These dudes (and ladies) can rap and rap and rap some more. Funky Four Plus One More’s “Rappin and Rocking the House” is one of my very favorites from the disco rap genre.
“NY So Hi” is the lead single off of NYC DJ/producer Eli Escobar’s debut album.
I just heard this cut by Ernest Soul Wilson for the first time last week. It’s got the trademark Studio One sound and oozes with soul.
Captain Planet is one of my favorite producers these days. On his latest single, “In the Gray,” he cooks up a viciously catchy reggae instrumental, but for me it Brit Lauren’s infectious vocals that make the tune.
Monster Rally is Cleveland native Ted Feighan; he produces sample-based tropical pop. Here’s “Orchids,” a track from his last album, Return to Paradise. I think he makes the best music to work to.
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.
Culture of Soul just released Joanne Wilson’s “Got to Have You” on 12″ vinyl and included it on their forthcoming Tropical Disco Hustle compilation. Currently on heavy rotation!
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!
DJ D-Mac is returning to the Den of Thieves this Saturday night with Eric Hilton. Gonna dust off the funky 45 box and spin some real vinyl!
Quantic has been a favorite for a long, long time. On his brand new tune, “Duvidó,” he combines traditional Colombian rhythms and marimba with modern production and vocals.