Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Ting Tings

So me and OKSG are on the road at the moment, but I leave you with one tune to tide you over (and keep you dancing) until we're back.

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Become part of the well-deserved hype over The Ting Tings. They are totally perfect summer music.

Download (via Analog Giant blog): The Ting Tings - "Shut Up and Let Me Go" (Chris Lake Vocal Remix Radio Edit)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Take The Box - Amy Winehouse

Not to turn this whole thing into a big Gilles Peterson-fest everyday, but I was just listening to the dude's bank holiday special and he dropped this Amy Winehouse live session from a few years back on us, and YOOOOO!

Just listen up, all the way to the end! Chills.
Someone get her back to straight jazz soul, immediately!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Q for Question

Q-Tip - Gettin' Up from Q-Tip on Vimeo.

Just found this Q-Tip video clip via SoulBounce. I've been hearing more and more tracks and getting an ear and eyeful of hype but when EXACTLY is this album coming out? I don't like to be toyed with...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Gilles Peterson(GP) rundown -08/21/08

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If you don't know by now that we here love Gilles Peterson, think of him highly as not only a wicked selekta, but also musical historian and look to him for the next, then....errr, now ya know. Week in and week out, he breaks some heat from all around the world on his BBC Radio 1 show (which you can stream here from when its posted on Thursday, for one week ONLY) and we want to kind of recognize that by reviewing our highlights of each weekly show here.

This week Gilles did a Brownswood Basement episode where he played (pretty much) all old vinyl cuts. Very good finds. Lots of fun stuff. Here were my highlights, click the artists' names for more info or to hear the track.

Choral Readers – ‘Creator Has a Master Plan’
This is like a chorus of children selling/yelling this totally tripped out version of Pharoah Sanders' track. I imagine this has to be some wildly rare cut. Couldn't find any info on it, but here's another version of it done at Alice Coltrane's birthday party.

Wornell Jones- 'It Must Have Been Love' (Paradise)
Try to sit still during this chill groove. I couldn't do it.

Smokey Robinson - 'Baby Thats Backatya' (EMI)
Man, why have I been asleep on Smokey Robinson? I grew up on his "greatest hits", but this hit is greater. I immediately went back and listened to all of the Quiet Storm album. Gilles also announced that Questlove is producing Smokey's forthcoming album. I am expecting fire.

OK, over the past year or two, I have been going back and schooling myself on the jazz biggies but I somehow had not managed to get to the legend Mark Murphy. This cat came into the studio with Gilles and was just a graceful old head with a great voice and more energy than your average 22 year-old. I heard some great cuts and found out that Jose James' cover of Park Bench People is actually a mix of that song (by Freestyle Fellowship) and Mark Murphy's Red Clay (here is Freddie Hubbard's version).

They played a lot of great stuff, but one track that really jumped out at me was
the one track Gilles played from CD, Mark Murphy's wonderful Dingwalls (off of Gilles' Journeys by DJ album), which I post here for your listening pleasure.

Download: Mark Murphy- Dingwalls

Monday, August 18, 2008

Records, Vinyl, Acetate, Wax!!!

The Archive from Sean Dunne on Vimeo.

world's biggest record collection, amazing!!!

via Nahright

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Stanley Lieber

Today I am enjoying the atmospheric goodness of the Stanley Lieber project's newest release aufklärung. Perfect Sunday chill music.

Download: Meaning (track one)

Download all the tracks

Friday, August 15, 2008

Gilles Peterson(GP) rundown -08/14/08

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If you don't know by now that we here love Gilles Peterson, think of him highly as not only a wicked selekta, but also musical historian and look to him for the next, then....errr, now ya know. Week in and week out, he breaks some heat from all around the world on his BBC Radio 1 show (which you can stream here from when its posted on Thursday for one week ONLY) and we want to kind of recognize that by reviewing our highlights of each weekly show here.

Wow, Gilles was back from New York this week (he wasn't in last week) to drop many tasty new and old nuggets on us. His energy was through the roof and totally infectious. Here are some of the best things he rocked on this week's show. Click on the artist name for more info.

Isaac Hayes – 'Walk On By' (Stax)
I hadn't listened to this track in a minute, but I am now revisiting the dude's catalogue.
Gilles is gonna devote some serious time to the man on the next Brownswood Basement podcast. So keep your eyes peeled for that. Anyway, you should be subscribing if you know what's up...

Minnie Riperton – 'Reasons' [Theo Parrish Re-edit] (<--- link opens to youtube interview with theo) Gilles played a few nice Theo Parrish re-edits. I never get tired of Minnie Ripperton cuts. There will never be another. (check these people shaking it to the track at Gilles' worldwide awards this year. OKSG, can we make it to the 2009 ones?)

Solange Knowles – 'Champagne Chronic Nightcap'
Whoa whoa, leave it to GP to get me feeling Solange (Beyonce's little sis). I thought she was gonna come with some bubblegum, but apparently she has a track with Boards of Canada on her forthcoming joint, along with many other good folks like Mark Ronson and Bilal. Hear the above track by clicking the link and going to her Myspace.

Hamid Drake – 'There Is Nothing Left But You' (Rogue Art)
This track started out with some poem I wasn't really feeling but then the poem stopped and this killer jazzy business started and got FIRE! Wicked jazz drummer. Check the dude.

Sonny Rollins – 'Jungoso' (RCA Victor)
Old jazz virtuoso. Track from the new RCA years album. Hear a tidbit/cop it here.

Hercules & Love Affair ft Antony Hegarty – 'Blind' [Frankie Knuckles Remix] (DFA)
I love the original version of this track but it can sometimes be a little harsh with the 90s drag ball steez, however
this Knuckles lighter jazzy house remix goes down SMOOTH! I'll post the youtube vid below so you can peep it out.

Speaking of drag ball steez, who isn't bogling and voguing to You Belong To Me with the femme-realness? I sho am!

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Here Comes The Rain Again

I am not sure when this Sly & Robbie track came out but I have been playing it like a demon since I got it the other day. The fabulous (and WAYYYY under-jocked) Imani Uzuri put the hurt on this Eurythmics cover and every time I hear it I get the urge to put on some leather pants, hop into a sports car, and go get into some trouble.

and you know what? here is the video that the fantastic Pierre Bennu made for Imani Uzuri's Sun Moon Child. Enjoy

jamz from thisaway

I just copped this nice little dance music mix from Ozren of Codeep here in Ljubljana (they are part of what I can only assume is a miniscule click of cool kids roun' these parts, which I have oddly not been invited to join, hmm...).

Anyway, great summer mix. No track list, but sometimes that can be freeing, no?

Download: Ay-S Poti mix

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Kanye is The Winningest

On the heels of Michael Phelps record-breaking Olympic medal wins, Kanye has dropped the video for his newest single Champion. Wonderful Kanye fuzzy-style goodness, with costuming courtesy of my own personal champion of style Ms. Janicza Bravo (thanks for posting the vid!).

Kanye West "Champion Video" Official Directed by NEON from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.

Monday, August 11, 2008

RIP Isaac Hayes

Black Moses album coverImage via Wikipedia

This past weekend hasnt been to nice on our heroes. First Bernie, now Isaac- hold yo head folks. RIP Isaac "Black Moses" Hayes.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Jose James @ Central Park Summerstage

This is from last week in Central Park, NYC. What a great performance- wish i had been there, but this is second best with decent sound quality, yeah!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Jamie Lidell

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I heard Jamie Lidell before now, but I didn't really start listening until now and I am loving it. It is simple soulful funky goodness by a really wacky British dude. Why isn't this man more famous? Wait, am I out of the loop? Is he already terribly famous? Geez, I'm probably embarassing myself. Any way check out the Little Bit of Feel Good video below and get some more feel good by buying his new album Jim.

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Termanology feat. Bun B produced by Primo

Im listening to less and less hip hop these days aside from the usual suspects but that dont mean that i aint still checking for whats out there, cause I am and I'm hearing some heat in this cat Termanology. As I was driving down to LA on Friday, Primo (DJ Premier) was on the radio station as he was in town and he spoke on this cat Termanology he is producing and how they were working with Bun B on this song. So, I check it out and man its nice. Primo is one of the reasons why I got into and still love this raw hip hop shit so much, and he still lacing them ill beats for cats. He was talking about how he is literally addicted to this hip hop and making beats- truly dedicated! Bun B (another legend!)of UGK holds it down of course, and this cat Termanology from New York has an ill delivery and flow and most importantly voice, cause as Guru said "it's mostly the voice that gets you up."

Oh and look out for that Termanology cause I just seen the tracklist for his coming album and its produced by like all Primo, Large Pro, Pete Rock, etc aka the Legends.

How We Rock - Termanology Ft Bun-B