Beats & Pieces Vol 3 - Music for the more discerning dancefloor

Volume three in this very well-titled set from BBE; and the best so far in this cutting-edge series. This time, "beats and pieces" are mostly underground club tracks from the past few years. The cream of the crop when it comes to New Grooves.

There's no overall stylistic logic to this hard-to-come-by set, as mellow soul steps into funky club, into spacey fusion, global house, 21st century groove, then dancefloor jazz. Really a very excellent, unique album.

Tracks are available
here, and include: Take Off by Marco Di Marco, Wake Up by Herbert, Don't Know Malendro by DJ Gregory, I got Somebody by Gerog Levin, and This Thing by D'Nell.



Stop and Listen Vol 5. - Masters at Work

Excellent stuff... possibly the best title in this already great series. Kenny Dope and Little Louie Vega have put together this catchy-killer set of tracks with the groove running from Latin to House to Funk to Soul to Disco and back again. Sounds like a hodge-podge effort, but the Masters At Work team make it work beautifully, and its stunned at how you'll barely notice the transition between songs and moods...just more proof of the deep well of influences that Kenny and Louie are able to blend into a whole new sound and style of dancefloor rhythms.

1Karen Ramirez — Troubled Girl
2Boris Gardiner — Melting Pot
3Candido — Thousand Fingered Man
4Pepe Braddock — Deep Burnt
5Blaze — Wishin' you were here (joey negro dub)
6Isolee — Beau Mot plage
7Taana Gardner — When you touch me
8Joe Claussel — Je ka jo
9Eddie Palmieri — Puerto rico
10Sun palace — Rude movements
11Gwen Gutherie — Seventh heaven
12Cleptomaniacs — Numero Uno
13Fania All Stars — Coro Miyare
14Jazz Samba Encore — Saudabe Vem Correndo
15Nina Simone — See line woman
16Breakestra — Getcho Soul Togetha (pt 1 & pt2)
17Slum village — 2U4U
18Jill Scott — Slowly Surely
19Doug Carn — Time is running out
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***You will need both parts to play, file is one mp3


Uncle Junior's Friday Fish Fry- The Market

DJ Djiniji Brown's second album, Uncle Junior's Friday Fish Fry, takes the listener on a fascinating journey around the world and through time to stitch together some truly funky, earthy beats into a mix that will get you on the floor and keep you there. It is also interesting enough for headphone listening. The seamless flow takes in diverse sources like blaxploitation soundtracks, Afro-funk, smooth house, dub, funk, hip-hop, Latin jazz, and Cuban sounds. All the tracks are first-class dance music, and the set's awash in some classic 70s funk and Latin tunes, set next to newer tracks that were clearly inspired by the older ones - and which manage to borrow their influence without sanding things down too much

Browns mixing skills are solid but unspectacular; his strength lies in the selection of the tracks and in the juxtaposition of sounds, cultures, and rhythms. Easily one of the top albums on Soul'd Out.

1. Take Off Your Shoes (Intro)
2. Dennis Coffey and Luchi De Jesus - 'Theme From Black Belt Jones'
3. Mongo Santamaria - 'O Mi Shango'
4. NuSpirit Helsinki - 'Makoomba'
5. Afronaught - 'Transcend Me'
6. DJ Spinna feat. Shaun Escoffery - 'The Music In Me'
7. DJ Jazzy Jeff feat. Erro - 'Rock Wit You (Osunlade's Yoruba Soul Mix)'
8. Totico y Sus Rumberos - 'Noche Cubana'
9. Gregoy Isaacs - 'Crofs (Slum Dub)'
10. Vinia Mojica and Geology - 'Sands Of Time'
11. Peven Everett - 'Testin Me'
12. Brass Construction - 'Movin'
13. Manu Dibango - 'African Battle'
14. Djinji Brown - 'Blue Hunny (Roots In The Jungle Mix)'
15. Roc Hunter - 'Isto E Samba (Commentary Mix)'
16. Agent K. - 'Hands'
17. Marion Brown - 'Don't Take Your Love From Me (Solo Sax)'
18. Quiet Time (Outro)


Emil Richards & The Microtonal Blues Band - Journey to Bliss

A fantastic bit of "Eastern" tinged jazz, and a real musical Journey To Bliss on its own. Vibist Emil Richards really outdoes himself here, working in an exotic mode that features lots of weird percussion over choppy modal grooves from keyboards, guitar, and drums...all in a wild blend of rhythms and grooves played by Richards and his Microtonal Blues Band.

Richards started playing the xylephone at age six. In the 1950s and 1960s he played various percussion instruments with jazz ensembles first in New York and then in Los Angeles, where he settled permanently in1959 . He became known as one of the most desirable percussionists in jazz, rock and other popular music and was called on to play in countless movie and television soundtracks.

Richards soon became a "first call" percussionist for the Hollywood film industry, and has played for hundreds of films. He has played for many groups, including The Doors, George Harrison, and Frank Sinatra.

Players on Journey to Bliss include Tom Tedesco and Dennis Budimir on guitar, Dave MacKay on keyboards, and Joe Porcaro on drums. All players handle a variety of instruments, as does Richards, who must play dozens of different percussion elements on the set. Features some great short groovers and groovy pop-Eastern sound.


Creative Musicians 2 -- More Highly Underrated Masterpieces From The Funk Era

An incredible batch of funky jams in a seemingly disparate range that burns together beautifully. The set has an appropriately grimy fashion with a gutterfunk blast that would make even the JBs blush. The energy carries throughout the rest of the set, with curator Florian Keller's track list featuring powerhouse soul, percussion & keys instrumentals, psychedelic flourishes, soul grunts, and leftfield numbers from funky funky Europe.

1. Jimmy Lynch - fucking up
2. Faruk Green – faith
3. Josephine Jones & The Raw Soul - candy man
4. Betty Barney - momma momma
5. Liz Mc Call - double determination
6. Bo Baral - no time to wallow in the myrrh
7. Bobby Wayne - you're blowing my mind
8. Ruff Francis - give me mercy
9. James Lewis – manifesto
10. Pamoja - oh baby
11. Energetics - you make me nothing
12. Family Affair - i had a friend
13. The Malcouns - something going wrong
14. Jimmy Lynch - let a woman be a woman, let a man be a man
15. David Robinson - i'm a carpenter
16. Darling Dears & Funky Heavy Production - and i love you
17. Madeleine Bell - love is all you need
18. Joe Marcinkievicz - tomorrow’s time
19. Frank Hatchett - galaxy medley

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V/A - The Kings of Jazz (Compiled by Gilles Peterson and Jazzanova)

Gilles Peterson digs out obscure gems from well-known jazz masters and Jazzanova gets to play with the contemporary forces

An impressive diverse collection. What more can you ask for compiled by two specialists in the genre of the jazzy dance, veteran Giles Peterson and West Germany's finest mixmen Jazzanova. Side 1 is more traditional with classics, while disc 2 is Jazzanova's cutting edge choice of nu jazz grooves remaining pretty cool sleek and downtempo. Whatever your choice of jazz there should be something here for you whether it's the grooves and base, or the seductive horns, crashing piano, or laid back jazzy electronica. Even if you are one of these people who instantly say, "I'm not into jazz", you'll be crossing over once you've heard this collection of kings.


Gilles Peterson’s selection: “The History
01 Donald Byrd - Cristo Redentor
02 Clifford Brown / Marx Roach Quintet - George’s Dilemma
03 Roy Haynes - Quiet Fire
04 Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Spirits Up Above
05 Charles Mingus - Moves
06 Arthur Blythe - Autumn in New York (Part One)
07 Mark Murphy - My Favorite Things
08 Lee Konitz - Five, Four and Three
09 The Jazz Crusaders - Young Rabbits
10 Art Blakey - Anthenagin
11 John Coltrane - Equinox
12 Bill Evans - Peace Piece

Jazzanova’s selection: “The Present
01 4 Hero - Spirits in Transi
t02 [re:jazz] - Inner City Life
03 Nikki O - Butterflies
04 Jeffrey Smith - Afro Blue
05 Sleep Walker feat. Bembe Segue - Into the Sun (KJM Edit)
06 Two Banks of Four - One Day
07 The Five Corners Quintet - Trading Eights
08 Shaun Escoffery - Breaking Away (Koop Remix)
09 Bembe Segue - Mother of the future (Live Version)
10 Soil & “Pimp” Sessions - Waltz for Goddess
11 United Future Organization - Loud Minority
12 Sunaga T Experience - No Reason No Rhyme (Nicola Conte plays a Mode for Tatsuo)
13 The Matthew Herbert Big Band - Everything’s Changed


Movers -- A Collection Of Greasy Soul, Sleaze Funk, Psychedelic Cumbia, Fuzzy Jazz, & More

Here are some rarities some people would chew their right arm off for. Movers is about as fine a sampler we could have asked for from the funky archaeologists at VampiSoul records. This is real dirty soul: some of the production is appalling, raw, untouched, and it’s precisely this which gives the finishing touch to the energy, the raw soul energy.

You’ll hear horn lines lifted straight from James Brown, Lucho Macedo’s version of Tito Puente’s ‘Guayaba’, and The Soul Survivors version of Otis Redding’s ‘Respect’, among other gems.

The fuzziness reaches levels you rarely come across and the whole collection demands massive respect for Vampisoul for yet again pulling some classics out of the vaults. Here are four Spanish and American filthy soul tracks to get you going.