Forward Listening 20 now available

December 5, 2011 at 10:00 am

This month’s edition of Forward Listening includes music from James Blake, Thundercat, Nas, Antibalas, Mr. Scruff, and more.  Enjoy!

Hour 1
Bill Withers – Hope She’ll Be Happier [ Live at Carnegie Hall; Sony/Columbia ]
James Blake – Limit To Your Love [ James Blake; Universal Republic ]
Jesse Futurman – I Love You So [ Super Basement EP; Jus Like Music ]
Robin Hannibal – Transit [ Bobby EP; Plug Research ]
Marc Hype & Jim Dunloop – The Mexican [ Stamp Out Reality; ???
Manu Dibango – New Bell [ Africadelic: The Best of Manu Dibango; Mercury ]
Antibalas – Rat Race [ 12″; Exactamundo ]
Tinariwen – Tenere Taqhim Tossam [ Tassili; Anti/Epitaph ]
Bombino – Tenere (The Desert My Home) [ Agadez; Cumbancha ]
Fools Gold – Narrow Sun [ Leave No Trace; IAMSOUND ]
AM & Shawn Lee – Dark Into Light [ Celestial Electric; ESL ]
Charles Bradley – Since Our Last Goodbye [ No Time For Dreaming Instrumentals; Daptone ]
Hour 2
J.Viewz – Salty Air [ Rivers & Homes; Jorjia Music ]
Kraak & Smaak – Wasted With A Smile [ Electric Hustle; Jalapeno ]
Shad & Frank Dukes – Flawless [ The New North; The Real Frequency ]
Zion I – The History [ Atomic Clock; Gold Dust ]
Nas – Nasty [ single; Def Jam ]
Ancient Astronauts – Nocturne [ Into Bass & Time; ESL ]
Mista Savona f. Alton Ellis – Chant Rasta Sound [ Warn The Nation; Savona Records ]
Prince Fatty – Come On, Girl *Disco Mix [ Supersize; Mr. Bongo ]
Chrissy Murderbot – Braaain [ 12″; Planet Mu ]
Little Dragon – Ritual Union *Tensnake Remix [ Ritual Union EP; Peacefrog Holdings ]
Thundercat – Daylight [ The Golden Age of Apocalypse; Brainfeeder ]
Mr. Scruff vs. Kristy Almeida – Pickled Spider [ Turntables on The Hudson Vol. 8; Wonderwheel ]
The Echocentrics – Crescent Sun [ Sunshadows; Ubiquity Records ]
Bing Ji Ling – Some Things Never Change [ Shadow To Shine; Tummy Touch ]
The Stepkids – Legend In My Own Mind [ The Stepkids; Stones Throw ]
Alabama Shakes – I Found You [ Alabama Shakes EP; Self Release ]
Ikebe Shakedown – The Prisoner [ Hard Steppin EP; Colemine Records ]

Chico Mann at It’s A School Night

October 11, 2011 at 3:17 am

Chico Mann at Bardot

I help Chris Douridas on his show every other Saturday at KCRW.  Chris hosts a weekly event called “It’s a School Night,” every Monday at Bardot on the second floor of Avalon in Hollywood.  When I saw that this week they were welcoming Chico Mann to the stage, I had to make an exception and go out on a Monday night.  He streamlined his live show to two people for this performance, and it made me think back to when I saw him get down in Fullerton with Ticklah, DJ Obah, and Vinia Mojica.  That was a legendary night, now that I think about it.

This performance was setup almost completely through Ableton, and the results were absolutely amazing.  One of the things that really stands out when using production software for live performances is the bass that stands out in comparison to a standard band’s drum kit.  The 808 was bumpin for Chico Mann’s performance tonight!  He definitely pushed the sound system in this small, 200 person room.  It was an afro-electric night of fresh dance music, and I’m glad I got to see it.