I have always been a record collector and have also DJ'ed for periods of time. My love for music has been there since childhood, growing up on Soul, R&B and Disco Classics like Barry White and Gloria Gaynor. This blog is mainly for sharing and spreading my love for music. Not what's trending right now, just what's really good!
For this Throwback Thursday I’ve decided to share my first full mix set since I got out of the DJ game over 10 years ago. A few errors here and there, some beatmixes that I should have cut shorter, but overall I would call it a decent comeback for an oldtimer that hasn’t mixed since the vinyl days. Now press play and… enjoy? Let me know what you think.
Mixed and Recorded June 2014 on a Pioneer DDJ-SB with Serato DJ.
It’s Funky Friday, and you know what that means, time to get your groove on! And on top of that we’re celebrating Midsummer in Sweden today. So double up on that party mode with the brand new 80’s Child Edit of The Whispers classic ”Contagious”. The track was originally released in 1984 and featured on the album "So Good" from the same year.
Funky Friday requires some Aretha Franklin! Here we get "Every Girl (Wants My Guy)" in a great TouchSoul edit. The track was originally released in 1983 and featured on the album "Get It Right" from the same year. Press play and enjoy the weekend!
Let's Dance • The Reflex 'Summer Breeze' Edit **FREE D/L**
You know what time it is… It’s Funky Friday, so "Let’s Dance" with Pleasure! This track by Portland based Funk/Jazz/Fusion group Pleasure was originally released in 1976 and was featured on their album "Accept No Substitutes" from the same year. Here we get it in a fresh "Summer Breeze Edit" by The Reflex. Enjoy your weekend!
DJ Cassidy feat. R. Kelly - Make The World Go Round
It’s Saturday and time to lace up your dancing shoes once again. To help you get in the mood press play and repeat on this great track by DJ Cassidy feat. R.Kelly.
Now this is how I like my R.Kelly, with a real throwback feel!"Make The World Go Round" is the second single from DJ Cassidy’s upcoming album "Paradise Royale". The album is planned for release in June and will feature artists such as Mary J. Blige, Chromeo, John Legend, Robin Thicke and many more.
I had to pull my car over when I first heard "Love Never Felt So Good" with Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake. I’ve never felt so happy and sad at the same time. I was completely overwhelmed with emotions, joy from hearing this fantastic song and how respectful the production was to his music heritage, and at the same time sadness knowing he’s no longer with us…
When I heard of the new Michael album I was skeptical. I was afraid “contemporizing” his sound would mean slapping some Lil Wayne and some lame beats on it to release and monetize on people not knowing better. But wow was I proven wrong! At least by this first release. I’ve got my hopes up and my fingers crossed now, eagerly awaiting the album release on May 9th.
XSCAPE is an album of previously unreleased Michael Jackson songs. The album is produced and curated by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid, who retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson’s essence and integrity. It’s a process Reid calls “contemporizing.” The list of producers include global hitmakers Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, and John McClain.
Now I know it’s been quiet from me for way to long now. So let me make it up to you by serving up some sweet soul to last you through the weekend. Smooth grooves all the way, compiled by Cool Million’s Frank Ryle.
Press play, kick back and relax - its all about sweet soul music.
Messing around with my new toy! Here playing back one of the first mixes I’ve done since I got out of the DJ game 15 years ago. Of course I had to make the comeback in the same style I left it, 90s RnB baby! (even though 80s is really my preferred choice) I only played vinyl back then, so this style of digital mixing is all new to me, I feel like a kid, having to learn it all over again…
It’s that time again, Funky Friday! Today I decided to share another funky Swifft Edit, this time of "You And Me" by Maurice Starr a.k.a. Larry Curtis Johnson. He was originally in the Boston-based family band The Johnsons with his 5 brothers, prior to taking on the Maurice Starr name. He released 2 albums as Maurice Starr prior to making his name as a multi-instrumentalist producer for New Edition amongst others. Now press play and get ready to move your hips!
I knew Tank had a new solo project in the works after the TGT collaboration last year, but not that it was this close to dropping. So thanks goes out to DjSoulchild for putting this release back on my radar!
"You’re My Star" is a mature uptempo track from Tank laced with horns and a funky baseline that brings me back to the R&B of yesteryear but still with a fresh feel to it. Looking forward to the album titled "Stronger", slated for release later this year. Maybe 2014 will be the year when real R&B makes a comeback? Thank you Tank for putting your foot down and showing how it should be done!
Support real artists and buy the track on iTunes or stream it on Spotify
Pharrell Williams new album G I R L was released a week ago today. I’ve had a good listen to it now and there’s one track in particular stands out to me (other than "Happy" of course). That track is "Gust Of Wind" featuring Daft Punk. It seems that these guys can’t fail when they collaborate! Here it is in an Orchestral Edit by Yam Who who has added some instrumental goodness to this extended version.
Make sure you checkout the full album on iTunes or Spotify and let me know your favorites!
How about some Sunday Soul from the legendary Bobby Womack? The song "How Could You Break My Heart" originally appears on his 1979 album ”Roads Of Life”, but was actually released as a single by Arista as late as 1987.
Enjoy your Sunday! I’m heading out in the sunshine, as spring seems to have found it’s way to Sweden…
The Salsoul Orchestra - Nice 'N' Naasty (Funk Hunk Edit)
It’s Funky Friday! Time for a sweet instrumental Funk Hunk Edit of "Nice N’ Naasty" by The Salsoul Orchestra. This jam was originally released in 1976 and was the title track of the album they released that year.
The Salsoul Orchestra formed 1974 in New York, and was the the house band of Salsoul Records. It included up to 50 members with instrumental section, arrangers and conductors.
Barry White & The Love Unlimited Orchestra - Somebody's Gonna Off the Man (Swifft Edit)
Some call it Throwback Thursday, for me though most days of the week are filled with throwback tracks. Today I want to share an often overlooked 70’s gem by Barry White & The Love Unlimited Orchestra. Here’s "Somebody’s Gonna Off the Man" in a great Swifft Edit. The song originally appeared on the 1974 soundtrack for the movie Together Brothers where it features in the opening scenes. You just have to love the strings and Barry’s strong vocals over the newly added propulsive beat by Jonathan Swifft. The break at 4.35 makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end, and then again how it builds to the strong finish at 6.20 just floors me! Play it, love it and repeat!
I first heard The Internet on Soundcloud sometime last year, but then for some reason forgot about them again, shame on me! Thanks goes out to my old record collector friend Tony SoulClap Nilsson for reminding me when he posted "Dontcha" on Facebook last week. So of course I have to support and repost quality music like this. Make sure you check out the full length album "Feel Good" for some more sweet tracks!