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Chuck Wild

Chuck Wild aka Captain Planet is a DJ / Producer / MC / Artist / Professional NICE GUY. Know to many as one of The Beatards trio, known to others as the masked crusader of global stank who produced The Gumbo Funk EP as well as a slew of remixes that can be heard wherever people with a taste for funk exist.

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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

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

    I agree with Dangerscouse. Love these picks!!

  • 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!!

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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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It’s All A Blur

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Time was once a friend of mine. We’d spend the afternoon skateboarding in the grocery store parking lot, practicing a single trick on a curb for an entire afternoon- fully contented with our day’s efforts. We used to go for long bike rides through the city to the beach, headphones on, music loud, not a care in the world. Time and me would stay up late, then sleep in later. We’d move at a comfortable pace from season to season, watching clouds drift and leaves blow, thinking big rambling thoughts in circles, feeling quite alright without coming to a definitive conclusion.

But oh how things have changed. My old friend time is not the same. These days I’m chasing fragments of thoughts as they flee from looming concrete demands that will not compromise. With time no longer on my team, the daydreams become to-do lists, and the lists are endless. I’m trying to figure out a way to patch things up, I still believe it’s possible, but without time the map is blurry.

From this frazzled state, in desperate need of peace of mind, it’s my oldest homie Music who keeps reminding me that there is hope. That time isn’t mad at me afterall, just busy with his own meanderings, while I’m the one who’s changed. Music still gets me high in 3 minute doses, showing me possible worlds that have yet to be explored. Now more than ever, each effective song is precious. And today’s selection are effective indeed! Very cool flag/blanket above comes courtesy of Nacho Becerra.

  • Jon

    Man, this entry hit me right in the feels. Been a fan for years, keep up the good work!

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