Saturday, March 24, 2012

Funk Bass  

These are two funk tracks I have been spinning a lot lately. The synth bass on both of these tracks is pure squelchy quality. The synth and bass guitar combo on Chaz's New York dance floor workout is especially great. Chaz delivers a real winner here with dubbed out extended mixing production and a nice fake out ending. He must have been really feeling this track to rinse it so hard. I'm glad he did. Bromar's Call Me Up is more digital Minneapolis funk with some tasteful sampler use and a classic phone call breakdown.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Don't Quit  

Who knew that the internet was faster in Mexico than it is from BeatElectric's Los Angeles nihilist commune? although perhaps the ever frugal B.T Magnum was always getting his DSL from Mexico due to the weak peso and the lag was simply due to LA county's distance from the border. If you don't see him post on the blog for weeks at a time, its not because he doesn't have the records or the motivation, its simply because he is waiting for the mp3 to upload.

A local cartel boss has offered to hook me up with some Central American psych breaks, but I came home from the club last night and stupidly drank unfiltered water directly from the tap and as a result don't think I'm going to be leaving the casa any time soon, but my digestive tract's loss is your gain as I'm going to post an uplifting underground NYC boogie tune, full of empowering self affirmations.

Cecil Gier's 1985 underground dancer 'Don't Quit' come's in a beautiful picture sleeve (that I was I had a picture of), of the lady herself in a sparkling sequenced dress looking determinedly at the camera. It would have been an expensive investment for such a small run private press, but they obviously had faith that the quality of the tune would take it somewhere, and rightly so (even though it wasn't to be). I think Cecil was a singer in a known New York female vocal group in the late seventies, but I can't remember their name as I'm sick and don't feel well. Anyhow, a box of sealed copies of this turned up a year or two ago and I managed to snag one. I recorded both sides before I left for south of the border as I hadn't seen the instrumental anywhere, so please enjoy and think of me whilst my intestine and the local bacteria do battle:

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Friday, March 09, 2012

UPTOWN EXPRESS - EPISODE Ocho: Fibonacci Nights  

 I made a guest mix for Ulysses82's London based radio show, Uptown Express. You have to listen to me stumble through a long winded story about how Carmen's Time To Move re-issue came about for about 10 minutes, but now the show is up on soundcloud you can use technology to forward past my enlightened conversation at any point you feel your frontal lobes were about to suffer damage and get straight to listening to me stumble through a DJ set instead.

 At the time I made a bold statement on air that I would gift a copy of the Time To Move re-issue as well as an original copy of Carmen's 1985 track  Throw Down  on 7" to anyone who can spot 7 of tracks from the mix, a decision which I hadn't really thought through at the time and sort of regret, but whats done is done.

Leave a comment on their soundcloud or whatever.

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Saturday, March 03, 2012

Skate JAM!  

Spring is nearly upon us and that means that it is time to polish up those roller skates. This funky jam came out in 1978 on Earwax Records out of Detroit. I like its PROTO-proto house sound. I don't really know anything about the group other than that they put out a couple of LPs and singles. Their first record came out in1977 and is easier to find than their 1978 LP that contains this single. I think it is ripe for an edit to remove the chorus; here is what you need to make it happen.

Hunt's Determination - Rollerskate
Hunt's Determination - Rollerskate (Instrumental)

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Thursday, March 01, 2012

Think Fast  

Here is a laid back 1984 track with some deep production from Buddy Turner. Buddy worked on a lot of tracks on Philly World Records including Q's masterpiece The Voice of Q. Pamela Joy's sole release is a great example of the classy sparse '84 funk sound with especially great synth stabs that will keep haunting you long after your first listen.

Pamela Joy - Think Fast

Pamela Joy - Think Fast (instrumental)

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