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In The Gray

In The Gray

Perfectly timed for all your Summer BBQ & pool party soundtracks, this second single from my upcoming Captain Planet album has arrived, ready to mash up a dancefloor near you- or at least keep your head nodding while you fan yourself and try to keep cool. I originally made this riddim (featuring horns by The Lions) for a Katy B remix which got a lot of love, but was passed on by the label so I could never officially release it- wack. Because no good riddim should ever go to waste, I enlisted the talents of my good friend and frequent collaborator Brit Laurén. She killed it so thoroughly I’ve already forgotten what Katy sounded like. In The Gray is out now on 7″ (I see you vinyl heads!!!) and digitally courtesy of Bastard Jazz Records, GET IT HERE. Huge shout out to the ever-reliable OkayAfrica blog for premiering the song yesterday and giving it a great review. And stay tuned, the full album Esperanto Slang drops in September…

  • WJ

    Very cool.

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Bad Patriot

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To celebrate America’s birthday this year, my boo and I made a last minute mission south of the border to the land where fireworks are legal, tacos are plentiful, and the mariscos are as fresh as they are cheap. It’s been a pretty hectic past couple weeks, rocking at parties in NYC, including an all-star bash at The 303 with Nickodemus & DRM, and another edition of my monthly BKLA party at the James Hotel with DJ Cato & Geko Jones (where none other than David Byrne was getting down on the dance floor!!!). I’m also very happy to say that my next Captain Planet album is officially DONE, and will be going off to get mastered next week. In the meanwhile, I’ve been loading up on tons of new tunes, raiding hard drives and trainspotting shamelessly like always, and those gems will gradually find there way onto this site, starting with this weekend’s selection of goodies.

Sinkane : Hold Tight

Hollie Cook : 99 & Ari Up

Lana Del Rey : West Coast (The Grades Icon Mix)

Chris Malinchak ft. Mikky Ekko : Stranger

De Lux : Better At Making Time

Bag Raiders : Nairobi

That Girl With Dark Eyes : Lonely As A Wolf (Overjoy Remix)

Zhu : Faded (Rainer + Grimm Remix)

Route 94 ft. Jess Glynne : My Love

Fatima : Do Better & Ridin Round (Sky High)

  • Jon

    WOW David Byrne dancing, awesome! Nobody dances like him man!

  • B

    Hey man, I love the selection this week! Been following you blog for a little while, now. Let us know where you’re playing next time you’re in New York!

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Pun Pun Catalu Remix

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Merengue-meets-trap craziness cooked up by me and my homie Canyon Cody (Subsuelo mastermind and Planet Rock cohort). Canyon also works at Nacional records and helps organize the LAMC in NYC, which is where he met the current owner of the legendary Fania Records. It is thanks to him that I had the honor of getting access to some original multi-track tapes from this late-70′s session with La Reina Celia Cruz and the gangster trombonist extraordinaire Willie Colon. While this wouldn’t have been my first choice of songs to remix from their massive catalogue, it did lend itself quite nicely for a half-time heavy-bottom flip up, which is something that Canyon & I like to play a lot of at our weekly Saturday night get down. Press play and be ready for a quick dose of sonic adrenaline. Also, big shout out to SPIN.com for premiering it yesterday!

  • dawn

    Very cool thanks. Passed it on to my DJ nephew who’s been looking for something to get them sweating here in Freezzing Cape Town…

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¡Viva Fania!

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LoMato

I had the absolute pleasure (& honor) of being the guest DJ at this week’s Subsuelo party at East Side Luv on Thursday night. This party has been one of my favorite gatherings in LA since I first moved here (almost 4 years ago! damn time flies), and now I’m happy to call every member of the crew who promotes the night my friend. Still, this is only my second time DJ-ing there, and despite the fact that I DJ in or around LA 2-3 nights a week, it’s a very rare occasion when I can play a set like the one I did this week. For starters, we were celebrating 50 years of Fania Records- for those unschooled, this is the quintessential NYC salsa record label- the same record label that fueled all my vinyl DJ sets at Bembe back in the day when I was just cutting my teeth. Then there was a live performance from Boogaloo Assasins (who absolutely killed it), and sounded about as legit as any classic Latin outfit I’ve heard since seeing Cachao, Tito Puente & Eddie Palmieri play together. And finally, Canyon Cody and I were celebrating the release of our official remix for Fania which drops next week. So that’s exciting too. Anyway, playing a lot of those classics got me inspired to pull out a playlist of some old staples of mine that haven’t seen the light of day in way too long. They aren’t all Fania, but in the vein, and strictly 60′s & 70′s recordings, which still sound perfectly fresh to my ears.

Willie Colon : La Murga & La Banda
the very same gangster trombonist pictured above.

Tito Puente : Batuka
this song is about as proto-moombahton as it gets, 108bpm, huge build, dem bow conga riddim, just recorded 40 years earlier.

Celia Cruz : Quimbara
the cuban cantante powerhouse. So thankful I got to see her live in Central Park shortly before she passed.

Batacumbele : Se Le Ve
a cuban poly-rhythm masterpiece

Marvin Santiago : Fuego A La Jicotea
this is what you call “salsa dura”, which basically means it burns up the dancefloor

Ray Barretto : The Soul Drummers & Acid
early boogaloo from the funky spiritual hippie conguero of the Fania crew.

Ralph Robles : Banana Juana
a lost feel-good boogaloo gem that you still won’t find in the iTunes store.

Mongo Santamaria : O Mi Shango
santeria funk jazz fusion delivered from another legendary conguero

Cachao Y Su Combo : Malanga Amarilla
a super oldie from Cuba that still swings

Joe Bataan : Ordinary Guy (Afrofilipino version)
and a little something smoothed out to finish off the set. This is one of maybe 10 versions of this song that Mr. Bataan recorded, perhaps the most laid back of the bunch.

 

  • Dangerscouse

    Listen to ’1992 Pt II’ by Too Many Ts. I could listen to it all day long….funky, bouncy, flute loop hiphop.

  • Lyle

    Great songs. I’m so excited to start listening to the ones I don’t have (and the ones I have are terrific).

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Ay Chi Mamones

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When I’m overwhelmed or frustrated by one of the bajillion tribulations that life throws my way on a daily basis, my go-to saying of choice, which somehow immediately manages to make me feel better, is “AY CHI MAMONES”. Rather than falling back on the classic Mexican derived slang mamón, I like to insert the plural version with reference to this mysterious fruit that I’ve never tried. A whole bundle of these mamones for every spilled glass of coffee, every inattentive driver that cuts me off, every new bill that comes in my mailbox and gets added to the pile of others that remain unpaid. There has been a veritable forest of mamoncillo trees springing out from my throat this past month. But thankfully this simple vocalization continues to produce a sweet/sour fruit in place of what could be pure cow dung. With all that said, I apologize again for the lack of recent posts, for this site going offline temporarily, for the new design-in-progress which lacks much of the flare of the old one… I’m working on it, and planting more mamoncillo trees in the meantime.

Lost Midas : Head Games ft. Audris

MNEK : Every Little Word

Cherokee : Don’t Matter ft. Darianna Everett

John Milk : The Fool (Disco Reggae Mix)

Broadway Sounds : Something Sensual & Booby Trap

Donnell Jones : U Know Whats Up (Option4 Remix)

Pharrell ft. Jay-Z : Frontin’ (Disclosure Remix)

ZHU : Paradise Awaits

Hervé & Zebra Katz : Tear The House Up

Curtis Harding : Keep On Shining

Dom La Nena : Batuque (Jeremy Sole & Atropolis Remix)

Oceaán : Need U & Your Side

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Un Poquito Más

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I’ve been anxiously awaiting the day when I could share this one with you all. I’ve been a huge fan of Marcos Garcia (aka Chico Mann) since I first saw Antibalas back in Brooklyn circa 2003. When he dropped his first Manifest Tone EP I had him come by for an interview and guest DJ set on my Passport radio show on WNYU. I probably have a recording of that somewhere and I need to dig it up… Anyway, jump ahead many years and I finally got close to a proper collabo with my remix of his single “I Feel It”. I started sending him beats hoping that one of them would catch his interest, and sure enough it finally worked. “Un Poquito Más” is the first single from my upcoming full-length on Bastard Jazz Records, with melodic marimba vibes, heavy bass, cracking drums and suave vocals by Chico, I hope you agree it’s a winner. If you dig it, please support and spread the word! Big shout out to the Vice blog Thump for the premier and positive (albeit heavily misspelled) review.

  • paw andersen

    awesome. love it

    paw, cph

  • Dangerscouse

    Really looking forward to the album. Got a few recommendations for ya…

    Fimber Bravo- ‘Con-fusion’ if Hot Chip did a steel band album this would be it
    Gabrielle Poso- Invocation- it’s on Agogo Records so you know it’s gonna be good
    Lee Fields & Expressions- you’ll know about this one
    See I- Knowledge Shine Bright- and you’ll know this one too
    Nick Mulvey- First Mind – for something a bit more laidback

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