It's been a while since I've posted a new edit but hopefully this tune was worth the wait! Go download it now for free and, as always, support the original artist!
New Zealand's Lord Echo has been a favorite of mine since I first laid ears on him. His cover of Sister Sledge's Thinking of You has been my go-to closer on many gigs during my last two European tours and his newest album, Curiosities, as left my turntable only momentarily since it's release. His soul/jazz/disco/reggae-tinged tunes transcend genres and description. They are, quite simply, sublime and divine .... everything that good music should be.
There's not much to say about this edit, other than it is an extension of the all too brief original (itself a cover of the Leon Thomas masterpiece). Just a bit of razor work to extend it out for my own Dj use and some slight play with the vocals during the climax... and, in the beginning, I added the bells from the Leon Thomas version in a nod to the original. Enjoy!
Today marks one year since the passing of Scott Hardkiss. His memory has not faded and the impact he has had on many of us is still reverberates.
In the wake of his passing, many memorials were written, including my own, and several tribute mixes were released. As the one year anniversary approached, I was contacted by a kindred spirit on the other side of the globe who was as influenced by Hardkiss as I was, although we had never actually met in person. His name was Steve "Griffo" Griffiths aka Derek Random and he hailed form the west midlands of England but was now living in Spain. We had connected at some point online over our love of quality house music and now he was asking me if I'd like to contribute to a special edition of his radio show dedicated to Scott and the legacy of Hardkiss. I told him it would be an honor and a pleasure.
I contributed a one hour set that was a very personal reflection on the legacy of Hardkiss and the SF house sound they helped to inspire. It was a mixture of some older, obscure tracks by members of Hardkiss, material off the new Hardkiss album, 1991, and a selection of newer material from San Francisco artists and labels, including some of my own material (as Sine Qua Non and 2 Block Radius, with my bro Schnezzy). Steve then integrated that in between two and a half hours of his own mixing, creating something truly special in the process.
When the show aired on My House Your House radio, something very cool happened. Thanks to the diligent promoting that Steve had done, an international community of family and friends (including Gavin and Robbie Hardkiss) gathered on the facebook event page to chat, comment on the music, reminisce and reconnect in real time, a true testament to the lasting legacy of Hardkiss and the family they helped build. This comment from Scott's widow, Stephanie, was particularly moving, "Thanks so much... our daughter came home from school and started dancing ... my heart lept... thanks for putting this together!".
As we remember Scott today, here are some words that Gavin Hardkiss had posted to his facebook page:
There are a lot of ways to lead an honorable life on Earth. You can teach kids, heal the sick, cloth the homeless, build better things or simply make other people laugh. We make music. In honor of Scott Hardkiss, who passed away 1 year ago today, fill your day with 3.5 hours of the Hardkiss sound courtesy of Derek Random and Tee Cardaci
Cheers, brother. Hardkiss forever!
Below is the show, archived on Mixcloud. If you would like to download the show, it is also available on Soundcloud.
If you care to read what I wrote, explaining the reason for inclusion for each track I selected, you can after the break.
We finally made it to 20 episodes of Deep & Dusted on The Downlow Radio! To celebrate, I have a special live set recorded this past summer at the NYC Downlow at Glastonbury! I had the honor to play the last set of the weekend in the Downlow Radio room... epic! Check out some pics above and head over to The Downlow Radio to download my set. If you've been with me since the beginning, thanks for listening over the last 20 episodes. If you're just tuning in, go back through the archive! There's a ton of quality tunes to check out and don't forget to check out some of the other amazing shows on The Downlow Radio by some of my favorite djs!
Deep & Dusted #20 - Live at Glastonbury 2013
The good folks at Eighty Eight DC have uploaded a recording of my set at Bump n Grind at Zeba Bar in Washington DC. You can go grab the free download off of their page now!
It was a great night, sharing the decks with residents Refugee and David as well as old homie, Fil Latorre! I appreciated the opportunity to dig out some old cuts and play an all vinyl set of go-go, old school hip hop, disco, boogie and a bit of electro and house.
The drinks were strong, the dance floor was dusted and the vibe was solid. Much thanks to Graham and Tatiana for hosting me and generally keeping me up way past my bed time. You can see how it all ended in the photo on the left. That's what I get for passing out first.Nothing wrong with a little monkey business though. [ Right Click and Save Set Here! ]
My old buddy from my days working for the Hardkiss and Sunburn labels, Lee Howard, hit me up recently about some remix work for a new project he was producing. Lee, the man behind Infinite Posse in the late 90's, has been living up in Portland and working with new artist, Condition White, on some forward thinking r & b tracks. Their new EP that this track is taken from, Slow Burn, is available now and definitely worth a listen!
I really dug the track he sent me so Schnezzy and I went in the studio and gave it the 2 Block Radius treatment. The result is a mid tempo house number that takes elements of the original and arranges them overtop a 4/4 beat, adding some chords and filtered percussion. You can hear the original version of Honest Man here but we're giving away our remix for a limited time for free on soundcloud! Hope you enjoy.
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!
I've always been a huge fan of Massive Attack, including everything Tricky did with them. I have to say though, I haven't been as excited about a release of his since those days. The new album looks to be amazing and the new single is heavy! My remix takes from the track from it's mid 80 BPM trip hop origin into the land of "dark disco dub". Hope you enjoy it! And, of course, do yourself and the artist a favor and check out the original and the rest of the new album (when it drops)!
Wow! I can't believe I made it to 37 today. It's been an amazing ride so far and I want to thank all of you that have been a part of it! I decided to upload this edit today on my birthday because it kind of somes up how I'm feeling today. Super blessed to have a beautiful, caring girlfriend, an amazing, supportive family and so many wonderful, loving friends....I wouldn't change a thing! Thank you all for being in my life!
I'll be playing some tunes tonight (March 14) down at the Gringo Cafe in Ipanema so I thought I'd offer up a free download of a new remix of mine to help set the mood!
A remix of the future classic, Cartão Postal (Post Card in English), by the amazing Soul Jazz Orchestra from their new album Solidarity out now on Strut! The Sine Qua Non Só Alegria (Only Happiness) remix extends the original and punches it up for the dance floor, adding some serious disco percussion to drive the track as well as some tamborim drumming to spice things up even more. If you enjoy the remix, please take the time to check out the original as well as the rest of the new album by Soul Jazz Orchestra!
Hope to see you tonight, starting at 7pm, at Gringo Cafe for some post-praia disco, deep & house and funk vibrations!
Barao Da Torre 240, Ipanema, BR.
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