Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
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
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
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
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.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
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.
Monday, April 21, 2008
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), Dé, 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.
As usual, I had to do my own interpretation. Here it is!!! Enjoy!!!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
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!!!
Sunday, March 30, 2008
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
Sunday, March 16, 2008
My Melody - J-Finesse