Was back on East Village Radio this week for the Bobbito Garcia Radio Show! Always an honor to fill Bob’s shoes and this week’s show was pretty special.
Sat down with Kaleta, the afrobeat ambassador behind Zozo and Akoya Afrobeat Ensembles. Talked with him about his musical upbringings playing with both King Sunny Adé and Fela Anikulapo Kuti, amongst others!
Then, played new/timeless music from D’Angelo, Quantic & Nidia Góngora, Louie Vega & Elements of Life, Kev Brown, Quadron and the Boogaloo Assassins!
Listen to the broadcast here
*playlist can be found here
I’ve been a fan of Mr. Palmieri’s works for years and still remember the day I came across “Azucar Pa”Ti“. My collection was forever changed!
I drop new/timeless music from Quantic & Nidia Góngora, Lord Echo, Dennis Brown and more!
Listen to this incredibly special broadcast here
*playlist can be found here
*All Brazilian Vinyl Mix | Disco É Cultura
Welcome to the August edition of Push the Fader Radio – Brazil Special.
Earlier this year I took a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While in town, I was no doubt searching for the perfect beat!
What I found was a sea of beautiful records and a tremendous amount of music to go through when I got back to NYC, endlessly combing the crates for those forgotten gems. And really, I’m still just at the beginning…
This mix is put together entirely from records purchased during that trip. On this podcast you’ll hear some of my favorite Brazilian artists, classics and versions in Soul, Jazz, Samba, MPB y more!
From Brazil to Brooklyn, with love.
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Here’s an exclusive for you…Today I bring you a bonus track from the vinyl release of “Everything in Time”- a track titled “Workin’” that Oddisee and I collaborated on during those sessions. Music to get your mind + grind right!
O and I caught up recently to talk shop about the influence NYC has had on our creative process. Check that conversation out and download the mp3 of “Workin’” for a limited time here.
* All Vinyl Mix | Cover Artwork by Andrés Jiménez
This month’s podcast mix comes to you courtesy of the Paris based website for all things soulful, funky and deep – Paris DJs. I’ve been checking for Paris DJs for a number of years now, always updated with the latest info on some of my favorite artists and releases.
When the opportunity came to do an exclusive mix for their site, I was more than happy to put this together. Below are a couple questions you may have regarding the mix and you’ll find the link to download it straight to your digital player here.
What are Center Bumps?
Center Bumps are tunes that I’m feeling that particular week and/or month. They are songs in constant rotation and highlight new and old music that I’ve dug up in that respective time period. I use to include charts in my mailing list emails and people would always write back asking how they could hear that music. Well, now you can courtesy of these monthly mixes.
Why did you choose to do an all Vinyl mix?
To be honest I’m still high off of Everything in Time being released on vinyl. Vinyl is still my favorite way to listen to music. I have so many gems that haven’t been released digitally, so it made sense to spread love the analog way.
Why Paris DJs?
Djouls and crew been putting it down for years on that side of the Atlantic, always keeping it fresh. With so many people in common, it was only a matter of time til we connected online for a release!
Looking forward to being part of the festivities this Saturday afternoon at the Fat Beats Pop-Up Shop.
I’ll be spinning at 2:30PM and the entire day should be full of flavor with performances and DJ sets, celebrating the pieces of wax we love. Check it out!
* ‘Everything in Time’ now available on double vinyl, including bonus instrumentals and the unreleased track, “Workin’ feat. Oddisee
In true “frolaboration”, the folks at Frolab take us through the process of how the vinyl you hold in your hands came to be- from footage of Middle Child singing acoustic to the DJ Spinna remix, it’s all there- the 12″ cover photo shoot, footage at the pressing plant of the record being made and DJ Spinna dropping originals at his Thingamajig Studio in Brooklyn, New York. Check it out!
Today is a special day- what seems like a secret that we’ve been giddy about and keeping quiet since mid October of last year (when Spinna delivered his mix), gets to fly out and greet the world today, in probably the greatest and purest musical form- a warm piece of 12″ Vinyl.
To me, it’s come full circle- my Spinna crates are THICK, packed with the dopest remixes and banging originals from the Beyond Real architect from the last two decades. I remember always glancing at my record library and noticing that Spinna’s productions took up a whole crate by themselves!
So to receive a taylor-made remix that falls in pocket with any of his greatest work, is a blessing! As soon as I heard the the track I was immediately brought back to his classic Composition Series and remixes for De La Soul, Das Efx and Mobb Deep, from the ’90s. That was the feeling, but the programming and sounds were updated to now. So I guess the “Back from the Future” title he gave the mix is quite appropriate.
Big thanks to FroLab for lacing the incredible art work you see on the package, Footlong Development for making it possible, Middle Child for saaaaangin(!!!) and to DJ Spinna, for doin’ it like no other.
VINYL only release, available online here
I’m always amazed how music travels from the place it was created, outward to the rest of the world. Something made in Beligium ends up in Brooklyn, and it spreads out everywhere inbetween.
Of course now with the internet that’s possible instantly, but at the same time, so much gets lost in the sauce online, not to mention our hard drives. There’s something to say for the old skool hand to hand transaction of music..
Last December, I venutured out into a snowy Amsterdam to one of the cities finest vinyl shops, Rush Hour Records. There, I was fortunate enough to get passed a ’45 from the Uphigh Collective (On-Point records) via my man Cris working in the shop.
This “Blend” single that I held was truly something special. DELV!S‘ vocals were sublime, honest and packed with SOUL! The production was niiiice, airing on the bottom end (just the way I like it).
The tune is addictive, I haven’t stopped listening to it since I got it and will be doing my best to break it in the states and along my travels. Have a listen, from Belgium with love…
*order it here
Not a day goes by when I don’t hear someone talking or writing about how no one knows what is going on with the music industry. The future of music and how we will access it remains a question mark. These are some bugged times indeed.
The thing that is for sure is that most DJs (myself included) are now spinning in clubs with their laptops or aren’t carrying the amount of records they once were (I’ve witnessed most selectors in Europe being happy to rock off of CDs on a nice pair of CDJs).
In the ’90s, the “Save the Vinyl” movement was created and it’s logo (two hands holding a piece of wax) was found on the back of many albums during that era. There was a unity amongst vinyl supporters, we would not let the format die. And we were successful. I once heard from some record label friends that DJs were the ones keeping new releases from being printed strictly on CD during that era.
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