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

Frank Foreal Live On Soundwaves Radio – March 29th, 2014

March 30, 2014 at 2:37 pm
SW_Alternate   I felt like taking a Jazz route for my set on this show, including some classics, some acid jazz stuff, and a beat I made a few years back. Tracklisting: Gil Scott-Heron - Is That Jazz? Grant Green & Dianne Reeves - Down Here On The Ground Presto - Trip To Brazil Frank Foreal - Rookie Beat 1 Roy Ayers - I Did It In Seatle Jazzanova - L.O.V.E. and You & I E Reece - This Is... Klaus Wunderlich - Summertime Dizzy Gillespie Sextet - Groovin' High

Soundwaves Radio: Interview with Oliver Wang of Soul-Sides.com

February 27, 2014 at 10:57 am
dg-odub had a great conversation with Oliver Wang on Soundwaves Radio about the upcoming 10 year anniversary of his blog, Soul-Sides.com, his love for covers, and more. He also played a few songs for us! His crates are deep, so it was an honor to have him bless the airwaves with some of his favorite tracks. Charles May & Annette May Thomas - Keep My Baby Warm West Coast Revival - Feelin' Alright Pete Rodriguez - Pete's Boogaloo Dizzy Gillespie - Matrix Labi Siffre - A Little More Line    

Live Mix: Frank Foreal @ Touch Vinyl “Open Tables” 11/7/13

February 2, 2014 at 3:08 pm
20131119-184223.jpg There's a really cool record store in West LA that I recently discovered (late pass), called Touch Vinyl.  I found out they have an open tables event every Thursday, so I thought it would be fun to spin some records there.  They liked my set enough to post on their Soundcloud page, so now you can enjoy.  The selection there is well curated, from new releases in numerous genres to classic albums in great condition (saw D'angelo's "Voodoo" album on the wall, promo). Music from Little Dragon, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Thes One, John Klemmer, and much more. 20131119-184304.jpg

Waking Up: Alphonso Johnson “Love’s The Way I Feel About Cha”

October 18, 2012 at 9:19 am

This one was in my head when my eyes opened this morning. I often don't get down with some of the more vocal jazz fusion of the mid to late 70's. it tends to get a little soft for my palette, with a couple of exceptions: anything by George Duke, Flora Purim, and Herbie Hancock. This Alphonso Johnson album features a pretty heavy lineup of musicians:

Alphonso Johnson : Bass & Vocal
Philip Bailey : Vocals
Diane Reeves : Vocals
Grover Washington Jr : Tenor Saxophone
Patrice Rushen : Electric Piano
Lee Ritenour : Guitar
Mike Clark : Drums
Sheila Escovedo : Congas
David Foster : Organ
Ian Underwood : synthesizers,

The vocals by the amazing Diane Reeves are really what drew me in to this record. I can't even remember where I bought this LP.  I'm almost positive it was a dollar bin purchase, maybe $3.  Did I get it at a thrift store? Amoeba? Endo? Either way, what's important is that I share it with you. Hope you like it.

Easy Star’s “Thrillah”

August 30, 2012 at 8:00 am

Just when you thought that the Easy Star All-Stars couldn't come up with a better idea for a cover album, boom, they hit you with "Easy Star's Thrillah."  This is an amazing reggae version of the Michael Jackson classic, released just a day before MJ would have turned 53 (Rest in Peace, Michael).

One thing about Easy Star cover albums is that they really do their research.  From front to back, they make sure the original album is intact, with respectful renditions that are just too good to be true.  My first experience with the Easy Star All Stars was back in 2006.  I was in Maui, and a friend of mine put on their debut, "Dub Side of The Moon," while we were driving around Kihei.  One of her friends had mentioned it to me at a party the night before, that there was a reggae version of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of The Moon," and I was completely oblivious.  She put this on and from the intro I was hooked.

Definitely was stood out to me was their version of "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," which brings an afrobeat vibe to the party.  Lovin it!

Cop the vinyl at a decent price on Easy Star's website.  Go for the Vinyl and T-shirt bundle!

my review of Jungle Fire’s debut 7-inch on Beatswapmeet.com

August 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

I had the honor of reviewing the debut 7-inch release of LA based afro-latin funk band, Jungle Fire, on the Beat Swap Meet blog.  Check it out here.

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.

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