Track of the week goes to Fatima Yamaha with an evocative synth laden remix of Malinese duo Amadou & Miriam. The whole single package is worth investigating, as each remix gives Bofou Safou a unique dancefloor twist. Elsewhere on this episode I take things in a disco house direction. There are new releases from Joey Negro, DJ EQ, and and Mura Masa - all three having just released excellent new albums of their own.
Shan Frenzie chats with Keith about his early days working with super producer Teddy Riley, his vast discography, how he wrote the first controversially explicit love ballads, and how he developed one of the silkiest voices in the industry.
A special bass heavy episode with a rare excursion into drum & bass, ragga, and dancehall - featuring new releases from Goldie, Royalston, Stylo G, DJ Vadim, Joseph Cotton, Goldlink and a bunch more.. and of course done with that usual Groove Therapy flare. It's all about the blends..
The late eighties is my favourite vintage of Hip Hop. It's that pre golden era where producers still sampled with naivety, and the emcees bellowed with a mixture of rhythm and style. In this episode I go in on this era for a good hour or so. But it's not all about Hip Hop. This episode kicks off with some classic funk breakbeats. I take a trip to Brazil, and then land firmly in the discotheque. I even find time to drop a couple of new releases from Goldlink, Husky of Random Soul, Marcel Vogel, and Perth vocalist Kita Alexander.
I had a chat wit Brad Baloo from The Nextmen a few days ago, ahead of his Sydney performance.
Keeping things all House and Disco for this episode, with a heap of classic material that is bound to have you jumping around. It's not all oldschool joints though - There's a stack of new releases sprinkled throughout featuring a brand new Soul Clap track remixed by Hot Toddy, a killer club joint from Mason on the Sweat It Out label, and we get techy with Stefan Braatz and Teddy Douglas.
Catching up on some recent new releases - Featuring the undisputed queen of modern soul Mary J Blige, which melds perfectly into a track off the new Grand Puba album. It's great to see those two talents back to back again. Some killer dancehall styles coming out strong from Squeeze Tarlea (possible contender for my song of the week), and The Nextmen (Another contentder for song of the week) . Nineties underground rapper Prince Powerule makes a welcome return after so many years - and shows that classic Hip Hop is not dead.
Rhythm Heritage - Holdin' Out En Vogue - Free Your Mind [Tommy's Spoiled Brat Mix] Gecko Turner - Un Limon En La Cabeza Thievery Corporation feat Mr Life - Fight To Survive The Brothers Nylon - Shove It In My Mouth Mr Fox - Party Track Barbara Fowler - Come & Get My Lovin Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee - Up 2 Get Down The Sylvers - Come Back Lover Come Back Bruni Pagan - Fantasy Mt Airy Groove - Pieces of a Dream Frick & Frack - Look out Kool Moe Dee - How Ya Like Me Now…
Some real exciting new releases graced the turntables this week. Firstly, a tantalizingly soulful collaboration between rising star Thundercat and Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins that definitely has me excited for the forthcoming album - as does the brand new release from R&B songstress Faith Evans who gives us a taste of her upcoming new album featuring Notorious BIG and Snoop Dog.
Back again for the first podcast of the new year, and do I have some serious joints for you! Kicking things off with a a tasty new release from my favourite 45s label Dusty Donuts, where Naughty NMX slices up some EPMD and Bob Marley. A quick trip through some classic late eighties Hip Hop joints, and a detour into some seriously funky seventies grooves before I turn up the notch and drop soome bangin' recent club releases - Including new joints from Run The Jewels, Husky from Random Soul, and devastating new one from Metroplane.