come down on Saturday.
So things got a little broken down around here. I broke fingers, my computer broke, causing my posting to breakdown. Now its a new year – same hand, same computer, but improved vibes!
I plan on update frequently, adding new angles to what I’m doing here, and getting some new looks, too. Until that all kicks off I made a mix to commemorate the year gone by. These are my favorite dance / house songs that I bought in 2014. I can’t say that these are exclusively the best burners from the past year, but I can say they are the best burners I got.
Caribou- can’t do with out you / Chez Damier & Ralph Lawson- a dedication to Joss / Eli Escobar- ny so h.i. / DJ Dodger Stadium- one who lost / Crowdpleaser- nenckri crowdpleaser dub / Noema- the shake / Social Disco Club- man of magic / Kinetic Electronic- astral kin / Leo Zero- feel it / Cities Aviv- perpetuate the real / Joakim- three laser fingers / Marquis Hawkes- can’t find the reason why / Genius of Time- juno jam / Gunnar Haslam- anatolia / Glacher Lustwerk- fate / Steve Summers- the outer maze / Gusto- circulation / Laurent Garnier- beat (da box) / Pittsburgh Track Authority- pitfalls / baking soda, I GOT BAKING SODA!
As always, all vinyl. Mixed live straight from the mixer.
I often overlook dollar bins but there can be records in there that are worth the digging. DMC Limited was a DJ subscription service where dance singles and mixes were sent out to DJs. The DMC records have been largely relegated to the ignominy of the land of dollar recs. For a dollar or two you can get three or four house singles on one record. I’ve been able to come across some really random tracks on the DMC records too, like a medley of the songs from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. There are also DMC records that are side long mixes by DJs for, I guess, a DJ to take a pee break during their set.
The second side of the December ’91 release, “Paradise Peaks ’91″ mixed by Steve Anderson, is one that is right in my wheelhouse. A mix that features Little Louie Vega, and Joey Negro is going in the correct direction from jump. The A side I’m a little less enthusiastic about but it is a snapshot of the time.
The DMC subscription service was started by Tony Prince, who is on of those Forrest Gump type guys in the music industry who has been around for everything and met everyone. He started off in a band in the early 1960′s to then move onto being a pirate radio Dj, tv presenter and running a label. In the early 1980′s he played DJ mixes on his radio show and started the subscription service in 1983. He started Mixmag at that time also. Clearly the dude had some passion and energy. DMC is still going strong and Prince is still up on the latest in music.