Wednesday, June 16, 2010

DJ Offbeat - Brasil Selection

This week we take a break for the World Cup. Here is a Brasil Selection from October to hold you over. Enjoy yourself and enjoy the beautiful game!

1. Friends From Rio - Escravos Do Jo (Da Lata Remix)
2. Dublex Inc - Izquitos
3. Cuica - Cuidado (Samba Mix)
4. Arsenal - A Volta
5. Club Brazilian Airlines - A Flauta
6. Sabrina Malheiros - Estacao Verao (Kenny Dope Remix)
7. Mr Hermano - Uno Mas Tiempo (DiSisco Remix)
8. Jazzanova - Fedime's Flight
9. Truby Trio - Allegre 2004 ft Marcia Montez (Louie Vega's Elements Of Live Main Mix)
10. Mondo Grosso - Tree, Air, and Rain on the Earth

Thursday, June 10, 2010

SOUL FUNKTION #153 - DJ Offbeat Brasil Selection

With just hours remaining before the kickoff of the World Cup in South Africa, we are wild with anticipation. This is our celebration in hopes of Brasil bringing home a record sixth trophy. Regardless of what happens, there should be some great football played and the fans in South Africa should make the entire month quite memorable. Enjoy the music and enjoy the World Cup!

Who are you supporting?

1. Jorge Ben - O Reino Encantado Do Amor
2. Familia Roitman - A Cabeca
3. Fernando Moura - Lapa Tonight
4. Bobby Brazil - Viva Ronrico
5. Democustico - Brazil
6. Marcos Valle - Parabens
7. Eli Goulart - Destino (Ben Human Instrumental Rework)
8. Christoph Iserman - Natureza (Blow Up Mix)
9. Boyz From Brazil - O Nosso Amor
10. Bruno E Sexteto - Urubu Jazz
11. Dom Um e Jadir De Castro - Kiskatimba
12. Seu Jorge - Carolina

Thursday, June 3, 2010

SOUL FUNKTION Radio #152 Roda Piao

1. Orchestra Lissanga - Okuzua
2. Franck Biyong ft Wunmi - Power Brain
3. Roland Brival - Sakitayo (Yoruba Soul Remix)
4. Neon Phusion ft Tempo - Calle San Sebastian
5. Azymuth - Roda Piao (Spiritual South Purified Remix)
6. Sandra St Victor's Sinner Child - Cosmos (Souled Remix)
7. Lady Alma - Pressure (Universal Sun Remix)
8. Ron Trent presents African Blues ft Morgana - Yemaya (Trumpet Mix)
9. John Beltran - Felicidad Nova
10. Frankie Valentine - The Spanish Dance (Studio 21 Crying Violin Mix)

AfroSonic JUMP! w/ Ron Trent

Some of the best people around host one of the best DJs around. Deep Chicago flavor at AfroSonic JUMP! on June 11th.

Learn more and listen: AfroSonic

Thursday, May 27, 2010

SOUL FUNKTION Radio #151 DJ Offbeat - Enjoy Your Life

1. Stevie Wonder - To Know You edit
2. Peven Everett - Got To Get Down (K Civ edit)
3. Guyna Mukat - Enjoy Your Life (Afro Disco Re Edit)
4. Gerarldo Pina - African Hustle
5. Martin Solveig - Cabo Parano
6. Louie Vega - Bahia
7. Elements of Life ft Blaze - (Anto Vitale Remix)
8. Da Lata - Golden (Bugz In The Attic Remix)
9. Bah Samba - Calma (Louie Vega Remix)
10. Nicholas Vautier - Sala (Dom Navarra's Latin Magic Remix)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

SOUL FUNKTION Radio #150 DJ Offbeat - Dejomey Blue

We recently lost both Francisco Aguabella and Hank Jones. Both were giants in there own right and we can spend a lifetime honoring their contributions, but I'll simply say that they will be deeply missed and eternally celebrated.

I've been digging in my own crates a bit more frequently as of late and here are a few of the sounds that have resurfaced so far.

1. Femi Kuti - You Better Ask Yourself (Jazzy Gentle Remix)
2. Thievery Corporation - Vivid
3. Gerardo Frisina - Mas Enquer Ser
4. Rosalia De Souza - Jogo De Rodo (Innervision Mix by the Invisible Session)
5. Amalgamation of Soundz - Batunova Scat
6. Cuica - Cuidado
7. Big Bang - Dancin' Nights
8. Lekan Babalola - Oya (Brazilian Beats - Le Pico Remix)
9. Francisco Aguabella - Asi Son Bronco
10. Francisco Aguabella - Cavalie
11. Francisco Aguabella - Dejomey Blue (Catalyst Remix)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

SOUL FUNKTION Radio #149 DJ Offbeat - Ran Kan Kan

Back from Spain inspired and grateful, we start of this week with some Ethio sounds before exploring some afro and latin roots. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

1. Heliocentrics & Mulatu - Phantom of the Panter
2. The Lions - Ethio-Steppers
3. Sofrito Specials present Tropical Soundclash - Cumbia Colombiana (Tropical Treats Edit)
4. Luisito Quintero - Gbagada, Gbagada, Gbogodo, Gbogodo (Louie Vega EOL Mix)
5. Cal Tjader - Ran Kan Kan
6. Cal Tjader & Eddie Palmieri - Picadillo
7. Mitchell & Dewbury - Beyond the Rains (Blues Mix)
8. Tato Vasquez - Suite Guaracho pt II (Beatfanatic Rework)
9. Osunlade - Cantos a Ochun Et Oya
10. Roots Orchestra - Kalabuta
11. Eastern Minstrels de Prestige Entertainers - Ugo Nwata Gbaburu

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

DJ Offbeat guest mix on ODDIOFILE

OdDio has posted a new mix on ODDIOFILE which won't be surfacing anywhere else. Pop over there and check out the OdDio's Audio Odyssey podcast series. It's a lot like going to school. Or church. Or outer space. You're the winner either way!

OdDio has been kind enough to put together a couple nights in Spain for this weekend. Friday it's all about La Boca del Lobo in Madrid with DJs Floro and Bombin. Then on Saturday night we set up shop at Malandar in Sevilla. Bebe, OdDio and I will be providing the sounds for what now serves as the most enjoyable Sevilla v Barcalona afterparty that I can imagine! Have I mentioned how excited I am yet?

With dreams of an excellent paella and world class football in the near future, I give thanks for the blessings I have received and wish them upon you thrice in return!!!

SOUL FUNKTION Radio #148 DJ Offbeat - Taoma

Welcome to May! This year seems to be flying by so far and is showing no sign of letting up. We begin this week with a Paolo Scotti 10" on DejaVu that I am loving at the moment. Then it's into some afro funky business before working it out with some soulful grooves. Definitely feeling those sunshine vibes in anticipation of the upcoming weekend in Spain!

Be well and enjoy yourself until the next one!

1. Paolo Scotti - Taoma
2. Tidiani Kone & Orchestre Poly Rytmo - Djanfa Magni
3. Peter King - Jo Jolo
4. Sofrito Specials - Tabou For The People
5. Olantunji Babatunde - Jin-Go-Lo-Ba
6. New Land - The Deal (Main Mix)
7. Dele Sosimi - Di Bombs (The Jinks Remix)
8. DJ Jori - Brazil Horns (Joeski Mix)
9. Peven Everett - Special (Timmy Regisford Remix)
10. Stevie Wonder - My Love Is On Fire (DJ Spinna Remix)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

SOUL FUNKTION Radio #147 DJ Offbeat

1. Theo Parrish - Chemistry
2. Tony Allen - Alutere
3. SHQ - Cubano Chant (Ennio Styles Remix)
4. Hipnosis - My Words (Mitchell & Dewbury Remix)
5. Sandboy - Viver (Volcov 4-3-1-2 Remix)
6. Five Corners Quintet - Lighthouse (DJ Mitsu the Beats Chic House Mix)
7. John Beltram - Your Colors
8. DJ Dozia - Latin High
9. XPanded Dimensions - Oweyi (Main Mix)

Friday, April 23, 2010

A Weekend in Spain

I'm excited to be making a quick trip to Spain early next month! I'll be sharing the decks with DJ Floro and Bombin in Madrid along with OdDio and Bebe in Sevilla. Sevilla vs Barcelona on Sunday before returning home. Music, friends, football, food and drink...what a perfect weekend!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

SOUL FUNKTION Radio #146 DJ Offbeat

Cheers, I hope everything is groovy in your world. It felt right to just open up and play this evening. Willing the rain away with some sunshine vibes!

1. Chico Hamilton - El Toro
2. Intuit - Crianca Das Omdas
3. Stevie Wonder - Do I Do (jojoflores Therapy edit)
4. Pleasure - Joyous (DJ Harvey Re-Edit)
5. Vick Lavender ft RJ Green - Do For Love (Bopstar's Broken Beat Re-touch Mix)
6. Hajime Yoshizawa ft Navasha Daya - Time (Domu's Disco Funk Mix)
7. Incognito - Feel The Pressure (Mark De Clive-Lowe Remix)
8. Infekto - Left Hand Jazz (Cuica Remix)
9. Sly & The Family Stone - Skin I'm In (Kay Sputnik Raw Disco Edit)
10. Sunaga T Experience - A Kite (Exclusive Edit)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Lush Life pt 2 DJ Offbeat

Chris Galvan really took the lead with this one and set the perfect pace with a deep and rootsy, classic vibe. I wanted to maintain the flow while featuring some modern dancefloor standbys from my record bag. After heating up the beats a bit, I couldn't help but turn back the clock a touch.

It's classic sounds turned upside down as we take flight with the Schema Sextet. Catch the vibe then check the date on this burner. Andy Bey speaks cosmic truth with vintage vibes before Soil & Pimp lets the lion off the leash. Next up is a double shot of a label that I am loving as of late, Record Kicks, who are dropping vinyl that will melt the decks. It's the Milano Jazz Dance Combo with a tune that reminds me of a long lost Schema treasure voiced by the undeniable Colonel Red, sounding heavenly and reminding us all to reach just that high. Ray Harris and the Fusion Experiment hails from Glascow and they turn out some serious sounds!

I felt that the timeless 'Compared To What' had to be pulled out as a tip of the hat to a pair of our drinking companions from Saturday night. Some people just get it, while some people never will; we've gotta love them all because there's no denying that people make the world go 'round!

I've just recently come across this tune from the Harris Simon Group. I've been digging it and wanted to share. The circle completes with a trio of giants in Jaco Pastorius, Jon Lucien, and Michael White.

Inspiration information all around!!

1. Schema Sextet - Lothar - Schema 2000
2. Intuit - Western Sunrise - Compost 2004
3. Soil & Pimp Session - Harbor - Victor 2004
4. Milano Jazz Dance Combo - Much More - Record Kicks 2009
5. Ray Harris & The Fusion Experience - Scaramunga (Jazz Dance Edit) - Record Kicks 2010
6. Les McCann & Eddie Harris - Compared To What - Atlantic 1969
7. Harris Simon Group - North Station - Eastwind 1984
8. Jaco Pastorius - (Used To Be A) Cha Cha (Alternate Take) - Sony 1976
9. Jon Lucien - Black Flower - BMG 1999
10. Michael White - The Blessing Song - Verve 1972

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Lush Life pt 1 Chris Galvan

Cheers! Welcome to part one of a jazz dance special that we are calling Lush Life. Chris Galvan takes the reigns and runs us through a roots selection that is not to be missed. Settle in as we take flight!

1. Grant Green-Iron City-Cobblestone
2. Bobbi Humphrey-Jasper Country Man-Blue Note
3. Jimmy McGriff-Sign,Sealed,Delivered-Capitol
4. Herbie Hancock-Fat Mama-Warner Bros
5. Archie Shepp-Blues for Brother George Jackson-Impulse
6. Ray Barretto-Mercy Mercy Baby-Fania
7. Mongo Santamaria-Onyaye-Prestige
8. Lonnie Liston Smith-Expansions-Flying Dutchmen
9. Donald Byrd-Street Lady-Blue Note
10. Les McCann-Watermelon Man-Limelight
11. Donald Byrd-Think Twice-Blue Note
12. Lou Donaldson-Aligator Boogaloo-Blue Note
13. Art Blakey and the Afro-drum Ensemble-Ayiko ayiko-Blue Note

Stay tuned as DJ Offbeat takes over for part two next week!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

SOUL FUNKTION Radio #143 DJ Offbeat

Cheers friends, welcome back. Another afro odyssey this week as we venture through some broken beats, a re-edit of a classic, cutups, afro house action, and a touch of latin flavor in the mix before we return full circle with a couple raw afro vibes.

Dele Sosimi spent 7 years playing keys with Fela Kuti and the Egypt 80 band before striking out with Femi Kuti as a founding member of the Positive Force. You may recognize this favorite from Dele's solo career that gets a nice rework here. Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura project tackles another classic with their latin tinged take on Fela's Roforofo Fight. Masters At Work flip the great Willie Bobo, Dackin Dackino provides another taste from the Afro Rock Vol 1 comp newly released on Strut Records, and an early cut from Segun Bucknor taken from the Black Man's Cry comp out now on Now and Again Records that takes a look at the long shadow cast by Lagos Legend and original Black President Fela Kuti. Enjoy!

1. Shelly Nicole's Blakbushe - Blak Girls (Afrobiotic Swine Funk Instrumental)
2. Buari - Advice From Father (Pat Le Stache Re-Edit - We Are The Africans)
3. Javi P3Z Orquesta - El Safari
4. Roots Orchestra - Kalabuta
5. Dele Sosimi - Turbulent Times (Stan-ley's Ingroove Dub Mix)
6. Gilles Peterson ft Maya Caridad Valdes - Roforofo Fight
7. Willie Bobo - La Descarga Del Bobo (Masters At Work Mix)
8. Dackin Dackino - Yuda
9. Segun Bucknor - Adebo

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Afro Funky!

DJ Offbeat returns to Afro Funky! to join Zongo Junction, The People's Champs, and Drumadics at Brooklyn's Cameo Gallery! I'll be spinning some afro grooves throughout the evening to keep everything (and everyone) moving. See you there!

Get a taste of what I'll have in the record bag - listen.

Afro Funky! facebook invite

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

SOUL FUNKTION Radio #142 DJ Dublin

SOUL FUNKTION Radio #142 DJ Dublin (AfroSonic)

Welcome to another edition of the SOUL FUNKTION Radio show! This week we welcome back our friend DJ Dublin from the AfroSonic Collective. DJ Dublin always brings some serious afro heat and this week is no exception. Some tunes you may recognize alongside some deep underground bizniz.

Be sure to check out the AfroSonic podcast

Dig deeper at

1. Black Mamba feat. Swaylo - Timewalker (Soul Tek's Ancestral Mix)
2. Gabriele Poso - Until Our Work Is Done (Boddhi Satva Rmx)
3. Marlon D feat. Stephanie Renee - Digital Love (Marlon's Deep Mix)
4. Dennis Ferrer - Hey Hey (DF's Attention Vocal Mix)
5. Dj Nastee Nev - Squiza Sah Mina (Abicah Soul Rmx)
6. South African Allstars - Ung Phula Intilziyo
7. Franck Roger - Jeware (Main Mix)
8. Thievery Corporation feat Femi Kuti - Vampires (Louie Vega House Mix)
9. Instant House - Awade (Joe's raw Africa Dub)
10. Djed feat. Anthony Goode - Do You Still Know House (Justin Imperiale Cabana rmx)
11. Dele Sosimi - Wahala Indentity Mix (Main Mix)
12. Alex Finkin & Reverend P feat Jocelyn Mathieu - Those Days Are Gone (Greg Gauthier Dance Culture Mix)
13. Quentin Harris - My Joy (Sean McCabe Dub)
14. Yonurican - Boriken soul (Yonurican Club Mix)
15. Deep88 - Summer Just Can't Wave Goodbye (Seed Mix)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

SOUL FUNKTION Radio #141 DJ Offbeat

SOUL FUNKTION Radio #141 DJ Offbeat

Greetings! Welcome to another edition of the SOUL FUNKTION Radio show. This week we start off with a Fela tune that has been brought to the surface on the new Nigeria Afrobeat Special compilation on Soundway. A quick reprsise of last week's Strut Special Selection with Trio Mocoto's Nago from Black Rio and then it's back into more Fela bizniz. We get into a bit of boogie and house flavor before closing out with a Bobbi Humphrey classic. Everything seemed to flow fairly well this week. We'll call it the luck of the Irish. Happy St Patrick's Day!!

1. Fela Kuti & The Africa 70 - Who're You
2. Trio Mocoto - Nago
3. Truby Trio - Alegre
4. Fela Kuti - Fela Shuffa (Beatsy Collins Edit)
5. Fela Kuti - Shimmy Sham Sham
6. Blakai ft BEmbe Segue - Afrospace (Balkai Mix)
7. Stan-ley & Dele Sosimi - Atide (Melyanchor A's Hmide Version)
8. Vick Lavendar - The African Spider - (Vick Lavender Main Mix)
9. John Arnold & Jeremy Ellis - Nightlife (Daz-I-Kue Remix)
10. Bobbi Humphrey - Harlem River Drive

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Strut Records Special Selection - DJ Offbeat & Chris Galvan

Strut Records Special Selection w/ DJ Offbeat & Chris Galvan

Welcome along as we take a listen to a special selection of records from the Strut label. In recording this show, I realized just how much Strut has influenced my afrobeat ears over the years. The recent set of Inspiration Information collaborations have been as exciting to listen to as they were to imagine...Amp Fiddler in the room with Sly & Robbie...Horace Andy singing over Ashley Beedle tracks...Mulatu creating with the Heliocentrics...Jimi Tenor working it out with Tony notch! Strut have also released some great re-edit 12"s, groovy disco projects, and a couple absolutely banging Black Rio comps. We could do a lovely Brasil Selection just pulling from these two albums.

But my money is on the blistering Afro Strut sounds this for set. Starting off with an undeniable mantra from Segun Bucknor, blasting off with a Tony Allen classic, and a quick peak at an excellent new album recently released by the Souljazz Orchestra. Then it's a taste of Club Africa, Nigeria 70, and Afro Rock Vol. 1, including the web exclusive Odi-Yoo by the Latapaza Band.

The first time I heard a Lafayette Afro Rock Band album was quite like my first listen to Blue Break Beats compilations; utter amazement at not only the sounds I was hearing, but these albums play like a hip-hop sample source collection. One after another they come!

A few that never seem to leave the bag are Fever by Jingo and this Shina Williams afro disco jam. Absolute personal favorites. Topped off with a tune from Mulatu Steps Ahead, the huge Green Africa, and an Inspiration Information mixup orchestrated by Mr Chris Galvan. Every album and artist featured in this special selection is worthy of more of our time, so dig in and happy listening!

Big respect to everyone making Strut Records such a great part of my life!
Dig deeper at

1. Segun Bucknor - Sorrow, Sorrow, Sorrow
2. Souljazz Orchestra - Agbara
3. Tony Allen - No Accommodation For Lagos
4. Bucky Leo & Black Egypt - Precious Mother
5. Lafayette Afro Rock Band - Racuba
6. Latapaza Band - Odi-Yoo
7. Shina Williams & His African Percussion - Agboju Logun
8. Jingo - Fever
9. Mulatu - Green Africa
10. Amp Fiddler & Sly & Robbie - Serious
11. Mulatu & the Heliocentrics - Dewel
12. Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen - Sinuhe
13. Horace Andy & Ashley Beedle - When The Rain Falls (Cosmodelic Remix)
14. Amp Fiddler & Sly & Robbie - Blackhouse (Greenmoney Remix)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Of The Same Earth

Only 92 days to the World Cup!

Afro Funky!

Afro Funky! The afro grooves return to Cameo on Thursday evening.

more info:

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Floor Violence - an IG Culture mini-doc

In late 2008 Shottsman aka IG Culture brought together some legends of the UK jazz dance and boogie scene of the 1980s. This is what happened. Featuring rarely-seen archive footage from London's legendary Electric Ballroom. Another Holy Roller production!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

SOUL FUNKTION Radio #139 - OdDio Brasil Selection

SOUL FUNKTION Radio #139 OdDio Brasil Selection

OdDio graces the decks with a Brasil Selection this week. He brings a batch of Brazilian Wax classics, so sit back, relax and enjoy!

February is Carnaval time, which means this past month I've had Brazil on my mind. This episode features 20 of my favorite Brazilian records. The mix focuses on the funkier sounds of Brazil: Jazz Fusion, Rare Groove, and Disco-funk. There are plenty of classics--some well known songs by Azymuth, Marcos Valle, Paula Lima, and some lesser-known records you might not have heard before. As always, all vinyl. Aprecie! -- words by OdDio

Dig deeper at

1. Marcos Valle – Garra – Odeon
2. Juca Chaves – Take Me Back to Piaui – RGE/Mr. Bongo
3. Di Melo – Kilario – Odeon
4. Raulzinho – Spinning Wheel (Vida Torta) – Whatmusic
5. Tim Maia – É Necessário – Som Livre
6. Tim Maia – Da Lem A Portal – Seroma
7. Sonora Trinidad – Pais Troical – Spiral
8. Nonato & Seu Conjunto – Cafúa – Som
9. Copa 7 – Derepente – Whatmusic
10. Tenorio Jr. e Seu Conjunto – Nebulosa – Fonográfica RGE
11. Cesar Mariano & Cia – Futebol de Bar – Lup Som
12. Jayme Marques – Dark Orchid (Orquidea Negra) - RCA
13. Cesar Mariano & Cia – Metrôpole – Lup Som
14. Banda União Black – Escorpião – Commonfolk
15. Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olvetti – Aleluia – Som Livre
16. Mão Branca – Melo do Mão Branca – Sinter / Murge Discos
17. Paula Lima – Quiero Ver Voce No Baile – Mr. Bongo
18. Marcos Valle – Estrelar – Som Livre
19. Azymuth – Dear Limmertz – Milestone
20. Copa 7 – Mulher Absoluta – Whatmusic

Monday, March 1, 2010

Music Is Everything - DJ Offbeat

I'm excited to be able to share another jazz set with you via the Music Is Everything podcast. Many thanks to Chris Galvan for allowing me this outlet to share some of my favorite records, both old and new.

I've always felt that jazz acts as the roots of everything that we feature on the SOUL FUNKTION Radio show and my entire record collection as a whole. It is the teacher and it remains the inspiration. Respect to the original creators and innovators, big ups to those carrying the music forward today, and much love to everybody digging the sounds! Enjoy!!

1. Cultures Of Rhythm - Bodhisatvasvattva Wonderful Sound
2. Prince Lasha & Sonny Simmons - Congo Call
3. Juju - Black Experience
4. Nina Simone - African Mailman
5. Fritz Pauer - Terra Samba
6. Segun Bucknor - La La La (Hard Version) (Part 1)
7. Joe Henderson - Forgone Conclusion
8. Eddie Russ - See The Light / Zaius
9. Buari - Advice From Father
10. John Betsch Society - I'm Tryin' To Find A Way
11. Timo Lassy - Deeper Into
12. Peter Apfelbaum - Long Road Motherless Child
13. Build An Ark - Play The Music!

Also, be sure to check out the set from October - Music Is Everything #4