Wednesday, July 20, 2011
My man 100 grand, Moe Choi has been quietly killing the game from The Hamptons to Cannes after years of running the NY club scene. He just sent me this mix to share with you good people, but I'll let him break it down for you instead...
"Here is a 20 minute snippet of a wedding I DJ'ed. Cocktail hour heat. This is for you to bump on a lazy Sunday folding your laundry. Something for you to bump while you spoon with a dreamy latin bird on your tempurpedic & 2500 thread count Egyptians. Something for you to blast while you think about your master plan Cuz ain't nuthin but sweat inside your hands. Something for you to play when you invite that dimetastic shorty over to the lab for the first time. Something to bump while you do your dishes. Something for you to bump while you blaze that Jack Herer. Something for you to bump while you organize your gas receipts. Big shout to DJ Day for the giving me good winful advice on older broads. And to J-Zone, that gumby cut is not gonna get you any shellfish. No Wepa for you....."
Choimatic - Cocktail Mix
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Rest in Power Alphonso "Fonce" Mizell (1943-2011). He and his brother Larry have been a huge influence on me since I began making music. I had no idea how much of an impact they made until I realized how many of my favorite records they were involved with. The list of artists go from Bobby Humphrey and Donald Byrd to The Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye and beyond.
I was fortunate to have met him during a Red Bull Music Academy brainstorm session in my hometown earlier this year. Needless to say, I ran home and grabbed a record for an autograph (I'm the guy who doesn't get "starstruck", but this was a once in a lifetime chance to meet my musical heroes). He was in poor health at the time, but coming home this week to find out he had passed hit me deeply.
Friend and fellow blogger Matthew Africa made a mix last year celebrating the genius of their production career. I highly recommend checking it out and reflecting on one of the greatest producers of our era.
DJ Matthew Africa - 2 Busy Saying Yeah 21 - The Mizell Bros.
Here's a couple Mizell produced edits I've previously posted...
Gary Bartz - Gentle Smiles (Saxy) (DJ Day Sax-less Mix)
Johnny Hammond - Shifting Gears (DJ Day Alt Mix)
There would be no this if there was no him.
Just got back from a hevay Do Over weekend in Portland with the homies Thee Mike B, Cosmo Baker (who utterly crushed the whole building), Dirty Dave, Haycock, Devonwho and the sisters Dimepiece. Always a good time and never a dull moment with the crew. Here's a few pics from the festivities...
Also this weekend I'll be back in Chicago rocking with the homies Intel, Merk 1, Tim Zawada y mas Friday and Saturday night. See y'all in a minute!