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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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Metron Musik Mix

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Sometimes it takes a surprising amount of prodding to do something that I know I want to do anyway. That’s the case with this mix I made for the great website Metron Creative Studios. They have a wonderfully curated mix series featuring soulful, spacious, organic sounds from DJ’s from around the world. As I started listening to some of the other mixes (El Buho, Chancha Via Circuito, Barda), I realized pretty quickly that this would be an opportunity to get away from the high energy, fill-up-the-dancefloor tracks that I’m often known for playing in my live Captain Planet sets. It’s been far too long since I made a mix focusing on the slower, deeper, more introspective songs that I love,  taking listeners on a journey inward rather than just across the dancefloor. So that was what I did, and I’m quite satisfied with the result. Whether this mix provides the soundtrack for a roadtrip, or a yoga practice, or a design session in your own creative space, I hope the beauty of these songs help you connect with someplace deep inside. Check out the full tracklist and accompanying interview here on the Metron page.

Download of the mix available here

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Molecules

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It’s pretty easy to be disheartened by the state of affairs in my world right now, but I’m relying on my music to do what it always has done, since our ancient ancestors were banging sticks on stones and coming together around a campfire despite whatever famine was upon them, despite the sabertooth tiger that had recently stolen their sibling, despite the ice age that couldn’t have been cozy before the invention of long underwear. But music was there and they were using it, not simply to escape their reality, but to create an alternate dimension right there around them, filling a shared space with positive energy while physically transforming molecules with rhythmic vibrations. When the problems seem immense, I often like to search the infinitesimal for light. Positivity is a transformational force no matter how small the act that produced it. I like to think that something as simple as sharing music can go a long way. For more information on the beautiful Cueva de los Cristales, pictured above, read here.

Disclosure :       Molecules
glad to hear these guys singing on their own productions, always top notch

Bob Moses :       Hands To Hold
deep soul from the circuitry, from this duo

The Acid :       Ra (David Agust Remix) deeper still, this one takes you past the stratosphere thanks to this Berlin dj

Jungle :       Time (Darius Remix) very nice dancefloor ready remix from this funky Frenchman

Kraak & Smaak :       Mountain Top the ever trustworthy K&S

Detroit Swindle :       Live At The Cosmic Carnival deep tribal percussive house music, thanks DJ Gozar for this one

Polica :       Lime Habit very interesting alternative sounds on the latest album from this group

Santigold :       Chasing Shadows &       Before The Fire been waiting paitiently for the new Santi, and although I’m not crazy about every song, the good ones are really good.

Manatee Commune :       Simple Lessons really beautiful organic vibes from this new artist on the Bastard Jazz label, check the full EP and stay tuned for a full-length soon.

Sam Gellaitry :       Dreamscapes more heat from this wunderkind

Jack Garratt :       Worry &       The Love You're Given something about the old Irish folk meets moody electronic vibe here is really working for me

 

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