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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Alexis Davis - 'The Lift' x Free DL

This just popped into my e-mail this morning.
What a line-up of talent! I am a fan of all these guys and here they brought the chilled hip hop that we know and love from them all individually.

Filtered samples, snappy drums, Replife's easy flow and what sounds to me like a different flip on the sample that Dilla used for Common's track 'Nag Champa'?

Freddie Joachim - 'That Girl'

Sweet and soulful new jam from Freddie Joachim.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Wajeed Breaks Down Dilla's 'Look Of Love' Beat

The latest in the 'Bling47 Breaks Dilla Edition' series has Wajeed of PPP breaking down Dilla's beautiful 'Look of Love' beat which he did for Slum Village's Fantastic Vol. One LP and also for the sneaky J-88 EP.

Lovely tune (one of my favourites actually) and great to hear it being broken down...

Tuesday Six - 19th June, 2012

This week as usual I have favourites coming out of my ears, going back in again, swirling around and all that.

Sometimes it's all too much!

One. Neneh Cherry & The Thing - 'Dream Baby Dream' (Fourtet Remix)
Two. Can - 'Oscura Primavera'
Three. Peaking Lights - 'Live Love'
Four. Q-Tip feat. Busta Rhymes - 'For The Nasty' (Freddie Joachim Remix)
Five. Nightwave - 'For You'

Bonus video from Neneh Cherry & the Thing doing a cover of Madvillain's legendary track 'Accordian'.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

'Off the Record' Podcast - 'The Update' Parts I & II

These podcasts were made in April with the intention of getting the tunes that I was into at the time out there into the world.

Not really DJ mixes but lightly-mixed compilations with the occasional flourish.


Devonwho - 'Strangebrew' Video

Just cos' it's a really lovely jam and the video is cool.
Devonwho's latest tune, 'Strangebrew'.

Deltron 3030 x Live Rehearsal

These guys have been laying low for over a decade now when all of a sudden we find footage of them in rehearsal for some kind of dope extravaganza; well, you know it's gonna be when these cats combine.

Oh, and with an orchestra! Seems to be a bit of a trend right now.
They debuted the set in Toronto last night so here's hoping for a new project soon.

Tuesday Ten - 12th June 2012

It's been nigh on a month since my last post, but for various reasons the brief hiatus has been nice.
I have a bit to post today, so lets kick off with a giant Tuesday Ten.

One. Ifan Dafyyd - 'Treehouse'
Two. Darkhouse Family feat. Om'Mas Keith - 'Take On The World'
Three. Bobby Womack - 'The Bravest Man In The Universe'
Four. Osmar Milito & Quarter Forma - 'America Latino'
Five. The Internet - 'The Garden'
Six. Platinum Pied Pipers feat. Sa-Ra - 'Deep Inside' (Belle Isle Remix)
Seven. Bobby Womack feat. Lana del Rey - 'Dayglo Reflection'
Eight. Eddie Hopper - 'Tomorrow's Sun'
Nine. The Staples Singers - 'Let's Do It Again'

Bonus video...

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Booda French x Von Pea - Full Time (Mecca:83 Remix)

Nice spacious, loping remix by Mecca:83.

Free DL for the minute.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Home Brew Speakeasy x 48 Hour Party x LP Release

Home Brew have just released their long-awaited double LP opus and to celebrate they are throwing a 48-hour release parrrttyyy in a former brothel in Auckland's beautiful suburb of Kingsland.

I don't really need to say much except that the line-up above gives you a fairly good idea of how things are intended on progressing but I would absolutely stupified if it all went to schedule.

Whoever is running that shit is gonna have their work cut out. It's gonna be AMAZING.

Pick up their brilliant new record here or physical copies in Auckland's finest dairies and pubs.

Knxwledge - 'WrapTaypes.Port2[bootleg]'

Said it once, maybe twice, say it again: Knxwledge is a BEAST.

Probably the most prolific artist that I can think of, he has just released yet another EP/LP of tunes.
This is getting silly really, lucky his shit is hot!

Oddisse - 'People Hear What They See' Release Date

Oddisee has just posted online that he will be releasing his latest (sure-to-be-dope) LP on June 12th.
That be the day after Bobby Womack's highly anticipated 'The Bravest Man In the Universe' LP.

Gonna be a good week that week!

Adi Dick x RMXD EP - Free DL

Remixes EP from Wellington City's Adi Dick.

Classic hip-hop and contemporary soul tunes are the subject matter here and Adi does a great job in updating some of the tunes with a modern feel while retaining the core (namely the lyrics!) of the originals.

Highly recommended DJ material.

Early May Top Ten - 3rd May 2012

I'll say it like Yoda: Slack a bit I have been.
Hey, it's been a busy month for me and to be honest the prospect of blogging recently has left me slightly un-motivated.

However today I return with vigour posting about Womack, Adi Dick remixes, Home Brew, top tens and all this jazz!
Having not posted a line-up for a minute, I am teeming with exciting tunes to share.

Like Dilla, let's go!

One. Bobby Womack - 'The Bravest Man In the Universe'
Two. Woolfy vs. Projections - 'Carry On'
Three. Speech Debelle - 'I'm With It' (Lapalux Remix)
Four. Glass Candy - 'Geto Boys' (Instrumental)
Five. Jai Paul - 'Jasmine' (Demo)
Six. Arca  - 'Dignity'
Seven. KwikFiks - 'I Love You'
Eight. Jai Paul - 'Genevieve' (Demo)
Nine. Little Brother - 'Watch Me'
Ten. Kelpe  - 'I Felt Fuzzy'


Bobby Womack - 'Bravest Man In the Universe' Audio

June 11th sees the release of Bobby Womack's first LP since 1994 and I cannot wait!

I love his oft-off kilter singing style and gravely tone and have long been obsessed with his 2001 collab with Rae & Christian, 'Get A Life'.

Following from earlier single release 'Please Forgive My Heart', here is the next audio to appear from the forthcoming long player, title track 'The Bravest Man In the Universe'.

Beautiful piano-led and dreamy music.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tuesday Six - 3rd April, 2012

I love this weeks '6' image! It's a mean one eh.

One. Paper Tiger - 'Illuminated' (Blacksmif Re-Lick)
Two. Blundetto - 'Since You've Been Gone'
Three. B-Ju - 'Seduction'
Four. Bullion - 'It's All In Sound'
Five. Georgia Anne Muldrow - 'Kneecap Jelly' 
Six. John Barry - 'Goldfinger'

Alphabethead Posts an Oldie But a Goodie

Things are funny. 

Not always 'ha ha' or 'lolz', but funny as in how you can put something out into the universe and it will eventually just be floating around and might be found or might not blah blah blah. 
I could get really spacious on it, but I won't right now.

Anyhow, DJ Scratch 22 hit me up last week to see if I still had the artwork for a mix that we made back in 2008 that I had actually forgotten about. A friend of his, Wellington City's DJ Alphabethead had heard it a while back and was fiending for a copy. 

So, with the power of Greyskull we dredged it up and sent it off to Alphabethead.

Now, I am well aware of DJ Alphabethead's past achievements, skill and taste for the abstract sounds of the universe but it just so happens that we haven't actually met in person yet despite many mutual friends. 
I have much admiration for his talent and even more so for the 'outside the square' way in which he uses it.

Alphabethead was so into this mix that we did that he recently posted about it on his blog
We were proud of our pshycedelic mix-baby at the time, and I am reminded once again four years later about how much I enjoyed making this set.

Irony is that I had to actually download it from his link to be able to listen to it again.


Thanks David for the link to the DL. If you are keen readers, here it is: 'BudSugarDecksMagic'

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday Six - 26th March 2011

One. Bobby Hutcherson - 'Manzanita'
Two.  Isaac Hayes - 'Wherever You Are'
Three. Dexter Wansel - 'The Sweetest Pain'
Four. Bill Evans Trio - 'How Deep Is the Ocean?'
Five. Sarah Vaughan - 'I'm Glad There Is You'
Six. GB - 'The Carribean Temptress'

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Eric Christopher - 'Soulvivor #1' MP3

Eric Christopher.
Canadian rapper, nice track for a free download.
Go check out his website, I particularly like the flames.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Bobby Womack - 'The Bravest Man In the Universe' LP/'Please Forgive My Heart' Preview

Holy moly! 
Damon Albarn and Richard Russell team up with soul/funk legend Bobby Womack on his forthcoming XL Recordings long player 'The Bravest Man In the Universe'.

Set to be released in June this year, safe to say I am now really excited this Friday.
Check out the sparse and beautiful teaser single 'Please Forgive My Heart' and download to your *ahem, content.

P.S. Here are a couple of other notable Bobby Womack performances to bump while you wait.

Knxwledge - 'Hexual.Sealings.Vol.2'

Knxwledge has taken Nas' classic "Don't sleep cos sleep is the cousin of death" literally I think.
This guy is a bonafide beat-a-holic, releasing so much of his lo-fi beat heat that my mind boggles.

To be honest, some of it is half finished ideas just put out into the ether, but some of it is beautiful, original genius work. I'm definitely thinking his Hexual.Sealings LP from July 2011.

This Musiq Soulchild remix/edit being one of my favourite jams of 2011...

Seriously, dude is so prolific that since that album he has released another 15 EP's and LP's (that I know of)!
Some dope remixes of some classics right here.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tuesday Six - 6th March , 2011 (Oddisee Special)

We have the Auckland Oddisee jam comin' up this Saturday, so what better week to offer up my favourite 6 tunes from the man himself.

Great producer.
Dope MC.
Highly underrated.

One. Oddisee - 'Hip-Hop's Cool Again' (Produced by Oddisee)
Two. Oddisee - 'Clara Barton' Produced by Oddisee)
Three. Georgia Anne Muldrow feat. Prince Po - 'Get Up' (Oddisee's Gogo Remix)
Four. DJ Jazzy Jeff feat.Oddisee - 'Musik Lounge' (Produced by Dj Jazzy Jeff)
Five. J-Live feat. Posdnous & Oddisee - 'The Upgrade' (Produced by Oddisee)
Six. Oddisee feat. yU - 'Still Doing It' (Produced by Oddisee)

Hit the song title for audio links :)

I am honoured to be DJ'ing for him this Saturday when he performs his MC set. If you're in the area, come on down!
Details HERE.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

'High Noon II' x Auckland City w/ Oddisee

Pretty hyped about this one. 
Oddisee is dope and we have a mean local line-up which I am lucky enough to be included in.

Oddisee is an undercover hip-hop beast who has produced for the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff, Ken Starr, Talib Kweli, DTMD, as well as putting out into the world his own high quality beats and rhymes.

His latest release 'Rock Creek Park' was inspired by the one and only Donald Byrd.
Check it out, and if you happen to be around NZ and Oz over the next couple of weeks, be sure to check out the man all the way live!

Tuesday Six - 28th February, 2012

Tuesday Six bay-bay!

One. Funkommunity - 'Dandilion'
Two. Kool & The Gang - 'Summer Madness' (Onur Engin Re-Edit)
Three. Hubert Laws - 'Land of Passion'
Four. Hiroshima - 'Koto Blues'
Five. Eric Lau - 'Lzy'
Six. Jonti feat. Jonwayne - 'Red On Green'

Knxwledge - 'komfi.EP'

New Knxwledge.
Dude so prolific it's not funny!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Latinaotearoa X PSC X Dan Paine

Tonight we gettin' down AK City style with Bob Brazuka, Jennifer Zea & Isaac Aesili at PSC.
9.30pm onwards if you're in the hood.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tuesday Six - 7th February, 2012

One. Jonti feat. Jonwayne - 'Red On Green'
Two. Home Brew - 'Electromagnetic'
Three. Evil Needle - 'Mood Music'
Four. D'Angelo - 'Untitled (How Does It Feel)' (L-Vis 1990's Remix)
Five. Eric Lau feat. Fatima & Guilty Simpson - 'Can You Feel It?'
Six. Erykah Badu - 'My Life'

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Knxwledge - 'Ovrstnd' LP

Knxwledge "The Beat Beast" returns... again!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - 'Starfighter' DL

Catch a DL of the brand new Hypnotic Brass Ensemble track 'Starfighter'.

"D'Angelo Live" - Sam Champ Mixtape

Sam Champ is the New York native who bought us THE best remix EP's of 2010/2011, the aptly titled 'Sam Champ Remixes' which featured his dope and oft-played remix of D'Angelo's 'Left & Right'...

Sam Champ: "You may have noticed me using the header Mixtape Mondays on a few posts recently–something we intend to make a semi-regular feature here at Okayplayer. We figured we would kick it off properly with an actual OKP mixtape; something official, something original, something exclusive. Something worthy to place alongside DJ Soul‘s incredible Best of Common and Dilla mixtapes. And then we was like, Hmm what’s happening the last monday in January that we could use as a theme? Superbowl? Newt Gingrich? Or MAYBE the phoenix-like reemergence of our beloved D’Angelo, who is currently spreading his fiery musical wings across the waters in Europe."

Head of HERE for the mixtape DOWNLOAD


Myele Manzanza - 'One' LP + 'Absent' Single DL

Myele Mananza is of course the drummer for the dopest NZ band right now (in my humble opinion), Electric Wire Hustle.

He releases his debut LP 'One' upon the ears of the world on February 17th through Ever Waking Hour Records and has kindly put the second single up for download on Bandcamp.

The short version of 'Absent' features songstress Bella Kalolo on the mic and as you would expect from a jazz-minded stick-man the flavour is percussion proud and progressive.

"Absent' is the second single to be released from Myele's forthcoming album and features the beautiful BellKalolo who has also recently released her debut album 'Without The Paper'.

“Bella is a natural performer and talented vocalist with an amazing range. She is a joy to work with and one of my favourite vocalists to come out of NZ.” says Myele".

Thanks to Hayley Dingwall.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Electric Wire Hustle

EWH at Matakana Summer Sunday - Sunday January 29th, 2012

We caught Electric Wire Hustle at the Summer Sunday outdoor festival gig yesterday and as expected, they blew minds; well ours anyway.

Didn't really get to catch up with the boys, but saw Mara briefly earlier in the day and he mentioned that this was the last live gig where they were gonna play their current set.
Mean as, I can dig it!

They reminded me once again just why I love what they do as I could see, and feel the largely "mainstream" crowd get polarised around us by the EWH jazz break-downs and deep vibrations.
Suffice to say that Anna and I were having a fucking ball!

Favourite for the night, 'Waters' and that new one?! DAMNNN.

So, my belief is reaffirmed once more as I reacquaint myself (for the millionth time) with their 'Every Waking Hour' LP and look ahead to the sophomore release on which Dave 'Taay Ninh' Wright says: 'Tryin' to get this sucker finished bro - working on it!'. 

In the meantime, head to electricwirehustle.com for updates and check out the video from their sojourn to NYC from late 2010.

Monday Six - 30th January, 2012

I have been a mega busy buddy over the past month and the blog has taken a back seat as a result.
But I'm back and willing to share good vibes.

For 2012 let's make it a "Monday Six". Five on a Monday is truly last year.

One. Thundercat - 'Is It Love?'
Two. SBTRKT - 'Atomic Peace'
Three. Mos Def - 'Love'
Four. Hazel - 'The V'
Five. Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti - 'Round and Round'
Six. Hugh Masekela - 'Night In Tunisia'

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Georgia Anne Muldrow x Madlib - 'Seeds'

Stonesthrow Records label mates Georgia Anne Muldrow and Madlib have combined to create a full album together!

Significant for the fact that it is the first time that Muldrow has had anyone aside from partner Dudley Perkins produce one of her own records. Makes sense though because I have always thought of her as a bit like the female incarnation of the great Oxnard producer.

Peep the lead single from the collab 'Seeds' right HERE and head to Rolling Stone for the exclusive DL before release in mid-February.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Summertime Rolls @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe

Big jams this Saturday at the un-fadeable Leigh Sawmill Cafe

_Julien Dyne feat. Parks_
_Christoph El' Truento_
_DJ's Dylan C & Dan Paine_

_Saturday 7th January_
_From 8pm_
_$15 on the door_

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