Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Rare Radio Show

Last night I had the pleasure of coming into the studio and checking out the live sets played on WBAI 99.5fm's Rare Radio Show. It was 10 hours of soulful dance music, hosted by G-man and Jay Smooth. These guys have been spinning rare disco/boogie/funk beats on the show since 1999, and are real serious about records. Here are a couple of photos:

Dj Emskee

Dj Monk One (Waxpoetics)

To top the night off, on the way home I stumbled across this act playing at Union Square station. From deep disco records at the radio, to the muppets doing their rendition of 'Sexyback' on a train platform. Only in NYC...

Friday, December 19, 2008

Assembly Line EP Launch

Just found this footage from the Assembly Line EP launch party and it looked like an awesome night. From what I have heard of the EP so far it sounds incredible. Man I wish I was there to see the show, but i'm happy there's some footage. Make sure you grab a copy of the wax via their myspace. Cardboard City Records bringing the freshest beats around!

Doesn't look like i'm leaving the apartment today...heavy snow storm in NY.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Merry Xmas From Chin Chin

A very chin chin christmas

I came across Brooklyn band 'Chin Chin' a few months ago on the net, and went to see them play live at the Studio at Webster Hall. Their live show is full of energy, and unlike many bands they sound just as good on stage as they do on their recordings.
I met their trombone player after the show waiting for a subway on the L line, and he came around later that week and did some recording over a song I'm working on. I'm really happy with how it came out, and his playing fit perfectly to the track.
I would describe their sound as similar to the Dap-Kings, but with more of a late 70's modern soul/boogie feel.

They're offering a free download of some of their new songs as a 'christmas gift', and you can download them here:

Here's a preview of one of their new ones:

Chin Chin - Go There With You

Friday, December 12, 2008

Johnson & Jonson

Blu rhyming over straight loops = dope!

Johnson & Jonson - Wow

Johnson & Jonson - Long Time Gone

Thursday, December 11, 2008


I know it's been out for a while now, but I can't stop listening to the new Q-tip album titled 'The Renaissance'. He really ticked all the boxes on this one, making it sounding new and contemporary but still maintaining that jazz/funk element that dates back to tribe's first album. For any old-school rapper wanting to know how to stay relevant in today's age, this is the best example out there.
The formula is simple: vintage keys with electric guitar and live bass playing. Definitely one of my top 5 albums of 08.

Above is some footage of him in Big City Records, where they have the best $1 bins in NYC! I doubt he ever goes record shopping nowadays though.

I wanted to post a song but I couldn't choose one - they're all good!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Brazilian Tribute

I found out about this event the day before in the Village Voice, and so glad I stumbled upon it. The title of the show was Red Hot + Rio 2, and it was an all-star tribute to 70's brazilian funk music, held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. For $25 I had the worst seat in the house way up the back, but that didn't matter because the energy of the performers radiated throughout the whole Opera House. Bebel Gilberto, Jose Gonzalez, Otto, Joao Parahyba (Brazilintime DVD), Money Mark & Mario Coldato Jr. (worked with Beastie Boys), Curumin (Quannum Records) and so many more performed a crazy 2 hour live set that summed up why I love Brazilian music. They played tribute to legends such as Tim Maia and Jorge Ben Jor by doing covers, backed by some crazy drum and rhythm sections. I filmed some of it but then unfortunately lost my camera later that night.

I've never seen blow-up beach balls being kicked around a dancing crowd in an Opera House before!

Here is a well-known song they covered, which is one of my favourites of the genre:

Jorge Ben Jor - Take It Easy My Brother Charlie