Markus Nikolai 'Kiss Your Mind'

I'm now back to making weekly trips to the record store. I am burnt on bit rates.

Grabbed the most recent 12" from Perlon co-founder Markus Nikolai. The A-side 'Kiss Your Mind' is a whirling hiccup funk number with the goofy vocals that you can expect from the Perlon crew. The female guest vocalist may sound familiar to any house heads out there. Her name is Clair Dietrich and she lent vocals to Nikolai's first major hit, 'Bushes' which was remixed by everyone from Derrick Carter to Doc Martin. The B-side is equally heavy with a lazy guitar line and another alien vocal sample. A must have for true fans of minimal tech house thump.

This twelve also marks the first output from Nikolai in nearly five years. Worth the wait.

Perlon Page @ Resident Advisor.

I do my weekly shopping at Halcyon in DUMBO. Best record shop in NYC for tech heads.

If you're not in the NYC area pick up a copy for yourself @ Phonica.


Dãm-Funk Live

Dãm-Funk 'Toeachizown'

The debut album from Stones Throws' Dãm-Funk finally arrived yesterday. It's freezing outside and the "Ambassador of Boogie Funk" is keeping the apartment filled with warm cosmic soul.

The following is taken from his page on the Stones Throw website:

"Headquartered in the Leimert Park section of L.A., Dãm (pronounced: 'Dame' as in Damon) spent the last few years cultivating a musical renaissance rooted in the early-'80s styles known as Boogie, Modern Soul and Electro-Funk.

As a DJ/selector, Dãm attracts the most discerning Boogie Funk afficionados within driving distance of his storied Monday-night Funkmosphere parties. But it's not just collectors at the bar toasting to the melodic sounds. Anyone who grooves to the likes of Slave, Aurra, early Prince, Prelude Records and the like, will get a dose of those groups' unknown contemporaries – more obscure but equally Funk-worthy.

The next phase of the Ambassador's mission is his debut album Toeachizown: continuing the classic West Coast tradition into today's scene with Dãm's own original "Modern-Funk" compositions. By plugging in his arsenal of vintage synths and drum machines, Dãm channels the galactic harmonies of his inspiration into his own brand of new boogie. Stones Throw Records' like-minded honcho Peanut Butter Wolf brought Dãm on to the team to glide into the future with his unique, synth and bass-driven vibe. It's a promising new chapter for Southern Cali space funk. "

This record is everything that is still right about music. Beautifully packaged. Produced with heart and passion. This album is futuristic and ancient all at once. Step into my life and follow us into the Funkmosphere.

Dãm-Funk @ Stones Throw


The Partysquad 'Murderer (Diplo & JAYOU Remix)'

For right now, as I ease back into banging out blog posts, I am going to be hitting the blog with YouTube links and players to give you a listen to new tracks that I'm loving.

Here's a remix by Diplo and my boy JAYOU of The Partysquad.

I just love hearing Jungle and DnB making their way back into the club.

Where is it? (Re-loved for 2009) Feat Ursula Rucker / Will Saul & Tam Cooper / Simple Records

One of my favorite tracks from the end of 2009 that I've been meaning to post:

And the Steve Bug remix:

I'm back. January was filled with working a lot and not having time to do anything else. Back to my joy.


2009 Album Review Addendum from Rudy M.

Timber Timbre
Timber Timbre
(Out Of This Spark)

I can't contain my love for these guys. With their third release, these macabre troubadours make me think of backwoods Gospel without the Gospel. There's something of the South in the spirit of each track; at times I feel as if I'm tiptoeing through a Louisianan Gothic cemetery on a winter's day. Tracks like "Demon Host", "I Get Low" and "Magic Arrow" speak to the lonely wanderer in us all. I had the fortune of seeing this outfit perform last month and witnessed their uncanny ability to mesmerize the audience with their eerie, saloon-ed, vagabond aesthetic. Pass the rye.

24-Carat Black
Gone: The Promises of Yesterday
(Numero Group)

Absolutely stellar. Thank you, Numero Group, for proving your worth yet again with one of the most exquisite soul compilations of the year. The band's maestro, Dale Warren, offers a dark yet lush composition of heart-wrenching love songs that leaves everyone I play it for stunned. Naombi Stills' haunting vocals on "I Want To Make Up" sends chills throughout, her pain is so tangible. Hard to imagine these songs hadn't seen the light of day for 35 years.

Ambivalence Avenue

Awww yeahhh... Stephen Wilkinson culls the forces of myriad genres to create an ensemble of fizzed-out funk, stuttered hip hop, heart-warming folk and beat-savvy electronica all his own. Reminiscent of corduroy vests and argyle sweaters, pimp fur coats and mustard-colored leather, Ambivalence Avenue finds the time and space to journey out into the mountains with a solid pair of boots, the gentlest guitar and a nostalgia for love . A record on heavy rotation for me in 2009. I only wonder, What street do you go down from here?

After Robots
(Secretly Canadian)

Frenetic and almost spinning out of control, BLK JKS' debut goes on my list because of it's young, adventurous spirit; it blends jazz, blues, dub, etc. pumping new life into the Prog Rock sound. The four member crew from Johannesburg, South Africa, proves strong and wild, at times letting the horse they rode on take them for the ride. With Hypnotic Brass Ensemble providing triumphant horn calls, After Robots is one of the most unique records I've come across this year.

Check out Rudy's short film he wrote, directed and acted in here.