OSW: Places And Spaces

OSW: Places And Spaces

Here we go.

Places And Spacecs

 

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01 – Billy Ocean – Stay The Night
02 – Klique – I Can’t Shake This Feeling
03 – The Strikers – Body Music
04 – Instant Funk – I Got My Mind Made Up
05 – Donald Byrd – Places And Spaces
06 – Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information
07 – Stevie Wonder – Smile, Please
08 – Brainstorm – We Know A Place
09 – Swing Out Sister – Breakout
10 – Kid Creole – I’m A Wonderful Thing, Baby
11 – Boz Scaggs – JoJo
12 – Isley Jasper Isley – If You Believe In Love
13 – Deniece Williams – Cause You Love Me Baby
14 – Tania Marie – Come With Me Now
15 – LaToya Jackson – Lovely Is She

This is probably going to go down as one of my favorites, as I had so many tracks that I wanted to drop in that were so diverse.  “Stay The Night” has always been one of my all-time favorites, while Klique’s “I Can’t Shake This Feeling” and The Strikers’ “Body Music” had not been heard in quite a while, and put me in the mind of Instant Funk’s “I Got My Mind Made Up” which is also included.

Quintessential classics from Donald Byrd and Shuggie Otis are followed by a track from Stevie’s “Fulfillingness’ First Finale” that I literally played 4 times in a row, it was so infectious. “Smile, Please” is graced by the vocal improvisations of Stevie and background vocalists by Jim Gilstrap and Deniece Williams.  This is followed by 2 uplifting tracks by Brainstorm and Swing Out Sister. Kid Creole then keeps the tempo going with the hilarious track “I’m A Wonderful Thing, Baby” which is followed by the soulful track from the one and only Boz Scaggs, “JoJo.”

After Boz Scaggs, I keep with he downempo theme with the Isley Jasper Isley track, “If You Believe In Love” which is one of my favorites from them. It’s followed by Deneice Williams’ “Cause You Love Me Baby” (which, coincidentally, is the second track here which she was a vocalist).  This is followed by the smoothness of Brazilian artist Tania Marie, with “Come With Me Now” and is followed by a very nice track from LaToya Jackson which I happened to run across.  The track “Lovely Is She” was written by her and her sister Janet Jackson, and in addition, has Patrice Rushen on keyboards, Paul Jackson, Jr. on guitar, and Nathan Watts on bass.

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OSW: Love Seasons

OSW: Love Seasons

This was an absolute blast. Let’s do it.

Love Seasons

 

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01 – First Choice – Love Thang
02 – Sharon Brown – I Specialize In Love
03 – Leroy Burgess – Heartbreaker
04 – Odyssey – Inside Out
05 – Skyy – High
06 – Rene And Angela – I Love You More
07 – BB&Q Band – Genie
08 – Manzel – Midnight Theme
09 – Groove Theory – Baby Love (Summer Groove Mix)
10 – Liz Hogue – Dream Lover
11 – Zoom – Love Seasons
12 – Twennynine – Morning Sunrise
13 – Angela Bofill – Under The Moon And Over The Sky
14 – Brainstorm – If You Ever Need To Cry

It’s impossible to say which track stands out as there are so many. Hope you enjoy. Special thanks to Michael Anatole, Helm Holz, and Todd Grundy for their thoughts and inspiring me to do a follow-up very soon.

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Workshy

Workshy

If you are familiar with Swing Out Sister, Basia, or Matt Bianco, then I believe that you’re going to like this.  As described on one of the fan websites, they are “somewhere in between Matt Bianco and Swing Out Sister, with a little bit of Sade and Burt Bacharach thrown in” which I agree with wholeheartedly – and personally I’d throw some Michael Franks lyricism and Incognito sensibility as well.

Workshy: One

 

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01 – Sleepwalking (The Golden Mile)
02 – I Saw The Light (The Golden Mile)
03 – Love Is The Place To Be (The Golden Mile)
04 – Never The Same (Ocean)
05 – Half A Mind (Ocean)
06 – Master Plan (Ocean)
07 – But Alive (Heaven)
08 – Finding The Feeling (Coast)
09 – Too Late (Under The Workshy Influence)
10 – Blue Murder (Coast)
11 – All In The Mind (Under The Workshy Influence)
12 – Something Sweeter (Under The Workshy Influence)
13 – I Get High (Under The Workshy Influence)
14 – True To Life (Under The Workshy Influence)
15 – Way I Feel Today (Unforgettable Collection)
16 – Light Of Day (Unforgettable Collection)
17 – Never The Same (Coast)
18 – All Or Nothing (Allure)

Workshy: Two

 

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19 – Got It All Together (Allure)
20 – Dive Into Love (Allure)
21 – Somebody (Allure)
22 – Love Squall (Clear)
23 – End Up Here (Clear)
24 – Let It All Go (Clear)
25 – Got It All Clear (Clear)
26 – The Reason (Clear)
27 – You Want It, You Got It (Clear)
28 – Get It On (Clear)
29 – Forever (Mood)
30 – How It Is (Mood)
31 – The Girl In Question (Mood)
32 – The Penny Drops (Mood)
33 – Call On Me (Smile Again)
34 – Throw Away The Key (Bittersweet)
35 – Better Days (Bittersweet)
36 – Out Of The Cold (Smile Again)
37 – You Go Your Own Sweet Way (Heaven)

During an IM conversation from the one and only Ricky Mac from the UK, he pointed me to  the Youtube video for “Half A Mind,” which unfortunately has since been removed.  The song affected me so much that I went to Spotify and was even more impressed by them and then went to Amazon and promptly purchased everything I could from them. With the assistance of Joaquino, I was able to find and purchase even more.  The biggest impact that they had upon me was the fact that they have been out as long as Swing Out Sister and Matt Bianco, but I had never heard about them until now, more than 15 years.  They’ve managed to infuse acid jazz, pop, lite soul, and jazz as well seamlessly.  It was extremely, extremely difficult to pull this and keep the limit to 2 podcasts, which means that you will be hearing more from them as time goes on.

Now, trying to come up with an explanation of each track is extremely difficult as I like all of the tracks in the mix.  “Half A Mind” started the ball rolling for me, “Sleepwalking” kept it moving, and tracks like “Somebody,” “Got It All Together” and “I Get High” are just three of the tracks that keep me going. As you can see, the list goes on and on.  I’d invite you to sit back, relax, and take a listen, and let me know what you think.

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OSW: Secrets

OSW: Secrets

I get by with a little help from my friends. Here we go….

Old School Wednesday: Secrets

 

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01 – Jeanette Lady Day – Come Let Me Love You
02 – Angela Bofill – Too Tough
03 – Brainstorm – Journey To The Light
04 – Hugh Masekela – Don’t Go Lose It Baby
05 – Fatback Band – I Found Lovin’
06 – Herbie Hancock – Stars In Your Eyes
07 – Vesta Williams – Once Bitten Twice Shy
08 – Babyface – Faithful
09 – Jones Girls – Knockin’
10 – Con Funk Shun – Secrets
11 – SOS Band – High Hopes
12 – Cherrelle – When You Look In My Eyes
13 – Dynasty – The Only One
14 – Sade – Kiss Of Life
15 – Workshy – I Get High
16 – Sounds Of Blackness – Black Butterfly

There is a lot of good stuff here, as you can tell. Thanks to Mike Gee and Garfield, I was able to start this mix off with a cut I wasn’t familiar with, Come Let Me Love You from Jeanette Lady Day. That got me the push I needed to get this mix out that had been in progress with for a good while. The list actually has a couple of interesting vibes ths go-round. First, there are tracks there that are a tribute to late, but great, performers that passes on, as Vesta, Brainstorm (for Belita Woods), Babyface (for Deah Dame of Damian Dame) and Jones Girls (for Valorie Jones) are on here. Jam And Lewis are also prevalent here as there are three tracks they wrote from SOS Band, Cherrelle (which they also produced), Dynasty, and Sounds Of Blackness (which they produced as well). Two tracks from Britain are also represented by Sade and Workshy, which is a very little known group that you will hearing in quite a few podcasts in the near future, so stay tuned. I was even able to pull up some good cuts from Hugh Masekela, Con Funk Shun, Fatback Band, and of course Angela Bofill. Hope you enjoy.

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Acid Jazz 10: Free Your Mind

Acid Jazz 10: Free Your Mind

Number 10.

Acid Jazz 10: Free Your Mind

 

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01 – Pride ‘n’ Politix – Felt Your Love
02 – Omar – Positive
03 – ALS – Walk
04 – Guru featuring Chaka Khan – Watch What You Say
05 – Incognito – Closer To The Feeling
06 – Swing Out Sister – Get In Touch With Yourself
07 – Beady Belle – Ghosts
08 – Jamiroquai – Smile
09 – The James Taylor Quartet – Free Your Mind
10 – Soil & “Pimp” Sessions – Jazzman In The Rave
11 – Modernday Soothsayers – Talkin’
12 – Jhelisa – All I Need
13 – Big Muff – Feel What You Know
14 – Esperanto – Sweet Feelings
15 – D-Influence – Running Away

This podcast had been in the back of my mind for the better part of 6 months.  During the morning and afternoon drives from work when I listened to WCLK, I would always think of another song that could be put on the playlist. I’m glad to finally put it together and give props to both old school joints as well as the new, independent joints that never get played.

I kicked it off with Pide n Politix’s “Felt Your Love.” This track was one of my favorites off their album “Changes” which was released in 1991 with very little promotion..   When I realized that Colonel Red was actually the lead singer of the group, I was floored.  One of Omar’s first tracks released, “Positive”  follows up quite nicely, while ALS continues the positive vibe, slowin it down a little with the new track entitled “Walk.” Guru and Chaka (!) kick it up a notch, paving the way with “Closer To The Feeling,” from Incognito’s Tribes, Vibes, and Scribes LP.

I don’t think I can say enough about Swing Out Sister, Beady Belle, or Jamiroquai, three of my favorite bands of all time. SOS flows effortlessly with “Get In Touch With Yourself,” Beady Belle puts a tinge of drum-and-bass into the jazz-influenced track “Ghosts,” and Jamiroquai mellows it out with the wonderful track “Smile.”  Those three tracks pave the way for an increase in tempo with JTQ’s “Free Your Mind” and the funky tune from Soil and “Pimp” Sessions “Jazzman In The Rave.”

This paves the way for Modernday Soothsayers who I had not heard of until Marcellus Nealy introduced me to it an reinforced the fact that acid jazz is still alive and kicking.   You will be hearing more from him, and them,  this year.  Those who know me know how much I love Jhelisa, so it goes without saying that “All I Need” is in the mix. Big Muff follows up with “Feel What You Know,” followed by Esperanto’s “Sweet Feelings” and concluded with the D-Influence smooth track, “Running Away,” with a little help from Bluey.

Shoutouts go to Marcellus, Joaqquino, and WCLK who reinforce the fact that soul and jazz are in fact alive and well.   Have 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. Take it light.

 

Brand New Day

Brand New Day

Old school is back (about time, right?)

Old School Wednesday: Brand New Day

 

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01 – Earth Wind And Fire – Spread Your Love
02 – Vesta – Don’t Blow A Good Thing
03 – Cameo – Back And Forth
04 – Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around
05 – Sun – Dance (Do What You Wanna Do)
06 – Tammi Terrell – All I Do Is Think About You
07 – Jackson 5 – Ooh, I’d Love To Be With You
08 – The Sylvers – Wish That I Could Talk To You
09 – Brainstorm – Brand New Day
10 – Tony! Toni! Tone! – Loving You
11 – Mac Band – Love U 2 The Limit
12 – Vanessa Williams – You Can’t Run
13 – Sade – Keep Looking
14 – Anita Baker – Will You Be Mine?

After not being around for a while, it took a while to get over this hump of creating one that would appeal to the masses. I’m holding a positive light on this podcast.  It pays homage to those who are gone but not forgotten, in particular Vesta and Belitta Woods from Brainstorm. Both were amazing vocalists who were, in my opinion, under-appreciated.  I’ll continue to feature more tracks from those two in upcoming ‘casts.

Favorites from Donald Byrd (with a little help from the Mizell Brothers), Vanessa Williams (and yes, that is Babyface’s vocals AND acoustic guitar you hear on this fantastic track),  Mac Band, Cameo,  and Tony! Toni! Tone are featured.  In addition, classics from Jackson 5 and The Sylveers precede one of my many favorite tracks from Brainstorm, the aptly titled Brand New Day.    Have 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. Take it light.

 

Michael Franks: Two

Michael Franks: Two

My apologies for not posting this until now, but better late than never.  Michael Franks, volume 2.

 

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01 – Read My Lips (Skin Dive)
02 – Island Life (The Camera Never Lies)
03 – The Art Of Love (Blue Pacific)
04 – Let Me Count The Ways (Skin Dive)
05 – Somehow Our Love Survives (Abandoned Garden)
06 – He Tells Himself He’s Happy (One Bad Habit)
07 – Mr. Smooth (Barefoot on the Beach)
08 – Wrestle A Live Nude Girl (Burchfield Nines)
09 – Monk’s New Tune (Dragonfly Summer)
10 – When The Cookie Jar Is Empty (Burchfield Nines)
11 – Eggplant (The Art Of Tea)
12 – In Search Of The Perfect Shampoo (Burchfield Nines)
13 – Now You’re In My Dreams (The Camera Never Lies)
14 – Antonio’s Song (The Rainbow) (Sleeping Gypsy)
15 – Dragonfly Summer (Dragonfly Summer)
16 – Rainy Night In Tokyo (Passion Fruit)

This is a continuation from Michel Franks – One, and has been in the podcast feed for about 2 months or so, and I apologize for not officially posting it until now.  It’s literally impossible to say which are my favorite ones from her, but I’m hoping you enjoy it as much as I did.  Shoutouts go to Therea, Lissa, Alethea and  DarrenKeith.  Have 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. Take it light.

 

In Rotation, Volume 30

In Rotation, Volume 30


Bringing in 2012, just in time for Spring.

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01 – Incognito Featuring Vanessa Hayes  – Ain’t It Time
02 – Sy Smith – Messages From The Stars
03 – Deborah Bond – 5:35
04 – Dego featuring Tosin Tao – Right From Wrong
05 – Towa Tei Featuring Taprikk Sweezee – Tase Of You
06 – Liquideep – Angel
07 – Incognito Fearuring Maysa – Capricorn Sun
08 – Robert Glasper Featuring Erykah Badu – Afro Blue
09 – Teisha Marie – Unscripted
10 – Dezzaray Dawn – Deep Waters
11 – Szjerdene – Lead The Way
12 – Benny Sings – Each Other
13 – Solburn – Children Of The World
14 – Compton Featuring Kafele – Somebody Else’s Dream
15 – Cleveland and Ahmed – Sensitive
16 – KING – Hey

For this podcast to start off the year, I wanted to highlight some of the high points of 2011 while bringing in the goodness starting out this year.  It takes to listen to two albums that started off this  year with  a bang.  First Incognito’s Surreal is a definite pleasure, and while I could talk about this album at length, I would recommend that you pick it up.  The track Ain’t It Time is a nice remake of the 1976 disco hit of the same name.  Sy Smith continues the goodness with Messages From The Stars from her new LP Fast And Curious.  I think I may have mentioned this before – but I’ll mention it again – Deborah Bond’s Madam Palindrome was one of my favorite albums of last year because of it’s consistency and it’s flow, all while sliding some production and vocals that aren’t afraid to swing to the left a little and then realign themselves nicely.  The track 5:35 is a perfect example.

I continue with a track from Dego’s A Wha’ Him Deh Pon? LP.  This is followed by a track from Towa Tei which I wrestled with for a bit because this track was 2009, and I (and I’m slightly embarrassed about this) did not know that he had not one, but two albums, since 2009.    The album Big Fun was discovered, thanks to Spotify, and I found myself playing Taste Of You more times than I’d care to admit. Liquideep, the duo from South Africa, released an album that combines R&B, dance and house music rather nicely, entitled Fabrics Of The Heart, and  Angel is one of my favorite tracks from that LP.  I continue this with another track from Surreal with vocals from Maysa entitled Capricorn Sun.  and a track from Robert Glasper’s Black Radio, destined to be one of the top 10 albums of the year, entitled Afro Blue, with vocals by Erykah Badu.

This podcast is also making up for lost time for what I consider a personal music transgression.  One thing that I was remiss in doing was actually paying more attention to Twitter than I should have last year I had communicated with Teisha Marie and liked her vibe. Imagine my dismay when I went to the record store and actually saw an album by her.  Yes, I should have had Addiction, and should have definitely had  Unscripted n a podcast last year.   The same holds true for Dezzaray Dawn’s Deep Waters, since I’ve actually had the EP and didn’t realize it until about a month ago. Continuing the blend is Szjerdene ‘s Lead The Way, which I heard on my ride home from Atlanta’s station WCLK, and I’m glad I did.  Finally, making up for my transgressions from last year, I had to drop a single from Benny Sing’s ART that (like Towa Tei), I didn’t know about until I listened to Spotify.

I then end this with some great tracks.  Solburn’s Children Of The Ghetto i a nice track from Natural High, which is followed by a track which is one of my absolute favorites from last year, Compton’s Somebody Elses Dream with vocals by Kafele.   I then end tis with tracks that I was grateful to hear thanks to Gilles Peterson, Cleveland and Ahmed’s Sensitive and anoter one of my favorite tracks from last year from the trio KING, Hey.

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Cupid’s Hunt 2012 – Lost And Found: The Lost

Cupid’s Hunt 2012 – Lost And Found: The Lost

I have to admit, this was a lot of  work (and a lot of fun) to put together.   Theresa and I spent a lot of time exploring both sides of love, much like the Lost and Found.  Here’s our exchange in just how to present this:

me:  writing up this mix, should have it published in an hour.
you got anythjing special you want to say?
Theresa:  First off giving Thanks to God
I would like to thank my mom
my adoring fans
and my record company
Thank you
*kisses mic**
This is just a sample of just how laborious but hilarious this was to try to put together, and I owe it to her to keep me focused on it. Presenting the first side:

 

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01 - D-Influence - Lonely
02 - Brian McKnight - One Last Cry
03 - Angela Bofill - I Try
04 - Maxwell - Whenever, Wherever, Whatever
05 - Rose Royce - Love Don't Live Here Anymore
06 - The Family - Nothing Compares 2 U
07 - A Taste Of Honey - Sukiyaki
08 - Babyface - And Out Feelings
09 - Alicia Keys - Lesson Learned
10 - Patti Austin - Summer Is The Coldest Time of Year
11 - Rotary Corporation - We're Going Wrong
12 - Lalah Hathaway - I'm Not Over You
13 - Michael Jackson - She's Out Of My Lie
14 - Cameo - Hangin' Downtown
15 - I Wish I wasn't - Heather Headley
16 - Chrisette Michele - Blame It On Me
17 - Swing Out Sister - Forever Blue

Although Valentines Day is normally thought of as the beginning and continuation of love, we wanted to address both sides of love, love that has been lost and the start (and continuance) of love.  Look out for the Found side of love, coming soon.  Many thanks to Theresa again for helping put this together.

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In Rotation, Volume 29

In Rotation, Volume 29


Ending rotations in 2011 with a nice one, if I do say so myself.

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01 – Back Together (Director’s Cut Classic Club Mix) – Hardsoul featurimg Ron Carroll
02 – Kloud 9-Loves Just Better With You (The Realm Vocal Mix)
03 – The E Family-Peace And Joy
04 – Natalie Williams-Lil Wiser
05 – Mark de Clive-Lowe-Push (feat. Bembe Segue, Nia Andrews)
06 – Shirley Jones & Jean Carne-Whatever It Takes (Joey Negro Club Mix)
07 – Silly-I Like It
08 – 45-Lucky Day (feat. Ray Mann from The Ray Mann Three)
09 – Goapele-Break Of Dawn
10 – Mind Combined-Something’s Better
11 – Strange Fruit Project-Gotta Move featuring Yolanda Johnson
12 – Colonel Red-Pressure
13 – Rime-sucker
14 – Krystal Hardwick-No Other Way
15 – Compton-Record By Record (Featuring Jaidene Veda)
16 – Lalah Hathaway-Where It All Begins
17 – Maysa-Motions Of Love

Creating these podcasts starts out with a bit of angst as I try to find cuts that I like from multiple vibes, and I usually try to start off with the house vibe (this is a long story that I will share later – I promise.)  Lowtempo house tracks from Hardsound and Kloud 9 kick this set off quite nicely.  The Escovedos, now known as The E Family continue with this wonderful track that is reminiscent of Earth Wind and Fire, aptly named Peace And Joy.   Natalie Williams continues with her jam A Lil Wiser.  Mark DeClive Lowe, calling in the vocal assistance of Bembe Segue and Nia Andrews  turn the flow to the left with a soulful, synth track that instantly has become my favorite MCDL track to date, Push.

Old school heads will appreciate the next two tracks, one from the old school divas Shirley Jones and Jean Carne with Whatever It Takes and Silly, a former group from Japan which managed to surprise me with a nice tribute to DeBarge with their rendition of I Like It.  45 aka Swing-O released an album a couple of weeks ago so, of course, I was on it immediately, and selected Lucky Day from the  album Stop! Look!Listen, another great album.
Goapele follows the mellow vibe with Break Of Dawn.   Mind Combined from Korea  follows Goapele with the mellow, smooth track,  Something’s Special.  

Strange Fruit Project never ceases to amaze me with their flow. as is evident from the CD A Dreamer’s Journey with Gotta Move.  Colonel Red from the UK, known for his soul singing, also adds a little hop-hop flair with his cut, Pressure. Rina drops a head-nodder from the album Our Kingdom

You gotta love Krystal Hardwick’s vibe when you hear No Other Way.  The album A Tale of Two Fish is along the same vibe, so pick up, you won’t be dissapointed.  The same can also be said of Compton’s Record By Record, from the album Compton’s Soul, another sublime CD.  I then end on the mellow tip as always, with two of my all-time female singers, Lalah Hathaway with the title track of her CD, That’s Where It All Begins, and Maysa Leak with her title track from her CD as well, Motions Of Love.
I will be putting additional information into the tracks above, so check for more updates.  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.

 

 

Heavy D

Heavy D

 

Dwight Arrington Myers,  AKA Heavy D, has passed on. In tribute:

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01 – Heavy D And The Boyz – Somebody For Me
02 – Heavy D And The Boyz – Now That We Found Love
03 – Michael Jackson featuring Heavy D – Jam
04 – Janet Jackson featuring Heavy D – Alright (12 Inch Version)
05 – Heavy D And The Boyz – Overweight Lover In The House
06 – Heavy D And The Boyz, Big Daddy Kane, CL Smooth, Grand Puba, Kool G. Rap. Q-Tip – Don’t Curse
07 – 2Pac, Grand Puba, Heavy D, Notorious B.I.G – Let’s Get It On
08 – Tyrese Featuring Heavy D – Criminal Mind
09 – Heavy D And The Boyz Black Coffee
10 – Heavy D And The Boyz With Cynthia Johnson – Got Me Waiting
11 – Heavy D And The Boyz – Is It Good To You
12 – Monifah Featuring Heavy D – I Miss You (Come Back Home)
13 – BB King Featuring Heavy D – Keep It Coming
14 – Heavy D Feauring Anthony Hamilton – I Can’t
15 – Soul For Real – Candy Rain
16 – Carl Thomas – Summer Rain
17 – Heavy D And The Boyz – Peaceful Journey

I sat down and tried to figure out just what I would say and realized that I’m pretty speechless that this man has departed, much as I have with the others that have left us  He was one of the kings of hip-hop, no doubt, who held his own  He incorporated pop, jazz, funk, and reggae, and did so with ease. Not only was he a musician, but also the head of Uptown Records, after which he delved into acting.  on television, in film, and even off–Broadway.

This, of course, is the focus on his first love: music.  From his first hit, “The Overweight Lover In The House” to his latest album featuring vocals from Anthony Hamilton, the man did it all.  There’s a great list of people here, however, there are some that weren’t mentioned.  Tammy Lucas is the vocalist in “Is It Good To You” and of course, Aaron Hall in “Now That We Found Love.”  The background vocalists on “Peaceful Journey” are K-Ci and JoJo, and Cynthia Johnson is the vocalist on “Gor Me Waiting.”

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In Rotation, Volume 28

In Rotation, Volume 28


Better late than never.  Glad to be back. Check it.

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01 – Si Tew with Pete Simpson – Room To Grow (Yoruba Soul Mix) [ Si – site | Pete  – myspace ]
02 – The Rurals featuring Jaidene Veda – Into Life [ The Rutals –  wiki | Jaidene – bandcamp ]
03 – Leon Ware – Love On The Beach (AtJazz Love Soul Remix)  [ site]
04 – Deborah Bond featuring Lewis Taylor – If I Didn’t Need You [Deborah –  site ]
05 – Soulpersona – Stretched Thin (featuring Princess Freesia) [ SoulP –  blog ]
06 – Dego – Pushing You To Begin (featuring Ferraz)  [ 2000 black – site ]
07 – Soulpersona – Alright (“Loose Ends” Remix featuring Replife and Princess Freesia)  [ purchase | SoulP –  blog ]
08 – Rahsaan Patterson – 6 AM [ site ]
09 – Heston – Ooh La La [ myspace ]
10 – Deborah Bond – Mr. Day’s Dream
11 – Julie Dexter – Blue Skies [ site ]
12 – DJ Jazzy Jeff and Ayah – Telephone [ Back For More – site DJ Jazzy Jeff – site ]
13 – Tracy Cruz – Love’s Galaxy [ site ]
14 – Zo! Featuring Phonte – Everything She Wants [ +FE – site  | Phonte – wiki ]
15 – DJ Mitsu The Beats – Promise In Love featuring Jose James [ DJ – myspace | Jose James – site  ]
16 – Emily King – Down [ site ]

New employment and new responsibilities are the cause for the delay of this rotation, but I’m glad to be back in the thick of things. Starting off the set with Si Tew was par for the course. Pete’s vocals sine through this downtempo house track. I continued with the smoothness of the Rurals and Leon Ware, two consummate artists, both in new school and old.

As if things couldn’t get any better, SoulP and Princess Freesia manage to knock it out of the box with an outstanding track from the album The Lapdance, one of the best albums of the year. The same can also be said for the Deborah Bond’s sophomore LP Madame PalindromeThe track If I Didn’t Need You with Lewis Taylor was a nice surprise and a welcome addition to a very, very nice album. The thing that thrills me about rotations is that for me, personally, they hold a lot of surprises. Deborah’s duet with Lewis is the first one. The second one came rather unexpectedly.

I was listening to Kaidi Tathum and loving his latest album (which will be in the next rotation- believe me) and was handed an album from Dego (better known as Dennis McFarlane), whom I had never heard of before but loved the track Pushing You To Begin. To my delight and surprise, it turns out that Dego and Kaidi were the forces behind 2000 Black, who dropped A Next Set Of Rockers, a nice album released in 2008. Then to make matters even better, SoulP decides to take one of my favorite tracks of all time, Hanging On A String (Contemplating) and mix it with Replife’s track Alright (from the album Soulacoaster) and Princess Freesia’s vocals. I’m usually wary of any Loose Ends remixes, but this is one of the best ones produced.

To continue the old school soul, Rahsaan Patterson’s track follows with Lalah Hathaway follows from one of the best albums of the year, Bleuphoria.  After these tracks, it was only natural that the next track Heston, with the soulful Ooh La La. I have a soft spot for original instrumentals, as evidenced by my  inclusin of Deborah’s Mr. Day’s Dream.  This great track is followed by a trac from the underrated artists Julie Dexter from her album New Again, as well as DJ Jazzy Jeff and Ayuh from the album Back For More.

Tracy Cruz’ nice track Love’s Galaxy is followed by the  remake of Everything She Wants by Zo! and Phonte, a great track from the album …just visiting three.  Finishing the sets off are two great cuts from DJ Mitsu The Beats with Jose James, and a track from Emily King, an artist who I was unfamiliar with, but thanks to my friend DeLo and Soulbounce. I’ve got a chance to hear and appreciate.

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Loose Ends

Loose Ends

Thanks to Unsung, the need to hear more from the members of Loose Ends was apparent. By request from Twitter and Facebook, I present the two sides of Loose Ends.

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This Side:

01 – Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating) [A Little Spice]
02 – Slow Down [Zagora]
03 – Mr. Bachelor [The Best Of Loose Ends]
04 – Watching You [The Real Chuckeeboo]
05 – Life [The Real Chuckeeboo]
06 – Choose Me [A Little Spice]
07 – A Litttle Spice [A Little Spice]
08 – Stay a Little While, Child (Remix) [Zagora]
09 – Nights of Pleasure [Zagora]
10 – You Can’t Stop the Rain [So Where Are You?]
11 – The Sweetest Pain [So Where Are You?]
12 – Be Thankful (Mama’s Song) [Zagora]
13 – I Can’t Wait (Another Minute) [Zagora]
14 – So Where Are You? [So Where Are You?]


 

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The Other Side:

15 – My Way (Main Stay)
16 – Don’t Be A Fool (Extended Vers [Look How Long]
17 – Tell Me What You Want (Extended Version) [A Little Spice]
18 – Gratitude [The Real Chuckeeboo]
19 – Gonna Make You Mine [Tighten Up, Vol. 1]
20 – Who Are You? [Zagora]
21 – Ooh, You Make Me Feel [Zagora]
22 – In The Sky
23 – Love’s Got Me [Look How Long]
24 – Don’t Worry [Tighten Up, Vol. 1]
25 – Time Is Ticking [Look How Long]
26 – Cheap Talk [Look How Long]
27 – Hold Tight [Look How Long]

Devising one podcast for all of Loose Ends’ material proved to be impossible, so I decided to pull them into two podcast – one with the well known tracks, and one with the lesser known tracks that were unreleased, and tracks specifically from Tighten Up, Vol. 1 and Look How Long, which  were sonically different from the previous albums.  Shoutouts to Ricky and Theresa.  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.

 

 

01 – The Whispers – In The Raw
02 – Earth Wind & Fire – Fall In Love With Me
03 – Prince & The Revolution – Anotherloverholenyohead
04 – Cameo – She’s Strange
05 – SOS Band – Looking For You
06 – Tom Browne – Brighter Tomorrow
07 – Evelyn Champagne King – Betcha She Don’t Love You
08 – Angela Bofill – What I Wouldn’t Do (For the Love of You)
09 – GQ – I Love The Skin You’re In
10 – The System – Supernatural
11 – The Sylvers – Wish That I Could Talk To You
12 – Deniece Williams – Free
13 – Atlantic Starr – Touch A Four Leaf Clover
14 – Steve Arrington – Sugar Momma Baby
15 – Patrice Rushen – Settle For My Love

OSW: Brighter Tomorrow

OSW: Brighter Tomorrow

By request, one from pre-podcasting vault.

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01 – The Whispers – In The Raw
02 – Earth Wind & Fire – Fall In Love With Me
03 – O’Bryan – Lovelite
04 – Prince & The Revolution – Anotherloverholenyohead
05 – Cameo – She’s Strange
06 – Tom Browne – Brighter Tomorrow
07 – Evelyn Champagne King – Betcha She Don’t Love You [12″ Version]
08 – Angela Bofill – What I Wouldn’t Do (For the Love of You)
09 – GQ – I Love The Skin You’re In
10 – The System – Supernatural
11 – Deniece Williams – Free
12 – Atlantic Starr – Touch A Four Leaf Clover
13 – Steve Arrington – Sugar Momma Baby
14 – Patrice Rushen – Settle For My Love

Thanks to Mr. James Madison, I pulled a playlist back from 2006 back when we used radio.blogs  and before the days of podcasts and  resurrected it with a couple of touches here and there .  Using a previous playlist was easy, but what made it even more of a blast to do was my friend Theresa , who adds her spin on it throughout the mix as well.  From Whispers to Tom Browne to the Sylvers, there’s tracks from the 80s to enjoy.  Shoutouts to all of the podcasters, both old and new.

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01 – The Whispers – In The Raw
02 – Earth Wind & Fire – Fall In Love With Me
03 – Prince & The Revolution – Anotherloverholenyohead
04 – Cameo – She’s Strange
05 – SOS Band – Looking For You
06 – Tom Browne – Brighter Tomorrow
07 – Evelyn Champagne King – Betcha She Don’t Love You
08 – Angela Bofill – What I Wouldn’t Do (For the Love of You)
09 – GQ – I Love The Skin You’re In
10 – The System – Supernatural
11 – The Sylvers – Wish That I Could Talk To You
12 – Deniece Williams – Free
13 – Atlantic Starr – Touch A Four Leaf Clover
14 – Steve Arrington – Sugar Momma Baby
15 – Patrice Rushen – Settle For My Love

In Rotation, Volume 27

In Rotation, Volume 27

Starting the end of spring/beginning of summer. Check it.

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01 – Random Soul feat Kristen Pearson – Take Your Time (Random Soul Classic Mix)
02 – Black Coffee featuring Bantu Soul – Even Though [myspace]
03 – LeNora Jaye – Always Get Away (Ahmed Sirour Rework) [fanpage]
04 – Kafele Bandele – Stone Crazy Remixes (Kafele Mix) [myspace]
05 – 45 & Stephanie Mckay – I Believe [45 – myspace | Stephanie Mckay – website ]
06 – I.R. I. E. featuring Ajuana Black –  I (Mamas Earth Vibe) [I.RI.E. – facebook | Ajuana – myspace ]
07 – Avery*Sunshine – I Got Sunshine [ site ]
08 – Mark de Clive-Lowe – Koko + Lee Roe [ site ]
09 – Bah Samba feat. Tasita D’Mour – Live In The Summer (The Super-Phonics SPF50 Vocal  Mix) [ Bah Samba – myspace | Tasita – myspace ]
10 – Cool Million feat. Jeniqua – Making Love (Robss Urbanized Mix) [ Cool Million –  myspace | Jeniqua – myspace ]
11 – Rhian Benson – Rewind [ site ]
12 – Moon Baker – ABC Of Romance (Feat. Candy Dulfer) [ Moon – myspace | Candy – site ]
13 – Lower East Side – Let Me Love You Tonight [ Anaya – myspace ]
14 – 45 & Jimmy Abney – Nothing Feels Better Than You [ 45 – myspace ]
15 – Terry Callier – Keep Your Heart Right [ site ]

For the third podcast in a row, I’ve had way too much music to put into one mix, which of course is a good thing.  This year so far has proven to be bountiful. It also helps, of course, that I start discovering music over the last 3 years or so that I should have been hop to.  Call it the endless catch-up mode.

If it seems I’ve been pulling out more mellow house cuts, it’s because it’s the  beginning of the summer and I’m in that kind of vibe.  Instrumentation is key here, and horn and keyboard solos accentuate the goodness.  The vocalists on the first three tracks are Kristen Pearson, Bantu Soul, and LeNora Jaye who make these cuts shine. After the first three great cuts,  Kafele is  next with “Stone Crazy” which is destined to be one of my favorite cuts of 2011.  I  think I’ve played the track so much that there should be a “Kafele Anonymous” somewhere.  I also curse myself for not hearing about 45 earlier. He’s worked with two fantastic artists, Stephanie Mckay and Jimmy Abney, who is no longer with us, on his second album.  Both tracks are here, which further illustrates my missing out on great music. I can also say with certainly that his album would have been my favorites of 2009 – it’s just that good. Independent artist I.R.I.E is here thanks to my man Mr. Anatole.   The track “I” is a great cut, and is accentuated with vocals by Ajuana Black.  I’ll be keeping my eye on them.

I’ve got Avery Sunshine, who is a great new artist, and Rhian Benson, who is now out with her second album.   Moon Baker, an artist from the Netherlands, is here with saxophonist Candy Dulfer (remember “Lily Was Here?”) Her album’s principal producer is the one and only Nicolay, so check her out.  Mark de Clive Lowe Bah Samba, and Cool Million are also in the mix.  Tasita is a vocalist that I first heard on Reel People’s “Seven Ways To Wonder.”  She continues her greatness here with Bah Samba.  The track from Cool Million presents vocals by Australian artist Jeniqua – another artist to keep an eye, and ear, out for. The set ends with Terry Callier, an artist that has been around for quite a while.  “Keep Your Heart Right” is officially  one of my personal anthems which makes me smile when I hear it.

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