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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

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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

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

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

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