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February En La Noche

February 14, 2011 1 comment

This Thursday I will be continuing my residency at the beautiful Museum of Latin American Art. This month I am the highlighted artist and will spinning the heaviest dancefloor cumbia, salsa, afrobeat and whatever else I’m feelin’.

$10 6pm and there will be lots of tasty alcohol for you to taste.

Categories: Uncategorized

Tumbao

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Whiskey Barons are back and I couldn’t be happier. Winter is pretty much over here and I want some funky horns, and some badass congas on the latin tip! Fortunately the great New York label, Bastard Jazz have brought us the new Tumbao EP, the second 12″ of original music from the funky afro-latin DJ duo. The record is on the BSTRD Boots imprint and they have made a very rad video promo mix from the 12″.

Can’t wait to play this at MOLAA!

Categories: video

Mosaico de Gaitas

February 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Just a quick little public service announcement here. The wonderful Soundway Records is releasing a few limited box-set singles at the end of the month and I couldn’t be more excited. Whether it’s Thailand, Nigeria, Panama or Colombia, Soundway is there digging up the best music and history they can find. Everything this label has done has been beautifully restored and packaged in fantastic packinging. Not just a reissue label, but an archival, documentarian label.

This particular video is from the 3×7″  boxset of Lucho Bermúdez y Su Orchestra, the Colombian musical mastermind. This guy was the Colombian Stan Kenton, just playing heavy, beautiful arrangements. The sound quality for the video is a bit off, but it’s the quality of the music performance is worth putting up with a little sound issues. The third and fourth songs are absolutely heavy, but unfortunately I don’t think they’re on the 7″ series.

If you enjoy this, check out one of my favorite blogs on the internet, Global Groove for a download of one of Lucho’s great albums from the late 50s/early 60s.

Categories: colombia, cumbia, video

I Can Feel the Ice Melting

February 3, 2011 1 comment

This one goes out to Eral in Connecticut!

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The Parliaments – (I Wanna) Testify/I Can Feel the Ice Melting

Before Parliament, there was The Parliaments. George Clinton is one of the most genius musicians of all time and this is where the man got his start. A beautiful little 45 to keep you warm whether it’s a cool 60 degrees and sunny or you’re shoveling snow for the first time in your life.

(I Wanna) Testify comes at you hard and fast, a little bit of Chuck Berry guitar kicks it off, but a strong horn section and some deep Hammond B3 stabs keep it in a James Brown proto-funk groove. The chorus to this song is gold, George Clinton’s voice is unbeatable.

Speaking of unbeatable voice, Clinton flips into an odd sweet soul ballad for the b-side. This tracks plays up the Motown sound a little more, with that summery vibraphone opening hitting it like a Four Tops jam. This song is my jam, and as you can tell by the wear on the rip, whoever owned this before me really enjoyed it.

Link in the comments!

Categories: 1967, soul, US

2009 CDR

February 2, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m a few days late on posting this one, but for something like this, late is better than never.

On Sunday, LA’s own Teebs posted on his blog a CDR from 2009 featuring a short mix from Mary Anne Hobbs‘ show on BBC Radio 1 as well as some demos from his debut full length, Ardour. Ardour dropped last October on Flying LotusBrainfeeder record label, which was a successful ending to a very busy year for Teebs. In 2010 alone he released a split 10″ record with Daedelus,  an appearance on a compilation of LA beatmakers, a collaborative record with UK’s Jackhigh, a 7″ single on Brainfeeder, as well as the aforementioned Ardour. In sum, this hyper-productive young kid has been putting out some of the freshest and most blissful music I have ever heard.

Ardour winds in and out of melody, rhythm, ambient noise, and head-rattling bass in a way that is not just fluid and graceful, but is also organic and completely human. The sound of the music is light, pretty, and refreshing – noise that is both perfect while driving home late Saturday night or while in bed on a lazy Sunday morning. Teebs masterfully uses found sounds ranging from microwaves slamming shut to forks dropping on the ground as part of his sonic arsenal that both challenges and mystifies.  And I want to repeat this last part, Teebs both challenges and mystifies his listener, but in a way that is so engaging and accessible that one hardly realizes the complexity of the production. These tracks move and vamp in a way that evoke a human quality that not many electronic artists are able to achieve.

This is music on a spiritual level, beats that transcend similar work by artists of the likes of Baths or Fourtet, beats that reach into that vague strata of sonic communication that opens up your soul. If Flying Lotus is to hip hop what Coltrane was to jazz, then Teebs is our Pharoah Sanders – a direct descendant of one of the most important figures in contemporary music who is able to create his own niche with his searching, beautiful and warm tone.

While Ardour is an incredible album, and by far one of the best from 2010, it will not be the pinnacle of Teebs’ career. This kid his going to change the face of music.

For more info on Teebs and especially Ardour, check out this great interview on NPR. For those in the area, Teebs will be performing at the Eagle Rock’s Center for the Arts with new Brainfeeder signing Austin Peralta on February 11th.

Heres the 2009 CDR I promised. side note about the release. This actually was never meant to be released. A few tunes from my record Ardour and others unfinished…etc. Exctided as ever though that so many people got their hands on it. Heres the official track listing too.

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::Track List::

1. M.A.H. BBC Radio 1 Mix. (15 mins)

2. Cook, Clean, Pay The Rent

3. Untitled 4

4. Humming Birds (unmastered)

5. Wind Loop

6. Youve Changed (unfinished cut)

7. Hi Hat. (unreleased populous remix)

8. Personal Winter

9. Blessed Assurance

10. Monterey Park Bells

Categories: hip hop, US