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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

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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.

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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

Real Radio #1 AJB

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Radio, where for art thou, radio ? Where hast thou gone ? Commercials and bleeps, iced chains and angst, smoothed out instruments and popless pop, talk, talk, talk and schlock. Maybe it’s just me, but I just don’t tune in for very long. Just isn’t much music on you anymore, radio. We’ve heard it all before, most of it.

I was listening to this set by AJB, a frequent DJ collaborator at Mua, and thinking “this is what modern radio could sound like.” Great songs, a mix of indie, downtempo, electronic and hip hop. Catchy, relaxing, upbeat and mixed on point throughout. I’ll get a song list up soon. In the meantime, check the vibes and enjoy some flavor ice.

Real Radio #1 AJB

AJB, Rawman and Cross will be playing Friday, August 28th 2009 at Mua.