The drudgery of the work week is coming to an end and what better way to welcome the weekend than with a new edit! Here's to hoping your 5pm comes with the quickness and the boogie can begin.
Pleasure was a funk and soul outfit from Portland, Oregon that had a cult following on the underground black music scene of the 70's. Their biggest hit was "Glide" but I always preferred the laid back disco groove of their track "Future Now" off the album of the same name. The electric guitar work of Marlon "The Magician" McClain gave their sound an edge not usually heard among their contemporaries but for this edit, I tried to stay true to the original vibe while removing more of the in your face guitar solos. I also tried to emphasizing the more soulful aspects of the track, extending out the slow disco grooves and beautiful backing vocals. The edit also benefits from a boost to the low end and a few subtle overdubs. "We are universal children" and this is how we get down!
There has been a notable reemergence of the two step sound as of late with the difference this time around being, I'm liking it. Completely subjective opinions aside, the new work appearing in the genre is rooted less in UK Garage and more in deep and atmospheric realms. A noteworthy example I've recently come across is this remix of the upcoming release, "Close" by new artists, Background Sound. They've got my attention and are definitely worth a listen.
I'm very please to say I'll be returning to North Carolina, a place close to my heart, for a couple gigs this coming weekend. On October 1st, you can catch me at Bull McCabes playing along side old friend and great dj, Jaesonel. If you are in the area, come through and sample the great beer selection and kick back as we entertain you with a selection of funk, soul, downtempo, house and disco. Then on Sunday, October 2nd, it's all about the friends and family as we bring it back it to the park with the Illegal Leopard Sound System . Pinewood Park in Durham will be the setting as I drop some tunes along side local heros including Brian Maiz and the afore mentioned Jaesonel. If good peeps and top shelf beats aren't enough to lure you down, consider the 2nd annual bbq cook off! I can't imagine a better way to wind up my summer!
How about a little disco funk by the Ohio Players to get you over your mid-week hump? Here's one of their classic tunes, beefed up and reworked by Jimmy Michaels. The track is "Fire" and damn is it hot! Download this joint now while it's still available.
This past summer's gigs around Europe were amazing. I was fortunate to be able to play along side and meet some of my favortie djs and producers. Below are a few photos I took along the way.
The design pimps, art curators and all around culture hustlers over at San Francisco's Hydrilla crew were cool enough to ask me to contribute to there ongoing dj series, Please Advise, and I was more than happy to oblige. The concept is simple; pick top djs in their genre and record them playing lives sets showcasing their sounds. In other words, advise the people to what it is. Past sets worth checking out include hi hop live from Showdown SF.
My set was recorded live in Rio de Janeiro just before I left for the European tour. The mix is well eclectic, going from house and disco to a bit of funk and beyond, acknowledging the sample in the Romanowski track that's featured, "if you specialize in one thing, you can't really call yourself an all out king." Not that I would ever call myself an all out king, of course, but it's good to have aspirations ;) [stream and download here]
Some of you may remember my remix of the Cinnamon Chasers track, "Luv Delux", from a couple of years ago. Well I got a message today from my man, James Leake (aka Dj Pangean), telling me he had been listening to it again and it got me wondering what Russ Davies (aka Cinnamon Chasers) has been up to since then. Turns out he's got a new album that just came out called "Science" and I'm digging it! It appears to be a natural evolution from the first effort; synth-heavy modern disco sounds with a bit of an indi rock edge, as evidenced in the tracks with vocals. Take a listen to some samples from the Lp below see what you think. If the original versions aren't enough, there's also a remix album out as well.
Happy monday, disco citizens! I've got a little boogie to help get you out of bed today...enjoy!
This is an extended edit of the track, "Conviction", by the UK funk outfit, Central Line. Conviction was never released as a single, as far as I know, but I always loved the instrumental boogie vibe of this track. This edit adds quantization and extends it out for the dance floor while adding a 303 acid line bubbling underneath. Available as free download for a limited time so don't sleep!
I always appreciate comments, either here or on soundcloud, especially if you're a dj that will play this out! Boogie on, brothers and sisters.
My man, Daniel Donachie, curator of the always impressive Cosmic Dancing blog and mix series, is always putting me up on the quality tunes. Today I thought I'd pass one on to the rest of you.
The track "Last Ditch" by The Mole is not a new track but it had managed to fly under my radar until now. Balancing a techy edge with some warm symphonic hits, this one delivers the goods. You can download a copy here and, if you're feeling it, go find the vinyl!
And if you haven't already, why not go get acquainted with Mr. Donachie and his never ending catalog of Cosmic Dancing sessions.
The good folks over at Stones Throw have blessed us with a free download of the entire new album by Will Sessions. Check the hype below and then go get you some!
Eight-piece soul-funk ensemble Will Sessions began making a name for themselves by playing gigs with fellow Detroit natives Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, and Phat Kat, backing them with live interpretations of Madlib, Dilla and Black Milk beats. Now the group has dropped a free live album, Real Sessions, a compilation of live recordings with these MCs. [ download here ]
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