Dubs Time


With the NBA playoffs beginning today, and the Warriors in the shuffle for the second time in more than two decades, I dedicate this mix to those who believe; Steph, Klay, Bogut, Lee, Jack, Landry, and Rook, will go out and “Shock the World”, or at least the half that follows basketball.

Dub for the Dubs from around the globe.

How about a Bit of Jazz, Dance to This


Jazz, it’s a controversial word in the music world. Wildly lauded for instrumental virtuosity and an idea of cool, hip.

Jazz, you are dying. Not your fault. I love you still and always, in all ways. Here is just to say, I want to hear music that affects and reflects me, teaches, interacts, plays with me. And this is why we do what we do. No affronts, simply choice cuts. No you or I, just you and I, as the bass line plays and the sax on top. Piano and drums in the backdrop. May sometime want to put a lyric to it. This is jazz, have you got the spirit?

I’m online, turn my back like Miles to the crowd, sunshades on while playing my horn, leading the band on the same stage where I stand. Odd isn’t it? Not a question, but is it? You might actually want to research it. Fuck, I care, I’m right here. Nough said for now. More to come.


Easy Ain’t Living

It was a slow day yesterday in all the best ways. Leftovers from the feast on Thursday, friends stopping through to share light and being, and great music playing in the back. Mr. Oakland was digging this mix I did a couple weeks ago, so here it is. Several of the artists are definitely worth mentioning and following up on as they are relatively newly arrived. I can’t get enough of Charles Bradley’s album “No Time For Dreaming” released on the Daptone record label. The fact that he is back by the Menahan Street Band just solidifies this release as one of the best soul records of the last year. The Stepkids are from LA and do so well at incorporating all kinds of influences into their sound. Teebs is a beatmaker, and his latest “Collection 01″ has me cooking, cleaning and paying the rent all day, every day. SBTRKT’s album easily gets into my top 10 from 2011. There are plenty more nuggets for the ears to get into, so press play and enjoy your day.

Easy Ain’t Living

Since Our Last Goodbye – Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band
B4 the Night is Thru – Jesse Boykins III
Cook, Clean, Pay The Rent (New House Version) – Teebs
La La – The Stepkids
Come Live With Me – Dorothy Ashby
Fragment Zero….And I Kept Dubbin (Album Version) – Kenneth Bager feat Gisli
Youth – Black Uhuru/Paul “Groucho” Smykle
Burial Tonight – Tenastelin
Brixton – Oddisee
Heatwave – SBTRKT
Treats – Cubic Zirconia
1940 (AmpLive Remix) – The Submarines
Go! – Madlib The Beat Konducta ft. Gulity Simpson
Grand Theft Auto – Nicolay & Kay
Life In Marvelous Times – Mos Def
FWD – Nosaj Thing
Certified Air Raid Material – edIT
This Is Dilla’s World – J Dilla
Snow Birds – Mike Slott
Jump Up In the Air and Stay There – Erykah Badu, Lil Wayne & Bilal
Sheared Box – Portishead
Three Days (Elmore Judd Mix) – Hardkandy
Lovin’ You, Baby – Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band
The Suite Theme – Maxwell
Thug – Maniac
Alicia – Mala

Real Radio: September 2011

The excitement of contemplation. A taste of change. The touch of new. The feel of nostalgia. It’s the coming of fall, autumn, cooler skies and nights. Another trip nearing its year around the sun. From bursting colors to stark black, the days move quick and thoughts slow just enough to capture the moments passing.

Real Radio: Colors of Fall

Enjoy Feat. Warren G Murs & Kendrick Lamar – 9th Wonder
Night Of The Wolf – Esperanto
To Be Named Later – Jack McDuff
A Time For (feat Wayne Gidden) – Lack Of Afro
Afrodisia – Kenny Dorham
Birds Ft. Bahamadia – Ethel Cee
Wondering Why? (You Don’t Talk to Me) – Jill Scott
The Bottom – Micah
Ball And Chain – Phonte
The Joy (feat. Curtis Mayfield) – Jay-Z and Kanye West
All Your Goodies Are Gone feat. Mayer Hawthorne (Shigeto remix) – Dennis Coffey
Little By Little (Caribou Remix) – Radiohead
Electric Relaxation (Propellerheads Remix) – A Tribe Called Quest
Cushion – SAMIYAM
Go Bang – SBTRKT
Yea… – Ras G
Nsorama (The Stars) – The Pyramids

KALX Shortwave August 2011

I was asked by KALX, Berkeley’s DJ Rawman to curate a show for the Shortwave Hour he hosts each 1st and 3rd Monday at midnight on Sunday. The time happened to fall this last week as July fell into August.

What a treat! It’s almost an oddity to play these tracks back to back as a DJ working in the Bay. Take a listen. Let me know.

KALX Shortwave August 2011

Cinnamon – Fatima
The Devil And Midnight (LV Remix) – Nitin Sawhney
On Your Own – Lil Silva featuring Sampha
At Least Instramental Remix – Mount Kimbie
Up In My Head – Cooly G
I Don’t Care About Anything (Being With You) – Marlow
Little By Little (Caribou Remix) – Radiohead
Red Light – Fatima
Flikr Of Ur Eyes – Swarms
New Here – Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX
Feel (Feat. Truth) – Silkie
Equis – Pixelord, Coax
Flowtation Device – Floyd the Locsmif
Hold On – SBTRKT
Capricorn (Ralf Gum Remix) – 60 Hertz Project
Far Nearer – Jamie xx

A little summer something

Summer Wind

Amante (Yoruba Suite Mix) – Santos
Celestine Prophecy (Original Mix) – Blaze
Capricorn (Ralf Gum Remix) – 60 Hertz Project
Fade Away – Cravo E Canela
Guanile (Pablo Fierro’s Orchestra Original Mix) – Pablo Fierro
The Quick & Dirty Dance EP (Daz-I-Kue Dub) – Shelley Nicole’s Blakbushe
Summer School Vol.2 (URH – Sleep Walker) – Various Artists
Love It (feat. JL) – BSTC
Nast – D’stephanie
Yes I Know (Marlon D’s UC Medellin Mix) – The Vibes Organization feat. Maggie Smile
Vibe Your Love – Maceo Plex
Elle (Criola Remix) – Dj Gregory
Madera – Santos feat. Quetzal Guerrero
Music Speaks Louder Than Words (Doug’s Jazzfunkadisco Mix) – Joey Negro pres. Doug Willis
Eastern Promise (Psalm) – The Natural Yogurt Band
Song of the Wind – Santana

Real Radio July 2011

Kicking off this month’s mix is Clams Casino. Already a highly sought after producer in the southern rap scene (Soulja Boy, Lil B), his new EP finds him exploring the hazy beatscapes with twisted samples and analog synth textures in line with the finest post Dilla beatsmiths. Lukid, Onra, Oddisee and of course Dilla all keep a solid bump with soulful undercurrents. L.A. darling and artist of the moment, Flying Lotus exhibits one of the various directions producers aligned with instrumentalists can take post hip hop jazz. Drop in NYC underground artists Breez Evahflowin and a smart cut from The Roots latest album, before getting into the 70′s jazz groove which is always a source of inspiration for this DJ. Sunshine grooves for cooling down. The follow through for the mix keeps the vibe expanding and the groove on point. Pour yourself an Arnold Palmer.

Real Radio July 2011

Natural – Clams Casino
Track 4 – Lukid
Dont Stop – Onra
Houston – Oddisee
One for Ghost – J Dilla
Dance Of The Pseudo Nymph – Flying Lotus
Forsaken – Breez Evahflowin’
Radio Daze – The Roots, Blu, Porn & Dice Raw
Searching – Roy Ayers
Tashriel – Masada Quintet
The Nearness Of You – Cal Tjader
Sun Runner – Bob James
Time is the Enemy – Quantic
Taijete – Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Pete’s Jazz – Pete Rock
Quiet Fire – Roy Haynes
You Ain’t Really Down (Jazzanova’s Hey Baby Beats) – Status IV
Beyond The Stars (SD Mix) – Syncom Data
Into the Stars – L-Vis 1990
Imaginative Revolution – Paradox
Neckbone – flevans
Rendezvous (Instrumental) – Leisering, Stefan ; Green, A. ; Castro, A.
Feelin’ It – Camp Lo
Something Goes Right – SBTRKT
Tonight (Sa-Ra rmx) – Kleer
Riding High (Wajeed rmx) – Faze-o
Nina Lowo – Tony Allen
A Tribute To The Beatminerz – J. Rawls
Flyin’ High InThe Brooklyn Sky – Digable Planets w/ Lester Bowie And Wah Wah Watson
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) (Easy Mo Bee Remix) – The Temptations


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