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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Years Revolutions (Something Else! on for 1/7/10)

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Hey folks, took a bit of a break over the Holiday season, but we're back now with the "Something Else! Intro" as always... A myspace friend hipped me to something really cool he'd done and I thought I'd start the show with it "Marc Hype & Jim Dunloop - Al Naafisyh (Mr. Bird Remix.)" Mr. Bird (pictured left) is practically a neighbor in that he's in Portugal... The club sound here in Barcelona is really different than the one I grew up with in Los Angeles, but I've been adapting and finding tracks that are "me" but heavy enough for what people expect here. Michael Woods & Ant Brooks were nice enough to help me out by making their tribal, yet musical track "Yemba (Original Mix.)" Dipping back in the archives, I got reacquainted with Marvin Gaye's Trouble Man soundtrack recently. "Don't Mess With Mister T" gives you both the fat grooves and a bit of Marvin's soulful voice--not too sweet, not too tart. Speaking of archives, when I hear the name Archie Bell & The Drells, I usually think of their 60s classic "Tighten Up." Although I knew the groove, I'd forgotten they did this track for Philly Int'l in the 70s "Don't Let Love Get You Down." Both the sample and the subject matter dictated I play this track by Big Daddy Kane feat. DJ Mister Cee, "Djs Get No Respect." If I understand Cee correctly, sounds like Kane used to be a DJ... The Bamboos feat. Kylie Auldist; You've seen that name on this blog many times. "On The Sly," a cut I received over the break does NOT disappoint. I'll have to remember his new name (although it was always his "tagline" before) but The Spy From Cairo (the artist formerly known as "Zeb") is still up to the same thing--rocking dancefloors with the middle-eastern vibe and deep basslines. "Ana Arabi" features Ghalia Benali and reminds me of the old saw "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Familiar, but definitely not worn-out. Our buddy Nickodemus takes the "world music" formula and flips it on its head with "The Love Feeling (Christian Prommer Remix.)" Once again, I don't know how they make it work, but it just... ...does. I personally find Christian Prommer to be all the German producer who helps us understand why techno is still around (some of it is just brilliant!) Michel Cleis seemed to storm the world with "La Mezcla" last year, his 12 minute folkloric meets house track. With his new mix and compilation "Strictly Rhythms 3" he retouches another popular house track with obvious folkloric roots, River Ocean feat. India "Love and Happiness - Yemaya y Ochun (Michel Cleis "Floreo" Remix.)" I'm in awe of how he manages to take what could easily be "repetitive" and make it "hypnotic." Back in the 90s when I was a devotee of Drum & Bass music (along with the other music I'm always inevitably into) I loved the three closers and practically caned the last two! Ballistic Brothers "I'll Fly Away" was encouraging to me, as they are generally known for making house & downtempo. Amalgamation of Soundz were always eclectic and their "Tears for the Yazd" became a classic for me and my circle of jazzy music lovers as did United Future Organization's "Loud Minority (Alex Reece Remix.)"

Welcome to the New Year and let's resolve to enjoy good music for the whole year, what do you say?

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