Thursday, December 31, 2009
This has been both a great and fucked up year. I traveled the world and rocked beside my closest friends, helped score a movie, met a lot of great people and got to put out some new music. And, like you, I suffered tremendous losses both collectively and personally. I can't think of a year filled with more ups and downs than '09. That said,
IT. IS. OVER.
Time to start anew. Strictly positive for the next 365. Everyone get buck, have fun and be safe tonight! I'll be back in full effect beginning 2010. Lotta tings a gwaaan!
Poets of Rhythm - Guiding Resolution
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
When he first dropped his self titled debut in the UK back in 1996 I wasn't really trying to check for new R&B (I was too busy looking for old records!). Taylor was signed to Island Records as the next "blue eyed soul" man, but he is much more than that. In response to his label trying to sell him as a pre-Robin Thicke, he turned in demos of what would later become The Lost Album and was met with a giant "WTF?" from Island. Instead of another Neo Soul album, he made what one reviewer called "a mix of mid-‘70s Southern California rock and British symphonic-pop". That's oversimplifying in my opinion. This is definitely pop-rock with obvious influences from the Beach Boys to Todd Rundgren, but it's incredibly layered and lush, with a unique sound all it's own. What makes it all the more incredible is that he played every instrument and sang every note by himself.
Needless to say, Island didn't know how to market him and after turning in Lewis II in place of this album, he was dropped from the label. These demos sat until 2004 when he and writing partner Sabina Smyth re-recorded the songs and released it on Taylor's own Slow Reality label in the UK. Fast fwd 3 years (you still with me?) and it finally sees the light of day in the U.S. via HackTone Records.
Just as it seemed like he was going to breakthrough stateside (his fans include D'Angelo, Darryl Hall, Aaliyah, & David Bowie among others) he retired from music during his first tour. Any info I've been able to find is from past interviews and reviews. All YouTube videos have been taken down (at his request), his website is shut down and he has declined to do interviews.
Now I know this is not my usual kind of thing to post (to be honest, it's not my usual thing), but this record really hit me. Maybe it's because he manages to articulate what I'm striving for in my own music. Or the fact that I've been listening to The Beatles for the last two months. I dunno. Any way it goes, give it a listen and form your own opinion. It won't be for everybody, but it definitely is for me.
Lewis Taylor - Please Help Me..If You Can
Lewis Taylor - Send Me An Angel (only available on original UK release)
*shout out to Aser!*
As some of you probably know, this Thursday marks the last Root Down. After 12 years, one of Los Angeles' best weeklys is calling it quits. Come out and support a legendary night that's had everyone from DJ Shadow & Z-Trip to Black Eyed Peas, Freestyle Fellowship, and more recently me and Exile (not to mention the Sound Clash series, Pushing Buttons, etc etc.).
Big thanks to Miles, Dusk (RIP), Expo, Sloe Poke, DJ Jedi, Ervin & Loslito. I've had a lot of great nights playing there. Thanks for the memories.
Breakestra - Getcho Soul Togetha prt.2
Friday, November 27, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
New Zealand looks like the place to be checking for in 2010. You have Recloose and the upcoming Star Blazers project - trust me, this is gonna be very ill, I've been bumping the demos for a minute - and now Electric Wire Hustle. I just got hip to these dudes via my man DJ Stylus. If you're a fan of Dwele, Mark De Clive Lowe, Phonte, Spacek, etc. dig this. I never get tired of that Minnie Ripperton flip.
Electric Wire Hustle - Perception
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Edan was asked to do a mix (...is it live? is it real?) with the Traffic Ent. back catalog (Chocolate Star, P&P, Sounds of New York, Tayster...basically all the fly shit from the late 70's-early 80's that goes for dumb money). The result isn't exactly a mix or an album, but a bugged out hybrid of the two. Once you're rocking a kazoo it goes into a whole other category.
I would post the promo that's going around, but it wouldn't do it justice. Just cop that
Saturday, November 14, 2009
As a fan of Domu (aka Sonar Circle, Bakura) this is a sad day. I found a lot of parallels in his life and production to my own, and having gone through a lot of similar feelings over the past year with my own music, this really hits home.
For anyone, in any artistic field, I highly recommend reading this.
I'll leave you with one of my favorite joints by him:
Simon Grey - Galactica Suite (Domu Remix)
Friday, November 13, 2009
Brenda & the Tabulations - The Touch of You (Osha, where you at?!)
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
...that I sit and wait to come my way so I can share it with y'all.
Zo! (who you might remember from my previous post) has dropped the "...just visiting too" EP* to tide folks over for his own full length LP SunStorm. With the help of Phonte, Darien Brockington, Sy Smith, Carlitta Durand and Yahzarah, he covers Don Blackman's "Holding You, Loving You" (right down to the hi hats), Prince's "Crazy You", Minnie Ripperton's "Perfect Angel" and more. Highly recommended. This is someone to watch for.
Zo! - ...just visiting too
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thanks to everyone who came out to Root Down last night (shout out to Ervin for the footage)! We wanted to do something new for MJ & Halloween and what better joint to flip than "Thriller"? We had a day to rehearse our main set and put this together. Hope you all enjoy it. Be safe out there this weekend!
*bonus beat - Drunken Ewoks FTW*
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
I first heard about Trus'Me via Kon's blog a few weeks ago. He kept saying how ill this dude's record was gonna be, people were gonna flip, blah blah blah...and he aint never lied.
I just got the promo today and it's easily in the running for "Best Of" this year. I uploaded his cover of Bill Withers' "Can We Pretend" with Amp Fiddler to show you what I mean. The joint with Dam Funk is bananas too. This is a must cop when it drops.
Have a good weekend y'all, and don't forget if you're in my town come through tonite to Space120!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
For anyone outside of Southern California, KCRW is NPR/college radio broadcasting from Santa Monica college. Ever since I first heard Michael Mixxin Moore and The Militant Master Mix in '93 I've been a fan. Out here in Palm Springs we don't get a lot of culture (surprise!), so having KCRW on the radio has been a blessing and a huge influence for me.
Over the last few years, DJ's from Raul Campos and Garth Trinidad to Jeremy Sole have shown love and played my music on the air, but it wasn't until last week that I finally had a chance to go into the studio and be part of a show.
As corny as it sounds, doing this was like a dream come true after being a listener for over a decade and a half.
Huge thanks to Jeremy Sole for inviting me on as guest selector and featured artist. Below is a link to my segment of the show and a tracklist.
DJ Day X Jeremy Sole on KCRW 10/15/09
BSides - African Spirits (white label)
M64 (Ohmega Watts & Ragen Fykes) - Rhythm of the Drum (Record Breakin)
Marvin Gaye - Time to Get it Together (DJ Smash Extended/Alt. Take) (Hip-OSelect)
Suff Daddy - Highlife (MPM)
Kenny Rankin - In the Name of Love (Little David)
DJ Day - Skyy, Can You Feel Me (MPM)
DJ Day feat. Miles Bonny - Learning to Fly (unreleased)
Erykah Badu - Honey (DJ Day remix) (white label)
People Under the Stairs - Trippin' at the Disco (DJ Day remix) (OM Records)
DJ Day - Kossa (unreleased)
DJ Day - Change Your Mind (Subcontact)
Monday, October 19, 2009
The homie Fashawn's album, Boy Meets World drops tomorrow, Oct. 20th. I got a chance to hear it earlier this year when Exile and I were on tour (btw Exile produced this so you already know the time) and chilled with Fash for a few days before our show in SF. I can tell you, what you see is what you get. Dude has his head on straight and will be around for a long time. This album is a banger from beginning to end (you should hear the joints that didn't make it on the album!!!). Be sure to cop it when it drops tomorrow.
Friday, October 16, 2009
In support of the Knitting Factory Records re-launch of Fela Kuti’s music catalogue, Giant Step has organized official Felabration events in more than 15 cities across North America throughout the month of October; this outstanding schedule of Felabrations will bring together some of the best DJs, musicians, and promoters around to celebrate the life, music, and birthday of Fela Kuti. With the support of esteemed DJs such as Rich Medina, DJ Spinna, Ron Trent, DJ Nu-Mark, DJ Day, Jeremy Sole, DJ Kemit, J-Justice, Adam Gibbons, DJ Sun, Chicken George and Frank Gossner, as well as artists such as Roy Ayers, WUNMI, Ikebe Shakdown, Baba Ola Jagun, Amon, and many more, these Felabrations will unite the diverse communities and Tastemakers across the country that are instrumental in keeping Fela's music alive
fela.net | myspace.com/djday
More info at Giant Step
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Coming (very) soon... The Rub - It's the Motherfucking Remix 3! If you didn't check out volumes 1 & 2, you've definitely heard them on many mixtapes and many nights drunk in the clurb. Volume 3 does not disappoint with remixes by A-Trak, Skratch Bastid, DJ Eleven, Matthew Africa, Nick Catchdubs, Ayres, Platurn, Sammy Bananas, myself and more. Ayres has been kind enough to post the individual MP3s before the CD drops so get 'em while you can...
Monday, October 12, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Here's another new video with snippets of PUTS' new album Carried Away dropping Oct, 13th on OM Records.
Big up to the dudes for coming out and rocking with me during my set at the Breakestra show.
If you missed it, you can catch them at their record release party this Sunday, Oct. 11th at The Key Club in Hollywood.
Below is one of the new joints off the album.
People Under the Stairs - Hit the Top
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The Breakestra, Jeremy Sole (KCRW), DJ Day (w/Special Guests)
& Simple Citizens @ The El Rey Theater
Los Angeles, tonight's event is not to be missed! Live on stage at the famous El Rey Theater, The Breakestra, Jeremy Sole, DJ Day (w/surprise guests) & Simple Citizens.
After a 4 year studio hiatus Breakestra is back with a new album dedicated (and featuring) DJ Dusk. Don't miss tonights show! Doors open @ 9pm.
Tickets available through Ticketmaster
Breakestra - Getcho Soul Together prt.2
Breakestra - Dark Clouds Dub
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
1 of 500 - available now!
The limited 12" also has an uncredited dub version Thes and I did with a completely different track than the OG & remix.
Expect a lot of surprises and limited jammys related to the new album. I don't wanna get too into it, but there's some other cool shit on the way.
b/w Carried Away is
Dudes put in a lot of work on this one.
Friday, September 11, 2009
I was dubbing a bunch of records today and I realized I hadn't ripped this one for Sir Otto (I can't believe how many classic joints I still haven't gotten around to recording).
The intro to this song was always a bitch to mix unless you drop it when the bass comes in, so I did an extended intro/re-edit to play out.
Edwin Starr/Hell Up In Harlem OST - Easin' In
Have a good weekend and don't forget, this Sunday I start my new residency at The Ace Hotel.
Drinks + good music + free = WIN
Friday, September 4, 2009
I've been playing this Prince Fatty cover of ODB since my gig at Stronghold last month. Enjoy, and go cop the 7" (or you can get the whole thing pon di digital here). Have a good weekend y'all.
Prince Fatty - Shimmy Shimmy Ya
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Sat. Aug 29th, come check out yours truly doing the do on 100% vinyl @ Funky Sole with DJ's Miles Tackett, Clifton & Renato.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Solid Brazilian mix courtesy of Dreams In Audio
01. Jorge Ben – Ponta de Lanca Africano
02. Tim Maia – O Caminho Do Bem
03. Claudia – Deixa Eu Dizer
04. Rubinho e Mauro Assumpicao – Os Olhos
05. Dom Salvador – Hei Voce
06. Gilberto Gil – Domingo No Parque
07. Marcos Valle – Vinte E Seis Anos de Vida Norm
08. Arthur Verocai – Na Boca Do Sol
09. Milton Nascimento & Lo Borges – Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser
10. Perfume Azul Do Sol – Sopro
11. Karma – Depois Do Portao
12. Celia – Lennon-McCartney
13. Joao Donato – Cala Boca Menino
14. Quinteto Ternura – Ele e Ela
15. Piri – Cupido Esculpido
16. Jorge Ben – Minha Teimosia, Uma Arma Para Te Conquistar
17. Caetano Veloso – Tropicalia
18. Arthur Verocai – Dedica A Ela
19. Satwa – Amigo
20. Lula Cortes e Ze Ramalho – Regato da Montanha
21. Os Novos Baianos – O Misterio Do Planeta
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
In other news...I just wrapped up another remix for People Under The Stairs for their new single which should be dropping some time this month. Record was pressed today so keep an eye out. Shout to everybody who's been keeping up with my blog. I know shit has been hit & miss lately, but you know I got you! I'm trying to drop a few things (at the least) every week. Stick with me, I've got some things in the works that should be dropping soon...
Monday, August 17, 2009
To celebrate the release of Brownswood Bubblers 4 on the 24th of August 2009, we have put together a special ‘Best Of Bubblers Mixtape’ featuring a selection of some of our favourite tracks from all four Bubblers compilations. If your new to the Bubblers series, then this will give you a taste of what they are all about. If your a seasoned Bubbler then this mix is sure to push all the right buttons and set you up nicely for BB4.
You can download the mix HERE.
1. Soundspecies – Can We Call It Love (with Ahu) [BB4]
2. Simbad feat. Steelo – Soul Fever [BB1]
3. Bullion – Get Familiar [BB3]
4. NSM – The Hype [BB2]
5. Katalyst feat. Steve Spacek – How Bout Us [BB3]
6. Cornish Waters feat. Duchess – Walking [BB2]
7. Ayak & First Man – Can We Go Back? [BB1]
8. DJ Day – A Place To Go [BB3]
9. Mayer Hawthorne – Maybe So, Maybe No [BB4]
10. Iman – Who Was I Trying To Fool [BB1]
11. Flying Lotus – Tea Leaf Dancers [BB2]
12. New Look – Everything [BB4]
Brownswood Bubblers 4 is released on the 24th August 2009.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
July 17th, Exile and DJ Day visited the Rooms of Red Bull in Amsterdam for a special live tapped performance of their D-Train routine. Exile "Radio" in stores now!!
Shout out to everyone at MOOVMNT and Rooms of Red Bull. Exile and I also did a West Coast Mix for their radio show that day. Hopefully I'll get a link up once it goes online.
Friday, July 31, 2009
A few months ago Clutchy dropped this record off to me and I didn't get a chance to check it out until recently. According to him, this album (Clutchy Hopkins Meets Lord Kenjamin - Music is My Medicine) was recorded with him and one of his various rotating band members in Barbados "a while ago". He also told me he had reels of projects from other cats who worked with him back in the day. Hmmm...
This has been on repeat all morning. That wobbly ass melody is burned into my brain.
Clutchy Hopkins Meets Lord Kenjamin - Tune Traveler
Have a good weekend y'all. If any of you are in P.S. tomorrow night come check me out at Stronghold. Nothing but reggae and dancehall related chunes all night!
*bonus* Clutchy & Bullshit (taken from an upcoming DJ Day X Clutchy Hopkins mix TBA)
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Haven't checked this out yet, but I've been digging dude's music since Lone Catalysts so I'm posting this on the strength.
Mighty Healthy NYC. & Polar Ent. Present Hotel Beats Vol. 1 comprised of 21 instrumentals that were made completely from a hotel room less than 2 months ago.
Be sure to be on the lookout for J Rawls’ collaboration with John Robinson “JAY ARE” dropping on Polar Ent/Groove Attack on September 15th.via Vapors
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Shout out to Lefto, Acrylick, Olski, Robert Winter, Juice Magazine, Red Bull Music Academy, LDBK, Jon Kim for holding things down, everyone who came out to the shows, all the promoters who helped put this tour together and last but not least, my man Exile.
Hold tight, more content on the way....