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Archive for August, 2009

New Times for The Main Ingredient Afterwork @ The Blue Owl!

Starting this Tuesday, the 1st, we are changing the start time of our party at The Blue Owl to 7:00 p.m. to make it more of an afterwork thing.

$6 specialty cocktails from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.!

$8 classic cocktail menu all night (starting on Sept. 8th)!

If you haven’t already checked it out – download the Main Ingredient Vol. 1 mix below to hear some of what you’ll hear at the party.


Inside Out (Live)
Download Only, 2009

Inside Out
12″ Single, 1982
RCA Records

One of my favorite singers covered one of my favorite records of all time and she did it damn well. This cover game has rules (or at least I have rules that I judge covers by), I’m sure I’ve mentioned them before: do it different, do it better or don’t do it. Chances are if the song is good enough to cover, you aren’t going to do it better (there are exceptions, for sure). Eska completely flipped this song and extended the already lengthy 6+ minute original to 8+ minutes, all of which completely hold my attention. Instrumentally, the original is almost inappropriately peppy under fairly somber lyrics. Eska slows it down and completely changes the instrumentation to almost a campfire vibe but then builds it up in waves. My favorite part of the song is at 5:19 where, after dropping everything down to percussion, hand claps and voices for a full minute it seems like the song is going to end (it would still be a stellar song if it ended there) but instead everyone comes back in and they go into an unexpected climax (at 6:15). This is another song that puts me back in my band days because they use dynamics in such a powerful way that I can’t help but notice.

Eska’s paragraph on the song:

I loved this song from childhood when pops used to play this Odyssey album called Native NewYorker. I thought those 3 angels with bejeweled and woven hair where from another planet. They sang about ‘roots’ – things my dad would continually remind us about: I’m first generation Afropean (Born Bulawayo, Zimbabwe). There weren’t many Zims in the UK back then, not like now, since Zim suffered a catastrophic exodus over the past 5 years! I have always loved the lead singer’s vocal delivery, sincere and relaxed. The musicianship on this record is stellar. I mean, check the bass line for ‘Inside Out’. What is that?????? As a frustrated bass-player, I can only play air-bass to this tune, and even that feeeeeels gooooood…don’t you just wish you were in that band???? But as a kid, the thing that struck me was the lyrics. I didn’t know what this song was about, I couldn’t relate to it but I wanted to – you know that moment when you understand the words to every love song and you hear them completely differently when it’s accompanied with experience ‘….I wanna be inside out, oh darlin’, I wanna be so deep that you’ll be turning inside out, oh darlin’…’ Ouch! Can’t get better than that, it really can’t.

My love Eska is well documented on this site. I (and many) have been looking for an album from her for years and according to her myspace blog, she’s set a mastering date which means it really must be (almost) done.

Shout out to Jonesy for reacquainting me with this song years back and to Put Me On It for alerting me to the Eska version.

Songs are available for two weeks.

The Main Ingredient Episode #16 (August 25, 2009)

The Main Ingredient Episode #16 (August 25, 2009)
HomeMade – Feel Like
Lighting Head – Bokoor Sound Special
Floating Points – Peroration V Ft. Fatima
Astoria – Clear
Owusu & Hannibal – Another Mile
Jazzanova – Coffee Talk (Yukihiro Fukutomi Remix)
Modaji – Outboard Jeopardy
Bugz In The Attic – Knocks Me Off My Feet
Hudson Mohawke – Rising 5
Q-Tip – Shaka
Murs & 9th Wonder – D.S.W.G.
Dorian Concept – Thank Capital Letters
Erykah Badu – Bump It (Featuring Zap Mama & Caron Wheeler)
J Dilla/Jay Dee – In The Streets
Nicolay – Give Her Everything (Instrumental) (Japan Bonus Track)
The Kid Daytona – The Engine
Aim – From A Seaside Town
14KT – Hello
devonwho – sageburnsredux w/ suzi a
Yellowtail – Over It featuring Jeni Fujita
KRS-One – Higher Level
Raphael Saadiq – Never Give You Up Feat. Stevie Wonder & CJ
Amel Larrieux – Get Up
Black Star – Respiration
Fertile Ground – You
Syreeta – Universal Sound Of The World (Your Kiss Is Sweet)
The Natural Four – Try Love Again
Bill Withers – Lonely Town, Lonely Street
Barbara Mason – Give Me Your Love
Odyssey – Don’t Tell Me, Tell Her

The Main Ingredient Episode #15 (August 18, 2009)

The Main Ingredient Episode #15 (August 18, 2009)
rebirth – talking me down (domu slow remix) (tru thoughts)
zap mama – bandy bandy (nickdemus & osiris remix)
cosmo vitelli – science affliction (dj spinna remix)
diamond district – make it clear (oddisee music)
la melodia – time
isobel remix – bjork (elektra)
minnie riperton – oh darlin’…life goes on (epic)
open sky unit – sunshine star
bobbi humphrey – chicago, damn (blue note)
lamb – trans fatty acid (kruder & dorfmeister remix)
crusaders – mystique blue (blue thumb)
willie hutch – out there
cinematic orchestra – all that you give feat fontella bass (ninja tune)
jack wilkins – red clay
riga the 1:2:3:4 karuan remix – langoth (sunshine enterprises)
recloose – can’t take it feat dwele
deyampert – held him first feat clover (sonar kollectiv)
quantic – tell it like you mean it (tru thoughts)
ceclila stalin feat daz-i-kue – afro blue (future)
bilal – sometimes
erro – rock with you (yoruba soul dub) (bbe)
dj spinna – fly or burn (bbe)
blood sweat and tears – i love you more than you’ll ever know (columbia)

Never Let You Go
Erik Rico
Journey Back to Me, 2007 (iTunes)
Lifenotes Music

This song was also in the running for my summer anthem. I first encountered Erik Rico MCing (somewhere between the traditional sense of the word and the hip hop sense) at the Raw Fusion Party at APT several months back and I was impressed. I usually have about :30 of patience for someone talking on the mic at a party and he managed to say something over at least half of the songs in the hour I was there and not get on my nerves at all. He had a nice way of working with the crowds energy and not overdoing it. At the very end of the party, he even spurred the crowd to keep dancing when DJ Scribe dropped “Everything In Its Right Place” by Radiohead as the last song at 4:00 a.m., even as the lights were coming up. It was a magical moment.

I later got a copy of his album and have been playing several tracks from it since. This one is my feel-good favorite.

Also recommended: Forever, Peace of Mind, Wanting You, and Wonderful. In some ways these are better songs than “Never Let You Go” but none capture the summer mood in the same way.

Songs are available for two weeks.

Work To Do
The Main Ingredient
Afrodisiac, 1973 (not available on iTunes)
RCA Records

Since I seem to be naming everything The Main Ingredient, I figured I should give some love to the namesake. The Main Ingredient are from Harlem and the best-known member is the original Cuba Gooding (Sr.). The group was formed in 1964 but he wasn’t part of the group until 1971 when another member died unexpectedly. The early 70′s recordings that feature him on lead vocals became their best selling material.

This is their 1973 cover of The Isley Brothers classic “Work To Do” which came out the year before (it was also covered by the Average White Band in 1974). The Isley Brothers version will always be the definitive version but I like the way Main Ingredient took it down a notch and added the classic 70′s illustrative spoken interlude:

(phone ringing)
her: hello
him: it’s me baby
her: when you you comin’ home?
him: well i ain’t tonight
her: but why? baby why?
him: because you know, i got to stay out here and take care of this business i’m doin’
her: but i had something good for you tonight baby
him: i know, i know it’s good but i just can’t make it tonight, i got to take care of business
her: but i need you, i need you now
him: i need you too but we need the rent too, listen!

Also have give them props for being a little risqué for 1973 with the art work. It’s no Ohio Players album but that is a nipple.

Shout to Nat/Busquelo for giving me this record.

Songs are available for two weeks.

The Main Ingredient Episode #14 (August 11, 2009)

The Main Ingredient Episode #14 (August 11, 2009)
robert glasper – butterfly (blue note)
the roots – how i got over (def jam)
14kt & dibiase – going fine
dj spinna – summer madness
diamond district – i mean business (oddisee music)
waajeed – anything
liquid crystal project – tribute to j dilla
mayer hawthorne – your lovin ain’t pleasin nothin (stones throw)
miles bonny – school boy fly (innate sounds)
betty padgett – gypsy of love
isaac hayes – ike’s mood I
dwele – body rock (koch)
jazzanova – rockin’ you eternally (verve)
derrick harriot – all day music (wildflower)
title unknown – black spade – yesterday
dam funk – burn straight thru you (stones throw)
charlie dark – keep in time theme
four tet – she moves me
red – the man without the machine – i should tell your momma on you (chops remix) (hvw8)
prefuse 73 – pagina dos (warp)
cee-lo green – bass head jazz (arista)
sly & the family stone – just like a baby (epic)
nicolay – lose your way feat carlitta durrand
fat freddy’s drop – boondigga
ocote soul sounds – the revolt of the cockroach people
curtis mayfield – little child runnin’ wild (curtom)
bobby womack – how could you break my heart

The Main Ingredient Episode #13 (August 4, 2009)

The Main Ingredient Episode #13 (August 4, 2009)
fat freddy’s drop – the nod
sarah linhares – no question
outlines – a matter of time
mark ronson – stop me
melo-x – the highest
johnson&jonson – radical 2
moo – daywalk
hip hop – mos def
dj spinna – more colors feat elzhi
reggie b. – reclaim ur mind
a bossa electrica – para variar
q-tip – things u do
choklate – choklate
diamond district – get in line
talib kweli – my favorite city
venus malone – i realized
joy jones – be my husband
computer jay – maintain (mike slott rewerk)
owusu & hannibal – lonnie’s secret
gb – the black monolith
n’dambi – call me
gil scott-heron & brian jackson – push comes to shove
chin chin – go there with you
headhunters – i remember i made you cry (probe dms edit)
outkast – funkin around
heaven and earth – i really love you
frankie beverly & maze – twilight
kid sublime – something about your love

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