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R.I.P., Roc Raida

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This year is just much too much.

Another legend gone. R.I.P., Roc Raida.

Here’s part of Roc Raida’s bio, excerpted from his myspace page:

Roc Raida began his DJ career in the early eighties at the age of ten. Surrounded by such inspirations as his father, a member of the Sugar Hill Records act Mean Machine and hip hop impresario Grandmaster Flash, Raida cultivated his interest into an absolute passion. Now, Roc Raida is considered among the best of the contemporary DJ’s and has brought the art of Turntablism and Party rocking to a fresh new level.

In the late eighties Raida gained prominence as a member of the New York-based crew the X-Men who, for obvious of copyright reasons, later became known as the X-Ecutioners. Champions of furthering the turntablist movement, the X-Ecutioners made their reputation by utilizing the techniques of beat-juggling; the manual alteration between individual kick and snare sounds to create original drum patterns in real time. This practice has been an inspiration and a force in Roc Raida’s style.

In the beginning defeat was commonplace, as battles were mainly popularity contests. The more contests he entered the more the competition began to appreciate his style and determination. Pushing his limits and raising the standard with which DMC’s are judged, Raida began to get noticed. His impressive finishes in some of the premier DJ battles; first place in the 1991 “As One”; second place in the “Superman Battle”; and second place in the 1992 DMC US Finals were just the beginning. In 1995 Raida, was crowned the DMC World Champion in front of a massive London audience.

So, I was supposed to put this up a few weeks ago when Chicken George sent it to me, but I’ve been running around like crazy, in and out of town, in and out of the country. Apologies for holding out on y’all.

Chicken George, an Austin institution whom we featured here back in May, has teamed up with Latin Funk specialists, Brownout, to create a great mix celebrating “The Legendary Latin Funk Sounds of Brownout.” The mix highlights the band’s music, past and present, including tunes from their latest release on Six Degrees Records, Aguilas and Cobras, which dropped on Tuesday:

To get a taste of what the album sounds like, I’ll let Chicken George show you the way:

DJ Chicken George has compiled a fresh mix entitled “The Legendary Latin Funk Sounds of Brownout” featuring a selection of new tracks as well as previous hits from their acclaimed debut album Homenaje. This mix pays tribute to Brownout’s impeccable unique sound of heavy Latin percussion and rhythms combined with a mighty horn section. Think FANIA Records meets The JBs with an extra added layer of “hardcore Latin Funk.”

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¬ DOWNLOAD CHICKEN GEORGE’S MIX HERE

The album itself is available for purchase at any of these links:
¬ Six Degrees Records | Amazon | iTunes

Brownout is one of several musical projects involving the multi-talented Adrian Quesada, who, aside from being a celebrated musician, also happens to be an incredibly cool dude. (He didn’t even hate on me when I borrowed one of his CDs back in college and took several years to get it back to him. Time, as you should already know, is not my specialty).

Since that time, Quesada and his various band mates have become a musical force, winning international acclaim performing under several combinations, including Ocote Soul Sounds, and most notably, Grupo Fantasma, who were nominated for a Grammy for their album Sonidos Gold.

Grupo Fantasma has also made a name for themselves doing shows for some guy named Prince. You might have heard of him.

I could go on and on about these dudes, but I think their own bio does them better service. Here’s an excerpt (you can read the whole thing on the Brownout myspace page) just to give you an idea:

If ever a band could boast having a complex genealogical tree, that band is Brownout. The eight-piece, Latin funk ensemble based in Austin, Texas, is both offspring and germinating seed to Grammy-nominated Grupo Fantasma. The latter in turn traces its roots to when Austin based Blue Noise Band and The Blimp, from booming border town of Laredo, Texas, converged in its conception.

Brownout may well be Grupo Fantasma’s psychedelic Latin funk little brother, an offshoot of the collective that regularly backs Prince, its latest incarnation, or even its alter ego. What they are not is the sprawling conjunto’s side project. Brownout has taken Grupo Fantasma’s funk roots and blown them up. In the process they’ve taken on a life and developed a unique sound all their own. Aguilas and Cobras, the group’s new album on Six Degrees Records, stands as testament to their one of a kind evolution.

The band member’s musical journey began as a revolt against the Mexican cumbias and Tejano music of their hometown. Opting instead to immerse themselves in the worlds of Sly Stone, James Brown, and Mandrill, they were nurtured by soulful staccato drums, deep-in-the-pocket guitar riffs, and bawdy bass lines, elements that would provide the overriding arch for their sundry musical explorations. Eventually they migrated out of the garage and flocked four hours north into Austin’s thriving music scene. Away from home they embraced their Latino heritage and as Grupo Fantasma they explored the cumbia rhythms they shunned as teenagers. …

Then came Brownout, a return to their coming of age forays into funk. Mostly instrumental, the band takes its cues from James Brown‘s J.B.’s and San Francisco’s Malo, the Seventies act fronted by Carlos Santana‘s brother Jorge, but they infuse it with their particular vibe of border music hybridity and generous brushstrokes of trippy psychedelia.

Got it? Good.

Here’s the tracklist for Chicken George‘s mix:

01. They Don’t Know
02. Cuete Interlude
03. Laredo 77
04. C 130
05. Olvidalo feat. Kino of Grupo Fantasma
06. Con el Cuete
07. Chema’s Contraband
08. Family Show
09. African Battle (Hydro’s Throwed Boom Bap Edit)
10. Ayer y Hoy
11. El Narco (Hydro’s South Texas Broken Neck Edit)
12. The Flea

Enjoy.

Spike Lee’s birthday bash for MJ in Brooklyn

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Hands in the air for MJ

Yesterday, despite gloomy skies and a lingering bout of exhaustion, my gal and I made the trek from Queens to Prospect Park to celebrate with a huge chunk of Brooklyn what would have been the 51st birthday of the late, great Michael Jackson. The birthday bash / tribute was organized by Spike Lee and featured DJ Spinna (a living legend in his own right) playing five hours of MJ tunes for the masses.

And a lot of masses it was. I don’t know what the numbers ended up being, but a shitload of people turned out. Click the image below to get a panoramic view of some of the crowd that turned out:

The crowd at Prospect Park

I got there dumb late (as usual), but was still able to catch the vibe and enjoy the party. Surprisingly, there were only a handful of MJ impersonators in the crowd, but this littled dude was my favorite with the ill MJ dance steps that had the crowd in an uproar:

Little dude doing his thing

I was too far back to sort out everybody on stage, but I know Tracy Morgan was def in the spot and Ed Lover was the master of ceremonies (no word on whether the Ed Lover Dance also made an appearance). Of course, Sir Spike took the mic a few times as well:

Spike Lee

They even had a cake:

MJ's birthday cake.

It was a festive mood all around, and the crowd was def there to get down. Here’s the crowd following Ed and Spinna‘s lead getting something started:

Folks brought their boogie foots and did it up right, getting down to Michael’s “Get On the Floor”:

They kept it up right into Spinna‘s sweet little “Beat It” blend:

It was a great time all around. Brooklyn showed up strong — another reminder why I love this damn city so much.

R.I.P., DJ AM

In: Music, News, NYC

DJ AM

I know I haven’t been posting lately. I stayed off the grid a bit after a grueling month. My intent today was to come home and post a funny video that a friend sent me recently, but when I cut the laptop on, I found out that DJ AM died today here in New York.

I never saw him spin in person, but I’ve seen plenty of video clips, heard plenty of mixes, and read a lot of testimonials on behalf of his greatness not only as a DJ, but as a person. So, I’m really saddened by the news. I just finished reading this really moving (and — given the developments in the news of his death — depressing) piece in Glamour about the struggles he tried to overcome on his way to stardom.

Rest in peace, DJ AM. Condolences to all his fam and friends in the DJ community and beyond.

Cosmo Baker & 4th Pyramid are The Sheen Brothers

In: Mixes, NYC

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Scumbagfunk_TRACKLIST

Stream here
or Download here.

“Nothin’ but that jherri curl funk all day everyday”
The Sheen Brothers is the one of the hottest collaborations out there right now! What started out as a not so serious idea and more of joke between Cosmo Baker (The Rub, NYC) and 4th Pyramid (Toronto) has turned into one of the freshest dance parties around. The Sheen Bros are a duo of slicked-out sleazesters that play greasy funk and drippy disco making ALL the ladies lose control! A twist on disco and funk the two have dubbed this new sound Scumbag Funk– Cosmo rocks the tables while Pyramid bangs it out on the MPD. Check out the first release from The Sheen Bros: Scumbag Funk Vol. 1, get greasy y’all!

Tracklist
01 – I Got The – Labi Siffre
02 – I’m Your Pimp – Skull Snaps
03 – Let’s Take Off – Dam Funk
04 – I Love To Dance – Kleeer
05 – Hollywood Hot – Eleventh Hour
06 – Daddy Cool – Boney M.
07 – Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgettin’ (Pyramid Edit)
08 – Baby Come On – Sex O’ Clock U.S.A.
09 – Touch Me Again – Bernard Pretty Purdie
10 – En Melody – Serge Gainsbourg (Sheen Edit)
11 – Comin’ Home Baby – Mascara
12 – I Don’t Know if I Can Make It – Dawson Smith
13 – Boogie Joe The Grinder – Ultrafunk
14 – Sport – Lightnin’ Rod

Want more? Of course you do. Over the next few months, the Brothers will be trading 30 minute volumes of Scumbag Funk, mix for mix, in an onslaught of awesomeness. Pyramid will be handing off the baton to brother Cosmo for Volume 2 of the prestigious Scumbag Funk series. Be on the lookout!

Stream here
or Download here.

If you’re in the NYC area on August, 15th, you can catch Cosmo Baker live at the Buhbomp sponsored 2009 Sound Liberation Festival.

Soooo good!

My latest labor of love (I’m so excited about this, you have no idea):


Sound Liberation Front presents …

[[ SOUND LIBERATION FESTIVAL 2009 ]]

SATDAY | 15 AUGUST 2009

@ littlefield
622 DeGraw St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
718.855.3388
www.littlefieldnyc.com

Sound Liberation Front announces the first annual Sound Liberation Front Festival at Littlefield Performance and Art Space in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood. The festival will feature a daytime family-friendly event and an evening music and culture party:

/// SOUND LIBERATION PARTY /// 7p-2a | 21+ | $15 advance / $18 at the door
An evening full of music featuring music legends, upcoming artists and DJs from some of New York’s hottest parties. Schedule + more info:
soundliberation.org/2009/07/sound-liberation-festival-2009-party/

/// SOUND LIBERATION FAMILY JAM /// 2p-7p | free for kids | donation requested for adults
5 hours of hands-on activities, arts offerings, and music specifically geared towards the festival’s younger fans and their parents. Schedule + more info:
soundliberation.org/2009/07/sound-liberation-festival-2009-family-jam/

::: The SOUND LIBERATION PARTY will feature performances by:

[[ BRAND NUBIAN ]]
wiki: Brand Nubian

[[ COSMO BAKER ]]
( The Rub )
www.cosmobaker.com/

[[ IAN FRIDAY ]]
( Libation/Tea Party Music )
www.myspace.com/teapartymusic

[[ KENNY PARKER ]]
( BDP )
www.myspace.com/kennyparker66

[[ CHICO MANN ]]
( feat. members of Antibalas )
www.myspace.com/chicomann

[[ TICKLAH ]]
( Easy Star )
www.myspace.com/ticklah

[[ DJ LIL TIGER ]]
( –=(] buhbOmp [)=–, touch&feel:radio, Music Nerd All-Stars, Soular Grooves )
www.buhbomp.com

[[ Q MASTAH ]]
( Music Nerd All-Stars )
Music Nerd Club facebook page

with live art by:

[[ SHELTON WALKER ]]

[[ THE INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED METAMORPHOSIS ]]

::: The SOUND LIBERATION FAMILY JAM will feature kids activities and workshops:

[[ AFRO MOSAIC SOUL DANCE WORKSHOP w/ GIBRIL KUYATEH and DJ SPECIAL ]]
Dance workshop teaching the Mosaic Soul style of house dancing
www.myspace.com/afromosaicsoul

[[ DUBSPOT DJ WORKSHOP w/ DJ SHIFTEE ]]
DJ workshop hosted by one of the world’s top DJ schools
www.dubspot.com/

more info:
+ www.buhbomp.com/updates/?p=3486
+ facebook event page
+ ical/outlook

map:
+ yahoo
+ google
+ hopstop

It’s about that time…

Smooth Move July 2009

Smooth Move July 2009

This Saturday afternoon we’re hattin’ down dem batches, no, no… batten down the hatches aboard this brothership with DJs empanadamn, Sailsmore and Soul Korea. It’s another installment of your favorite afternoon outing of as much seat grooving as a pair of butt-cheeks pressed in white linen trousers can take – Smooth Move.

Smooth Move is the perfect post-brunch / pre-party springboard to celebrate summer, with DJs mixing a throwback soundtrack that encompasses yacht rock, soft rock, AM gold, quiet storm cuts and everything in between. Expect food on the grill, drinks at the bar, and basking in the outdoor courtyard.

FREE! No cover.

Saturday July 25th, 3-9PM at littlefield
622 Degraw St. b/w 3rd & 4th Ave.
in The Gowanus, Brooklyn
M/R to Union (closest route)
or F/G to Carroll (12 minute walk)

Big shouts to the homies at Yacht Rock (creators of the online documentary series covering  your favorite yacht rock artists) for their previous support on the Twitter hotline.

The GiKu Experience

I had the pleasure of meeting Gibril Kuyateh, aka The GiKu Experience, last week in Brooklyn and immediately caught good vibes. Gibril is a member of AfroMosaicSoul, the Brooklyn-based dance and music collective that hosts the infamous Libation parties at the Sullivan Room in the Village.

A few days after I met him, Gibril sent me a mix he did recently for Soulkomplex Radio in Germany, and I really wanted to share it here. It’s rich with deep, soulful African-inspired compositions that made for a perfect soundtrack to my weekend:

Here’s how he describes the mix:

The goal with this mix was to create a visceral connection that transported the listener to Africa. Talks with DJ Sosue out of Germany were the inspiration. She produced this dope track along with Dele Sosimi (Fela‘s keyboard player) called Wahala Identity Mix … that set the tone when i re-mixed (aka re-experienced) the Wahala track blending it with “Angel Song” ft. Josh from Blaze. At that time, she asked me to do a guest mix for Soulkomplex. My shows can be heard on Giant Step and will be on SmoothTraxx in the next couple of weeks.

¬ CLICK HERE TO STREAM THE GIKU EXPERIENCE MIX ON SOULKOMPLEX RADIO

Here’s the playlist:

01. Dwight Trible / Africa / Main / Ninja Tune
02. Dele Sosimi / Wahala Identity Mix / Sosue Soulkomplex Main Mix / Raw Artistic Records
03. Meitz / (Mayibuye I) Africa / Main / Airdrops
04. Osibisa / Jumbo / Main / Calibre
05. Blackcoffee Feat. Bucie / Turn Me On / Raw Artistic Soul Vocal Dub / Gogo Music
06. Johanna Saint Pierre / En Jaguar Beige / MKL Dub / Lion1 Music
07. Björk / Desired Constellation / Main / Polydor Universal
08. Jose Burgos / Dirty French Horns / Main / Deepa Grooves
09. Stevie Wonder / You And I / Main / Motown
10. Anto Vitale / Broken Wings / Orig. Instrumental / Tea Party Music
11. Josh From Blaze Ft. Chieko Kinbara / Angel Song / Main / Grand Gallery Japan
12. Dele Sosimi / Wahala Identity Mix / Sosue Soulkomplex Dub / Raw Artistic Records
13. Pacific Express / The Way It Used To Be / Main / Gull
14. Letta Mbulu / Whats Wrong With Groovin / GiKu Funk Box Mix / Random Records

In addition to DJing and producing music, Gibril also hosts dance workshops that teach kids what the AfroMosaicSoul crew refers to as the Mosaic Soul style of house dancing:

Mosaic Soul is the next evolution of dance. The newest form of African American social dance has risen from the underground. It carries the genetic traits of its forbears: African dance, Latin dance, tap, modern, popping & locking, break dancing(b-boying), hip hop, house dance, lofting and capoiera to name a few.

Here’s some video of the AfroMosaicSoul dancers demonstrating some of that style at Libation‘s three-year anniversary back in April:

I first experienced the energy of AfroMosaicSoul at the Winter Music Conference in Miami a few years ago, and it left such a strong impression on me that I vouch for just about anything they get involved with. The vibe is right every time. Check out the stream of Gibril’s Soulkomplex mix that I mentioned above. And keep The GiKu Experience on your radar.

touch&feel:radio

Took me a little longer to get this out than I had hoped, but it is finally here: the latest edition of my touch&feel:radio podcast. It’s another hourlong Funky House (aka UK Funky) slammer showing off the many splendors of this emerging sound. Check it out and let me know what you think:

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(if the preview doesn’t work, you can listen to the mix here.)

¬ DOWNLOAD IT HERE (right-click and save as)

Full playlist and more info available at www.touchandfeel.org:

touch&feel:radio is a podcast founded by MR. VISH and DJ LIL TIGER that features a dirty-style blend of various types of soulful urban music from around the world. Genres include: Funky House/UK Funky, UK Garage, 2-Step, Broken Beat, Dancehall, Reggae, Soul, Grime, Jungle/Drum and Bass, Hip-Hop, House, Soca and whatever else suits our souls.

We began this little project in L.A. back in August of 2005, but life put the brakes on things a year later when Lil Tiger moved to NY to start a new life, and Mr. Vish moved back to Houston to attend to his family.

After a long break, though, it’s time to bring this baby back and get the music flowing once more. Thanks for sticking with us. Much more to come.

Join the touch&feel:radio facebook page to keep track of updates on the show.

This monumental event reunited one of hip-hop’s illest collaborative mixtape efforts of the 1990s – DJ Tony Touch presents The 5 Deadly Venoms Of Brooklyn (1997) featuring DJs PF Cuttin (as The Lizard), Mister Cee (The Toad), Premier (The Scorpion), Evil Dee (The Centipede) & Tony Touch (The Snake). The title is based on a Shaw Brothers classic The 5 Deadly Venoms which refers to 5 characters who exemplify kung fu fighting styles of said creatures. The theme has been utilized in various hip-hop contexts from Wu-Tang albums to Sprite commercials.

The night’s celebration of Tony Toca‘s birthday also paid homage to the late Michael Jackson, classic hip-hop joints and good music, period. Special thanks to Squincy Jones, who was in attendance with me. Check Toca Tuesdays at Sutra on 1st & 1st in the East Village. One of NYC’s only parties poppin’ on a Tuesday night.

Photos of the night with awesome captions courtesy of me.

DJ Tony Touch presents The 5 Deadly Venoms Of Brooklyn

PS. Sorry for the lacking title; I didn’t ask him his age. Plus a lady never tells. (Just kiddin’, Tony!) Peace to the piece maker!

Podcast:

EPISODE 13. DJ LIL TIGER
and EMPANADAMN

DJ LIL TIGER starts things off with a love-themed Soul set with splashes of classic disco and contemporary R&B. EMPANADAMN holds it down in the second half with a mesh of synthy dance, pop, Hip-Hop and electro.

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EPISODE 221. 02 AUG 2016.

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