Marsellus Wallace might possibly deserve the “Mix King” of the year award with the amount and variety of audio gems that he’s been releasing as of late. In addition to his regular contributions and reviews here at Hot Peas & Butta as well as updates on his own site, he definitely keeps the world covered with Jazz, Funk and Soundtrack knowledge. Coming shortly after his Jazz Appreciation mix, he made a guest appearance on the Expansions Radio Show a couple weeks back and delivered an incredible mix perfectly titled “Diego Soul”. If you haven’t already heard it, then we’ve got you covered to with something sweet to start your week out with. Continue reading
There’s a new party coming to the city of Koln, Germany thrown by Hot Peas & Butta family Scarce One (Intruders) alongside DJ’s Skill Kid (Bros Rockwell) and Marius Ruhrmann (Soulbuddies). At Black Dynamite expect vinyl selections from the funky side of the musical spectrum including Funk, Soul, Rap and Reggae spun by this trio every first Friday of the month at the Roxy.
The San Francisco instrumental quartet known as The M-Tet return with another serious 7” and this time delivering on what very might well be the #1 Funk 45 label here in the states, Detroit’s Funk Night Records. This double sider features two tough instrumental covers and both do the originals justice, yet take on a life of their own. The A-side drops in with an open drum break before the very familiar lick of Charles Wright’s “Express Yourself” blends it’s way in before the Hammond organ takes center stage to make it all complete. The B-side, ‘’Sweetheart” get’s a bit funkier and takes a Charles Kynard gem, Afro-Disia to new heights and really let’s things flow. A head nodder from start to finish with the perfect touches in just the right places and one that we’re really looking forward to playing out this summer at festivals across Europe. We’ve been playing the promo 45 for about a month now while out on tour and the response has been positive to say the least. Continue reading
When it comes to Shaw Brothers Kung Fu films, one of the most famous and recognizable faces is without a doubt, Gordon Liu (36th Chambers of Shaolin). He’s the guy that Quentin Tarantino has used in his Kill Bill series, he’s also the point of reference for The RZA and the Wu Tang Clan’s ‘Enter The 36th Chambers of Shaolin’ LP. But there’s one actor who might not get as much mention in the larger groups of conversation but is equally as important and highly regarded as a great within the ranks of Shaw actors not only from fans of the genre but also from those outside as well. Alexander Fu Sheng (Cheung Fu-Sheng) known as the cute one who stared in some of the best SB films (43 total) including Avenging Eagle, Chinatown Kid, Five Masters of Shaolin and more had all of the makings of a star. He had the looks, charisma, sex appeal, comedic timing, could act, sing, dance and of course knew Martial Arts. Fu Sheng’s acting career began in 1972 but he passed away in 1983 before his directing career took off which is where he really wanted to head into. Not much has really been written about Fu Sheng over the years until now as author Terrence J. Brady has gone in depth and spent quite a few years researching, traveling and interviewing in order to complete the biography of Alexander Fu Sheng which is slated to see a release in 2016. Continue reading
Well, well, well, look what’s knocking on the door and just in time as summer is right around the corner and you know how we feel about sitting on the deck with friends and drinks while enjoying our jazz selections. Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 are set to release next 45 via Sunflower Records and it’s definitely a worker. Upholding their analog standards The Kansas City outfit delivers a snazzy (recorded direct to tape) 7” slab of Hammond B-3 goodness complimented with an incredibly lush horn arrangement that completely takes us over the edge before parachuting down right at about the point where the hefty Bboy break comes in! This is Jazz for today that pays tribute to those incredible artists and albums of yesterday that we love so much. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Grand Green and Lou Donaldson are the greats, but Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 are looking to be heirs to the thrown and they’re on the right path. Now all we need are a few more 45s and a full LP and we’ll be set!
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What do you get when you put two lovers of music together who hear things in such a way that they can reinterpret and recreate to make something totally new, yet still vintage to a certain degree? You get a masterpiece from the transatlantic duo AM & Shawn Lee that’s heavily based off of their love and long time obsession of digging for obscure soul, sound library recordings and soundtracks who then re-imagined them through a pop lens to create their latest LP, “Outlines”. The first single “Persuasion” sets up the album perfectly with a revolving, atmospheric synth pattern suddenly interrupted by a deep funk groove peppered with staccato vocal stylings. This is how electronic music is supposed to sound, lush with heavy focus on synthesizers, drums and of course bass in a rather John Carpenter kind of way, yet obviously their own take. Continue reading
And you say party people, the legend of the Ghostface Killah has returned for another ‘Twelve Reasons to Die” and on this go around of the Adrian Younge produced volume 2, he’s enlisted the help of fellow Wu members Raekwon to drop a verse and The RZA for the assist on the outro dialog. Adrian Younge and Linear Labs have been pretty consistent so far with their releases and we’re once again looking forward to this upcoming project. Crafted in an Italian Giallo style, complete with photography that very much resembles and seems to be inspired by The Case of The Bloody Iris soundtrack produced by Bruno Nicolai. Twelve Reasons to Die II continues on where the previous volume left off and the lead single ‘Return of The Savage’ goes straight for the imagination and delivering the usual story telling adventures that the duo has been known for. Continue reading
This Wednesday night, Skeme Richards will be dropping a set over at the wildly Wednesday night party, Night Shift at SugarFactory in Amsterdam. Night Shift is a night dedicated to industry folks, night freaks, dancers and all around lovers of good music. Each week a rotating cast of resident DJ’s bring their brown sugar of jazzy, funky, soulful, deep, and spiritual Hip Hop, Disco and House flavors to the dance floor. Last week Night Shift celebrated there 1 year anniversary with special guests KC the Funkaholic and our brother from another, Ge-ology so we’re honored to add to the lineup of DJ’s that have blessed the night.
This Friday night Skeme Richards makes his return to Frankfurt, Germany to rock alongside the UK’s finest, DJ Mr. Thing as they throw down in celebration of the Haters Make Me Laugh 5-year anniversary party. Both DJs have spun the party on separate occasions and haven’t rocked together in a few years so it’s sure to a family reunion of the decks. HTML is an incredible party and one of the best in Frankfurt geared towards Hip Hop heads, dancers and music lovers and is always a guaranteed good time. Continue reading
Is time flying or did those crafty folks over at Dusty Donuts release yet another 7” off the heels of the previous one which we haven’t fully ran to death yet!? Well either way, the latest release from the label delivers a bit true school business and a nicely done flip of Double Trouble live at the Amphitheater as heard in the Charlie Ahearn classic and all time greatest Hip Hop film, Wild Style. Marc Hype and Jim Dunloop handle production duties on this double-sider with the A-side featuring ‘Antique Anthem’, a cut that celebrates the 10-year anniversary release and the first time this track is featured on 7”. New flip, ‘Make Your Move’ is a new nugget from the duo and definitely a hard hitting one that incorporates the opening verse from another legendary crew, the Fantastic Romantic 5 MC’s. Continue reading