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.
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
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
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.
So one afternoon I threw together this mix. It is all vinyl and all about the mood of a snowy Sunday.