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Thursday, May 14, 2009

What A Week! (Something Else! 5/14/09 on Wtnr

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This week I not only do the show that this blog is for, but I have two Dj gigs in Barcelona!

Thursday the 14th I do my monthly "Dj Dijous" at Torre Rosa from 23.30-2.30h -- funk, house, 80s and fun stuff... Friday I'm at the Supernova Sessions in Poble Nou (The flyer is to the left) with my buddy Dj B.Boogie playing all that great downtempo goodness -- funk, hiphop, reggae, latin, etc... The nice bit is that along with B.Boogie, Lady Emz (host) and myself, Sergio Godoy & Rangel Garcia are joining us on guitar & percussion, respectively! Niceness for the dancefloor...

On to the show... I was friended on Myspace (as we all are at some point) by a band. Fortunately, they are really good! I talked the leader into sending me an mp3 of our opener "Nobody But You" by Brixton Boogie, check out their myspace: and tell them you heard about them here! "Remember Who You Are" by Sly & The Family Stone is a classic and hiphop break (A Tribe Called Quest's "Afterhours") from an album that came out long after Sly's prime, Back On the Right Track. While I can't say the album is stellar there are definitely some heaters on there, so if you see it ignore the cover art (what Sly is wearing should be outlawed.)
"Kickin' Back" by Patrice Rushen is from an early album from the jazz/80s soul singer and pianist who is much better known for hits "Forget Me Nots" and "Haven't You Heard." Many years ago a good friend told me "Every song that is a hit in the USA, there is a version of it in Jamaica." What he didn't tell me was that some of them are better than the originals! "Be Thankful for What You've Got (Dub)" by One Blood is not better than the original (William DeVaughn's version is a tough act to follow) but some of the other tracks from Soul Jazz Records' Hustle! Reggae Disco: Kingston, London, New York do out-class the originals. Next up, Ben E. King's "Spoiled" gets updated for the 21st Century by Bugz in the Attic's Daz-I-Kue feat. Bembe Segue & Colonel Red. "Brothers On The Slide" by Joey Poppette seems almost more like a remix of the Cymande original--but is good whatever it is... As you all know, or might have guessed, I'm a big fan of the Bugz In The Attic crew. "Batacumbele" by Cachete y Seiji from Hecho En Casa Vol. 1 features one of the founding members, Seiji and gets us into a latin bag which sets us up for "Roda Piao (Spiritual South Rmx)" by Azymuth a futuristic dancefloor-oriented samba. "Ufo In Brazil" by Weisz gets extra-terrestrial before we get even more "spaced-out" with "Changing of the Herb" by T-Bird. I like to occasionally dropping in music I'm working on, it makes this show a bit more unique... Herbie Hancock is known for updating his classics from time to time and "Butterfly" is no exception. This version is from an album I really dug, but wasn't that popular - Dis Is Da Drum. We close out the show with "Audio Teleport" by Stone Detectives, a track that I played for you when I first heard it on Absolute!! Sounds From Tokyo[Compiled by Aroop Roy] Although I generally try not to replay tracks, this just felt right as the closer... Aroop Roy is on the road and sharing with us folks not lucky enough to hear him at home in Tokyo, keep up with his dates on:

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