Well, Skeme Richards will be off to Japan once again for his Magma Taishi Returns tour and kicking things off will be the Hot Peas & Butta Japan 3 year Anniversary with DJs Daisuke Kuroda, Ryuhei The Man, and Yosuke Tominaga. Skeme then has a full schedule of parties and events playing mostly vinyl selections of Funk, Rare Groove, Jazz, Disco and Soul. It’s great to see the amount of effort and love that’s going in promoting this tour and we’re looking forward to seeing the pictures and hearing all of the stories.
What we have here is an LP on the Peer International Library label. While it may be called “Reggae For Real”, it sounds like everything but Reggae. Peer made very few pressings back in the 70’s and to this day it is one of the most collectible library record labels. This album is one of the best from the label as well! First, let’s start out with the sleeve; one of the things that I like most about library records (other than the music) are the sleeves. The font on the lettering is absolutely killer! The orange color pattern and simplicity of the layout shows you how humble of an approach these guys took to marketing their music. No frills whatsoever, the music spoke for itself! The album is presented by Ian Langley Group, Nino Nardini and Roger Roger. If you are not aware, those guys are 2 of the most highly regarded musicians in this small world of TV production music. As usual, I’ll let the sound clip do the rest of the talking. Enjoy!
As we continue on with our 40th anniversary of Blaxploitation films released in 1973, we present to you Shaft in Africa. The third film in the trilogy of Shaft films starring Richard Roundtree as John Shaft. The plot, while at home in his NYC apartment, John Shaft is drugged then kidnapped and persuaded by threats of physical force, the promise of money and the lure of a pretty tutor to travel to Africa (much of the movie was filmed in Ethiopia), assuming the identity of a native speaking itinerant worker. His job is to help break a criminal ring that is smuggling immigrants into Europe then exploiting them. The catch, the villains have heard that he is on his way.
Ever hear of the term Spanish retro soul? Neither have we but if this is the sound associated with it then we’re really interested in hearing what comes next. The Pepper Pots debut their new video “Good Times” in anticipation of their upcoming European album release “We Must Fight” on December 6th. Once again produced in collaboration with Binky Griptite from The Dap-Kings, this new full-length is a blistering set of vintage-flavored soul that fully showcases the maturity, tight musicianship and songwriting of the band.
When it comes to the leading women of Blaxploitation films, there’s one name that usually stands above all others, Pam Grier. But we’re not here to talk about Ms. Grier, but rather another lovely lady who has made her fare share of rounds on not only film but as television, Judy Pace. The name Judy Pace may not be as recognizable as Pam Grier’s, but we’re sure that you’ve seen her on more than just one occasion.
We’ve been to Portland at least 5 times in recent years and one of the first things on the agenda is to make sure that we eat breakfast at this little spot that seats about 10 people but serves up enough during the morning to feed an army. The place, Pine State Biscuits and the meal is the same one every time, The Reggie. So when we found out that the new Jive Turkey’s 7” on Colemine Records was title “The Reggie”, curiosity started to get the best of us. Could this be a tribute to our favorite Portland eatery? Well it indeed is! There’s even a Pinestate Biscuits logo on the the label. Anyway as we stated earlier, Colemine is back with another 7” that carries on with an already impressive catalog which hopefully you’ve been keeping track of.
Last Friday night Skeme Richards made a special appearance on the Straight From The Ville radio show to celebrate their 2 year anniversary. In honor of this celebration he rocked a 2 hour set of sweet soul joints, heavy funk heaters and international flavors across the board. Here is part 1 of 2 of what went down. Shouts to Blaak The 9th Man, Fat Nice and Sammy Cook for inviting Skeme through to play some Hot Peas & Butta goodness.
A few weeks back we hipped you to an upcoming split 7” from Reva Devito & Roane Namuh / HOT16 titled Champagne being released on Liquid Beat. We’ve been giving it crazy spins at our parties and introducing it to an open crowd with fresh ears which all seem to love what’s going on. Now it’s time for you other DJ’s and non DJ’s as well to start showing it love by heading over to Liquid Beat and purchasing it for yourself and spreading the vibes. Trust us on this one and you can’t thank us later!
Available as a digital download or limited edition 7”. http://liquidbeat.bandcamp.com
Next week Skeme Richards will be taking flight to Japan once again and on his “Magma Taishi Returns” tour. To kick things off in a proper way, we’ll be celebrating the HP&B Japan 3 year anniversary at NgoroNgoro with some of our favorite DJ’s. Joining us again will be residents and heavy 45 slingers Daisuke Kuroda (Kickin), Ryuhei The Man (Universounds) and Yosuke Tominaga (Champ) who will be joining in for the occasion. We’re really excited that NgoroNgoro will be hosting us for the evening of good music, good people and amazing atmosphere. This will also mark as the official pre-party for the Freestyle Session World Finals taking place on Sunday.
As we continue on with our 40th anniversary of the slew of Blaxploitation films that were released in 1973, we present you with Gordon’s War starring Paul Winfield. The synopsis is simple, a Vietnam veteran returns home to find drug dealers and addicts now rule his old neighborhood and that even his own wife has fallen victim to drums. What’s next? Yup you guessed it, he gathers up his buddies from Vietnam to do what even Ronald Reagan couldn’t do, fight the war on drugs! Most of the record collectors and diggers might know this title strictly because of the Soundtrack or the classic break beat 45 by Badder Than Evil but have probably never seen the film. We recommend that you do yourself a favor and complete your cypher by watching the movie and getting the full appreciation for what you’ve already been listening to.