Thursday, May 29, 2008

Gone til November

...or at least until Sunday.

I'll be out of town for the next few days. Check the calendar if you're in AZ. I'll be @ The Blunt Club tonight with DJ Element and One Block Radius (Gurp City represent) and Sat. @ The Jerome Good Times Music Fest. Be back on Monday (wonk waaah).

Monday, May 26, 2008

R.I.P. Jimmy McGriff

It saddens me to say, legendary blues and jazz organist Jimmy McGriff passed away over the weekend due to complications from Multiple Sclerosis.
I've been playing some of his records tonight and thought I would post a few songs from him.

Jimmy McGriff - Back on the Track
Jimmy McGriff - Blue Juice
Jimmy McGriff - Dig On It
Jimmy McGriff - Mr. Lucky
Jimmy McGriff - Aint it Funky Now

R.I.P. Jimmy McGriff
April 3rd, 1936 - May 24th, 2008

Friday, May 23, 2008

This is for the homies.

Two of the greatest of all time.

This whole nerd-ism with DJing has got to go. Once fools started making things overly (is that even a word?) technical it was all downhill from there. It's time to put down the triple click flares and start doing transforms with the line switch again.

Joe Cooley had so much style. Dude was an innovator and a huge influence on me when it comes to my own style. These cuts are from Me and Joe which is mandatory to own for any DJ worth a damn. So many good cuts on here it was hard to choose what to post.
And look at the cover! That was L.A. circa 1988. It looks like a Jordache factory blew up and started raining denim from the sky.

Rodney O & Joe Cooley - Cooley High
Rodney O & Joe Cooley - Supercuts

*I don't upload whole albums, but I gotta put this up for y'all.
Rodney O & Joe Cooley - Me and Joe

While Joe had style and a sense of humor with his cuts, Aladdin had precision and straight up funky shit. Just listen to what he does to "Rock the Bells" (which Q-Bert went on to build his whole routine from) and you'll see what I mean.

Low Profile - Aladdin's On a Rampage

Besides transforms, Aladdin also had chirps and stabs on lock. Dude just cuts up the letter "W" and kills it. I love how he flips the timing at the end. When you listen to it you can tell he was FEELING IT...

Low Profile - Make Room For the Dub. B. U

...and that's what this post is about.
Having some soul and emotion in whatever you do. No matter if it's scratching, dancing, drawing, whatever - you gotta transmit how you feel and connect with what you're doing, and in turn connect with everyone else.

No more paint by numbers.

Here's a bonus cut from the "Pay Ya Dues" 12" that wasn't on the album:
Low Profile - The Dub B U Has Just Begun


Yo, you should really see me right now. I'm flippin' the fuck out while I listen to these. SNAP A NECK FOR SOME LIVE EFFECTS

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Back on the block

It's been a (looooong) while since I've heard a solid song from CL Smooth, but I'm feeling this Destruments remix. I havn't heard of Destruments before, but they're a live band from...Boston? L.A.? Japan? I'm not quite sure. They have some other cuts up on their myspace worth checking out. CL needs to stick with this formula forilla.

CL Smooth - Part of Greatness (Destruments Remix)

Monday, May 19, 2008

New MPM Blog

I meant to post this last week. MPM launched a new Blog recently. All kinds of cool stuff over there, not just Melting Pot related. Maybe someone will read this and remember to call me!

Fusion, biatches

I'm back in effect after handling some things last week.
Real Life > Blogging - and you know this, man.

Fusion Batches is hands down one of my favorite mixes. I remember when this came out I was on my way to the airport for a big gig and a likkle nervous. I put this on and was instantly at ease. To quote Jazzy Jeff from the back cover "this is one of the dopest mix CDs I've ever heard". Thou art saying tho.

Most people know bay area native and recent L.A. transplant DJ Morse Code from his Hard Crack Candy mix series, or rocking alongside DJ AM and Mike B at LAX, but not too many know my man has RECORDS! Don't get it twitted, he may drop ELECTROBMOREBLOGHOUSE at the club, but best believe he knows his shit when it comes to the crates.

DJ Morse Code - Fusion Batches track 1
DJ Morse Code - Fusion Batches track 2

He just finished Fusion Batches 2 and will also be re-releasing this mix (which is why I only posted 2 of the 5 parts) . Both should be dropping soon so be on the lookout!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Feel Fine

Since summer is around the corner I thought I'd get the jump and post a mix I did back in 2003. I made this to give out to friends and sell locally. Nothing major or "raer", just some nice joints to max out to. I know Aser and Yosaku made similar one's around that time (those were the inspiration behind this mix) so I'll see if I can find them and post it in the future. Enjoy and don't to try to test my Paintshop Pro gangster.

DJ Day - Feel Fine

Thursday, May 8, 2008

I just wasn't made for these times

This came out late last year as a tribute to Dilla by UK's Bullion - not anything Dilla made or a mash up like some folks have said - but all new beats using The Beach Boys (?!). I know it sounds bugged, but it works (some of it very well). I've passed up Pet Sounds for years despite it being touted as one of the greatest records of all time, I just couldn't get past the Cunningham-ness of it. I think it's time I had another listen.

Bullion - Pet Sounds: In the Key of Dee

I'm not sure if dude is selling this or whatever so if it goes down it goes down.

Monday, May 5, 2008

5th de mayo!

DJ Magneto was kind enough to give me a sneak preview of his new mix inna Cumbia stylee so it's only fitting I post it on Cinco De Mayo. Fuck a minuteman. Lets party.

DJ Magneto - Cumbia Mix para mi blog
1 - Cumbia De Los Muertos - Ozomatli
2 - ERS-ONE Demolition man dubplate - DJ Magneto
3 - Fever DJ magneto cambia dub masher - Life Savas
4 - Dj Magneto Polly Famous Dubplate - Dj Magneto
5 - Alika Remix Para Bailar Cumbia - El Hijo De La Cumbia
6 - TC Jump mashness - DJ Magneto
7 - Limb by limb (Dj Magneto cumbia reffix) - Cutty Ranks
8 - 99 cadenitas - aztek732 mashup

Tinseltown to Boogie Down

Thanks to everyone who came out to Root Down last Thursday. I had a blast. That was the best crowd I've seen there in a minute. Hopefully I'll get some pics but my man is mad FLAKEY! Shout out to Posdnous and Maceo who rolled through at the end.

I pulled this out today while looking for another 12" and thought I'd post it up. I have no idea how this record even happened. 80's British band Scritti Politti and...Psycho Les? Any way it goes, there are some heaters on here and just like that Bas Blasta record the Beatnuts produced, this one is good for the beats. I also recorded the vocal and inst. of the Ali Shaheed Muhammad version which is definitely the best one on the 12".
I know I know, where's the Pete Rock remix? Let's just say its not his best work. If folks want it I'll post it up.

Scritti Politti Remixes

Happy Cinco De Mayo y'all! Hopefully I'll have something extra up here later today.

Thursday, May 1, 2008


No, not me, I'm talking about the Recloose Live Band from New Zealand. Here's a live cover of James Mason's "Sweet Power Your Embrace" taken from their Backwards and Sideways album (thanks to Yosaku for the heads up).

Recloose Live Band - Sweet Power Your Embrace

And if you're in LA tonight don't forget to stop by The Root Down!