DJ Stylus and DJ Meistro of The Sol Power All-Stars kicked off The Vinyl District’s all vinyl monthly at Den Of Thieves with a night of deep, tropical wax. Check out the uptempo second half below. Head over to the good old Soundcloud for the first half with the sweet reggae opening.
Some nasty Italian acid jazz funk for you. “Say It Again” borrows heavily from the gut funk of “Good Good Feeling” by War and lays it on with vocals by none other than CeCe Rogers, psychedelic guitar riffs and live instrumentation that keeps it loose and oh so funky.
Brazilian funkster Di Melo’s 1975 classic “Kilario” gets a beat-heavy rework from the Shaka Crew.
Ernesto Djédjé was a huge star on the Ivory Coast in his day and listening to “Ziboté,” it makes perfect sense. Catchy vocals, great instrumentation, groovy rhythms, and—although rare for West African records from the 70s—the recording is crystal clear and expertly mixed. One look at the cover and you know it’s gonna be funky.
Remington “Remy” Shand’s tribute to legendary skateboarder “The Gonz” has all the style and funk of The Gonz in motion and a slick video to accompany it.
Most re-edits suck. Fortunately there are a bunch of solid re-editors out there: Rahaan, Jamie 3:26 and Cratebug, to name a but a few, who take great songs and give them just the right touch to squeeze new excitement out of them without leaving gaudy fingerprints all over the place.
I’m lugging a crate of my favorite jazz, funk, soul, and reggae 45s into the DJ booth for a rare all-vinyl set at The Lodge at Red Rocks!
Donald Byrd’s Places and Spaces album just reminds me of spring (which has finally arrived here in DC).
Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes gets a remix and video treatment from Adam Bainbridge, aka Kindness. Bainbridge pitches down the original and recreates the classic Minneapolis sound.
Psychemagik’s remix of Blamma! Blamma!’s slo-mo nu-disco gem, “Zsa Zsa” is a stylish guitar and synth bed, ensuring us (at least for its seven minute length) that the future is a warm and welcoming place.