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Understanding the Understated

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After a highly refreshing getaway to Palm Springs with my lady over the weekend, I feel fully equipped to dive head first into the very busy work week ahead (making an album is hard work). But first, let’s set things up properly with an inspiring soundtrack of new acquisitions. As per usual, I have shameless stolen many of these selections from other DJ mixes I listened to over the past couple of weeks. But something tells me you aren’t mad about it. Shout out to Mr. Assin for putting me on to the hypnotic slow building grooves of Umoja. This guy seems to have mastered the understated with a patience that I find almost impossible to bring to my own work. The new album from Kaytranada very well might be one of my favorites to come out this year, super solid start to finish. Other tunes this week include some mellow non-dancefloor house business and some really chilled out soulful sounds from Mop Mop and the forever dope harp queen Dorothy Ashby. Shout out to LA WEEKLY for the great feature today on Brit Manor who’s mini-album (which I produced) drops Friday, so stoked for that!

  • surian

    Great playlist! peace.

  • Dangerscouse

    Lovin these tunes. Kaytranada is a big fav of mine too. Also really enjoying Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band’s ’55’; funk, soul and steel drums, (what else do you need??!!) and Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate’s ‘Monistic Theory’ even better than the excellent Faya. Pure African joy in this one.

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Mixtape Riot Radio #14

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Back with a new episode of MTR Radio for BrooklynRadio.com. As always, fresh eclectic soulful sounds from near and far. The mix starts off with some mellower material from Jamie Woon & Miguel, then picks up the pace midway with funky dancefloor material from Psychemagik, JKriv & Bonobo, before bringing it all the way back down with the latest from Anderson .Paak & Bibio. A lot of familiar material for you regular readers, but there’s a few in here that you probably haven’t heard yet, plus you get to hear me yap a bit.

For the full tracklist as well as a link to download the mix, proceed to the BrooklynRadio page, and while you’re there, be sure to check out any past episodes you may have missed along with some of the other great shows on the site.

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Brit Manor “Wheels Of Eternity”

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WOOHOO! It feels like an entire era of working with my talented friend Brit Manor is finally coming to fruition. Today marks the release of the first single from her upcoming Only Child EP on Bastard Jazz Records. “Wheels Of Eternity” (produced by yours truly) is a funky punky disco track, with transcendental lyrics about death and reincarnation. Expect nothing less from this creative powerhouse! She’s truly one of a kind and I’m thrilled for this full eclectic set of songs to finally spread out into the world. Shout out to the badass AfroPunk.com for featuring the premier along with some poignant words from Brit herself. Please support by grabbing a download of the track and pre-order the EP because you don’t want to snooze on this!

  • Theek

    Got a really Prince-y vibe to it which is appropriate. I love this!!

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Purple Haze

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I’m sure you’ve all been going through your own process of dealing with the very sad news of Prince’s departure, and that has probably included binge listening to many of his classics. With that in mind, I decided not to post another “best of” list, but I did feel obliged to acknowledge this legend of modern music, one of the most prolific, creative and unique voices of our era. I’m sharing Dimitri’s re-edit of “I Wanna Be Your Lover” first off, because it’s brilliant, but also because I heard Dimitri himself play this at A Club Called Rhonda on the first date I ever had with my (now) wife. I hope it helps someone else out there find a lover too. Then there’s a fresh voice from up-n-coming LA rapper Pell who randomly showed up at my DJ gig on Saturday night and got super hype when I told him I had been listening to his album and dropped his single “Queso” produced by Dave Sitek. Very funky shit, for lovers of the Pharcyde. Miguel getting remixed by Tame Impala?!? I don’t have to tell you it’s good, the waviness factor is waaaay better than Rihanna singing on top of “New Person, Same Old Mistakes”. My collaborator friend from Argentina La Yegros is back with a new album of future cumbia on Soundway records and I’m loving this “Chicha Roja” tune in particular. My old friend Skyla hit me up with a fresh batch of recent Trini Soca gold, and all I want to do is listen to “Boom Bam” 1,000 times in a row. Someone needs to convince Skyla to become a DJ, but until that day I will happily keep stealing her hits. From the UK, Afriquoi hit’s the future Afro-house sweet spot on “Carnabala”. Stay tuned for more from them soon. Aroop Roy takes us down to Brazil on the tastefully techno-infused “Quem Vai Querer”. French newcomer Fakear brings the recent AlunaGeorge smash into deep Middle-Eastern desert vibes. Perhaps my favorite Dominican singer of the moment, Fuego, wastes no time in covering Drake’s new moombahton crossover “One Dance”. Check Fuego’s cover of Hotline Bling for some more heat. Rounding out the set this week is Bibio’s super-chill retro-pop feel-good masterpiece “Town & Country”. As you can see, I’m trying to give you guys the same little notes as always, while still providing the continuous playback like before. Thanks for all your comments, keep em coming! I always like hearing from you.

  • NewLife

    Dope post, as always, homie.

  • Tod Stevenson

    Bumping Carnabala in my new office bro! I even got a subwoofer pushing out the bass!

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Working Out The Kinks

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So the yahoo audio player that I’ve been using for 7 years on this site, finally kicked the dust. Time to switch things up a bit. I’ve managed to install something new that can at least catch all my old embedded MP3 links and keep them available to you, but I may switch to some form of embedded playlist (like the one below) moving forward in order to keep playback continuous (without automatically starting playback when the page opens). Please feel free to chime in on the comments with any thoughts/ideas you may have. Do you prefer a playlist like this, or the old style of individual songs with comments (even if it means no continuous playback)? Bunch of new goodies for you here today…

  • nomad12

    Thanks for all the Good Music! I guess that old player had it all. I like the comments with the tracks, but I think the continuous playback is key, unless you can figure out a way to make a combined track download for each post (was I missing that before, or was that only w/ 3rd party programs)? Anyways, thanks again, and what ever you work out, your time and effort to share all this great music is much appreciated.

  • anita

    thank you for sharing this post
    I’m happy to discover and follow your blog

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Just A Groove

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I’m busy back in the Los Angeles hustle, but I wanted to sneak in a couple handfuls worth of new music acquisitions. What ties these songs together today? Not a lot, except that there’s a bit more Brazilian sauce in the mix. Some older tunes that snuck through the cracks, some new material for the dancefloor, everything with a solid groove to keep you in boogie mode through the weekend.

Biggabush :       Ilu Baje

Tim Maia :       Vou Com Gás &       Terapêutica do Grito

Hot Chip :       Easy To Get

Spoon :       Was It You (Home Demo)

Souleance :       Ratatouille

Nod One’s Head :       Secret Love (Extended Mix)

Flume :       Never Be Like You ft. Kai (Disclosure Remix)

Nora En Pure :       True

Rhythm Staircase :       Ritual

Sonzeira :       Bam Bam Bam ft. Seu Jorge & Giovanca

Céu :       A Nave Vai &       Sangria

  • Wytse

    Céu’s ‘Sangria’ is mesmerizing, thank you for this selection Charlie!

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