Haven’t done one of these in awhile (and looking at my blog stats it seems that the Headphone Music posts were some of the most viewed, I guess because the artists and / or songs featured in the content came up in more Google searches than your typical obscure THAT REAL SCHITT post). Anyway, let’s get to it as I let y’all know what I’ve been rockin’ on my iPhone and iPad recently (the stuff I don’t mind mentioning, anyway… yeah, I’m still on my Secret Squirrel / Morocco Mole for real)- Soundsci – Soundsational lp – fantastic concept featuring only samples from obscure soul man Mike James Kirkland‘s “Don’t Sell Your Soul” anthology (music from back when he was doin’ it as the frontman for Mike And The Censations) and certified real-schitt bars courtesy of super rappers Soundsci. Really good rhyming and production on pretty much every single song- no fast forwarding necessary. FIrst Words – All Day Breakfast lp – another great project from the producer who must never sleep Jorun Bombay. Feel-good rap schitt, like eating bacon for every meal. Another one where every song is nice but my joints would be “Bamtronix” and especially “Norma Loves Her Gin”. Seeds Of Fulfillment – self titled lp – One of those little obscure albums in my collection that’s damn good but doesn’t get mentioned by many people. 70’s jazz with a smooth sound (as opposed to “smooth jazz” – there’s a difference), I just put it in digital form before I sold it and gave it a good listen probably for the first time in all the fifteen years or so that I had it. Might not be everybody’s thing, but this is the kind of stuff I play while I’m cleaning the house on a Saturday. Total Experience – Contradiction Superior Elevation – Don’t Let Go Babe Diddy’s featuring Paige Douglas -My Special Love Rabbits & Carrots – Soul Latino lp Peter Wolf – A Change In My Life lp Ghettosocks – Everyday Apocalypse featuring Timbuktu – Two of my favorite emcees ripping an insane track by The Process (Jonny Cuba and Ollie Teeba 2/5’s of the aforementioned Soundsci) totally to shreds. And thanks for the instro Ollie! Kanye West – Yeezus lp – Yeah, I’m sayin’ it. I know a lot of people, be they mainstream or underground rap fans, are NOT feelin’ Ye’s latest experiment. For various reasons. I’m gonna tell you, I really believe history is gonna look at this album differently than people are seeing it / hearing it right now. Maybe I just like it when people make music that screams “I don’t give a F*** what y’all think about it!”, which Kanye clearly did NOT when he put out an album like “Yeezus”. And I respect when people have the courage to take music to new uncharted territories, and I ABSOLUTELY feel that Ye, with the very important help of the legendary Rick Rubin, did that here. Is the result something that you really want to listen to? I don’t know, maybe not. But I like where this record is coming from- time will only tell where it ends up going as far as history is concerned. DJ Format & Phill Most Chill – The Foremost lp – oops, probably not supposed to mention this yet. Yikes! Oh well, y’all better get ready for it because it’s gonna be caving your whole world in very soon. VERY soon. Get ready. And in case you didn’t know already- DJ Format is a BEAST. Kendrick Lamar’s verse that everybody was talking about on whatever that song was – Actually, no, this wasn’t in my headphones in mid- September or any other time. Just thought I’d mention it since everybody else had something to say about it- I didn’t want to be left out of the party. No dis to Kendrick, he’s a very talented dude (no old man hate here).
“Can’t you take it, honey / bot watching dah sky, now / woh right”… or something like that. Trio Galleta was a soul / rock band formed in 1969 in Mar del Pla… oh, the hell with it, I’m not typing all that sh*t out. Read it for yourself at this Wikipedia page. I used to do a lot of collecting breaks, as you may or may not know, and one of my specialties for a minute was catching covers of songs with breaks, primarily covers from countries other than the US of A. One of them was this version of the Syl Johnson sureshot “Different Strokes” by Argentinian band Trio Galleta. More than the break, though, what I love about this record is how lead singer Carlos Iturbide obviously doesn’t speak a lick of English but he does his best to phonetically sound out the lyrics, sometimes with pretty laughable results. Stuff like “do the shinga-lay and the forky foreplay” beats a drumbreak any day for me (but please don’t misunderstand, I still loves me some drumbreaks). Like I said above, please feel free to read more about Trio Galetta at that Wiki page (which kinda butchers the English language a little bit too, but it’s all good) and after you’re done over there go on and find their albums somewhere online and download them all illegally! That’s what I did.
I still get a lot of emails asking me about how to buy my many Soulman and Archaeologists Classics CDs… the only one I still have original copies of is Neva Stop Diggin’ (and I don’t have many of those). Everything else is out of print, but you can still get ’em if you don’t mind CD-Rs and no cover art (I do still print out the song lists for the Best Of Archaeologists CDs). Here is the info, read carefully because there are some titles listed below that are available but are not listed in the picture above:
OUT OF PRINT CD-R’S(available without cover or label art- $10)
Soulman Philladelphia Beat Mission
Soulman Plays The Hits (a.k.a. “Soulman 6”)
Soulman A Whole New Way Of Walking (modern soul, disco & r&b)
Soulman The Truth Is Forever
Soulman – Beautiful (soft psych rock)
Soulman – Beautiful 2 (more soft psych rock)
Soulman – Come To Me Softly
Soulman – Lovers And Friends (sweet soul)
Soulman – Santa Claus Is A Soulman (funky xmas music and breaks)
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- Soulman’s Crate Classics (More Choice Joints)
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- Higher Heights (More Jazz Joints)
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- Soulful (Soul Joints)
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- Instrumentality
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- From The Rock Section
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- Soulman’s Choice Joints
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- Funk 45 Joints
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- Highest Pleasure (Jazz Joints)
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- Coolin’ (Laid Back Rock, Soul & EZ Joints)
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- Do What You Gotta Do (Soul And Dance Joints)
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- More Funk 45s
OUT OF PRINT DOUBLE CD-R’S (available without cover or label art- $20)
Soulman World Of Beats Vol. 2- Dig It! (plus Vol. 2.5 The Classics)
Soulman World Of Beats Vol. 3- Off The Meatrack (plus Vol. 3 1/2 Bonus Beats)
STILL IN PRINT CD’s ($20)
Soulman Neva Stop Diggin’
$270 for all 24 cds
Note: all of the Best Of Archaeologists cds are compilations with songs played in their entirety and come with song lists; most of the Soulman cds are mixes and none of them come with song lists.
You can listen to sound clips from some of these cds on the “ill tapes” page on my site worldofbeats.com.
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Glad to see there are still some people out there checking this blog from time to time, even though it’s basically dead due to inactivity on my part. Well, just look at me like your favorite uncle- you don’t see him all year because he’s too busy getting boozed up and chasing women, but damned if he doesn’t come around every year right about Christmas time to drop some toys and goodies on you before he disappears back into the night, not to be seen again for another 365 (that’s if he makes it through another 365… might take a Christmas miracle for that to happen). Well, I’m droppin’ by with my big ol’ sack in my hand here to bless you with a new Soulman mix, one that I actually completed in only a couple of days instead of the usual six months to a year- and they say that miracles never cease. This joint consists of pretty much every funky Xmas record and holiday drumbreak I could think of (although I did forget a few or couldn’t get my hands on a couple… I have this DOPE latin record with a nice loop on it, but I have no idea where it’s at). Hopefully this will do the job for y’all… feel free to share this with everybody you know that may take a liking to it. Happy holidays and if this is my last post of 2011 (of course it is) have a safe and enjoyable New Year. Soulman – Santa Claus Is A Soulman by Phill Most Chill SOULMAN
UPDATE: I guess the downloads from Soundcloud got used up real quick, so if you need it I think you can download from the Divshare link below. Best bet is to just use the Firefox browser, get the Download Helper add on and start downloading almost every damn thing you see or hear on the internets. Anyway, here it is again… get your download on (and let me know if there are any problems- I barely know what I’m doing with this technologicable schitt).
Back again for a brief minute (told you I wasn’t totally done with this blog)… just wanted to hit those of you who still stop by periodically with this joint right here, courtesy of the Mixtape Massacre tumblr page (what the hell is a tumblr??? I just started getting comfortable with Facebookand Twitter and now I get smacked in the temple with tumblr??? I give up, man). They celebrate Mixtape Mondays on every… uhm, Monday (check some of their past posts for more mixtape heateration). And this past Monday they celebrated the Soulman World Of Beats Vol. 3 – Off The Meatrack tape from back in I guess 1999 (I don’t remember). I’m honored. And here it is just for you, in case you don’t already own the cassette (it’s a stream, but if you know anything at all about getting over on the internet you’ll be able to DL this bad boy as well… rock it in good health). Thanks again for those who still come through every now and again to see if there’s any new real schittpoppin’… I finally got something for you. And more is coming soooon. Peace.
After dropping two “now-level” Soulman mixes this week, it’s only right that I step into the time machine and come back out with one of my early joints, the 1998 released Soulman World Of Beats Vol. 2 – Dig It! This is from back in the cassette days, the all analog no digital days, the just discovering the wonders of the internet days (you know, that magical era when you were up all night marveling at the fact that you could see SO much porn so easily in the privacy of your own home- man, the things these kids take for granted nowadays, they just don’t know what it used to be like!). The Corel Draw graphics because I don’t know about Photoshop yet days. Great memories, everything was still so fresh and new back then. I’ve gotten a few requests to drop some of the old mixes, so the giving person that I am will gladly oblige from time to time (just don’t forget I still sell stuff on CD-Rs too if you really need some of the earlier Soulman joints… hit me up, I’ll let you know what it is). I merely dropped an excerpt of this mix in an earlier post, this time I’m blessin’ y’all with the full monty (pause). Breaks, beats, loops, grooves, sample spotting… it’s all there in that time honored Soulman style (and I WILL get back to some schitt like this again one day… I don’t know when, but I will).
Told you I’d be back… and here I is with another Soulman mix. This is really more of a Best Of Archaeologists compilation type joint… I’m just putting my name on all of ’em from now on (why not?). No cutting and scratching, just playing some music I like. This is another one of those mixes that’s been sitting around unfinished for a long azz time- probably a couple of these songs I wouldn’t have put on the mix if I did it yesterday just because I’ve heard them on too many other people’s mixes. But who cares… I like all the selections regardless if I heard them a hundred times before or if they’re still new to my ears. Like a wise dude once said, the truth is forever. Besides, I think it’s a pretty decent mosaic of uncommon and commonplace, rarefied and somewhat routine. Soul, psych, jazzy, modern, whatever’s clever. The working title on this was “Spring Mix” because most of the stuff is light and breezy and soulful… unfortunately I’m like a couple of season changes late on the release date and I didn’t feel like waiting until next March to drop it, so here it is. F— it, autumn is pretty breezy too, right? I can see the leaves falling in the background while sipping a mug of hot apple cider and vibing out to this schitt. Hope y’all like it, and if not I got another one in the chamber that may be ready by this weekend as well. Happy turkey day to whoever’s celebrating it and peace to everybody else too.
In between the last Headphone Music post and the next one, the main thing I’ve been listening to is a fantastic mix by my guy Jared Boxx, formerly of The Sound Library record shoppe and now reppin’ Big City Records, NYC. This mix, entitled Thanks For Waiting, features some rare and ridiculously nice soul music- I guess the kind that most people today would call modern soul or boogie or whatever.
Me, I’m from back in the days when that soul actually was modern so I don’t know nuthin’ about those particular monikers… it’s just soul or R&B to me. But you know how it goes, a rose by any other name yadda yadda. Anyway, one of my favorite joints out of many on Jared’s mix is by an obscure group out of Cali named Spaceark. I could type out a quick bio on them, but you know I’m not going to go to the trouble to do that. But I will do something even better and link you to this site that will tell you just about everything you could ever want to know about the group. But back to the song, “Welcome To My Door”… this might be on my list of all time favorite songs (I probably have over 10,000 tunes on said list so I don’t know how special that designation really is). It’s basically a song about hitting the pipe- I assume a pipe full of weed since this is from back in the 70’s and not the crackpipe era of the 80’s, but who really knows what the hell Spaceark was tokin’ on even back in 1978. Regardless, just as Troy Raglin sings it, this jam has me “feelin’ fine all the time”.
Mos Def – The Ecstatic – IMO this is the best Mos album since Black On Both Sides, maybe even better. Not perfect, but damn good. I hear a lot of folks saying they ain’t feelin’ Dante’s singing, but I like it a lot when he does it like he does it on this album (as in just to accent the rhyming, not trying to be a real full-time this-is-my-day-job singer). Highlights: “Pistola” (love the nod to the Intruders), “Worker’s Comp”, “Supermagic”, “Roses” (featuring Georgia Anne Muldrow), “Casa Bey”, “History” (with Mos’ Blackstar compadre Talib Kweli) and “Auditorium”, which features a GREAT guest appearance by The Patch, better known as Slick Rick – check it out below.
Drew Nice – People Music II Enchanted Soul – this may be one of my all time favorite mixes, and I’ve heard a lot of good ones. Dr. York – New lp Laura Izibor – From My Heart To Yours (Primo Remix) Jay-Z – D.O.A. The Death Of Autotune Tomorrow’s People – Open Soul lp The Sequins – various Little Milton – Driftin’ Drifter – I need to get into some more of Little Milton’s catalog, he’s one of those dudes I always knew about but never really checked for. James Brown – Goodbye My Love / JB’s – King Heroin (instrumental) – gotta love those Godfather slow jams Pirimas 3 – I Don’t Know Jimmy Bo Horne – Get Happy The Bionic Woman – The Return Of Bigfoot Pt. 2 (soundtrack from the tv show) Jimmy Spicer – This Is It – one of my favorite purple label era Def Jam joints Snap aka Red Clay – Snappage Vol. 1 mixtape – for anybody who thinks I don’t like any southern rap just because it’s from down south… wrong. Snap is one of the nastiest emcees alive IMO… I don’t know how many people are familiar with him, but if you’re not you need to get familiar. This schitt is extremely dope to me. A lot of stuff off of my guy Matthew Africa‘s blog – stayed up til the sun came up one morning just listening to and downloading schitt… great music A lot of 60’s-style soul that I can’t mention yet because they’ll be on my new mix (coming soon!).