Journey to the UWS

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UNS 002 – UWS

This one is a bit belated by totally worth it. Trust me. 🙂

The next installment of UNS took me to New York’s Upper West Side. It was a lovely warm day in spring and the sun was shining. Cruising along Broadway, eating at Papaya’s, chilling with Tom and imaging Kramer walking in and Elaine complaining about her hair and finally having a lie down at the Colombia campus benches.

I’ve never really been a through and through UWS type of dude. It’s always felt like a poor man’s UES to me, and you know how much I love the UES. Well you don’t, but I am telling you now, I fucking do, and I will find Woody Allen one day.

Anyways, here you go, enjoy!

Tracklist:

  1. Lemon D – I See Sunshine
  2. Vtgnike – U Tebya Takie Glaza
  3. Lemongrass – Cafe De Paris
  4. Paul Hardcastle – It Must Be Love
  5. Patrice Rushen – Where There Is Love
  6. Gentle Persuasion – Gotta Lotta Love
  7. Tassel & Naturel Feat. DJ Cam – Drivin’
  8. Double Dee – Found Love (Reprise)
  9. Mary J. Blige – Good Woman Down
  10. Swamburger – Womanside
  11. Jay-Z – Moment Of Clearness
  12. Problem Kids Feat. Ashley Beedle – Mardi Gras
  13. Joss Moog – Room 27
  14. Adrian Hour – The Reason (Desos Remix)
  15. Curtis Hairston – I Want You (All Tonight) (JM After-Session M&M Mix)
  16. Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King – Love Come Down (12″ Version)
  17. Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
  18. Streetlife Originals – Sidewalk Story
  19. Hackman – Carry On (Dub)
  20. DJ Koze – XTC
  21. WILLIAMS, Boo – Teckno Drome
  22. Pascal Viscardi – Lakefront (Worker Union Remix)
  23. Profundo & Gomes – Sexophonic
  24. DJ Qu – Loveboxx
  25. Mood II Swing – Move Me
  26. DJ Qu – SS1
  27. Jacob B – Rave In The Cave
  28. D FUNC/MARCEL HEESE – Patience
  29. MUNK – Purple Dust
  30. Hefner / Cosmos – Dive Into You (Tom Middleton Vox)
  31. Billy Shane – Hold Yor Heart
  32. ANDRADE – Optimistic
  33. Streetlife Originals – Sidewalk Story
  34. Mountal – Would You Be Mine?
  35. Eli Escobar – NY So Hi
  36. Butch – Praise The Lord
  37. Steffen Deux – New York Sun
  38. DJ W!LD – All About You
  39. Jazz-N-Groove – Do Ya (Tribal Jazz Mix)
  40. Life On Earth – Can’t Give You Up (Joey Negro Club Mix)
  41. Palms Trax – People Of Tusk
  42. Entro Senestre – Rosegold
  43. Art Of Tones – Queue De Cochon
  44. Sello – Bla Bla Bla
  45. Kim Brown – Ternevej
  46. Theory Of Happiness – Relax (Soothing Club Mix)
  47. Toni Martin – Deeper (Blaze Deep Mix)
  48. Brothers’ Vibe – Take Me 2 The Raw
  49. Munk – Hot Medusa (Kai AlcĂ© Dub)
  50. Pal Joey, Beautiful People – I Got The Rhythm (Club Mix)
  51. Helvert Feat. Elif Bicer – Neu
  52. The Bird And The Bee – Runaway
  53. Grant Nelson – Season Of Jack
  54. Grant Nelson – Spellbound
  55. D. Ramirez & Mark Knight – Colombian Soul (Gabriel And Dresden Tuscan Soul Reconstruction)
  56. Red Grey Purple – Music Matters (Mark Knight Remix)
  57. Moodymanc – Joy
  58. The Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra – Mystery (Instrumental) [Feat. Arthur Verocai]
  59. N.U. – Do It Again (Touchsoul Edit)
  60. Jack J – Something (On My Mind)

Blasphemy On the Disco (Bunnies call to action)

Hola fellow horsemen, mermaids and mermasters (cause maids are so 20th century),

DB2012For those of you who have the dis-pleasure of knowing me in some form or another know quite well that I do dedicate quite a big chunk of my menial majestic existence to music. I always feel the urge to share all the good vibes I come across (legally ofcourse, FBI I am serious, never ever gave anything for free – virginity included). So culminating this incredible year was Disco Blasphemy 2012, a nice cap on one hell of a blasphemous podcast series that I launched back in July of last year. That followed District Funk which if you’ve been reading this esteemed rantatious blog for a while would know all about.

So without further ado, here comes the best tunes in my sleeves this year. Get your freak on, grab a disco bunny and do blasphemous stuff. Just do it (be safe though).

Tracklist

01- Dexter Wansel – Time Is The Teacher
02- Billy Paul – Let’s Make A Baby
03- Jazzanova – Rendezvous
04- Patrice Rushen – Where There Is Love
05- DJ Jazzy Jeff – The Definition (ft. Kel Spencer)
06- Ryo Murakami – Just for This
07- Skudge – Ontic (Rolando Understands Remix)
08- Moomin – Raw Like 97
09- James Mason – Nightgruv
10- Tiger & Woods – Gin Nation
11- Dusky – Henry 85 (Fcl Weemix)
12- Blawan – Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage
13- youANDme – Mouche (Luke Hess Electric Dub)
14- Mic Newman – Knickerbocker
15- Smallpeople – Move With Your Vision
16- Detroit Swindle – Guess What (Leftside Wobble Remix)
17- Homework – Cmon Start Moving
18- Drew Sky – Razzmatazz
19- Hodges, James & Smith – What Have You Done For Love
20- First Choice – Let No Man Put Asunder (12″ Remix)
21- Leron Carson – Dedicated
22- Rene Bandaly Family – Tanki Tanki
23- Objekt – Porcupine
24- Wil Maddams – My Turn
25- Phors – Fading Away
26- Phors – Shining Star
27- Everything But The Girl – Compression
28- Detroit Swindle – Jick Rames
29- Chasing Kurt – Galaxy Hero (Deep Space Orchestra Remix)
30- Pan/Tone – Stay (Nikki Gibler Remix)
31- AndrĂ©s – New For U
32- Joy Orbison – Ellipsis
33- WK7 – Do It Yourself
34- Tony Lionni – Afterhours
35- Green Velvet – Never Satisfied (Studio 54 Re-Re Mix)
36- Bicep, Ejeca – You (Steffi Remix)
37- Azuni – Raw Chord
38- Midland – What We Know (Motor City Drum Ensemble Remix)
39- Groove Armada – Don’t Take Your Love Away
40- Lee Jones – Moment (George Fitzgerald Remix)
41- Deep Future – You Need It (Detroit Swindle’s ‘Never Enough’ Interpretation)
42- Chris James – Kind of Heavy (Andre Crom Remix)
43- Jask – Life
44- Rahbani Brothers – La Tehtab Alayeh
45- Ziad Rahbani – Abu Ali
46- Erol Evgin – Sevdan Olmazsa

And finally, here is a cool widget with all the Disco Blasphemy sets so far:

Album in History: Shakatak – Night Birds

'Night Birds' - Sounds ahead of their time (from space?)

In the long, diverse and sometimes even seemingly pedantic world of Jazz history there have been certain artists that have gone on to be so instrumental in expanding and diversifying the genre that they have created sub-genres solely revolving around their sounds. And while obvious names like Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Frank Zappa and Bob James immediately spring to mind, other relatively low-key performers like Shakatak have been just as influential. It is that very notion which makes defining Shakatak’s sound such a difficult task, not that I believe in “defining” and “labelling” sounds anyways!

After the racially fuelled disco-demotion nights, which exposed deep social problems that characterized much of the late 70s / early 80s period in mainstream America, a sound which fused the four on the floor electronic time signatures with elements of jazz, funk and disco was born, we now refer to it as post-Disco! At the time it was just a natural reaction to a movement characterized by its rejection to the notion that cultural America was changing, and that racism and homophobia were on the decline! Counterculture was taking over the American youth, culminating in anti-globalization collectives which had already established itself in the 60s largely as a youth movement sprawling from the disenfranchised social fabric destroyed initially by Nixon and later the Raegen years, or as brother Gil Scott-Heron called him, Rae-gun!

Musically, this was perfect fertile grounds to develop Disco, which hate-riddled demolition nights aside, wasn’t really developing all that much as it was. That’s not to say that several offshoot genres hadn’t already taken a life of their own by then. Giorgio Moroder had already developed his own brand of Hi-NRG Disco (exemplified in his collaborations with Donna Summers), and kids in Detroit and Chicago were listening to Kraftwerk and already discovered that 808s and 303s are more than just pretty Japanese machines that make robot sounds. What the disco demolition nights did however, was exponentially speed up that process, and in a matter of years dance music witnessed arguably its greatest evolution to date.

In England, that change was profoundly felt, and while in the later years of the 80s it was manifested in the meteoric rise of Synthpop, especially in northern parts, Jazz-Funk was the genre of the moment in the early to mid-years of the decade. ‘Night Birds’ in many ways exemplified that era, yet somehow came at a time when Jazz-Funk was both quite unknown to the wider public and largely rejected from Jazz’s inner-circle. Smooth Jazz pioneer Bob James faced similar objections from the Jazz community when One, Two, Three and BJ4 were released, even though he never claimed them to be Jazz in the first place!

‘Night Birds’ as an album achieved limited commercial success initially despite it’s quite obvious pop connection (and one hell of an awesome cover art work!). But this was never about sales, what makes this album so special is the ineffably rich compositions and instrumental innovativeness spearheaded by the band’s pianist Bill Sharpe. George Anderson on the other hand provided that killer brass so evident in Streetwalkin’. A spectacularly well harmonized eclectic album with just the right amount vocal hooks covers everything from early day Bossa jazz to swanky jazz-funk, which it largely put on the map!


Shakatak – Streetwalkin’ – Kay’s ‘One Very Cold Yet Funky Morning’ Edit

In Lebanon, they use trucks for advertising…

A green solution to our creative problems - Beirut leads the way again

Greetings mumble jumblers and aspiring creative Gods, I have just come back from a mind and body nourishing trip to the land of the Cedars filled with bionic encounters and alien chases, but I’ll come back to that later.

Moments after exiting Beirut‘s esteemed airport I was struck by this extremely innovative, environmentally friendly, green private initiative from Beirut advertising moguls (pilocks) Skyline advertising. What an absolutely marvelous solution to Lebanon’s unlife-like cluster banging traffic infested roads I said to myself, who needs to worry about Lebanon’s increasingly deteriorating environmental status, everyone knows those statistics are for Philistines anyways…

Dayum, these guys do politics too!

So these trucks roam around Beirut’s highways at all times (isn’t there laws against trucks going on roads during the day anyways?) and spew their corporate bullshit onto the otherwise ambivalent Lebanese commuters stuck in the eternal quantum loop that is Beirut congestion.

Meanwhile, as I marvel at this illuminating discovery I caught a glimpse of the continuum transfunctioner doppelgänger in the corner of my eye as it was carried around at near the speed of light by the mysterious femaliens that I encountered on the Belftort in Brugge. “Stop, give me back my phone” I bemoaned as they looked at me with disdain and vanished into the ether while I was left behind distraught. Maybe it’s about time I hired one of those trucks and pled my case, it’s just a phone mean femaliens!!

Days later, District Funk’s end of year mixtape went online (dedicated to Mr Gil Scott-Heron who we lost in 2011), and my faith in humanity (and aliens) was restored!

 

Why do the French take the piss?

the liberty to piss in public?

The French Revolution - the liberty to piss in public? (via icanhascheezburger)

A couple of months ago, we were all extremly elated at the news of Mr Gerard Depardieu (with an extreme phonetic focus on the ieu) getting kicked off a Dublin bound CityJet aircraft as he whipped his penis in public then took a glorious pee while he informed a bemused air hostess: “I am an elephant … I need to pee”, a totally believable statement since elephents weigh 11000 kgs on average, roughly the same weight of Gerard’s, furthermore they actually urinate 1.5 gallons at a time and up to 15 gallons a day, and judging by people’s reaction to the story, I’d say the man urinated similar copious amounts.

Anyways, this week it seems the French are back in headlines for all the wrong (right?) reasons again, and no I am not referring to Sarkozy’s ex-wife secretly visiting Carla Bruni after a 4 year catfight. French DJ/producer Alex Braxe was on Saturday kicked out of a club after he decided to show Gerard Depardieu that he too can enjoy the freedoms his forefathers in the French revolution fought for by dispensing a steam inside the DJ booth and then getting the boot.

Surprisingly, it turns out that 2011 was quite exciting piss-wise! So behold 2011’s watersports leaky heroes:

Lady Gaga likes to pee in wastebins.
Jessie J doesn’t only look, act and talk like Gaga, she pisses like her too!
Crazy footballer urinates in front of rival fans
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North London traffic dude pees as he walks.
Fellow male-oids, we can now play pacman as we piss!

And finally, it seems like American Football player Nick Novak just had to check his junk was still functioning after taking a painful kick earlier!

Alas my intellectual crowd, fear not, I have the culture cure for you to save you from the degradation that has befallen this sheet so far. November’s grooves have arrived:


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Sounds From My Revolution?

Che - Reading Goethe

It may seem a little strange that the only time off from my revolution that I took last week was to prepare and then record this month’s podcast, but then again even Che (who incidentally also suffered chronic asthma like me) would take a break from the Cuban revolution and indulge in peotry and literature, some of his favorite pastimes (which included rugby union strangely!).

Well, the revolution goes on, even if I had to scale back my presence a little as reality bitch slaps me and makes me realize that pretty soon I have to be back in an office with my fellow drones fueling the corporation and its ambitions. Oh well, not all is gloom, occupying London has taught me that I wake up with a perfect hairdoo if it’s after spending the night in the cold on the streets of the city as opposed to my cosy high thread count bed, which means that I might as well start sleeping in parks and public spaces from now on, all part of the job!

Here’s your monthly installment of grooves, peppered with revolutionary love.


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