Wednesday April 30th, Hot Peas & Butta returns to Fat Buddha for our monthly screening of VENGEANCE! An evening dedicated to classic Shaw Brothers Kung Fu Films. This month from 8p-10p we’ll be screening the classic Chang Cheh directed all-star cast of Shaw favorites in Five Deadly Venoms! Then from 10p-2am, DJ’s Kamui Sumida and Skeme Richards will be pulling gems from their crates while Kung Fu visuals show on the project. So stop by, have a few drinks, enjoy great tasting food from the menu and relax. And as always, FREE popcorn served during the screening.
There’s so man great labels pressing and releasing good music, why would you settle for what’s on the radio or at your local commercial clubs? With that being said, Ximeno Records is back with their 4th release from the label and hitting you with top notch Reggae and Afro funk goodness. The ‘A’ side features Grace Jackson’s Reggae heater “Gonna Get You” with the ‘B’ sporting and incredible cover version to one of our favorite tracks, “Melting Pot” by Booker T and The MG’s. This release is definitely a sure shot and limited to 300 copies. As with the previous Ximeno Records releases, we expect this to sell out quick so be sure to score you a copy ASAP.
Detroit’s Funk Night Records is known for doing Funk records extremely well, but they’re not too shabby at doing Hip Hop releases either. Their newest release connects Saint Petersburg Russia’s Musca who handles production duties with Guilty Simpson who is on MIC control. In the state of so called Hip Hop these days it’s good to hear music that actually sounds like Hip Hop. Vocal version is backed with instrumental on the flip making this more of a treat to have.
We’ve got a double dosage of goodness this week via Detroit’s Funk Night Records. But let’s discuss the labels latest funk sureshot from The Might 388’s titled "Hendrick’s Theme". Now we don’t know who Hendrick is but the band is inspired by the Soul Jazz, Funk, and Rare Groove pioneers of the late sixties and early seventies and after hearing this scorcher that’s all we need to know! Mixed at The Kitchen in San Diego where everything at the moment coming out of the city seems to be must have and this is definitely up our alley.
Known for 7” classics like "Funky Broadway" and "Let A Woman Be A Women – Let A Man Be Man", and also the first to use ‘Funky’ in the title of a song, Dyke and The Blazers tunes have been pumping out of radio and club speakers since the late 1960’s. But one thing that has been a mystery to so many people is the lack off footage that has been seen of the band performing. That is until now when a box of video tape’s were recently discovered with a performance that dates c. 1970 of “You Are My Sunshine”. This is definitely a rarity and hopefully we’ll get to see more footage recorded during this time to connect the dots.
Ralph Bakshi is one of the greatest who ever did it! “His art and animation was groundbreaking, is outrageous, rude, crude and weirdly beautiful. Bursting on the scene with the first X-rated cartoon, Fritz The Cat, he combined frank depictions of sex, violence, and societal ills with a freewheeling, surrealistic style that resisted decades of Disneyfied fantasias. His work demonstrates the medium’s capacity for ultra-personal, defiantly uncompromising expression”.
A heavy spinner and crowd favorite that you can expect to hear on a regular basis at our Hot Peas & Butta parties is the rare 7” "It Ain’t Fair, Bit It’s Fun" by The Fabulous Originals on the Jewel Records label out of Cincinnati Ohio. A hard hitting up-tempo number in the true sense of the phrase and horn heavy just the way we like it.
We’ve covered all sorts of music here at Hot Peas & Butta, from Funk & Soul to Soundtracks and even the occasional oddities. But we’ve never covered a House tune and especially one as funky as the new Social Lovers “Call Me Up” releasing April 29th via Cherries Records. It’s definitely something that we didn’t see coming, yet it’s something that we would totally expect from the label that has deep roots in Chicago flavor. Call Me Up is a beefy and hard hitting instrumental track that with Summer right around the corner will be a go to 7” tucked in our crates ready to play at our weekend BBQ’s and festivals.
As journalists, we pride ourselves on presenting content to the reader ahead of the usual hype machines that dig up on things rather late. That “early bird special” that we present has it’s advantages because we are not only connected to the scene, but a part of the scene of the scene as well. Having our ear to the speaker and listening for sounds that uniquely fits and represents what Hot Peas & Butta is all about, classic, timeless always fresh. We love to drop gems on you that we’ve received from our fellow DJ’s, artists and labels from across the globe in hopes of shining light on things and bringing the balance of quality music back to the listener. We not only love music, but we love art and the artists that creative visual works while listening to music and mixes that we recommend. It’s always great to hear stories from them about creating a piece and how what they were listening to at the time influenced the stroke of the brush to create a masterpiece. These are the things that keep us fueled to continue week in and week out to discover content so that the continuing cycle of creativity and influence continues.
After a long process of tracking down vinyl collectors, traveling across the globe to take tons of photos of incredible collections and their owners who have spent a lifetime in collecting them isn’t an easy task. But one person had a vision to take on such a hefty task and to package the entire experience and stories into one amazing hardback book, that person is Eilon Paz. Throughout his amazing journey he’s met with record collectors from all walks of life, from the famous to the not so famous, producers, record dealers and DJ’s that all share the common love of collecting vinyl. Dust & Grooves: Adventures In Record Collecting makes it’s debut on the shelves this Saturday, April 19th which is Record Store Day. The book begins with a foreword written by Wu Tang Clans, The RZA and features 130 collectors including Cut Chemist, Chairman Mao, Egon, Rich Medina and our very own Skeme Richards.