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.
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.
Standout track from Mister Saturday Night’s Brothers and Sisters compilation, General Ludd’s “C” slowly builds to its inevitable tribal conclusion.
From Ben Watt’s first solo full length, North Marine Drive in 1983 is “Some Things Don’t Matter.” His new record is called Hendra and it is out now.
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.
“Long Division” is The Aislers Set at their best. Taken from their 1998 debut album on Slumberland Records, Terrible Things Happen, the song is pure pop perfection, complete with handclaps.
“Love Will Never Do (Without You)” is a song of off Janet Jackson’s fourth studio album, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814. The tune was written and produced by the dynamic duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, so you know it’s good.
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!
A lame attempt to reorganize my records this past weekend quickly devolved into an extended session of listening to forgotten gems hidden in my vinyl stash. One of my favorite De La Soul cuts, “Sh.Fe.MCs” was released on the rare promo-only Clear Lake Audiotorium EP in 1994.