Monday, May 24, 2010

Week 52: Boogie

This is the LAST WEEK, and frankly I'm kind of shocked I actually managed to do this project. It was a lot of work, and it was really fun, but a part of me is relieved it's over so I can actually get to work on other music projects. Either way, I am gonna keep this blog active, posting every week or two with mini-mixes from me, guest mixes from others, and the occasional full-length mixtape from myself. (For all the people who requested specific mixtapes that I never got around to, there's still time!) So keep your eyes peeled guys...

Anyway, this week's subject is Boogie, which is really kind of a vague term (and used more in the UK than the US), but is really the best description for this kind of music: funky, late-1970s disco that draws as much from jazz traditions as it does from R&B, and has the kind of slippery, walking basslines that make you think of the roller rink. I really love this stuff, and figured I'd cover it in this last tape.

Oh, and I purposefully left off "Boogie Wonderland" by Earth, Wind, & Fire and "Boogie Oogie Oogie" by A Taste of Honey because I'm really bored with them.

  1. Pleasure; Joyous (Fantasy, 1977)
  2. The Blackbyrds; Thankful 'Bout Yourself (Fantasy, 1975)
  3. The Jimmy Castor Bunch; Space Age (Atlantic, 1975)
  4. Heatwave; Boogie Nights (Epic, 1976)
  5. Earth, Wind, & Fire; Let Your Feelings Show (CBS, 1979)
  6. Edwin Birdsong; Cola Bottle Baby (Philadelphia International, 1979)
  7. Direct Current; Everybody Here Must Party (TEC Records, 1979)
  8. Bohannon; Let's Start The Dance (Mercury, 1978)
  9. Tasha Thomas; Shoot Me With Your Love (Atlantic, 1978)
  10. Jermaine Jackson; Burnin' Hot (Motown, 1980)
  11. Tamiko Jones; Can't Live Without Your Love (Polydor, 1979)
  12. Shadow; I Need Love (Elektra, 1979)
  13. Rufus & Chaka Khan; Do You Love What You Feel (MCA, 1979)
  14. Gary Toms; Turn It Out (Tear This Building Down) (MCA, 1977)
  15. T-Connection; Do What You Wanna Do (T.K. Disco, 1977)
  16. The Gap Band; Baby Baba Boogie (Mercury, 1979)
  17. GQ; Disco Nights (Rock-Freak) (Arista, 1979)
  18. Jackie Moore; This Time Baby (Columbia, 1979)
  19. Fay Hauser; Reachin' Out For Happiness (Jonathan Fearing Remix) (SMI, 1976)
  20. The Real Thing; Can You Feel The Force? (John Luongo Mix) (Epic, 1978)
  21. Crown Heights Affair; Galaxy of Love (De-Lite, 1978)
  22. Brass Construction; Sambo (Progression) (United Artists, 1976)
  23. 2 Tons O' Fun; Do You Wanna Boogie, Hunh? (Fantasy / Honey, 1980)
  24. Brainstorm; Hot For You (Tabu Records, 1979)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Week 51: Gangsta Jungle

When people talk about jungle, they tend to focus on the reggae influences in the genre. Even the jungle revival of the '00s was pretty much exclusively centered around ragga jungle. What folks are forgetting is that hip hop had a HUGE influence on jungle. I mean, the whole 'sampled breakbeats' thing is pretty much a no-brainer, but beyond that there was a big segment of the original jungle scene that drew as heavily from US hip hop (specifically gangsta rap) as it did from reggae. 
Hip-hop-centric jungle producers like DJ Hype, Krome and Time, & Remarc were basically poor London hoodrats obsessed with the culture of some other hoodrats eight time zones away (and my 12-year-old self was in turn obsessed with them). Something about these tunes spoke to me as a kid (despite the fact that I was neither a gangsta nor particularly interested in contemporary American hip-hop), and I IDOLIZED these guys as a teenager. So when I started actually making my own jungle records (back when I still made jungle records), I pretty much worked in this same style, co-opting a lot more hip hop and rave than reggae in my tunes.
Anyway, enough of my personal back story. Here is a mix showcasing that more hip-hop-oriented side of the jungle scene. It's mostly oldies, but there are a few newer tunes thrown in as well.

  1. Marvellous Cain; CB4 (Suburban Base, 1995)
  2. Vinyl Conflict's Own; Deathrow (Tearin' Vinyl, 1994)
  3. DJ Hype; Tigerstyle (DJ Krome & Mr. Time Remix) (Ganja, 1994)
  4. Remarc; In Da Hood (Suburban Base, 1996)
  5. Hardware; Gangsta Shit (Frontline, 1994)
  6. City Connection; Impact (Urban Gorilla, 1996)
  7. Lemon D; This Is L.A. (Metalheadz, 1995)
  8. Droppin' Science Vol. 7; Ghetto Born Kid (Droppin' Science, 1995)
  9. Rebel MC; Wardance (Congo Natty, 2004)
  10. Missing; Known Around The Hood (Tearin' Vinyl, 1995)
  11. Gang Related & Mask; Tear It Up (Dope Dragon, 1996)
  12. Remarc; Menace (White House, 1994)
  13. Majistrate; What's Up (Juice, 1995)
  14. The Shooter; 9mm (Jungle Sky, 1996)
  15. Murderbot; More Guns (Dead Homies, 2007)
  16. DJ Flash; Pulp Fiction (Urban Gorilla, 1995)
  17. Dynamic Duo; Blazing (Joker Records, 1999)
  18. Masta Ace Incorporated; Jeep Ass Nigga (Murderbot Remix) (unreleased)
  19. DJ Zinc; Super Sharp Shooter (Murderbot VIP) (Ganja / unreleased)
  20. Murderbot; Dead Homies Anthem (Clash Records, 2006)
  21. DJ Dextrous; Switch VIP (unreleased, 1994-ish) 
  22. Murderbot; Onlyworld (Dead Homies, 2005)
NEXT WEEK: Boogie.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Week 50: Deep House

A couple of weeks ago me and my homie H**ry were discussing the term "deep house". It's existed for as long as house itself, but it's always been kind of a fuzzy concept. Originally it meant soulful, discoey R&B-based dance records. To some it means soulful diva jams with big pianos and gospel choirs and uplifting messages (i.e. NY Garage), to some it means true school Chicago-style jack trax, and to others it means minimal tech-house 6AM bubblers. Basically the only common thread between these definitions of "deep house" is that it's urban, it's somewhat traditionalist in its approach, and it's a little more sophisticated than that crazy acid rave hoover-noise nonsense that the kids are listening to.

So for my deep house mixtape, I've tried to encompass all of these varying definitions. It's definitely not intended to be a definitive mix or a best of...just some of my favorites from the last 15 years.

  1. Blaze; My Beat (BBE, 1998)
  2. Afefe Iku; Mirror Dance (Yoruba Records, 2008)
  3. The Dandruff Truckers / Erykah Badu; Way Back (Bar-B-[Q, 2004)
  4. NuYorican Soul; Runaway (Spanish Underground Mix) (Giant Step Records, 1997)
  5. François Kevorkian; Hypnodelic (Mike & Matty Show) (Wave Music, 1995)
  6. Donaeo; I (Zephron Entertainment, 2008)
  7. Chicago Skyway; Fourtone (Eargasmic Recordings, 2009)
  8. Pizzicato 5; Porno 3003 (Gusgus Remix) (Matador, 1998)
  9. Mannequin Lung feat. Divine Styler; City Lights (Mr. Hazeltine Remix) (Plug Research, 1998)
  10. The Chicago Connection; Dancin' (Cajmere's Mix) (Cajual Records, 1997)
  11. Roy Davis, Jr.; Join His Kingdom (20000st, 2000) 
  12. Thomas Bangalter; Club Soda (Roulé, 1998)
  13. Angie Stone; Brotha (Spen & Karizma Club Mix) (J Records, 2001)
  14. Jamaica Underground feat. John Lewis; Love Existing (Shelter Vocal Mix) (Wave Music, 2002)
  15. Cricco Castelli; Life Is Changing (Aroma, 1998)
  16. Cassius feat. Jocelyn Brown; I'm A Woman (Remix) (Virgin, 2001)
  17. Chrissy Murderbot; Black Morrissey (unreleased)
  18. Hercules & Love Affair; Blind (Frankie Knuckles Vocal Mix) (DFA, 2007)
  19. Atmosfear; Dancing In Outer Space (Lunar Beats) (Disorient, 1997)
  20. Alexander East; Blow Your Mind (Remix) (Aroma, 2002)
  21. Joshua; Come Over 2 My Place (white label, 2000)
NEXT WEEK: Gangsta Jungle.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Week 49: Golden Era Happy Hardcore

Another happy hardcore tape. Hate all you want—I LOVE THIS STUFF SO DANG MUCH AND I WILL NOT BE DISSUADED.

Like jungle, happy hardcore spent 1993 breaking away from the old breakbeat hardcore rave paradigm, and 1994 finding its own identity. By 1995 it had really come into its own as a distinct genre—still tied to jungle and rave, but with its own unique sound and aesthetic. It lasted for a couple of years before devolving into an even-cheesier breakbeat-free kind of hyperpop for the Dance Dance Revolution crowd (much like jungle eventually evolved into clownstep drum & bass).
Anywho, this tape focuses those prime years for UK Happy Hardcore, 1995-1997. Enjoy!

  1. Infernus; I Want Your Love (UK Breakbeat Remix) (Rogue Trooper Happy Trax)
  2. Happy Tunes Vol. 3; Let the Good Times Roll (Happy Tunes)
  3. Pooch & Wivvy; Think (United Dance)
  4. DJ Seduction; Samplemania (Remix) (Impact)
  5. Justin Time; Help Me (Just Another Label)
  6. DJ Ham; It Would Be (Remix Records)
  7. DJ DNA feat. Jenka; Reality (Just 4 U)
  8. DJ Seduction; Higher Now (DJ Unknown & Seduction Remix) (Impact)
  9. DJ Poosie; It's Gonna Be (Remix Records)
  10. Edit V; Sensation (Vibes & Wishdokta Remix) (Impact)
  11. DJ Pooch; How It Started (Impact)
  12. Rebel Alliance; Sometimes (Remix) (Stormtrooper Recordings)
  13. Seduction & Eruption; Bust the New Jam (Hard Mix) (Impact)
  14. Happy Tunes Vol. 5 vs. Billy Bunter; Raging Desire (Happy Tunes)
  15. DJ Ham & Poosie; Master Peace (Kniteforce Records)
  16. Illogik & DNA; Kick Your Legs in the Air (Essential Platinum)
  17. Seduction & Dougal; It's Not Over (Remix) (Impact)
  18. DJ Seduction; Drop the Bass (Vibes & Wishdokta Remix) (Impact)
  19. Highlife & Style; Give it to Me (Remix) (Happy Jack Productions)
  20. Frantic & Impulse; Spiced Up (4 The Floor Recordings)
  21. Substate; Take Me Up (Rogue Trooper Happy Trax)
  22. Vibes & Wishdokta; No More Tears (Impact)
  23. Happy Tunes Vol. 8; Positive Energy (Happy Tunes)
  24. Vibes & Wishdokta; Passion (Rogue Trooper Happy Trax)
NEXT WEEK: Deep House.