Apr 30, 2009

Episode Eleven

So set 2 is my tribute to instrumental hip hop. That head bobbin rhythm. i wanna start things off with Dilla. Ahhh Jay Dilla. Not much to say that hasn’t been said when it comes to his abilities in beat crafting and moving hip hop towards the future. Donuts is an impressive creative thirty-one track instrumental album. "Workinonit," the first proper track, showcases Dilla's ability to seamlessly blend together styles, this time psychedelia, rock n roll and hip hop, to head boppin effect. The tracks are blended together with numerous jazz and soul samples, and makes all the tracks 1-2 minutes long each. Quite a ride musically all over the map. Dig it. RIP Dilla.

What makes this one special is probably the fact that it’s also a great tribute project, since it’s not only Beach Boys and Dilla mixed together but also Bullion’s style as a producer who’s apt at following Dilla’s steps, clearly shows.

Oh No displays a creative intuition in looping the source material and choosing good parts to sample. People who are familiar with Ersen or Selda will recognize he researched raw and rare psych from Turkey, Lebanon, Greece and Italy to formulate his antidote to wack samples and played-out loops.

After visiting his grandparent's homeland in Saigon Onra returned with a crateful of old Chinese and Vietnamese vinyl. He cut and mixed them up with beats that make this the
perfect soundtrack to any Hip-Hop head going or dreaming of going to South East Asia. It reflects all the different sides of those countries: Raw, sad, culturally rich, amusing, kitsch and romantic.

Madlib dropped a truly amazing double album of his tripped out beats. The smoke is in the air, the samples are wild, and the bass is bumpin.

Somewhere along the line I decided to end with Joe Pass Guitar Interludes. This track is a little more dramatic and orchestral of course but the guitar and bass lines are dope, and it really sweeps you away.

Set 4 is a collection of some of my favorite post punk songs the introverted, complex and experimental. Pylon is definitely one of those great bands of the new wave genre who were sadly overlooked by many listeners. If you're looking for really good, straight-ahead new wave, Pylon is made for you. The sound is rythym section heavy, with the bass mixed high, almost like a more melodic Gang of Four. The riffs are repetitive and always dance-able.

Lora Logic squalled her way into punk as the saxophonist on the feminist anthem, "Oh Bondage! Up Yours!" Who knows what other damage she could have done with Poly Styrene and X Ray Spex, but disagreements between the two led Lora to leave the band and form Essential Logic in 1978 and thank goodness for that.

Such an underrated album. Juggling spacious guitars sounds, dark, abstract, yet dancey. It's from the post punk hey day, and nothing will ever sound like any of these bands again. An amazing, short lived era, unfortunately

Set 2
Workin On It - JDilla
Borrowed Time - Madvillian
Wouldn’t It Be Nice - Buillon
Onra - One Day
Oh No - Higher
Madlib the Beat Konducta - Third Ear
J Zone - Calamine Lotion
Flying Lotus - Bad Actors
Omega One - Interlude Two
Glue - Vessel
Joe Pass - Guitar Interlude

Set 4
Pylon - Feast On My Heart
PIL - Memories
Lora Logic - Brute Fury
Delta 5 - Try
Gang Of Four - Damaged Goods
A Certain Ratio - Do The Du
Palais Schaumburg - Telephon
Joy Division - Digital

My whole intention with this first mix was to do a northern soul mix but it turned out incorporating a little bit of funk and then little bit of whatever I felt fell in good together which made it what it is. Starting off with Barbara Lynn’s I’m a good woman you can‘t really go wrong and how could you not get your groove on to this song.
Ouch! I been hurt, but I refuse to cry! Speaking of screaming vocals, another James Brown related vocalist, Ms. Yvonne Fair, practically shreds her vocal chords on this guaranteed floor-filler "Say Yeah Yeah"... painfully funky up tempo mid-60's soul, with superb backing track: groovin' organ, crisp drums, punchy horns, and male r&b style chorus.

Next is The Atlantics with their soul smoker called “Beaver Shot” (complete with porn-snapping camera noises that likely went right over the head of 99% of the listening audience). The rest of the compilation ranges from pretty neat to mediocre. Don’t give up the ghost too early because the real good ones are scattered all over the 30 tracks here.

This is Carolina Funk! Jazzman records continues its quest to uncover the best and rarest Funk ever with the success of ‘Florida Funk’, they moved up the Atlantic coast to look at the vibrant and original scene in the two rural states of North and South Carolina – collectively known as the Carolinas.
Bordering the Bible belt, the Carolinas share the reputation of neighboring Tennessee – and without any large urban centers, much of the musical output of the Carolinas has been limited to single towns, with bands and their records seldom venturing further than the state line. From inspired percussive instrumentals to heartfelt slabs of soul; from rediscovered tapes in the garages of retired musicians. Carolina Funk presents 22 of the best, rarest and most sought-after heavy funk songs ever recorded, with breakbeats to spare.
Legendarily rare slab of insane heavy funk from South Carolina! Hailing frin the miniscule town of Harleyville South Carolina, The Soul Drifters cut this super heavy self-penned stormer in 1974. Known from a small handful of original copies, ‘Funky Soul Brother’ has been in big demand for many years. Highly recommended!

Set 1
Barbara Lynn - I'm a Good Women
Yvonne Fair - Say Yea Yea
Bronx River Pkwy - Lima Blues
The Atlantics - Beaver Shot
Sheila Wilkerson - Baby your a Jive Cat
Frankie Valli - Beggin' (Edit)
The Soul Drifters - Funky Soul Brother

John Cameron - Underlying Expectancy
Aggregation - Change
Edwin Starr - Twenty-Five Miles
Tickled Pink - Reach Out
Little Denise - Check Me Out
Frankie 'Loveman' Crocker - Ton of Dynamite
The Young Disciples Co. - Crumbs From the Table
L. Daniels - Nitecap