Monday, September 10, 2007

The Show Is Over!

A big thanks for those of you who have visited this blog on a regular basis and enjoyed the tunes, but being a father of three kids under four is taking it's toll on me from a time consumption perspective. So rather than contribute half assed posts, i will end it here. Peace.
Final Frontier(Instrumental) - RJD2

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Fight The Power

As world leaders converge on Sydney's doorstep for the APEC summit, and decide best how to completely fuck up this earth a little a less, without infringing on their own trade and wealth, i thought i would visit a few protest songs from the past and present. Sydney itself has been essentially shut down to accommodate the likes of George W. Here's hoping the protesters can cause some quality civil unrest.
I am excluding the Public Enemy referenced title, as i had that CD pinched off me quite some years ago now.
Big Man - Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
War - Edwin Starr(King Britt Remix)
The Needles Eye - Gil Scott Heron
Backlash Blues - Nina Simone
Murderer Style (Vocal Mix) - Ashley Beedle

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Before Party

This Saturday night at 8 Track, Sunset Sounds is having it's monthly party there in St.Kilda, and yours truly has been added to the bill for a rare sighting behind the decks. I'll be joining Cooper and Square Cut, so get down for a few warm up drinks and some quality tunes, where i will be playing a little bit of everything that i may have posted here, or picked up on some of the other fine blogs in my links. Here are some of new tracks i might give a spin.
On The Bus - All Good Funk Alliance feat. Swamburger&Alexandrah
Messin' Around - Wild Sugar

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Glancing At Alice

Alice Russell is probably best known for her work done on the Tru Thoughts label, and in particular with Quantic. This Brighton soul singer is a very busy girl indeed and seems to pop up all over the place on various collaborations, as well as releasing her own solo albums. Here is a sample of some of her work done outside the obvious.

Slack Society - Dublex(feat. Alice Russell)
Hurry On Now (TM Juke's Hurry Home Mix) - Alice Russell
Gabrielle (Alternate 12" Take) - [re:jazz] feat. Alice Russell

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Cadillac Funk

Atlanta based funk band "Cadillac Jones"have released a remix EP on Jazz Space + Bass. Here is a track from it.
K-tel (All Good Funk Alliance remix) - Cadillac Jones

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Sick Music

I have been battling the flu all this week, so i thought i would post a fave tracks that you can lay around and be happily sick to.

Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin (Aretha Queen Of Soul)
High & Dry - Pete Kuzma feat. Bilal (Exit Music EP 2)
To Know You Is To Love You - Greyboy (Soul Mosiac)
Can we Go Back - Hi Tek feat. Talib Kweli & Ayak (Hi-Teknology, Vol.2)
He's Gone - DJ Cam feat. China (Soulshine)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Reel Funk

I haven't posted any funk for a while, so i thought i would give you a couple of tracks off a compilation released last year called "Fallin' Off The Reel". Enjoy.

Feelin' Good - Bama And The Family
K.C.Stomp - Timothy McNealy

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Old Sydney Sounds

Andy Rantzen was once one half of Sydney electronic outfit Boo Boo & Mace(formerly Itch-E & Scratch-E), the other half being Paul Mac(Paul McDermott). Paul, since the parting of their outfit, has had a successful transition into the commercial music scene here in Australia, and has most recently worked with Daniel Johns, forming The Dissosciatives, and then working on Silverchairs latest offering.

Andy meanwhile, has been a bit more low key, with various remixes, scores and working with The Pelican Daughters. Here is a sample of some of their work from years gone past.
Velcro Duck - General Elecktrik vs. Andy Rantzen
Flowers In The Sky - Boo Boo & Mace
Gotta Move On - Boo Boo Mace n Nutcase

Friday, August 17, 2007

Dope Disco Selection

I have been struggling for time to post over the last few days, but here is a couple of disco tunes off a double CD release(1 mixed, 1 unmixed) called "Kenny Dope Vs. P&P Records". Obviously compiled and presented by the master Kenny Dope, it is filled with some quality disco cuts.

Dance Freak - Chain Reaction

African Rock - Licky

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Shuffle Hog

Do you ever get a song that just continually gets played when you have your MP3 player on shuffle, whilst others are neglected? I have one such song that has been red hot lately, fortunately i love it.

Keep On Movin - Soul II Soul

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Remix Sessions

The funky Dutchmen that are Kraak & Smaak, have just released a double CD called "The Remix Sessions", and as the title suggests, an album of remixes filled with the Kraak & Smaak funky breakbeat sound stamped over them. I have picked out a couple of the lesser known artists for you to hear, including Australia's own Resin Dogs. I am a big fan of these guys, so enjoy these, and check out the album.
Its All Good (Kraak & Smaak Remix) - Zeroleen
She's Gone (Kraak & Smaak Remix) - Resin Dogs

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Picnic Attack

Here is a couple of cuts off the I:Cube album Picnic Attack(1997). An interesting listen from an artist around the start of the whole French filtered house scene blowing up with the success of Daft Punk's Homework, released for the second time the same year. One of the tracks in this post(Disco Cubizm), reminds me a lot of the Cassius track "Feeling For You", which was certainly a big success here in Australia.


Saturday, August 11, 2007

Brothers On The Slide

Just a quick post of the classic Cymande track, "Brothers On The Slide", and a couple of housey remixes of the funky tune.
Brothers On The Slide(Original) - Cymande
Brothers On The Slide(Brooklyn Mix) - Patchworks Ginger Express
Bros On The Slide - Joey Polpette

Thursday, August 9, 2007


When i first started purchasing music, i really had no idea about record labels and the role the played, especially in the underground music market. One of the first labels that i really got into was the now defunct label Nuphonic. I especially enjoyed their compilation series, of which i have a few of, so here are five of my favourite moments from Nuphonic.

My Beat (Swag's Spiritual Mix) - Blaze(Nuphonic 02)
Palais Mascotte - Rollercone(Nuphonic 02)
Supersweet - Pablo(Nuphonic 03)
Electrokution - Block 16(Nuphonic 03)
Tronic - Cosjam(Nuphonic 04)

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


I am a big fan of the work that the Glaswegian boys do over on the Ooft Music blog. And if you head over there at the moment they have a retrospective of some of their favourite edits they have posted this year, so if you haven't already, check them out.

If you dig those bugged out, funky house edits, you will enjoy this track from Mooch. As the title suggests, sounds good.
Sounds Good - Mooch

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Funky Covers

I have a couple of funky covers for you from two artists that i have previously featured. The first is a remix of The Kashmere Stage Band off a compilation released by Stones Throw called "Now-Again Re:Sounds Vol. 1". The second is off The Bamboos latest album "Rawville". Enjoy.
I Wish (Todd Terry Remix) - Kashmere Stage Band
Happy - The Bamboos

Sunday, August 5, 2007

A Singer And Their Piano

There is something i have always found mesmerising about the piano. Out of all the instruments, it is the one that probably speaks to me the most, and that my ear tunes into above all other sounds when it is played on a track. So, here are three of my favourite songs, just a singer and their piano.

Little Girl Blue - Nina Simone
I couldn't do the post without having a track from the great one herself. A beautiful , sorrowful tune which in small parts showcases Nina's classical training, as well as her always amazing voice.
Lifted - John Legend
I could have easily had "Ordinary People", but as that was flogged on commercial radio here, i have taken this amazing version of "Lifted", taken off his Solo Sessions(Live At The Knitting Factory) CD.
Never Felt This Way - Brain McKnight
I know what your thinking, Brian McKnight? But i actually loved and still do his debut, self titled album from 1992. The man can sing, and the slow build of this track with the playing and vocal delivery, still sends shivers down spine.

Saturday, August 4, 2007


I must admit, i had not heard of keyboardist Carlos Franzetti until stumbling across this reissue of this apparently once rare 1977 (i did find one source that stated 1970, but most say 1977) release "Grafitti". Upon further digging, you find this Argentinian born musician has a long list of impressive credits listed here. This album has a fusion of 70's jazz, funk, disco and latin, and on the whole, is a pretty good listen.
Cocoa Funk

Lady Soho

Friday, August 3, 2007

Take Me I'm Yours

Just a quick post on a nice disco reissue from a while back called "Take Me I'm Yours" by Mary Clark, originally released in 1980 on La Shawn Records.

Take Me I'm Yours - Mary Clark

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Nuyorican Soul

A favourite album of mine from the late nineties was Nuyorican Soul's(1997) self titled album. Essentially an effort of the Masters At Work production team of Kenny 'Dope' Gonzales and Little Louie Vega, this album boasts an impressive list of collaborators with the likes of Jocelyn Brown, Roy Ayres and George Benson making appearances.
It is very hard to pick out a couple of tracks, due to this being such a well put together album in the sense that each track flows into the next and is best listened to in its entirety, a rare thing these days. However, i have gone with the bookends(excluding intro), with the last George Benson featuring track, being an all-time personal fave of mine. It has quite a long solo guitar intro, then slams into a storming jazz dance tune, with Benson scatting over the top of his amazing chord work. This album is a must have for any collection.
I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun(feat. Jocelyn Brown)

You Can Do It(Baby) feat. George Benson

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Future Vintage

Kindrid Spirits have released "Witness Future Vintage Vol .2", full of many different soul/hip-hop/jazz/funk sounds coming from different artists off their fantastic label. Here are a couple of the funk tracks on the compilation, which includes another outstanding Nomo tune, and one from Chico Mann, whose album i have since bought but have not yet had a good listen.

Moving In Circles - Nomo
Say What - Chico Mann

Saturday, July 28, 2007


If you are familiar with the label Sonar Kollective, then you no doubt would have seen or heard of Outlines. With a couple of quality 12" releases and subsequently turning up on few compilations, the wait for their first full length album "Our Lives Are Too Short" has finally arrived, and it doesn't disappoint. Here is a couple of their previously unreleased cuts.

Show Me feat. Beat Assailant -

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Uptown, Downtown

I picked up a nice compilation by the name of Uptown Soul, Downtown Funk(2007) off Emusic last week, and i think it should probably be renamed to Downtown Disco, as most of the tracks are are kind of low key soul disco numbers. I haven't actually heard of most of the artists, but there is some pretty good stuff on there, here are a couple of my favourites.

Say That You Will - Butch Sam & The Central Station Band

The Girl Is Bad - For Love

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Drop It Like A Gum Drop

A couple of tracks off an album they came out last year on Altered Vibes. Gum Drop is the project of London producer Rob Scott, with help from a few other vocalists and musicians.

These two tracks have got both Prince and Bootsy Collins written all over them, and come off the album Hi-Falutin(2006).

Monday, July 23, 2007

New Tones

This album and band isn't so new anymore, as they dropped mid last year. But, as i am on a bit of a funk rampage at the moment, i had to post a couple of tracks from afro funk ensemble Nomo. Not just your straight up deep funk like some of the other stuff i have posted, but if you like your funk a bit more cosmic and worldly, check these guys out.


Divisions -

We Do We Go -

Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Return Of The .....The Beatles?

DJ Jazzy Jeff has a new EP called "The Return Of Hip Hop", out on Rapster Records. On it, he teams up with legend Biz Markie to rehash a familiar chorus.

$ Can't Buy Me Love - DJ Jazzy Jeff feat. Biz Markie

Thursday, July 19, 2007


If you are looking for something to do in icy, cold Melbourne this Saturday night, get down to Felix Bar in St.Kilda for Sunsets Sounds monthly party "MUSIQUE". Friend of Give Me Aural, Cooper will be spinning everything houselectropopfunk. Get Down.
Get Down Saturday Night - Oilver Cheatham
Boogie Ain't Nuthin(But Gettin' Down)(Part One) - Rufus Thomas

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

On The 1

While i am on a funkin' roll, i thought i would go to the Godfather, and post a couple of tracks off a CD that was released a few months ago, but was just ripped to Emusic this week. James Brown's "Family Affair". Here is a bit about the CD.

"A rare chapter of James Brown's career -- material recorded for producer Henry Stone in the early 90s -- at a time when James himself was without a major record contract! Most of these tracks were recorded by Stone, but unissued for years -- which is a bit of a surprise, as the overall quality is quite good -- very much in the modern funk mode that Brown was forging back in the 80s! And sure, the work here isn't in the same mode as Brown's classics on King or Polydor, but the sound is still pretty great -- with beats and instrumentation that are relatively modern, but an overall groove that's quite tight and right, and plenty of room for James' incredible vocals in the lead! Most tracks feature Brown as the lead singer, but there's also a few with vocals by Venisha Brown or Yamma Brown -- and one track has James singing a duet with Bobby Byrd!" - Dusty Groove America
Funk On Ahh Roll
I Wanna To Be Loved On The " 1"

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Funky Socialite

I have a couple of funky cuts for you out of a label called Social Beats. The compilation i have taken them off is called "Socialized FunkBeats", released earlier this year.

A Taste of Honey (Lack of Afro remix 7" version) - Tim Wood

Bonga Bonga Jazz (AIFF remix) - The Jazzinvaders

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Apricot Morning

In case any of you are either late comers to Quantic(Will Holland), or you have never checked out any of his music, i thought i would give you a couple of tracks of his 2002 album Apricot Morning on Tru Thoughts.

For some reason, i actually thought this was his first full length release, but it turns out he put out The 5th Exotic in 2001. And, if you are familiar with his deep funk band project The Quantic Soul Orchestra, you will know that Will, is not only one the hardest working producers and musicians kickin' at the moment, but all his stuff is top shelf quality. Check out his Quantic volume of work here in just a few short years. Amazing.

Blackstone Rock

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Dead Man Walking

Another embarrassing loss to Iraq last night in the Asian Cup should spell the end of coach Graham Arnold short reign as the Socceroos coach. Let the campaign to get back Guus Hiddink begin!

On a musical note, i posted a track of Andre Zimma's The Turbulence EP a while back, but the track i really like off the release is M.U.S.I.C. (mp3)

Also, here is a little quirky disco number courtesy of Mr.Chin off Rong Music.
Meeceeko From Japan.(mp3)

Friday, July 13, 2007

Digital Underground's 1990 LP "Sex Packets", was very much a high rotation CD in the early 90's amongst all my mates and I, and still gets the odd play these days as well. I can still recite word by word the lyrics to Freaks Of The Industry(mp3). And with my wife recovering still from giving birth, i think i may be needing a hit from the Packet Man.(mp3)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

New Approach

When i started this blog a couple of months ago, i decided that i was going to have a certain structure to it, and i created my regular weekly post like Gearin'up and Loungin'. However, due now being a father of three kids under the age of 4, on top of a full time job, i need a way to keep this blog rolling along without it consuming too much of what little time i have. Therefore, i am going to take a more random approach to my blogging. I am sure none of you who visit could care less, as you are here for some good tunes after all. Needless to say, whatever i post, i deem to be quality. And, don't be a freeloader and go out and buy some good music, preferably not from any of the large chains of music stores(use my links). Cheers.

The pictures are in reference to former Australian Labour Prime Minister Paul Keating, comparing current Prime Minister John Howard to Adolf Hitler. Love your work Paul!!!

Here's a few lush housey sounds for you.
Astro Boogie - Phreek Plus One (Compost Black Label #22)

Stealth 1 - Secret Stealth (Ted Rodgers EP)

Discolexia(John Arnold Remix) - Watch TV & The Primates (Discolexia Remixes)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Cover Me(Come Together)

I was listening to a Brothers Johnson CD the other day when a cover of the Lennon/McCartney penned Beatles tune "Come Together" from Abbey Road(1969), bounced into my headphones. So i thought i would do a bit of searching and find out if anyone else has done a cover of this track, and i found quite a few versions in the Emusic catalogues. I won't post the original, as you would probably all be pretty familiar with it. However, along with The Brothers Johnson, i have an Ike and Tina Turner take which turns up on a couple of their greatest hits. And the other is a live version by a guy out of Boston called Bobby Bell, which is a nice funky cover of the original.

Come Together - The Brothers Johnson

Come Together - Ike & Tina Turner

Come Together - Bobby Bell

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Lougin' with a Soul Investigation

It was not necessarily done by plan that after featuring Jimi Tenor last week that i should now be doing the same to his wife Nicole Willis. However, i had heard a little bit of hype surrounding Willis over a year ago, but never really followed it up until a couple of months ago when i stumbled across Nicole Willis's CD "Soul Makeover"(2000), at a market. I had a couple of listens to it, really couldn't get into it, and forgot about her. But when Emusic released Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigator's "Keep Reachin 'Up"(2005), a couple of weeks ago, i thought i would give her another listen. I am glad i did.

Originally released on Timmion Records, i was blown away by how good this album is. If you are into any kind of 60's soul/RnB sounds, you will really love "Keep Reahin 'Up". You could easily mistake tracks from this album from either of the two major players of US soul/RnB sounds of that era, Motown and Stax. The musicianship by The Soul Investigators is brilliant, and although i don't feel Nicoles voice is one of the most outstanding i have ever heard, she delivers brilliantly here, with her real craft being not to over sing, and just present a perfect blend with her and band.
Needless to say, i highly recommend this album. You can buy it here digitally, or here in copy. It was hard to choose a couple of tracks, due to the quality of them all, but here they are. Enjoy.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Gettin' High with Llorca

Have been buying an increasing number of mixes from an artist known as Llorca. He, along with fellow Parisian David Duriez are responsible for the Brique Rouge label, and have been banging around since the mid-90's french hous explosion. You'll find some of his earlier stuff on Laurent Garnier's F-Comm label (which gives him instant cred in my book). His latest mixes of artists like Art of Tones and Snax have been on heavy rotation. I thought I'd give you a taste of his take on 20:20 Soundsystem's track "High" which he twists into a cool disco-chugger.

Massive thanks to all those that came out last week in support of the MS Society and saw Phil K rip shit up at 8-Track. What a DJ! Tonight we have the return of Jus-G and the ever-impressive Sam Deluxe on the 1's and 2's.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Gearin'up with a Tribute

This week on Gearin'up i have a quality tune for you by a french producer named Erik Rug called "Tribute". The title is alluding to a tribute to the old school hip-hop pioneers of the late 70's, early 80's in this disco mix, under some throwback rhyming done by Dynamax of The Zulu Nation.

As we are on the reworking of the old school tip, i thought i was duty bound to throw in "Talking All That Jazz", by Stetsasonic. This track was brilliantly remixed by Dimitri from Paris a few years back, and was a big hit in both the clubs and on his A Night at the Playboy Mansion mix CD(altough i will be posting a slightly different mix).
Tribute (L'Aroye and Ky Remixes/extended disco mix) - Erik Rug feat. Dynamax (of the Zulu Nation

Talkin All That Jazz (Dim's Respect For The Old School) - Stetsasonic

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Coming From Where I'm From(Regurgitator)

Brisbane band Regurgitator have forged quite a career and following here in Australia. With their ability to cross over between many genres including rock, punk, hip-hop, pop and funk, they managed to maintain quite a good and varied standard of releases from Tu-Plang(1996) through to Mish Mash(2004). Although much of their music is not what i would post here on Give Me Aural, there is one particular track which is not only my favourite from Regurgitator, but one of my favourites of all time.

A homage(and a pisstake) to Prince, most people in Australia would easily recognise !(The Song Formerly Known As), taken off their 1997 LP Unit. But for those of you who are unfamiliar, definitely check it out.
!(The Song Formerly Known As) - Regurgitator

Monday, July 2, 2007

Loungin' with Jimi Tenor

I have selected a couple of tracks from Jimi Tenor's Intervision(1997) for Loungin' this week. Released on Warp Records, i used to love throwing this CD on at the end of a weekend to chillout to, with its cruisy jazzed out vibe. I didn't dig every song on the album, but a couple always found themselves on my chillout compilations i would put together.
I have also added a bonus track from an album he did with West African afro-funksters Kabu Kabu, Joystone(2007) on Ubiquity Records. I have only listened to this album a couple of times, but "Ariane" immediately jumps out at me. Kind of mellow start to it, but

falls into a nice funky groove.
Never Say It Aloud(Intervision)

Can't Stay With You Baby(Intervision)


Sunday, July 1, 2007


Here is a couple of tunes out from a label called Bagpak Solo Series. Available to purchase at my online store links.
"Developed by NYC’s Bagpak Music, BPSS (Bagpak Music Solo Series) was set up to act as a platform for unsigned artists seeking to promote their music worldwide. Carefully selected by Bagpak’s A&R team, BPSS represents some of the finest unsigned talents for all continents covering a wide range of genres and styles."

Everything I Want - Flint

The Way Thatt(Remix) - Mr.Windmill & Jay.Soul

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Cover Me(Superwoman)

This edition of Cover Me, centres around the wonderful Stevie Wonder song "Superwoman(Where Were You When I Needed You)", off one of my favourite albums, Music Of My Mind(1972).

The cover of this track comes off 4Hero's Mercury nominated album Play With The Changes(2007). This cover is pretty close to the original, which when covering every one's favourite artist, is not such a bad thing. I have also included a bonus track from the 4hero album.
Superwoman - Stevie Wonder

Superwoman - 4Hero

Morning Child - 4Hero

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Gearin'up with The Rhythm Slaves

Gearin'up this week features The Rhythm Slaves. Strictly a producer, one time Londoner Richard Gow, fused his love for both house and jazz to start releasing under the moniker of The Rhythm Slaves back in 2001. You can check out a bio and most of his work on soussol records.

Here are a few of my favourite Rhythm Slaves tracks, with both his own productions and on the remix front. Enjoy.
The Light You Will See(Kid Massive & Raoul Mix) - The Rhythm Slaves(soussol records)
Believe feat Ijeoma(Rhythym Slaves DBR Mix) - Autosoul(West End Records)
Afrikarina (Kid Massive & Rhythm Slaves Soulful Mix) - KM(Look At You Records)
(Tracks Removed At Request Of Artist)

New Tracks

Here is some new stuff that have glanced my ears lately.

A new single called "Breaking" from Ikon off Jalapeno Records. I like this mix the best.
Breaking (All Good Funk Alliance Remix ) - Ikon

Here is a soul track from Don Adams off an album called "Watts Happening". I had presumed that he was an African-American soul singer out of L.A., due to the sound and title of the album. But, he is actually Scottish. Not crazy on the whole LP, but i do like this one.
Home Again, Hello(1972 Version) - Don Adams

Monday, June 25, 2007

Coming From Where I'm From (Lanu)

We here in Australia like to claim talented New Zealanders as our own, and Melbourne based Lanu(aka Lance Ferguson), is definitely one of the most talented and hard working musicians doing his thing at the moment.

Already the bass guitarist for standout funk band The Bamboos, Lanu stepped off the stage to produce his first solo LP "This Is My Home" earlier this year. Meshing soulful sounds of jazz, hip-hop, latin and brokenbeat, Lanu also gathers an impressive lineup of vocalists and musicians to lend their skills on his album released through Tru Thoughts(UK) & Ubiquity(US).

You can also checkout Lanu's archived radio show on Straightup, and also an interview he did on Stylin', available here.
Mother Earth (feat. Aloe Blacc and Quantic) - Lanu

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Loungin' with Benny Sings

I have a bit of blue eyed soul for you this week with Loungin'. Benny Sings drops his third full length release (Benny....At Home 2007), on a fave label of mine, Sonar Kollektiv. Although on my radar, i never got around to purchasing his other two LPs(Champagne People 2004, I Love You 2005), but after a couple of quick listens to this album i may have to do a bit of back cataloguing.

A product of the Netherlands, Benny combines elements of soul, jazz and pop to make an album a smooth, sublime listen. Perfect for my weekly Loungin' post. Look to buy some of Benny Sing's work here.

Saturday, June 23, 2007


My posts may be a bit light on over the coming days as my wife has just given birth to our third child. Young Miles was born naturally around 4am this morning after a quick labour, and he and mother and doing fine.

I thought i would post a beautiful tune by one of my all time favourites, the great Nina Simone.
He Needs Me - Nina Simone

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Gearin'up With Capitol A

This week Gearin'up features west coast cat Capitol A (aka Antoine Green). His name may or may not be familiar to you, but quite possibly you may have heard him lend his MC skills to some of the biggest artists and producers, particularly in the nu-jazz/hip-hop scene. He has collaborated with the likes of Jazzanova, Jazzy Jeff and King Britt to name a few.

I first heard Capitol A on Afro Mystics Lp "Morphology", and was at first unsure about whether i really liked his flow or not, but over time have really come to enjoy the work he does with all these cutting edge artists. I tend to like his rhyming over the house/brokenbeat tracks than i do just pure hip-hop ones, but his volume of work seen here, is a testament to his versatility and demand for his talent. As it my Gearin'up post, here is a few of my favoured uptempo Capitol A tracks.
Broken Slang(Brooks Broken Fangs Mix) - Clyde Feat. Capitol A
(track removed at request of artist) Go to Mantis Recordings for more info on this artist.

Givin' It Up - Icasol Feat. Capitol A

Komputa Groove - Slope Feat Capitol A

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Cover Me(I Get Lifted)

This edition of "Cover Me" features a reworking of a George McRae classic "I Get Lifted". The cover comes off a six track Ep i have been diggin' by funk outfit Orgone, on Ubiquity Records. Described as cosmic funk, their version sounds like it could come straight off a Brand New Heavies album, but is probably a little uncool to call it acid jazz.

The best work from Orgone though, comes off the last cut on the Ep. "Hambone" is an absolute killer track, starting out as a bit of a boogie funk affair, then moving through areas of afro and spaced out disco. It's the kind of track you can imagine the band jamming live for about a half hour straight and whipping the crowd up in a frenzy. Definitely looking forward to a full length release from these guys later in the year.
I Get Lifted - George Mcrae

I Get Lifted - Orgone

Hambone - Orgone

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

New Tracks

I haven't really posted much in the way of brokenbeat stuff on this blog yet, so i will hook you up with a couple of new tracks that have come my way recently.

Andre Zimma - U Know Like feat. Clara Hill & Colin -

Mojo Project - Nana For Child (Da Lata Mix) -
I thought i would throw this track by the Freedom Soundz on here as well, as it is a really nice brokenbeat track i just grabbed off Emusic. There is also a fantastic Franck Roger remix of this tune as well.
Freedom Soundz - Take My Love Back -

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Loungin'with Readymade

I was originally going to have this as a bit of a regular chillout/after the weekend post as an alternative to my Gearin'up posts. But after the Darondo post i did, i never really followed it up like i had intended.

So, i will have another crack by featuring a French artist named Readymade, and a couple of tracks off his 2001 album "Bold", on the F Communications label.
So if you are feeling like a bit of downtime after a big weekend, check out these loungin' posts, and kick back with some softer beats for your aural delight.
Here is bit more info on Readymade/Bold.