Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Foreign Exchange

One of the albums of the year for me has been Foreign Exchanges "Leave it All Behind". Here is a video clip celebrating their successful year

Happy Holidays from The Foreign Exchange from The Foreign Exchange on Vimeo.

Friday, 26 December 2008

James Brown Youtube Tribute

It's been two years since the passing of the Godfatha. The single biggest influence on my musical taste.
Here, as a tribute, are a few of my favourite Soul Brother No1 Youtube clips

True Ohio Players - Can You See The Playerz

Loving this jazzy hip hop collaboration between Count Bass D and J Rawls. Not loving the price of the 7" though due to the Pound being so week against the Yen.

Available on Jazzy Sport Morioka

Listen to samples here


Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Dam Funk

LA based Dam Funk has, along with Stones Throw label mate James Pants, been instrumental in helping revive boogie and electro funk sounds through his DJ'ing and productions.
Dam Funk - Burgundy City

Dam Funk remix of Baron Zen's Burn Rubber

Burn Rubber (Dam Funk Remix) - Baron Zen

Purchase Dam Funk products here

Monday, 22 December 2008

Barbara Mitchell – Never had a love like this before

Never Had A Love Like This Before -

Omar - Outside

From Omar's third and my favourite album "For Pleasure"

Kaidi Tatham - In Search Of Hope

Kaidi is a Birmingham born, London based jazz keyboard wiz who has been an integral part of the "broken beat" scene. He is a member of Bugz In The Attic, Silhouette Brown, DKD and has appeared as a producer and remixer of many quality tunes over the last decade. He released his own LP, Feed The Kat, under the Agent L moniker and 5 years later he follows it up with the release of "In Search of Hope"
Only on Japanese import at the moment and with the Yen being very strong against the Pound it's very pricey.
Hopefully a UK release will be forthcoming

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Recloose feat Rachel Fraser Catch A Leaf (Marc De Clive Lowe remix)

Sound of Southport Weekender 43 Beat Bar for me.
Originally only available on the Japanese CD version of Recloose's album Perfect Timing now available on a digital download.
The remix is by the globetrotting Marc de Clive Lowe (now based in the USA I believe) and he fuses jazz, house and broken beat into this amazing remix
Available from Juno
Recloose myspace

Soul's Back EP

EP featuring tracks from the French Soulab record label which gave us the excellent Allen Hoist "Retrofuturistic Soul Experience"

I'm really enjoying the track Just Come By from Les Nubians & Eric Pierre. A slice of 21st Century soulful boogie sung in English and French.
Listen to the track and make a digital purchase here
Get a vinyl copy here

Joy Jones - The Joy / This Too Shall Pass

I've been waiting a while until this track got an official release. In part because I wanted to feature the excellent cover art work from London's Mitchy Bwoy.

Joy Jones is an American who is connected to the London brokenbeat/nu jazz community. Indeed her album ,GODCHILD, is due out early 2009 and is produced by Bugz in The Attic.

This 12", released RecordBreakin contains a host of remixes from the likes of Daz I Kue and San Fransico's Spinnerty.


Friday, 19 December 2008

Cesar Commanche - Hands High

New video from original Justus League member Ceser Commanche

Hands High is 9th Wonder produced, always been a big fan of his work as he always uses samples from the best 70's soul. In this case You Can't Hide by Creative Source is being used

Cesar Commanche is on A.B.B records

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Far Out's Best Of 2008 - Special Promotion

Far Out records are having a pre Christmas sale. You can pick up the four albums above for £5.99

Y2K - Mix

I was asked to do a mix for a friends blog, sadly he's having some technical problems so he hasn't posted it up so I've decided to stick it up here. The idea behind is to put together some of my favourite tunes of the noughties so far.

Tiffany Villareal – You, yourself and you (Blackbeard rework)
Alison Crockett – UR (Yam Who mix)
N’Dambi – Call me
Sarah Devine – Take me home
Jill Scott – Gimme
Sunburst Band – You make me so hot (Yam Who mix)
Common ft Erykah Badu – The Light (J Dilla mix)
Yvette Michelle – Midnight Feeling
Jazzy Jeff ft Eric Roberson – Rock wit u
Pete Rock ft Leela James – No tears
Foreign Exchange – Come around
Rapheal Saddiq – Sky can you feel me

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Nish Nash Nosh this Saturday (13th December) Mint Lounge Manchester

Myself and Mike O'Mara will be holding down the backroom of Nish Nash Nosh this Saturday @ The Mint Lounge, Oldham Street, Manchester.
Check out some of Mike's mixes here

Expect to hear music featured on this blog. Contact me for £2 guestlist (normal price is £6)

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Sunday, 7 December 2008

Wynd Chymes - Baby Your The One

Ace boogie tune that's been getting plenty of plays on Benji B's Deviation show on 1 xtra.

Wynd Chymes where a group from Jackson, Mississippi. They had a couple of major label releases on RCA in the 80's but also a rare 7" released on Shakin Records.

It's been re-issued on Lotus Land records

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Anthony Valadez - Go

New 7" on the RecordBreakin' label

Anthony Valadez is a dj/artist/grass root pundit and musician based in Los Angeles. Having toured with former Interscope Recording RES, alongside Talib Kweli and Jean Grae, Valadez quickly developed an appreciation for the production side of things.

In 2004, Valadez was handpicked by Carlos Nino (Spaceways Radio//Build An Ark) to remix selections of Ammon Contact's previous work. The finished product featured Lil Sci (John Robinson) and Stacy Epps on vocals. The project was released by Plug Research. This led to his dj/scratch contributions to various projects such as Dwight Trible and The Life Force Trio album released on Nina Tune and featured Madlib, Daedelus, Dilla and other beat heavyweights.

This classy piece of soul music has Wendisue on vocals, rhymes by John Robinson and ,if you look at the credits, drums from groundbreaking electronic producer Flying Lotus


Listen and purchase from here

Steve Marshall & Touch - Do What You Will

Re-issue on DopeBrother records of a rare as rocking horse shit album from Steve Marshall.

Contains the mixes on the 12" of Do What What You Will and Maintain

If you love disco but with intricate jazz instrumentation then this is for you.

Available from CD Baby

Youtube clip of Maintain & Do What You Will

Bukola - Hypnotised (Marc Mac remix)

New 12" on Slipped Disc records from the beautiful Bukola. The 12" includes the album mix, a mix from Domu but my choice being the bass heavy bounce privided by my favourite producer / remixer Marc Mac

Listen a clip of the Marc Mac mix and purchase from here
Video of the album mix