Monday, August 31, 2009

Connect in September - Atlanta

The 4 Deep crew in Atlanta have been consistently bringing the heat through town month after month for years now. But they have really outdone themselves this month, with both Lars Behrenroth and Alton Miller playing the twice monthly Thursday night house music get down.

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And the heat doesn't stop after September, Jamie Thinnes returns to Connect on October 1st
Get hip!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival returns this weekend for its 17th year to reflect on the genius of the Yard Bird.

Gary Bartz, Jose James, and Frank Wes hold down in Harlem late Saturday afternoon and into the evening. Papo Vasquez and his Pirates Troubadores perform in the East Village on Sunday afternoon.

I've had a really positive experience in years past, with a great mix of jazz lovers and some curious passers-by. The sound is quality and the performances are top notch. This all comes to us free thanks to the City Parks Foundation!

Much more info via City Parks website

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

SOUL FUNKTION Radio #112 DJ Offbeat & Brotha Jibril

Peace friends, I hope you are enjoying your week so far!
There's no stop for the body rock as the SOUL FUNKTION Radio show rolls on. This week Brotha Jibril joins DJ Offbeat and lays down a mean set of soul steppers. Some crate digging from DJ Offbeat yields more broken bizniz from a few years back, sprinkled with a few fresh records. Enjoy!

Stay up with Brotha Jibril

1. Blaze presents James Toney Jr Project - Afro-Groove
2. Gran Torino 76 - Mamma Funky E
3. Legends of the Underground - Cafira (Seiji Re-rinse)
4. Afronaught - Transcend Me
5. Waiwan - Interstellar (Main Mix)
6. Anto Vitale ft Tamara Wellons - Out of This World
7. M Swift ft Vanessa Haynes - Morning Light (Notenshun Remix)
8. 4 Hero - Starchasers (Masters At Work Main Mix Commercial Edit)
9. Raul Midon - Sunshine (Daz-I-Kue Mix)

Brotha Jibril - Soul Steppers

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Quantic live in NYC

Quantic and his Combo Barbaro invade Governor's Island along with Nockodemus, Mariano, Paolo, Frankie Francis, DJ Busquelo, and Beto for Turntables On The Hudson's Sunday Getaway. Quantic live is appealing enough any day of the week, but with his latest project, he takes traditional Columbian music and blends in generous doses of modern sounds, all with the subtle and tasteful expertise we've come to know from Will Holland. Tradition in Transition is an excellent meditation on the deep traditions of proud ethnic cultures and their place in a modern world. Excellent work, and the 8 piece live band flying in direct from Columbia will be an awesome, authentic presentation of the album.

As an added bonus, TOTH have brought on Beto to spin some tunes. Beto has just released the second installment of the Panama! compilation on Soundway Records. Funky, soulful, afro bizniz from late 1960s to mid 1970's Panama.

Check out a special Panama mix from Beto here

Buy tix here

Thursday, August 20, 2009

NYC afrobeat events this weekend

Rich Medina's legendary afrobeat celebration turns 8 years old! An amazing homage to Fela Kuti that has developed into a true pan-African experience. Here is a nice taste of what you can expect:

Voodoo Funk's mad crate digger Frank spins off another persona from his original Vampyros Lesbos party. This time he is back from a trip to Nigeria, having searched under every unturned rock to bring back the absolute best of the unheard Lagos records that will burn holes in the dancefloor. Don't miss out on a chance to hear an entire night's worth of top notch tunes from Lagos and beyond, most of which you will probably never hear again!

Check out more info and music here

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

SOUL FUNKTION Radio #111 Brian Edwards

Cheers family, I hope you are well!
Brian Edwards holds down both hours this week. It's been a minute since Brian and Brad have been on the SOUL FUNKTION Radio show, but they have been hard at it with the Afrodisia Radio show each and every week.

Brian will be playing tonight (Wednesday August 19th) at Retox at Blue in Miami. He will also be playing at Congregation on Friday. If you are in the Miami area, be sure to make it out!
Check out the Afrodisia Radio show

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Gil Scott-Heron

A nice look deeper inside Gil Scott-Heron's world. Enjoy!

Brian Edwards in Miami this week

Brian Edwards brings more heat to Miami this week. First up he'll be spinning at Retox, alongside Baby Sean and Inbal tomorrow, Wednesday August 19th

222 Espanola Way

Next, he drops his beats on Congregation on Friday, August 21st. Residents Jeremy and Stell*R also welcome Mikkel Dankner (Deeper Shades Recordings) on the decks of Moonchine

Upper East Side Miami
7100 Biscayne Blvd

Listen to Brian and Brad Edwards hold down the Afrodisia Radio show

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Brasilian Soul

Black Rio - Brazil Soul Power 1971-1980 is an album I never tire of. Packed with 16 gems highlighting the musical history of Brazil's Black Power movement, it is the sound of liberation for your mind and body.

DJ Cliffy has blessed us with another amazing collection of soulful tunes. Black Rio 2 - Original Samba Soul 1968-1981 packs 18 heaters into one inspiring session. Volume 2 covers possibly even more ground, from stripped down soulful recordings to some burning samba numbers, and plenty in between.

Strut and DJ Cliffy have done it again!

Brazilika - Gilles Peterson

Gilles Peterson and Far Out Recordings head honcho, Joe Davis, released the first Brazilika compilation on Gilles' Talking Loud Label 15 years ago. To celebrate, they have unleashed a massive, 23 track look through Far Out's incredible output. This time around, the focus is mainly on the beautiful melodies that are the underpinning of bossa nova. Gilles has to be the most prolific and spot-on compiler of great music the world over and he delivers once again.

Nicola Conte presents Viagem 2

Nicola Conte brings us the follow up to last year's groovy Viagem set on Far Out Recordings. He keeps it true on the jazz tip while providing enough of the bossa influence to shine through. These are selections straight from Nicola's personal collection, which one can only dream of rummaging through for an afternoon (or a lifetime!). Here is what the man himself has to say about the new compilation:

“This is a journey through the jazz & samba sound of 60s Brazil. The music is completely lost now; people just don’t play like this anymore. There are some classics yet also tunes unknown. Listening to this compilation is like listening to the music I make - this is the foundation - I picture myself within this music. ‘Viagem 2’ portrays the Brazilian moods of mid 60’s, a vibe that swings to hard edged jazz samba - a hybrid that blends South and North America, Africa and Europe in a poetic, most unique way.” NICOLA CONTE

Wax Poetics - Brazil Issue

A new Wax Poetics issue always gets me excited and, together with SHOOK, is satisfying most of the void left by the departure of my beloved Straight No Chaser. This month rings even closer to my heart, as they present their first ever Brazil special issue. With Brazil's foremost ambassador Gilberto Gil gracing the cover (no really, he was the country's Cultural Minister for 5 years until he decided it was interfering with his music and resigned in 2008) and Airto Moreira on the flip, you know they are on the right page. With closer looks at both these artists, as well as Arthur Verocai, Tim Maia, and enough records to keep us digging more months to come, Wax Poetics has hit this one out of the park.

While on the Brazilian reading tip, I also recommend Caetano Veloso's "Tropical Truth - A Story of Music & Revolution In Brazil" (originally published in Brazil as "Verdade Tropical in 1997). From one of the centers of the Tropicalia movement, this is an inside angle on what really went down in the 60s, both musically and politically.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Uhuru Afrika - Boston - Adam Gibbons & Max Pela

Adam Gibbons and Max Pela bring you deep into the African diaspora. They are joined by Malian master percussionist Sidy Maiga. This month also features a special Nigeria & Senegal Photo exhibition by Uhuru Afrika community member Amber Sumathi Jamanka.

10% of Uhuru Afrika's profit's go to benefit children orphaned by AIDS in Africa through the grassroots efforts of NextAid. To find out more, get involved or make a donation visit

All Asia Bar
344 Mass Ave
Boston MA

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.HUB. - Memphis - Saturna & Miss Kai

DJs Saturna & Miss Kai bring you everything from house to disco to brokenbeat. Everything groovy for a Saturday night!

948 S. Cooper
Memphis TN

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

SOUL FUNKTION Radio #110 DJ Offbeat & Vasco

Peace fam, I hope all is well in your world!
DJ Offbeat warms it up with some afro disco biz, getting us all ready before handing it over to Vasco. Our man from London keeps it bumping through the second hour.
Hear more at

1. Bopstar ft Zara McFarlane - Captured (live)
2. Bronx River Parkway - Agua Con Sal (CaZ edit)
3. Timmy Thomas - Africano
4. Kabbala - Ashewo Ara (Pat Les Stache Re-Edit)
5. Street Corner Symphony - Street Corner Symphony -
6. Shuya Okino ft Divinity - Shine (Mood II Swing Dub)
7. Yameen - Light Of Love (Mark De Clive Lowe Remix)
8. Ruben Blades - Plastico (Bugz In The Attic Instrumental)
9. Hajime Yoshizawa - Endless Bow (Jimpster)
10. Maria Alvim & Rick Udler - Nego Maluco (Faze Action Mix)

Vasco (Laze Breaks)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sound Liberation Festival - Brooklyn

Live performances -Brand Nubian, Chico Mann, Ticklah
DJ sets -Kenny Parker, Cosmo Baker, Ian Friday

Heat from all directions on this one! Ticklah is slated to do his thing live and right off the bat, so get there early. And you're definitely going to be dancing late with Ian Friday on the decks. Gonna be a good one!

All this takes place at a cool, eco-friendly space in Gowanus, Brooklyn named Littlefield.

622 Degraw Street
b/w 3rd and 4th Avenue

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

SOUL FUNKTION Radio #109 DJ Offbeat & Jose Marquez

DJ Offbeat starts the show off with an almost all vinyl session before finishing the set with a couple edits from this week's guest. Jose Marquez and the Inspiration crew in LA are celebrating their 5 year anniversary with a party on Saturday, August 15th featuring Jose and Trinidadian Deep. Not to be missed if you're in the area!

We've also revamped the FHOH website a little bit. Drop by and let us know what you think!

1. Vikter Duplaix - Reality (K Civ edit)
2. Obafunke - Uzoamaka
3. Roy Davis Jr & Mike Edge- Aya Tropic
4. Eddie Matos - Relax Your Mind (Dub)
5. DJ Romain - Samba Soul (Dub)
6. Richard Grey pres Silver 66 - Carnaval pt 1 (Harsoul's Future Latino Remix)
7. Totin - Nuevo Rumbera (Jose Marquez Remix)
8. Instant House - Awade (Jose Marquez Underground "rough" edit)

Jose Marquez presents Welcome to Inspiration Vol.2

Connect w/ Beatlab family - August 6, 2009

In a time when mom and pop's are closing up shop and music is easier purchased (or not) at home on your laptop, stores like Beatlab have become few and far between. The record store in the music community is like the water cooler in the corporate world. Music lovers, DJ's, & friends went to record stores not only to stay up to date with the latest releases, but also to stay up on the latest local gossip, upcoming events, as well as connecting with other like-minded individuals.

Additionally, with the current state of our economy, it's no wonder the little guys are falling off the map left and right. When Beatlab first opened a year ago, after many other local record stores had closed, many were not only surprised, but shocked (including myself).
I say all this to say we must cherish the efforts of those, like Beatlab, who take risks in order to remain a part of the artistic and culturally significant fabric of our city. This Thursday we celebrate not only Beatlab's effort, but all those who continue to keep the candle burning in Atlanta.

This event is free to the public, though we will be taking donations at the door. All donations will go directly to Beatlab to keep things moving along. Whether you shop at Beatlab on the regular, are friends with the DJ's involved, or appreciate like minded business owners around town, we look forward to seeing you on the dancefloor!
--words from Mike Zarin

I absolutely agree with everything Mike layed out. On a personal tip, Mike and I played an in-store at Beatlab back in February. We spent the better part of the day there playing records, digging through the bins, vibing with the Beatlab crew, and meeting some of the best peeps in the ATL. All I have to say is these guys are for real. They are great guys who love what they are doing. They know the music. They know the audio equipment. They know everything they have in their store. They know the history (they lived it!) And they know how insane it is to try and operate an independent record store in 2009. Yet they push forward despite the odds against them.

I cannot stress enough how much I support this event, how much I support what Mike has been doing with Connect, and how much I support Beatlab. And all the smiling faces at Lava tomorrow night will show how much you support the underground!!

More info:

Doors @ 10PM
Suggested $5 donation
All proceeds will go to Beatlab

*** All guests will receive a coupon for 10% of their next Beatlab purchase ***

Lava Lounge
57 13th Street
Atlanta, GA 30309