Sam 'Balagan' Hopkins recently sent me some great music from Haiti ... I asked him to share it here. Thanks Sam...
"Years before I got a passport I started picking up records from other countries in Kansas City thrift stores. I got sucked in by the cover art, the music, the way sung words I didn't know just became another instrument, and how each particular album got to where I was from its origin. When I left my house for Peru on January 11, the record I had left out to digitize was a Haitian LP from the late 60s called Toujours by Les Loups Noirs (The Black Wolves). The cover says "Haiti" on each side of a pensive Caribbean queen's head, to remind you that despite the academy-sanctioned French you hear on the album, this music has an undercurrent of Kreyol. "Les Coeurs de Vingt Ans" (20 Year-Old Hearts), here, is a saxy soul number with vocals as restless as the song's name suggests. Other record sleeves I've got around carry names like Jacmel and Les Cayes, which I heard pronounced during coverage of the earthquake over the past two weeks ..."
"Leon Dimanche, backed by his Lionceaux (Cubs) from Les Cayes, emotes like Charles Aznavour on "Bon Voyage." He's singing about the "eternal voyage" and hearts that have been torn apart. With gargled r's and a sad organ Leon and the Cubs say goodbye."
MY BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!! Last year my man Treasure Fingers was in town and it was a blast. This year, the Fully Fitted posse will be in full effect. Pase Rock & Devlin will be heading up this thang thang with my dudes Damaged Good$ bringing the live fast raps.
Second installment of what is already shaping up to be a dynamite series of edits posted here first at Fully Fitted! Shout outs to Kon and In Your Ear (photo above from the Pheonix)! Take it away Amphibious...
Ok so for a switch up from the latin vibes this week I got you withsome serious soul stompers. First up is The Temptations "I can't getnext to you" which I need to give credit to Kon for reminding meabout. I hadn't heard it in a long time and had completely forgottenhow goddamn funky it was. Extra breaks and bass with some subtletouches have made it so I can run this at any gig instead of justfunk/soul type affairs.
The Temptations - I can't get next to you (whiskey barons edit)
Second is a song Reid from in your ear (Boston record heads know thedeal) put me on to. Mean northern soul stomper with huge huge hornsand really dope vocals that could have easily come off a Motownrecord. I don't know much about the group except that they put outrecords on the southern soul label Karma and had a bigger song called"Woman, Love Thief". I got rid of a lot of shit that I felt washolding the record back and really just let those horns do all thework with some big drums under em.
Stemmons Express - Love Power (whiskey barons edit)
Oh man, here it is! I have been bugging everyone in The Rub for some time now to do one of these and now we have two under our belts. Eleven got us a few months back and now Ayres really came through with some funky tunes for you. Here are some words from the man himself. Like everything, I really over-thought this mix. When I started making mixtapes in the 90s, I would pull all the records I wanted to use, practice each mix and chart out the flow of the whole thing on paper, including what tempo each record needed to be on the pitch control to mix with the next one. I would do a dry run to see how long the mix was going to be and add or take out some records, then finally hit record on my cassette recorder and hope to nail it on the third or fourth take. These days I do most of my mixes in Ableton, cutting and pasting in tracks, editing the intros and outros to mix perfectly, which takes out any room for human error. It's a hell of lot faster this way, so doing a Live At Home was a return to the old way of doing things, and while working with Serato and a Pioneer 800 does make things a little easier than 12" records and the shitty Numark mixer I had in '96, recording live still means taking that leap of faith when you hit record. I felt pretty happy with the second take so that is the one you'll hear. In terms of selection, these are all songs I don't usually get to play in primetime DJ sets, but I wanted it to still feel like a party. Some funk, soul, disco, hip-hop and a little bit of house at the end. I hope yall enjoy it.
::TRACKLIST:: Chubby Checker - The Rub Kool & The Gang - Ike's Mood / Loving Feeling (intro) Charles Wright - Express Yourself Detroit Emeralds - You're Gettting A Little Too Smart The Trinikas - Remember Me Pamoja - Oooh, Love Average White Band & Ben E King - A Star In The Ghetto Bobby Franklin's Insanity - Bring It On Down Lord Finesse - Return of the Funky Man Kid N Play - Gittin Funky Sly And The Family Stone - Trip To Your Heart Ingram - DJ's Delight Waajeed - Funkin for Jamaica Funky Four +1 - Do You Want To Rock People's Choice - Do It Any Way You Wanna Ray J - Right Place, Wrong Time The Skatalites - Herb Man Dub The Nite-Liters - K-Jee Florence Miller - The Groove I'm In Chaka Khan - Clouds Sister Sledge - Lost In Music Sinnamon - I Need You Now Exodus - Together Forever Moodyman - Tribute! (To The Soul We Lost) Hermanez - Marrakech (Martinez remix) Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes f. Sharon Paige - Hope That We Can Be Together Soon Dazz Band / Whitfield Brothers - Let It Whip (B.Cause Prowlin' rework)
While we were down in Australia Ron and I dropped in on Andre Calman's radio show The Hands of Tyme: Music from the Psycadelic era. We talked about music, cracked some bad jokes, and I played tracks which hopefully satisfied the taste of the listeners ... Here is the live mix on 2SER. (I edited out some of our conversation). Thanks for the BBQ Andre!
†rackLis†: ------------------------------- Chicago - "Im a Man" (Rub 'n' Tug re-edit) The Monkeys - "For Petes Sake" The Quick - "Apple Something" (DJ Contra edit) Octopus - "The Thief" Bohemian Vendetta - "All Kinds of Highs" Creation -"Making Time" (DJ Contra edit) April March - "Chick Habit" (DJ Contra edit ) Eric Burden & The Animals - "Warm San Franciscan Nights" The Troggs - "Feels Like A Woman" Hunters - "Russian Spy And I" Calum Bryce - "Love Maker" Kamal Ahmed feat Noor Jehan -"I Am Very Sorry" Fabio - "Lindo Sonho Delirante (LSD)" ??? - "Reach Out (ill be there)" excerpt from tangerine dream concert taping The Kinks - "Set Me free" Rodriguez - "Hate Street Dialogue" Tomorrow - "Good Wizzard Meets Naughty Wizzard" Shoking Blue - "Send Me a Postcard" Electric Prunes - "I Had Too Much To Dream last Night" Hazy Osterwald Jet Set - "Swinging London" Orchester Werner Mueller - "Bodybuilding" Kalyanji Anandji - "Cabaret Dance Music" Duo Inter - "Beggin" Love - Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale
Fully Fitted exlusivo! Whisky Barrons, aka Amphibious and the Bogart of Flavorheard affiliation are going to leak a nice hand full of DJ edits here first at Fully Fitted! You remember the two shot, the 12" and radio appearance, now dudes are back to do your crates proper for a little while starting with these two. See the word from Amphib:
The original La Banda is a classic latin tune by willie colon, but has recently come under a lot of scrutiny because it appears he jacked Enrique Lynch's llego la banda, written by Walter Fuentes. Either way, the Willie Colon version is what we reworked here; It's a heavily beefed up version with all new drums and a replayed bassline to give it that thickness to wreck dance floors. We've been playing this out for months at all different types of gigs and it's been going over really well. Comes in two flavors, one gets right to the point from the intro to the vocals while the other lets the drums & bass ride a while before the vocals rock. Massive respect to the horn section on this one!
The Whiskey Barons are huge fans of Ray Barretto, as y'all might know from the 12" we put out this past year that featured our version of Rareza en Guajira. When it came to the next Barretto track I was very hesitant to touch it at all, as it's almost a perfect song in my opinion. My goal was to rework it enough to prolong the payoff and thicken it sonically without having it overtly sound "remixed" or edited. I think it came out pretty tastefully.
We'll be dropping a few fresh Whiskey Barons edits weekly while they last so watch for more in the coming weeks!
So let's kick off the new year right with Live at Home pt 25 from our dude, Jayceeoh! This mix is a nice refreshing start for 2010. Super soulful and skillfully done. Here are some words from the man himself.
A few weeks ago the Fully Fitted homies hit me up and asked if I would be down to record a mix for the Live at Home series. I had been a familiar with the series but not up to date on all of the releases. I checked it out and a bunch of my favorite DJs had already thrown down, so I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of. When I asked what type of mix I should do the instructions were what "play what you would want to listen to on a sunday afternoon at your crib." I was feeling that vibe. I have been putting out alot of mixes recently but more on the upbeat tip in the interest of booking gigs and what not. I was pumped to throw down some classy tunes to chill out to. I didnt do my usualy style with lots of cuts and quick mixing. I let this mix breathe and am very happy with the outcome. Enjoy! - jayceeoh
::TRACKLIST:: 1. Miike Snow - Animal (Mark Ronson Remix) 2. Mayer Hawthorn - Green Eyed Love (Waajeed Remix) 3. Gil Scott Heron - Legend In His Own Mind 4. Fela Kuti feat Notorious B.I.G. - Water No Get Enemy (JayCeeOh Edit) 5. Talib Kweli feat Jay Electronica - Just Begun 6. Blackroc feat Mos Def - On the Vista 7. Raekwon - Happy New Years 8. Snoop Dogg feat Jazmine Sullivan - Different Languages 9. Redman - I Cant Wait 10. Steady B - Serious (BDP Remix) 11. Gecko Turner - Limon En La Cabeza (Quantic Dub Mix) 12. Rhythm Funk Masters - Nudinuff 13. Kool Dj Dust - The Quest 14. Major Lazer - Cash Flow (Classixx Glass Bottom Dub Mix) 15. Sabrina Malheiros - Capoeira Vai (Roc Hunter Remix) 16. Soul Clap - Kissing Game
We at Fully Fitted started a nice little mix series that has DJs & music lovers create mixes of stuff that they won't necessarily get to play in the clubs. The series has seen a ton of different styles & genres from all over the world.
In celebration of the new year and the series about to hit 25 volumes, I thought we should share 1-24 with you all.