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Archive for September, 2009

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Big ups to Clay.

What Do You Want Me To Do
Lou Courtney
7″ Single, 1973
Rags/Ragmar

A friend was kind enough to store his vinyl well-cared-for vinyl collection at my apartment a couple weeks ago, including the stacks and stacks of 45s in the picture below. I don’t recognize so many of them, it’s pretty exciting.

This is the first post of what may be many as I slowly work my way through them. The posts will probably be a little shorter as I’ll know absolutely nothing about a fair amount of the artists.

Case in point, Lou Courtney and Ragmar Music Corp., nice to meet ya. You’ve got a little Southside Movement meets The New Birth thing going on and I like your style. (He apparently has a bit of a catalog but it’s new to me.)

Songs are available for two weeks.

The Main Ingredient Episode #21 (September 29, 2009)

The Main Ingredient Episode #21 (September 29, 2009)
dj kaos & ce.el – around in circles (compost)
rotary connection – i am the black gold of the sun (stateside)
kool and the gang – summer madness (live) (de-lite)
rjd2 – smoke and mirrors (def jux)
troubleneck brothers – back to the hip hop (stepsun entertainment)
bilal – get out of my hair (unreleased)
bugz in the attic – consequences (v2)
willie hutch – brother’s gonna work it out (motown)
ay y n’ama – mo’ horizons (dj day remix) (mpm)
jazzanova – another new day (jcr)
fertile ground – colors of the night (blackout studios)
youngblood brass band – is our elegy (ozone)
james brown – king heroin (polydor)
quincy jones – summer in the city (a&m)
two banks of four – one day (red egyptian jazz)
freddie hubbard – little sunflower (columbia)
res – 700 mile situation (mca)
east of underground – i love you for all seasons (wax poetics records)
the new birth – you’re what i’m all about (rca)
gil scott heron and brian jackson – we almost lost detroit (arista)
yusef lateef – nubian lady (atlantic)
aretha franklin – hey no hey (the other side of the sky) (atlantic)
dakah hip hop orchestra – rootrilOG (scion)

K. Life Walks (NYC) on The Main Ingredient 10/13!

Veteran NYC DJ and man about town K. Life Walks will be my guest on The Main Ingredient Monday 10/12!

Be My Husband
Joy Jones
Unreleased, 2009
(I highly recommend that you check her album Godchild here on iTunes)

I almost posted this song a few weeks ago but I didn’t know why it wasn’t on Joy’s album and whether or not she wanted it circulated. After last night’s interview I know it’s “something for the people” so I am more than happy to spread the love.

This is a stellar cover of one of this Nina Simone song I posted a couple years back. To my very pleasant surprise, Joy produced this song herself. Nina’s version consists of just voice and one hand clap/cymbol combo at the end of each bar. Joy keeps that clap and builds a full song’s instrumentation around it complete with layers and layers of vocals and yet manages to keep the song sounding stripped down and simple.

I am kicking myself for missing her show at S.O.B.’s on Saturday night because she did this song live and apparently it was out of control.

Be sure to check my interview with her on The Main Ingredient last night (the Sept. 22nd show). I think you will be able to tell we had a lot of fun together in the studio.

I have one other cover of this song that I have no artist info for. Can anyone ID the artist on this version?

Shout to Trees for Breakfast for putting me onto this song.

Songs are available for two weeks.

Joy Jones (Los Angeles) In The Studio for Episode #20 (September 22, 2009)

The Main Ingredient Episode #20 (September 22, 2009)
billy paul – let the dollar circulate (philadelphia international records)
fela – miles bonny innate sounds
ragen fykes and ohmega watts – rhythm of the drum (record breakin)
michael jackson – were almost there (motown)
jill scott – bedda at home (yam who remix) (beddalove)
stacy epps – floatin (brownswood)
gecko turner featuring eska – monosabio blues (phillip owusu remix) (lovemonk)
freddie cruger – freddie’s groove (swedish brandy)

Joy Jones Interview
joy jones – this too (love jones / future soul)
joy jones – supernova (love jones / future soul)
joy jones – over (love jones / future soul)
joy jones – joy pt2 (drop it mix by daru jones) (record breakin)
joy jones – be my husband (unreleased)
joy jones – promised land (love jones / future soul)
joy jones – constellations (love jones / future soul)

Joy Jones Picks The Tracks
reggie b. – reclaim ur mind (innate sounds)
minnie riperton – adventures in paradise (epic)
agent k – feed the cat (laws of motion)
little dragon – place to belong (peacefrog)
patrice rushen – settle for my love (elektra)
take – fall in love again (eat concrete)
fela ransome kuti and africa 70 – water no get enemy (mca)
debarge – all this love (gordy)

Joy Jones (Los Angeles) on The Main Ingredient 9/22!

Following her 9/19 show at SOB’s, Joy Jones (L.A.) will be my guest on The Main Ingredient! Her album Godchild, released in July on Future Soul Records, is a thing of beauty. We’ll be playing some tracks from the album, I’ll ask her a few questions and then she’ll play some music that’s influenced her and music from her favorite current artists. Tune in!

Something To Hold On To
Bilal
Love For Sale (Unreleased), 2006

I’m 3+ years late on this one. This album was leaked online in 2006 and then shelved by Universal and has never come out officially in the U.S. (more details here). Apparently it’s available on vinyl in Europe. I don’t know if this is the actual artwork.

Wow, I like this album so much more than his first (don’t get me wrong I like the first album too, especially “You Are” and “Sometimes”). This album has that Like Water for Chocolate / Mama’s Gun Soulquarian circa 2000 vibe but it was actually made much later (in relative terms).

It was hard to decide which song to post. I opened my radio show last night with the 7:00 minute afrobeat/soul track “Sorrow, Tears & Blood” which features Common. “All for Love” is also really lush but I picked this track which is one of two that have showed up elsewhere. “Something To Hold Onto” was produced by Nottz and was also recorded by Jay Electronica (this is a crappy 128 kbps version for reference – all I have sorry). The year listed in the Jay Electronica track is earlier than the Bilal track but I have the feeling it happened the other way around – I have another track with the same tags where Jay is rhyming over “Love Is” by Common. Also, Bilal was more likely than Jay to have the budget for a Nottz Track in 2005/6.

There something really hypnotic about this track starting with the bass line and, of course, ending with the organ (I am a sucker for anything organ).

Bilal is featured on the excellent “Cheeba” on Shafiq Husayn’s forthcoming “Shafiq En A Free Ka” album coming out October 6th on Plug Research. You can hear it on my September 8th radio show.

Songs are available for two weeks.

Recommended.

The Main Ingredient Episode #19 (September 15, 2009)

The Main Ingredient Episode #19 (September 15, 2009)
bilal – sorrow tears and blood (unreleased)
common – time travelin’ (fela tribute) (geffen)
topaz – minha mente (velour records)
noir desir – le vent nous portera
oddisee – what’s crazy feat j-live (oddisee music)
the blackbyrds – the baby (fantasy)
the roots – ya’ll know who (rapster)
bling 47 – tron (bling 47)
jazzanova – takes you back (unexpected dub) (electric sheep mix) (compost)
me’shell ndegeocello – the womb/the way (maverick)
dionne farris – passion (columbia)
common – one-nine-nine-nine (rawkus)
ocote soul sounds and adrian quesada – vendende saude y fe (eighteenth street lounge music)
pete rock feat vinia mojica – mind blowin’ (rca)
isaac hayes – joy (enterprise/stax)
rjd2 – sell the world (def jux)
finley quaye – falling (550/epic)
steve spacek – slave (sound in color)
guru – revelation (chrysalis)
cold as ice – m.o.p. (cadet)
charles bradley and the menahan street band – the world (going up in flames) (dunham/dapton)
nina simone – 4 women (dj obah’s recycled funk remix) (BSTRD Boots)
the dells – bring back the love of yesterday (loud)
afta-1 – nightlight (mpm)
gene page – jungle eyes (atlantic)

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