Been feeling extra grateful lately. No single big thing going on to attribute that to, just feeling like I need to soak up every good moment and focus on small details that show everyday proof of love. I miss my buddy Sumo. I miss my childhood best friend Adam who passed a full 14 years ago. I look at my 3 year old making a corny joke and I could burst into tears of joy. I guess I’m feeling sentimental, but I definitely don’t want it to go away. I’ve had a year of reaching fruition in so many ways, and now I’ve got the sweet taste of rich juice on my tongue and I’m savoring it, staring at the pulp daydreaming of planting 10 million acres of fruit trees. And it’s quite funny for me to have this blog as a diary, to look back at the playlists I was posting 14 years ago, and still love that music, and still feel inspired by the same sparks, and still believe in the simple power of sharing these gems old and new from all around this precious planet. Today we have sounds from a super dope young Greek producer who I discovered this summer while digging at a record store in Athens. Sounds from Brazil, Colombia (where I will travel to on Thursday for my first time ever!), Israel, Turkey, Mali, Martinique, Lesotho, Cape Verde, more Cape Verde (including one of my all time favorite songs by Cesaria Evora), Malawi, Puerto Rico, and muthafuggin LATVIA. Ok??? If this fat collection of under-appreciated sonic gold doesn’t prove that this world is chock full of beauty, then lord help your pessimistic light forsaken soul. Also, super cool artwork today comes courtesy of Hilary Pecis who has lots more to keep you tingling as well. Press play and bump loudly…
A whole lot of life has been lived in the past 3 months. I spent all of May & June touring Europe, playing the most amazing parties with my sonic bredren Bosq & GUTS, and having my own family tag along too. It was nothing short of a dream come true- one which I hope will repeat and maybe become a semi-regular occurrence! Then I came back to LA to hustle, catch up on projects and do some local gigs. I spent a few days working with one of my good friends, fellow DJ / producer and all-around great human being Sumohair. And then I left for a week on the East Coast where I’m originally from. A couple days into my trip I got a call from a mutual friend that Sumo had been in an accident and didn’t make it. The shock and pain are still pretty overwhelming at moments. He was such a bright light and inspiration to so many folks in our music scene, locally in LA and way beyond. He had started touring a lot more with his super dope band Reyna Tropical, and his career was really taking off. We talked about so many things we dreamed of doing… I was contemplating doing a proper tribute to him here, but honestly the very tasteful DJ T-KAY did an amazing job of that on her latest radio show for Dublab, so I kinda prefer to just send you there. Instead I’m sharing some songs that have provided some of the highlights from the past season, including a couple of my own latest remixes. I know Sumo would dig some of these joints too. I will try to post more, I swear.
Been so long I know! The site was down again inexplicably, and I’ve been insanely busy- finishing a major motion picture soundtrack (for Disney no less!!!) working on a new EP and a grip of new remixes and production work as well. But most importantly, I’m headed to Europe on tour with 2 of my favorite DJ’s GUTS & Bosq! That’s right, all you folks across the pond, check the schedule and see if I’m coming to a city near you. I’d love to see some Mixtape Riot heads in the crowd.
Partly in preparation for this tour, I dug deep in the crates to make a new mix- 60 minutes of top tier musical medicine from around the world. As per usual, expect to take a proper sonic journey, making stops in Jamaica, Israel, Turkey, Guadeloupe, Nigeria, The Congo, Brazil, Switzerland and places in between. Gritty disco & soulful funk are the glue here holding it all together, so pull out your two stepping shoes and get ready to move.
Full tracklist & download available on BrooklynRadio.com
Once again, I’m locked up in the house, quickly losing my sanity. This time unfortunately it’s one of my daughters who has the ‘Rona. Thankfully the fever was pretty mild, but the total disruption of life is near total. And with all of us cooped up, no school or outside help, the walls of our small abode are quickly shrinking. While I barely have enough mental space to compose an email right now, I did feel it was a priority to put together a life-saving playlist of surefire soul shakers. I have a couple decent party lights here, and turning my living room into a night club is one of the best forms of escape we’ve got. Cheers to any of you out there going through something similar, we’re in this together, keep focussed on better days ahead. And to all you lucky bastards who are avoiding the worst, screwwwwww youuuuuuu (just kidding, ENJOY YOUR FREEDOM). Cool art above from don dada David Byrne (needs no intro). Press play and turn up!
Posting this late, but better than never! In case you missed the latest episode… From the depths of isolated Covid quarantine, Charlie Wilder (aka Captain Planet) returns with an hour of soulful sounds to help soothe the spirit and get your body in motion. Eclectic as always, this sonic journey zig zags across continents and through decades, with some favorite new releases from 2021 as well as some older material that was newly re-discovered. Buckle up and prepare for blast off, with your eyes steady focused on better days ahead.
Download and Full Tracklist available on the BrooklynRadio page (plus past episodes)
Man o man, I’ve been collecting so much premium product, it would be a crime to keep it all to myself. I proudly present to you all, a big batch of seriously hard to find hip-propulsing mind melters, from places near and far, with enough dust and grit to make a mop bucket jealous. Several are recorded from my own LP’s. Enjoy this bounty, share with friends, play em loud, and may the funk be with you.