Soul Food radio show #1Posted on Oct 23, 2009 by This Is Tomorrow |
This is a new beginning, think of it as Soul Food version 2.0. Instead of just bringing you a random selection, we’ve decided to make this a proper radio show. So from now on there will be a new Soul Food Radio Show every 2 weeks on LDBK and Mixcloud together with some liner notes/explanations on this blog.
We start off the first session with Sweet Charles and his version of the Sam And Dave classic Soul Man. Sweet Charles Sherrell was the bass player for James Brown and played on many classic tunes. In 1974 he released his now sought after first solo album called For Sweet People on JB’s People Record Label.
Next up is J.R. Bailey with the title track from his Just Me ‘N You album released in 1975. Although the album wasn’t a commercial success, it’s a great album that has been reissued not long ago. Marvin Gaye meets Donny Hathaway.
Is It Him Or Me is a digger’s dream with the nice open break at the beginning. It’s the title track of Jackie Jackson’s 1973 album, released on Motown. Jackie was one of the Jackson 5 and the majority of the album was produced by The Corporation Production Team.
Timmy Thomas is mostly known for his smash hit called Why Can’t We Live Together. This track was released as a 45 on Glades in 1975 and has been sampled by Kool G Rap and DJ Polo for Truly Yours and was also included in the now Infamous Brainfreeze Mix.
The next track comes from an album i recently discovered. Nat King Cole’s Re:Generations is in my opinion one of the better remix albums out there. Cut Chemist does his thing and brings Nat King Cole into the 21st Century. Unfortunately not many people seem to know about this album.
Smoove And Turrell released their first album called Antique Soul this year. The album is one of the best Soul releases i heard in years. Smoove is one of the best Dj’s around, he always manages to make the people dance. I urge you to check out this album, it’s a killer.
The 4 track era Box Set is a collection of tracks coming from a fascinating period for DJ Shadow, 1990 to 1992, where he was an aspiring producer in his late teens trying to get his foot in the door. The 3 cd set features some of his early mixes for the KMEL radio station and loads of unreleased remixes like Eric B. And Rakim’s Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em.
The formula is as simple as that: Take two songs, blend them and what you’ll get is a Classic. Sounds easy doesn’t it. That’s exactly what Dert, Beatmaker and Producer, did. He used samples from José Gonzalez, used Common’s Go acappella and this is the result. Sounds better than the original version in my opinion.
Arts The Beatdoctor is one of the producers that always gets compared with artists such as DJ Shadow, Krush and RJD2 because of his atmospheric and cinematic hip-hop beats. But the 23 year old Beatmaker is more than just a clone, delivering one of the best sample based albums called Transitions.
Next up it’s Dert again, this time with an Untitled beat from his West Side Of The Moon beat tape where he uses samples from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon.
The good thing about being a blogger is that you receive tons of free music. Barcelona’s beatmaking duo Debilorithmicos sent me their EP called Dimarts I Dijous a few weeks ago and this is a track taken from that EP. Released a few months ago, the vinyl is sold-out but you can still download the EP on the Bandcamp Site and pay as much as you like.
Termanology made a lot of noise with his DJ Premier produced single called Watch How It Go Down released in 2006. Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, he released one album called Politics As Usual and a few mixtapes including a J Dilla Tribute called If Heaven Was A Mile Away. Termanology spittin 100 Bars over J Dilla’s Let The Dollar Circulate Beat, what else do you need?
One of the rarest J Dilla Remixes is this version of D’Angelo’s Me And Those Dreamin Eyes Of Mine. Released on a mega rare EP by Dilla’s close friend House Shoes, this remix is better than the original. Makes you realise what a brilliant producer Dilla was.
Frankenstein is a Canadian MC and producer who made some noise in the 90′s, before suddenly disappearing from the scene. This remix was released in 1997 on a white label album called Live From New York. Fakin’ Jax is taken from InI’s Center Of Attention album which saw a proper release on BBE in 2006. Originally recorded in 1995, the album was never released because of issues over the ownership of the Master-Tapes and bootlegging.
Lessons Of Today is taken from Rah Digga’s debut album released in 1999. It became quiet after she parted ways with Busta Rhymes’ Flipmode Squad. DJ Premier brings the heat as usual.
Back Again. Talib Kweli And Hi-Tek are back and if their new album can keep the standard of this track it will be a classic just like their first album. A great vibe, a great hook, not too cheesy, and Talib and Hi-Tek at their best.
Dave Notti has released two fantastic Beat Tapes and i always wonder why there are no MC’s knocking down his door to work with him. Quality Beats and a nice way to end this first Soul Food Radio Show.
Picture by Charles le Brigand.