28.12.10

Mochipet 'Four Loko'



Mochipet 'Four Loko' (Direct Link)

Mochipet will be in New Orleans in Feb. c/o LA DnB. To get you ready here's a new track from the pet himself. So raise your favorite Four Loko flavor high and nod to this one.

FB event page here.

More on Hottub and Mochipet here.

21.12.10

Music: 2010- Carmine P. Filthy's Loves, Lusts and Last minute romances

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: James Blake



This young and unassuming British boy won my heart over in near orchestral movements this year. Every few years I fall for a new artist as hard as I fell for James Blake. Klavierwerke EP, CMYK EP and The Bells Sketch are essential dirges to the last decade of music and beyond. Sampled vocal snippets, that you faintly remember hearing once before but, probably haven't, weaved within bottomed-out bass lines and synths from Wonderland. His debut self-titled full length will be released on Feb. 7th. That date just can['t arrive quickly enough.

James Blake



P. Filthy's Album Picks: (In no particular order)

So rather than min-paragraphs waxing on about the wax that made me pay closest attention this year, I am instead opting for the often ignored album cover this year. Some of these covers tell you exactly what they are while others are as obtuse as the music contained within. I am still a massive vinyl collector and more than a few of these album covers can be found in my crates.

Overall this was an adventurous year for music and myself. I made the journey to New Orleans to live here back in the Spring. I've enjoyed many of these album riding my bike through city park or down to the F.Q. for some record shopping and beer drinking. I played some of these records at Voodoo Experience, at The Saint, in my house in Mid City and even opening for Matthew Dear on his first New Orleans appearance which I helped coordinate. This is a perfect town for musical freedom and experimentation. I am looking forward to the coming year and what it has in store for me. Much love to the Crescent City and all the people I love here. You know who you are.
























































P. Filthy's Favorite Gear of the Year:

The TMA-1 by AiAiAi are the pair of headphones I've had designed in my head since I started DJing. Minimal, effective, sturdy, noise canceling and plenty of delicious mouth watering BASS. I have zero problem singing from the mountain tops about how amazing these headphones are since all DJs seem to inevitably end up with the same pair on.

And considering Matthew Dear, Claude Von Stroke, 2 Many DJs, Hot Chip, Flying Lotus, Kode 9 and Koze just to name a few were directly involved with the development-you don't really need my stamp of approval.

AiAiAi Website

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Thanks for reading over the past year. It's been the most effective year for me sharing what I'm down with and what makes me nod and smile once more just like it was happening for the first time.

XXX,
Carmine P. Filthy

15.12.10

Carmine P. Filthy 'Relentless Night Errands' (Live December Mix)



Artwork taken from Michael Cina's wallpapers for Ghostly.

Download: Carmine P. Filthy 'Relentless Night Errands' Free @ my Percussion Lab page.

01. Mount Kimbie 'Blind Night Errand'
02. Salva 'I'll Be Your Friend'
03. Egyptrixx 'Bible Eyes'
04. Robot Koch 'Dough ft. Addiquit'
05. Shy FX 'Raver (feat. Kano, Donae'o & Roses Gabor) (MJ Cole Remix)'
06. Untold 'Stereo Freeze'
07. Mz Bratt 'Selecta (Greenmoney's Brukussive Mix)'
08. Toddla T 'Want U Now Featuring Ms Dynamite'
09. Manaré 'Blitzkrieg Riddim'
10. James Blake 'Tell Her Safe'
11. Drop/Dead 'Always Love You'
12. Peverelist & Hyetal 'The Hum'
13. Scuba 'Before (Deadboy Remix)'
14. James Blake 'Postpone'
15. Emeralds 'Now You See Me'
16. Dimlite 'Rump Studies (feat. Ketepica)'
17. Shigeto 'Relentless Drag'

The Glimmers 'Whomp That Sucker' Video

Friends of Friends Music presents 'Pop Massacre'



In an attempt to showcase some of their favorite people, Friends of Friends put out a call to a whole slew of producers. The request was simple... "choose a song from any era of popular culture to be source material of a song for our 'Pop Massacre' compilation." They're proud to say that the project is done! All they ask of you is your email in exchange for this 13 track (all exclusive!) killing of Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Beach Boys, Spice Girls, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Soulja Boy and others.

And you know how much P. Filthy loves a cover song.



Tracklist:
1. Anenon - Wannabe (Spice Girls) -- Non Projects
2. Strangeloop - Wouldn't It Be Nice (Beach Boys) -- Brainfeeder
3. Shlohmo - Pretty Boy Swag (Soulja Boy) -- Friends of Friends
4. DNTEL - Paparazzi (Lady Gaga) -- Sub Pop
5. Asura - Always Be My Baby (Mariah Carey) -- Non Projects
6. Daedelus - I Would Die For You (Prince) -- Ninja Tune/Magical Properties
7. Sahy Uhns - Pieces Of Me (Briitney Spears) -- Proximal
8. Loden - Gimme Gimme (Abba) -- Mush
9. Mexicans with Guns - La Bamba (Ritchie Valens) -- Innovative Leisure/Friends of Friends
10. Groundislava - I Bet I Do (Supa Blanco) -- Friends of Friends
11. The One AM Radio - Take on Me (A-ha) -- Dangerbird
12. Big Spider's Back - Teenage Dream (Katy Perry) -- Circle Into Square
13. My Dry Wet Mess ft. Amir Yaghmai - I Want Her (Keith Sweat) -- Magical Properties

DJ Fame



Amos Damon has been a great friend of mine since I first tapped him for a gig at a little party I used to produce in NYC. He's by far one of the most laid back and funny dudes I've come into contact with in the DJ scene. A stand up guy to say the least who has been making moves for quite some time now.

Amos Damon aka DJ Fame has the Midas Touch. His first major accomplishment? After over a decade of holding down NYC as a DJ and promoter with a coveted residency at Sullivan Room, DJ Fame released the Name It X EP in 2006 on a little label from the UK called Dubsided that belongs to a producer named Dave Taylor aka Switch. Fame was the first producer from the US to have a release on this now-legendary label and the EP got massive support from everybody who is anybody in house and techno. All right, fine. Then what happened? In 2007 a new label from Chicago got its humble beginnings: Potty Mouth Music. They debuted with a release from an Italian act you might have heard of: Crookers. The next release...yep, DJ Fame with the Ghetto Dayz EP.

Following this success, Fame joined forces with Gaby Dershin of Astro & Glyde to form Bit Crushers. Their tracks have appeared on major labels such as Ultra and Perfecto as well as underground imprints like Lee Mortimer’s Warehouse Music, not to mention a serious licensing project with their track "Wanna Ride" on a mobile video game by Nokia. No big deal.




Ok ok, the guy has some cred. So what is he doing now? Great question. Fame’s track record, production skills, DJ talent, business savvy and music-forward ears caught the attention of Eric Sharp, an impresario who was throwing loft parties and club events in the rainy city of San Francisco. Fame came out and smashed a couple of the Rock It Science warehouse parties while at the same time as Eric was building a new label - Rock It Science Laboratories. As Eric was a new producer, Fame helped him tremendously to get the label off the ground. Amos is now running A & R at Rock It Science Labs. Buckle up because his signings will begin hitting the streets in 2011. With Fame’s pedigree and refined tastes, expect some serious talent on original production and remixes that will shake clubs across the world.

Here we present a slamming new mix set from DJ Fame. This is (sadly) not the most frequent occasion, as Fame is a very busy man and rarely finds time to put mixes together. The mix comes in celebration of Fame’s latest release “Drop It Like,” the 5th offering on Rock It Science Laboratories which is now available at their beatport store (http://bit.ly/rockitport) and every major download store. Enjoy the mix, download, and pass it on!




DJ Fame - December 2010 Promo Mix by therealdjfame

Tracklisting:
1. Truffle Shuffle - The Potato Heads (Jack Union)
2. Body Pop - Jesse Rose Remix - Nelski (Rising Music)
3. Obrigado - Yolanda Be Cool Remix - Camel
4. Get Naked - Matthias Richter Remix - Tujamo (Housesession Records)
5. Goose Step - Justin Martin Remix - Rachel Barton (More Music)
6. Drop It Like (Wongo Remix) - Dj Fame & Eric Sharp (Rock It Science Labs)
7. In The Ghetto - Hijack vs Jeff Doubleu (Jack Union)
8. It Excites Me - Original Mix - Tom Staar (Moda Music)
9. After Dark - Oliver Twizt Remix - The Count and Sinden (Domino)
10. Rubb It In (Bart B More Fierce Ruling Remix) - Fierce Ruling Diva
11. Down - Original Mix - Jan Driver, Oliver $ (Made to Play)
12. Body Jack - Brabe Remix - Geht's Noch? (Jack Union)
13. Motion Sickness - Bit Crushers (Rock It Science Labs)

Kotchy 'Two' (Done Right Recordings)



I've always been a fan of anything that combines intricate production qualities with R&B and Soul stylings. I've always taken to calling it Digital Soul. Kotchy is a master of this genre weaving the boom-bap of artists like J Dilla with the funky swing of Prince. His second full length 'Two' is due out in February. Here's a mix tape and a recent remix he did for Starkey.

Starkey - Ok Love (Kotchy Remix): "Starkey - Ok Love (Kotchy Remix)"

Kotchy
'Two'
Out 2/1/11
(Done Right Recordings)

Tracklist:

1. Sometimes I Get Down
2. Getaway
3. Good Luck
4. I Left New York
5. Helicopter
6. Coffee Breath Kisses
7. Anywhere
8. Don't Go
9. Work It Out
10. What Have I Done With My Life
11. Coin Collectors
12. Bandwagon
13. New Addiction
14. Care Free
15. We Don't Need A Crowd



"I found a bag of records being thrown out on the street, flipped through and made a joke it seemed like part of what would have been Janine's (the secretary and girlfriend of Rick Moranis in Ghostbusters) collection. So I decided to make some mashups and tracks restricting myself to her bag of records as source material/starting point. While listening to some of them, I saw someone running down the street wearing baggy spandex shorts." -Kotchy

Kotchy 'Baggy Spandex Mixtape' (Direct Link/Zipped File)

MRC Riddims 'Sex And Money'






MRC Riddims is the production/DJ team of Oktopus (dälek) and Merc (from Ifwhen & All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors).

The duo is back with a spaced out slab of digi-dancehall. Get ready to mash up di dance.

MRC Riddims Bandcamp

8.12.10

Dutty Artz presents "New York Tropical"



DJ/Rupture and Matt Shadetek's Dutty Artz imprint have released the 12-track "New York Tropical" and it is sure to make you feel the warm breezes and sweaty jungles that inspired much of the productions contained within. As a fan of global bass music I know this record will be in heavy rotation on both my iPOD and DJ sets.

Check out this remix of Rita Indiana by Brooklyn's own Kingdom and then go pick up a copy of the compilation for yourself.

Rita Indiana 'Los Poderes (Kingdom Remix)' (direct link)

Various Artists - New York Tropical : OUT NOW
Knight Magic - El Baile de la Cumbia
Rita Indiana - Los Poderes (Kingdom remix)
Matt Shadetek & Lamin Fofana - Sunshine City
La Ola Criminal - Sin Gas
Maga Bo - Analys D'Amour (instrumental)
DJ /rupture & Matt Shadetek - Sunset B35
DJ Orion - The Undertow (instrumental)
KG - I'm Feeling Funky
Nguzunguzu - El Bebe Ambiente (new mix + master)
DJ /rupture, Matt Shadetek, & Chief Boima - Elegy for Mr Peach (Rupture mix)
Lido Pimienta - La Minga (Sonora remix)
Matt Shadetek - This Is Love

Buy here.

Jam City "Ectasy Refix" (Night Slugs)

7.12.10

Loch Lomond



Loch Lomond "Elephants & Little Girls" (direct link)

Loch Lomond album 'Little Me Will Start a Storm' is out 2/22/11 on Portland's Tender Loving Empire.

Chamber pop made for dreaming you're laying in a grassy field next to the girl you love.

Exray's



Exray's 'Hesitation' (direct link)

Exray's 'You Forgot' (direct link)

Exray's S/T album is out 1/25/11 on SF's Howells Transmitter.
Featuring Nate Querry from the Decemberists on bass, and Tim Cohen from the Fresh & Onlys.

Simplified fuzz pop for long drives between family gatherings during the holiday season.

Pre-order the LP here.

4.12.10

Prefuse 73 & Jaytram (Yeasayer) rework Epstein (Asthmatic Kitty)



Basically anything Guillermo Scott Herren (aka Prefuse 73) touches is, at the very least, worth giving a listen. His sourcing of NYC producer/artist Roberto Lange' material for production components is no exception. Atmospheric squelches make room for spacious gliding synths and tunnel vocals which is no surprise since Lange' work as Epstein, the production name from which the samples came from travel a similar path.

The Epstein album and remixes released over the last year have been lovely in every way. Music for daydreamers and wanderers, to say the least.

Yeasayer drummer, Jaytram, also aides on the album taking on similar relaxed vibe with a bit more soulful play and 70's Sci-Fi stroke.

Check a track from each artist here.

Jaytram / Epstein 'You Know They Out' (Direct Link)

Prefuse 73 / Epstein 'Seite campanas de la Serenidad' (Direct Link)

The album will be released Dec. 13th via Asthmatic Kitty and you can pick it up for a 'pay-what-you-want' price on Epstein's Bandcamp Page.


2.12.10

Tony Cook feat. Dam-Funk "What's on your Mind?" (Stones Throw)



Tony Cook feat. Dam-Funk "What's on your Mind?" (Direct Link via Stones Throw)

Anthology of rare and unreleased 1982-1986 recordings from The J.B.'s drummer and creator of "the Graddaddy of all House Records," newly mixed by Peanut Butter Wolf.

'Back To Reality' will be released on exclusive 2LP Advance / Worldwide release: Jan. 25, 2011.

Pre-Order your double vinyl here.

Salva 'Complex Housing' (Friends of Friends Music)



Salva has been at the game for minute. Based out of SF but raised during the Trax 80's of Chicago-Salva has a depth of musical knowledge and influence most guys can only dream. Producer, DJ, Promoter and label boss of Frite Nite- Paul Salva is finally ready to drop some full length knowledge on us with 'Complex Housing,' his debut full length album due out in Feb. on Friends of Friends Music.

Call it Future House, UK Funky or whatever new micro-genre a blogger invented ten minutes ago and somehow Salva is tapped into the forward movement of dance music. Check out the single 'Blue' from his upcoming release.

Salva 'Blue' (Direct link via The Fader)

Salva
'Complex Housing'
Out 2/8; Digital + Vinyl
(Friends of Friends Music)

Tracklist:
1. Beached
2. Wake Ups
3. 40 Karats ft. Zackey Force Funk
4. Keys Open Doors
5. Issey Miyake
6. Baroque
7. I'll Be Your Friend
8. Icey
9. Weird Science
10. Blue
11. Wake Ups (B Bravo Remix)
12. Keys Open Doors (MachineDrum Remix)
13. Blue (My Dry Wet Mess Remix)
14. 40 Karats ft. Zackey Force Funk (Lando Kal Remix)



Big Ups to Lazybrow and the rest of the FoF crew.

24.11.10

MartyParty 'Los Angeles'



MartyParty is also one half of the duo PANTyRAID who will be dropping by New Orleans next Saturday @ The Howlin Wolf c/o Simple Play Productions.

While PANTyRAID tends to walk the line of ghetto bass, ragga echoes and vibrating synths- MartyParty is gentle and pulsing.

Iguesspushingwordstogetheristheneweliminatingvowels.

MartyParty to Release SKUKUZA
Debut EP In Stores December 14, 2010

MartyParty 'Los Angeles' (via Sendspace)

The full tracklisting of SKUKUZA is as follows:

1. Chelsea Hotel
2. It’s Complicate
3. Loud Mouth
4. Los Angeles
5. Skukuza
6. Trinity

18.11.10

Egyptrixx 'Bible Eyes' (Night Slugs)



Egyptrixx 'Chrysalis Records (feat. Trust)' (320 KBPS) (Direct link via XLR8R)

I just received the promo copy of 'Bible Eyes'- the full length offering from Egyptrixx due out on Night Slugs Feb. 9, 2011.

This album is on par with some of my recent favorites: Untrue, Crooks & Lovers, CMYK EP, ESKMO...

It does what long players from electronic producers do. It invents a journey. A nook in your aural catalogue to be shelved gently and specifically so as not to be forgotten. The type of album you eventually seek out on double LP.

Night Slugs has been on my must listen list for quite some time now and my ears continue to reap the benefits of this choice.

This album is worth the wait.

But if you come check out any of my upcoming DJ sets you're sure to hear quite a few tracks.

Egyptrixx
“Bible Eyes”
Tracklisting

1 – “Start From The Beginning”
2 – “Bible Eyes”
3 – “Chrysalis Records (feat. Trust)”
4 – “Liberation Front”
5 – “Naples”
6 – “Rooks Theme”
7 – “Recital (A Version)”
8 – “Fuji Club (feat. Trust)”
9 – “Barely”
10 – “Recital (B Version)”

Egyptrixx - Start from the Beginning from Datdatdat / A. N. Fischer on Vimeo.



He will be on tour throughout 2011. Be on the look out.

Baths Headlining N. American Tour



Look at this kid (and I do mean kid-he's like 21), Baths makes lovingly crafted songs of innocence and broken hearts. His music has folklore woven within every click, pop and echo of lyric. I am continually impressed by this generation of late teens and early 20's making music today. It makes me feel as though the generation prior-basically my generation-freaked over the bizarre music of labels like Warp, Planet Mu, Rephlex, Schematic etc. for good reason.

What will my children think of my music collection when they're 20? It's going to be fun to find out.

Check out Baths on his first headlining tour starting on Feb. 4, 2011 in Dallas. It would be nice if we could get him to stop by NoLA.

Hmmm. Let's see what we can do.

Tour Dates:
2/4 The Nightmare, Dallas, TX
2/5 The Mohawk, Austin, TX
2/7 The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
2/8 Club Downunder, Tallahassee, FL
2/9 New Brookland Tavern, Columbia, SC
2/10 Duke University Duke Coffeehouse, Durham, NC
2/11 Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
2/12 Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY
2/13 Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
2/16 Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
2/17 Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA
2/18 Il Motore, Montreal, QC
2/21 Skully's Music Diner, Columbus, OH
2/22 The Canopy, Urbana, IL
2/23 Gabe's, Iowa City, IA
2/24 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN
2/25 Der Rathskellar at the University of Wisconsin Union Directorate, Madison, WI
2/26 Subterranean, Chicago, IL
3/1 Chop Suey, Seattle, WA
3/2 Hollocene, Portland, OR
3/4 Rickshaw Shop, San Francisco, CA
3/5 Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA

Baths "Pop Song" (via Stereogum)

Anticon Records

Rock It Science Laboratories



My boy Eric Sharp has been holding it down in SF for some time now. Over the last couple years he's developed his own label- Rock It Science putting out some serious jack tracks, wobble thump and crunk step around. He's offering up a handful of their releases so far for FREE. So DJs get with it and enjoy. (None DJs welcome to download and enjoy also.)

DJ Fame vs. Eric Sharp 'Wiggle Room'

Original Mix
Santiago & Bushido Mix
Trill Bass Mix
Andrew Phelan Synth Mix

Native Intelligence 'Peak Time'

Original Mix
Sunshine Jones Extended Disco Version

17.11.10

INXEC (MATT TOLFREY + CHRISTOPHER SYLVESTER) 'Almost There' (Rekids)



Matt Tolfrey and Christopher Sylvester bring us to all our 'hand raising' glory with their latest single from Rekids, 'Almost There.' This feels like one of those tracks that will be pumping out of every other venue during WMC in March. It also makes me remember my days out in Chicago at spots like Slicks and Red No. 5- just out on a Tuesday or Wednesday night jacking to House music until the wee hours.

Listen to the track in full below:

MATT TOLFREY & CHRISTOPHER SYLVESTER - ALMOST THERE by rekids

16.11.10

Elk & Shape Up Records



Elk is one of those producers that only comes around every so often. He has the ability to meld so many different style within one track it's alarming only one producer is the brain child of such music. There are notes of avant-pop, tropicalia, shoe gaze and beyond-and that's only what I pick up from a first listen.

His first offering was a four-track EP, 'Honey Range' released on Elk's own label, Shape Up Records back in 2009. You can pick up the entire EP @ 320 kbps via his BandCamp page here.

Feb. 15, 2011 will see the release of his first full length, 'Let's Get Married'-also to be released on Elk's label.

Check out a track from the upcoming release below.

Elk 'Volleyball' (Direct Link)

The album will be released digitally and on cassette. A format return I still find quite funny except that most of my peers who grew up listening to cassette probably drive older cars that have decks in them.

The album will find vinyl release eventually as well. The format I most likely will pick up.

Girl Talk 'All Day' (Illegal Art)



One of the best DJs that is not a DJ has recently dropped his fifth album for free via Illegal Art.

Download it for FREE via his site.

14.11.10

Mexicans With Guns 'Dame Lo' (Video)



I wish I could live in the world that was created for this video. I just love Mexicans With Guns.

Go like him on the FB here.

11.11.10

Beep 'City of the Future'



Abstract excursions against painted backdrops of composition infinity.

BEEP 'Wolf Pantalones (feat. Merrill Garbus from Tune-Yards)' (Direct Link)

Beep
City of the Future
Out January 18th, 2011 on Third Culture

P.U.D.G.E. 'Dorothy Looks Crazy'



Buy P.U.D.G.E. album 'PUDGESNACKS VOL​.​2 "I Didnt know​!​!​! U Rap​?​?​?​" via Bandcamp for $7.

The album features Sum, Voice, Malkovich and Chris Clarke, and production from Dibia$e, Samiyam, Ras G and more. Pudge is an integrated member of the Los Angeles' beat scene as a regular selector at famed L.A. weekly Low End Theory.

Glimmers 'Whomp That Sucker' (Gomma)



Over three years ago I DJed with Glimmers at the now closed NYC venue APT. The basement of the venue was so small. Like maybe 40 people small but was equipped with a Funktion 1 sound system! One of the best sound system designs in the world to say the least. Glimmers are an amazing pair of DJs and have continued to evolve as producers as well. They recently released a new studio full length via Gomma-one of the best labels for Neo-Punk Funk, Indie Dance and Disco. The new album 'Whomp That Sucker' carries on both the Glimmers and Gomma legacy.

Pick up the new album via Juno and check out the free DJ mix they created for the site below.

Buy Glimmers 'Whomp That Sucker!' (Gomma) via Juno.

Exclusive Glimmers DJ Mix for Juno (Direct Link)

Tracklisting:

1. Intro
2. The Glimmers – U Rocked My World
3. Admiral Freebee – Hippie Ain’t Hip (DJ Harvey Remix)
4. AC/DC – Squealer (Afro Jackson Edit)
5. Munk – La Musica
6. Unknown – Unknown
7. The Glimmers – Whomp That Sucker
8. HAL 9000 – Interlude
9. Nakion – Osaka Tom
10. The Swiss – Bubble Bath (Glimmers Plastic Edit)
11. The Glimmers – Beats In Space
12. Bobby O – She Has A Way (instrumental)
13. Idjut Boys – Noid
14. The Golden Filter – Thunderbird (Villa Remix)
15. Mr Oizo – Sucer Danser

10.11.10

Montage One "Gather Round visually feat. Dilated Peoples, Gold Chain Military"



How can you not love this video?

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Brent Amaker and the Rodeo "Man In Charge (Feat. Tilson)"



Brent Amaker and the Rodeo "Man In Charge (Feat. Tilson)" (Direct Link)

Bizarre to say the least, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo continue to defy preconceived concepts in music with this little 'remix' of their latest single 'Man In Charge.' Seattle MC Tilson jumps on the mic and lends a little lyrical help to Brent's brooding Baritone. Lovely and as I've already said, bizarre.

B.A.R. is currently on tour.

11/10 Hotel Monte Vista, Flagstaff AZ
11/11 Double Down Saloon, Las Vegas NV
11/12 Doll Hut, Anaheim CA
11/14 Mt. Tabor Theater, Portland OR
12/4 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco CA

Brent Amaker Website
Spark & Shine Records

9.11.10

Steve Arrington + Dam Funk + Stones Throw



Taken from the Stones Throw website.

Steve Arrington & Dam-Funk "I Be Trippin" by stonesthrow

Former Slave frontman Steve Arrington is working on an album produced entirely by Dam-Funk, to be released next year on Stones Throw – read the story by PB Wolf below.

One of my early Steve Arrington moments was in 1981. I used to record songs from the radio to cassette and “Snapshot” by Slave was my favorite that year. I’d ride my bike playing the tape with one arm on a boom box so the world could hear me. (Probably illegal these days). I had the 45, but the version I taped from the radio was longer with the extended ending that I couldn’t find in San Jose.

Slave was always one of my favorites and the first day I met Dam-Funk, he told me he had a bootleg DVD of their performance on the Don Kirshner show. In all my video hunting, I had no idea that existed. Dam gave me the DVD and we stayed in touch ever since. Much of my youth was spent hearing their songs (and Steve Arrington’s solo songs), but I had never seen them perform live or otherwise. They didn’t do music videos and there was no youtube of their shows. Still isn’t.

Steve’s solo stuff after he left the group went yet another direction, integrating jazz, soul, and gospel, but he kept the funk edge as well and his stretching out seemed to give his songs a sense of more meaning than his earlier stuff. Dam cites “Nobody Can Be You” as the song that made him feel OK about being his own person and not giving into peer pressure or following others.

Fast forward to 2009 and Dam decides to attempt to get a hold of Steve. He and I talked about trying to collaborate with Steve, but I was skeptical. I mean, Steve left the music industry by his own choice in the 80’s and never looked back. His songs have been redone by Snoop, Jay Z, Tribe Called Quest, NWA, etc, yet no contemporary artist was able to pull Steve out of retirement, so how were we going to? Dam didn’t focus on that. He found Steve on the internet, then got him on email and eventually on the phone. Soon, we were on a conference call with him. It’s one I’ll never forget. For starters, Steve knew more about the current underground music scene than I would’ve guessed. He was telling me about Ras G and Aphex Twin, etc etc. He’s into ALL kinds of music, new and old. Big Sun Ra fan and mentioned Miles and Thelonious too (like Dilla and Madlib have to me in the past too). Steve told me he had the Quasimoto album on repeat and that it reminded him of a movie. He was down for James Pants too. Finally someone “from the old school” who really gets it. You can’t put Steve in a box. At that point, I knew working with him would be a good match.

Our initial plan was to do a single with Steve so we sent him a bunch of Dam’s instrumentals to potentially write and record to. Steve still lives in Dayton, OH where he’s been off and on his whole life. He was churning out songs left and right in his home studio, so the idea for just a single went out the window real quick. Steve and Dam have recorded 14 songs together so far via sending stuff back and forth (like we did for the Jaylib and Madvillain albums). Steve, Dam, and I all agreed it would be cool to get the two of them in the studio at the same time to interact for a song live for at least one song.

Steve is also now OK with performing his older songs live, but he’s equally, if not more, interested in creating and performing new songs. He did both during his LA mini-tour, performing 4 shows in 3 days. The trip had a lot of highlights for me personally and thankfully we filmed 8 hours of it. Watching him interact with people as varied as A Tribe Called Quest (who were ironically practicing for Rock The Bells next to the studio we were in) to Foster Sylvers (who came to Quik’s Groove) to Miles Davis’s nephew made it fun for me to be the fly on the wall for the journey.

When we first booked his flight, I wondered if we’d have enough “productive” stuff for him to do in the 5 days he was here, but the opposite was the case. We had to cram to fit it all in. The 13 minute “We Got It” he recorded with Teen Inc and Dam in the studio was pretty unbelievable too. This was done with no plan from any of them and video cameras and still cameras shining in their face, yet they pulled off something special. After they finished recording it, my instinct was to shorten it, but now I’m not too sure. “Rappers Delight” was 15 minutes, right?

4.11.10

Kotchy 'Sometimes I Get Down' Video


Kotchy - Sometimes I Get Down from Kotchy on Vimeo.



This video is downright trippy. Beware if you just hit the bowl.

His tracks seemingly belong in a genre all their own. Waves off classical, hip hop boom bap and electronics combine with his vocals to take you to a world unexplored. I'm really looking forward to this full length.



Kotchy's upcoming full length 'TWO' will be released 2/1/11 on Done Right Recordings.

Tracklist:

1. Sometimes I Get Down
2. Getaway
3. Good Luck
4. I Left New York
5. Helicopter
6. Coffee Breath Kisses
7. Anywhere
8. Don't Go
9. Work It Out
10. What Have I Done With My Life
11. Coin Collectors
12. Bandwagon
13. New Addiction
14. Care Free
15. We Don't Need A Crowd

WILLIAM RYAN FRITCH & COMIC WOW

If you're a music geek to a high degree you're familiar with what is referred to as Italian Library music. Basically music composed for television and film that was either extremely rare or perhaps was never used. Asthmatic Kitty has been producing a series of their own that share a lot in common with the Italian versions of yore. Check out the two most recent releases from William Ryan Fritch and Comic Wow (Feathers + John McEntire).



WILLIAM RYAN FRITCH
"Music For Honey and Bile"
Volume 9 of Asthmatic Kitty Library Catalog series
out October 26, 2010
Listen to the album before you buy.

William Ryan Fritch 'When The Ground Is Numb' (Direct Link)



COMIC WOW
"Music For Mysteries of Mind Space and Time"
Volume 10 of Asthmatic Kitty Library Catalog series
out October 26, 2010
Listen to the album before you buy.

Comic Wow 'Jazz Computer' (Direct Link)