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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

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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

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

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.

Jazzintime

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