It’s been a long time between drinks for Melbourne’s mighty Afrobeat juggernaut The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra (The POAO). To get everyone warmed up for 2015’s much anticipated LP release, two of the group’s vocalists, rapper 1/6 and singer / percussionist Lamine Sonko are fronting alternate sides of a split 7” out on Hope Street Recordings. A highly nutritious Afro freaky snack to keep enthusiasts of all things raw and righteous satisfied till the main course arrives. Continue reading
We’re finally getting around to having some down time after Skeme Richards made his return from Japan and after all of the holiday festivities to start going through the tons of photos of his Japan travels, food, sites and of course parties. We’d like to thank all of the venues and promoters for opening their doors and helping us pull off another successful tour, the DJ’s that packed and carried their crates out to play for the people and of course the people themselves that partied with us from the first drop of the need until the final song played. We especially want to the Asami One and Anijha who are responsible for organizing and making sure that Hot Peas & Butta is represented properly in Japan. Continue reading
Back in November we started a column here at Hot Peas & Butta titled “Styling’s of The Fashionable DJ” where we took a look at three fellow DJs from our network that all have unique tastes in not only the music that they play, but also the fashion and brands that they wear. We asked them in short, to describe they’re preference in what they wear, what makes them feel good and the music they enjoy. This month we ask those same questions to two lovely ladies who both have great taste in the music that they play for their audience as well as what they wear. Continue reading
This week Skeme Richards takes flight once again and heads off to Europe and on Saturday night will be in Hamburg Germany to DJ at one of the most legendary venues in Germany, Mojo Club. The night is called “Essentials” and Skeme will be spinning a selection of Funk & Soul, Disco and Hip Hop on vinyl on 45rpm format. For all those in and around Germany, who were not able to catch him during the Hot Peas & Butta anniversary tour, be sure to stop by for a listen and a drink.
2014 was a great start for the new RBMB label with three sharp releases ranging from the funky to jazzy which has been getting quite the run and selling out at retailers worldwide. RBMB is off to fast start and kicking off 2015 with a sure shot release from two of our fellow Philly DJ’s Case Bloom and Personify aka the Dirty Burners. Case Bloom and Personify aren’t strangers to the 45 as they host the monthly series, Little Big Things here in the city where the focus is just that, Funk & Soul, Disco and Latin all on 7” so it’s only right that they contribute to the format. The latest double sider features Hey! Last Minute which is a drum heavy (we suggest doubles), horny Brazilian number that was flipped rather nicely if we do say so ourselves, and really works the dance floor. The flip side, Propulsion!!! Is that up in the Bronx where the people are fresh type of shit that honestly needs to be in the hands of Bobbito Garcia! It’s the summer on the basketball court tournament while the DJ spins on a beautiful day vibe that has us wishing that warm weather and sunny skies were a short few weeks away. But instead we’ll have to keep the club steamy while playing this Latin groover for the audience. Continue reading
A few months back we realized that we’ve been sitting on way too many doubles of records, vintage posters and collectibles and other cool stuff here at the office and decided that it’s time to open up an online store so that we could share some of these that make up Hot Peas & Butta with you. In the store we’ve hand picked great items from the stash including of course vinyl but also vintage Fat Albert lunchboxes and classic OG Kung Fu VHS tapes to 90’s Hip Hop posters and more. And from time to time we’ll also include exclusives and limited editions that we pick up during our travels abroad that wouldn’t make it’s way over on any other normally.
So with that said, be sure to check out the shop and hopefully you’ll see something that’s a must own item for you.
Although we’re back from our month long Japan tour, we’re still in a Japanese state of mind and enjoying everything the country has to offer. One thing that we love which should be obvious by our Kaiju comic book series, Kodoja: Terror Mountain Showdown is that we love Godzilla. Keith Foster, writer and creator of Kodoja is especially fanatical with it comes to this giant monster so when he told us that fellow Kaiju lover Kyle Yount was working on a 60 year anniversary documentary on the topic we knew it was something that we wanted to see. Looks like things are a go and coming along nicely with it and we’re looking forward to seeing it in full and want to congratulate Kyle who has dedicated so much time (and money) traveling to Japan and researching necessary info to see things through. Continue reading
The Dusty Donuts label returns with their second offering on 7” and really seems to be shaping up as the label to look for when classy edits are concerned. DD002 takes us back down familiar territory and into the 80’s and even 90’s when we would receive 12” cut and paste and edits of heavy tunes done by some of the best mix masters in the game. The current 45 in heavy rotation takes one of our favorite cuts of all time, Mango Meat by Mandrill and totally reworks it all while keeping it exactly the way it should be (if that statement makes any sense at all). The drums have been beefed up, a few parts have been extended and a sample snippet or two thrown in for extra measure. This version will definitely allow us to give our original a rest for quite some time to come. Continue reading
A few months back I had the pleasure of heading to Toronto to DJ at Manifesto Festival and while there I had extremely high hopes of linking up with the guys from Cratery. For those unfamiliar with Cratery, it’s a dig diary hosted by DJ’s Arcee, Kaewonder and Serious, three souls that make up a serious collective of individuals when it comes to digging for records and dropping jewels on the public via cratery.com. Each update features a brief interview with a particular guest and it’s accompanied by a podcast mixtape where each DJ goes one for one to create a complete masterpiece of tunes. Even though my time was limited in T-dot, the fellas made sure to have their secretary reach out to my secretary for a night of beers, records and a history lesson on not only me, but some Philly facts as well. Thank you guys for having me over to record episode #70 and looking forward to the next visit.
Head over to Cratery to read and hear what went down on this late night / early morning session. http://cratery.com
When it comes to high-end collectible action figures, Hot Toys tops the list with some of the best pieces to hit the market. They’ve secured the rights to many of the top movie franchises to produce these amazing works of art that will proudly be displayed in your office or display case for years to come. Their latest release is of what might quite possibly be the most famous character in the Star Wars universe, Boba Fett. Continue reading