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.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Around The World In 80 Beats

I gave you a Beatfanatic track(Let Us Pray) that i was feeling a couple of weeks ago. Now i have a couple more from this funky Swede's new album "Around The World In 80 Beats", which comes off the Soundscape label. The two i have chosen both have a bit of a disco feel to them, but you will find elements of latin, afro and house running through this excellent full length release from the man who calls himself Beatfanatic. You can find his album, and more beatfantaic releases on both Beatport and Emusic.


Friday, June 15, 2007

Gearin' Up With Karizma

This weeks edition of Gearin'Up features DJ/Artist Karizma. I have a cut off his album(A Mind Of Its Own) which dropped earlier this year on R2 Records, and a couple of remixes he has done for both Simbad and Raw Artistic Soul.

Didn't See It Comin - Karizma -

Soul Fever(Karizma K2 Dub) - Simbad -

The Light (Karizma Deepah 1ne Remix) - Raw Artistic Soul Feat. Ursula Rucker -

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Cover Me (Thank You)

The good folk at Stones Throw Records have been uncovering and reissuing some great old funk and soul records from the 60's and 70's. One such band is the Kashmere Stage Band, who's story is truly a remarkable one of Houston High School musical director Conrad Johnson, who took his stage band to lofty heights with arranging and performing some amazing funk originals and covers alike in the the late 60's, early 70's.
Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974, is the result of recordings taken from this period where you get to hear Conrad Johnsons students throw down some of the most pure funk cuts you will hear from any band from that time or now.
One of the covers on the album was Sly and the Family Stones seminal hit Thank You(Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again). A track that has been covered and sampled many times over, however, i feel the Kasmere's version does unbelievable justice to the original.
Sly and the Family Stone - Thank You -
Kashmere Stage Band - Thank You -
Bonus Kasmere Track

Camille - Ta Douleur

I've no idea what French singer Camille is singing about here, but she could sing it to me all day and night. I'm a massive fan of everything Al Usher touches in the studio, and he's on the remix duties for this one.

This Friday at 8-Track Jen Tutty joins us for the second time. She'll be supporting SpiritCatcher later on at 161, so we're looking forward to a big one. Look out for some big news coming up for 8-Track and a certain Melbourne legend - Phil K!

New Tracks

I have been a bit busy the last couple of days to post, so here is a couple of new tracks to keep you interested.
Hot Chip - My Piano

Music Is Ruling My Life(DJ Day Remix) - Kutiman

Sunday, June 10, 2007

New Mix - Closer

Well, i finally got a live mix recorded and ready to post. It's a little scratchy in parts with both sound quality and the mixing, but i feel it's worthy enough of a post. Enjoy.

e.z.duzit mix
Closer (42min, 53mb)
1.Don't Make Me Wait - New York Citi Peech Boys
2.Pound For Pound - Le'o Roy
3.When Loves Comes Home - Chet Ivey & His Fabulous Avengers
4.Carribean Queen - Billy Ocean
5.Fantastic Voyage - Lakeside
6.For Those Who Like To Groove - Ray Parker Jr.
7.Boogie Ain't Nothin' - Rufus Thomas
8.Messge In America(team9 mash)
9.Jumbotronic - Riton
10.Da Funk(Casino Inc Remix) - Daft Punk
11.Do You Hear That? - DJ Format
12.118th Hustle - DJ Tonk
13. Get Off Your Ass & Jam - Funkadelic
14.Know How - Young MC
15.Mudd - Yellow Nanny
16.Days & Daze(Dubtronic Remix) - Romanowski
17.Don't Stop - Brazilian Girls
18.So Good Today(Album Version) - Ben Westbeech
19. Ooh U & I(Phil Asher Mix) - Lyric L
20. Closer Than Close(Original) - Rosie Gaines

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Party In My Pants

There isn't too much information floating around on Zurich born, now Bay Area artist Romanowski, who released his second Lp "Party In My Pants"in 2004, and a remixed album in 2007. So I'll just let you listen to these tracks and find out for yourselves.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Gearin'up with Compost Black Label

Three of my favourite tracks for you from the fantastic Compost Black Label Series. They very rarely miss with these releases, featuring outstanding artists and producers alike, making mostly cutting edge house music.

8 Track once again has special guest DJ aNyO dropping in again He'll be playing 8-11pm. aNyO wowed us last month with some amazing stuff, so we're looking forward to doing it all over again. You can catch him every Thursday on KissFM from 8pm for the DumbCant Radio show and you can also hear some great stuff on aNyO's myspace page:

Goosebum - Close Life Off (Black Label #5) -
Wagon Cookin' - Start To Play ( Black Label #12) -
Shahrokh SoundOfK - Physiology(Black Label #18) -

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Master Sound

I am an unabashed lover of the revival of the heavy funk sound of the late 60's, early 70's. Bands like Quantic Soul Orchestra, The Bamboos and The Dap Kings, just to name a few, are leading a renaissance of this sound, and i just can't seem to get enough of it. I will probably feature many of them on this blog (Bamboos and The Lefties already).

The New Mastersounds, out of Britain, are another raw funk band making a name for themselves on this scene. Here are a few of tracks for you off some of their releases. If the cut "Nervous" doesn't make you get up and start shaking your tail around the living room, i suggest you take a detour to the bathroom and have a good hard look at yourself.

Nervous (from Keb Darge presents The New Mastersounds 2001) -
Stay on The Groove (from Keb Darge presents The New Mastersounds 2001) -
Carrot Juice ( from 102% 2007) -
Buy some of their releases here.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Soul31 House Mix

Here is a 50 min House mix from Sunset Sounds Dj Soul31.

'A mix of hybrid house that builds to some bass bumpin tracks that free the soul and let you dance away. Alot of new tracks that are big on the funky house circuit. Check out for the latest soulful/funky house tunes around Melbourne...'
Track listing:
Latronica (Joey Negro Club mix) - Dave Lee
Available (Jay-J's Shifted Up Dub) - Linn
Foxy Lady - Herve
Life Ain't What It Seems Remix (Quentin Harris Re-Touch) - Sterling Ensemble feat. Sara Devine
The Way I Am (Earnshaw's Instrumental) - Panevino
Get Down (Calvin Harris Remix) - Groove Armada
You Think You Know (DJ Meme Peaktime Dub) - Park St. featuring Diana Waite
Music's Gotcha Jumpin' 2007 feat. Indeya (Jay-J's Shifted Up Mix) -
Groove Junkies
He Reigns (Innersoul Badyard Dub) - Yass

Soul31 House Mix -

XRS Land

Whilst ripping some old CD's to my library, i happened across an artist call XRS Land. Turns out he is a Brazilian drum'n'bass artist by the name of Xerxes de Oliveira. His other aliases include Friendtronik, Kapitel 06 and Sys X. He seems to do a lot of work with DJ Marky , and has also remixed artists such as Everything But The Girl and Bebel Gilberto. Sarau(1999) is the CD i own, so here is couple of tracks off it, plus some of his work with DJ Marky and Vikter Duplaix.


Secrets of the Floating Island '99 -

DJ Marky & XRS(feat. Vikter Duplaix) - Moments of Lust(Makoto Remix) -

Monday, June 4, 2007

Two Up

Some aussie Hip-Hop for you from Sydneysiders 2up. Never ones to take themselves too seriously, they don't disappoint on this track from a forthcoming Ep Boomin'.

2up - Hardcore(Yo Yo Agogo remix)

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Coming From Where I'm From(Cut Copy)

Cut Copy is the brainchild of Melbournian Dan Whitford. Now a touring four piece band that plays a sound not easily pigeonholed, but falls somewhere in the realm of futuristic pop/disco/house/70's glam and so on.

Since their release of the Ep I Thought of Numbers(2001), they have become worldwide smash, especially since their first full length album dropped Bright Like Neon Love(2004). They are now in demand as producers, remixers and as a live act, and recently did Fabriclive 29(2006), as well as releasing a second Lp this year Hearts On Fire.

I am going to feature a couple of tracks from their 2001 Ep I Thought of Numbers, largely because it was an Ep i discovered in the CD single section of a large commercial music store, new nothing about Cut Copy, but liked the look of the cover and thought it was worth a purchase due to the fact it was an Ep and not a single. I quickly grew to love the futuristic synth pop tunes, filled with different layers of sounds and samples. Enjoy.

Bonus Track

Hearts On Fire(Joakim Remix) -

Saturday, June 2, 2007


My beloved Melbourne Demons posted their first win of the season today after losing their first 9 of the AFL season. I am HAPPY!!!!
Max Sedgley - Happy (Soul Mekanik Remix)
Jesse Garcia - Let's Get Happy (Martijn Ten Velden Audio Drive Remix)

Friday, June 1, 2007

Gearin'up with some Friday treats

A couple of nice tracks for you to ease you into your weekend festivities.

Ben Westbeech - Get Closer(Marathon Men Remix)

Beatfantatic - Let Us Pray