24.12.09

Filthy Beats & Treats: Top Albums 2009



The best damn band to ever come out of Miami, hands down. John Hancock and B-Rob craft some of the best pop songs you've never heard. Catch them live for the full effect.



This album is just as charming and lovely as the film it soundtracks. My childhood favorite received lovely care by Spike Jonze.



Matias Aguayo landed one of my all time favorite tracks last year with 'Walter Neff.' This year he makes it on my top albums list with his second full length for Kompakt, 'Ay Ay Ay.' This album is indie techno at its best. I actually have not heard indie tech this good since Matthew Dear's 'Leave Luck to Heaven.'



Hyperdub imprint compiled the best of their last five years-this is the perfect primer for anyone interested in understanding the depth and massive span the dubstep sound has to offer. All the heavyweights have a track on this comp.



Kyp Malone released his solo debut this year under the Rain Machine moniker. The album showcases his beautiful voice and isolates his lyrical style. A must listen for any fans of TVOTR.



Shafiq Husayn 'Shafiq En' A-Free-Ka' is the debut solo full length from Shafiq, member of one of my all time favorite groups, Sa-Ra Creative Partners. This album picks up with same deep cosmic funk and soul you can expect from the partners et al.



This album reminds me so much of 'The Trial of the Century' by Brooklyn-based French Kicks. The album seemingly covers the entire rise and fall of a relationship. This is just one of those albums you have to listen to from start to finish. Also, check out the brilliant remix of 'Blue Skies' by The Twelves, featured on the year end mix tape.



Blue-eyed soul at its finest. I am really looking forward to the Jamie Lidell collaboration...not announced formally but suggested here first at the Filthy blog.



These four, now 20 year-old Brits have created a debut record that I can only describe as the new shoe gazer sound. Heart wrenching lyrics for such a young outfit and a great reason to start wearing all black again. I predict their sound picks up a bit on their upcoming efforts with an Indie meets Dubstep sound.



Quantic & His Combo Bárbaro is the newest band for the prolific Band Leader/Producer. On this album we get hard doses of Latin funk and boogie sounds. If you have not heard this album I suggest you pick it up to help keep those cold Winter nights a little more tropical.



No lie about this album-I own this because my mother suggested I check these guys out. This Austin, Texas based Garage-soul band released one of the finest debut records I've heard in a very long time. Every track holds its own as both timeless and fresh. I've got tickets to check them out live in Feb. at the Bowery. Can't wait.



Two of my favorite producers from recent years come together to work through one of my favorite genre-Reggae Music! Dance Hall, steppers, dub, rock steady and more are all in place with this Switch and Diplo collaborative full length.



Dub Techno can sometimes, like minimal, sound like the "jam band" version of "dance music." The crew over at Echospace finds a way out of that trap with carefully produced sonic structures. Luke Hess comes through with the perfect dose of dub sounds and atmospheric scapes.



Australian DJ/producer Cam Farrar brought us back to the days of the house that jack built. Booming classic Chi-town styled house music with 909, 303 and 808 all holding their own on this tribute to the original house sounds. Released on DJ Hell's International Deejay Gigolo label.

18.12.09

Best of 2009 Radio Show

This year was the start of some major changes in the way I live. I learned to appreciate the best parts of being alive. The people I love, the music I get to hear, the places I go to dance, the food I eat, the streets I ride my bike on, the cold pint sitting in front of me after a long night of work.










Filthy Beats & Treats Best of 2009 Mix Tape-not a 'DJ' mix, but some of my favorite tunes from the past year. Featuring Joy Orbison, Noah and the Whale, The xx, LCD Soundsystem, Matias Aguayo, Dam Funk, Mayer Hawthorne, Miike Snow, Classixx, Mark Ronson, Daniel Johnson, Awesome New Republic, Joker, Rain Machine, Florence + The Machine, Julian Lynch, Simian Mobile Disco!




See you next year!

11.12.09

DJ Hell Feat. Bryan Ferry

HELL FEATURING BRYAN FERRY 'U CAN DANCE' from Gigolo Records on Vimeo.



Hell's new single featuring Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry to be released on February 8, 2010.

With remixes from Carl Craig, Simian Mobile Disco & Tim Goldsworthy (DFA).

e.p. hall





e.p. hall is the dark folk brainchild of e.p., who creates thinky, creepy, guitar-and electrobuzz songs along with her musical partner in crime, Andy Goheen. The project has been described as having a “…haunting vocal style and unique fingerpicked
guitar combined with…warm and engaging keyboards and effects to create beautifully mournful songs”. Much of the content of e.p. hall’s songs emanates from a preoccupation with philosophy and psychological science, and each one is strung through with symbols, word games, and a tangible emotional intensity.

I feel this will really appeal to fans of Neko Case or Beth Orton.

Here's the title track from their new album 'Mommy Crow' out now on IFF-Transponder records (UK).

e.p. hall 'Mommy Crow'

SHINING



These guys remind me of Sleepy Time Gorilla Museum which is awesome. They're from Norway and music writers from Pitchfork to The Wire have trouble putting their sound into a genre. I love when a band simply becomes their own genre. They have a new album due out in 2010 on Indie Recording called 'Blackjazz' which is definitely getting near what they sound like. I offer up Thrash Jazz as perhaps a better name for their genre.

Check them out for yourself with this edit of a song.

SHINING 'Fisheye (Edit)' (Direct Link via Terrorbird)

27.11.09

SIMPLY BANGIN presents Santiago & Bushido NYC Debut!



Santiago & Bushido 'Guilty Pleasures' DJ Mix (Direct Link)
Mix is filled Potty Mouth and S&B productions yet to be released!





Saturday, December 5th will be one to remember with the first ever NYC appearance of Potty Mouth Music's Santiago & Bushido taking the decks at NYC's Santo's Party House! This also marks the return of the now infamous Simply Bangin parties in NYC. These guys lay it down correct with flawless mixing and drama rarely matched in DJ sets.

DJ Fame (Potty Mouth, Dubsided), Dirty Dan and Denny Le Nimh (Ruff Club, Germs) will lend support for a night of jack, wobble and fidget that is sure to make you break your back on the dance floor.

Santiago & Bushido interview at the Simply Bangin blog.

I'll be there with the rest of the Simply Bangin crew. See you on the dance floor.

24.11.09

Steppers' Delight 2 Out Now on Soul Jazz Records


Steppers' Delight 2 is the massive new Dubstep album featuring exclusive new tracks and the best recent Dubstep tracks from all the major players. Featuring Benga, Kutz, King Midas Sound, Joker & Ginz, Crazy Cousinz, Martyn, Untold, LD and many more!

This release is a continuation of Soul Jazz Records’ prolific Dubstep releases such as the Box of Dub And Steppers Delight Vol 1 albums as well as the many singles from the likes of Digital Mystikz, Skream, Ramadanman, Cotti, Kode9, Ladybug, Warrior Queen and many more.

Steppas’ Delight 2 is made up of important tracks from the originators of the scene, as well as current new wave producers and exclusive unreleased cuts. 100% Essential!

Complete with extensive sleeve-notes, interviews and exclusive photographs, this album comes as a deluxe-double CD pack with booklet and two heavyweight tripe-vinyl LP editions.

Soul Jazz Records is just one of those few labels out there continuing to change and evolve all while releasing top quality records in top quality format.

If you still don't know about this label, you should.

18.11.09

Keb Darge & Paul Weller present Lost & Found – Real R’N’b and Soul (BBE)



I have been trying to avoid just putting up press releases verbatim lately. However, in the case of this release and it's historical importance I decided the copy was too in depth for me to reword. Thanks to Justin over at rephlektor inkorporated for continuing to represent quality music.

"Here we are again with the second helping of “Lost & Found” gems. This time the focus is on underground dance music from black artists in the fifties and sixties. The maestro’s for this ride through the glorious past: Keb Darge and Paul Weller. Personal collections revealed…a golden age revisited.

Keb Darge has compiled more compilations for BBE than any other DJ selling close to 200,000 CDs and vinyl over a 10 year period. The legendary out-spoken Scotsman has been around the Northern soul & funk scene since the start and began his career as a dancer. (In fact, he’s the one responsible for first bringing the scene to London). As time when on and tastes changed Darge landed at Madame Jojo’s (in London’s Soho Disctrict) where his weekly party quickly ascended (and remains to this day) to the leading funk night in London. In 1996 BBE and Keb Darge teamed up to start releasing the now infamous Deep Funk and Funk Spectrum series that spawned a whole host of imitators. Today he holds two weekly spots at the club (Legendary Deep Funk –Fridays / Lost & Found –Saturdays, where he focuses on his current passion – underground 50’s music), travelling around the world DJing and running the label Kay Dee Records with Kenny Dope. He has achieved legendary status by far with a 40's to 70's musical knowledge second to none that’s perfectly reflected on all of his BBE compilations.

Paul Weller is an acclaimed Rock star and Soul music collector. Starting out with the very successful punk-rock band The Jam (1976-1982), Weller then went on to branch out musically to a more soulful style with The Style Council (1983-1989). In 1991 he re-established himself as a successful solo artist, and continues to remain a respected singer, lyricist and guitarist, a fact reaffirmed by his recent awarding of the 2009 Brit Award for 'Best Male Solo Artist'. He is also the principal figure of the 1970’s Mod revival and is often referred to as the Modfather. Weller has stated a wide range of influences throughout his musical career, frequently listing The Small Faces, The Beatles and The Who, as well as 1960s and 1970s soul music. Paul is also no stranger to the world of compilations and has contributed to the Back To Mine and Under the Influence Series.

Keb and Paul met over music, of course. It was a Keb Darge DJ set at a friends birthday party where Paul first approached Keb and mentioned how much he was enjoying the set. The two struck up a friendship and began DJing together at Madame JoJo’s and in Europe. As he always does with DJs, Keb kept a close eye on what Paul was pulling out of his record box. “Not a duff tune in sight, with records ranging from classic floor fillers to the super obscure. He was not tainted by any collectors’ scene attitude, just played the tunes he liked,” Keb says.

So here you have one great disc divided into two unmissible halves. Best of all, this music is selected by avid fans and great students of scene. It’s a positive education into where we are to day and how we got there. Enjoy!

BBE releases Keb Darge & Paul Weller present Lost & Found – Real R’N’b and Soul on January 19, 2010"

Keb Darge’s choice:

01. Big Mama Thornton - They Call Me Big Mama

02. The Brothers Of Soul - Come On Back

03. The Tempos - (Countdown) Here I Come

04. Epitome Of Sound - You Don't Love Me

05. Daddy Cleanhead & C. Higgins Band - Something's Goin' On In My Room

06. The Casanova Two - We Got To Keep On

07. The Creations - A Dream

08. Elsie Wheat - Tippin'

09. Sarah Dean with Freddie Mitchell Orchestra - Long Lean Daddy

10. Billy Fair & Orch. - I'll Be True To You

11. The Cadets - I Want You

12. Velma Cross & Her High Steppers - I'll Be Oh So Good

13. Big T. Tyler - King Kong

14.The Flirtations - Stronger Than Her Love

15. The Great Experience - Don’t Forget To Remember

Paul Weller’s choice:

16. The Intruders - Hang On In There

17. Major Lance - Rhythm

18. Margie Joseph - One More Chance

19. Tammi Terrell - All I Do Is Think About You

20. The Dells - Wear It On Your Face

21. Bobby Bland - Honey Child

22. The Radiants - Ain't No Big Thing

23. Albert King - Crosscut Saw

24. Jimmy Witherspoon - Money Is Getting Cheaper

25. Billy Watkins - The Ice-Man

26. Eddie Giles - Losin' Boy

27. Emmitt Long - Call Me

28. Slim Harpo - I Got Love If You Want It

BBE Music

Granddaddy 'Sophtware Slump'



I started cracking open the massive amount of CD books in my apartment this past week. Listening to this album brings back memories of a simple time when each album purchased was another document in the library of my listening life. 2000 was an interesting year in my life and this album reflects the space I was in. If you've never heard this album, I suggest you find it.

The subject matter involves 'problems concerning modern technology in society' and is more potent than ever before.





Actor Jason Lee has cited this song as the inspiration to name his child Pilot Inspektor.

13.11.09

Lovebox & Electric Minds Arthur Russell Tribute Album




Hot Blood is the first in a series of monthly parties produced by Lovebox where the
focus runs the gamut of ‘dance’, be it disco, house, techno, new wave, post punk,
funk, dub-step or the all encompassing re-edit culture.

Each party will showcase an artist, a label, an album, a shop, a sound, a region, a
country or anything that allows a focus on a ‘movement’ and the ranges of influences
and influencers in the multi-room space of the Relentless Garage.

The first party, a collaboration with Electric Minds, will serve as the launch party for The Arthur Russell Tribute Album which will include a screening of the celebrated
Matt Wolf documentary ‘Wild Combination’, introduced by Tim Lawrence, with a
number of live bands and DJs including Killer Whale (Live) who will perform their
contribution to the album project.

Pocketknife feat Joe Worricker (Ray Burst Remix)

Hot Chip 'Take It In'



Here's a You Tube preview of Hot Chip's first single off their next album 'One Life Stand'.

One Life Stand is out in the UK February 8 (via Parlophone) and February 9 everywhere else (via Astralwerks).

Mayer Hawthorne & Snoop Dogg

Nuff' Said.

Dublab's Secondhand Sureshots


Secondhand Sureshots is a filmed experiment in creative sound recycling. Dublab Dublab directors Bryan “Morpho” Younce & Mark "frosty" McNeill sent beatmakers Daedelus, Nobody, J.Rocc and Ras G on safari into L.A. thrift stores with orders to make new music out of five finds while the cameras filmed the whole process. The result is a mini-documentary about putting new life into old vinyl. Over 2 hours of footage, music & bonus material.

Secondhand Sureshots will be released Feb. 9, 2010 as DVD & CD, distributed by Stones Throw. Today on our web store we present the exclusive Secondhand Sureshots Deluxe Super Set.

The Deluxe Super Set is a true sound and vision experiment. Dublab scoured Southern California and rescued 500 gatefold LP covers from dusty thrift store bin obscurity. Our graphic friends at Hit+Run took the covers and screen-printed them by hand, making new visual masterpieces to house the first public release of Secondhand Sureshots. Stuffed in this package is all-exclusive material sampled and shredded into new forms fine-tuned to blow your mind. We hope it inspires you to make your own creative gems and jams!

dublab presents...SECONDHAND SURESHOTS (preview) from dublab on Vimeo.



J. Rocc 'Secondhand Sureshots' (Direct Link)

11.11.09

The XX @ Bowery Tonight







Don't rest with the less
I'm burning to impress
It's deep in the middle of me
I can be fantasy

5.11.09

Mushpot Records & Max Justus




One of the top five coolest ladies I've ever met in my life, Jenn de la Vega runs the Mushpot Records and Publicity company. They've been doing a night over in Clinton Hill Brooklyn for a while now. If I have off tonight you can bet I will be here.

Tonight you can check the NYC debut of Max Justus. Check out a free download of his track 'Sweat' below.



More Max Justus Shows in NY

11/6 at SILENT BARN //All Ages// $5 // Max Justus, Oxygenstar, Rhinostrich + ctor

11/9 at NIAGRA // 21+ // Free // Max Justus, DaPantz + Facundo

King Khan & BBQ Show + Those Darlins Tour




Two of my recent favorites are on tour together! Nice combination indeed. Sorry New Yorker's, looks like we have to travel to catch this wildness.


FRI 11/6 NEW ORLEANS, LA – Spellcaster Lodge Spellcaster Lodge
SAT 11/7 Batton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon Buy Tickets
TUE 11/10 MEMPHIS, TN Hi Tone Buy Tickets
WED 11/11 NASHVILLE, TN Exit/In Buy Tickets
THUR 11/12 ST. LOUIS, MO Off Broadway Buy Tickets
11/13 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall Buy Tickets
SAT 11/14 DENVER, CO Bluebird Buy Tickets
MON 11/16 PHOENIX, AZ Rhythm Room Rythm Room
TUE 11/17 LOS ANGELES, CA Troubadour Buy Tickets
WED 11/18 SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Independent Buy Tickets
FRI 11/20 PORTLAND, OR Dante's Dante's
SAT 11/21 SEATTLE, WA Chop Suey Chop Suey
MON 11/23 VANCOUVER, BC The Red Room The Red Room
WED 11/25 CALGARY, AB Warehouse Warehouse
THUR 11/26 EDMONTON, AB Pawn Shop Buy Tickets
FRI 11/27 SASKATOON, SK Amigos Buy Tickets
SAT 11/28 WINNIPEG, MB Royal Albert Buy Tickets
SUN 11/29 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Triple Rock Buy Tickets
TUE 12/1 MILWAUKE, WI Mad Planet Mad Planet
WED 12/2 CHICAGO, IL Logan Square Buy Tickets
THUR 12/3 CINCINNATI, OH Northside Tavern Northside Tavern

Polka Dot Dot Dot




I have had a love affair with Olympia Washington since I purchased my first 7 inches on K Records. I am always willing to give a listen to the sounds of that come from damp woods and the gray skies of Olympia.

Polka Dot Dot Dot are on Bicycle Records out of Olympia but actually first came together on a chance meeting in New Zealand at the Camp A Low Hum Music Festival. The three were able to combine their musical talents for a last minute set. Since then the trio comprised of Jordan O'Jordan, Onyx of Olympia, and Colleen Johnson or Twig Palace have released a full length called "Love Letter to New Zealand" with their second due out next week called "Syzygy" (a term that refers to planetary alignment).

Listen and download 'Invisibrother' from 'Syzygy.'



Catch the band on their Fall tour in a city near you:
Nov. 12 (TH): Olympia, WA @ The Northern w/CHURCH, and LETTERS

Nov. 13 (FR): Seattle, WA @ Healthy Times Fun Club w/FANCIE

Nov. 14 (SA): Tacoma, WA@ Bob's Java Jive w/CHURCH, $2000 PUMA, and the SUGAR BEATS

Nov. 15 (SU): Portland, OR @ Rontom's w/CHURCH

Nov. 16 (MO): Corvallis, OR @ The Beanery w/BRIAN SMITH

Nov. 17 (TU): Arcata, CA @ The Green House w/THE CULLENS

Nov. 18 (WE): Sacramento, CA@ the HUB

Nov. 19 (TH): Davis, CA @ Elisa's House w/RICKY BERGER and HOT DAMN

Nov. 20 (FR): Bay Area @ TBA

Nov. 21 (SA): Santa Cruz, CA @ the Crystal Palace w/MAPLE RABBIT

Nov. 22 (SU): Isla Vista, CA @ the Biko CO-OP Garage w/BROTHER MITYA and WHITMORE

Nov. 23 (MO): LA, CA @ Historical Marker 157

Nov. 24 (TU): Phoenix, AZ @ The Trunk Space w/ANDREW JACKSON JIHADd

Nov. 25 (WE): Tucson, AZ @ The Dry River Collective w/GREAT JOB!

Nov. 28 (SA): Albuquerque, NM @ Winnings Coffee Co.

Nov. 29 (SU): Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf Collective

Nov. 30 (MO): Lubbock, TX @ Bash's

Dec. 3 (TH): Austin, TX @ Annie Street
Arts Collective w/SOME SAY LELAND

Dec. 4 (FR): Denton, TX @ ArtSix Coffee

Dec. 5 (SA): Norman, OK @ Universe City

Dec. 6 (SU): Oklahoma City, OK @ Scissortail Social Space

Dec. 7 (MO): Lawrence, KS @ TBA

Dec. 10 (TH): Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive w/IAN COOKE and LITTLES PAIA

Dec. 11 (FR): Provo, UT @ Muse Music w/DREW DANBURRY, THE AWFUL TRUTH, and OKAY OKAY

Dec. 12 (SA): Boise, ID @ Pengilly's

Dec. 13 (SU): Portland, OR @ TBA

Dec. 14 (MO): Langley, WA @ TBA

29.10.09

Bot'Ox 'Blue Steel EP'




It was a Parisian encounter in a dark recording studio near République, under the mark of Saint Ambroise and in the middle of machines, synthesizers, effects emulators, where a pioneer bond was born. Hours of rush, borrowing here and there the roughest sounds for a tangible and sensorial experience, starting with abstract to cut, prune, saw, cut and cut, again and always, to find lucid melodies and blistering rhythms…or otherwise known…Bot’Ox

Bot’Ox is Julien Biffaz and Benjamin Boguet (AKA Cosmo Vitelli and one half of Tekel). In just five releases, Bot’Ox have cemented their place on the international scene with productions on prestigious labels such as DFA, DC recordings, Grand Central and I’m a cliché.

Following up the hugely successful single “Crashed Cadillac” comes the newest musical twist in the form of “Blue Steel.” Yeah, you can dance to it, but this is not merely a dance track. This is pure French pop with the misty voice of Anna Jean flowing over top of lofi melodies and blistering rhythms. In contrast, “Bearded Lady Motorcycle Show” is an electro dance rock stormer, perfect for crashing cars.

Out Nov. 9th on I'm A Cliché

railcars




railcars 'Cathedral With No Eyes' (Download via Terror Bird)
railcars 'Passion of St. Edmund [Rebirth]' (Download via Terror Bird)

I have been on an unplanned kick with indie music lately that revolves around one man bands. Atlas Sound and Ducktails come to mind immediately.

Here's a relatively new noisegazer for you; railcars aka Aria Jalali. His first 7" was produced by Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu and he has a 12" EP out this week for the single 'Cathedral With No Eyes' on vinyl via Stumparumper. You can grab the EP digitally via Gold Robot.

The EP apparently recounts the life of Edmund the Martyr, a 9th century king of East Anglia with songs about his life and succession to the throne as a young boy, his conquests, his suffering at the hands of vikings and death by their arrows.

This record is pressed on 140 gram black vinyl and features full color pro-printed jackets and full color labels with artwork by Claudia O'Steen. Also included is an MP3 download card of the album.

The first 100 pre-orders will also receive an exclusive, hand-numbered, pre-order-only 8.5"x11" Railcars poster and a 1" pin featuring the album art. Also, ALL pre-order customers will be entered into a drawing to win a TEST PRESSING OF THE ALBUM!!! There are only 5 of these in existence, so this is quite an opportunity. Second prize will be a copy of Aria's almost-out-of-print first release, the Cities vs. Submarines 7" ep.

You can also catch railcars live in a city near you:
FALL 2009 TOUR
10/29 YMCA theater - cambridge, ma
11/1 monkeytown - brooklyn, ny
11/2 now that's class - cleveland, ohio
11/6 the empty bottle - chicago
11/7 pangea house - minot, north dakota
11/8 the laboratory - missoula, mt
11/10 the shed - vancouver, bc
11/11 logan's - victoria, bc
11/12 dreamstation64 - seattle, wa w/ Universal Studios Florida
11/13 le voyeur - olympia, wa
11/14 the artistry - portland, or
11/17 north bay art/film collective - santa rosa, ca
11/18 fungarden - sacramento, ca
11/19 thee parkside - san francisco, ca
11/20 flux 53 gallery - oakland, ca
11/23 synchronicity space - los angeles, ca
11/24 acrobatics everyday - irvine, ca

railcars My Space
Stumparumper Records
Gold Robot

Dam-Funk: Toeachizown Vol. 5 Out Now



This Dam-Funk album, which has been released as MP3s in five separate installments is now available on CD-although I am holding out for the 5 LP box set that should be out before the end of the year.

The fifth installment features a track the Stones Throw collective has passed over for your sampling pleasure. The return of funk is upon us. Spread the Gospel!

Download Dam-Funk 'The Sky Is Ours' Here.

NEW CLP EP on SUGARCANE REC. RELEASE DATE: NOV 16th 2009



Listen to the entire EP here.

This EP features some heavy hitting artists out on the scene including Spoek from the Boys Noize crew, Lando Kal from Lazersword, Nic Sarno and Top Billin.

A floor filling EP to say the least.

1.CLP Designer feat. Rqm (Lazersword Mix)
2.Lando Kal feat Spoek Kites (Dub Mix)
3.CLP I'm So Trill feat. Spoek (Sweat X Vs Fs Green Mix)
4.CLP Superconfidential f. Tunde Olaniran (Nic Sarno Mix)
5.CLP Superconfidential f. Tunde Olaniran(Top Billin Mix)
6.CLP Putcha Handz Up f. Rayzaflo (CLP Street Version)
7.CLP Designer feat. Rqm (Lazersword Mix Instrumental)
8.CLP Superconfidential f. Tunde Olaniran (Top Billin Mix)

Download CLP - Insatiable feat WhiteGoldPrincess (DataMC GoodOldDays Rmx) (Via SoundCloud)

Find out more about CLP here.

27.10.09

EVIL BLOG 2: OUT TODAY!



Today marks the release of my third A&R project for Buzzard Gulch. This time around we've gone real dark!

Evil Blog 2 picks up where the mind-melting invasion of Attack of the Blog left off. This time around Buzzard Gulch & Low Life Inc. has gone to the darkest spaces to discover the most tortured sounds available. Evil Blog 2 is filled with tracks that are sure to rattle the very center of your soul.

Frederick Olufsen returns with his ‘Step One (Lacrimosa)’- a classical experiment pondering how ‘doom’ is truly the first step. Disco of Doom have crept from the trenches with a ‘Warpig’ on their stake. LaTourette mangle your ears with a double dose of debilitating madness. And The Bass Knights create an Infernal Carnival where Polymorphic and the rest of the lot may evoke your deepest nightmares.

This is not a collection for the weary heart. Your nerves will be placed at the edge, taunted by the shadows, as the haunting sounds of Evil Blog 2 engulf you from within.



Purchase Link @ Beatport.

1. Frederik Olufsen - Step One (Lacrimosa)

2. Polymorphic - Technomusic

3. Nujax - Super Duper Fly

4. Miike - Love Get Out of My Way (Designer Drugs Remix)

5. Azzido Da Bass - I Want U (Disco Trash Music's Rave Mix)

6. LaTourette - Vert Sachet

7. Disco of Doom - Warpig

8. The Bass Knights - Infernal Carnival

9. Fukkk Offf - Love Me Hate Me Kiss Me Kill Me (Disco of Doom Remix)

10. Joe And Will Ask - Mongozo

11. LaTourette - Dirty Cunt

12. Meat Children - Pop Song Of My Dreams

24.10.09

Sugar & Gold



San Francisco's Sugar & Gold hit some seriously funky smooth early 80's Italo vibes. This new EP from the band, 'AYA' makes me want to pull out all my Moroder, Cowley, Klein & M.B.O. AND Cerrone records, cover myself in glitter and dance like a fool around my apartment. Justin Van Der Volgen from !!! lends a remix and dub of the title track. There's a link below for a sample quality version of the remix that's only good for 100 downloads or 7 days. Pick it up the DJ ready version from Antenna Farm now. Direct link to purchase 1 of the 500 copies pressed on vinyl.

Sugar & Gold 'AYA (Justin Van Der Volgen remix)' (YSI)

Trus'me



I've been on a massive kick for all things soulful for months now. Trus'me is definite new addition to my heavy rotation. Much like the Mark Ronson album 'Version,' Mancunian Trus'me is readying for the release of his upcoming full-length 'In The Red' to be released on Fat City Recordings December 7th; where the producer collaborated with various producers and vocalists. I just got the album sampler promo from my friends over at Giant Step!

The sampler features an appearance by my new favorite space funk master Dam Funk from Stones Throw, the smooth vocal styling of Amp Fiddler and an absolutely classic cover of 'Sucker For A Pretty Face' (which I so am!) with vocals by Paul Randolph.
Trus'me is about to embark on a tour of Japan. I'm looking forward to his next trip to NYC.

"One of the most interesting and promising young producers in the country right now." -- Gilles Peterson

Fat City Recordings

20.10.09

John Morales 'The M&M Mixes'




John Morales was responsible for the club versions of some of the biggest records of the 80’s – From “Axel F”, “Rhythm of the Night” to “Dr Beat.” In addition he lent his talents to acts such as The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, The Commodores and Rose Royce and 80’s sensations like Debbie Gibson and Billy Ocean.

Universal Robot Band’s “Barely Breaking Even (Club Version)” (via Rephlektor)

The M&M Mixes is a history lesson in dance music. John formed with the late Sergio Munzibai M+M productions whose output of over 650 mixes will be unmatched by many celebrity big name remixers of today. From the Rolling Stones to Gloria Estefan, The Temptations to Hall and Oates, Aretha Franklin to BBE – we have all been moulded by John’s everlasting influence. This superb double CD presents some of John's finest works. CD 1 of classic boogie, cult favorites and unreleased demo mixes while CD 2 showcases - for the first time - previously unreleased mixes of gems from the legendary Salsoul catalogue from anthems like Ain't Mountain High Enough to underground faves Funk Deluxe. All the remixes featured on this compilation are never before released versions of some of his most influential works with the most credible dance artists of the 80’s. The whole compilation will also be available on all digital platforms and there will be a limited triple vinyl version of this release. 1000 copies only. Bottom line - this is the first ever compilation of his works.

The M&M stamp became synonymous with almost every major dance release of the era. In fact it wasn’t uncommon for the duo to remix upwards of 10 records in any given month. Alongside cult and groundbreaking records for the Fantastic Aleems (‘Get Down Friday Night’), Class Action (‘Weekend’), and of course Jocelyn Brown (‘Somebody Else’s Guy’) they refashioned certified pop smashes for DeBarge (‘Rhythm Of The Night’), Harold Faltermeyer (‘Alex F’), Shakatak (‘Down On The Street’), Miami Sound Machine (‘Dr Beat’), the Temptations (‘Treat Her Like A Lady’) and hundreds more in an eight year period that saw them almost an ever present on the Billboard Dance, R&B or Hot 100 pop charts. Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones, Spandau Ballet, Aretha Franklin, Shalamar, Hall & Oates, Dan Hartman, Candi Staton, Melba Moore, Rose Royce, Billy Ocean, Debbie Gibson, Odyssey, the Commodores and even Peter Schilling and Rod Stewart, in fact just about every major artist of the day was in someway retouched by the hands of Morales & Munzibai. M&M worked together till around 1989 (Sergio passed away in 1991) and John’s solo production projects in the ‘90s included such acts as Debbie Gibson, Brenda K Starr, Denise Lopez, The Thompson Twins, Blow Monkeys, Five Star and Art Of Noise. In 2009 John mixed several releases including the expanded version of Jackson 5 and Marvin Gaye albums.

So there you have it – a true legend. John Morales mixes are highly revered by classic DJs such as Dimitri from Paris, Louie Vega and Danny Krivit and the CD liner notes include interviews with Jocelyn Brown (Inner Life/Nuyorican Soul) and Legendary producer Patrick Adams (Salsoul – R Kelly, Sister Sledge and many more). Hell, John’s remix of Universal Robot Band’s “Barely Breaking Even” Is where BBE Records took its name from! John Morales will be DJing worldwide to promote this release with a UK launch Party in December at Cargo featuring DJ support from the legendary mixer Tom Moulton as well as a live pa from the one and only Jocelyn Brown.

BBE releases John Morales The M&M Mixes on January 19, 2010

CD 1 - PREVIOUSLY UN-RELEASED NYC UNDERGROUND DISCO ANTHEMS



01 Class Action feat. Chris Wiltshire - “Weekend [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

02 Tony Adderly – “I Ain’t Mad At You [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

03 Ronnie Dyson – “All Over Your Face [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

04 Curtis Hairston – “I Want You (All Tonight) [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

05 Julia & Company – “Breakin’ Down (Sugar Samba) [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

06 Cubie Burke – “Down For Double [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

07 Universal Robot Band – “Wanna Be Your Lover [Demo Version]”

08 La-Rita Gaskin – “Never Can Say Goodbye [Demo Version]”

09 Bumblebee Unlimited – “Lady Bug (I Just Wanna Be Your Lady Bug) [12” Version]”

10 Universal Robot Band – “Barely Breaking Even [Club Version]”



CD2 - PREVIOUSLY UN-RELEASED EXCLUSIVE SALSOUL MIXES



01 Inner Life – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough [JM 4AM Mix]”

02 First Choice – “Happy Love Affair [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

03 Logg – “Lay It On The Line [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

04 Logg – “(You’ve Got) That Something [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

05 Skyy – “Because Of You [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

06 Inner Life – “(Knock Out) Let’s Go Another Round [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

07 Logg – “I Know You Will [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

08 Funk Deluxe – “This Time [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

09 Instant Funk – “No Stoppin’ That Rockin’ [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

Freedom, Rhythm And Sound out now from Soul Jazz Records



Soul Jazz Records are publishing a new 200-page deluxe hardback book, Freedom, Rhythm and Sound, compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker out today! Buy the book here at a limited discounted price.

There is also a double CD and 2 x LP album released to coincide with this book released on Nov 2, 2009. You can pre-order this or get more info HERE now.

This is a unique collection of cover artwork of revolutionary jazz music between 1965-83. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and the civil rights movement of the 1960s loom large as self-determination, economic power and musical freedom led to jazz artists finding new paths – both musical and economic.

Years before the D-I-Y cultural revolution of punk, Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and others ‘took control’ of their own work by recording, releasing and distributing their own music themselves.

The record sleeves of this era are as iconic and historically unique as the music itself and a striking reflection of the time; pre-desktop publishing, pre-internet these small-run (sometimes as low as 500 copies), self-made sleeves are graphically bold and radical.

‘Freedom, Rhythm and Sound’ is the first ever collection of this fascinating goldmine of album art, which represents the first wave of inspired independent production within popular music.

‘Freedom, Rhythm and Sound’ includes a large introduction contextualising the music and artwork as well as features on many of the people involved. Alongside the musicians mentioned above these include Rashied Ali, Steve Reid, Mary Lou Williams, Horace Tapscott, Lloyd McNeil, Tribe, The Last Poets, The Pharoahs, Philip Cohran, Black Artists Group and many others.

The CD released to coincide with the book features many of the artists – Sun Ra, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Archie Shepp and more.

Gilles Peterson puts the music to the sleeves on a recent podcast that you can download here.

VOICEsVOICEs




Jenean Farris and Nico Turner are VOICEsVOICEs from L.A. Their debut EP 'Origins' was produced by Prefuse 73/Savath & Savalas main man Guillermo Scott Herren. The track below actually sounds like one that may have been plucked from the Savath & Savalas sessions. Rumbling and spacious with harmonized female vocals. Perfect for a chilly Fall day.

You can check out VOICEsVOICEs in NYC this week for the CMJ festivities and alongside another favorite of mine, Bright Black Morning Light.

'Origins' will be released 23 Jan. 2010 on Manimal Vinyl.

CMJ in NYC
10.22 Europa - Brooklyn @ Culture of Me party (8:00PM)
10.22 Cameo Gallery - Brooklyn @ Manimal/Tightrope party(11:00PM)
10.25 Bruar Falls (Time TBA)

EUROPE w/ Brightblack Morning Light & Hope Sandoval
11.24 Musikcaféen Arrhaus, Denmark
11.25 Mejeriet Lund, Sweden
11.26 Pusterviksbaren Gothenburg, Sweden
11.27 Revolver Oslo, Norway
11.28 Fritz's Corner Stockholm, Sweden
11.29 Laedes Kalder Copenhagen, Denmark
12.1 K4 Neurnburg,Germany
12.2 Botanique Brussels, Belgium
12.8 Vooruit (Theatre) Gent, Belgium
12.9 Rotown Rotterdam, NL
12.10 Effenaar Eindhovern, NL
12.11 Paradiso Amsterdam, NL
12.13: El Lokal / Zurich, Switzerland
12.14 Officina 49 / Cesena, ES
12.15 LA CASA 139 Milan, ES
12.17 LUZERN @ SÜDPOL
12.17 Point Ephémère Paris, FR

VOICEsVOICEs 'Flulyk Visions' (via PitchFork)