Daft Punk has never been ashamed to let you know their influences, such as on "Teachers" from their Homework Lp. As the whole world sat and listened to the streaming audio of the new album over the last few days, I was right there with them. The obvious influence of collaborators Moroder and Rodgers is definitely there but there's one guy who's influence stood out that may not have been as obvious; Herbie Hancock. Herbie is one of those rare artists that evolved with the times, from his early 60's Blue Note output to the electro/hip hop stylings of "Rockit" in the early 80's. But his 1978 album, Sunlight, contained one of the best fusions of jazz, funk and disco ever committed to wax. If you enjoyed the sexy disco beats and talk box-drenched vocals of the new Daft Punk Lp, who should definitely dig this track edited here, "I Thought It Was You". Listen and enjoy the free download! Shout out to Severino from Horse Meat Disco for reminding me of this gem!
As I sit here trying to shake off my turkey-induced stupor, all I can manage is typing a few keys on my keyboard to create this post.
In the spirit of giving thanks, I must say I'm thankful to everyone that came out for my recent gigs in North Carolina! It was incredible to see so many old friends again after so many years and to meet some cool new faces as well. I've got some pics below so, if you came out, take a look. Maybe you're in there!
Below the photos is a new live set recorded in NC. It's streaming below but you can download directly from here.
I've also got a few new edits to give away. To the heads that read my blog and listen to my stuff, to you I am eternally thankful for your support in what I do. Every day I count my blessings that I'm fortunate enough to travel the world playing music for you guys and, for this, I can not thank you enough. Love and blessings to you all this holiday season! xoxo-->tee...
Below is a two hour recording of part of my set at Rx in Wilmington, NC. Great people and AMAZING food!
And now for a new edit to download (for FREE, as always :)
A bit of foot-stomping hand-clapping boogie in the way of this edit of this Pia Zadora cover from 1982.
The original was by Shirley Ellis in 1965. Clap clap, stomp your feet!
I just posted on my Soundcloud a new edit I've finished and I'm really happy with the way it came out! It's available now to you all as a free download as of right now!
"Bring It Here" was a hot slice of modern funk/boogie off the mighty underground label, TSOB (The Sound of Brooklyn) by Wild Sugar released in 1980. It was produced by Bill Curtis and Gerry Thomas and featured the vocals of Janice Christie, Linda Blakely and Robin Dunn. While it's a proper tune in it's own right, it will forever be known (or at least recognized) as the source of the horn sample on the Beastie Boys track, "Brass Monkey".
For this edit, I removed those funky horns from the intro (the only place they appear in the original) and reintroduced them into the track part way through, using the break down to create the new intro. When the horns do come back in, they emerge over the vocals in a slightly edited way. Dubbed out vocals, lot's of slicing, a bit of filtering, a bit of tape delay and some added drum programming complete the edit. Enjoy!
As always, if you dig the edit, do yourself and the artist a favor and check out the original!
This boogie joint is built off of an edit of the instrumental version of "Fragile Handle With Care" by Cherrell combined with the acapela of "Free", the house music classic by Ultra Naté. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
While driving cross country from San Francisco to the East Coast, I scored this amazing 12" by the Shantell Sisters. I'm not gonna front, I new nothing about this record when I pulled it out of a stack in a record store in Indiana. It just had that look of something I would dig and I was intrigued by the low budget design of the cover. Not to mention, it was only a dollar. When I finally made it back to the East Coast, I pulled it out along with a few other things I picked up. I rubbed back and forth against my thigh the still sealed end of the sleeve, unleashing almost 30 years of shrink-wrapped funky goodness. After having a listen, I ran to google the tittle. It was only then I learned that the group was essentially an unknown funky disco outfit from Florida and, if you can even find a copy of this disc, it sells for upwards of $150!
Featured below is the b-side dub mix, which I plan to do an edit of in the very near future. Enjoy!
I've just returned from a great month out on the West Coast, visiting old friends and playing some really fun gigs. I also had the time to work on some new edits as well as a chance to get back in the studio with my man, Schnezzy from 2 Block Radius. For now have a listen to and feel free to download my new edit of 'Tonight You & Me' by the disco diva, Phyllis Hyman. This one is guaranteed to bump!
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!
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.
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