Saturday, April 17, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 17 April

Stevie Wonder - I wish
Aaron Neville - Hercules
Myron and E with the Soul Investigators - Broadway
Naomi Davis and the Knights - Talking about a good thing
Barbara Lynn - I'm a good woman
Shirley Wahls - Tell the truth
Wendy Rene - Bar B Q
Booker T and the MGs - Hip hug her
Jeanne and the Darlings - Soul girl
Leroy Sibbles - Express yourself
Karime Kendra - 90% of me is you
Jackie Mittoo - Earthquake
Pauline Morgan and the Consummates - Give me a chance
African Head Charge - Animal law (remix)
Big Youth - Jim Screechy (Smith and Mighty remix)
Dillinger - Cocaine in my brain (Groove Corp remix)
Tha Feelstyle - Leave it at that
AP and Kamahumble - Heka horcy
Herbs - Meteli
Roy Ayers - Funk in the hole (Platinum Pied Pipers remix)
Masok - Right up your alley
Sampology feat Jordan Rakei - My place
Nicola Cruz - Barretto (tienes algo)
Dizzy Gillespie - Manteca
Sun Ra - Where pathways meet
Erma Franklin - I'm just not ready for love
The Dells - I want my momma

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 10 April

Nina Simone - I put a spell on you
Esther Phillips - Home is where the hatred is
Cannonball Adderley -Walk tall (live)
Marlena Shaw - Woman of the ghetto (live)
Ike and Tina Turner  - I idolise you
Dionne Warwick - You can have him
Brenda & the Tabulations - Stop sneaking around
Rufus Thomas - Little Sally Walker
Otis Redding - Don't mes with cupid
Underground Vegetables - Melting pot
Karime Kendra - 90% of me is you
Dry & Heavy - Night flight pt2
Black Uhuru - Solidarity
Reggie Steppa - Drum pan sound
Angie Stone meets the Viceroys - My man
James Brown - Papa don't take no mess
Clarence Wheeler and the Enforcers - Right on
War - Cisco kid
Labelle - Moon shadow
Spanky Wilson - Kissing my love
Ella Hamilton - I'm gonna fool
Sparkles - Trying to get over
Jean Carn - Time waits for no one
The Bamboos - Right on time
Sola Rosa - Lady love (Bigga Bush version)
Joe Dukie & DJ Fitchie - Midnight marauders (El Head version)

Friday, April 09, 2021

New DJ Format album 'Devil's workshop' out 30 April

New bizz from DJ Format:

‘DEVIL'S WORKSHOP’is an instrumental album that sees DJ Format going in a slightly different direction to what you might have expected. Continuing the blueprint laid down in DJ Shadow's groundbreaking early work that made it possible for a hip hop producer to create genre-defying new compositions from old records, everything you hear is painstakingly pieced together from 100% samples – creating the illusion you're listening to a band assembled by David Axelrod. 

There's no time for stagnant, repetitive loops that leave you wondering when a rapper is going to appear, instead each song keeps building in mood and intensity by the clever use of layer upon layer of carefully chosen samples. A rich tapestry of musical instruments from keyboards, horns & guitars through to vibes, bamboo flutes & sitars paint an exciting soundscape throughout the album. 

While it is primarily an instrumental album, Format utilises a variety of vocal samples from sources as wide ranging as '60s spoken word, '70s religious records, right up to '80s & '90s rap records, all used out of their original context to tell a new story. ‘DEVIL'S WORKSHOP’steers away from DJ Format’s past releases and from a typical hip hop record - an introspective journey for the open-minded, is an album that leaves the door open to personal reflection... as Format puts it “Everyone may have different ideas as to the meaning of certain songs but as long as they make you think....and feel something...that's all that really matters.” ‘The Light’ and ‘The Curse’ are the first tracks inviting us into the the world of ‘DEVIL'S WORKSHOP’

Out 30 April on digital/CD/LP

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 3 April

Johnnie Taylor - Testify (I wonna)
Cookie Jackson - Go shout it on the mountain
Eddie Floyd - Hey now
James Brown - Say it loud I'm black and I'm proud
Carlton Basco - Don't chain my soul
Freddie Wilson - In born soul
Betty Wright - Clean up woman
Patrizia and Jimmy - Trust your child (pt1)
Spanky Wilson - Sunshine of your love
Marie Queenie Lyons - Your thing aint no good without my thing
Betty Davis - Anti love song
Cymande - The message
Hugh Masekela - Languta
Fulgeance - Tribute to Masekela
Charles Mingus - II B. S. (RZA remix)
Dee Felice Trio - Nightingale
Bobbi Humphrey - Harlem river drive
Miles Davis & Robert Glasper feat Laura Mvula - Silence is the way
Erykah Badu - Turn me away (get munny)
Opensouls feat Ladi6 - Falling in
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - In the bush
Suzy Q - I can't give you more (DC edit)
Sylvester - Over and over
Dalvanius - Who said that?
Eliza Keil - Evil ways
The Dynatones - The fife piper 
James Brown - New breed (the boo-ga-loo)
Lulu - Sweep around your own back door
The Illusions - Just an illusion
Tubbs - It's love
Jonny Faith - Open my eyes

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 27 March

The Luvmenauts - Spice always flows
Raekwon and El Michels Affair - PJs (clean)
The Headhunters - God made me funky
Nuyorican Soul - Black gold of the sun (MAW remix feat Q-Tip)
The Ojays - For the love of money
Stevie Wonder - As
Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs - Back on the street again 
The Meters -  A mesage from the Meters
The Dixie Cups - Iko iko
Oliver Morgan - Roll call
Reginald Milton & the Soul Jets - Clap your hands
Lil Buck and the Top Cats - Monkey in a sack
Sugarman 3 - Turtle walk
Joyce Jones - Help me make up my mind
Claudia Lennear - Everything I do gonna be funky
Aretha Franklin - Get it right
Chaka Khan - I know you, I live you
Parliament - Testify
The James Brown Soul Train - Honky tonk pt1
James Brown - Love don't love nobody
Hank Jacobs - Elijah rockin' with soul
Jackie Lee - I love you
Jimmy Sabater  -Yroco
Ray Barretto - Acid
Mongo Santamaria - We got latin soul
Jazzanova feat Joe Dukie - What do you want (Don Philippe remix)
Julien Dyne feat Mara TK - Layer

Monday, March 22, 2021

Interview with sound engineer Peggy McCreary (Prince)

If you're a Prince fan, this interview with sound engineer Peggy McCreary is worth a watch (they even ask some questions that massive Prince fan Questlove sent). 

 In two parts (approx 90 mins each), she talks about working at Sunset Sound,  and some of the other artists she worked with, like Elton John (they swapped makeup) and Tom Waits.She talks working for Prince making 1999, Purple Rain, Around the world in a day and Parade, and and what he said when he mixed out the bass on When Doves Cry.

"Recording Engineer, Peggy McCreary started her career as an engineer at Sunset Sound in the 1970's. Being one of the first female engineers was not an easy task but with in a short amount of time she was working 2nd chair on Van Halen and Elton John as well as being head engineer for 5 years with Prince during his most productive years. Peggy came in Sunset Sound studio 3 to share what she remembers from her start in the recording industry and how Prince was the greatest and most difficult artist to work with."

Plus a fun discsusion on just what drum machine Prince used at Sunset Sound - Linn LM 1 or LM2? 

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 20 March

De La Soul - Say no go
Pacifican Descendents - Tuesday blues
Freestylers - Ruffneck
London Posse - Money mad
Incognito  -Wild and peaceful (Kenny Dope mix)
Herbie Hancock - Bring down the birds (b-boy edit)
Ike & Tina Turner - I idolise you
Impressions - Fool for you
Etta James - Can't seem to shake it
Bettye Swann - Chained and bound
Patti Drew - Hard to handle
The Emotions - I like it
Charles Bradley - The world is going up in flames
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Rumours
Darondo - Luscious lady
Roy Ayers - Running away
The Supremes - Come into my life
Kamauu - Far Rockaway
Nicola Cruz - Individuality riddim
Hector Plimmer - Step (Daz I Kue remix)
Tubbs - Five day night (Fat Freddy's Drop remix)
Lady B -To the beat y'all
J Dilla - Body movin'
Carlos Nino & Miguel Atwood Ferguson - Find a way
Manuel Bundy - Danger pt2
Lewis McCallum - Syntheology
Karate Boogaloo - Bumpy's lament

Monday, March 15, 2021

Karate Boogaloo - KB’s Mixtape No. 3 out soon

"Melbourne cinematic funk outfit Karate Boogaloo announce the third instalment of their KB’s Mixtapes series - KB’s Mixtape No. 3 - Songs from Film & Television.

On this mixtape, Karate Boogaloo reapproach, reinterpret and reengineer themes from film and TV that were used as sample material in hip hop, diving deep into a plethora of sources and flipping them in their wonky, left-field instro-soul style.

The KBs Mixtapes series, self-produced collections of interpretations of hip hop samples, fast became cult classics amongst Melbourne’s diggers; since KB’s Mixtape No. 1’s independent release and distribution by the band, crusty funk reimaginings of deep tunes from the world of hip hop subversively found their way onto turntables around the world.

KB’s Mixtape No.3, was produced and engineered by Karate Boogaloo bass player Henry Jenkins. A pivotal cog in the engine of Melbourne soul, Jenkins is responsible for the production of every record on the College Of Knowledge catalogue, including both Surprise Chef LPs All News Is Good News and Daylight Savings."

Out 2 April 2021 on College of Knowledge Records.


Saturday, March 13, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 13 March

Opensouls - Rise up (Lewis McCallum remix)
Che Fu - Misty frequencies (Submariner remix)
Freddie Cruger - Pushing on
Nightmares on Wax - Ease jimi
Quantic - Death of a revolution
The Ethiopians - I'm gonna take over now
Don Drummond - Don cosmic
Andy & Joey - You're wondering now
Norma Fraser - The first cut is the deepest
Bob Marley and the Wailers  - Simmer down
Restless Soul - Turn me out
Backyard Dog - Baddest ruffest
Che Fu - Random
Debruit & Alsarah - Khartoum
Indeep - Last night a DJ saved my life
Evelyn King - Get up off your love
Reuben Wilson - Got to get your own
Earth Wind & Fire - Moment of truth
Johnny Jones & the King Casuals - Purple haze
The Mighty Hannibal - Somebody in the world for you
Barbara Acklin - Am I the same girl?
Margie Joseph - One more chance
Charlene & the Soul Serenaders - Can you win
Tyrone Davis - Can I change my mind?
Sidney Joe Qualls - How can you say goodbye
Bill Coday - High on your love
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Take me with you
Stovall Sisters - Hang on in there
James Brown - In the middle
Che Fu - Share the info

Saturday, March 06, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 6 March

The Meditation Singers - Change is gonna come
Sam Cooke - Bring it on home to me
William Bell - I forgot to be your lover
The Dramatics - In the rain
Charles Bradley - Hurricane
Esther Phillips - Your love is so doggone good
Nina Simone - Seeline woman (MAW reix)
Soul II Soul - Back to life (Zepherin Saint club edit)
Lido Pimienta - Te queria (Chancha Via Circuito remix)
Minyo Crusaders - Hohai bushi
Christoph El Truento - What we used to know (Riki Gooch arrangement)
K-Saba - Antique ivory
Nicola Cruz - Subtropique
Aaron Frazer - Can't leave it alone
Patrice Holloway - Evidence
Betty & Charles - There's someone for everyone
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Give me a reason
The Dapkings - NBL
Thee Sacred Souls - It's our love
Jerry Butler - I'm a telling you
Ray Charles - Just about to lose your clown
Mickey and the Soul Generation - How good is good
Alter Ego - Bongo rock
Inez Andrew - I hear music
The Originals - Goodnight Irene
The Madd Rackett - Get it (good god)
Johnny Hammond - Higher ground
Auf Togo meets Becker Mukai - Inside the human mind
Dreamcast Moe - Up 2 U
Strawpeople - Inject me (Breaks Co-op remix)

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Team Dynamite newie out March 5th

Team Dynamite return with a new album 'Respect The Process' this friday, it's been a while since we heard from them, here's what's been going on for them, very cool backgrounder...  



And here's the tale behind the album cover  -  if it looks a bit like Che Fu's first album, that's cos they were both photos by Glenn Jowitt.


Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Naomi Shelton

Posting this amazing live clip of Naomi Shelton to commemorate her passing away a few weeks ago. Apprenty she had the Gospel Queens used to play every Friday night at a regular gig in NYC. If it was anything like this, it must have been incredible. Below is a clip from same gig, recorded after soundcheck. Plus a visit with her at home.

Shelton released her debut album 'What have you done, my brother?' on Daptone Records in 2009, at the age of 66.

excerpt from 'Singer Naomi Shelton Made New Yorkers — and Everyone Else — Feel the Love'

“I met Naomi around ’67 or ’68 while playing in Cliff Driver’s band at the Night Cap,” recalls bassist Fred Thomas, who would go on to replace Bootsy Collins in James Brown’s sonic circus as well as sing with Shelton for fifty years. “She was strictly singing R&B and soul then, not gospel. Her voice sounded tough.” She also caught Driver’s ear; he had worked closely with and recorded such singers as Baby Washington. “She had a different type of voice,” he told me before he died, in 2016. “She had that raspy sound, like Mavis Staples.” 

Shelton preferred the male voices of Lou Rawls, Wilson Pickett, and Otis Redding, however — “hard” voices that demanded attention, which she got more of after Gabe Roth stumbled into Flannery’s one night to learn a few licks from his idol Fred Thomas, who happened to be accompanied by Shelton and Driver, and convinced the latter duo to record a few 45s. “Naomi has that raw gospel sound, that phrasing,” Roth told me once. “I don’t know if there’re any singers that can sing like her.”

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 27 February

George Benson and MAW - The ghetto
War - The world is a ghetto
Charles Wright - You are the one for me
Fred Wesley and the JBs -  You can have Watergate but gimme some bucks and I'll be straight
Lou Donaldson - If there's hell below (we all gonna go)
Grover Washington Jr - Knucklehead
Clemon Smith - Brother man, sister Ann
Sylvia Striplin - You can't turn me away
Renee Geyer Band - Really really love you
Aretha Franklin - Rocksteady (alt mix)
Naomi Shelton and the Gosepel Queens - Trouble in my way
Janet Jackson - Sya you do
Ardijah - Watchin' U (extended version)
George Clinton - Do fries go with that shake?
Prince - Hot thing (dub version)
David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto - Bamboo houses (remix 2000)
Stone Roses - Fools gold
Johnny Hammond - Fantasy (Marc Mac beatdrop version)
Mark de Clive Lowe and Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra - Take the space trane
Philip Cohran and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble - New frankiphone blues
Sarah Vaughn - Whatever Lola wants

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 20 February

Recloose - Aint changin'
Moody Boyz - Free
Roots Radics - Babylon wrong
King Tubby - King at the controls
Prince Jammy - Champion version
Scientist - Pick up the dub
Bullwackies Allstars - Nature dub
Prince Fari - Clean hands, pure heart
Manasseh - Dubbing the gorgon
Gulls - Mean sound
Architeq - Birds of prey (Fulgeance emotronical mix)
Cermakk and Doug Shorts - Loves gone wrong
Social Lovers - Cosmic love
Dee Dee Bridgewater - Sweet rain
Patrice Rushen - Music of the earth (Mr K edit)
Chaka Khan - Too much love
Lewis McCallum feat Cherie Mathieson - Deviate
Hollie Smith and Mara TK - Transcendence
Prince Tui Teka - Let's stay together
James Brown - I'm shook
Vicki Anderson - I'm too tough for Mr Big Stuff
Marva Whitney - It's my thing
Bobby Byrd - I know you got soul
Eric B and Rakim - Don't sweat the technique
El Michels Affair - C.R.E.A.M.
Penza Penza - Why do we care about anything?
Manny Corchado - Chicken and booze
Djar One - Tequila
Kutiman - Sakla beni

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 13 February

Kahil El Zabar - Express yourself
Meditation Singers - A change is gonna come
Aretha Franklin - It only happens when I look at you
Nina Simone  -Work song
Esther Phillips - Home is where the hatred is
The Meters - Tippi toes
Clarence Reid - I get my kicks
Nadine Brown - Leave me alone
Donny Hathaway - Come little children
The Sorcerers - Elephant
Issa Bagayogo - Fimani
Manu Dibango - Africa boogie
Miriam Makeba - Ibande
Tony Allen - Love is a natural thing
Dele Sosimi x Medlar - Gudu gudu kan (Daz I Kue remix)
Mala - Como como (Theo Parrish remix)\
Sabres of Paradise - Duke of Earlsfield
Eal Zinger  - Song 2wo
Unitone Hifi - Up to eleven
Mr Clean & the Soul Inc - What's going on
The Supremes - Love is like an itching in my heart
The Supremes - Your wonderful sweet sweet love
The Supremes - Everybody's got the right to love
The Supremes - Bad weather
The Supremes - Come in to my life
Aaron Frazer - Over you
Stanley Pedigree - Groove merchants inst
Penza Penza - Mad madi's twist
East Side Symphony - Hot pants road
Embryo  -Wajang woman (Frankie Francis' Sofrito edit)