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See Line Woman (Afrobeat Version)

*photo courtesy of Open Crates

There’s a song that hasn’t left my DJ bag since it was given to me on a CD-R, 14 years ago. That song is the Femm Nameless’ version of See Line Woman (also known as See Line), given to me by my friend Toli Nameless.

Their version of Nina Simone’s classic has burned up my dance floor for years and I always thought it was a bit bittersweet because it was a tune that no one (other than a select few DJs) had access to. AND…it never had a life on vinyl!

So, with some careful planning, my sibling label Kooyman Records decided to press this dance floor monster onto a heavy weight 10″. Black or Red Vinyl? You choose. Living in a digital world? Then, have a listen to the joints at your prefered digital shop.

Revisiting the recording sessions with Toli, I learned that she wrote the b-side Talk Da Shit with Tom Brenneck of the Dapkings and penned Deaf Ears (Instrumental Dub) with Ernesto Abreau, formerly of Antibalas. The entire record was recorded in East Flatbush, Brooklyn by Sydney Mills of Steel Pulse. They truly captured some magic in these sessions and empowered more than a few female musicians along the way!

Still, more than just being incredible music, cut by an all Female band, this record is a time capsule into the Brooklyn Afrobeat scene, 14 years ago. A true piece of NYC history for your ears to now hear…

-DJ Center


 

 

 

 

 

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DJ Center Remixes Setenta

Setenta - Da Manha (DJ Center Remix)

We’re happy to share a brand new DJ Center remix of Setenta, the Latin Soul group from Paris, out today! The original song appears on their latest album, Paris to Nueva-York, which features the legendary Joe Bataan.

For this dance floor version, Center created a feel-good, soulful house dub, collaborating with Nikhil P. Yerawadekar (of Antibalas/Akoya Afrobeat/Low Mentality) and percussionist, Kofi Hunter. The track is mixed by DJ Spinna (who also mixed Center’s Dem Say Ah release).

We think this tune may just make your summer soundtrack that much nicer. Listen below and cop direct from the artist at Bandcamp.

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DJ Center’s Dennis Brown Tribute Mix

DJ Center - Dennis Brown Special

Cover Art: Andres Jimenez (@sieteson)

In celebration of the great Dennis Emmanuel Brown’s 60th Birthday, DJ Center presents some of the tuffest tunes, versions and dubs from the Crown Prince of Reggae!

Cut purely from vinyl, enjoy some of Center’s favorite D.Brown selections, which most likely will be the first in annual tribute series to the legend. One mix simply can not cover the never ending niceness that the man output while he was with us.

Share this mix + spread love in these times!

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NEW Mix: DJ CENTER X BOBBITO

Center + Bob

Brand new mix on Mixcloud from back in 2014 where DJ Center and Bobbito Garcia were rocking live in NYC! This live mix captures that special night- Bobbito debuted his 7″ vinyl release and Vinia Mojica sang live! Check out the funk here.

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DJ Center on Boiler Room TV

DJ Center Boiler Room

Last August, DJ Center was called to be part of a very special Boiler Room session here in Brooklyn.

The night would double as the official Afro Punk Festival afterparty and birthday celebrations for none other than Bilal and D.Prosper! Surprise sets from Sly5thAve and the Clubcasa Chamber Orchestra and Pharoahe Monch followed!  EPIC night!

Watch Center’s set that closed out the evening below. Special trumpet¬†appearance from Grammy Award Winner, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown and toastings from Dee Phunk.

Thank you Brooklyn!

 

 

 

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Sly5thAve X Kendrick Lamar X Major Lazer

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Brand new and good for you too!

Following the success of their Uptown Funk! vinyl debut,  Sly5thAve and The ClubCasa Chamber Orchestra return with gorgeous brass versions of Kendrick Lamar and Major Lazer classics!

Sly’s version of Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe completely smashed the internet when it dropped, garnering thousands of plays and nods from the likes of Gilles Peterson of the BBC, amongst others. Now available for the first time, mastered and pressed onto thick, beautiful, collectors vinyl, with an unreleased studio version of Major Lazer’s Get Free.

Listen and purchase the limited edition vinyl or digital release from Kooyman Records here.

 

 

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