A few weeks back while in Oakland to DJ the 5-year anniversary of The 45 Sessions, Supreme La Rock and myself were gifted a pair of amazing custom built 45 crates courtesy of Lookwright. I had previously seen others via Instagram and noticed how great they looked but it wasn’t until I actually had a chance to feel and look at one up close that I realized the intricate details and how well designed and crafted these crates really are. Quality woods, sharp details with a great finish left me floored, excited and extremely happy to own one of these crates. Continue reading
Welp, business and festivities surrounding the release of Skeme Richards latest project, Shifting Gears has finally come to end after yesterday’s in-store event at Brewerytown Beats. The shop was filled with music lovers, diggers, DJ’s and sample heads browsing the bins for gems while listening to Skeme Richards as he spun an all 45 set of tracks from his mixtape as well as other rare gems. We want to thank everyone that came through yesterday to kick it with us and of course thank everyone that purchased the limited edition tape. For those of you that waited until the last minute and were unable to secure yourself a copy, keep digging because we’re sure a copy or two will pop up on the secondary market for sale as does everything that has become collectible.
Here are a few photos that were sent to us by folks that purchased it. Continue reading
There’s a lot of international funkiness coming out these days of varying genres but one that we least expected to hear was Salsa making it’s way via Melbourne of all places. But leave it up to HopeStreet Recordings to keep their releases diversified in funky goodness all across the board so their latest release from Quarter Street should come as no surprise. Authentic ‘salsa dura’ from the old school that steps in heavy and in a tough, gritty and ballsy type of way. Quarter Street, a group comprised of a mix of Latino American’s whose parents fled various coups and revolutions of the 70’s and 80’s and made their way to Australia while surrounding them as children to the sounds of Spanish artists and musicians of the era and a who’s who Melbourne’s finest Latin and Jazz musicians. Continue reading
Butta Brother Tarik Thornton is make his way to the East Coast for a few dates to bless the people with gems from his crates. One of his stops is in Cambridge where he’ll be playing one of our favorite parties, Soulelujah! If you’ve never been to a Soulelujah! party nor have ever heard Tarik Thornton on the decks, then you’re definitely in for a treat.
The Bay Area has a deep and rich cultural history that has blessed the world with the amount of music that has been recorded there over the last 50 years. From Funk and Soul to Hip Hop and in 2015, Psychedelic Soul that sounds so vintage and so official that you’ll be hard pressed to know which era it was recorded in. Which brings us to the present and the new LP release from Monophonics, Sound of Sinning. Now we don’t claim to be aficionado’s in the genre and know what we like but Sound of Sinning really knocked our socks off with the first listen and it’s dark and gritty Psych-soul sound. Since their last release, 2012’s “In Your Brain” the band has matured and grown in all areas and this time pulling inspiration from some of the greatest in the genre from the 60’s and 70’s like The Zombies, The Beatles and Pink Floyd yet still displaying their love of Northern Soul, doo-wop, Psych pop and a bit of cinematic punch to round things off. Continue reading
The sound of funk is universal and can be found in all parts of the globe. And when it comes to doing it right, bands in Japan have it down to science and can deliver a funky good thang at any given time. One band that has been making it’s mark in Japan and recently attracting attention in other parts of the globe is Q.A.S.B. We first got the chance to see Q.A.S.B. a few years back while in Tokyo and they absolutely kill their live stage show, which they seem to translate into their recordings just as well. The band is back with their latest release simply titled Q.A.S.B. III and it’s as funky as ever! The new album has a little bit of everything to make it complete, lead vocals are handled by the lovely Amy Akaoko who gracefully glides across all sorts of grooves delivered by the band. The sound is fun, funky and mature, heavy on the horn section and of course the drummer always gets some and socks it to us with quite a few heavy breaks. Continue reading
Our Butta Brother, DJ King Otto seems to be a busy man about the town these days holding down weekly and monthly residencies in both Minneapolis and Chicago and of course playing those funky little records with big sounds. His latest throw down, Oodles of O’s!! happens every Thursday at The Red Stag Supper Club. Catch King Otto spinning an assortment of 45’s for your listening and dancing pleasure.
This week 42 years ago the world lost the greatest to ever do it. Lee Jun-fan more commonly known to the world as Bruce Lee passed away on July 20th, 1973. Lee’s short but legendary career can still be felt today as many people site him as their reason of strength in their profession. In the 1970’s Bruce Lee’s aura resonated with the Black community as the comparison between their own social hardships aligned with Lee’s as a Chinese actor living and working in America while dealing with many of the racial roadblocks in Hollywood. Lee starred in five feature-length films (completed only 4) Lo Wei’s The Big Boss (1971), Fist of Fury (1972), Golden Harvest’s Way of The Dragon (1972), Enter The Dragon (1973) and The Game of Death (1978). Lee passed away during the filming of what was supposed to be his greatest movie yet and was unable to complete which required Lee clones to fill in for him. Continue reading
It’s great to see so many of our creative friends and musician’s across the globe are steadily creating and releasing works with passion. Liquid Beat Records, a label that you should be familiar with if you’ve been a loyal reader here at Hot Peas & Butta is set to release follow up project from producer HOT16. ‘Spacesuit’ is the name of the new release and the sounds that you are about to hear perfectly describe and fit that title. What to expect from HOT16’s newest works is an audio tour of the galaxy, structured as a journey outwards from the center of our solar system. Spacesuit is carefully crafted, composed and sequenced to provide a complete listening experience with maximum replay value from start to finish. Instrumental Hip Hop, Modern Funk, R&B and even House all find a home within HOT16’s sonic vision of the cosmos. Sounds like all sonic basis have been covered. Continue reading
Great times this past weekend in Oakland hanging out and catching up with plenty of fam that I haven’t seen in quite some time. There’s tons of photos that were taken throughout the weekend but we wanted to give a special shout out to the homie Rawkbeez of Mighty4 who slid through to The 45 Sessions with my dude Paulskeee and Ann Smooth and snapped a few photos including this incredible shot of Skeme Richards in action!
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