Monday, August 22, 2011
We say goodbye to another legend of soul music today as "Nick Ashford" from husband and wife duo "Ashford and Simpson" has passed away from complications with throat Cancer.
Ashford's input into Soul music, disco and his influence in Modern forms of dance music is undeniable. From the early days of writing hits for Motown with his partner in crime "Valerie Simpson", The duo were responsible for such hits as "Aint no mountain high enough" (Marvin gaye & tammi terrell & "Cry like a baby" (Aretha Franklin).
To the proto disco sounds of "Chaka Khan", "Diana Ross" & "Teddy pendergrass".
In 1974 Ashford & Simpson got married and continued their career as a duo with the Warner bros album "Gimme something real" Followed by the hit singles "Don't cost you nothing", "It seems to hang on", "Is it still good to ya", and one of my personal favourites "Street corner".
I have been playing "Ashford & Simpson" records regularly for about 10 years and most likely always will. You will be missed "Nick Ashford" R.I.P
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Norman Jay MBE presents Good Times 30th Anniversary.
Putting this one out to My man Norman Jay , without a doubt my Number 1 influence and mentor in this dj'ing game. I still remember dancing to one of Normans sets for the first time about 11 years ago and having tears of joy streaming down my face. To Me Norman is the ultimate dj He plays uplifting, positive music designed to make the listener/ dancer feel total happiness. He is not a chin stroking music snob who will only play the most underground rare exclusive music, he plays music that a 5 yr old or an 80 yr old can enjoy and get down to. And because of this he is still as relevant as ever in the game today. This compilation marks the 30th anniversary of his Good Times sound system parties at Notting hill Carnival. The comp contains everything from old soul, Funk, hip hop, house, disco, Jazz and reggae. Bringing you back to a time where dj's played all forms of good music not pigeon holing themselves into sub genres and trends. If it's good play it!
I feel blessed to have performed along side Norman and very privileged to call him a mate.
grab the comp here : http://www.juno.co.uk/artists/Norman+Jay/
or here http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/norman-jay-mbe-presents-good/id447065839
peep this dope hip hop joint on the comp here
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Jay Electronica - Run & Hide produced by the bullitts.
I was a huge fan of exhibit C when it dropped, The Billy Stewart sample was incredible and his flow was great. He jokingly listed off numbers of prolific rappers who were using different forms of social networking to get in touch with him about when his album was finally going to drop.
In a way I felt it was a very refreshing and satisfying feeling that there was a relatively unknown Mc out there who just might possibly be a new hope for hip hop. His album still hasn't dropped I'm not sure if he is purposely trying to create this suspense or if his creative process is just really this slow but all I can say is I hope it's worth the wait.
There has been a few tracks to drop in the last few weeks that have used very controversial samples. The Kanye, Jayz Otis joint(view below) has received nothing but contempt. Perhaps there really are some tunes you should just leave alone!
I really don't know How I feel about this one. "Hunky Dory" by "David Bowie" is possible in my top 10 no wait top 20 favorite albums of all time. I was raised on that shit!! My mother being a huge fan of bowie made sure I knew every word to this album by the age of 10. Maybe I'm being protective over it because I have so many childhood memories listening to this album. Or maybe it just aint that cool.
I'll let you decide this is Run & hide Jay Electronica
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