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Long Distance

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Just a quick installment of songs from near & far, intended to help carry you away someplace sunny. Most of this week’s selections have been pickpocketed from my many DJ friends. Shout out to DJ Gozar, Maga Bo, Mr. Assin. Pic above was taken on the little island of Ubin, just north of Singapore. If you ever find yourself there, riding bikes on the trails through the jungle, look out for a beautiful Buddhist temple and ask someone there if you can feed the fish.

Sam Gellaitry :       Long Distance this young kid is killing things right now

ÌFÉ :       3 Mujeres (Iború Iboya Ibosheshé) electro-roots from Cuba

FurmigaDub :       Saudadidela electro-roots from Northeast Brazil, peep the whole collection

Sidestepper :       Fuego Que Te Llama &       Magangué I’ve been a fan of this Colombian crew for many years, happy to hear this latest effort

Tabu Ley Rochereau :       Hafi Deo holy lord, this 10minute jammer from the late 80’s Congo is pretty much heaven

Baaba Maal :       Fulani Rock (Henrik Schwarz Remix) new album from Senegal’s finest, produced by Radioclit, get’s a nice deep dancefloor mix

DJ X-Trio & Calado Show :       Acorda Nani the real deal from Luanda

Yuri Da Cunha :       Atchu Tchu Tcha huuuuge pan-African hit from a couple years back that I’m just catching up with

St Germain :       Real Blues new album from France’s chillster supreme dives deep into African sounds

Matanza, Acid Pauli & Jo.Ke :       How Strange (Nicola Cruz Remix) the man Nicola took this one to outerspace and back, BRAVO!

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Live At The Globe

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I don’t normally share live mixes, partly because I like to keep you curious enough that you actually have to put in the effort to come out in person, but also in part because the mix is usually a little sloppy in places and levels aren’t always as even as I’d like, but here I go making a special exception. This is a solid 60min section from my DJ set last Saturday night at the beautifully renovated Globe Theater in downtown LA opening up for one of my all-time favorite drummer/producer/DJ/music-master-minds Questlove, and the mad scientist of bass The Gaslamp Killer. It was an awesome night, and I felt warmly welcomed back in my home city by a big crowd who seemed to open up to my global Gumbo Funk sound. I took a real trip around the world, mixing some long-time Captain Planet staples with some new discoveries and a healthy amount of my own original productions as well. Press play and get ready to move…

FULL TRACKLIST
1. Thornato – Seu Maya (Thornato Remix)
2. Tropkillaz x Gappy Ranks – Baddest Baby (Deejay Theory Remix)
3. Kranium ft. Ty Dolla Sign – Nobody Has To Know (Major Lazer & KickRaux Remix)
4. Aaliyah – If Your Girl Only Knew (Drunkmaster Flex & Esentrik Remix)
5. Mapei – Don’t Wait (Smalltown DJ’s Edit)
6. Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto – Manolo (Uproot Andy Remix)
7. Captain Planet – Aguacero ft. Chico Mann
8. Buyepongo – Maestros (Captain Planet & Canyon Cody Remix)
9. J Boogie – Motto Moombah ft. Los Rakas & E-40
10. R2bees ft. Sakodie & Nana Boroo – Agyeiii (Captain Planet Remix)
11. Seu Jorge – Mania de Peitão (Captain Planet Bootleg)
12. DJ Nu-Mark – Oya Indebure
13. Bomba Estereo – Fiesta
14. DBANJ – Oliver Twist
15. Toddla T vs. The 2 Bears – Big Tune A Drop ft. Mr Lexx
16. Daniel Klauser – Rootz
17. Clap! Clap! – Liberty
18. Thornato ft. Jahdan – Ka Kong (Captain Planet Remix)
19. Wyclef Jean – Jaspora
20. Katy B – Katy On A Mission (Captain Planet Remix)
21. Sam Gellaitry – Long Distance
22. Will Magid – Irfan ft. Paul Bertin
23. Schoolboy Q – Collard Greens ft. Kendrick Lamar
24. Stylo G ft. Sister Nancy – Badd
25. El General – Tu Pun Pun
26. Alsarah & The Nubatones – Wad Alnuba (Captain Planet Remix)
27. Mahendra Kapoor & Suresh Wadekar – Sada Vasda Raje Punjab (Uproot Andy Remix)
28. TRDMRK & Tropkillaz – King (Tropkillaz Remix)
29. Beenie Man – Dude (Ape Drums & Phat Deuce Remix)
30. Alo Wala x Nucleya – Little Lotto ft. MC Zulu
31. Willie Colón & Mon Rivera – Ya Llego (Captain Planet Remix)

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Wake Up Hungry

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Been slightly overwhelmed with new music lately, like I’m catching up on all the quality indy releases that I missed while on the road, and there where MANY. It also seems like artists & labels love dropping tons of new material right at the start of the new year. Whatever the case may be, my “New Additions” playlist is all over the place and overflowing. Can’t lie, watching King Kendrick’s Grammy performance also had a pretty powerful effect on me- just being reminded of the level of intense emotion that can be expressed in a song, and the bravery to say it loudly in front of millions of people. I woke up hungry for more music, powerful sounds, thirsting to manifest distant echoes that I hear in my head. I’m hoping today, as always, that sharing these songs here helps feeds your creativity, somewhere out there over the internet, wherever you may be. Today’s photo comes courtesy my homie Ravi Vora who is also a constant source of visual inspiration. Check out his insane insta-feed if you ever feel lacking for dreams. Also, for anyone in Los Angeles area, I’ll be doing a big show on Saturday night at the Globe Theater opening up for 2 legends: Questlove + Gaslamp Killer.

Earth, Wind & Fire :       Drum Song
R.I.P. to one of my all-time favorites, Maurice White

Jamie Woon :       Sharpness

Anderson .Paak :       The Waters &       Light Weight this whole album is FIRE. Do yourself a favor.

Big Grams :       Fell In The Sun ft. Big Boi

SG Lewis :       All Night ft. Dornik

Massive Attack :       Ritual Spirit

AlunaGeorge :       I'm In Control ft. Popcaan

DJ Snake :       Middle ft. Bipolar Sunshine

Katy B, Four Tet & Floating Points :       Calm Down

RÜFÜS DU SOL :       Be With You

Bomba Estereo :       Algo Esta Cambiando (Jamie Prado Remix)

Khruangbin :       Two Fish And An Elephant

  • BEORN

    Thanks. It’s good as it always was. Love your music taste. Discovered Khruangbin through this post. Wow!

  • julien

    Great selection !! Saw Anderson Paak live yesterday night (Paris). The man is truly impressive

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Carnival Time Again

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Time to dust off your vuvuzela, the sequined bikini, and the feather headdress. All around the world, where Catholics and Christians spread the gospel, people will be getting loose in the streets this week. I don’t fully understand where this tradition comes from, but judging it purely on the visual and musical stimulus it has provided me over the years, I can’t be mad at it. I didn’t actually compile a playlist of authentic global carnival related songs (which is a good idea for some future date), but this week I’m sharing a collection of dance music that could potentially get you and your friends parading through the streets. There’s some Trinidad, some Brazil, some West Africa- plenty of beats and bass to go around. Special shout out this week to my man in Singapore DJ Bhayology for providing a healthy portion of this playlist. Photo above comes from the highly inspiring work of Phyllis Galembo.

Buju Banton :       Champion (Maga Bo Remix)

Pearls Negras :       Pensando em Você

Deela :       Okka Rina

Olatunji :       Ola

Yemi Alade :       Johnny

Afriquoi :       Ningde Jubeh

Madera Limpia :       Loco (Daniel Haaksman Remix)

Ephniko, Deuce Eclipse & Sonido Baylando :       Oye Morena

Snappy Jit :       Bumpa (SpydaT.E.K Remix)

Radioclit :       Secousse (Round Table Knights Remix)

Petrona Martínez :       La Encuera 2.0 ft. Uproot Andy

R. City :       Like This

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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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