Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Welcome To My House!!!

WOW, IT HAS BEEN ALMOST 12 YEARS SINCE I LIVED IN CHICAGO. EVEN SO, I CAN STILL REMEMBER THE BLAST THAT I HAD IN THE "WINDY CITY" THANKS TO MY FRIENDS AND PLAY-COUSINS STEVEN & MARLON WHO BOTH TURNED ME ON TO OLD SCHOOL HOUSE CLASSICS. I REMEMBER LOVING THE PERCUSSION HEAVY TRACKS THAT WOULD CONJURE GREAT FEELINGS WHILE IN A HOUSE PARTY. YOU COULD DEFINITELY BET THAT YOU WERE COMING OUT OF THE PARTY SWEATY AND PURGED FREE OF ALL ILL FEELINGS. AT ANY RATE, PEOPLE DON'T DANCE ANYMORE AND FORSAKE THE ENERGY AND VIBES THAT THIS TYPE OF MUSIC CAN GIVE ONE. OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS I HAVE GOTTEN REQUESTS FOR OLD SCHOOL CHICAGO HOUSE MIXES. WELL THANKS TO A FRIEND OF MINE (TANJURIA) FROM CHICAGO'S SOUTH SIDE, I HAVE SOMETHING FOR YOU ALL. ATTACHED IS A TWO-PART MIX THAT WAS GIVEN TO ME A LONG TIME AGO. ENJOY!!!

DIGGIN IN THE CRATES

U AIN'T REALLY DOWN
117(CLAP, CLAP,CLAP)
VIRGO TRAKS
LET NO MAN PUT US UNDER
IT'S HOUSE
DONNII
VIDEO CLASH
DANCE
U CAN'T STOP THE HOUSE
JACK YOUR BODY
DANCE YOU MUTHA
FUNKIN WITH THE DRUMS
BRING DOWN THE DRUMS
WASHING MACHINE
I FEAR THE NIGHT
NO WAY BACK
TIME TO JACK
WE'RE ROCKIN DOWN THE HOUSE
U USED TO HOLD ME
FRENCH KISS
DEVOTION
WHY'D YOU FALL
MOVE YOUR BODY
BEYOND THE CLOUDS
LAND OF CONFUSION
WORK THAT MUTHA
COMPUTER MADNESS
KAOS
FOLLOW ME
PERCULATOR
NU NU
BRIGHTER DAYS






Friday, November 7, 2008

Liquid Soul V.23




Here is one of my volumes that I did when I was living in Little Rock. As you will soon see, '06 was an interesting year in terms of music for me. Great selections to choose from that year.

Liquid Soul v.23

Never Known - Otis & Shugg

Brazillian Groove - Jay Dee

My High - Yero

Fever - Platinum Pied Pipers ft. Zero

My Best Friend - V

Tonight Is Yours - Lil' Zane ft. Tank

Hand & Hand - DJ Quik ft. El DeBarge

Right Here (RMX) - SWV

Don't Stop - Beanie Siegal ft. Snoop Dogg

Disco Inferno (Finessed RMX) - 50 Cent b/w Musiq Soulchild

Forthenight - Musiq Soulchild

Does Your Man Know About Me - Rahiem (Rare Classic '91)

My Apology - Floetry

It's For You - Shanice (Rare Classic '92)

Love Like This - Faith Evans

Bonnie & Clyde '92 - YoYo ft. Ice Cube

Down By Law - Fab 5 Freddy (Hip-Hop Classic)

Sleepless Nights - Azure ft. Don E.

Tell Me How It Feels - 52nd Street

Cold Blooded '00 - Ol' Dirty Bastard

We Like Dem Girls - CR

You Got Me - B5

Rigor Mortis - Cameo

Show You The Way To Go - The Jacksons

You Make Me Cum - Kelis (Rare)

No Other Girl In The Room - Nas ft. Maxwell


RETURN OF THE NEEDLE DROP!!!

I GUESS BY NOW, MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THIS HISTORICAL WEEK. OBAMA WON THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE AGAINST MCCAIN AND NOW Q-TIP'S LONG-AWAITED ALBUM IS IN STORES NOW. Q-TIP HAS BEEN AWAY FOR AWHILE, BUT HAS BEEN TOURING WITH COMMON AND OTHER ARTISTS ON THE BOUNCE TOUR. HE HAS ALSO DEVELOPED A NEW FOLLOWING IN ADDITION TO HIS CURRENT FANS. HIS SINGLE "GETTIN UP" HAS BEEN ON THE VIDEO SCENE AND RADIO STATIONS ALL ACROSS THE NATION. SPEAKING OF "GETTIN UP", I FOUND MYSELF GETTIN UP TO RESEARCH THE SAMPLE LIST WITHIN THE ALBUM'S LINER NOTES AND FOUND THAT THE UNDERLYING SAMPLE WAS BY THE GROUP CALLED BLACK IVORY.



THE NAME OF THE SONG IS CALLED "YOU & I", WHICH WAS FOUND ON THE 1972 ALBUM "DON'T TURN AROUND". This New York City group attained a strong following in the '70s and were one of the best falsetto-led groups proficient in ballads. This 1993 set compiles tracks from their first two albums, both released in 1972. Unlike the Phil Perry-led Montclairs, who often seemed on the verge of nervous collapse, Black Ivory were a little more poised and polished. Despite the level of skill of Leroy Burgess' falsetto, and the close harmonies of Stuart Bascombe and Russell Patterson, the group was patently hit or miss. "Don't Turn Around" and "Time Is Love" both exemplify the sweetness and haunting sound of the group. The phenomenal self-pity classic "I'll Find a Way" has the great and funny lyric "I'm the loneliest man in town." Not surprisingly, this has its fair share of duds. Tracks "Wishful Thinking," "Loveland," and "I Keep Asking You Questions" are well sung but faceless. The odd "Our Future" doesn't even feature singing, but "supercool" conversation that was an unfortunate given for most R&B groups in the early '70s. For fans, all of these songs and more are known, but this set also includes something different. The group's best-known song, "You & I," shows up here in a newer version with telltale late-'80s synths. While not as strong as the original, it won't make a fan snap the CD in two. Like many '90s Golden Classics releases, this isn't a greatest-hits collection but rather one of individual album efforts. Regardless what the title is, this is worth picking up.

Attached are both Q-Tip's "Gettin Up" and Black Ivory's "You & I. Once again, make the old new!!!


Black Ivory "You & I"

Q-Tip - "Gettin Up"

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Liquid Soul V.23

I know that it has been a little while since the last posting. For that, I apologize. Despite my hiatus, I am back to supply you all with good music once again. Attached is Liquid Soul V.23. This particular mix was my first mix that I performed with CDJs (CD Turntables). I was and am still not a fan, but much to my chagrin I put this together. I guess the point is that it shouldn't matter the conduit as long as your music gets out. 

Liquid Soul V.23
Caught Up - Teedra Moses
Talk To Me - Jill Scott
Nicolay Beat
Come Around - Foreign Exchange
Elevate Your Mind - Strange Fruit Project
World Full Of Sadness - Slum Village
Marvine - Jay Dee/D'Angelo
Flawless - Clara Hill
I Want You (Tabone RMX) - Marvin Gaye
Come See Me - Vikter Duplaix
Caution - Teedra Moses
One Night - Profyle
U Bring The Dog Out (In Me) - Rhythm & Knowledge
Get Here - Rahsaan Patterson
Nobody Knows Me - Aya
What Would You Do? - Shades
Smile - DJ Rogers Jr. 
Mocha Soul - Impromp2
Fallin' In Love Again - Mo B. Dick
Love Junkies (RMX) - CAM ft. Cameo & J-Dilla
You Are - Clara Hill

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

HYPNOTIK SOUL VOLUME 4 IS NOW AVAILABLE AT MOOD'S MUSIC IN LITTLE FIVE POINTS (ATLANTA)

GREETINGS EVERYONE,

I REALIZE THAT IT HAS BEEN QUITE SOME TIME SINCE I LAST POSTED AND I APOLOGIZE. EVEN SO, HAVE NO FEAR...I AM BACK, BACK WITH A GREAT GIFT: HYPNOTIK SOUL VOLUME 4. THIS VOLUME CONTINUES WITH THE MUSICAL TRADITIONS OF ITS' PREDECESSORS. CRITICS HAVE VIEWED THIS ONE AS MY BEST WORK YET. SO, PLEASE SUPPORT ME IN THIS MUSICAL ENDEAVOR AS THEY ARE AVAILABLE AT MOODS MUSIC IN LITTLE FIVE POINTS (RIGHT NEXT TO AMERICAN APPAREL AND CHERRY BOMB) OR IF YOU'D LIKE I CAN SHIP IT OUT TO YOU...WHATEVER YOUR PLEASURE. DON'T MISS OUT..LIMITED EDITION!!!

J-FINESSE


404-232-0260

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Welcome to SUITE 135!!!


I would like to talk about a time in my life in which I was actually unemployed. It was around 2004, stressed with bills and all the time in the world, I decided to use my time wisely and "inject" my creative juices into several projects. I called this one Suite 135 because that was the actual address where I was living at the time. Uncertain of my next moves, I just cranked out mix after mix. Attached is one that I did maybe a month into my unemployment.
Enjoy!!!
Suite 135 (Circa '04)
The Morning After - Andre' 3000
Prototype - Andre' 3000
Find A Way - Frank McComb
Take A Message - Remy Shand
By Your Side (RMX) - Sade
Goodbye - Kai Simmons
Harmonize - John Forte' ft. Robin Springer
Crazy - Javier
Beautiful U R - Javier
Didn't Mean - Mary J. Blige
Searchin' - Little Big Bee
Rocket Ship (RMX) - Donnie
Fly - Rebirth
Looking For Love - Vikter Duplaix
Low Down - Sweetback
Made For The Game - Peven Everett
Remind Me - Patrice Rushen
Summer Days - Jimmy Summerville ft. John Legend

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

In Search of Lost Soul!!!

I remember it like it was yesterday. My "sands" and I happened to go on a road trip to the University of Alabama and kick it with our bruhs over at the frat house. Amid all of the events that were going on, I stumbled across a gentleman groovin' to the tunes that were being played on the stereo. We engaged in light banter and found out that we both had a passion for music. And so, as the years went on, we exchanged many musical masterpieces. One in particular, is a twenty-something volume set that he called "The Gruvement". Attached is Volume 22, which showcases some hidden gems from some unknown and known artists. Good work Lost Soul. Keep hitting us with the good stuff!!!

Finesse



Tuesday, June 3, 2008

More Liquid Folks.....

Hello everyone, I hope that all is well. Here is another dose of liquid soul that I did back in 2000. Enjoy!!

Finesse
Liquid Soul V.18 (circa '00)
Intro - Ursula Rucker
Hustle - Slum Village (Rare)
Ghetto Heaven - Family Stand
Groove Thang - Zhane'
Temporary Nights - Maxwell
Well (Instrumental) - DJ Quik ft. Raphael Saadiq
New Language - Spacek
Jazzy's Groove - Soul II Soul (Classic)
Fairplay - Soul II Soul (Classic)
Instrumental -Hi-Fidelity
Feelin' It - Kamal The Abstract (Rare)
Tape You - NERD
Hard To Get - Black Coffee
I See You - Ruff Endz
Nothing Can Come Between Us - Sade
Sun - New Sector Movement
One For All - Brand Nubian
Never Stop - Brand New Heavies
Shook Up On Your Love - Modoji
Brazillian Instrumental - Chico
Full Moon - Brandy

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION!!!


Friends and members of my musical family, I would like to talk about a certain aspect that was introduced to me about 4 years ago. Essentially, I was listening to a mix from a DJ friend by the name of Ox Banga and while listening, I noticed certain nuances that were quite different from my mix cds. I noticed that his mixes were very intricate in that, I heard multi-tracks going on at the same time. As curious as I was to learn something new, I inquired as to how he could make a simple mix sound so studio-like. He explained to me that all of the mixes were done on digital mixer board. Ox further went on to say that the board not only allowed him to multi-track, but allowed him to erase mistakes or even save a mix and then come back to it later. I thought to myself unbelievable and asked how long did it take to learn. Ox responded and said that it took him no time to learn. I scoffed at his response and said whatever, but low and behold, I picked up one while in Little Rock and quickly found out that he wasn't lying. It took me a total of 5 minutes to get the gist of everything. From there, it was all she wrote. So, behold attached is the first digital mix cd that I recorded back in '05. The whole mix took me 8 hours to produce, but it was well worth it. Sit back relax and enjoy!!!


Finesse




Monday, May 5, 2008

It is better to be LIQUID.........



Here we are folks. Again another tasty treat for you all to enjoy and pop in your IPods.

This was actually the last one of the Liquid Soul series. However, it is not the last in what I

have to give you in the near future.


Finesse


Liquid Soul V.20 (circa '01)

Wonderful - India Arie

Give Me - Jill Scott

That Girl - Stevie Wonder

Here We Go - Portrait

Gotta Have Your Love - Mantronix (Rare Classic)

Baby Be Mine - Michael Jackson

Make You Feel That Way (Inst) - Blackalicious

Imagination - Hansoul (Rare)

Stay Awhile - Loose Ends

The Rain - Oran " Juice" Jones (Classic)

Is It Good To You - Heavy D. & The Boyz

That's The Joint, That's The Jam - Black Eyed Peas (Before Fergie)

You Called And Told Me - Jeff Redd

Give Me The Night - George Benson

Step On Up - Boyz II Men

Jazz (Inst) - Soulive

Peachfuzz (Inst) - KMD

Good Lovin' - Ledesi

My Love - Carl Macintosh

Saturday - Brand New Heavies ft. Mos Def

No One - Maxwell

Saturday, April 26, 2008

It's Been A Long Time..........(Liquid Soul V.14)

Hey gang, I know that you all have been missing the latest mixes. Things on the J-O-B were hectic and I had to take care of other things. So, here I am making up for last week. Here is another volume of Liquid Soul for your listening pleasure.
Finesse
Liquid Soul V.14 (Circa '00)
Black Star - Yazara
Bonita Applebaum (RMX) - A Tribe Called Quest
Illusions - Santessa
When It Came - Break Reform
I'll Do For You - DJ Rogers
Sittin' Back - Res
Supa Dupa Luva - Guru
Just Friends - Musiq Soulchild
Don't Stop - Spanish Fly
Open - Beatminerz ft. Caren Wheeler & Pete Rock
Greater Kind Of Love - D-Vas
Tribe Instrumental
Certified - Guru ft. JayDee & Bilal
Check The Rhime - A Tribe Called Quest
Dance With Me (Inst) - De La Soul
Run To The Sun - NERD
Commercial Break 1
I Need More - D-Vas
Pain - The Pharcyde
Crush - Zhane'
The Blast - Talib Kweli
The Life - Fundesia
One On One - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Turn It Up (Inst) - The What
Outro -Curtis Mayfield

Hypnotik Soul V.3 & Southern House-pitality V.3 Coming Soon to Little 5 Soul & Earwax Records

For all of those who were unaware, I have two editions of music that I currently sell in record stores. The titles are Hypnotik Soul and Southern House-pitality. Both editions have been received quite well and have helped me develop a following of fans in the process. Both editions will be released next week and will be ready for you all in the Atlanta area. The Southern House-pitality V.3 is an anniversary edition.....wow it has been a year already since the first volume was released. It will contain some grooved out house tracks as well as some classics that used to and still do rock the party!!!




Hypnotik Soul V.3 expands further into the neo-soul genre and infuses uk soul, hip-hop and a couple of other surprises. However, I can't tell you all....it would spoil the surprise. Anyways, head on down to Little 5 Soul or Earwax Records whenever you get a chance and pick up both if you can. I am sure your musical palate will be satisfied.




J-Fin

Monday, April 21, 2008

BEAT CENTRAL #4

IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN TO HIT ON THE HEAD WITH ANOTHER BEAT. THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST ONES THAT I EVER DID. THIS ONE INCORPORATES SAMPLES AND INTRICATE CHORD PROGRESSIONS. IT ACTUALLY WAS KINDA HARD BECAUSE I HADN'T PLAYED THE PIANO IN YEARS.


ENJOY!!!




"MY LOVE" - J-FINESSE

ARTIST INFLUENCE #4



This week's artist of influence can be credited to a good friend of mine from New Orleans. She introduced me to this particular person when she heard some of the Latin music that I was playing on my system. She popped in a cd and immediately I was hooked. Essentially, I heard beautiful strings and melodies with a soft-melodic voice that instantly put me in the mindframe of a long vacation in some remote place with not a care in the world. When I inquired about the artist, my friend told me that it was Bebel Gilberto. Afterwards, I went to itunes and started downloading any and everything that I could. In addition, I did some research on this beautiful voice and her body of work. Attached is a biography from allmusic.com.

Bebel Gilberto has been recording with worldly famous artists like Kenny G, David Byrne, Amon Tobin, Smoke City, the Thievery Corporation, Towa Tei, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, and João Gilberto. Gilberto also has had worldwide success as a songwriter with the song "Technova." Gilberto is from a famous musical family in Brazil. Her father is João Gilberto, her mother is the singer Miúcha, and her uncle (Miúcha's brother) is Chico Buarque de Hollanda. She learned how to sing with Miúcha, and since she was a child, she was already participating in professional musicals like Saltimbancos and Pirlimpimpim. At seven she had her recording debut on one of her mother's albums. At nine she performed together with her mother and Stan Getz at Carnegie Hall. In 1983, she shared an album with the singer Pedrinho Rodrigues (Um Certo Geraldo Pereira, Funarte). Nevertheless, she wisely managed her career, avoiding a hasty debut as a solo singer. Her first album was the EP Bebel Gilberto (Warner, 1986). Gilberto wrote the songs on the album together with Brazilian pop/rock artists like Cazuza ("Preciso Dizer Que Te Amo," which was also included in the Red Hot + Rio compilation and winner of the Sharp Award for Single of the Year in 1989, "Mais Feliz," re-recorded by Adriana Calcanhotto in the '90s also with great success), , and others. In 1991, Gilberto moved to New York (where she was born) and began gigging in clubs, performing at the Lincoln Center, and working with David Byrne and Arto Lindsay, among others. In that year, she participated (together with Gal Costa, Naná Vasconcelos, and Laurie Anderson) in a tribute to Carmen Miranda, idealized by Arto Lindsay. She had noted participation in the productions that aimed at the dance music market with a Brazilian bossa nova scent, co-writing (with Deee-Lite's DJ/producer Towa Tei) the worldwide hit "Technova." She also appeared in singles by the Thievery Corporation ("Só Com Você") and the duo Arling & Cameron (on "Sem Contenção"). By the end of the '90s, she was living in England. In 1998, Gilberto had a duet with João Gilberto in his Carnegie Hall concert. Her first solo album, Tanto Tempo, came finally in 2000 (Ziriguiboom) and had a good performance at the world music charts. Tanto Tempo went on to earn two Latin Grammy Nominations for Best New Artist and Best Música Popular Brasileira Album in 2001. Its companion Tanto Tempo Remixes was also issued that same year. Gilberto hooked up with producer Marius de Vries for her second album shortly thereafter. The introspective self-titled effort appeared in mid-2004, followed three years later by Momento, which featured appearances from Brazilian Girls and Orquestra Imperial.



Attached is one of my favorite songs from Bebel. It struck a chord with me from the moment I first heard it.

"Mais Feliz"- Bebel Giberto

As usual, I had to do my own interpretation. Here it is!!! Enjoy!!!


"Bebel" - J-Finesse

Sunday, April 13, 2008

DOUBLE DOSE OF LIQUID SOUL!!!



HELLO ALL,

FIRST, I WANT TO APOLOGIZE FOR MISSING YOU ALL LAST WEEK. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, WITH THE ECONOMY HEADING FOR THE ABYSS, I HAVE BEEN WORKING MY BUTT OFF. WELL, I HAVE A TREAT FOR YOU ALL ON THIS GO'ROUND. I AM GIVING YOU TWO VOLUMES OF LIQUID SOUL!!! THAT'S RIGHT, SO SIT BACK RELAX AND ENJOY!!!


LIQUID SOUL V.1 (CIRCA '99)

INTRO - COFFY SOUNDTRACK
HE IS - HEATHER HEADLEY
THE WOUND - JAZZYFATNASTIES
BREAK YOU OFF - THE ROOTS FT. MUSIQ SOULCHILD
COME CLOSE - COMMON FT. MARY J. BLIGE
STILL RAY - RAPHAEL SAADIQ
LOVE JUNKIES - CAM FT. CAMEO
FANATIC - VIVIAN GREEN
IT'S XTC - TRUTH HURTS
LOVE OF MY LIFE (ODE TO HIP-HOP) - ERYKAH BADU FT. COMMON
YOU MAKE ME FEEL REAL - RAHSAAN PATTERSON
FREE TO BELIEVE - JACK HERRARA
ILLUSIONS - SANTESSA
IT CAME - BREAK REFORM
JUST ANOTHER DAY - VIVIAN GREEN
LONELY GIRL - DJ ROGERS
LITTLE THINGS - INDIA ARIE
INSTRUMENTAL - AIM
SAO PAOLO - CHIC
SUMMERTIME IN ASPEN - KIM HILL
DAYS LIKE THIS (RMX) - SHAUN ESCOFFERY
FALLIN' STAR - LATOYA WILLIAMS
BRAZILLIA - MIGUEL MIGS
SOUL MAGIC - USCHI CLASSEN
BROWN SUGAR (SWEET) - MOS DEF FT. KANYE WEST


LIQUID SOUL V.5 (Circa '00)
INTRO - HOLDING YOU, LOVING YOU - DON BLACKMAN
WHY DIDN'T YOU CALL ME (88 KEYS RMX) - MACY GRAY
CAN'T BELIEVE - FAITH EVANS FT. CARL THOMAS
YOU USED TO LOVE ME - FAITH EVANS
ONE WOMAN MAN - DAVID HOLLISTER
LEFT, RIGHT - D'ANGELO FT. REDMAN & METHOD MAN
NAG CHAMPA - COMMON
GET ALONG WITH YOU - KELIS
LOOK OF LOVE (RMX) - SLUM VILLAGE
MISS FAT BOOTY - MOS DEF
INSTRUMENTAL - ST. GERMAIN
BROKEN BRANCHES - FERTILE GROUND
ICE KING - RES
LOVE FOR FREE - RELL FT. JAY-Z
SOMETIMES - MUSIQ SOULCHILD
THE GREATEST ROMANCE THAT HAS EVER BEEN SOLD (RMX) - PRINCE FT. Q-TIP & PHARRELL
FIRE - BRIDGETTE MCWILLIAMS
HOT PANTS - J. SPENCER
REMIND ME - PATRICE RUSHEN
OUTRO


Sunday, March 30, 2008

There's Nothing Better Than More Liquid!!!

Liquid Soul V.16 (Circa '00)
Intro (Gotta Get Up) - Jill Scott
Doin What I Can - Raphael Saadiq
Masquerade - Toshi Kuboto
It's Alright - Cooly's Hot Box
As - George Michael ft. Mary J. Blige
The Next Movement - The Roots
Get Dis Money - Slum Village
Everytime - Toi
Love - Michael Phillips
Breakadawn (Instrumental) - De La Soul
Left Field (Instrumental) - Yaggfu Front
Philadelphia - Bahamadia ft. Dwele'
Butterflies (RMX) - Michael Jackson ft. Floetry & Eve
What About Our Love (RMX) - Maysa
What About Our Love - Maysa
Ascension (Ever Wonder) - Maxwell
Black Capricorn Day (JayDee RMX) - Jamariqai ft. Slum Village
Electric Relaxation - A Tribe Called Quest
Carry On - Fertile Ground
No More - INI ft. Pete Rock
Can't Wait - Jaguar Wright ft. Bilal
The Light - Common
Ego Trippin' (Instrumental) - De La Soul


FELA......The Legend!!!


Wow, so much can be said about Fela Kuti. Fela, as he preferred to be called, was more than a musician. He was a politcal activist & pure socialist amoung other things. To much surprise, my introduction to Fela was just a few short years ago while djing a party for a friend. I needed something new to incorporate in my House sets. So, I called fellow friend, DJ Nabani and asked him to bring over some records that he thought I'd might enjoy. Around 12, in comes Nabani with a couple of records that had weird looking labels on them. Some said Afro-Beat and others said Fela. All he said was "trust me" and I did. It has been history ever since.

It's almost impossible to overstate the impact and importance of Fela Anikulapo (Ransome) Kuti (or just Fela as he's more commonly known) to the global musical village: producer, arranger, musician, political radical, outlaw. He was all that, as well as showman par excellence, inventor of Afro-beat, an unredeemable sexist, and a moody megalomaniac. His death on August 3, 1997 of complications from AIDS deeply affected musicians and fans internationally, as a musical and sociopolitical voice on a par with
Bob Marley was silenced. A press release from the United Democratic Front of Nigeria on the occasion of Fela's death noted: "Those who knew you well were insistent that you could never compromise with the evil you had fought all your life. Even though made weak by time and fate, you remained strong in will and never abandoned your goal of a free, democratic, socialist Africa." This is as succinct a summation of Fela's political agenda as one is likely to find.

Below is one of my favorite songs from Fela. It is called "True Don Die". Enjoy and feel what he was trying to say through his music. This song is also a great song for House sets!!!



Monday, March 24, 2008

Another Dose of Liquid Soul!!!


Liquid Soul V.15 (Circa '00)
Intro
Excuse Me - Raaphael Saadiq ft. Angie Stone & Calvin Richardson
Blue Jeans - Blue Jeans
Find A Way - 9 Yards ft. JayDee
Faithfully - Faith Evans
Silent Treatment RMX - The Roots
Hustlin' Dayz - Guru ft. Donell Jones
I Didn't Mean To Turn You On - Koffee Brown
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Climax - Slum Village
Black Gold Of The Sun - A Tribe Called Quest
Time's Ticking Away - Loose Ends
Keep On Movin' RMX - Soul II Soul
Magnificent - Mos Def
Gangsta Bi..h (Inst) - Apache
Overjoyed - Boys Choir Of Harlem ft. D'Angelo
Funky For You (Inst) - Common
Instrumental - J-Live
Thug Nature (Inst) - 2Pac
This Time Around RMX - Michael Jackson ft. Notorious B.I.G.
Funky 4 U - Bahamadia ft. Slum Village
Sometimes RMX - The Brand New Heavies ft. Q-Tip


Sunday, March 16, 2008

BEAT CENTRAL #3

On my last entry for Beat Central #2 I spoke about adding more keys and chords to my beats. Well this time, I am putting everything together....everything that I have learned over the years and in the last couple of weeks. Shout out to Ace, Talib, & Mike J for teaching a brother. Attached is the latest installment. Enjoy!!!

J-Finesse





My Melody - J-Finesse