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Offering To The Altar

Ok ok, so after my last playlist it became pretty clear that more than a few of you are really thirsty for more funk and soul… I hear you loud and clear, but today is not your day, sorry. Soon enough, because I have heaps more where those soulful gems came from. Instead, I’m getting super psyched for my Saturday night set at Beloved Festival way up in Oregon this weekend. I have never been, but I’ve been hearing great things about this gathering for years and I feel honored to be part of the line-up (sandwiched in between Quantic with Fémina & my old friend Nickodemus). So today’s selections are skewed in the direction of late night tribal raving deep in the forest of the Northwest. Sorry again to the classic funk fiends, but roll with me on this one and try to imagine yourself surrounded by redwood trees and hippies with facepaint on and not much else, in front of a massive sound system, joints loosened up from a yoga session, chakras aligned after a recent soundbath, and then these tunes come blasting full force… hopefully it all makes more sense that way. For more cool photography capturing vodou ceremonies in Brooklyn, check out Shannon Taggart.

  • Drea Olson

    You’re going to LOVE Beloved. Sorry I won’t be there this year, but I’ll bet dollars to dimes you’ll be there with your family next year!!! Have fun meeting some amazing global artists and may your set be epic! ~Drea

  • Jake

    Another great playlist! Did I forget too mention this is my other fave genre! Thanks for sharing.

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Nova Vida Remix

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some new production work, but don’t worry, I’ve been busy! Lots more good music in the pipeline ready to share. This latest “Nova Vida” remix I did for my DJ homie Allen French brings together some smooth Brazilian vocals with deep dancefloor bass, perfect for Summer soireés and poolside parties. It’s out now on the very hip French label Kitsuné. Press play and prepare to bounce…

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Living Room Rave

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There are more than a few activities I love doing, which I am now finding it increasingly difficult to find time for in my new dad life: bike rides, yoga, record digging, writing blog posts (once a month used to make me feel guilty)… However, there is one great joy (mostly absent until recently) that has now become a daily routine, helping to keep me sane while providing a solid musical education for my baby at the same time. I’m talking, of course, about the living room dance party. I feel blessed to have a generally happy kid, but when I drop the needle on a record in front of her and demonstrate the proper wrist action for turning up the volume, she becomes ecstatic. Bounce, twirl, shake, repeat. I put together this new batch of songs with these dance sessions in mind (apologies in advance to my downstairs neighbors). I have so much more good music to share, hopefully it won’t take as long for me to put up the next post. Cheers to funky Frenchman Claude Viallat for providing today’s visual flourish.

  • Kidcastro

    OK I have to comment again….I can’t get enough of these tunes. So refreshing…thank you!! Funk has been absent for sooooo long….so thank you!! More FUNK and SOUL please!!

  • Jake

    Great tunes. Back to how it was. This is why I started coming here. Global funk, soul and wickedness. Best tunes in a long, long time!

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Here It Comes

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Been a long time since I was in school, but I still always feel the communal good vibes of early Summer when kids suddenly multiply in the street. June feels like a constant excuse to work a little less hard. Partly because of this natural mystic that’s in the air, and partly because I’m 11 hours deep into the amazing patois goldmine that is the audiobook of A Brief History Of Seven Killings, I’m extra inspired to share some dancehall sounds (even if most of these songs aren’t from Jamaica). I also played a bunch of these alongside my homie DJ Nadi up in Mendocino over the weekend at Enchanted Forest Festival and it’s clear that the afro-soca dancehall stylee is hitting hard this year. Wouldn’t be surprised to hear Beyonce on an Afrobeat track before 2017 is done. Enjoy the beats & ciao for now…

  • jm

    Thanks for all the music. Listening to KMLN – Alhambra (feat. Dirtwire) from last post “Staying Alive” which has sounds like a tube effect on a steel drum? and reminding me of Henrik Schwarz & Amampondo – I Exist Because Of You (Henrik Schwarz Live Version). Sorry for commenting in the wrong post. Love what you’re doing. jm

  • Marc E Hughes

    Fantastic! Thanks for these tracks! I can’t stop listening to them.

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Stayin Alive

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OOOF, no time no time, nothing new. Just wanted to drop off a big batch of fresh eclectic tunes before all of you lose faith in this place! I can still deliver the goods haha. Some mellower sounds that have been keeping my head on straight lately while I navigate the nonstop madness. Find someone to slow wine with and press play. Artwork above comes from Kerry James Marshall who has a retrospective up at LA MOCA right now.

  • joyce maynard

    very nice. and i love the art work.

  • Kris O.

    I’ll echo Jake. Was craving the next batch of fresh tunes, but also cutting you slack, all you need, due to vastly more important priorities…hahaha!

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No Chill

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Keeping the energy super high today with a selection of global dancehall, reggaeton, kuduro, techno, trap, heavy bass bizniz. Just felt like I needed an injection of high voltage electrons myself to get up to speed this week. I hope this bounty of sonic double D batteries help’s you kick off Monday properly! Shout out to my man DJ Nadi who hipped me to Tomokazu Matsuyama (imagery above) and made the nasty mash-up that I included in this week’s playlist.

  • Alex

    really great selection on here! Thanks as ever . Sadly link to Make money not working :(

  • Justin Simonsen

    Link to Make Money is working again. That track is $ in the bank. Like So too, wow! Thanks for keeping my iPod happy.

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