It's well known that the music libraries of the 60's and 70's have become serious sample fodder for hip-hop and electronic producers. But the music has also become a staple on adventurous dance floors a la carte, or in some cases after subtle tweaks from a gifted editor. That's exactly what Manchester producer Waiwan has done with his expert take on the Keith Mansfield classic "Crash Course." We've posted a download to our Soundcloud page, and the original version is available on Music For Dancefloors: The KPM Music Library, which is out now.
We've already shared the incredible story behind the creation of Rodion G.A.'s recordings, and their discovery nearly 30 years after their initial creation. Of course, the story only means so much if the music itself doesn't transport the listener to a place they've never been before. With that in mind, we've posted a standout track from our collection of previously unreleased material to our Soundcloud for free download. We're pretty sure you've never heard anything quite like it.
The Lost Tapes, which collects material recorded in Romania in the early 80s that has never had an official release, will be available on May 28th on CD, Vinyl, and digital download.
With globe-spanning influences that touch on some of our very favorite genres and musicians, Ottawa's The Souljazz Orchestra and London's Sofrito make for a complementary pair. Both released incendiary albums this year, and as The Souljazz Orchestra prepares for a string of North American dates, the timing is perfect for a collaboration.
Utilizing the original multi-track masters (one of the benefits of keeping things in the family) Sofrito's Frankie Francis has created a masterful re-edit of "Serve And Protect," showcasing some of the fiercest playing on the latest Souljazz LP Solidarity.
North American Tour Dates
Nov 28 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
Nov 29 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
Nov 30 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Dec 01 - Washington, DC - Jammin' Java
Dec 02 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
Dec 04 - Buffalo, NY - Nietche's
Dec 05 - Columbus, OH - Woodlands Tavern
Dec 06 - Detroit, MI - Pike Room
Dec 07 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
Dec 08 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
The dance floor has always served, at least in part, as an ideal location for a potential romantic conquest. On the classic yet somewhat overlook track "Chit Chat," Cajmere goes slightly meta, showcasing his pick-up skills over classic house beat which likely provided the background to a number of real life conversations along the same lines. The Chicago producer (born Curtis Jones) recalls, "Chit Chat always makes me think of Tony Humphries because he showed that song so much love. It’s really because of him that the song became as popular as it did.” The track, along with two discs full of equally essential productions from the Cajual Records catalog, appears on Only 4 U: The Sound Of Cajmere And Cajual Records 1992 - 2012, out October 30th.
We can't honestly say that our record collections have many entries from the small Caribbean island of Dominca, but the same could not be said for the guys in Sofrito. As connoisseurs of all things Tropical and likely to move your feet, they've left no stone unturned in their efforts to bring you serious gems from years past. Their new collection International Soundclash (out now) includes heaters from West Africa, Latin America, and throughout the Caribbean. Including this "cadence-lypso" track from the long-running Midnight Groovers. Enjoy!
The guys in Sofrito (Hugo Mendez & Frankie Francis) never fail to serve up the kind of tracks that immediately excite everyone from dusty-fingered connoisseurs to listeners with little exposure to Caribbean music. Such is the case with "Vibration's Groove," from their forthcoming International Soundclash collection. Soca mainstay Lord Shorty (who also received the re-edit treatment on last year's 12" single) breaks down the building blocks of the nascent hybrid of soul and calypso, creating a dancefloor bomb that also functions as a perfect entry point to the genre. Download the track below. Sofrito's International Soundclash comes out July 24th.