Cultura Racional (Rational Culture) appeared on brazilian legend Tim Maia's extremely rare album, Tim Maia Racional Vol. 1. The story goes that he and his band were holed up ina house in Rio de Janeiro, supposedly working on their next studio album for his label but, in reality, were spending more time ingesting large quantities of mind altering substances. One evening, while under the influence, Tim got ahold of the book, "Universe in Disenchantment", which led the singer to convert overnight to this 'cult of energy'. He then insisted his band do the same and began reworking the album to preach the message of 'rational culture' described in the book and including cover art diagraming paths of energy. His record label was unimpressed, viewing the new album as unmarketable. Angered, Tim severed ties with his label and created his own label, Seroma, to release the project. A short time after (perhaps after the drugs had worn off), Tim became disenchanted with the cult and embarrassed at his album created to glorify the cult. All remaining copies of the Lp were pulled and destroyed, making this album the rarity it is and cementing it's spot in counterculture history. It is now recognized for being the funky masterpiece that it is, with Rolling Stone magazine putting it at number 17 in the top 100 brazilian albums of all time (if you can find it!).
This edit let's the stoney groove roll along, while dubbing out Tim's repeated vocal mantra, 'We are gonna rule the world, don't you know, don't you know. Gonna put it together', while removing Tim's moreheavy handed preaching.
Let's make this our personal mantra for 2012! The world is ours! Wishing you all the best in the new year. xo-->tee...
Much thanks and love to everyone that has taken the time to comment, offer feedback, download, play out and share my productions over the past year. I can't say enough how much I appreciate all of your support. It's been a great year and I'm excited for the year to come. Wishing you and yours all the happiness and blessings you deserve in 2012....Happy Holidays! xo
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!
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!
My man, JP Soul from San Francisco, has just posted this hot boogie edit of "A Thief in the Night", available as a free download on Soundcloud for a limited time and it is hot, Hot, HOT!
JP is preparing to relaunch SF's legendary Roam Recordings with limited edition vinyl releases followed up with full scale digital distribution. Past Roam releases include tracks by Hesohi, Justin Martin & Sammy D, (co-owner) Chad Mitchell, Lance Desardi as well as JP himself and future releases look just as promising.
If you are in the Bay Area this Saturday (10/22), catch him, along with Mike Bee, Jason Greer and Darren Davis, at Vinyl Dreams at 222 Hyde, doing their all vinyl thang on that lovely Turbosound system.
Also, if things work out right, I'll be joining JP back in the Bay on November 12th for a gig at Showdown SF!
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!
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