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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

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

Real Radio June 2011

Summer, summer, summertime. Warm sounds for an afternoon or getting on the good foot for the night. Fatima’s first EP features great production from Floating Points (a fav of mine) with tracks ranging from downtempo haze to R&B and jazz influenced ambience. Can’t wait to hear more. Moodymann’s Black Mahogonie project is pure class with the jazz bass and gospel R&B styled analog house sound. More jazz fusion slash disco boogie from Oriol, Eddie Russ, Bob James and Bomp pick up the vibe before getting into some newer electronic and hip hop beats. Take a listen on your porch or your car this summer.


Real Radio: June 2011

Mind – Fatima
Rectify/Bonus Beats – Black Mahogonie II
Spiral – Oriol
Poko Nose – Eddie Russ
I Don’t Want to See You Cry – John Holt
Theme Song from ‘Which Way Is Up’ – Stargard
Be known (Owusu Remix) – Up Hygh Feat. Eska
Heads – Bob James
Funk INA Ghatto feat Austin and Jones – Bomp
Rump Studies w Ketepica – Dimlite
Flashback [Jazzanova’s Mashed Bag] – Fat Freddy’s Drop
Night Night – Big Boi, B.o.B. & Joi
True Skool (The Heatwave Remix) – Roots Manuva & Coldcut
I Can’t Let it Go – Seiji
Web 20/20 – The Roots, Peedi Peedi & Truck North
Dil Se – A.R Rahman
If I Can’t Hold You – Desire
Daily Vacation – Ducktails
Escape To Nowhere – Danilo Plessow
Wait is Over – Lil Silva
Rock Wit Me (feat. Teyana Taylor) – Jadakiss
My Yes On My No – Anthony B

Real Radio: April 2011


I’ve been on hiatus from posting for many months now, so I’ve got a lot of music to get up here. Let’s start with some recent (and a touch of older for good measure). This first re-installment of the series is something like the transition of winter into spring. Cold nights spent inside with glimpses of the sun returning before it finally does. Great new music from the likes of Gil Scott with Jamie XX, Nicholas Jaar, Chris Turner, Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub project, Julio Bashmore’s deep house sides, Mary J. Blige’s stripped down power, and more. Soul, electronic, dub, classic. Download, stream, enjoy.

Real Radio: April 2011

Gospel Of Opal (ft. Anneka) – Falty DL
Ribble To Amazon – Julio Bashmore
Jels – Joy O
Take Care Of You – Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX
Wires (Theo Parrish Remix) – Owiny Sigoma Band
Wires – Owiny Sigoma Band
Like We Used To – Kahn
Intervales Theme – Javelin
Ooo La La La – Teena Marie
Candy Walls – Trust
Why Can’t We Live Together – Timmy Thomas
Someone to Love Me (Naked) – Mary J. Blige feat. Diddy & Lil Wayne
Wink – Little Dragon
Time for Us – Nicolas Jaar
stickyGREEN – Chris Turner
Silverado – Black Dub
The Tea – Choklate
Father Father (Original) – Julio Bashmore
Ride (Original Mix) – Something Good
Rockeez – Souled
Alafia (Alpha & Olmega’s Ethnic Vocal Mix) – Paul Deep Feat. Sheyi
Your Touch – Duffstep

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