2010 In Review

2010 In Review

There’s been a lot of things going on right now, and I’m playing catch up and handling things like Teena Marie’s transition (mix coming soon).  It was. however, important to get this out, so without further ado – my view of 2010 from an aural perspective.

2010 In Review.

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Volule 1
1- Good Love  – Richard Earnshaw featuring Erik Dillard
2- Back For More  – Cool Million Feat. Eugene Wilde
3- All Is Well With Love – Zo! Featuring Chante Caan
4- This Love – Si Se
5- Umm Hmm – Erykah Badu
6- Casualties Of Honey – Silhouette Brown
7- Hazy Daisy – Silly
8- Slippin – Quadron
9- You Used To Rock – Blue Six
10- Lay You Down – José James
11- Find A Way – Samantha James
12- Daydream – Dira
13- I Know You – Deborah Jordan
 

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Volume 2
14- Phuncky Times – D-Influence
15- Summer Lovin – Eric Benet featuring India Benet
16- Two Hearts – Teddy Pendergrass and Stephanie Mills
17- Love Gun – Cee Lo Green featuring Lauren  Bennett
18- 2012 – Jaspects fraturing Janelle Monae
19- The Biggest Sin – Wicked Jazz Sounds Band
20- Gettin’ To The Good Part – Herbie Hancock
21- Somethin’ Special – Quincy Jones
22- How Can You Love Me – El DeBarge
23- Open Your Mind – Kleeer
24- 1975 – Incognito
25- Don’t Wait – The Foreign Exchange
26- Serenade – C3
27- Love – Princess Freesia
 

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I really wish  I had time to type it all out, but I did manage to say a little more  in this podcast.  In two volumes, I managed to touch on tributes, tracks from the past, new school, J-Pop, instrumentals, and alternative music.  That being said, there is no set genre here – just what I perceived to be sonically stimulating in 2010.  Please note: there is no acid jazz or Teena Marie tracks- they will be posted seperaately.  Also, there is a post of 2010 in memorial, so stay tuned for that.   As usual, I  look forward to feedback   Got requests? Send an email to ejflavors at gmail dot com. For those who’d like to subscribe to these podcasts, enter this link manually into iTunes. Also, please be sure to check out on GROOVMNT always keepin’ you in the loop. Take it light.

In Rotation, Volume 25

It’s the second one in a row with too many good tracks to choose from. Presenting:

In Rotation, Volume 25. [Click to play or right click-save as to download.

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01 – Waiting (feat. Kenny Thomas and Roy Ayers) – Richard Earnshaw [myspace] [Kenny – myspace]
02 – Put A Little Lovin’ In Your Heart – Incognito [link]
03 – Truth – MdCL presents Sy Smith [site | Sy Smith – wiki]
04 – Circles (Feat. Nina Jayne) – Richard Earnshaw [Nina – site]
05 – The Biggest Sin – Wicked Jazz Sounds Band [site]
06 – Clickstrodinaire – Aroop Roy [myspace]
07 – ChamPain – CeeLo [site]
08 – AZUR (As You Are) – Stuart Zender & Don-E [Stuart – site | Don-E – myspace]
09 – Game Of Love – Nick Van Gelder ft. Mazan [Nick – myspace]
10 – Catchin’ Up – Loop Session
11 – It’s You – Deyampert ft. Jane Hamilton [Deyampert – myspace | Jane – myspace one & two]
12 – Rollercoaster . – Nikko Gray [myspace]
13 – Average Fruit – Quadron [myspace]
14 – Chinese Silk – Un-Cut featuring Jenna G [Un-Cut wiki | Jenna G wiki]
15 – Extraordinary Love – Driis [site]
16 – I Need Music – Bennson [myspace]
17 – Daydream – Dira [myspace]

In trying to come up with this podcast I discovered that I had way too much music to choose from, so I just let it flow and stashed the rest away for IR 26 which will be coming in about 2 weeks. There’s much to say, but I will keep this as brief as possible, since it’s impossible to say how great each track is. I started with Richard Earnshaw, Incognito, and McDL (better known as Mark DeClive Lowe) with Sy Smith. “Circles” with vocals by Nina Jayne is the second cuts that made me sit up and pay attention to the album “In Truth.”

The next track is the head nodder “The Biggest Sin” (and if you didn’t nod your head to it, be sure to let me know!) It’s followed by the instrumental “Clickstrodinaire”
by Aroop Roy. Following this instrumental are two tracks from former members of Jamiroquai (and great artists in their own right), bassist Stuart Zender and drummer Nick Van Gelder. “AZUR” is also grace with vocals by Don-E while “Game Of Love” has lead vocals by Mazen.

Five absolutely sublime tracks “Catchin’ Up,” “It’s You,” “Rollercoaster,” “Average Fruit,” and “Chinese Silk” are followed by a singer/rapper named Driis. If the name doesn’t sound familiar to you, his real name Idris Elba will. I end the set with two mellow tracks – “I Need Music” and “Daydream.”

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Resurrection

So, you might be wondering….where is EJ and what the heck has been going on with this site for the last week? Well, there were quite a few adventures and mishaps. Note: this may get a little technical at times, so don’t sweat it

Just after my transition period started (also known as the end of employment), my site went down (bad_httpd_conf issue). After more than 24 hours, I finally heard from tech support that the site was being copied to another server. Most everything was copied but there were still some fundamental pieces missing from the puzzle.

Also during the same time, there was an attempt to upgrade the installation (from MT4 to MT5). The installation failed and there has been little help in fixing the problem. This is when I decided to get the help of Todd “Big-La” Kelley to work his magic and help converted the site over to WordPress (while trying to keep as much intact as possible), which is why you see this new site before you. Here’s the lowdown:

1. All of the entries you see before you work now.

2. All podcasts are still available.

3. Radio Blogs (popups to play the tracks) are now gone (yes, all of them). I will try to resurrect all of the ones from 2010, but all of the other ones (from 2004-2009) I am sorry to say, are gone. I can resurrect them upon request, but no promises. (Update:  Radio Blog Club is now closed down so now I am afraid I am missing source code as well.  Until I can find it, Radio Blogs are on a hiatus.)

4. The “About EJ” and “In Real Time” tabs are now on the site. They’re both still being worked on. “About EJ” will be a mini-autobiography, while “In Real Time” will consist of near-real-time updates about what’s going on, including CBox (quick shout outs) and Twitter Thoughts (yep, I’m on Twitter also).

So, after 5 days, we’re back in business, but the site is still being worked on, so you’ll see some changes, but steps are being taken so this issue never happens again. My apologies for this downtime, and major major props for Big La for pulling it together. Any comments or suggestions? Feel free to let me know.

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In Rotation, Volume 24

I’m absolutely happy to say that this is the first rotation I’ve done in 2 years that I had too many songs to choose from. It’s a good thing. Presenting:

In Rotation, Volume 24 – July, 2010

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01 – All I Ever Wanted – Bah Samba (9:08) [myspace]
02 – Get Through To You – Dira (5:21) [myspace]
03 – The Better Life – Georg Levin featuring Clara Hill (3:24) [site]
04 – Change Your Mind – YahZarah (3:32) [myspace | wiki | twitter]
05 – Casualties Of Honey – Silhouette Brown (5:10) [myspace]
06 – You Used To Rock – Blue Six (4:33) [site]
07 – Just Dance  – Cool Million Feat. Noel McKoy (4:52) [myspace]
08 – Lost In The Moment – Marcell and The Truth (3:54) [site]
09 – This Could Be The Night (Featuring Eric Roberson, Darien Brockington & Rapper Big Pooh) – Zo! (4:19) [myspace | twitter]
10 – I Need Your Love – PJ Morton (2:49) [site]
11 – Mad 1 More Night – Russell Taylor (3:50) [site]
12 – Showya – Darien (4:30) [myspace]
13 – Past Present Future – Angel Grant (4:43) [site | wiki | myspace]
14 – Always Will (Ft. Muhsinah & Kaidi Tatham) – Eric Lau (4:23) [myspace]
15 – The Song (feat Chaka Khan) – Incognito (5:09) [link]
16 – Love – Princess Freesia (5:56) [myspace | facebook]
17 – All Is Well With Love (Featuring Chantae Cann) – Zo! (2:55) [myspace | twitter]

Since work and school have been an absolutely busy experience, trying to pull out rotations is a challenge – even doubly shoo with trying to keep the Old School Wednesdays moving. Let’s see if I can keep up with the music this year, which is undoubtedly much more active (and interesting) than it was last year.

I have always been interested in Bah Samba, and have used them on a couple of occasions. After doing some research, I saw that they have been out for more than 10 years, and that one of the vocalists was no other than Alice Russell who is phenomenal both on the turntable and in person. It prompted me to pull out All I’ve Ever Wanted without hesitation. I’ve followed this from Dira, a new artist produced by Bluey from Incognito. The track Gotta Get Through To You is off of the CD Something About That Girl. Georg Levin then sets the groove with vocals by the one and only Clara Hill with The Better Life.

Yahzarah’s Change Your Mind is a great track which was produced by Nicolay (who incidentally produced the entire LP, The Ballad of Purple St. James). This is followed by Silhouette Brown with a little help from Lady Alma on the track Casualties of Honey. Blue Six follows this up with the bass-thumping You Used To Rock. We then slide into the old school vibe by sliding into the German collaboration by the name of Cool Million with the track Just Dance with Noel McCoy.

I was able to get my hands on Marcell And The Truth and I was very impressed with his LP.. Lost In The Moment is one of my favorite tracks off of the CD. Symbols. Special thanks to L. Michael Gipson got alerting me to this release. Zo! slides in with a track from Sunstorm entitled This Could Be The Night with Erro, Darien Brockington, and Big Pooh. This is followed by PJ Morton’s I Need Your Love and Russell Taylor’s Mad 1 More Night from the CD Confessional.

Showya. a great track from Darien produced by Soulpersona, is one of the most frequently played tracks by yours truly. This track is followed by Past Present Future by Angel Grant, an artist fro the former Perspective Records (remember Lil’ Red Boat?) I found this track while listening to her previous album, aptly entitled Album. The track comes from her current album entitled My Journey Back. Eric Lau then gives us the lovely track Always Will with vocals by Musinah and Kaidi Taitham .

After Eric’s track, Incognito follows with vocals by the one and only Chaka Khan with The Song an unquestionably solid track that will be heard for years to come. This is followed by Princess Freesia, an artist to watch out for, with the soulful track Love, which keeps the goodness flowing. I conclude this with a track from Zo!, entitled All Is Well With Love, one of my absolute favorite tracks from the LP. This track is graced by the vocals from Chantae Cann,

Shououts go to Ricky McCarthy, Paul Eversley, Soulpersona, Zo!, and L. Michael Gipson.
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Cupid’s Hunt, 2010: Love Me On The One

Happy Valentines Day to you and your. Presenting:

Cupid’s Hunt, 2010: Love Me On The One

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01 – Adriana Evans – Love Me On The One
02 – Lina – Waiting
03 – Soulpersona featuring Kia Bennett – Lifetime
04 – Darien – My Door
05 – kipper jones – Hey You!
06 – Musiq Soulchild – Sobeautiful
07 – Amp Fiddler – Unconditional Eyes
08 – Incognito – Labour of Love
09 – Jose James – Love Conversation (Ft. Jordana de Lovely)
10 – Sy Smith – Would All The People From Compton Please Leave?
11 – Natalie Williams – Psychedelic Love
12 – Loose Ends – Love Controversy, Pt. 1
13 – D’Influence – Dreams f_Julie Anne Evans
14 – Repercussions – A Gentle Kind Of Love
15 – Ivana Santilli with Glenn Lewis – If Ever I Fall (Part1)
16 – Esthero – Thank Heaven For You
17 – Morcheeba – Undress Me Now

Trying to fiind time to do this was a chakllenge. Doing the mix itself was a pure joy and I’m glad I was able to follow up like I wanted to. It would take me forever to talk about each track, but I will be trying to update as time permits. Special thanks to Todd Grundy for lighing a fire beneath me. Got requests? Send an email to ejflavors at gmail dot com. For those who’d like to subscribe to these podcasts, enter this link manually into iTunes. Also, please be sure to check out on Flowink.com always keepin’ you in the loop. Take it light.

My Favorite Tracks of 2009

This was by request, and allows me to start off 2010 on a clean slate. Presenting:

My Favorite Tracks From 2009. [Click to play or right click-save as to download.

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01 – Nicolay (feat. Carlitta Durand) – Wake Up In Another Life
02 – Tortured Soul – Your Dream Is My Dream
03 – Naturally 7 – Wall Of Sound
04 – Jaspects – Unifunk
05 – Mos Def – Casa Bey
06 – Jay ARE – Relax Ur Mind Featuring Tiffany Paige
07 – PPP (Platinum Pied Pipers) – On A Cloud (Feat. Karma Stewart)
08 – N’dambi – The World Is A Beat
09 – Soulpersona – Weightless Featuring Deborah Jordan
10 – Zo! Featuring Darien Brockington – The Highways Of My Life (Pts. 1 & 2).

2009 was one heck of a challenging year, and I was really ready to be done with it with a quickness. Because of so many things going on that interfered with am appreciating music for periods of time, I almost felt like I missed a lot, which is why this list seems to be really short. I’m usually able to come up with more than 10. I’m anticipating that this year was an exception, rather thn the rule, and that 2010 will be nore “normal” as they say.

It was a good thing seeing Nicolsy, Zo!, and Darien in concert year. It seems tht they have been principal arrtists each year, and I’m very happy about that. Naturally 7 is a group that has been around for a while that I was glad to learn about this year. Their style is definitely new and I do not recall hearing anyone like them. That’s always a great twist. The same can also be said about Jaspects who have taken Jazz and infused it with Electronica, which in my humble opionion, works splendidly.

I didn’t get a large infusion of hip hop last year (which will change this year, I;m sure) but Mos Def and Jay ARE relally brought some very great tracks to the forefront. N’Dambi and PPP infuse soul like only they can, and I expected nothing less from them.I was pretty late to the game with Soulpersona and Deborah Jordan. but I plan to make up for it this year. Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to 2010.

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Christmas, 2009

My gift to you….

Christmas, 2009.

 

 

 

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01 – Donny Hathaway – This Christmas
02 – Stevie Wonder – Someday At Christmas
03 – Luther Vandross – A Kiss For Christmas
04 – Sounds of Blackness – Soul Holidays
05 – BeBe & CeCe Winans_BeBe Winans_CeCe Winans – Jingle Bells
06 – The Salsoul Orchestra – The Little Drummer Boy
07 – Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas Is You
08 – Boyz II Men/Brian McKnight/Wanya Morris – Let It Snow
09 – Take 6 – Oh! He Is Christmas
10 – Mariah Carey – O Holy Night
11 – The Jackson 5 – Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
12 – The Whispers – The Christmas Song
13 – Luther Vandross – O Come All Ye Faithful
14 – Alexander O’Neal – Remember Why (It’s Christmas)
15 – New Edition – The Joy Of Christmas
16 – Vanessa Williams – Baby, It’s Cold Outside
17 – Stevie Wonder – Ave Maria
18 – Luther Vandross – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
19 – Lou Rawls – Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
20 – Johnny Gill – Give Love on Christmas Day
21 – Jackson 5 – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
22 – Wham! – Last Christmas
23 – Luther Vandross – At Christmas Time
24 – The Salsoul Orchestra – Merry Christmas All
25 – Boyz II Men – Silent Night
26 – Lou Rawls – What Are You Doing New Years Eve_
27 – Whitney Houston – Who Would Imagine a King
28 – Ray Parker, Jr. – Christmas Time Is Here
29 – Lou Rawls – Christmas Will Really Be Christmas
30 – Luther Vandross – Every Year, Every Christmas
31 – New Edition – Give Love On Christmas Day
32 – En Vogue – Silent Night (Happy Holiday Mix)
33 – TLC – Sleigh Ride
34 – Run DMC – Christmas In Hollis
35 – King Sun D Moet – Christmas in the City
36 – Treacherous Three – Santa’s Rap (Beat Street Mix)
37 – The Rap All-Stars – Last Christmas
38 – Prince and the Revolution – Another Lonely Christmas
39 – Alexander O’Neal – Remember Why (It’s Christmas) Reprise

Hope you enjoy this. Special thanks to all that come here often, the Facebook crew and friends and family, I love you all. Keep shining. NOTEL MP3s are available now until Midnight, 12/26 EST from here [right click- save as]. Enjoy! Got requests? Send an email to ejflavors at gmail dot com. For those who’d like to subscribe to these podcasts, enter this link manually into iTunes. Also, please be sure to check out on Flowink.com always keepin’ you in the loop. Take it light.

In Rotation, Volume 22 – August, 2009

It’s been a long time coming.

In Rotation: Volume 22 – August 2009.
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01 – Tortured Soul – Your Dream Is My Dream [site]
02 – The Sunburst Band – Far Beyond [myspace]
03 – Jaspects – Unifunk [myspace]
04 – Stephanie McKay – Fiya [site]
05 – Jay ARE – Relax Ur Mind Featuring Tiffany Paige [site]
06 – Naturally 7 – Wall Of Sound [site]
07 – Chali 2na – When Will I See You Again (feat. Elzhi) [myspae]
08 – Don-E – Stay Awhile [myspace]
09 – Down to the Bone – Good to Me feat Roy Ayers [site]
10 – Jazzin’ Park – New Sun [amazon]
11 – Ledisi – Say No [site]
12 – Seek – Some All Night Dancing [amazon]
13 – King Britt and Vikter Duplaix – I’ll Do It For You [myspace]
14 – Liquid Spirits – Higher Ground [site]
15 – Ashley Thomas – A Tale Of Two Cities [site]

Admittedly, this has been long in coming but due to employment issues and the dearth of music, I had been reluctant to try to generate one. Perserverence and forethught prevailed. Somce new music has been a challenge, I went back into the archives and was able to pull a few gems to help with the flow of new music.

Tortured Soul’s Did You Miss Me? LP has always been in rotation, as well as The Sunburst Band’s spectacular instrumental Far Beyond. Unifunk is great blend of jazz and electronica, which I have always been wary of – until this album The Polkadotted Stripe. Jay ARE, consisting of John Robinson and J. Rawls has just recently come out with their album Jay ARE – 1960’s Jaz Revolution Again. Their track Relax Your Mind had me during the first 10 seconds of the song.

The septet Naturlally 7, a group who provides more than just simply a cappella with their music, is a force to be reckoned with. Their "Vocal Play" provides both sining and instrumentaton. My biggest regret is that I’ve been sleeping on them for so long. Chali 2Na and Elshi do hip hop justice with When Will I See You Again, and Don-E continues his abikity to groove with Stay Awhile.

It stands to reason that Down To THe Bone and Roy Ayers jam for 7 minutes with Good To Me, followed by Jazzin
Park’s New Sun. Ledisi’s Say No is from her new album Turn Me Loose which is essential for fans of Ledisi.

I went back in time for the next two tracks. Seek’s mellow funk Some All Night Daing is from their album from 2004, Jurney Into Day,while King Britt and Vikter Duplaix’s track I’ll Do It For You was released in 2001. I compete the wind-down with Liquid Spirit, who also has a track in Volume 21, continues the goodness with Higher Ground, while Ashley Thomas, also present in Volume 21, ends he belnd with A Take if Two Cities from the album of the same name.

Thanks for waiting so long – I’m hoping to start doing this monthly- time permitting.
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Michael Joseph Jackson – A Tribute.

Michael Joe Jackson – may he rest in peace. As Al Sharpton said, he’s more than an icon, an he will be missed.

Remembering Michael Jackson

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01 – The Jackson 5 – Never Can Say Goodbye
02 – The Jackson 5 – Got To Be There
03 – The Jacksons – Who’s Lovin’ You
04 – Michael Jackson – Call On Me
05 – Michael Jackson – Ben
06 – Michael Jackson – With A Child’s Heart [‘Watch Me’]
07 – Michael Jackson – You Are There
08 – Michael Jackson – People Make The World Go ‘Round
09 – Jackson 5 – Love Is The Thing You Need
10 – Jackson 5 – If I Don’t Love You This Way
11 – Jackson 5 – Can You Remember
12 – Jackson 5 – All I Do Is Think Of You
13 – The Jacksons – Show You The Way To Go
14 – The Jacksons – Time Waits For No One
15 – The Jacksons – That’s What You Get For Being Polite
16 – Michael Jackson – Get On The Floor
17 – Michael Jackson – The Girl is Mine (Orginal Demo Version)
18 – Michael Jackson – Girlfriend
19 – Michael Jackson – I Can’t Help It
20 – Michael Jackson – Butterflies

When I learned about MJs death, I received a couple of podcast requests. After seeing so many reflections of Michael and his performances through the late 70s through this decade, I felt that some of his early career hadn’t been considered. This is when I called on Todd Kelley’s knowledge to be able to touch on some of the early work by The Jacksons and Michael, as well as tracks from the 80s which weren’t necessarily the most popular, but definitely memorable. This, course, is like grabbing only a few dollars out of a big moneybag. Trying to fit them all on one CD is not easy- there is so much we weren’t able to touch on- but I hope you find this sampling of Mike’s spirit and talent them all on one CD touches you in some way. Shutouts go to KB and Fave as well or their touches on this ‘cast. Got requests? Send an email to ejflavors at gmail dot com. For those who’d like to subscribe to these podcasts, enter this link manually into iTunes. Also, please be sure to check out on Flowink.com always keepin’ you in the loop. Take it light.

In Rotation: Volume 21, March 2009/SXSW

SXSW rocked. Gets better eah year. Here we go with a long ovedue rotation.

In Rotation: Volume 21, March 2009/SXSW.
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01 – Platinum Pied Pipers – On A Cloud (Feat. Karma Stewart) [info]
02 – Ashley Thomas – Let It Bloom [site]
03 – Lisa Shaw – Feel [site]
04 – Tortured Soul – Home To You [site]
05 – Jody Watley – Candlelight (Aris Kokou Edit) [download]
06 – Liquid Spirits – Could It Be You (Part 1) [site]$
07 – Liquid Spirits – Could It Be You 2 (Part 2) [site]
08 – Sunlightsquare – Never Felt So Good [site]
09 – Erik Rico – Let’s Stay Together [myspace]
10 – Slakah The Beatchild – Enjoy Ya Self [myspace]
11 – Zo! + Asylum 7 – Overdue Process [myspace]
12 – Mabanua – Dream About You [myspace]
13 – LaSonya Gunter – Sittin’ Here [site]
14 – Randevyn – This Morning [site]

I had an absolute blast in Austin, TX at SXSW and it gets better every year., believe me. It gave me a running start on this rotation. The grooves here are plentiful. Platinum Pied Pipers blows the lid off the bo with On A Cloud, instant classic in my mind. This coes from the new CD Endurnce. This is followed up by Ashey Thomas – who, in my mind, has one of the best CDs so far this yar, A Tale Of Two Cities. I wanted to include two tracks on this rotation, but I’m going to keep adhering to the rules here…just be sure you’ll hear more of him this year. The same can be said of Lisa Shaw’s new CD, Free- a solid followup to Cherry. To keep the keep the vibe going, I had to coninue with soid trancks from Tortured Soul’s new CD Did You Miss Me? and Jody’s Candlelight.

Liquid Spirit follows up with Could It Be You?, from one of my favorite albums from last year, Music, while Sunlightsquare keeps it moving with Never Felt So Good. Erik Rico keeps the flow into Slakah The Beatchild’s Emjoy Yourself (which by the way is also included in Nikki’s Soulrific Episode #45. Zo! teams up with Asylum 7 with Overdue Process, from the album of the same name. I then mellow it out to a close with Mabanua’s Deam About You, Lasonya Gunter’s Sittin’ Here, and my man Randevyn’s This Morning.

I’m definitely going to be at SXSW next year, believe that. There are way too many people to give thant’s to this go-round, just know that I’m definitely planning on making it next year, and makig sure I stay a little bit longer.

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This Thing: Cupid’s Hunt, 2009


Cupids's Hunt, 2009
Thanks to Mr. T. Grundy, I present:

This Thing: Cupid’s Hunt, 2009

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01 – D-Nell – This Thing
02 – Q-Burns Abstract Message – This Time (featuring Lisa Shaw)
03 – Don Blackman – Holding You, Loving You
04 – Amerie – Why Dont We Fall In Love
05 – Carl Thomas – My Valentine
06 – Giovanca – Pure Bliss
07 – Incognito – I Love What You Do For Me
08 – Ephraim Lewis – Drowning in Your Eyes
09 – Blaze – All That I Should Know
10 – Gaelle – Repetition
11 – D’Sound – Tattooed On My Mind
12 – Adriana Evans – Looking For Your Love
13 – Beanfield with Ernesto – Close to You
14 – Ivana Santilli – You’re So You
15 – Alexander O’Neal – The Morning After
16 – Amp Fiddler – Unconditional Eyes
17 – D Infuence – Falling

I decided to not try to focus on any particular genre, but tracks that made me feel great when I first heard them- and each time I listen to them. I started out with This Thing from D’Nell because the track was my favorite track of 2004 and upon hearing this track, I was hell bent on absorbing all that is D’Nell. I haven’t looked back since. The same thing can also be said about This Time when I was trying to discover all that is Lisa Shaw. Don Blackman’s old school track (that I actually heard off a new-school CD) brings us to throwbacks from Amerie (only 2 minutes, 49 seconds long), and Carl Thomas (scratching blended in with a wonderful string section hook).

Giovanca, Incognito (with Maysa on lead), and Eprhaim Lewis (RIP) with their Amsterdam and UK tracks are followed by New Jersey’s Blaze and one of my favorite tracks from this house group, All That I Should Know. This is followed by Gaelle’s Repetition (which is one of the simplest, yet most-layered tracks that simply say "I love you."). Oslo’s D’Sound has a track entitled Tattooed On My Mind that is followed by arguably my favorite Adriana Evans track from her first LP, Looking For Your Love, with it’s luxurious arrangement of horns strings, and xylophones accentuated by her vocals. Timeless.

Beanfield’s Close To You from the album Seek introduced me to Ernesto. I followed this up with Ivana Santilli’s You’re So You which came out the year before the background vocalist’s first album was released. (I believe you know him as a guy named Dwele). I kept it going with Alex’s The Morning After, Amp Fiddler’s Unconditional Eyes with vocals by Stephanie McKay, and capped it with the last track off of D-Influence’s London CD, Falling. Sarah Anne Webb’s vocals in the final 60 seconds gets me every time.

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Other Cupids Hunt Mixes can be found here:

1. DJ GrantLOVE
a) Music To My Ears: It’s All LOVE, Pt 1 DJ GrantLOVE
b) Music To My Ears: It’s All LOVE, Pt 2 More LOVE
c) Music To My Ears: My Love, My Life, My Wife (Cupids Hunt 2009)

2. Todd KelleyToddKelley.net: Cupid’s Hunt Mix 2009

3. NikkiSoulrific: Cupid’s Hunt Mahaba Mix

4. DarrenKeithMy Love For Music: Cupid’s Hunt 2009

5. FreshCupid’s Hunt 2009 – A Special Edition Sunday Soundtrack

6. Anji BeeChillcast #151: Cupid’s Hunt V.2 2009

7. Jeff Hinz Friday Night Dance Party: Cupid’s Hunt FNDP Special

8. KevinGot The Fever: Cupid’s Hunt Valentine’s Day

9. Liz Burr – Cupid’s Hunt: Certified Crazy

10. Ricky McCarthy – Bajanrascals Podcast – Valentines Day Mix

11. The Brown Spoon – Cupid’s Hunt, 2009 – Lights, camera, slow jams

12. DarrenKeith – My Love For Music: Cupid’s Hunt, 2009

13. dbassist“Cupid’s Hunt 2009 – dbassist’s Love Thang”

14. Vincent, The Soul ChefFufu Stew (via Souled On Music): “Love Lockdown: The Fufu Stew Edition”

15. anewlisRadio ANEW: “ITM – Cupid’s Hunt 09″

16. FaveFriday Favecast: “Cupid’s Hunt Edition – Love All Over”

17. TGrundy a.k.a “Mr. Brilliant”RIBS: “Cupid’s Hunt 2009 – Have A ‘Jazzy’ Valentine!”

Top 15 Tracks Of 2008

Ready? Let’s close it out. And this was no small feat, trust me. Not easy. My:

Top 15 Tracks of 2008.
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15 – Liquid Spirits – Music [site] – Artist from the Netherlands who surprised me with their title track. This track had me when it first played. Love the chorus.
14 – Erik Rico – Making Love [myspace]
– Erik is an independant artist. I really enjoyed his album this year. Surprising in it’s simplicity, but very enjoyable.
13 – Peter Hadar – Laugh Together [myspace]
– My favorite cut off of Well Dressed for the Art Show. When he sings "we say we look good together / but can we be goofy wherever" – I swear it’s like he knew me. Love that line.
12 – Q-Tip – Believe (feat. D’Angelo) [myspace | purchase]
– From Renaissance. It’s so good, I use it as my ringtone for my G1. This also just accelerates the need for D’Angelo to drop something this year.
11 – Lalah Hathaway – 1 Mile [site | purchase]
my favorite track from Self Portrait. Solid album from her- one of the most underappreciatd artists in my opinion.
10 – Luisito Quintero – Love Remains The Same (feat. Blaze) [purchase]
– I admit that I’m a house fan, and defintiely a fan of Blaze. This track is my one of my many, many head nodders featuring them. Luisito Quintero’s Summer Madness is solid in and of itself, this is icing on the cake.
09 – Giovanca – Free [myspace | purchase]
– I’m a fan of Benny Sings and also Wouter Hamel. Giovanca, also from Dox Recrods has a very good album with Subway Silence. The album itself is great, but this track, with a serious break in the middle filled with horns and percussion, is just golden.
08 – Coultrain – Green [myspace]
Jealousy neve sounded so good. Love the southern touch and the violins. He’s also doing some work with Platinum Pied Pipers this year. Gotta be great.
07 – Jimmy Abney – Hello [myspace | purchase]
Such an understated love track that gets me every time I hear it. I played it countless times, along with the album Return to Forever. Osunlade did a great job.
06 – Foreign Exchange – If She Breaks Your Heart
– And now I can say this- Foreign Exchange’s Leave It All Behind is absolutely one of my top albums of the year. Picking a song out there is difficult at best, but Yazarah’s redux of Stevie Wonder’s If She Breaks Your Heart from Jungle Fever is absolutely incredible.
05 – Beady Belle – Tranquil Flight [site | purchase]
– "rock me till I’m leavin’ reality behind." Beady Belle with the always killer bassline, took lyrics, seriosly infectious choruses, and soulful vocal accentuations that make me shake my head every time I hear this track.
04 – Incognito – I’ve Been Waiting [purchase]
– Always a big fan of Incognito, believe that. Classic, classic stuff from them. Maysa’s vocals, horns and bassline. Did I mention Maysa? Yeah.
03 – Reel People – Perfect Sky featuring Joy Rose [purchase]
– Reel People’s 7 Ways To Wonder is also one of my top albums of 2008. This track stands out with it’s layering of keyboards and was my wakeup song for the spring and summer of 2008. Bliss in stereo. Everytime I hear it, I smile.
02 – Swing Out Sister – My State Of Mind [site]
– You might call me quirky, but hear me out. SOS always had my attention, and this track just made it sweeter. Taking old school with real instruments, add handclaps and background chatter. Then add sampling into the mix. Impeccable stuff.
01 – Jazzanova – Look What You’re Doin’ To Me Featuring Phonte [purchase]
– Arresting, arresting track, pulls me to the end and absolutely leaves me hanging. Every.single.time. Phonte and Jazzanova killed it in 2008, believe that.

I could type this all night talking about these tracks, which I had to compile from about 50 tracks based on number of plays and my in-rotation podcasts of the year. I also restricted myself from just one track per artist. Jazzanova and Reel People would have easily had two tracks on this list- no question. From my assessment, this was more on the mid-tempo side this year, but that’s okay, because I’m a mellow kinda guy. I’ll be updating this list with my honorable mentions and also listing my top 8 albums of 2008, so stay tuned. As usual, take a listen to the podcast for more info. Special thanks to Foundation Media, Ariel Publicity, Soulbounce, and Macedonia. Take it light.



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In Rotation, Volume 20 – December, 2008

The last of 2008, here for you….

In Rotation: Volume 20, December 2008.
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01 – Yogi featuring Briohny Thomas – Sumthin (Original Mix) [myspace]
02 – Joey Negro Presents The Sunburst Band – Our Lives Are Shaped [myspace]
03 – Jazzanova – Let Me Show Ya Featuring Paul Randolph [purchase]
04 – Ben Westbeech – Get Silly [myspace]
05 – Eric Campbell Presents K’Alyn – Fall In & Out of Love [site]
06 – Liquid Spirits – If You Don’t Love Me Ft Phonte [site]
07 – K-SON – That’s Music [cd baby]
08 – Jazzanova – Lucky Girl Featuring Paul Randolph [purchase]
09 – Flowriders – Matter [site]
10 – The Rurals – Brand New Day [site]
11 – Foreign Exchange – Valediction [site]
12 – Jean Baylor – Made To Love You [site]

Mellow house by Yogi featuring Brihonny Thomas and The Sunburst Band starts this whole thing off nicely. I absolutely love those two tracks. It also stands to reason that Jazzanova’s Of All The Things is one of my favorite albums of the year, which is why Let Me Show You follows up so nicely. Thanks to Jazzanova, I was also introduced to Paul Westbeech which is why I had to pick up Welcome to the Best Years of Your Life. Get Silly is a great track that sets it off nicely – and I’m still marinating on the album.

Thanks to the greatness of Twitter (check here if you want to find out what I do everyday), I was introduced to Eric Campbell and was greatful to receive his blesssing for Fall In An Out Of Love, an outstanding track with vocals by K. Alyn.
Look forward to hearing more from him in 2009, and getting to know the guy better. Liquid Spirits’ new CD Music features tracks with Leon Ware and Phonte, and puts me in the mindset of Quintessence which is why I like the track, If You Don’t Love Me.

K-SON’s That’s Music is a solid track that prompted me to go to CD Baby and pick up his CD. It stands to reason that I also appreciate Jazzanova’s Lucky Girl which is an absolutely jazzy solid track. The Flowriders’ Matter is a nice neo-soul track which prompted me to get both their CDs, so check them out. I then end the goodness with The Rural’s Brand New Day, Foreign Exchange’s Valedictorian, and a track from Jean Baylor (formerly of Zhane), Made To Love You.

As usual, take a listen to the podcast for more info. Special thanks to Foundation Media, Ariel Publicity, Soulbounce, and Macedonia. Take it light.



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In Rotation, Volume 18 – August, 2008

As you know, Mr. Fresh has been dropping Sunday Soundtracks for some time now which has been a solid mainstay for every Sunday for me as well as many other fans. Since I’ve been busy with Old School Wednesdays it’s not easy to find time to drop my In Rotations. When I was finally able to find the time, it became more challenging to try to find a slot to be able to provide the podcast as there are so many great ones being dropped on the regular. In fact, I believe at last count I listen to about 10 every week. Mr. Fresh has changed his schedule for his Sunday Soundtracks to every two weeks, which enables me (with his blessing, of course) to be able to drop my In Rotations once every two weeks Sundays. Without further ado….

In Rotation: Volume 18, August 2008.
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01 – Ivana Santilli – Hollywood (Nothing Over U) [info]
02 – Reel People – Upside featuring Darien [purchase]
03 – Maya Azucena – This Time [site | hi-perspective | purchase]
04 – Incognito – Happy People [purchase]
05 – Robin Thicke – Magic [video | purchase]
06 – Dionne Farris – Every Day [myspace]
07 – Jah-C feat. Cavalier – Soul Banger [video | purchase]
08 – J*DaVeY – Slooow [purchase]
09 – Naked Music – Sticky Situation [purchase]
10 – Peter Hadar – Laugh Together [myspace]
11 – Keelay & Zaire – Alright With Me feat. D Minor and Phonte of Little Brother [myspace]
12 – Coultrain – Green [myspace]
13 – Plantlife – Got 2 Find A Better Way [myspace]
14 – Solar Kollektiv Orchestra – Atlantic Radio [purchase]
15 – Argentina – Stolen Identity [myspace | purchase]

Ivana’s Hollywood is one of the tracks from the anticipated LP TO.NY. As I’ve mentioned before, Reel People’s Seven Ways to Wonder is one of my favorite albums so far this year, and Upside is one of the great summer songs that’s been rotating lately. The same can also be said by This Time, a track from Hi-Perpective’s Expansions LP with vocals by Maya Azucena. Incognito’s Happy People with vocals by Tony Momrelle is followed by Robin Thicke’s Magic, from his upcoming LP Something Else.

I’m a fan of Dionne Farris and had to wait for a long time for a successor to the album Wild Seed, Wild Flower. The album Signs of Life is a nice edition to my catalog. I’m hoping to see her this year. If it’s any indication by the track Soul Banger, Jah-C will be one to watch this year. I’ll be on the lookout of more from him.

The tracks Slooow by J*Davey, Sticky Situaton by Naked Music, and Laugh Together by Peter Hadar give me more of the mellow
groove that is definitely my weakness, as you can see. This is followed by Keelay and Zaire’s track Alright With Me with rhymology by D Minor and Phonte, an absolutely solid track. I don’t think I can say enough about Coultrain’s track Green, from his LP The Adventures of Seymour Liberty which is in heavy rotation and is in the running for one of my favorite albums of the year. I’m still rockin’ Plantlife’s Time Traveller of course, and I’m antipating more from Solar Kollektiv Orchestra, which will be a nice surprise if Atlantic Radio is any indication. I then end this with of my favorite instrumentals of this year, Stolen Identity’s Argentina.

As usual, take a listen to the podcast for more info. Special thanks to Foundation Media, Ariel Publicity, Mr. Fresh, and Macedonia. Take it light.



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In Rotation, Volume 17 – End Of May, 2008

Paving the way into summertime……

In Rotation: Volume 17, May 2008.
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01 – Joey Negro Presents The Sunburst Band – Survivin’ [purchase]
02 – Incognito – I’ve Been Waiting [video | purchase]
03 – Sy Smith – Spies [site | purchase]
04 – Plantlife – Sumthin About Her [myspace]
05 – Estelle featuring Cee-Lo – Pretty Please (Love Me) [myspace]
06 – Reel People – Perfect Sky featuring Joy Rose [purchase]
07 – Jimmy Abney – Hello [myspace | purchase]
08 – Lina – Feel The Love [myspace | purchase]
09 – Miles Bonny – Closer Love [myspace]
10 – Duo Live featuring Angie Stone – Summer Stacks [myspace]
11 – Peter Hadar – Painted [myspace | soulbounce]
12 – Algebra – No Idea [myspace]
13 – Lalah Hathaway – Breathe [site | purchase]
14 – Jennie Laws – Heavenly [site and podcast | download]

The first track, Survivin’, is from Joey Negro’s Sunburst Band’s new LP Movers and The Shakers. As I mentioned to a friend of mine, this may very well be a summer anthem of mine. As I am a longtime fan of Maysa and Incognito, this track is a much-anticipated release, and the video only underscores my love for this track.

Plantlife’s Sumthin’ About Her is one of the tracks from their second album, Time Traveller. As Voxefx stated, “Jamiroquai + Outkast + Jamie Lidell + Deelite sprinkled with Prince, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton and Rick James.” Estelle’s duet with Cee-Lo, Pretty Please (Love Me) is from her new LP, Shine, followed by one of my personal favorites so far this year, Perfect Sky by Reel People, with vocals by Joy Rose. Jimmy Abney’s Hello is from his new CD Return to Forever, released off of Osunlade’s Yoruba Records.

Lina’s Feel The Love is another great track from her third album Morning Star, followed by trumpeter/DJ/vocalist Miles Bonny’s Closer Love off of the EP of the same name. Duo Live’s track, Summer Stacks features vocals by Angie Stone. Peter Hadar’s Painted is the first single off of the upcoming album, Well Dressed for the Art Show which is available next month. Algebra’s No Idea, is a single off of her current album Purpose. Lalah Hathaway’s Breathe off her new LP, Self Portait, is followed by a solid track from a new artist from Toronto you should be on the lookout for, Jennie Laws. Her new EP is available now – check on her webiste link above for more info.

As usual, take a listen to the podcast for more info. Special thanks to Foundation Media, Ariel Publicity, Aaron Berkowitz, and Macedonia. Take it light.

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