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The ever-present Something Else! Intro leads us into the audio journey for this week. Most of the tracks are things I came across on my London trip. Many are things I used to own on vinyl and have found in digital form and a few are completely new to me. "Depois Que O Ile Passar" by Virginia Rodrigues is a lovely Brazilian number that one of my co-workers Saturday night at El Cafe De La Plata asked me to "rewind!" Ok, that's not really true, she just asked me to play it again... "Slip Into Something More Comfortable" by Kinobe has a great mix of lounge and groove elements that few people can pull off without sounding cheesy. I have always thought that the Brand New Heavies sounded a lot like Average White Band (that's not a dig, I love AWB.) I'll get back to this later, but for now enjoy "Shelter," the title track from Brand New Heavies' album featuring Siedah Garrett (lyricist for Michael Jackson's "Man In The Mirror" and co-vocalist on Dennis Edwards' "Don't Look Any Further.") "Bring It On" by Dual Control, "Hide and Seek" by Urban Species and "Straight Playas" by Fmob are all 90s English classics that I used to have on vinyl and you might have heard if you went to any of the nights I was playing in the mid 90s to 00s: Jazzid Up!, Mondays at The Room Hollywood, Internationalist, Way Out West or even Something Else! at The Brig in Venice Beach. I love buying music 2nd-hand (especially in England!) Getting back to the BNH/AWB comparisons the next track by Average White Band, "McEwan's Export" (named for a great ale originally from Edinburgh,) shows the Scottish band's instrumental proficiency along with their well-known groove capacity and would not be out of place in a Brand New Heavies set. "Think About Me feat Michelle Escoffery (Joey Negro Club Mix)" by Artful Dodger is another London find (at the Oxfam shop!) that leads well into a track remixed by LA's soulful-house dj and producer Jose Marquez "Corillo de los Trangalanga (Jose Marquez Remix)" by Tego Calderon. It's a free download from Jose's blog Serenity In Sound. He's got a few other tunes he's remixed as well, so check them out! We close out with "Red Clay" by Freddie Hubbard (RIP) one of the foundational jazz-funk tracks that has influenced the likes of Freestyle Fellowship, Jose James, Angie Stone and countless others.