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Archive for February, 2010

I Love Vinyl Feb. 27 / Win Soundway’s Ghana Special 5LP box set

This Saturday’s party is brought to you by the good people (they really are) at Soundway Recordings. And we’re giving away a copy of their brand new beautiful Ghana Special 5LP vinyl box set to whoever can correctly identify the first and last song Amir plays at Le Poisson Rouge Saturday night (hint: he’ll be on between 11pm and midnight). Send your answer here. Entries must be received by March 13.

Never Can Say Goodbye (Beatnick & K-Salaam Remix)
The Jackson 5
Beatnick & K-Salaam: Never Can Say Goodbye, 2009
K-Salaam & Beatnick Bandcamp Site

My friend Needles sent me this mp3 last year after it was floating around on some blogs. I was kinda blown away at how well it worked as a song; there’s almost always some kind of disconnect between the past and present when I hear “current-sounding” remixes of soul classics.

I’ve been playing the song at gigs fairly regularly ever since. I played it a month or two back at Madame X and someone who works with the them came up to me (excited to hear the song) and wrote down their bandcamp address as a place to get more of their music. It took me a minute but I went to the site this week and there are a lot of good (free) tracks. This song is part of an 8-song remix EP (although it might be the best song on it). There’s also a 10 song Common remix EP and two other albums. Not everything is good (as is always the case) but there are some gems.

Bandcamp is my new favorite site for getting music (I encourage everyone giving away music to set up an account – you can sell music too) because I can download songs at CD quality (with lossless compression). The actually give you 8 different format options (mp3, aac, FLAC, ALAC…) for your download. I’ve developed a disdain for mp3s over the years (don’t get me started) and have stopped using them whenever possible so I get excited whenever I see someone has their stuff on bandcamp.

I have to air one beef about this project (and many, many other remix projects). I realize you are trying to get your name out there…but you are not the artist. Does your name really need to be in the song, artist, album and comment fields? This song was originally titled:

04. Michael Jackson – Never Can Say Goodbye Remix (Prod. by Beatnick & K-Salaam)
K-Salaam & Beatnick
Beatnick & K-Salaam Present – Never Can Say Goodbye

Seriously? I do realize that I’m more detail-oriented than most (ok, almost all) but the artist is The Jackson 5 (not Michael Jackson and definitely not you!). And please save the tracks number for the…uh, “track number” field…there actually seem to be a “trend” of people putting the track numbers in the song title recently…god knows why.

Ok, thanks for letting me get that off my chest. Oh yeah, last thing; they need to decide who’s name goes first.

Songs are available for two weeks.

Opening DJ Set for K-Os Show Tuesday 3/2!

I’m djing the opening set for one of my favorite current artists!

Check out some of my favorite songs here:
Black Ice (Hymn 4 Disco), Call Me, Crucial, Electrik Heat – The Seekwill, Born To Run, Patience.

The Main Ingredient Episode #41 (February 23, 2010)

The Main Ingredient Episode #41 (February 23, 2010)
mf doom – air (astronote remix) (a-side worldwide)
wu-tang – clap 2010 feat. raekwon, ghostface (gold dust and nature sounds)
darondo – didn’t i (trishes edit) ((unreleased))
marvin gaye – what’s going on (beatnick & k-salaam) ((unreleased))
amerie – hate 2 love u (columbia)
electric wire hustle – perception (wonderful noise)
siroj – phonenumber
poets of rhythm – guiding resolution (ninja tune)
k-os – patience (astrelworks)
erykah badu – window seat (motown)
gil scott-heron – me and the devil (xl)
d’angelo – 1000 deaths ((leaked track))
reflection eternal – just begun feat jay electronica, mos def & j. cole ((forthcoming))
jose’ james – made for love (brownswood)
bullion – crazy over you (
slum village – nitro feat young rj (barak entertainment)
dtmd – champion (self-released)
maikal x – escapade (prod by fs green) (patta)
georgia anne muldrow – can’t stand yo love (ubiquity)
elan – shoot the beam self-released
goldielocks – green eyes feat. benga (gut instinct)
drake – houstatlantavegas (young money)
sonnymoon – houstatlantavegas (
dwele – eve (i need you) unreleased
spacek – eve (blue (island))
full crate & mar – surreal moments (melting pot)
the detroit experiment – space odyssey (rope-a-dope)

The Main Ingredient Episode #40 (February 16, 2010)

The Main Ingredient Episode #40 (February 16, 2010)
lou courtney – what do you want me to do (rags)
moment of truth – at long last (salsoul)
david ruffin – walk away from love (motown)
leory hutson – love oh love (live) (curtom/buddah)
switch – why’d you let love fall (mowtown)
the isley brothers – ain’t i been good to you pt. ii (epic)
jackson 5 – can i see you in the morning (motown)
mfsb – my mood (philadelphia international)
minnie riperton – baby, this love i have (epic)
bar kays – cozy (mercury)
the new birth – you are what i’m all about (rca)
maze feat. frankie beverly – i wish you well (capitol)
eddie kendricks – intimate friends (tamla)
staple singers – lets do it again (curtom)
d.j. rogers – love brought me back (columbia)
dr. buzzard’s original savannah band – hard times (rca)
lee fields – love comes and goes (truth and soul)
gap band – lonely like me (total experience crc)
tamiko jones – creepin’ (in my dream) (arista)
womack & womack – baby i’m scared of you (elektra)
aretha franklin – you’re all i need to get by (atlantic)
odyssey – our lives are shaped by what we love (mowest)
grand central station – today (warner bros)
sylvester – i try to forget you (honey)
syreeta – universal sound of the world (motown)
willie hutch – i choose you (motown)
bobby caldwell – my flame (clouds)

New Ty Album – looking forward to this

DJ Center (NYC) In The Studio For Episode #39 (February 9, 2010)

The Main Ingredient Episode #39 (February 9, 2010)
oddisee – frostbit (oddisee)
ty – emotions
thom yorke – black swan (xl)
oh no – melody mix (stones throw)
miles bonny – something i can dance to (innatesounds)
shawn j. period – journey’s process (rude)

DJ Center Interview
dj center – intro (feat. renee neufville) (push the fader)
dj center – leave the city outside (feat. oddisee) (push the fader)
oddisee – a song for that
dj center – the rain (push the fader)
dj center – you got the love (feat. gretchen parlato) (push the fader)
dj center – yes! (feat. zaki ibrahim) (push the fader)

DJ Center DJ Set
zaki ibrahim – connected mattalike (district 6)
gregory isaacs/christine – rock one/saturday observer
dj center – in a song (push the fader)
dj center – strings (push the fader)
j. rawls – what if (feat. middle child) (polar entertainment)
dj center – tout passe (waajeed remix) (push the fader)
roy ayers – funk in a hole (platinum pied pipers remix) (bbe)
dj center – center’s groove (push the fader)
montefiori cocktail – gypsy woman (157 shelter)
emilio santagio – bananeira (cid)
monk higgins – up on the hill (united artists)
ray bryant – up above the rock (cadet records)
the headhunters – i remember i made you cry (arista)
gil scott-heron – angola, louisiana (soul brother)
eugene mcdaniels – supermarket blues (atlantic)

DJ Center (NYC) on The Main Ingredient 2/9!

DJ Center will be in the studio Monday night to preview tracks and talk about his debut album “Everything In Time” that comes out the next day.

(Update: The album is available on iTunes as well as a limited edition Ecopack CD at You can catch him spinning at Soda this Friday and Deity this Saturday (both in Brooklyn) and in L.A. on March 5th (with special guest Garth Trinidad) for the Everything In Time album release party! (more info here).

Far Side of Town
Arthur Lewis
If We Were – EP, 2008

on iTunes

I love this song. My friend OP over at Suite903 put me onto Arthur a few months ago and he seemed perfect to have on the radio show. After bullsh&*#%n for a couple months I finally dug up his site, emailed him and he came by last night. At my request he picked songs to play for the rest of the show (after we played his EP) and they were appropriately all over the map (you’ll hear many influences when you hear the song).

We had a great time talking music. This is quote that I love from another interview he did, it encapsulates one of the reasons I’m excited about new music right now in a way that’s more concise than it is in my head:

There’s a certain narrative of success that says you have to compromise in order to reach a big audience. That you have to “sell out” your “art” in order to reach your cookie-cutter goals of fame and fortune. But things have changed a lot in the past few years, to the point where, outside of the major label-360 deal-recoup or die model, it’s almost the opposite. To distinguish yourself from the throngs of people making records in their bedrooms, you have to be unrelentingly yourself.

This is a track that he made available for free on his site.

Songs are available for two weeks.

Arthur Lewis (NYC) In The Studio For Episode #38 (February 2, 2010)

The Main Ingredient Episode #38 (February 2, 2010)
oh no – the funk (stones throw)
sharon jones & the dap-kings – i learned the hard way (
4hero – why don’t you talk? (milan)
graeme blevins – broken (red bull music academy)

Arthur Lewis Interview
arthur lewis – far side of town (rxlngr)
arthur lewis – la da da dee (rxlngr)
arthur lewis – silly pop song (rxlngr)
arthur lewis – if we were (rxlngr)
arthur lewis – sweet reprise (rxlngr)
arthur lewis – if we were (bonus) (rxlngr)

Arthur Lewis Picks The Tracks
aabaraki – girl goddamnit
midlake – branches (bella union)
georgia anne muldrow – roses pt. 2 (epistrophik peach sound)
john mayer – belief (columbia)
francis and the lights – on a train (normative)
martin sexton – freedom of the road (eastern front)
squarepusher – coopers world (warp)
steely dan – any world (abc)
amy winehouse – know you now (universal)
jazmine sullivan – i’m love with another man (j)
van morrison – beside you (warner)
arthur lewis – far side of town (rxlngr)

david axelrod – urizem (capital)

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