13 January 2014

NZ Soul All Dayer Waiheke Island 2014

Auckland Anniversary Weekend sees the debut of the NZ Soul All Dayer Waiheke Island. Check out this link for more information, and this link to buy yourself tickets. See you there!

04 November 2013

Playlist: Earshot In The Pocket | Sun 3 Nov

Stepped up to the George FM plate on Sunday covering for Cian's 'Earshot' show, and had a blast. Again. Here's what I played.

D'Angelo | Brown Sugar (Heartbreak Sound rework)
Brandy | Never Say Never (Jael remix)
Karsh Kale | Beautiful (J-Boogie remix)
Oneself | Bluebird
Starship Connection | We Can Go All Night
Dam Funk | Hood Pass Intact
Sola Rosa with Georgia Anne Muldrow | Never Too Far
Duff Disco | Just In Time
Faze-O | Ridin' High (J-Boogie edit)
Boston Rodriguez with Cherie Mathieson | Lost In Space
Al Velilla with Opolopo | Fearless
Kimbra | Plain Gold Ring (Vonyx remix)
Maya Jane Coles | Not Listening
La Royale | The Crush
Chicken Lips | Sweet Cow (Dave Allison Moovin remix)
The Emotions | Flowers (Soul Ganga edit)
Talking Heads | Moon Rocks
Exotic Pets | Bush Skank
Che Fu | Waka
Erykah Badu | Love Of My Life (Kaytranada remix)
Sunfire | Young, Free And Single
Opensouls with Ladi6 | Sweet Love (Nyntee edit)
De La Soul | Ring Ring

22 October 2013

LIVE: Expansions | Fri 8 Nov

It's All Good Presents
A Night Of Wide Vibes
Jay Jeffrey
Bevan Keys
and AWDJ
From 8pm
Fri 8 Nov
No Door - Bring Yr Smile

Facebook page here.

The scene is Anycity. The time is after dark. The day is the weekend, because any time after dark is, by default, the weekend. Work is over. The straight world has gone to bed, doors firmly bolted against the hustlers and the johns; the cops, the robbers and the mack daddies; the heads, the jazz cats and the beat freaks. This is the world into which we beckon you, brave listener.

Jay 'Fat Albert' Jeffrey, Bevan Keys, Richard 'AWDJ' Crafter and David 'Nyntee' Carroll delve deep to deliver the goodness. And the badness. Just the way you never knew you liked it. You'll hear tough jazz funk, syrupy sweet soul, Latin flavoured floor fillers, left-footed house, car chase music, cosmic lazer disco and plenty more besides.

This is how we get wide - with an open mind.

Playlist: Mixed Messages | Tue 15 Oct, 2013

Had a bunch of fun playing at 'Mixed Messages' alongside Nigel Love and Kirk James. It's a good set up: half hour on, hour off, with plenty good lovin' on the food and drink and warm surroundings tip down at the Britomart Country Club, even on a cold, wet Tuesday night.

Here's the order the records came out of the bag...

Lady | Money
Spanky Wilson And The Quantic Soul Orchestra | I'm Thankful
Leroy Hutson | Love The Feeling
Sweet Charles | Soul Man
Al Green | Love Ritual
Windjammer | Tossing And Turning
Loose Ends | Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)
Omar | I Love Being With You
Stonephace | Wedgehead Gets Lucky
Cal Tjader | Soul Burst
Julian Y Su Combo | Enyere Kumbara
MopMop with Fred Wesley and Anthony Joseph | Run Around
Barkin' Soul | Punto de Partida
Rocket Juice And The Moon with Erykah Badu | Manuela
Radio City with Bajka | Everything
Dizzy Gillespie | Alligator
IG Culture Presents Zen Badizm with Bilal | Girl U Need A Change Of Mind
The Blackbyrds | Do It, Fluid
Joy Denalane with Lupe Fiasco | Change
Kenn Starr, Asheru and Talib Kweli | If
Choklate | Waitin'
Moka Only | Lowdown Suite
Panache | Sweet Jazz Music
Wes Coats | Land Of Music
Michael Henderson | Whip It
Kellee Patterson | Turn On The Lights
Rufus with Chaka Khan | Circles
Maxayn | Trying For Days
The Lewis Connection | Mr. G

Big thanks to the boys for the invite.
Keep Vinyl Alive!

08 September 2013

Playlist: In The Pocket | Sun 8 Sept

First show back on George FM for a few months. Just like riding a bike. Apparently.

'In The Pocket with 90'
12-2pm Sunday 8 Sept 2013
George 96.6FM

D'Angelo | Spanish Joint
Cole Medina | Ain't No Funq
Erykah Badu | Honey (Mark Rae edit)
The Bar-Kays | Too Hot To Stop (D.Veloped edit)
Jurassic 5 | What's Golden (DJ Maars reggae re-fix)
Pharrell | Frontin' (Frankie Goes Deep 'First Day Of Summer' edit)
Talk Talk | It's My Life (Phil Drummond remix)
40 Thieves | In Your Space
Groove Assassin | I Love You (RedSoul remix)
Al Velilla with Opolopo | Fearless
Harleighblu | Play Me
Dizzy Gillespie | Alligator
Johnny Harris | Odyssey (Part 1)
Greyship Daviz | Traffic (Cheek To Cheek, Bumper To Bumper) [Markus Enochsen Traffic Jam remix]
Tom Browne | Funkin' For Jamaica (N.Y.)
The Pockets | In The Pocket
Lady | Money
The SSO Orchestra | Faded Lady (Leftside Wobble edit)
Omar | I Love Being With You
Quantic Y Anita Tijoux with Iara Renno | Doo Wop (That Thing)
Gecko Turner | Monosabio Blues
A Tribe Called Quest with Baby Bam | If The Papes Come
Ed Sheeran | The A Team (Shy FX remix)
Sammy Bananas | Run 2 Me (Thicke remix)

02 August 2013

Playlist: In The Pocket | Fri 2 August

All 45s. All Day.

'In The Pocket with 90'
Fridays12-2pm (NZT)
Radio Ponsonby 107.7FM

Motherlode | Hard Life [Buddah]
Bronx River Parkway | La Valla [Truth And Soul]
Menahan Street Band | Make The Road By Walking [Dunham]
The Gap Band | Shake [Mercury]
The Soul Seven | Southside Funk Pt. 1 [Stones Throw]
Timothy McNealy | Sagittarius Black [Now Again]
Mickey Murray | Fat Girl [Federal]
Willie Bobo | Soul Foo Young [Now Again]
Billy Paul | Am I Black Enough For You? [Philadelphia International]
The Mighty Imperials | Thunder Chicken [Daptone]
Lee Fields with Sugarman And Co. | Shot Down [Daptone]
Joseph Henry And The Dap-Kings | Who's The King? (You Know That's Me) [Daptone]
Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings | How Do I Let A Good Man Down? [Daptone]
Breakout | Planet Rock Pts. 1 & 2 [Melting Pot Music]
James Duncan | I Got It Made (In The Shade) [Federal]
Charles Spurling | That's My Zone (He's Pickin' On) [King]
Lil' Lavair And The Fabulous Jades | Cold Heat [Now Again]
Rev. R.A. Yates And The Gospel Communicators | Tight Situation Pt. 1 [Soul-Full]
Marie "Queenie" Lyons | Your Key Don't Fit It Anymore [Deluxe]
Cookin' On 3 Burners | Mango Skin [Freestyle]
Queen Eve And The Kings | All Hail The Queen [Melting Pot Music]
Osaka Monaurail | Groovy, Groovy, Groovy Pt. 2 [Monaurail And Empowerment]
Clarence Foster And The Internal Revenue Service | Fry Chicken In Your Hot Pants [Freestyle]
Connie Price And The Keystones | The Badger [Now Again]
Jeb Stuart | Soul Jerk It, Baby [King]
Diplomats | She's The One [Soul-Line]
The Dynamics | Land Of 1000 Dances [Big Single]
Breakestra | Deuces Up, Double Down Pt. 1 [Stones Throw]
The Temptations | Masterpiece [Gordy]
Al Green | What Is This Feeling? [Hi]
Peter Brown | For Your Love [Drive]
Lowrell | Smooth And Wild [AVI]
The Delfonics | Didn't I [Bell]
Reparata And The Delrons | Saturday Night Didn't Happen [Stateside]

27 July 2013

Playlist: 'In The Pocket' | Friday 26 July 2013

'In The Pocket with 90'
Fridays 12-2pm (NZT)
Radio Ponsonby 107.7FM

The Pharoahs | Freedom Road
Frank Walton | Safari
Olli Ahvenlahti | Grandma's Rocking Chair
Seawind | Free
Jacques Pelzer | Naima
Mop Mop with Anthony Joseph | Let I Go
Barkin' Soul with Morgane | C'est La Faute A
Il Carbonaro | High Noon
Open Sky Unit | Sunshine Star
Calender | Comin' On Strong
Poetiquette | Soul Melody (Yam Who? remix)
Quantic And His Combo Barbaro | Un Canto A Mi Tierra (J-Boogie remix)
Barkin' Soul | Punto De Partida
Jayne Cortez And The Firespitters | See Chano Pozo
Kamal Abdul Alim | Brotherhood
The Lewis Connection | Mr G
The Lewis Connection | Got To Be Something Here
Emilio Santiago | Brother
Il Carbonaro | Amigo De La Muerte
Mop Mop | Loa Chant

*Lots of tracks taken from two outstanding BBE compilations in particular today (hey, don't judsge me! I've got a big night ahead and I was trying to pack light!):

Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection
Sadar Bahar Presents Soul In The Hole

Propers to both those gentlemen, and of course to the guvnor, Jay Jeffrey.

20 May 2013

Playlist: In The Pocket on Radio Ponsonby - Fri 17 May 2013

Pierre Citron | Ca Ta Regarde Si Je Te Regarde
Marcos Valle | Nao Tem Nada Noa (Jael remix)
Eric Lau with Tawiah | Where To Go Now
Aloe Blacc | I Need A Dollar (La Felix remix)
Nia Andrews | Colours (Hiatus Kaiyote Transmutation)
Joss Ryan | Girls
Mount Kimbie with King Krule | You Took Your Time (album edit)
Change | You Are My Melody (NZ Soul All Dayer edits)
The Crusaders | Street Life (Synapson's 'Moog & Scratch' edit)
Suzy Q | Get On Up (Fingerman Did It Again edit)
Salsoul Orchestra | Runaway (DJ Densus Millie J edit)
JT | I Love Music
Miles Bonny with Bobby Blunt | Tonight's The Night (Kenny Dope's Original mix)
Chris Malinchak | So Good To Me
Jason Malan | Back To The Sand
Mary Clark | Take Me I'm Yours (Mercury edit)
Social Disco Club | Good Times
Kong Fooey vs Loungefly | Hi-Fidelity
FCL | It's You (Bordertown Deep Booty)
Jamie Lidell | A Little Bit More (Mango's Midnight edit)
Moon Boots | Love Strong
Disclosure | White Noise
Benji Boko | Kudos
Daft Punk with Panda Bear | Doin' It Right

13 April 2013

Playlist: Wax Wednesday on In The Pocket with 90 | 10 April 2013

IG Culture Presents Zen Badizm | Girl You Need A Change Of Mind
J Rawls Presents The Liquid Crystal Project | A Tribute To Bobby
The Stepkids | Sweet Salvation
The Stepkids | Sweet Salvation (Yacht remix)
Claws For? | Photo Realism
Mara TK | Taniwhunk (Moodymann remix)
Dollskabeat | Bored Of Shit (Vakula Dub remix)
Dublex Inc. | Repercusion
Jessica Lauren Four | White Mountain
Jessica Lauren Four with Jocelyn Brown | Happiness Train (Miss Marple edit)
Maxayn | Bail Out
Puzzle People | French Fried Boogie
Calender | Comin' On Strong
Sparkles | Trying To Get Over
Jackie Stroudemire | Invisible Wind (Shoes re-edit)
Quincy Jones with Patti Austin | Razzmatazz (Onur Engin edit)
Watson | Get It On
Bonobo | Antenna
Bonobo | Cirrus
Hudson Mohawke with Dam-Funk | Tell Me What You Want From Me
J Rawls Presents The Liquid Crystal Project | A Tribute To Dilla

31 March 2013

Coming soon! NZ Soul All Dayer

NZ Soul All Dayer
New Zealand's premier soul music event
An all day celebration of soul music
Sat 11 May
Golden Dawn
For more info...
Or contact: nzsoulalldayer@gmail.com

20 March 2013

Playlist: Wax Wenerei "Stones Throw x Now Again x Radio Ponsonby"

Every Wednesday on Radio Ponsonby I play an all-vinyl selection, and this week it was dedicated to a bunch of tunes from the Stones Throw and Now Again labels. Heavy funk, sideways jazz and flipped instrumental hip hop abounds, as I wade through a hand-picked set of pieces taken from two of the finest "underground" labels around.

(OK, I admit there's also a piece in there from Miguel Atwood-Ferguson's Suite For Ma Dukes project - but I don't think Wolf or Egon would mind this particular detour...)

Timothy McNealy | Sagittarius Black {7"} [NA503072B]
Sound Directions | Skyscrapers {7"} [STH4005] *Fan Club 45
Koushik | Nothing's The Same {7"} [STH7030]
James Pants | Future Delight {7"} [STH4027] *Fan Club 45
Mr. Magic & Pookie Blow | Earth Break {12"} [STH2056]
Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf | Red Light Green Light {Big Shots LP} [STH2077]
J.Rocc | Play (This One) {12"} [STH2054]
Yesterday's New Quintet | Elle's Theme {12"} [STH2034]
Yesterday's New Quintet | Uno Esta {12"} [STH20401]
Yesterday's New Quintet | Golden Lady {Stevie LP} [STH2086]
Malik Flavors | Early Dawn {Ugly Beauty 12" EP} [STH2072]
Suite For Ma Dukes | Nag Champa {Suite For Ma Dukes EP} [MOLP006]
Mayer Hawthorne | A Strange Arrangement {A Strange Arrangement LP} [STH2219]
Mayer Hawthorne | Just Ain't Gonna Work Out {7"} [STH7028] *That Red Heart-Shaped Vinyl
L.A. Carnival | Flyin' {The L.A. Carnival Would Like To Pose A Question LP} [NA5009]
The Detroit Sex Machines | The Stretch (Egon's edit) {12"} [NA5016]
The Keystones with Malcolm Catto | The Shadows Of Leaves {Blood's Haul OST LP} [NA2004A]
Connie Price & The Keystones with Lester Abrams and Leslie Smith of The L.A. Carnival | Wildflowers {12"} [NA5013]
The Soul Seven | Mr. Chicken ---- {12"} [NA2005A]
Lil' Lavair & The Fabulous Jades | Cold Heat {Cold Heat: Heavy Funk Rarities 1968-1974 Vol. 1 LP} [NA50171]
Kashmere Stage Band | I Wish (Todd Terry remix) {12"} [NA5025B]
Ebony Rhythm Band | Drugs Ain't Cool {Soul Heart Transplant: The Lamp Sessions LP} [NA50111]
Leon Mitchison & The Eastex Freeway Band | Street Scene {12"} [NA5018]
Carleen & The Groovers | The Thing {12"} [NA5015]
Aloe Blacc | Take Me Back {12"} [STH2246]
Jaylib | The Red {12"} [STH2061]
Madvillain | America's Most Blunted {Madvillainy LP} [STH2065]
Dam-Funk | When 80mph Feels Like 20 {7"} [STH7033} *Stones Throw x Stussy Japan

14 March 2013

Interview: Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela is a lion of a man.

At 70-odd years of age, the man has seen more than most of us would even consider possible. Exiled from his homeland of South Africa aged just 21, Masekela spent the next thirty years playing, recording and/or touring with the likes of Harry Belafonte, Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye, Paul Simon, Bob Marley, U2 and many, many, many more. He has recorded more than forty albums under his own name, topped the US charts, played the infamous Monterey Pop Festival of 1967, toured the globe countless times and (with longtime friend Stewart Levine) put together Zaire '74, the concert in Kinshasa held at the time of the 'Rumble In The Jungle' boxing fight between Muhammed Ali and George Foreman. He is a recipient of the coveted 'Keepers Of The Flame' award and a consistently strong voice for the rights of Africans and indigenous peoples.

And he spent fifteen minutes of his time speaking with me on Radio Ponsonby.

Have a listen here, or in the player below...

27 February 2013

Spotlight: Nia Andrews 'Colours'

Los Angeles-born singer/songwriter Nia Andrews has had one of those lives that are worth going into some detail about: the self-taught musician dropped out of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz due to an inability to actually read music. She then pursued a career as a writer, finding success particularly as a treatment writer, with her concepts directly resulting in multiple MTV awards. She then moved back toward music, taking a position as "creative assistant" to Common (though I'd like to know what that really means...) before quickly becoming his background singer, and going on to sing behind Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Janelle Monae and many, many more. Andrews is currently collaborating with Golden Globe nominated songwriter Andrea Remanda and producer Deron Johnson (Miles Davis, Alanis Morrisette, Seal) on her debut solo album.

Colours is a 4-track EP of all original material which Andrews has written and recorded with Remanda and Johnson, which is being released in advance of the album. As a teaser, I guess.

Whatever. Even if Andrews wasn't Mark de Clive-Lowe's missus I'd still be drawing attention to this release.

She possesses a voice which bleeds emotion, and her lyricism is what one would expect of someone with her credentials. The music is woozy without being wobbly and dreamy without a sniff of Dilla's influence, while the presence of guitar and proper pop hooks put this release somewhere nearer the mainstream that I would've expected.

And in this case, that's not a bad thing at all. I hope folks do sit up and take notice. And you can too, in the player below, or right here.

26 February 2013

Live: High Noon Pool Party

#Jusayin Presents
3pm - 12am, Saturday 2nd March, Point Erin Pool

With: Suff Daddy // Funkommunity Sound System // Recloose // Bro90 // Kutcorners // Wise1 // @Misformatua // Ed G (Sandy Bay Social Club) // WhoDat // Nivin (The Crates) // Marcel Marceau

Family friendly fun at Pt Erin Pool from 3pm in the afternoon, and running til the witching hour - and all FREE. Yep, a FREE pool party, which is even licensed. Propers to #Jusayin and the Pt Erin Pool folks, not to mention Otautahi Tattoo, Base FM, Radio Ponsonby, Higher and Broken Shed.

Seeya there.

21 February 2013

Spotlight: Mara TK 'Taniwhunk'

Mara TK possesses one of "those" voices. You know what I mean: disarming, seductive, almost ethereal. It is no lion's roar, sure, but despite this he delivers his messages with as much intent and clarity.

Mara is the vocalist and frontman (such as they have just one) for one of our most forward thinking and exciting musical groups, Electric Wire Hustle, and son of legendary Kiwi guitarist Billy TK. He is also one of the most gentle, reticient and caring frontmen I've ever met.

The Taniwhunk EP was a double A-side release on a very limited run of 7" singles back in 2011, but this self-confessed 'Maori in Space' has just scored quite the coup: he is re-releasing both tracks (Run and Anyone Here?) through German label OnGravity Records - with remixes by Moodymann and Simbad. I know!

Check the Moodymann mix in the player below, or here; and the Simbad mix here.

Propers to the brother for getting the word out. And speaking of 'the word', check out this link for some serious prose (brose?) describing his sound and the driving force behind his music making. Mauri Ora!

20 February 2013

Reading: Holy Rollers At BB King's

Something a little different with this post: a link to a poem written by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor - the mother of Malik "Phife Dawg" Izaak of A Tribe Called Quest.

The poem is about her son - and her reaction to the way his performance moved a crowd at a gig she was attending.

Now, regular readers will know I'm no head when it comes to hip hop, so it's no life-long love of ATCQ that's prompting me to post this; as a performer I think it's more than worth sharing. Enjoy.

[Propers to Caits Meissner for the hook up. Take a look at (just!) one of her projects, The Well&Often Reader, here.]

18 February 2013

Spotlight: Some Other Planets

OMG, as the kids say. (Do they still say that?!) Some Other Planets is the name for a collaboration of some of my favourite leftfield NZ producers and musicians; namely Riki Gooch (Eru Dangerspiel, Trinity Roots), Julien Dyne (Opensouls), Parks (Ladi6) and (the "grumpy" one, tbh) Christoph El Truento (@Peace).

Seriously? Seriously.

While I've not yet uncovered any original material from this little corker of a collective, they have let slip a mix that you can listen to (below), and download (right here), should you so desire.

WARNING: for a group comprising beatmakers, drummers and percussionists, this mix is surprisingly beatless. Open your ears, wide...

Could be worth checking their live debut out at Golden Dawn, Thu 21st Feb too. More info on that here...

13 February 2013

Spotlight: Madeaux 'EP'

One of the perks of this "job" (how my parents laugh when I describe what I do as such) is being sent fresh, exciting, new music (or fresh, exciting, old music, for that matter) and being exposed to a whole bunch of stuff I would've otherwise probably never even knew existed.

Like Madeaux.

Released on LessThan3 Recordings, this four-track EP (which stretches out to 20min in length) showcases the young producer's hip 'sound-of-now'. He describes it as "chopped and screwed electronic soul" and "underwater pop music", and I'm happy enough with that to regurgitate it here without sarcasm; and would add I also feel the influence of the likes of Madeaux's peers Disclosure, Flying Lotus, and perhaps even J Dilla.

(Regular readers of this blog will be aware I can be scathing of folks I feel are leaning a little too heavily on the legacy of Dilla in finding their own sound. Thankfully, this is not the case with Madeaux.)

I'm probably feeling the treacle-deep groove of opening track Departing the most, though the twisting drum patterns of both Transatlantic Rhapsody and Midnight Sun (featuring guest vocalist Beca) recall the best bits of UK garage, two-step and broken beat, which I'm loving re-visiting right now. Closer Accidentals indulges in a little glitch and some heavy, heavy bass, and ensures this EP finishes with a stylish flourish.

Take a listen to the EP in the player below, or follow one of the many links in the piece above. When you're done, head on over to Beatport to nab your own copy...

Spotlight: @Peace

While not being a card-carrying fan of Homebrew by any stretch of the imagination, I am definitely enjoying what I'm hearing from Tom Scott's "other" project, @Peace. He's not the only fella involved, of course, despite being the most recognisable vocally. Also a part of the group are Lui Tuiasau, Christoph El Truento, Dandruff Dicky and Brandon Haru. So a pretty solid lineup of talent, then? Shit yes, and it's not going to waste, either.

Barstool Balancing Act 1 is the perfect example of why I prefer these guys to Scott's "main" outfit. Another good reason is the latest single Flowers. This is unexpectedly gripping stuff lyrically - and musically these guys are pushing the right buttons too, leaning far enough into the squelchy, wobbly stuff to be current but without being predictable. It's a fine line, so propers where they're due.

I do hope @Peace get half the attention Homebrew have managed to rustle up - but being there's no novelty single like Benefit rearing its head, I fear the band may not trouble the mainstream media much at all. That's a shame, because I'd kinda like everyone who bought the Homebrew album to be able to hear and compare it to this stuff. I think that'd help re-dress the balance, as it were.

Check out this mini-movie trailer for the Girls EP, which both of these tracks below are taken from.

Links: Barstool Balancing Act 1 // Flowers

11 February 2013

Spotlight: Opensouls 'Rise Up' (Lewis McCallum remix)

I've always had a lot of love for Lewis McCallum, and also for the Opensouls - and many of the projects the various members of that band have gone on to as well - so it gives me great pleasure to be able to extend further love (as it were) to both parties in one fell swoop.

Check out this link for a free download of Lewis' remix of the Opensouls track Rise Up, originally from their debut album Kaleidoscope. Indeed, Lewis was heavily involved in the recording of the album version. You can also listen to the remix in the player below... and while you're here, why not take a moment to listen to Fly Or Die, one of the most enduring tracks from Lewis' debut solo album Wake.



There, I said it. Moreover, I shall attribute it: I have been slack. Very slack. It's been quite some time since I updated this blog, and there's a very clear reason for it: this summer has been the best on record here in New Zealand for many, many years; so I've been making the most of it and getting out into it as often as humanly possible.

It's been fantastic.

However, it's been too long, so I'm back. 

Check back regularly for a grab bag of all sorts of procrastination aids, inlcuding links to new music, free downloads, new DJ mixes, reviews of music new and old, and all manner of musical mischief - just like it says on the tin.

Let's revisit this Cosmic Disco mixtape I put together, just to get the ball rolling...

05 December 2012

Review: Breakbot 'By Your Side'

By Your Side
[Ed Banger/Warners]

The front cover of By Your Side depicts Breakbot aka French producer Thibaut Berland as a partially unwrapped bar of chocolate, and his debut album crammed full of French funk, pop and sugary soul certainly falls into the "guilty pleasure" category. Sounding at times like Daft Punk or Crazy P or Phoenix or even Prince - though, admittedly, a slimmed down, low-fat kinda version - the album is enjoyable enough, it's just that almost every song sounds "like" somebody else. The title track sounds like Chromeo. One Out Of Two sounds like Hall & Oates or Supertramp. Fantasy sounds like Justin Timberlake doing his best Michael Jackson impression. Frankly, anything that guest vocalist Ruckazoid touches sounds like that, but perhaps that's part of the album's sweet treat charms: familiarity. Or at least enough familiarity to keep ears piqued, as there are a handful of tracks (Break Of Dawn, Intersection, Programme) which stray a little further into "interesting" territory - though these are all instrumental tracks, funnily enough. Programme is probably the most left field, which possibly says something about which area of the road this album is targetting. There are a couple of singles which have been fairly thrashed round these parts (Baby I'm Yours in particular), but the long and short is that Breakbot's debut album is chocka with music that's here for a good time, not a long time. Mind you, who can resist dipping back into a guilty pleasure now and again...?

3 stars from 5

Check out some album snippets in the player below, or the full album here.

breakbot - by your side (album preview) by experimedia

Review: Ondatropica

[Soundway Records]

Many of us mere mortals fantasise of following our dreams, throwing in the tools and breaking the shackles of modern life for something more exciting, more challenging. Something more real. Some of us don't dream, they just do. One of those people is Will Holland, Better known as Quantic. Some time back (after releasing about twelve albums in the space of seven years) Hollands followed his deep interest in the music and people of South America with a number of visits, before moving to and deciding to live in Colombia. He is now fully ensconced and has released a number of albums, with a mixture of local and guest musicians, as Quantic and His Combo Barbaro, and Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno. On this occasion though, Holland has teamed up with Mario Galeano, the brains and power behind Colombian band Frente Cumbiero, to present Ondatropica. The project is an ambitious one, putting together in the famous Discos Fuentes studio in Medellin some of Colombian music's most legendary figures with young players from both Holland and Galeano's bands and asking them to represent both the classic and modern styles of Colombian music. Ambitious, yes, but ultimately, successful. There is a ahuge amount of music to digest in one sitting, but taken piece by piece Ondatropica is a rambling, sprawling triumph, and a credit to the spirit in which it was recorded. Lovingly released by those good folks at Soundway Records, Ondatropica is highly recormmended for summertime listening, dancing - and maybe even dreaming.

3 and 1/2 stars from 5

Check out a couple of cuts from Ondatropica in the player below, or via one of the many links above. You can also watch a "making of" film here.

Ondatropica by Barbican Music

04 December 2012

Wax Wednesday: Playlist 'In The Pocket with 90' Wed 28 Nov on Radio Ponsonby

Another 45s only "special" today. Check it out...

The Budos Band | Ghostwalk
Aiff | Akwaaba
Quantic Soul Orchestra | San Sebastian Strut
The Tornadoes | Huihui
Opensouls | What Do You Do?
Red The Man Without A Machine | I Should Tell Ya Mamma On Ya (Dam-Funk remix)
Human Race | Human Race
Plenty Action | Soft Touch
Suff Daddy | Comin2ULive
Urbs | The Incident
Smooth Daddy | If It's Funky, We Did It!
Saravah Soul | Supersossego (inst.)
Ben Westbeech | Hang Around
Recloose | Mana's Bounce
The Bamboos | Tighten Up
Cookin' On 3 Burners | Gravel Rash
The Limp Twins | Elemental
The Nostalgia 77 Octet | Freedom (The Freedom Zombie Dance) (Pt. 1)
The Broken Keys | Slingshot (Pt. 1)
Quantic Soul Orchestra | Don't Joke With A Hungry Man (Pt. 3)
The Undisputed Truth | California Soul
Heatwave | I'll Beat Your Booty
The Real Thing | Keep An Eye (On Your Best Friend)
Billy Paul | Am I Black Enough For You?
100 Proof Aged In Soul | Not Enough Love To Satisfy
Natalie Cole | Sophisticated Lady (She's A Different Lady)
Parliament | Flashlight
Ota | Nunui
Habitual Parking Violators | One To Twelve

21 November 2012

Wax Wednesday: Playlist 'In The Pocket with 90' Wed 21 Nov on Radio Ponsonby

It was the "Well, It's Kinda Jazz Special" on Wax Wednesday today, with an all-vinyl selection of jazz and other things fringing jazz. Check the tunes below...


Seu Jorge | Everybody Loves The Sunshine
Assembly Line | Cosmic Ballad
J Rawls Presents Liquid Crystal Project | So Fly
Beatless | Like Sugar Like Rain
G-Litter | Seoul 88
Slide Five | Rhode Trip
Fat Freddy's Drop | Del Fuego
IG Culture Presents Zen Badizm | Girl U Need A Change Of Mind
Rhythm Section | Circular Logic
The Budos Band | Up From The South
The JuJu Orchestra | Kind Of Latin Rhythm
Nuspirit Helsinki | Trying (Butti 49 Nu Niveau remix)
Miles Davis | Miles Runs The Voodoo Down
Ping Pong | Shmoo'sville
Dorothy Ashby | Soul Vibrations
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway | Baby I Love You
Quincy Jones | Killer Joe
J Rawls & John Robinson Are The 1960s Jazz Revolution Again with Tiffany Paige | Relax Ur Mind
MF Doom | Galangal Root
Feak | Baby E's Ain't No Joke
Greyboy | Ruffneck Jazz
Fertile Ground | Another Day (Povo rework)

Review: Label Love Volume 5 "The Jazz Edition"

Various Artists
The Jazz Edition
[Various Labels]

When is jazz not jazz? When is "not jazz" jazz again? And does it really matter when the music's this intriguing? These are the questions I find myself asking after listening to Label Love Volume 5: The Jazz Edition, put together by a collective of independent record labels (check out the links at the bottom of this review) who have been quietly releasing a fabulously free series of compilations for a minute now. Yep, five free compilations of new, exclusive and/or previously unreleased forward-thinking music from some of the hottest acts on the planet. Volume 5 narrows its' focus to the much-maligned genre of jazz, which some say died when its' key players from the '40s and '50s passed; this selection alone illustrates that's a viewpoint politely described as "misguided". Featuring the likes of Nostalgia 77, Kit Downes Trio, Matthew Halsall, The Greg Foat Group, Examples Of Twelve and many more, this comp highlights some of the most beautiful, enthralling and exciting jazz music around, as well as pushing a few boundaries: album opener The Chosen, by Menagerie (otherwise known as Bamboos bandleader Lance Ferguson) leans heavily on the soul-funk side of jazz, while Troyka go waaaaayyy out on the abstract Rarebit, and Red Balloon sees Gizmo throwing down a lazy rap over a sparse beat laced with tasty piano grooves. At a time when copious amounts of free music is available over the internet, this is one free download you need to get hip to, you dig?

3 and 1/2 stars from 5


Please take the time to visit the labels involved in putting this project together on the links above, and to download the full album here. Gratis. Nice one.

19 November 2012

Wax Wednesday: Playlist 'In The Pocket with 90' Wed 14 Nov on Radio Ponsonby

Beat Assailant | Hard Twelve
Moxie Disco Edits | Use Me John
Sunshine Anderson | Heard It All Before
Assembly Line | Saying Something
Blu | Just Relax (A Dan Aikido remix)
Kompleks | Wheel Of Life
Amp Fiddler | Cool About It
Esther Phillips | Home Is Where The Hatred Is (Onur Engin edit)
Quincy Jones | The Dude
Marvin Gaye | Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
The Windjammers | Tossing And Turning (Pt. 1)
MFSB | Summertime
L.T.D. | It's Time To Be Real
Sheila E | Droppin' Like Flies (Black Flag Club mix)
Lee McDonald | We've Only Just Begun (TM Juke remix)
Rose Royce & Norman Whitfield | Yo Yo
Lee Dorsey | Night People
Ronnie Laws | Tell Me Something Good
Bomb The Bass with Justin Warfield | Bug Powder Dust (La Funk Mob remix)
Freddie Cruger aka Red Astaire with ADL | Special Lady
Freddie Cruger aka Red Astaire with Desmond Foster | Something Good
Johnny "Guitar" Watson | Ain't That A Bitch
Heatwave | Gangsters Of The Groove

12 November 2012

Friday Freshie: Playlist 'In The Pocket with 90' Fri 9 Nov on Radio Ponsonby

Shapeshifter | Diamond Trade
Superspirit | We Belong To The Cosmos
Bing Ji Ling | Do What I Gotta Do
Positive Flow | Phaedra's Flight
Superspirit | Brand New Day
Positive Flow | Axis
Positive Flow with Colonel Red | Hold On
Bing Ji Ling | Move On
Fat Freddy's Drop | Silver And Gold
Positive Flow with Omar | My Prediction
Martino | Reasons (Sigg Buggz remix)
Bing Ji Ling | Home
A-Trak, Kimbra & Mark Foster | Warrior (What So Not remix)
Positive Flow with Andre Espeut | Tapestries Of My Mind
Bing Ji Ling | Thought Our Love Was Strong
Bing Ji Ling | Money In The Meter
Wagon Cookin with Gabriela Smith | All The Night
Positive Flow with Sharlene Hector | Look Around Any Corner
Toomy Disco | The Brush
Cajmere | Chit Chat (Clubhouse mix)
Frank Booker | No Delay

A large chunk of the music from today's show was taken from three albums: Flow Lines by Positive Flow, on the outstanding Tokyo Dawn Records; Superspirit's 2009 album Permission To Come Aboard; and Bing Ji Ling's 2004 album Doodle Loot Doot Doodle A Doo.

07 November 2012

Wax Wednesday: Playlist 'In The Pocket with 90' Wed 7 Nov on Radio Ponsonby

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings | Keep On Looking (Kenny Dope vocal remix)
Lanu with Aloe Blacc & Quantic | Mother Earth
Dublex Inc. | Repercusion
Georg Levin | Leisure Suit
Rephrase | Good Feelin' (Parov Stelar's Late Night dub)
Claws For...? | Colour Theory
Wunmi | Message In A Bottle
TM Juke & The Jack Baker Trio | Heads High(er)
Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno | Portada Del Mar
Blundetto | Nautilus
Bill Summers | Brazilian Skies
Fat Freddy's Drop | Breakthrough
Simbad with Steelo | Soul Fever
Grand Pianoramax with Spleen & Celena Glenn | The Hook (DJ Spinna vocal mix)
Kanye West | Diamonds | J-Todd's "Gimme The Ice" remix)
Aaron Jerome with Bajka | Way Of Life
Kanyor | Antidote
Miles Bonny | Lumberjack Soul
Examples | Be Kind To Your Mind (Red Astaire remix)
Wax Poetic with Norah Jones | Angels
Tosca | Heidi Bruehl (Plantlife Love Foolosophy remix)
People Under The Stairs | Tuxedo Rap
Upper Hutt Posse | E Tu

Review: Kylie Auldist 'Still Life'

Still Life
[Tru Thoughts]

This kind of soulful pop music is often deried as "cafe lite". As in, it initially sounds sweet and entertaining, but upon closer inpspection ends up sickly saccharine, or lamely boring. In truth, it's an exceptional artist who can pull off this sound consistently, as it is a fine line to tread. Luckily for us, the close collaboration of vocalist Kylie Auldist and producer Lance Ferguson is more than capable of such consistency. They've been quietly building an impressive body of work via no less than five Bamboos albums, and now Auldist's third solo record. Still Life continues in the vein of her early work, with heartfelt and emotive tales of life, love and loss, backed by full-bodied instrumentation and production. Ferguson has always had a way with a clever pop song, but some of these tracks, particularly the huge Daydream, sound like stadium anthems to rival Duffy and Adele. Balancing that are tracks like Letterhead Life, which references '50s doo-wop and soul ballads, and (a cover of The Black Keys' track) Howlin' For You, which channels John Lee Hooker via Prince Jammy. Auldist and Ferguson are music lovers with life experience, and they write consistently good pop music, with a broad stylistic reach. So it's one of life's cruel ironies that such consistency has probably hindered them from reaching further levels of fame; particularly in this age of one trick pony production line gimmickry masquerading as music. This stuff is proper pop music, and its creators should be celebrated in far greater fashion than they are/ Spread the good word, folks.

3 and 1/2 stars from 5

Check out the track Howlin' For You here, or in the player below...

Kylie Auldist - Howlin' For You by Fuse Group Australia

03 November 2012

Friday Freshie: Playlist 'In The Pocket with 90' Fri 2 Nov on Radio Ponsonby

Lots of exciting new music today, with a few selections taken from the excellent Label Love Vol. 5: The Jazz Edition album. The Label Love series is a fantastic one, with a host of excellent record labels (the likes of Tru Thoughts, Impossible Ark, Jazzman & more in this instance) joining forces to promote their artists together. Google and download. Or click here.

Kora | Dream Life
Chrome Canyon | Memories Of A Scientist (Matthewdavid remix)
Knx | Jamfroze
Knx | Ashok
Sara Mitra | April Song
Greg Foat | Girl And Robot With Flowers
Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnics  with Nona Hendryx | It's Time
Nostalgia 77 & The Monster | The Taxidermist
Kenny Cox | Lost My Love
Ivo Neame | American Jesus
Karriem Riggins | Matador
Sade | Jezebel (Finnebassen og Hansebassen remix)
Kora | Story Ain't Over
Sixth Avenue Express | Take You Up
Escort | Starlight (RAC remix)
Kylie Auldist | Howlin' For You
Troyko | Rarebit
Reeno | Eternal Wisdom
Tony Betties | You And I (Isaac Tichauer remix)
John Talabot & Pional | Braves
Stan Smith | Disco Technic (Lay-Far remix)
Jorge Takei with Moku | The Clock
Colonel Red | The Riddle

01 November 2012

Wax Wednesday 7" Special: Playlist Wed 31 Oct 'In The Pocket with 90' on Radio Ponsonby

Ava Blaste & Lopez | Yesterday's Games
Dedy Dred with Mr Bird | Safari Life
Human Race | Grey Boy
D'Angelo | Really Love (Unreleased Triple J Questlove promo)
Mil | Emily
La Sphere | Pas De Stress
J. Rawls Presents Liquid Crystal Project with Tiffany Page | Too Personal
Opensouls with Ladi 6 | Sweetlove
The Dynamic Set with Liam Bailey | When Will They Learn?
Dave & Ansil Collins | Double Barrel
Dub Asylum | Ba Ba Boom!
Kinny with The Quantic Soul Orchestra | Enough Said
Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators vs The Dynamics | Feeling Free
Menahan Street Band | Make The Road By Walking
Timonthy Nealy | Sagitarrius Black
Sugar Pie DeSanto | Git Back
Fire | Flight To Cuba
Breakestra | Deuces Up, Double Down (Pt. 1)
The Soul Seven | South Side Funk (Pt. 1)
Marie "Queenie" Lyons | Fever
Coke Escovedo | I Wouldn't Change A Thing
Tuomo | Don't Take It Too Hard
Kool & The Gang | Dujii
Black Cow | Rotation #5
Random Factor with Georg Levin | Move On (The New Mastersounds 7" remix)
The Jazz Invaders | Bonga Bonga Jazz (Aiff remix)
Una Mas Trio | Nova Do Brasil
Willie Bobo | Broasted Or Fried
Syl Johnson | Goodie Goodie Good Times
Eddie Kendricks | Happy

31 October 2012

Review: Kora 'Light Years'

Light Years

Music is a quite magical thing. One of the few art forms which has the ability to transport the participants to otherworldly places and spaces, music has a transformative quality which has rightly been celebrated throughout the ages, from Count Ossie's Rasta drummers to the whirling dervishes of the Middle East. And in Whakatane, on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Laughton, Francis, Stuart and Brad Kora, and brother-from-another-mother Dan McGruer, are among those few musicians capable of really moving a listener, and their self-titled debut album from five years back did just that. Hence there's been some pressure on them to prove it wasn't a one-off. So it'd be fair to say that Light Years has been more than merely eagerly awaited. As with all truly good music, the songs take a few listens to properly digest, and with lashings of layered keys and squelchy bass lines, there is a lot to take in. They call it "Alien Funk", which seems appropriate, as many of these tracks have their heads in space, crackling the kind of electric energy Kora have become famous for. There's more hip hop and electronica and less metal than on their debut, but that seems a logical - and welcome - progression for a band still unafraid of breaking out the guitars. Beyond all of that though, this is pop music: a diverse and intoxicating cocktail of future funk and soul science, making for some seriously spaced-out - and really, really good - pop music magic.

 4 stars from 5

Check out the track Dream Life here, or in the player below.

4. Dream Life - Kora by KoraOfficial

30 October 2012

Live at Tin Soldier: All Vinyl Saturdays in November

I'm excited to be starting a mini-residency at Tin Soldier during November; with their strictly vinyl-only policy and open-minded musical appetite, Saturday nights should be a lot of fun.

The food in the restaurant is, quite frankly, amazing, and the service is spot on. They've a bunch of fancy craft beers, a flash new fitout and now, a bespoke selection of quality music from 6pm every Saturday in November. If I may say so myself.

Nice one.

26 October 2012

Wax Wednesday: Playlist 'In The Pocket with 90' Wed 24 Oct on Radio Ponsonby

Stonephace | Wedgehead Gets Lucky
Eru Dangerspiel | Coq Au Vin
Wild Bill Ricketts Meets Mike Fabulous | Riki
Freddie Cruger with Desmond Foster | Movin' Amongst The Madness
Colonel Red | Blue Eyed Blak
Sasso with Diane Charlemagne | Hold On Tight
Hint with Laura Vane | Keep Your Shirt On
Astoria | Discomotion
Spiritual South & Sweetalker Sleepwalker | Hullabaloo
Big Bang with Xan Blacq & Rasiyah | Dancin' Nights (Daz-I-Kue remix)
Brotherly | Put It Out
Mark Force & Kaidi Tatham Present Blakai with Bembe Segue | Afrospace
Jazzanova with Shaun Escoffery | Boom Clacky Boom Klack (Mr Scruff vocal mix)
Future Beat Investigators | All I Want
Christian Prommer's Drumlesson | All Around The World
Quantic Soul Orchestra with Noelle Scaggs | Lead Us To The End
Kokolo | Mama Don't Want No Gun (Beatfanatic remix)
The Daktaris | Quiet Man Is Dead Man
Me&You | Last Night

24 October 2012

Review: The Hot 8 Brass Band 'The Life & Times Of'

The Life And Times Of
[Tru Thoughts]

Truly funky music speaks to the listener regardless of how polished it is, what genre it is, or when it was recorded. Truly funky music can be painstakingly put together electronica or loose-limbed organic live playing. Despite the good work of the Godfather, it has little to do with "the one", just ask Tony Allen or Sly Dunbar. Hell, even a brass band can be truly, mind-blowingly funky, just take a listen to The Hot 8 Brass Band. Direct from the Second Line streets of New Orleans and breaking out of the city with the most lively and energetic version of Marvin Gaye's classic Sexual Healing these ears have ever encountered, the band's debut album dropped in 2007 on Tru Thoughts. Coming through the horrific experiences of Hurricane Katrina and losing several members of their group (two to street violence) has been taxing for the Hot 8, but they've returned with a brand new album, proving they're no one-trick pony. The Life And Times Of is a trip. A beautifully vibrant and raggedly funky brass band take on soul, funk and hip hop, the record is far from being slickly produced - but the sheer exuberance they've captured among the warts and all is nothing short of infectious. With a clutch of original tunes alongside covers of Basement Jaxx's Bingo Bango and The Specials' Ghost Town, it's clear that while these guys are serious about playing brass instruments, they don't take themselves too seriously. Recommended.

3 and 1/2 stars from 5

Radio Ponsonby: Sunday Vinyl Session at Britomart Country Club

Once a month the good folks from the Britomart Sunday Service at the BCC invite a bunch of DJs from Radio Ponsonby to come down and spin a bunch of records. And records it is, with an all-vinyl policy ruling the roost at the venue currently. I wholeheartedly support this kind of endeavour. Come and join me, with A.D.A.M., the Sunday Shuffle DJs (Kris Holmes and Nettie Page) and Yam Jams' own Rohan St. Claire this Sunday, from 2pm til 8pm (when the movie starts).

All free fun for all the family. Bet you can't beat me at mini golf, either.

23 October 2012

Wax Wednesday: Playlist 'In The Pocket with 90' Wed 17 Oct on Radio Ponsonby

Huba | Mary
Deodato | Super Strut
Bossa 70 | Berimbau
Massak | B.L.A.
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra with Mayra Vega | Che Che Cole Makossa
Kabuki with Cleveland Watkiss | After The Fire
Kinny & Horne | Us On Fire
Sly & The Revolutionaries | L.S.D.
Toots & The Maytals | Pressure Drop
Quantic Soul Orchestra | Walkin' Through Tomorrow (TM Juke remix)
A Soulful Sound | Qualified In Keef (JDeep edits)
Willis | Word Up
Ned Doheny | Get It Up For Love
Stevie Wonder | Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing
Rufus with Chaka Khan | Circles
Clyde Alexander | Got To Get Your Love
James Brown | Funky Drummer
Betty Padgett | Sugar Daddy (Pt. 1)
Soft Touch | Plenty Action
Olympic Runners | Wooden Head
MFSB | Summertime
Mighty Ryders | Evil Vibrations
Eddie Kendricks | Body Talk
Darondo | Legs (Pt. 1)
Breakestra | How Do You Really Feel? (Cut Chemist Atkins edit)

11 October 2012

Wax Wednesday "Stones Throw Special": Playlist 'In The Pocket with 90' Wed 10 Oct on Radio Ponsonby

Today's Wax Wednesday show was dedicated to playing vinyl only taken from the L.A.-based Stones Throw Records, and its' subsidiary label Now Again. Originally seen as a hip hop label, the Peanut Butter Wolf-initiated outfit have branched out into all manner of musical mischief, but I've not strayed too far from the roots of it all with this two hour selection, as listed below.

I got all nerdy on it and listed the catalogue numbers of the pieces of wax too. Just in case.

Aloe Blacc | Patria Mia [STH2137]
Connie Price & The Keystones | Sticks And Stones [NA5020]
L.A. Carnival | Blind Man [STH7024]
Lil' Lavair & The Fabulous Jades | Cold Heat [NA5017-1]
Soul Seven | Mr Chicken ---- [NA2005]
Ebony Rhythm Band | Soul Heart Transplant [NA5011-1]
The Detroit Sex Machines | Rap It Together + Funky Crawl (J-Rocc's edit) [NA5016]
Kashmere Stage Band | I Wish (Todd Terry remix) [NA5025]
Myron & E. with the Soul Investigators | Cold Game [NA7020]
Leon Mitchison & The Eastex Freeway Band | Street Scene [NA5018]
Dayton Sidewinders | Slippin' Into Darkness [NA5017-1]
Willie Bobo | Broasted Or Fried [NA7014]
Mayer Hawthorne & The County | Just Ain't Gonna Work Out [STH7028]
Jaylib | The Red (inst.) [STH2061]
J-Rocc | Play This (One) [STH2054]
Mr Magic & Pookie Blow | Earth Break [STH2056]
Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf | Devotion [STH2077]
Madvillain with Lord Quas | America's Most Blunted [STH2065]
Peanut Butter Wolf | Summer's End [STH2043]
J Dilla | Crushin' (inst.) [STH4021]
Dam-Funk | When 80MPH Feels Like 20 [STH7033]
Dam-Funk | Brookside Park [STH2225]
Yesterday's New Quintet | Visions [STH2086]
Yesterday's New Quintet | Papa [STH2040]
Yesterday's New Quintet | Elle's Theme [STH2034]
Koushik | Winter Sun + One In A Day [STH2069]
Breakestra | Sister Sanctified [STH2055]
Aloe Blacc | Take Me Back [STH2246]

09 October 2012

Review: David Byrne & St. Vincent 'Love This Giant'

Love This Giant
[Todo Mundo / 4AD]

I love it when this happens. When the real thing eclipses the hype. When it's not just-as-good-as-it-says-on-the-tin, but better. Because, when does that really ever happen? Here, with hipster godfather David Byrne (that's meant as a compliment, btw) and St. Vincent aka Annie Clark, via an intriguing collaboration released in the form of debut album Love This Giant. I've said it before etc. but often the end result of these kinds of star-crossed musical meetings is less than pleasing. That is not the case here. Love This Giant is a satisfyingly engaging and enlivening listen, almost throughout. While more often (surprisingly) funky, there are times I feel I'm listening to a musical, and it's obvious why: brass. Lots of brass, and saxophones, and tubas, and such. With guests Antibalas and Sharon Jones' backing band The Dap-Kings on board though, and with some exceptional drum programming, it's one of the coolest musicals ever. But it's a David Byrne and St. Vincent record, are we surprised the musical backdrop is so, well, unexpected? Not really. What is a surprise is how well these two work together vocally, trading inter-locking lines and straight duets with Byrne's characteristically plaintive and robust wail seldom dominating St. Vincent's more gentle, ethereal touch. The analogy of the beauty and the beast has been applied by some, and the folk tale reference is apt; Love This Giant suggests Byrne and Clark have stumbled upon some twisted kind of old folk music and breathed new life into it. Wonderful.

4 stars from 5

Check out the song Who, taken from the Love This Giant album, or link to their website here


The Taste Of: Playlist 'In The Pocket with 90' Tue 9 Oct on Radio Ponsonby

Every Tuesday on 'In The Pocket with 90' I'll be laying down 'The Taste Of', a selection of music with a common thread running through. It could be locality, genre or label features, it might even be DJ-mixes or compilations; whatever it is, I'll be looking to give you a taste of my take on things.

This week, it's The Taste Of: Lazer Funk, Raw Disco and Cosmic Boogie.

Lalo Schifrin | Quiet Village
Bob James | Nightcrawlers
Pyramid Plus | Comin' At Ya
Deodato | Keep On Movin'
Plush | Free And Easy
Esther Williams | I'll Be Your Pleasure
The Fatback Band | Let The Drums Speak
Gonzalez | (I Want To Get) Closer To You
Lakeside | Fantastic Voyage
Jacqui & The Rumor | Just Don't Break-A-My Heart (inst.)
Linx | The Ice Is Melting
Side On | A Magic Version
Zalmac | What's In It For Me?
Sumy | Soul With Milk
Yo Yo Dance | Kabbala
Sylvester | I Need You (unreleased mix)
K.I.D. | Don't Stop
Atmosfear | Extra Special
MdCL Presents Sy Smith | Teena (Lovergirl Syberized)
Karlmarx Project | OSC

Club Connoisseurs: Playlist Mon 8 Oct

Every Monday evening here in Auckland at Chapel Bar & Bistro, a handful of keen vinyl enthusiasts gather to share a corner of their record collections. It's called Club Connoisseurs, and it's been a labour of love for those involved; but not without real reward. Some of the DJs involved really mix up the styles and genres, so it can go in most any direction.

I played an all 7"s set tonight, and being that I kept the records in order after playing them, I thought I'd throw the setlist up here. What is a blog for if not shameless self-promotion and rampant egoism? Good, glad we're in agreement there. Here are the records.

Patchworks & Mr Day | Brothers On The Slide (The Dynamics edit)
Soul II Soul | Jazzie's Groove (Jazzie's 7")
Opensouls | Turn It Up! (Submariner Meets Opensouls and Killamanraro Uptown)
Erykah Badu | Honey (DJ Day remix)
The Dynamic Set with Liam Bailey | I'm Gonna Miss You
Dub Asylum | Ba Ba Boom!
Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators vs The Dynamics | Feeling Free
Bongmaster Inc. | Brothers And Sisters
Marvin Gaye | What's Going On (Truth And Rights remix)
D'Angelo | Use Me (live)
Quantic & His Combo Barbaro | Linda Morena
Una Mas Trio | Son Montuno
Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno | Ciudad Del Swing (version)
Chic | Sao Paulo
Sugar Pie Desanto | Git Back
George Baker Selection | Little Green Bag
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings | How Long Do I Have To Wait For You?
Sly & The Family Stone | Luv n' Haight
Rufus feat. Chaka Khan | Rags To Rufus (inst.)
Desmond Dekker | You Can Get It If You Really Want
The Dynamics | Move On Up
Althea & Donna | Up Town Top Ranking
This Kid Named Miles | Ring Of Fire
Son Of Dave | Low Rider

08 October 2012

Monday Melt: Playlist 'In The Pocket with 90' Mon 8 Oct on Radio Ponsonby

Some radio stations thrust their listeners into the working week, pummeling tender ears/souls with insistent and urgent musics, when we know you'd really rather be gently massaged through Mondays. Well, check this out. You're sorted, with the 'Monday Melt', a bespoke selection of proper music, designed to ease you back into your week; with no kicking or screaming required, this is the radio equivalent of effective gentle persuasion.

Ooft! | Mazin' (ruffjam)
LNTG | Come Inside Me
Duff Disco | Fame
DJ Steef | Simply Beautiful
Gazeebo | Shiny Lust
Soul II Soul | Fairplay
The Glue | Our Love Is An Edit
Loose Ends | Hanging On A String (Frankie Knuckles club mix)
Next Evidence | It's Only Right
Totalcult | Fire-Breathing Fists (Charlie Sheen vs Cypress Hill)
The Black Seeds | Rotten Apples (Lowman's 'Block Rockin' Beats' remix)
Ladi 6 | Dark Brown
Nightmares On Wax | Passion
Gecko Turner | Monosabio Blues
Bebel Gilberto | Ceu Distante (DJ Spinna remix)
Harlem Zip Code | Where Will You Go?
Oneself | Unfamiliar Places
Raphael Saadiq aka Ray Ray | This One
Stevie Wonder | Uptight (Grant Phabao remix)
Dubxanne | Walking On The Moon (dub)
Zapp | Computer Love
Weldon Irvine | Music Is The Key
Ramsey Lewis | My Love For You

Bumps: Nature 'The Prep'

It's not often I update the 'Bumps' section of this blog, but that's the case today, as we enjoy a touch of '80s disco rap straight outta Minnesota (y'all), courtesy of Nature, with The Prep. Massive thanks to the fine, upstanding gentlemen at the Beat Electric blogspot for posting the track in the first place.

Nature - The Prep by bro90

05 October 2012

Friday Freshie: Playlist 'In The Pocket with 90' Fri 5 Oct on Radio Ponsonby

The 'Friday Freshie' is an excuse to break out the brand new (to me) material I've acquired over the past week or so. Today I pillaged the new Tokyo Dawn Records compilation The Boogie Vol. 3 (which I recently reviewed) for much of the music - though there were also a number of new bits from the wonderful House Of Disco label, and some other pieces from indeterminate sources.

Here's the playlist. Follow the links if you're that way inclined. I often am.

Yellowtail | Back To The Melody (Opolopo remix)
Kris Mars | Night Falls
Rakotep | Get Up
J-Felix with Jake Jon | The Green Light
Maze Hill | Long Haul (LV remix)
The Nextmen vs Joe Dukie | Hold Me Now
Sunshine Anderson | Heard It All Before (Angle "Let It Go" edit)
Amalia & Reggie B | Hysteria
Blaktroniks with Alicia Renee aka Blue Eyes | It's All Right Now
Positive Flow with Heidi Vogel | Children Of The Sun
Chrome Canyon | Generations
The Heavy | What Makes A Good Man? (Kenny Dope remix)
The Nextmen vs Joe Dukie | Blow Wind Blow
Teeko | Tenshun (You And I Are You)
Reeno | Eternal Wisdom
The Beloved | Sweet Harmony (Sommerstad remix)
Tony Betties | You And I (Isaac Tichauer remix)
Sixth Avenue Express | Ain't No Use
Frank Booker | Hope
Martino | Reasons (Sigg Buggz remix)
Colonel Red | The Riddle
Stan Smith | Disco Technic (Lay-Far remix)
Wagon Cookin with Gabriela Smith | All The Night
Al Velila with Opolopo | Fearless
Cosmonauts | Love Me Tonight
Cajmere | Chit Chat (Clubhouse remix)
Firas | Stray (Aashton & Swift remix)

(Anything I haven't linked to in the above playlist was taken from The Boogie Vol. 3, which you can link and listen to here.)