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Dreamin Again

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Had a couple great parties this week in beautiful San Francisco and I was happy to bring out some future funk and nouveau disco that had been sitting in my crates dormant for too long. Shout outs to Will Magid, Zebuel and the Smoked Out Soul crew for throwing down on Wednesday, and big up to DJ Matt Haze for inviting me to rock the Academy of Sciences beer festival (on a stage situated between a man made rainforest and an underwater aquarium)! Now I’m finally going to get my ass back down to LA to my home sweet home and my long lost studio. Truth is, I’m fiending to get back to work. Enjoy this week’s playlist- may it kick off a dance party someplace near you. Pic above comes from one of the many mind-bending architectural achievements that are almost commonplace in Singapore.

Little Dragon :       Pretty Girls (Tall Black Guy Disco Love Remix) yet another heater from Detroit beat maestro TBG

LUXXURY :       Take It Slow listen to these guys and do what the song says

Electric Wire Hustle :       Brother Sun ft. Kimbra (Rodi Kirk & Aron Ottignon Version) one of my absolute favorite releases to come out on Bastard Jazz last year

La Fine Equipe :       Make U Greedy new discovery- heavy duty take on an oft-sampled classic by these funky frenchmen

Dr Packer :       Sunshine there’s a wealth of edits and re-works from this Aussie

Escort :       Barbarians (Rance Muhammitz Dub) keeping the spirit of Studio 54 alive and well in Brooklyn

Tom Of Finland :       Dreamin Again

Space Coast :       Get Away (JKriv Remix) truly irresistible bass line drops at the 1 minute mark

Joey Negro :       Free Bass (Funk Equation Mix)

The Sunburst Band :       Taste The Groove (Hot Toddy Mix) this one for me starts around the 2 minute mark- then get ready for the drop

Nina Simone :       Come Ye (Harry Vanvagen Remix)
new alt-ego from my global bass homie Thornato, really really diggin it

Bibio :       Feeling OOF! Sly Stone gets channeled on this one from an eclectic UK producer

Breakbot :       2Good4Me perhaps my favorite discovery in the past couple of weeks, do yourself a favor and check the video too

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Culture Shock

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After three and a half months traveling in Asia, I’ve returned to California, and I must say, it feels really nice to be eating cheese and drinking wine. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to travel, for the countless eye opening experiences and new friends made, for the raucous parties and the jaw-dropping sights. Somehow it all makes me feel more grateful to come home to a place as special as California, and even appreciative of being from the U.S. (which is not something I’m always proud of). I’m taking it slow right now, getting over jet lag and a nasty eye infection I got on the flight, so rather than hit you with a bunch of high energy dance music, allow me to take you on a little mellow journey around the soundsphere- adding some new stamps to your passport along the way. Today’s playlist has retro sounds from West Africa, the Caribbean, Asia, South America, the Middle East and Europe– a true mix of gumbo funk reminiscent of the old Captain’s Crate days.

Amara Toure :       N'nijo &       Salamouti Guinea Conakry – thanks to Analog Africa

Los Zafiros :       Bossa Cubana &       La Luna en Tu Mirada Cuba

Charlie & The Boys :       Dance With Soul Singapore

Angkanang Kunchai :       Lam Plearn Mee Mia Laew Pai Thailand – thanks to Soundway Records

Thepporn Petchubon :       Fang Jai Viangjan Thailand

Unknown Artist :       Cambodian Mystery Song Cambodia – from one of many burned CD’s I bought in a market in Siem Reap

Mbongwana Star :       Malukayi &       1 million c'est quoi? Democratic Republic of the Congo – one of my favorite records of 2015

Los Corraleros De Majagual :       Sueltala Pa' Que Se Defiendo Colombia

Samir Hanna :       Lbesna Sharawil Jdoudna Lebanon

Ozdemir Erdogan :       Gurbet Turkey

Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba :       Borongoli Ma Kununban &       Fama Magni Mali – another great one from last year

Salvatore Adamo :       En Blue Jeans Et Blouson Belgium – strangely enough, I discovered this one listening to radio in a taxi in Seoul, Korea

  • Koenski

    just heard ”taske it easy”- LUXURY, wow, dat bassline !. Me,myself and I play bass and appreciate thsi a lot.
    Voices reminded me a bit of just anillusion -Imagination.
    Always great to know there is likeminded peeps across da pond, keepthangs funky friend !
    greetings from that littrle other ”land of the free” Holland aka the Netherlands. koensk

  • Dawn

    Mbongwana Stars 1 Million is feeding my soul, over and over, thank you…

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Bollywood New Year

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Happy 2016 everybody! I hope you all rang it in loud and proud. Apologies for my absence, I’ve been on a serious tour de force for the past month, traveling to South Korea, China, and all throughout India. Mainly INDIA. The wi-fi has been scant, and even when I apparently had full bars of signal, the kilobytes per second of transmission were slim to none, so blogging was basically an impossibility. India blew my mind about 100 times daily. It was overwhelming and discomforting from day one, but thankfully I’m someone who appreciates being out of my comfort zone. From the delicious dosas of Chennai, to the hazy filthy holy madness of Varanasi, to the crowded bustling streets of Bombay, through the maze-like bazaar of Delhi, to the glory of the Taj in Agra, and finally finishing with a bit of relaxation surrounded by picturesque beaches and endless sunsets in Goa– India was very real. I also had the insane opportunity of DJ-ing for the actual Maharaja of Jodhpur in the medieval Mehrangarh Fort (see pic above), while spending several nights at the Umaid Bhawan Palace!!! It was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I’ve gained about 5 pounds in pure curry, and made many new friends, and I’ve also acquired a hearty stash of Bollywood music which I will begin to share with you today. I’ve had a fair share of old school 70’s Bollywood funk for years, but the newer music on the radio is what I was focussed on this trip. You have to have a bit of a taste for cheese here, and an appreciation for the accompanying videos and movies is helpful too. But if you’re like me, then these songs will find their way into a playlist of yours and provide for an epic dance party (with the Maharaja or not), plus there’s a few mellow come down tunes at the end. Suggestions for more Bollywood bangers in the comments is highly appreciated!

Soumya Rao :       Dreamum Wakeupum

Navjeet Singh :       Ik Wari Nach Le

Arjun Kanungo :       Baaki Baatein Peene Baad

Harpreet Happy :       Neher Wale Pull

Guru Randhawa :       Outfit

Pritam, Amit Mishra, Anushka Manchanda & Antara Mitra :       Manma Emotion Jaage

D. Imman :       Dandanakka

Dhanush Anirudh :       Maari Thara Local

Deepa Zaildar :       Faridkot

Diljit Dosanjh :       Gapuchi Gapuchi Gum Gum

Ravinder Grewal :       Gal Tan Bandi &       Latt Wargi

Uthara :       Azhagu

Bhupinder Singh & Asha Bhosle :       Kisi Nazar Ko Tera Intezar Aaj Bhi Hai

Ghulam Ali :       Chamakte Chand Ko


  • juleslefrog

    Seeing Asha Bhosle in there reminds me of one of my favorite curve balls: “Ae Tum Bahar Kahan”. I think you’ll like it

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Heaping Handful of Favorites from 2015

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Mixtape Riot Radio is baaaack! It’s been a full year since my last episode, which was also an annual “Best Of”, but I do plan on getting back into a more regular habit of recording these in 2016. Certainly not definitive, and there’s plenty of songs/artists I loved in 2015 that are not on here, but these 20 tunes represent a lot of what I’ve had in repeat rotation at different points over the year. This is also more of my chill listening playlist, rather than my club-filler make-the-dancefloor-break mix that you hear if you come see me DJ. I tried to focus on songs that may have fallen under the radar of most other end-of-year lists as well. Any way you squeeze it, I think they all fit together pretty well and leave me optimistic about the current state of musical affairs. Includes songs from Thundercat, Bomba Estereo, Misun, Equal, Love Taps, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Branko and more. Hope you dig it!

full tracklist and download are available here. Also, catch up on past episodes here.

Mixtape Riot #13 by Brooklyn Radio on Mixcloud

  • JP

    As I’m fixing to hit the road to the hot lands of Corrientes, Argentina, Episode 13 synthesizes most of the tunes collected in my cell from this corner of the blogosphere. So as ABBA once put it, “thank you for the music”, Chuck and, Feliz Navidad! Jumping Calypso

  • Johnny

    Great mix, boom!

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Bring The World To You

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My travels here in Asia continue to be highly rewarding and mind expanding in the following departments: delicious spicy food, salty tropical breezes, picturesque hypercolor views, thrilling scooter rides, sweaty jungle explorations, wild animal encounters, and (perhaps most importantly) time away from my normal routine. I am finding a minuscule amount of time to work on new music in my little makeshift hotel room studio, and of course I’m dedicated to sharing music as regularly as possible with you here, but everything else about our daily schedule requires problem solving skills and creativity. In the past month and a half we’ve explored Cambodia, Malaysian Borneo, Vietnam, Thailand (earlier this week where the pic above was taken), and next week we’re heading to scuba dive in Sulawesi Indonesia. I’m back every weekend to DJ at my residency here at Hotel Vagabond in Singapore (a job offer that could not have come at a better time). I’m insanely thankful for all of this opportunity, and it’s definitely encouraging me to keep sharing music (which is how I ended up here to begin with). So here’s another playlist of slappers- some beavy bass and global sounds to keep inspiring travel, around the world, across the dancefloor, and within our selves.

Will Magid :       Irfan (ft. Paul Bertin) my brass homie from the bay comes correct with a balkan krunk banger

Jus Now :       Cyah Help It (ft. Ms. Dynamite & Bunji Garlin) the electro soca madman returns with a massive collabo

Midival Punditz :       Baanwarey (Atropolis Remix) vibey and deep Indian bass from my NYC beatsmith homie

Burcu Gunes :       Yakisir a Greek party starter secret weapon I robbed from DJ Cato

Ralfi Pagan :       Pelao (Cocotaxi Remix) one of the new breed of Fania remixes, taken from Geko Jones’ compilation, mucho mas Fania on the way…

Tamikrest :       Aratan N Tinariwen (MTMBT Re-Edit) desert rock burner

Quitapenas :       Guayabo (Yukicito Remix) my LA hermano Yuki came correct on this one

Odiggity :       Black Hole heavy afro-electro from this Swedish producer

Edem :       Koene (ft. Ice Queen) recent Ghanian club tune from this man

Justin Bieber :       Sorry (Deejay Theory Reggae Refix) very necessary retro roots mix of a song I can’t stop myself from loving, biggup mi bredren TEERY

Lagartijeando :       Cardo Rodando &       Amazonas a Los Andes very nice new release of pan-South-American sounds from the Frente Bolivarista camp

  • Nathanael Holt

    As ever, thanks for these. Weekend uplift achievement unlocked.

  • DiJiT

    Thanks again, from a volunteer at a tiny town community radio station in the middle of nowhere. You help spice up our airwaves. Loving the “Through the Wire” LP as well. I can’t thank you enough, but figured it was time I at least leave a comment.

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In Search Of Pie

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Sadly, this will be one of my first Thanksgivings without the company of family or old friends, and knowing the available food options here in Singapore, this will also probably be a Thanksgiving sans pie (one of my all-time favorite things to eat). But, the good news is, there are plenty of other things here to be thankful for- and my loving wife and I will have no problem slowing down and enjoying them to the fullest. In particular this week, I’m giving thanks for the healthy birth of new lion cub Lilou (congrats to DJ Cato & TV!), for the smooth painless passing of my Aunt Becky, for the family and friends who I know are thinking of me even in my distance, and for my life partner and favorite person to be around, who is making everyday here in Asia an adventure. I’m extremely thankful (and flattered) for the news I received yesterday that my song “Un Poquito Más” ft. Chico Mann passed 1 MILLION plays on Spotify (wow!). And of course, I’m always thankful for good music too! So here goes, some downtempo sounds to put on as you roll out the pie crust (you lucky bastards).

Extended Spirit :       Sista Riddim

Imagined Herbal Flows :       Floating

Kiiara :       Gold

The Flavr Blue :       Feathers

Bonobo :       Kiara

Guggenz :       Need Love

Aten Rays :       Come With Me

RÜFUS :       Sundream (Hayden James Remix)

Giraffage :       Hello

Kacy Hill :       Foreign Fields

  • Patrick

    Happy Thanksgiving, Charlie. May you be surrounded by warmth and love…

  • Dangerscouse

    Mmmmm…..pie! Sorry to hear the news of your Aunty passing away. Some crackers here Chuck, my recommendation of the moment is Red Light and his/her ‘X Colour’ album. Reminds me of Basement Jaxx,

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