Podcast

With 2014 coming to a close it's time for my annual mastermix. It's always an incredibly hard deciding what tracks make the cut, and as always there are a bunch of tracks that I would have liked to include but couldn't due to the two hour restriction. However, what is included is a balanced snapshot of future classics and other tracks that should have made more noise than they did. I hope you enjoy this years mastermix as much as I did putting it together..
Davy DMX's classic electro tune 'One For The Treble' has been getting a lot of play again of recent - Probably because the good people at Fraternity Records recently re-released the 45 (With a minified Tuff City cover). It's just one of those tunes from the era that still stands up 30 years later. I had recently picked up the original 45 a few months back and was reminded this week how The Sunburst band did a great job of using it as the basis for their track 'Jazz The DMX' - So it seemed like a fitting start to…
A huge variety of sounds on this weeks episode, including new releases from Pusha T produced by Kanye West, and a future summer anthem from Baauer that will sound just as huge in the club or the whip. Melbourne producer Plutonic Lab drops a great new beat, and french duo Ibeyi provide my track of the week with the sublime 'River'. Expect new Hip Hop from canadian rapper Shad, and a smooth Neo-Soul number from Grae produced by Pharrell that hits all the right places.
This week marked the passing of a Hip Hop legend, Big Bank Hank who was one third of the Sugarhill Gang. Whilst it can be argued that groups biggest hit was never written by the trio (Musically and lyrically), it's easy to forget that the Sugarhill Gang left a long legacy of recordings to the Sugarhill label. I've included a few of my own personal favourites in this weeks episode, some of which hold more connections to the raw aesthetic of Hip Hop than their biggest hit ever did, and some more surprisingly which fit more comfortably within the early…
After a four month break the Groove Therapy podcast returns - And whilst I'm still sorting through the many new vinyl acquisitions I've acquired through the break, this episode shouldn't disappoint as I dig back through the crates and pull out a bunch of gems peppered with a few recent releases, including the new 45 from Canadian producer Jorun Bombay who takes on the beloved Bob James classic Nautilus, and a new 45 on the amazing Fraternity Music Group label courtesy of the Undercover Brother editing another classic "Tramp" as re-envisioned by The Grits.
An action packed episode of the Groove Therapy podcast traversing sounds of Washington Go-Go to Brazilian Samba with a heavy dose of disco and boogie thrown in to the mix. The mix also features some of my favourite early nineties club staples from UK hip hop group Outlaw Posse, and Richie Rich. A couple of future B Boy classics also got a spin, courtesy of tracks from Para and Virgil Howe with Shawn Lee. A new releases from Giles Peterson's new project Sonzeira gets the official Groove Therapy track of the week.
This episode kicks off with a new release of the new Young Money album Rise Of An Empire, and a skankin new 45 release from Prince Fatty. More new releases sprinkled throughout the episode include the Quantic and Shinehead collaboration Spark It, and a smooth club jam from R&B diva Ashanti. Buckshot & P Money drop my Hip Hop tune of the week, which incidently could have been the New Zealand national anthem judging from how many times I heard it on a recent trip to Auckland. The show finishes on some uptempo eighties boogie gold with Tina B's interpretation…
This episode kicks off with a selection of classic Soul funk from the likes of Leon Haywood, Debarge, and Ahmad Jamal before taking a trip into the 80s. Kool Chip's Jazz It Up has got to be one of my most favorite early Hip Hop tracks - a tune that reminds me of the days when I used to collect radio shows from Chuck Chillout and Red Alert on cassettete. Things get real smooth towards the end of the mix, with the delicate soul stylings of the Noisettes and SWV.
In this episode I catch up on some of the recent releases that have been accumulating in the crates, including some sweet steppers soul from Leela James, before heading into the gritty sounds of The Lox. East coast Hip Hop is alive and well on the new releases from Gdot & Born, and I play a choice track from the new De La Soul album produced with beats from J Dilla. A short excursion into some classic nineties boombap and dancehall before taking the tempos up in the second hour with new releases from Tensnake, Aloe Blacc, DJ Butcher, and…
A particularly soulfull episode this week, kicking this episode off with a bunch of new releases, including one of my picks from the brilliant new album by Pharrell. Moving into some new Hip Hop from Rick Ross, before slowing things down with a sublime remix of the Isley Brothers by Ticklish and a killer 80s tinged broken beat monster from Wave Racer. From there things get deep and soulfull, with some classics from Zapp, Minnie Riperton, Stevie Wonder and Earth Wind & Fire.