Another circle…. and we’re back again. It’s been 2 years since posting. Is there anyone out there ?? LOL (does this still translate?)!. I’m pretty sure my punctuation efficiency has degraded as have my understanding of language. This is my lovely Teeger above. She has consented to many things in our life together. She was an unexpected Christmas arrival 3years ago. Currently, she’s stretched out on that pile pillow you see, warming her belly next to the faux wood burning stove. The fire is real. The wood is fake. She cares not. Hopefully it cuts down on the particulate matter in the air. I like to think she is softening in her lair. She still can’t stand other small animals though. Some lessons may take a lifetime. Is it too late?
Here’s some music to get you through while you ponder all that is and isn’t.
Explored – Dexter Best Times of my Life – Cookin Soul As Long as We Got Love – Cookin Soul With UR Love – Cookin Soul Takes Me Back – Oisima Walk On By – Pete Rock Keep It Street (Inst) – Concrete Click Come Together (Inst) – Los Poetas Peace and Love feat. Masego & Rommel Donald – Tall Black Guy You Ain’t Helping – NAMELESS P.D.S. (Inst) – Big Shug Turn Me Away (Get Munny) – Erykah Badu Street Soul Music – Gramatik Miles Funk – Stro Elliot Luther’s Joint – IAMNOBODI All Good (Sylow Remix) – De La Soul Get To Know Ya – Maxwell Groove Thang – Zhane I Wanna Be Down (OWL BANK$ Remix) – Brandy You Know I’m No Good – Amy Winehouse Wake Up – Sudan Archives Think Twice – J Dilla Boomerang – Jidenna A No No – Mariah Carey Everything Is Everything – Lauryn Hill Bambina – Salaam Remi & Kat Dahlia Tr666 – Trippie Redd, Swae Lee All to You – Sabrina Claudio Insomnia – Audrey Rose Naked – Ella Mai Vamonos – Elkin & Nelson I Forgot To Be Your Lover – William Bell Valdez In The Country – Cold Blood Stimela (Jazzanova Remix) – Hugh Masekela Cissy Strut – The Meters Tippi-Toes – The Meters The Fence – Alan Tew Harlem Hindoo – Al Hirt Shadow Boxing – El Michels Affair It’s Over – Eddie Holman Don’t Let Love Get You Down – Archie Bell & The Drells Rubber Band – The Trammps Fool’s Paradise – Meli’sa Morgan T Plays It Cool – Marvin Gaye Give Me Your Love – Curtis Mayfield Crosscut Saw – Albert King Potential New Boyfriend – Dolly Parton Joy and Pain – Maze It’s The Being In Love – Michael Jackson It’s Too Late – Carol King Grazing In the Grass – Hugh Masekela Moanin’ – The KutiMangoes Song for Fela – The KutiMangoes Turn Down For What (Focus) – D’Banj Jeje – Falz Working Girls – Gary Gritness Freddies’ Dead – Curtis Mayfield Bad Bad News – Leon Bridges Inside My Head – Toro y Moi Reckoner – The Starkiller I’ll Be Loving You – Kraak & Smaak, Ivar And The Living Is Easy – Guts Love Saves The Day (Soul Clap remix) – Unknown Pitch Black City Reunion – Moodymann Sweet F In Love – Alicia Keys No Sleep – Icarus We Are Good ft. Wayne Snow – Neue Grafik Raw Cuts #3 – Motor City Drum Ensemble In Common – Alicia Keys Butterfly – Malik Alston
Land – Hidden Spheres
Song for Rémy – Yosi Horikawa & Daisuke Tanabe
Higher (Bonus Track) – Black Pearl Records
Your Number – Ayo Jay
Love Just Died Tonight – Bastien Keb
Driving To Cap Negret – Mark Barrott
Everything I’m Living For – Robert Cotter
Stebo Cu Anabela – Abel Lima
A Breath Away (feat. Kelela) – Clams Casino
It’s No Good – Depeche Mode
Man A Murdera – Popcaan
True To Yourself – Tony Palkovic
Smooth Way To Funk – Hotmood
Mar (Lo Que Siento) (Jamie Prado Remix) – Bomba Estéreo
Lotus – Laurence Guy
VIVID DREAMS (feat. River Tiber) – KAYTRANADA
Beaubien Dream – Project Pablo
Never Gonna Let You Go – Shall Not Fade WHITE
Marked For Life – Huerco S.
Pork Belly – Bastien Keb
I put this together on a hot afternoon in the apartment to cool down. A mix of recent ambient tunes touched by soundtracks and cyber themes with some downtempo beats at the end. The melodies and harmonies carry a beauty in their simplicity, repetition and textures.
Thin Air – Floating Points
Hear Me Out – Huerco S.
Weathered Sunrise – Talbot Fade
Fuwatto – 2 8 1 4
Angels of Comfort – Iasos
Spirit – J.G. Biberkopf
Shishapangma – Simon Fisher Turner
They Broke His Pelvis – Cliff Martinez
Backwards – My Panda Shall Fly
Holding Horses – Colleen
Come In – SENKING
Way Home – Eazy Haze
Induction – DJRum
Debauchery (feat Thundercat) – Zack Sekoff
Perspectives – Christian Scott
It’s time for me to pull together another satisfying wrap up of sounds and atmospheres, rhythms, tones and trends from the last year of my music shopping and listening. I wouldn’t call it a best of list, moreso an evocation. When I first became enraptured with music, it was through 50’s and 60’s jazz, the avant 20th century composers, the dj ready dubbed out psychedelia, soundtrack styles, hip hop neck breakers, and futuro drum & bass breakbeat swirls which put the hope of sonic states to the reality of modern states. It was the energy and ambiguity that gave glimpse to the magical and mystical realms.
Touching upon club styles, but relying more on the slowly emerging. Trance through repetition, texture and space. I suppose some might call this experimental or head music. Maybe my neurons are firing a little more often these days. One of the things about music I love is a sound’s ability to transport us to fictional spaces, imaginative landscapes. Sonically to travel time and space in an instant and for sustained periods. The music herein evokes this sensation and touches down for a couple vocal points of reference that man or machine, we are living in the same dream. Different states of play, sleep, pain and desire. Points of view, assumed or real.
Tanzawa II – Sharp Veins
Atomic #80 – Errorsmith & Mark Fell
Samsung India Software Operations II – D’eon
Adult – Egyptrixx
Sect – The Fear Ratio
Like an Amplified Heart – Lily
Gomenasai – Kelela
Twin Warriors (Murlo Remix) – JT The Goon
Ruff – Dressin Red
Be A Man featuring fLako – Seven Davis Jr
Neusa (Afro Trance) Club Edit – Normal Nada
Calypso Fugitive (Original Mix) – Mr One Hundred
Mirage – Kode9
Mint – Lifted
Dreams – Robot Koch feat. Stephen Henderson
Hold Tight (Peaking Lights Dub Mix) – Sinkane
Every Second feat. Perrion – Onra
Deep Court – Nadia Khan
Balance Spring – LV
Gugur – Senyawa
Big Slug (Instrumental) – Pinch & Mumdance
Approach & Identify (Demdike Stare Cross Border Incursion Remix) – Source Direct
Pedal – Fis
Track 3 – Mark Fell & Gábor Lázár
Da Best Thing I Can Affar – Traxman
Untitled – Pearson Sound
444Sure – Rustie
No matter what, I always look forward to my monthly gigs at Mua Restaurant & Bar in Oakland, California. I’ve been a part of the place since before it opened and had the pleasures and frustrations of building some of the various incarnations of DJed music there. What’s always been awesome is that a restaurant (in an old car rim & wheel warehouse) has given local DJs a place to play, and as I see it, a space for eclecticism without the pressures of crowd or scene.
A quick list of notes from the last 7 years at Mua when it opened in October of 2008. It started with 2 Technic 1200’s and a crappy 2 channel Stanton mixer which was already used up and having issues. DJs were friends or acquaintances of the owner (that’s how I got my opportunity) playing an eclectic mix of rock-dance (think DFA and early Mad Decent), 80’s, indie tunes, UK styled dubstep, old school hip hop and disco funk on Friday and Saturday nights. Many patrons came in the early days looking at the large space with hopes and dreams of it being a club for their parties. My late night mixes of DMZ and Hyperdub influenced dubstep didn’t fit into their expectations. My expectations were off in a different space as well. Compromise was bound to come, after all most people dining were enjoying the food, atmosphere and music.
After a few months and some pleading, the mixer got upgraded to the Rane TTm-57 and opened up the door for the serato DJs. I still kept about 4 shelves of records in the booth for courteous DJs to use should their computer fail for whatever reasons. We began to have open auditions on Mondays for DJs who wanted to play. I got to meet a lot of great local DJs and also have my horizons expanded. With a very limited budget, I decided on 2 or 3 criteria as far as booking went. Be passionate about a wide variety of music, humble to spin the music, and be able to select interesting and energy appropriate for the day of week or time of night. I’m still amazed by some of the DJs I was able to meet and have play at Mua. I’m blessed to have met and worked with all of you.
In a short period we had DJs 6 nights a week playing a mix of great music past and present to the dining room and the late night bar crowd. 2009 was just a fun year, as Mua settled into what it would become, an Oakland destination for food, friends, first-dates, large parties, birthdays, parents with kids, singles and single parents with no kids, young and old, the sexy, the shy, the grungy and the fly. A place where you could see everyone, but was never really a place to be seen.
We did have a packed club dance floor for a summer in 2010, which was a bummer for the people who came to eat late at night, but a boom for the bar. We had Go-go dancers for a weekend, which was neither here nor there. Some live painting. Ever changing art on the walls. A moving DJ booth, which now sits atop the mezzanine overlooking the main dining space. There were some very fun costume contests on Halloween. Plenty of Bay Area sports stars dropping in for dining. Plenty of Bay Area music legends doing the same. Local and state politicos in to eat and mingle.
Thankfully I stopped overseeing the nightlife a few years ago, and now just get to play music I’m excited to hear and play an atmosphere to the dining room. The open format and anything goes nature of Mua’s first two years has settled way down, and now it just goes and I’d like to think people know mostly what to expect when they enter through the outside garden and drawn steel door to the narrow bar adorned with LED lights and gleaming bottles of liquor to the wide open dining space.
Below is my set from last weekend. And if you scroll through some archives on this blog you can find a few other sets from Mua.
I Cant Lose (Pomo Remix) – Mark Ronson feat. Keyone Starr
Vulnerable (Pomo Remix) – Tinashe
Same Old Clown (KON Remix) – Chico Mann feat. Kendra Morris
Dontcha – The Internet
Angels (Theory edit) – The XX
Let’s Roll – Mishal Moore & DJ Fonti Project
Get Funky – Matty G
We Start Over (Tuff City Kids Private Acid Mix) – Steve Cobby feat. Trudie Dawn Smith
Day One (Telephones Remix) – Jose Padilla
Applecake – Awanto 3
Give It To Me Right – Melanie Fiona feat. Busta Rhymes & Raekwon
Atmosphere – Jack J
Pleasure Principle (Classixx Recovery Mix) – Janet Jackson
Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) [Basement Boy Strip To The Bone Mix] – Crystal Waters
Where The Sun Goes – Redfoo feat. Stevie Wonder
One (Live Edit) – Seven Davis Jr.
Eight Days On the Road – Aretha Franklin
Chelsea Rodgers – Prince
7th Street Groove (Omegaman Remix) – Empresarios
After The Dance – Tittsworth feat. Q-Tip, Theophilus London, & Alison Carney
Firefly – Mura Masa feat. Nao
Bibi Na Mpu (Maurice Fulton Dub) – Mim Suleiman
Muevelo! (Lata & Javier Estrada Remix) – Professor Angel Sound
One (The Very Best edit) – Swedish House Mafia
Gone – Jaisu
Big Tymin – Nef the Pharoah
Thick (Theory’s remix) – D.I.T.C.
Scanner Resurrection – Chief
Possible – J Dilla
Natural Born Killaz – Dr. Dre feat. Ice Cube
Wasn’t For You – De La Soul
Pump Ya Brakes – Diamond D feat. Rapsody, Boog Brown & Stacy Epps
Summer Breeze – Amor Jones
Don’t You Know – Jan Hammer Group
Body – Niia
The Worst (Jhene Aiko Cover) – Van Ike
Tears – Linkwood
That’s The Way Love Goes – Janet Jackson
Rain Fall Down – The Rolling Stones
Pretty Little Ditty – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Team (HBK Remix) – Lorde ft Sage The Gemini & IamSu
Sloppy Cosmic – Funkadelic, Moodymann
G 006 (SMURPHY RMX) – GARCIA
Come Get It (Tekstrumental) – Hi-Tek
Bush Society – Mark Barrott
Modern Family – The 2 Bears
It Hasn’t Happened Yet – William Shatner
Shame (Instrumental) – Madlib & Freddie Gibbs
Camelblues – Mndsgn
Champion Sound – Sizzla feat. Errol Dunkley
Carla – Daniel Lanois
Cowbelgian – Awanto 3
Homeland – DJ Madd feat. Marina P
Jenga – Big Makk & City Tucker
I Want You – Matty G
Backseat Freestyle – Kendrick Lamar
Do Not Fuck – DJ Rashad feat. DJ Manny, DJ Spinn & Taso
Boundary Regulation – Kuedo
Click – Dotcom
Bottoms Up – Trey Songz
Auburn Blaze – Appleblim
You Never Show Your Love – Jessy Lanza, DJ Spinn & Taso
This Could B Us – Prince
I’m in love with little boxes that can make and play sounds. I was never much of a doodler in my younger days except for a few squiggly lines, lots of concentric circles and jabbing acute angles. These days my doodles are sonics. Sound clears the mind, compresses and stretches time, and is seemingly infinitely permissible. Just let my nephew and niece tool around for a half hour on these little boxes! I love all the buttons, sliders, knobs and keys, too!
With that in mind, I have a few DJ vignettes to share. Just 30 minutes each. Electronic in nature, mostly without vocals, but varied in content and energy. This first one moves between dub techno, minimal uk grime rhythms, cosmic synthesizer textures, acid bleeps and industrial noisiness without settling in one space for too long.
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.
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