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