Orgone – “Strike” – Funk 45 – YouTube

June 17, 2015 at 4:05 pm
orgone-strike Glad to see Colemine Records putting out new 45's from Los Angeles based funk band, Orgone.  Been a fan of these guys for years! Buy their 7" vinyl direct: http://coleminerecords.blogspot.com/p/online-store.html

New single from Benjamin “Those Memories/This Time”

June 8, 2015 at 10:07 am
benjamin Big up to Cherries records for always putting out quality funk.  Check out the new 7-inch from Benjamin. From Cherries Records:
BENJAMIN comes back full force with two back-to-back modern soul burners.  Side A, ‘Those Memories (Sneak Up On Me)’ is a mid-tempo live funk track, originally created for the infamous Toulouse Soul Club party in southern France. With a driving guitar/bassline combo, slinking funky drums and swelling synth lines, BENJAMIN encourages you to leave the past behind, never looking into the “rear view” mirror of love. On the B side, Cherries’ co-founder, DJ Shred One, serves up a stripped down extended edit version of ‘This Time’. Deeply influenced by the Chicago “steppers” sound, ‘This Time’ is a smooth and sultry quiet stormer, custom made for those who like their dance music sexy, sophisticated, cold and grown. It is the perfect 45 for the cool out hour, when it’s the lovers’ turn to take over the dancefloor.

Interview w/ Roger Bong of Aloha Got Soul

May 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm
Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset Last week, we aired a conversation I had with Roger Bong, a DJ who took his passion for Hawaiian records and turned it into a great blog, Aloha Got Soul, which lead to him starting his own re-issue label under the same name. Gearing up for their second release on June 22nd, Roger talked about his blog, establishing relationships with local musicians, and why he felt a re-press of his first release was good for everyone. Full tracklist available at Soundwavesradio.com

My review of the Sonix “Vintage Vinyl” iPhone Case

July 25, 2012 at 12:54 am

You can now find me contributing to the Beat Swap Meet blog.  I recently reviewed the Sonix "Vintage Vinyl" iPhone case.  Check it out here.

The Apostles 45 re-issue

May 21, 2012 at 8:06 am

Speaking of Frank Gossner of Voodoo Funk, one of his most recent blog posts are about this super rare Apostles 45 re-issue.  Here's what he said:

The heaviest Deep Funk 45 ever to come out of West Africa. Only two original copies are known to exist. Now everybody can buy one. (before they're sold out...)

I IMMEDIATELY grabbed two copies from Academy Annex.  So heavy!

Frank Gossner at Afro Funke

May 18, 2012 at 8:27 am

20120518-082250.jpgThursday nights are for Afro Funke!  For over 8 years, the team of Cary Sullivan, Rocky Dawuni, Jeremy Sole, and Glenn Red have provided Los Angeles with a quality event, dedicated to african rhythms, from reggae to afrobeat.  Definitely one of LA's shining stars in the music scene, this is a place to come hear music you've never heard before, and to dance to music you've never heard before.  And EVERYONE is dancing.  That's what makes this so special to me.  There's a lot of wallflowers in LA, but not at Afro Funke.  20120518-082523.jpgEveryone is vibing out.  Even if someone is not on the dancefloor, they are moving their feet. When I got the email about Frank Gossner guest DJ'ing at Afro Funke this week, all my other plans got cancelled.  This cat spent quite a bit of time travelling through Africa, sometimes not in the safest of places, in search of the rarest and funkiest of African records.  He documented this journey on his blog, Voodoo Funk.  Lots of photos and music for you to check out.  Frank played some SERIOUS heat, from afro-disco cuts to slow funk burners.   And if you're wondering what kind of records he was playing, they were all original pressings.  No compilations.  I couldn't help but remember what Jeremy Sole said when introducing Frank: "Think of it like this, one of these records can pay for your rent this month!"

Cherries Records debut release today!

May 15, 2012 at 7:26 am

The homies Shred One and Meaty Ogre debuted the first release on their new 7-inch label, Cherries Records, last night at midnight, Chicago time.  Two tracks from Cermakk & Doug Shorts, both well produced 2012 r&b joints for the early/closing set.  Spaced out beats with solid vocals.  I'm so proud of them! Support independent vinyl and get your copy at http://cherriesrecords.bigcartel.com/

Requests Music – Maui

May 2, 2012 at 8:00 am
20120428-134909.jpg I read on yelp that Requests Music has a basement with a ton of records, so I had to go there during our two days that we were in Maui. Once we got there, though, it was quite a bit of vinyl that was unorganized, dirty, water damaged, and pretty much unacceptable. I did manage to find a couple pieces, from new Jack to some soul stuff so it was cool overall.  The dude working there was really nice and he gave me a couple extra Record Store Day items including this cool tote bag. If you can spare A LOT of time to go through all these records, I highly recommend you check out request music in Maui.  I, however, was aching for some beach time, so I only stayed for about an hour. 20120428-135009.jpg

The Monophonics new album is coming…

April 19, 2012 at 11:44 am
My man, DJ MZA, asked me to come play some jazz records on his radio show last month, and he mentioned that he was having a band called The Monophonics come through the following week.  I was not in the know, but I did some research and now I'm officially a fan!  Good timing, too, since their new album, In Your Brain, is scheduled for release in May, courtesy of Ubiquity Records (pre-order here).  A super fresh heavy soul, psych, and funk sound from this bay area outfit. In doing my research, I was able to get a hold of this older 45, thanks to Colemine Records in Ohio (big up to Terry Cole for putting out some amazing music!).

Then I realized they performed in LONG BEACH (what?!) this past December at Harvelle's.  Yet another example of me sleeping on some quality stuff in my own city.  Check their cover of "Love & Happiness."

And here's a quick look at one of their tracks from the new record.

The Funk Ark “High Noon”

April 16, 2012 at 11:46 pm
Go support this record!  Afrobeat goodness from the genius of Adrian Quesada.  "High Noon" was released on the 3rd of April, so don't wait any longer to get it.  You can't front on ANYTHING that ESL puts out.  From Thievery Corporation to Chris Joss to the Ancient Astronauts.  They can't do wrong.  This is The Funk Ark's second record, and they definitely do not disappoint.  Very strong release from this DC band. Buy "High Noon" direct from the label, Eighteenth Street Lounge.

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