31 July 2014

Playlist: In The Pocket with 90 on Base FM

In The Pocket with 90
10am Thursdays, Base FM
107.3FM | Freeview CH71 | Tune In App
And streaming live at www.basefm.co.nz


Disclosure | Latch (The Melker Project remix)
Giorgio Oehlers | I Rise
SoreK | Old' Up
Jhelisa | Friendly Pressure
Soulstice | The Reason (DJ Spinna remix)
Marvolus with Illusion The Reviverr | Do It For NY
Sade | Nothing Can Come Between Us (Pomo edit)
Marvin Gaye x Cole Medina | What It Is Goin' On
Maxwell | Ascension (aywy and ShemQuestionMark remix)
Bobby Rush | Chicken Heads (Society Of Mind's Deconstructed mix)
Caserta | The Way That You Do It
Wale | Lovehate Thing (Sammy Bananas remix)
Planet Funk | Chase The Sun (Drop Out Orchestra edit)
Jamiroquai | Tonight's The Night
Haywyre | Smooth Criminal
Jack Dixon | Coconuts
Blackbird Blackbird | Waikiki
The Pool | Jamaica Running (Poolside edit)
Earth, Wind and Fire | Evil
The Beastie Boys | Son Of Neckbone
Tortoise | TNT
Nickodemus | Boneman Connection
Hepcat | Rudies All Around
Zap Pow | Lottery Spin
The Dynamics | La Poupee Qui Fait Non
Cornerstone Roots | Miracles

28 July 2014

Five Albums #2: Murry Sweetpants

It just made sense for me ol' mate Murry Sweetpants to contribute #2 in the 'Five Albums' series.

I've been mucking around the fringes of Murry's life for some years now; as Trusted Friends we've put on shows in New Zealand featuring Roy Ayers, Norman Jay, Alice Russell, Crazy P and others; we've both been involved in Radio Ponsonby, George FM and now Base FM; and we've DJed together more times than we care to count.

Murry's one of life's good guys, and it's a great pleasure to be considered a friend.

As for his taste in music? Well, I'll leave that up for you to decide...

Murry Sweetpants
Five Albums: I Can't Get Enough Of Right Now

Shit Robot
We Got A Love

Sketchy name - killer tunes. Back in 2000 an Irishman named Marcus Lambkin teamed up to DJ with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. Not a bad guy to have on your side. This is the follow up album to 2010's From The Cradle To The Rave, and falling in with the DFA crew means having people like Nancy Whang at your disposal. Chuck in Reggie Watts as a guest on a couple of tracks too - can't lose.

If this girds your loins, be sure to check out the new Hercules and Love Affair album too!

Fave track: 'Do That Dance'

Z Records Presents
Ibiza 2014
Various Artists

I'm not sure if you've heard or not, but during June/July I made somewhat of a pilgrimage to DJ Mecca, the 'White Isle' of Ibiza. I'd been warned that it would blow my mind, however it was beyond expectation - it's like another planet, a planet filled with sunshine, sweet tunes and smiles. You simply must go once in your life.

Dave Lee's Z Records have compiled a bloody beautiful aural slice of Mediterranean life for their summer season. If you're a fan of the many incarnations of "Joey Negro", there's plenty of options outta the twenty-two tracks on this compilation. We're a long way from thirty degrees and bikinis in the club here in wintry ol' NZ, so turning this up nice n' loud while in front of an open fire in your undies is about as good as it's gonna get in this 'hood.

Fave track: Kiko Navarro and DJ Fudge 'So Tight'

Horse Meat Disco IV
Various Artists 

Can't deny them homos know how to have a good time - the legendary Sunday night party has been going strong for nigh on ten years in London and that Disco sound has re-spread like a virus across the world - it's been a two year wait since the last Horse Meat Disco comp and this one is more fruity than ever before. The HMD collective consists of DJs/producers James Hilliard, Severino, Jim Stanton and Luke Howard, and their bio states they are dedicated to the industry of human happiness - more of this in the world right now thanks.

Fave track: L'Amour with Krystal 'Let's Make Love Tonight'

Nightmares On Wax
N.O.W. Is The Time

Twenty-five years is a really long time to do anything - let alone absolutely killer tunes over and over again. This is a best of collection from George Evelyn aka DJ Ease - and it's all killer, no filler. I saw the beautifully packaged wax box set briefly at Real Groovy before it was snaffled away by a member of the staff who shall remain un-named. Damn him for getting the jump on me. Order one if you can.

Fave track: can't be done - too many gems.

White Women

Canadians! Funky, funky Canadians. A few years back Dave1 and P-Thugg played R&V. The live set was as awesome as I figured they would be and the latest offering from these guys has been well worth the wait. I love that as well as infectiously groovy beats, the lyrics across the album are a bit cheeky and naughty too. Lotsa collaborations with interesting cats like Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig and Toro Y Moi as well.

Further confirmation of the fact these guys are a little out of the ordinary: they unveiled the cover art and release date for the album via a missed connections ad on Craigslist on Valentines Day.

Check out the choice video clip for 'Come Alive' if you remember that flick Mannequin from back in 1987. Also worth a look is the Chromeo edition of the DJ Kicks! compilation series. Superb.

Fave track: 'Over Your Shoulder'

24 July 2014

Playlist: In The Pocket with 90 on Base FM

In The Pocket with 90
10am Thursdays, Base FM
107.3FM | Freeview CH71 | Tune In App
Streaming live at www.basefm.co.nz


Chilicago & X-Or | Into U
Unknown | I'm Sorry
Adi Dick | Morning Bird
Sunni | Temple (StarRo remix)
Esta | Lexo
James Blake | Limit To Your Love (Amin Payne remix)
Soosh | Too Soon (fLako remix)
Tom Misch | Memory
Jesse Jahmal with Stacey Gardiner | This City
Body Language | Love Life
Polographia | Righteous Hit
The Nomad | Sound Brace
Tom Misch | You Got Me Flying
Dub Club | Beware Dub
Norma White and Brentford Disco Set | I Want Your Love (Hober Mallow edit)
One Blood | Be Thankful (Leftside Wobble 12 Minute Rewind)
Originais Do Samba | Falador Passa (Mal Bosq rework)
Ozomatli | Donde Se Fueron?
Big Bang with Rasiyah | To The Full Every Minute
Visioneers | Come And Play In The Milky Night
Lizzy Parks | Forever And A Day (Eric Lau remix)
Eric Lau with Rahel | Here
Es-K | Watermelon Man
Pierre Citron | Ca Te Regarde Si Je Te Regarde
Ruck P | The Keys
Erykah Badu | Love Of My Life (Kaytradamus remix)

21 July 2014

July Top 5: Kinda Lesser-Known Covers Of Really Well Known Songs

July Top 5: Kinda Lesser-Known Covers Of Really Well Known Songs

Thought I'd kick off a monthly Top 5 list with one I've borrowed from the last issue of the Soultearoa Shakedown fanzine (published to coincide with the NZ Soul All Dayer events).

The title of the Top 5 is pretty self-explanatory. Pictured above is Noelle Scaggs. Hello.

1. Willis - Word Up
So the story goes: 18yr old Willis was working in a music store in London when she recorded her version of the Cameo mega-hit and began selling it to punters from under the counter. Genius. What's even more genius is her re-imagining of the track; completely stripping back the squelch and theump of the original, and leaving the bare bones of her haunting voice accompanied by just a laconically funky guitar. Remarkably powerful.
Nb. Came to my attention via the exellent Rewind! LP series on Ubiquity. There are so many good versions on these compilations they're an embarrassment of riches.
2. Seu Jorge and Almaz - Everybody Loves The Sunshine
The Brazilian legend takes the already super mellow Roy Ayers staple and slides it down another couple of notches, with a reading that couldn't get any further laidback without falling over. Sure, the instrumentation is beautiful, though with a strangely menacing undercurrent running through, but that voice; oh, that voice! The man could read the phonebook and it'd sound like sex.
3. The Lions featuring Noelle Scaggs - Think (About It)
There are so many storming versions of this Lyn Collins/James Brown-penned track that this inclusion will no doubt raise the hackles of some (at least, I hope so). The Lions are an L.A. super-group of sorts, and the track is taken from their reggae-soaked Jungle Struttin' LP (Ubiquity, 2008). The album standout, with the wonderful Noelle Scaggs capturing the spirit of the Lyn Collins original while taking a hard left turn stylistically.
4. Lyn Collins - Ain't No Sunshine
From the fruit to the root: a version that is closer to the original than the other tracks on this list, but an absolutely scorching vocal from Lyn Collins means it more than earns its' spot. With her voice on the verge of cracking at points, the power and emotion Collins imbues into the Bill Withers written heart-string tugger is raw and real. From the excellent Think (About It) LP (People, 1972).
5. Yesterday's New Quintet - Golden Lady
Yesterday's New Quintet is one of uber-prolific L.A. produer Madlib aka Otis Jackson Jr's (many!) pseudonyms, and Golden Lady is taken from his Stevie LP (Stones Throw, 2004). Madlib goes deep on his all instrumental tribute to Wonder, playing everything himself, on what is a cracking album of seriously loose-limbed, broken-down, raggedy-ass funk.

(* this excerpt taken from Issue #4 of the Soultearoa Shakedown fanzine. You can read the whole issue, and the back issues, here.)

The NZ Soul All Dayer blog is here.

And while we're at it, go and 'like' the NZ Soul All Dayer facebook page here, won't you?

03 July 2014

Playlist: In The Pocket with 90 on Base FM

In The Pocket with 90
10am Thursdays, Base FM
107.3FM | Freeview CH71 | Tune In App
Streaming live at www.basefm.co.nz


Silver Man | Strike 3
Pusher | Feel U
Panama Cardoon | Bosporous Thief
RXN | Ioma
INF with Smokey | Windows
Linn and Freddie | Live 4 Love
Sun Ra and His Arkestra | India (Mop Mop rework)
Unknown | Faixa
Setenta | Funky Tumbao
UFe | Danza Negra
Derobe Dance Band | Kem Dahg
Gazeebo | Dirty Jazzy Jointz
Southside Break Crew | Freshest Jam
Falqo | Feel Your Love
Drumagick | Sunday Morning
Peshay | Seville
Anchorsong | Before The Apple Falls
Philippe Edison | G.P.
Go Yama | Do The Astral Plane (Guitar Go Yama remake)
J-Rocc | Stay Fresh
Madvillain | Bistro
Bobby Caldwell | What You Won't Do For Love (Dave Allison 'Doin' It For The Love' edit)
Manhattan Transfer | Night In Tunisia (Scrimshire edit)
Sard Boogie | Sweeter 'Lil Thang
Ann Warren | Take Me In Your Arms (DJ Chairman and DJ 'S' Zing String remix)
Reggie Blount | Why Do You Call Me Baby?
Gill Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson | Madison Avenue