As kids, there were two times a year that you looked forward to getting a fresh pair of kicks, the first was during Easter and the second of course was back to school time. Being that this year’s school semester is back in session, we decided to get a little nostalgic and dedicate this post to our favorite sneakers of yesteryear. We caught up with a few sneaker-heads that love their footwear to ask them, if they could go back in time and were going back to school today, what would be on their feet. Here’s what they had to say.
With Record Store Day Black Friday edition right around the corner we’re surely in for a yin and yang experience of the day with not only an influx of crazed shoppers who act like no other day exists to buy records, looking to score highly sought after pieces only to place them right on the secondary market at an inflated price of course. While there will surely be a large amount of unnecessary releases produced by major labels capitalizing on the hype of vinyl once again, there are without a doubt a couple of must have’s in our book that should definitely be on your list as well courtesy of Get On Down that seem to come correct with their brand and how their products are presented.
Saint Petersburg Russia’s keepers of the heavy funk flame, the Great Revivers return with their latest 45 “Rhino’s Walk" b/w “Dead Dipping” via Detroit’s Funk Night Records. The new 7” takes us back down familiar territory as the band gets deep with the funk, heavy on the organ and a slight nod on the Rock side things especially on the a-side which includes a crusty open break for your doubling pleasure. The flip side through us for a loop when we first dropped the needle on as it begins with an up-tempo prelude for the first 30 seconds then goes right into a library / soundtrack number that we quite possibly could hear in any number of crime cinema or exploitation films of yesteryear.
The champions of that good ole’ Florida funk is back to work the dance floor and they’ve really figured out exactly where the sweet spot is with their latest 45, Percusso. Although a rather young band on the scene, Fusik have already released two previous 45’s with this being their third and each one exhibiting growth and maturity in their sound which show’s that these guys are in for the long haul.
We recently caught wind of a post over on the Smithsonian Institution’s website that broke down the origin’s and evolutions of the Dap. There are some things that happen naturally within everyday black culture that you never really think too much into until some attempts to explain it the masses.
This is a great read written by LaMont Hamilton who is a photographer and visual artist from Chicago who is conducting reseach at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage through the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship program. Continue reading
A little over 2 years ago we traveled to Japan and attended one of the legendary Champ parties held at The Room which to date has been one of the best parties that we’ve ever attended. While there, we met the man behind Champ, Yosuke Tominaga who presented us with the first few releases from his 7” label Champ Records and we immediately knew that the rest of the world needed to hear them. Upon our return to the states, we wrote about the band and the independent Japanese label and since then, several more times including a release recent release on Kenny Dope’s Kay-Dee label. Yosuke Tominaga along with Tsuyoshi Kosuga (Cro-Magnon), Root Soul and Satoshi “Tiger” Okano (Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro) are back and set to release their sixth 45, “Bisco”.
This Friday night is Halloween and International House Philadelphia along with Brew are throwing a big party! Philly Night of The Dead” Brews & Brains will be the first Halloween craft beer and cocktail party to come to the Philadelphia region. The party will be a zombie themed dance party paying homage to the cult classic movies while taking the Night of the Living Dead series in an all-new frightening direction. Scary good catering will be proved by TV Chef Barbie Marshall, craft beer and themed cocktails will be included in your cost of admission. To round things off, our very own Skeme Richards will be providing the soundtrack for the evening and spinning Funk & Soul, Hip Hop, horror themed soundtracks and more. Continue reading
RBMBoots returns with another fine 45 for your listening pleasure and this may very well be our favorite yet! The label linked up with the production duo known as Extra Medium who flawlessly turned out their interpretation of two classics that we’re very familiar with here at the Hot Peas & Butta office. The a-side presents “Onward Til Morning”, a Donald Byrd tune featuring Miles Bonny while the flip, takes on Freddie Hubbard’s Red Clay. Both tunes we’re remixed with great care and delivered with an authentic approach that stands up to a level on what the originals did.
Wow! DJ Spinna has really dug in his other bag and pulled out a gem for his upcoming 7” release via Sound by Sound Records. DJ Spinna is known in many circles for many different things from DJ’ing to producing, Hip Hop to House and everything in between. But he’s also known as a world-class record collector who has traveled the globe in search of some of the heaviest and rarest pieces known to have been pressed. His collection includes a variety of Iron Curtain gems from the Eastern European areas including Poland, East Germany, Hungary, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria to name a few. For his upcoming 7” release, Spinna rediscovers and re-edit’s Polish prog-rock group, Nurt and their 1972 recording of “I Write Chalk On Asphalt” that includes a heavy break! The 7” includes the original recording one side and the edit on the flip, which makes double the reason to pick this up.
Limited to 300 units only so we highly recommend you grabbing a copy before it’s too late!
The long running multi city party known as Motown on Monday’s has just added one more city to it’s weekly line up which we’re extremely excited about and that’s Philadelphia. Long overdue in our opinion but much needed in the City of Brotherly Love, David Adams and DJ Junior have been working closely with MOM DJ’s Founder, Gordo Cabeza to finally make it happen. Expect a great line up of guest DJ’s in the upcoming weeks beginning with our very own Skeme Richards who will be the featured guest on the opening night, November 10th at Silk City.
Thank you Dave and Junior for pulling it together!