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Real Radio: August 2010

Another episode of Real Radio comes at the end of the month. August days and nights are some of my favorites. Let the music reflect that.

Real Radio: August 2010

Perferated – Skream
Reflections – Skream ft. Dbridge & instra:mental
Dreamin – Submerse
Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.) – Monsters of Folk
Orion – These New Puritans
Martin Luther – Wolfgang Voigt
Lost Bakongo Remix – Soule Power
Real Love (The Field Remix) – Delorean
Real Love (Radio Edit) – Delorean
Jneiriereooo!!!!! – Jneiro Jarel
Southern Boy (Dubbel Dutch Remix) – DJ Sneak
Lilt – Kidkut
I Love The Way – Skream
8 Bit Baby – Skream ft. Murs
Finally – Skream ft. La Roux
Peaches for the Baby – Lawrence Grey
It Takes A Muscle – M.I.A.
Meds And Feds – M.I.A.
It’s Like Fire Yo!! – Jneiro Jarel
Hologram – These New Puritans
Real Love (Deadboy Remix) – Delorean
Wray – Dub One
Dear God 2.0 – The Roots & Monsters of Folk

Real Radio July 2010

Loads of great music being released these days. Here are some recent selections worth giving a listen. Soundway Records’ great compilation of Nigerian 70’s rock starts things off. Jose James puts jazz into the groove for a contemporary stepper oozing soul. Dimlite has a new LP on the Now Again label filled with broken machine cosmic slappers. Hazy dubtech boogie soul joints from Brokenchord, SBTRKT, and Von D reminisce with sliced syncopation. Retro rave nods with 2010 production qualities from Machinedrum and Bok Bok. The new M.I.A. album, “Maya”, finds her in different form from previous releases, though equally fine with tough electronic productions bolstered by digital noise, requiring a proper listening focus. LCD Soundsystem’s latest is another great release with slow building jams that’ll bring you back and push you forward. Enjoy.

Real Radio July 2010

Yem Efe – Tony Grey Super 7
The World Ends – The Black Mirrors
Ottoto Shamoleda – Colomach
Detroit Loveletter – Jose James
On The Same Picture w Elan Tamara – Dimlite
Bluestar – Brokenchord
Berlin Call Alps Edit – Von D
Jamlock – SBTRKT
Antigravity Low Limit Remix – Shlohmo
Square One – Mosca
Party Harder (The Heatwave Refix) – Donaeo, Rubi Dan, Capleton, Vybz Kartel & Danny English
What Life Once Was (Original) – Altered Natives
1992 (Vocal Version) – Dexter
Let Your Body Talk – Ace The Sandman
Carry The Weight Bok Bok Remix – Machinedrum
Quicktime Roska Remix – DJ Naughty
Down – Sepalcure
Undenied – Portishead
Caps Lock – M.I.A.
You Wanted a Hit – LCD Soundsystem
Run In To The Light – Brokenchord

long sunny days

Today being one of them, I found myself listening to the duo, I’m Not A Gun. They make the most of simple musical means. Solely instrumentals, I’m Not A Gun is the collaboration of John Tejada on the drums and electronics, and Takeshi Nishimoto on guitar. Mood music without being moody, their sound is contemporary and unhurried. Check out their profile and listen to more of their sound: I’m Not A Gun on Last.FM

Or just enjoy these songs:

“Long Afternoon” from the album We Think As Instruments

“A Letter From the Past” from the album We Think As Instruments


I have been delinquent on this blog for a minute now. It’s been a time of moving and changing. Moving residence, changing focus, adapting to the new and foraging amongst the old. Searching for that timelessness. So, several mixes are in order. First up in honor of mothers everywhere, but especially my own, is a mix of cosmically charged selections to celebrate the collective mother. Beauty and imagination. Who would we be without these traits ? Enjoy the selections, and let me know what I should post up next in the comments if you’d be so kind. Yes, the new Flying Lotus album, “Cosmogramma”, is heavy in the mix, so shoot me. It’s very good and just released.


Satie: Descriptions Automatiques – Pascal Rogé
Eine Promenade – Stephan Mathieu
4.2 – Supersilent
Fantasy – The xx
Jhaptal In 10 Beats & Raga Jhinjoti On Sarangi – Ustad Zakir Hussain
Monstahs – Eskmo And The Antiserum
Lo-Fi-Ve – Fantastic Mr. Fox
Think! feat Greenwood – Funkstörung
Radiant Industry – Jamie Vexd
Digidesign – Joker
Meltdown – King Midas Sound
Generique – Miles Davis
Host – Plaid
Fourth Dimension – Starkey
Deep Down – Synkro
Moments In Love (Caspa Remix) – The Art Of Noise
808 Dub Plate – Twilight Circus
Never Went Away – Untold
The Time In Between – AFTA-1
Recoiled – Flying Lotus
Kirkonväki – Paavoharju
Lose My Fuse – Muhsinah feat. Flying Lotus
..And The World Laughs With You – Flying Lotus Feat. Thom Yorke
Hencho en Casa (Landslide Vox Mix) – Afronaut & Hector Calderon
Aidy’s Girl is a Computer (Kyle Hall Remix) – Darkstar
Black & Bury (Original Unreleased Mix) – El-B
Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No 1- 3. Finale – Steven Isserlis, Francis Grier
Zodiac Shit – Flying Lotus
Computer Face // Pure Being – Flying Lotus

Real Radio #3: Spring Fortunes

The sun is back and spreading its marvelous energy a bit more each day. Spring is so sexy, or is it just me. Pop this mix onto your listening device of choice and ride with it day or night. Just a collection of great songs, recent and not so recent. Music that allows you to be you, fully and without second thought.

Real Radio #3: Spring Fortunes

Flying Over The City – Rithma
Life Is But A Dream – Frankie Feliciano
Nothing Goes Away feat. Sue-C & Johanna Livanainen – Luomo
Love You Inside Out – Bee Gees
Dog Days Are Over – Florence & The Machine
Unstoppable – Santogold, Drake & Lil’ Wayne
Lockdown feat. Zumbi – K.Flay
Party Started – Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Belly Full feat. Kardinal Offishall, Steele & Bajah – J.Period & K’naan
É Necessário – Tim Maia
Natural Mystic – Bob Marley & The Wailers
I’m Yours feat. Jah Cure & Lil’ Wayne – Jason Mraz
No Other Love – John Legend featuring Estelle
Mr. Bobby – B.o.B
Teenager In Love – Grant Phabao & Carlton Livingston
Tightrope feat. Big Boi – Janelle Monáe
Stand Up – Lee Fields & The Sugarman 3
Southern Girl – Afrodisiac Sound System & Erykah Badu
On The Bridge – K.Flay
Neckbone – Flevans
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) – Marvin Gaye
The Blast – Hi-Tek, Talib Kweli & Vinia Mojica
By Your Side – Sade

Real Radio #2

“I can’t live without my radio!”

Today LL Cool J’s line might seem dated. We know longer think of the radio as a large boom box we can walk around with pumping the latest cassettes and hot mix shows. Today’s technology has changed that for good. Radio ain’t dead though. It’s expanded, multiplied and become wildly diverse and more personal. It’s become homogenized and highly programmed. Sounds like differing descriptions, no ? Well, yes. The latter might closely resemble the old idea of the radio. A radio station transmitting its content to your boom box, home stereo or portable radio head set (classic!). You, the listener, decide on which call letters you wish to listen to. The listener’s only choice.

Choice is what has changed it. The internet changed it. Lala, Pandora, podcasting, Last.FM, SoundCloud and the many more streaming, on demand, internet based listening portals have given the listener an infinite amount of choice. Not total choice, mind you, because radio’s most important role has always been in introducing and breaking news and music to the listener. Now, instead of just the narrow and limited selections on the AM/FM bands, the listener has all the choice to fit their mood, whim, need and curiosity.

Real Radio #2: Sunday Moves

New Year, New Day, New Music

And lots of older music too. Though perhaps not that old. Just a great selection of music to get you through the day, or set off your evening. Downtempo, jazz, indie disco, electronic, Latin, French, rock, reggae, lullabies, and even a Xmas selection which isn’t at all schmaltzy. La la la. Beauty and imagination. It’s 2010, where are you going ?

New Year’s Day part 1

Non Ce N’est Pas Un Rêve – Françoise Hardy
Fading Away (Apparat Remix) – Nitrada
Do You Hear – Mr. Scruff
Sign (DJ DSL Remix) – Boozoo Bajou
Suburbia – Nite Jewel
Moon Child – Pharoah Sanders
Move – I’m not a Gun
Double Vision – Lusine
Safety Meetings – Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts
Endless Things – flevans
Ummh – Bobby Hutcherson
Rush Hour In Hong Kong – Louie Ramírez
New Morning – Quantic And His Combo Barbaro
around the world – christian prommer’s drumlesson
Exodus – Michael Brecker & Lisa Fischer
Don’t Bounce It – Isan
Little Drummer Boy – Low
Frere Jacques – Jean Jacques Perry & Luke Vibert
40 Winx – Mike Slott

New Year’s Day part 2

La Murga – Willie Colon
Cherrystones – Eugene McDaniels
Burnin Inside – King Khan & The Shrines
Worldwide – Allen Toussaint
Song for My Father – Cedric Im Brooks/Light Of Saba
Mambotango – Ray Barretto
Gone – Stefon Harris & Blackout Present
Mysterious Traveller – Weather Report
Money Jungle – Duke Ellington With Charles Mingus & Max Roach
Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved By Nature – George Russell
How To Find Royal Jelly (Lost Scrolls Of Hamaric) – Sonar Kollektiv Orchester
In the Key of Blue – Quantic

Autumn Leaves Pt. 2

It’s been a long couple of weeks grinding at my job. Long days, long nights. It always is this time of year. Tired back, aching shoulders at times, and my focus solely on what’s right in front of me. Usually I’d have more of my attention diverted towards music and thinking about what I’d like to play. How can I use this song and make it fit right in the mix ? Can I work in this progressive, minimal, dub, experimental techno joint without going all stomp, stomp, stomp ? Maybe people will enjoy this post-disco casio bleep music if I just throw a Lady WretchWretch accapella over it ?

I can safely say last night, these questions were not nagging me. I was exhausted after the day/night and diverted my mind from itself with a KenKen puzzle, a Warrior’s loss and the cat’s claws on my toes. A couple B vitamins, some Chinese Herbs, and a rare Red Bull a bit later, I felt alright, just wanting to listen to some beautiful music in a laid back groove. This set is what came of it. Lotsa soul, sprinkles of jazz, electronic, world, funk and hiphop. No bells and whistles, this is how I chill in ’09 til . . .

Autumn Leaves Pt. 2

Flyin’ High InThe Brooklyn Sky – Digable Planets With Lester Bowie And Wah Wah Watson
Bump It – Erykah Badu
Move Me No Mountain – Love Unlimited
You’re My Everything – Anita Baker
Tripping Out – Curtis Mayfield
Coolie High – Camp Lo
So Far From Home feat. Phonte – Jazzanova
Damn (Marcel Remix) – Nightmares On Wax
Melt! – Flying Lotus
We Hear You – Luke Vibert
Ringa Ringa – A.R. Rahman
Give the Drummer Sum – Black Milk
Crazy Alien – Ras G
Rollin’ – Dam Funk
What Did He Say – Nite Jewel
Odyssey Man Feat Ayah – Robert Strauss
Zumba Mama – Chico Mann
Can We Call It Love – Ahu
Spirits Up Above (Simbad’s Cosmic Boogie Remix) – Jose James

Autumn Leaves pt. 1

It being a beautiful and brisk fall day, a not too often occurrence for the Bay Area, I cannot help but to think of New York and the greater New England area, where I lived for 9 years. It’s sweater weather. Wool, scarfs, gloves, mittens and knit caps. The falling leaves being rushed about the city by unseen winds. The beginning of the season of reflection and new dreams drifting into our subconscious. Change. No music better fits these ideas in my opinion than America’s greatest heritage, jazz. Listening to Monk or Coltrane, Davis or Dolphy, Baker or Blakey, their tones, timbres and swinging improvisations, I am reminded of the daring and everyday challenges music and life can present, when I take the time to listen, search and continually reinvent change in life. Jazz represents this idea more than any other American music, as it was created as a result of these principles in action. It’s structure is so deeply rooted, it will never whither, though it’s offspring musical legacies may forget hence from where they draw their nourishment.


Feel Like Makin’ Love – Bob James
I’m Still Standing – Omar
Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Irene Kral
The Dreaming Mind Part 2 – Quantic And His Combo Barbaro
Soul Vibrations – Dorothy Ashby
I Got The – Labi Siffre
Got My Mojo Working – Jimmy Smith
Ballicki Bone – Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Tea Leaf Dancers – Flying Lotus featuring Andreya Triana
Welcome To The Club – Marc Moulin
Hip Street – Nu Tropic
Nautilus – Bob James
Gone – Stefon Harris & Blackout
The Basis – Lack Of Afro
Fresh Delivery – Captain Planet
Posed To Be feat Chali2na, Mixmaster Wolf, DJ Dusk – Breakestra
If You Want Me To Stay – Baker Brothers
Layer ft. Mara TK – Julien Dyne
The Rink – Theo Parrish

Soul for Days

Lake Merritt

Fall equinox always reminds me of John Coltrane’s birthday (September 23). One of the great musicians of the last century, I’m sure most are aware of some of his work. I think what is most striking to me is the soul he put into the music and outside the music into his life. A spiritual searcher and gentle, contemplative man, his album “A Love Supreme” is an apex in jazz, art and music. It’s an album to listen to in tough times, calm times, quiet times and really any time. One always worth another listen.

I’m not fond of tributes, but this last Friday, I wanted to play a Coltrane song or two and wound up playing Dwight Trible’s wonderful vocal version of “A Love Supreme”. I hear the song as a tribute to Coltrane’s music and life with great performances from all the musicians and a tight arrangement. The rest of this set has nothing to do with Coltrane outside of being soulful and sweet.

Rocksteady Coltrane Soul

My Conversation – Slim Smith
President a Mash Up the Resident – Shorty the President
Tribute to Slim Smith – Tyrone Downie
Eternal Drums – Bongo Herman & L.E.S.
Always Together – Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths
Danger In Your Eyes – Don Evans and the Paragons
One in the World Style – Niney The Observer/King Tubby
Gedowa – Abyssinia
A Love Supreme – Dwight Trible
La Ritournelle – Sebastien Tellier
Yardbird Suite (Saint Etienne remix) – Rebop/Herbie Mann
Aganju (Latin Project remix) – Bebel Gilberto
Skyy High (Yam Who? mix) – Raphael Saadiq
I’ve Been Waiting – Incognito
Spacefruit – SA-RA Creative Partners