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!
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)!
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!
The new album from The XX, Coexist, will be out September 10th but the new single, Angels, is already available. Here is my new "Sente" remix for you all to download. Sente in portuguese basically means "feel it". Are you feeling it? If so, you can download it for free. Enjoy!
Super excited about this one! I finally tracked down a copy of one of my favorite disco funk tunes and just finished an extended edit, taking it form the original 7" mix into a proper dance floor version.
From Soundcloud: "Ice was formed in 1970 in Long Island, New York. Soon after the band would relocate to Paris, France and change their name to Lafayette Afro Rock Band, as they are best known. Their sound was a potent blend of funk breaks, disco flourishes and afro themes woven into a thick tapestry of sound. This rare b-side single by them (and my personal favorite), Time Will Tell, is extended here from the original 7" mix into something resembling a full 12" mix with dj friendly intro and outro. If this track doesn't make you wanna dance, check your pulse ;) "
Friends of Earth where an obscure Japanese electro band active in the mid 1980's. Their 1987 ep, "Sex, Energy and Star", featured the godfather himself, James Brown, along side Maceo Parker on the sax, covering his classic jam, "Sex Machine". I recently rediscovered this one in my library and new immediately I had to give it the re-rub. The tempo has been bumped up slightly and a fat 4/4 909 kick has been added to propel the groove forward (the original seemed to plod along, imo). Some additional percussion has been added and sections have been edited to suit my taste. Enjoy!
As always, if you like the sound and are unfamiliar with the original, do yourself a favor (and the artist) and track down a copy. Although in this case that may prove exceedingly difficult!
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
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!
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