spells of summer

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An hour of selections ambient, synthetic, warm, gauzy and hazy, alien and foreign, swinging hats and loping kicks, nothing too far below the medula. The music floats along to a summer’s day or evening with minor shifts in tone. The artists are some of my favorites from the last year. It’s an hour long. Download or stream it. Please leave a comment below.

spells of summer ~ 1hr.

Silver – Lifted
Alone in Da Sun – Beat Spacek
Miss U – Shigeto
Sunspots (i. Event #1, ii. Event #2, iii. Event #3) – ASC
The Customs of the Age Disturbed – Craig Leon
Dance Of The Drunken Drums – Theo Parrish
난 괜찮다고 또 웃으며 Good Bye – death’s dynamic shroud.wmv
Da Best Thing I Can Affar – Traxman
? Question – Mark Pritchard
Tick of the Clock – The Chromatics
They Broke His Pelvis – Cliff Martinez
Under Your Spell – Desire

Real Radio #12

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Another episode of my radio if it were dreaming on crunk. Good for commuting, playing cards against humanity and even folding laundry. Not necessarily suitable language wise for little kids’ ears. Older and newer jams that have some hooks, pops, and pepper.

Real Radio #12 ~ 1hr [Right click to download]

City of Boom – J Dilla
All I Know – Big Omeezy, Iamsu, E-40, Mally Mall
Ayo – Chris Brown, Tyga
Atlantic Cuantic Cumbia (DJ Neber Edit) – Gux Swadharma
Problems – Az
Let The Games Begin – Mack 10 Ft. Fat Joe, Big Pun
Every Gyal – Empire Isis
Young, Wild & Free – Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Ft. Bruno Mars
No Dirt – G Whizz Ft. Chi Ching
Won’t Come Home – Mennska & Mas Tropical
Sober – Childish Gambino
Until We Rich – Ice Cube Ft. Krayzie Bone
Before My Glory – Bunji Garlin
Lean On – Major Lazer, Dj Snake, Mo
I Don’t Care – Paul Gee
The Secret – Nicolay
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (Melih Aydogan Rework) – Kylie Minogue
Got Til It’s Gone remix – Zikomo
Like A Drum – Jamie Foxx, Wale
Lollipop – Jose Padilla
Here – Alessia Cara
Blacklight Riddim (Inst) – Dre Skull
Next One – Qq
Firefly (feat. Nao) – Mura Masa
100 Days, 100 Nights – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
When You’re Young And In Love – The Flying Pickets
Neva Gunna Leave – Paul Gee

Hipster dues, dude !

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Downtempo wholesome goodness. The first half of the mix is from vinyl before transitioning to mp3s. I get to flex my hipster and hepcat at the same time a couple times a month. I love the freedom of playing music for a dining crowd in a 3 story high auto warehouse. Light crashing through the sunlights and voices, glasses and hustling servers mixing into the ambient noise. Practicing the art of unlikely combinations by letting things happen together and observing. Sufficiently gentle on the ears and head sometimes. Sometimes.

Hipster Dues ~ 1hr [Right click to download]

Purple Pussy – Woo
Wallpaper – Woo
Gee-Gee – Calvin Keys
Wave – Nancy Wilson
Minnie Says – Marc Mac
See Me Smile – Marc Mac
Ready For Us – Fug
I’ll Give You My Love – Sue Ann Jones
Where You Gonna Go? – Paul White
Tomorrow – Hector Plimmer
The Mothership Is Listening (Original Mix) – Seahawks
Seven Minutes of Funk – Whole Darn Family
Cat Rider (Poolside Remix) – Little Dragon
Pendulum – FKA twigs

old and new

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It’s been over a year since I’ve done anything on here. I think possibly because I have less to write about the music than I have music I’d like to share. That said here are a couple mixes. The first is a compilation of two compilations. Titillating and stimulating electronic, groove, soundtrack and jazz oddities that put a smile on my swagger and chicken in my schwarma. Part one from a Trunk records compilation entitled “Funny Old Shit – Volume 1” which was a mere 2 pounds online. Part two of the mix are songs from “Dummy 21st Century Pop Music” on the Dummy label and surveys, as the title implies, contemporary slightly odd, sounds in music.

Funny & Dummy

 

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This second mix is a awash of drums, synthesizers, world and urban electronic sounds. Bang bang energy and seductive gyrations.

4:00 AM – Taylor McFerrin
Remember (Hieroglyphic Being Version) – Roedelius
West Coast Jungle Juke – Matthewdavid
The Tortoise (Nsaha Edem Ikit) – Ibibio Sound Machine
Jangle – KRNE
Jeidem Fall – Wolf Müller Mix – Tolouse Low Trax
Carimbo (AlanRosales Remix) – Schlachthofbronx
All Under One Roof Raving – Jamie xx
Balearic Incarnation (Todd Terje’s Extra D) – D
I’m Not Dancing (Damian Taylor rejiggle) – Tirzah
Franco – S-Type
Minger – Darq E Freaker
HOW Riddim – Mr One Hundred
Axis Jab Jab (Feat. Bunji Garlin) – Mr One Hundred
Higher Than High (Mr One Hundred Bootleg) – Machel Montano
Hope ft. Rio Hemopo & Sabire Jade – DJ Vadim
Reminiscing – Tanya Stephens
Adelina – Andrea Canta & The Green Man

How about a Bit of Jazz, Dance to This

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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.


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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

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