There always seems to be something interesting going on over at Get On Down and we’ve got the latest scoop on a new boxset being released via Kay-Dee Records holding 7, 7inch records of Wild Style Breakbeats! Each record will contain re-edited and extended breaks from director Charlie Ahearn’s original reel-to-reel tapes. Kenny Dope even went the extra mile by re-EQ’ing and remastering the tapes to ensure a quality audio level that has never been heard before.
There’s a new podcast in town and this might very well be one of the most informative, bang for your (buck) valuable and precious listening time that you’ll ever need. The Vinyl Exam created by Columbo Ahmed (The Payback Dance Party) and Keith Foster (Big Pimp Jones / Hot Peas & Butta) join forces to bring you every week an audio exploration of record collectors, DJs and vinyl addicts as they discuss various genres, special interests and other things in line with whatever each special guest feels the need to add into the conversation but all centering around that one thing we all love, vinyl. Each episode clocks in around 30 minutes, which is the perfect timeframe to get lots of info, discussions and of course music of all genres. Episodes debut every Monday and they are up to number 4 so this is the perfect time to catch up while you’re at the office or relaxing on the couch.
Philly’s official Funk, Soul, Disco, Latin 45 night gets a makeover or rather takeover as three heavyweight record jocks invade the City of Brotherly Love with bags of 7” heaters for the dance floor. The Butta Bros, Supreme La Rock and Marsellus Wallace along with Danny Dan The Beatman (Dusty Fingers) will be the special guest DJ’s at next months Little Big Things party at The Trestle Inn. It’s not often that these guys get to play together and even more of a rare occurrence that gents touch down in Philly so lets just dub this as the “For One Night Only” edition and make sure you do what you need to do to be in attendance.
We love classic cinema and of course we love print magazines so when we see that someone has decided to combine both of our loves into one product, we have it give it the thumbs up. In today’s world, doing a print magazine is a difficult thing to pull off. Printing costs are expensive, shipping costs are at an all time high and a large portion of people choose to read on their computers and iPad’s rather than picking up a book. But just like vinyl collectors, there is still a market and audience that prefer to have and hold physical items.
This Wednesday night, New York will be treated to a very special screening of The Night James Brown Saved Boston. The screening will take place at St. Nicholas Park at 8:45pm and is a free event but before doing so, DJ Chairman Mao will be spinning a special Godfather of Soul set beginning at 7:45pm to get you in the mood for what’s in store for the evening. What better way to spend the evening then outdoors celebrating Soul Brother #1?
Cam library has been a favorite of mine for many years. Not because of their amazing sleeve work (obviously), but because they always seemed to be the first label to record many albums before they were assigned to many cult movie titles. There are also so many different sub categories within the label, so as a fan of or collector, it can get quite confusing on which ones to look out for. I equate it to the same experience as shopping for Vino. As one of my favorites, I could go on and on about this label for days but I'll skip that and get right into the grooves.
Even in monsoon type of heavy rain down pours last week, diehard supporters and vinyl lovers braved the floods and made their way over to Johnny Brendas to get a glimpse, purchase and have signed the new Dust & Grooves book featuring record collectors from across the globe. Also on deck for the evening and playing tunes from their collections were 4 Philly DJ’s that are all featured in the book: King Britt, Rich Medina, Aaron Levinson and our very own Skeme Richards. If you haven’t done so yet, then you need to add this amazing hardback book to your collection or coffee table ASAP.
Back again and still funky as ever, Brighton’s funk & soul unit, The Impellers have returned with a double-sider 45 from their latest full length album. “Last Dance of The Moai” is a funky dance floor filler made especially for the B-Boy and B-Girl in mind as you can tell by the official video made for the tune. It’s great to see that the band keeps the dance in mind when creating these tunes, after all, music is made to dance to. The B-side “Veeber” is a raw mid-tempo funk instrumental featuring a great guitar workout, heavy horn section and dirty percussion. There’s nothing pretty about this tune and that’s exactly the way we love our funk, gritty and grimy!
Are you one of those “there’s no good Hip Hop anymore” types? Well we’re here to tell you that it still exists, you’re just too stuck in your own mental time space to realize it. And when the track takes the most original flip on the Bob James classic Nautilus, then it doesn’t get any more B-boy or Hip Hop than that! The new Jorun Bombay & The Rampagers 7” via Fresh Pressings does an incredible job of reworking this Hip Hop staple and placing 3 of the most talented Emcee’s in the booth to turn out this classic cut. This is a double sure shot with the A side “Polaris” being an instrumental and the B giving you vocals spit so very well over top. This definitely goes down as one of the best Hip Hop 7” that we’ve received since the trend of pressing them on 7” began. Do yourself a favor and scoop it up!
There’s double Butta Bros action going on this week in San Diego and either one you choose (hopefully you make it to both) will be a win, win for your ear drums. Marsellus Wallace is back at Live Wire and taking you church with Soul Service. He’ll be blessing you in an all vinyl fashion with strictly rare Soul 45’s, definitely unlike anything else going on in SD so if you need that musical healing, then this is the place you need to be!