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HUGE heaps of appreciation to all my friends & fam who made it out to The Virgil on Saturday for a truly epic Planet Rock anniversary bash (and especially to DJ Cato who surprised us with a customized chocolate cake). I felt like taking it back to some old-school soulful, funky sounds this week, so here’s a few gems I’ve been saving up in that department- plus some newbies that are pushing that spirit solidly into the future.

Harold Butler :       Do It Anyday
vintage stepper’s reggae take on a disco classic

William De Vaughn :       Be Thankful For What You Got (FKJ Remix)
this laid back low-rider staple just got a nice kick in the ass from upcoming funkster FKJ

Kerrier District :       Illogan
I had forgotten about this record produced by Luke Vibert in ’04, almost ten years old but still sounding fresh to me

The Temptations :       Papa Was Rollin' Stoned (DiscoTech Re-Edit)
another nice flip of a soul classic, this one from a soulful Swede

Donny Hathaway :       The Ghetto (Dmitri From Paris Inna Disco)
Dimitry excels in that subtle touch magic, giving new dancefloor life to one of my all-time favorites

John Newman :       Love Me Again
this one is probably old news to any Brits reading, but is brand new to me. Gotta give young Mr. Newman props for paying homage to the Northern Soul dance scene in the video too.

Jagwar Ma :       Come Save Me (Flight Facilities Graceland Remix)
I already knew FF were took inspiration from Paul Simon when they released their dubby edit of “You Can Call Me Al”, but this remix just takes that Graceland love to a whole new level.

Moon Boots :       Love Strong
this guy just keeps on hitting homeruns

Tiny Hearts :       Snow Cold &       Centerfold
new electro-soul-pop project from Wajeed & peoples, check it out

Starship Connection :       We Can Go All Night
my dude Teeko has a funk band, and they curated a sick compilation on Brooklyn’s best record label, and you should do yourself a favor and GET IT NOW!

The Internet :       Partners In Crime
on repeated listens, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite albums of the year.

  • DJCato

    Word hermano!! It was a blast & I know it just gets better and better with age!!
    Planet Rock!!!

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Back East

freedom tower

Still feels like home: waiting for late night subways in sweltering heat, on platforms covered in the black funk of decades past, walking into art museums for the free AC, stumbling upon dope concerts in the park, the curious wonders of endless stoop sales. It was less than a handful of days, but I’m very glad I got to soak in some Summer in the city. Huge thanks to my man DJ Cato for putting together a great rooftop poolside bash in Soho on Sunday. It was amazing to catch up with so many old friends while taking in the gorgeous view- with a firework finish no less! Now I’m back out in the hinterland of New Hampshire for the 4th and beyond, but I had to give a little update with some new heaters I’ve been keeping in rotation. Also, big up to my homegirl in Manila DJ Christina Badkiss whose crates I jacked for a bunch of today’s tunes, expect a featured mix from her very soon!

Starfucker :       While I'm Alive catchy pop joint that verges on cheese, but keeps one foot on the funky side

Tuxedo :       So Good &       Do It new Mayer Hawthorne / Jake One collabo that is truly heaven sent. 80’s g-funk done right.

Bondax :       Gold (Moon Boots Remix) hipster house on the smooth side

Disclosure :       Help Me Lose My Mind &       When A Fire Starts To Burn without a doubt, one of the best albums of the year

Todd Terje :       Strandbar (Samba Version) so so good. New Summer anthem from the Nordic extended-groove meistro. The disco version of this tune is not to be missed either.

Stimming :       Funkworm tech house with a whole lot of flavor

James Fox :       Close Your Eyes beware, deep trance state is likely to occur around the 3.5 minute mark

ETML :       Bind Me funky UK bizniz from this young cat

Mark de Clive-Lowe ft. Omar¬†:       Get Started (Full Crate Remix) great bouncey rework from Full Crate

Wretch 32 ft. Shaka :       Blackout not sure what to call this? Dancehall, UK funky, bass, hip hop… how bout just “good music”