Wednesday, December 31, 2008

"Mysterious Vibes" originally appeared on The Blackbyrds LP Action which was released on Fantasy records in 1977 and featured Ray Parker Jr. on Guitar and Ollie Brown on Drums. Over the years the track has been sampled countless times by rap artists most notably by Kurious on "I'm Kurious" and the Almighty RSO for his track "One In The Chamba". Most recently this track was covered by Cro-Magnon on their "Mellow Out & Acoustic EP" on Jazzy Sport Records out of Japan. A great track for those times when you just want to kick back and relax...

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Chart This!








DR.J'S 10 RANDOM RARE RAP 12":
1. "WE ROCK LIKE HELL" - TWO SHADES OF BLACK(RSM RECORDS)
2."IT'S MY WORLD" - BROTHER 07(DEF BOY RECORDS)
3."SOULMAN" - IZZY-ICE AND DJ MAJESTY(SCOTTFREE RECORDS)
4."GIMME WHATCHA GOT" - SIR FRESH & DJ CRITICAL(SOLID GOALS RECORDS)
5."DRIPPIN DOPE" - REEL DEAL(MOB RECORDS)
6."THE JIZER" - DIVINE FORCE(YAMAKKA RECORDS)
7."THE NAME IS I.R.S." - I.R.S.(SUAVE RECORDS)
8."PROGRESSION" - TOM-TOM(SRC RECORDS)
9."WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO?" - ULTIMATE 3 MCS(PARTYTIME RECORDS)
10."NUNK" (PROMO) - WARP 9(PRISM)

Monday, December 29, 2008

House Music All Night Long!







I spent some time the other day reminiscing about some of my favourite house classics. Here is a classic Pal Joey production by DreamHouse. I will be posting lots of house classics in the upcoming weeks. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Music for your weekend...









Rob Base is best known for his huge worldwide hits "It Takes Two"and "Joy and Pain" ; however, the title track off his 1994 LP "Break Of Dawn" shows a different side of the Base man...

Monday, December 15, 2008

"Expansions" Radio Show Broadcast November 28th, 2008

SEGMENT 1 - THE FUNKIER SIDE OF ROCK...
Sharon - David Bromberg/Just Dropped In - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition/The Ocean - Led Zeppelin/Footstompin Music - Grand Funk Railroad/Disco Queen - Hot Chocolate/Capricorn's Thing - Dennis Coffey
SEGMENT 2 - 80'S CLUB CLASSICS
Transformation - Nona Hendryx/Nipple To The Bottle - Grace Jones/When Boys Talk - Indeep/Faith,Hope & Charity - Fun Boy Three/Bostich - Yello/It's A War - Kano
SEGMENT 3 - THE FUNK IS ON...
The Funk Is On - Instant Funk/Music Is My Way Of Life - Patti Labelle/Sly Suite - Merry Clayton/Feel The Spirit - Foster Jackson Group
SEGMENT 4 - RAP GEMS
Hey Love - King Sun D Moet/One Love - Whodini/Juicy - Notorious B.I.G./Blind Wid Da Science - Rascalz/9th Wonder - Digable Planets/Freedom Of Speak - De La Soul
SEGMENT 5 - THE MADNESS CONTINUES...
Do My Thing - Fascinating Force/Wanna Make Moves - Red Hot Lover Tone/Tung Twista - Mr. Tung Twista/Sweat - Serious Lee Fine/I Got A Man - Positive K/Written On Ya Kitten - Naughty By Nature/Lot's Of Lovin' - Pete Rock & CL Smooth
SEGMENT 6 - 90'S RAP SHURESHOTS
Mansion & A Yacht - Kurious/Lifestyles Of The Rich & Shameless - Lost Boyz/We Are Hip Hop - Temple Of Hip Hop/Guess Who's Back - Rakim/Craig Mack Freestyle/Ugly People Be Quiet - Cash Money & Marvelous
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Sunday, December 14, 2008

A little something for your Sunday afternoon...

"Corazon" was originally done by Carol King in 1973 on her Fantasy LP, which included saxophone work by none other than Tom Scott. Here is a great cover version of the track by Ltg Exchange which was released as a 7" single on Fania records in 1973 and later released in full form on their self titled LP which came out in 1974.
Ltg Exchange - "Corazon"

Sunday, November 30, 2008

"Expansions" Radio Show Broadcast November 21, 2008

Tracklisting for "Expansions" broadcast November 21st, 2008(Special 3 Hour Edition):
SEGMENT 1 - THE FUNK
Throw Down - Voltage Brothers/Ozonic Bee Bop - Ozone/Bumper To Bumper - Eleventh Hour/Funk Attack - Dexter Wansel
SEGMENT 2 - 80`S BOOGIE
Peek A Boo - Gwen Guthrie/Walkin`The Line - Brass Construction/Happy People - Odyssey/Mr. DJ - The Concept/Expansions - Chris Paul feat. David Joseph/Walk The Dinosaur - Was(Not Was)
SEGMENT 3 - 80`S DANCE
Spiritual Walkers - Stevie Wonder/Fresh(Fresh Squeezed Remix) - Kool & The Gang/In The Bottle - C.O.D/King Of Stage - Bobby Brown/The Word Is Out - Jermaine Stewart/Do You Want It Right Now - Siedah Garrett
SEGMENT 4 - HIP HOP HEAD NODDERS...
Back To The Hip Hop - Trouble Neck Brothers/Make Room(Rmx) - Alkoholiks/The Bomb - Akinyele/Here Come The Lords - Lords Of The Underground/Warrior's Drum - King Just/Danger - Blahzay Blahzay/Change Like The Weather - Bounty Killer,Junior Reed, Busta Rhymes
SEGMENT 5 - 80'S HIP HOP TREASURES
Just A Friend - Biz Markie/It's All About You - Cut King/The Show(Remix) - Doug E. Fresh/Running Thangs - Busy Bee/Get On The Troop Tip - Lee Love/This Be The Def Beat - Dana Dane
SEGMENT 6 - THE SAGA CONTINUES...
The Rain - Oran "Juice" Jones/Thunder & Lightning - Miss Thang/I Want Your Hands On Me - Sinead O ' Connor & MC Lyte/Gimme No Crack - Shinehead/Droppin Science - Craig G/It Takes Two(Kool DJ Red Alert Megamix) - Rob Base

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

How Vinyl Is Made...

Just found this interesting video on the making of vinyl. Some great insights - enjoy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAdxbEQBSAw

Monday, November 24, 2008

"Expansions" Radio Show Broadcast November 14th, 2008

Tracklisting for "Expansions" broadcast November 14th, 2008:
SEGMENT 1 - FUNK/JAZZ VIBES
Yes We Can Can - Pointer Sisters/Take This Woman Off The Corner - James Spencer/Compared To What - Gow Do Experience/Sideway Shuffle - Linda Lewis/March Of The Goober Woobers - Forty Seven Times Its Own Weight/Perfect Circle - Perfect Circle
SEGMENT 2 - 90'S RAP RUFFNESS
You Know What I'm About - Lord Finesse/Hard To Kill - Showbiz & A.G./Murdered Ova Nuttin' - Hoodratz/Shiftee - Onyx/Time To Set It Straight - UMCs/The Devil Made Me Do It - Paris/Amerikkka's Most Wanted - Ice Cube
SEGMENT 3 - OLD SCHOOL REWIND
Spoonin' Rap - Spoonie Gee/Never Let Go - T Ski Valley/Money - Jimmy Spicer/Action - Treacherous Three/Live Convention 81 - Melle Mel

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Monday, November 17, 2008

"Expansions" Radio Show Broadcast November 7th, 2008

Tracklisting for "Expansions" broadcast November 7th, 2008:
SEGMENT ONE - LATIN VIBES...Good Times - Risco Connection/Suena - Lebron Brothers Orchestra/Ay Mulata - The Chakachas/Spanish Rice - Clark Terry & Chico O' Farrill/El Nuevo Barretto - Ray Barretto
SEGMENT TWO - OLD SCHOOL RAP FLAVOUR...
IBWin' Wit' My Crewin' - Yo Yo/Straight Out The Sewer - Das EFX/I Get Around(Remix) - 2 Pac/Humps For The Boulevard - Rodney O & Joe Cooley/Notorious - Donald D/I Am Down - Salt N' Pepa/Look Out - Frick N' Frack/What Are We Gonna Do? - Ultimate 3 MC's
SEGMENT THREE - OLD SCHOOL RAP CONTINUED...
You Must Be Crazy - Dismasters/The Beast Within - King Of Chill/Fresh - Fresh 3 MC's/It's Rockin' Time - Kool Kyle/Genius Rap - Dr. Jeckyl & Mr. Hyde

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Monday, November 10, 2008

"Expansions" Radio Show Broadcast October 24th, 2008:

Sorry about the delay in getting this program loaded up. It has been crazy busy with shows, work, etc. I am hoping to post up some rare and obscure stuff during the next few months once things slow down a bit. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the postings of the radio programs. I have been trying hard lately to play a real cross section of stuff on the radio show - especially on the 80's funk and hip hop tip. Feel free to drop me a line with feedback or requests if there is something you would like to hear. Enjoy!

Tracklisting for "Expansions" broadcast October 24th, 2008:
Do It Any Way You Wanna - Mike T/This Feelin' - Frank Hooker and Positive People/Fall Down - Tramaine/Out In The Night(Instrumental Mix) - Serge Ponsar/I'm Gonna Getcha - Family Brown/She's Just A Groupie - Bobby Nunn/I Can't Stand It - Evelyn King/Facts Of Love - Jeff Lorber/Close Encounters - Fat Larry's Band/Troglodyte - Jimmy Castor Bunch/Bad Tune - Earth Wind & Fire/Fried Neckbones & Homefries - Giants/Kiburi - The Incredible Bongo Band/Don't Tell It - James Brown/It's A Shame - The Spinners/Tainted Love - Gloria Jones/Try Love Again - Natural Four/Ike's Rap - Isaac Hayes

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

"Expansions" Radio Show Broadcast October 17th, 2008:

Tracklisting for "Expansions" broadcast October 17th, 2008:
Geek You Up - Michael Henderson/West Coast Poplock - Ronnie Hudson/Freaky Dancin' - Cameo/Stretch - BT Express/Nightcruising - Barkays/Magnetized - Dazz Band/Il Macquillage Lady - Sister Sledge/Such A Feeling - Aurra/Peewee's Dance - Joekski Love/Mack Of Rap - Markey Fresh/Girls I Got Em Locked - Super Lover Cee/My Fila - Fresh Gordon/Skinny & Proud - Skinny Boys/Mr. X & Mr.Z Drink Old Gold - Mr. X & Mr.Z/This Beat Kicks - T La Rock/Greeks In The House - True Mathematics/Taxing - Special Ed
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

"Expansions" Radio Show Broadcast August 29th, 2008

Things have been a little hectic as of late, but I am happy to finally have the time to post this broadcast up. Lots of nice deep funk and rarities here....

Tracklisting For "Expansions" Broadcast August 29, 2008:
SEGMENT ONE - DEEP FUNK
Child In The World - Elaine Brown/Can't See You When I Want To - David Porter/Make Me Believe In You - Curtis Mayfield/Never Let Em Say - Ballin' Jack/Mother Earth - Kool & The Gang/Am I Black Enough For You - Billy Paul
SEGMENT TWO - 80'S FUNK
Tryin' To Get Over - D Train/You're The Only One - The Reddings/Never Gonna Give You Up - Patrice Rushen/You're Lying - Linx/Are You Really Ready - Ebonee Webb
SEGMENT THREE - 80'S RAP
Five Minutes Of Funk - Whodini/U Know What Time It Is - Grandmaster Flash/In The House - Fat Boys/Love List - Boogie Boys/Chunky But Funky - Heavy D & The Boyz/Cool V's Tribute To Scratchin' - Biz Markie

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Monday, September 29, 2008

"Expansions" Radio Show Broadcast September 19th, 2008

Tracklisting For "Expansions" Broadcast September 19th, 2008:
SEGMENT 1 - THE FUNK
Funky Worm - Ohio Players/C.P. Funk - Crowd Pleasers/Funk Factory - Rose Royce/Stellar Fungk - Slave/People Get Up - Mass Production
SEGMENT 2 - 80'S/90'S R&B
The Way You Love Me - Karen White/Say I'm Your #1 - Princess/Hanging On A String - Loose Ends/Don't Ever Wonder - Maxwell/My Cutie - Wreckx - N- Effect/She's Playing Hard To Get - Hi Five/Keep It Coming - Keith Sweat
SEGMENT 3 - CLASSIC RAP JOINTS
Wild Wild West - Kool Moe Dee/We Rock The Mic Right - Redhead Kingpin/Pumpin' - The Jaz/Weak At The Knees - Three Times Dope/Everything's Gonna Be Alright - Father MC

**My connection dropped for a few minutes during the show unexpectedly so part 2 is not available for this broadcast.Here is the link for parts 1 and 3:
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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Groove Armada "Late Night Tales" Review

Groove Armada, Late Night Tales

By Kim Gaspar

It's not uncommon for djs to structure their sets as a journey, starting in the here and now and taking you somewhere else. Groove Armada flip the convention on its head in Late Night Tales; it's a wandering behemoth of a journey, all right, but it's essentially the story of how they got here from there.
Ace's classic "How Long" reminds you that the 70's kind of had it going on, and that's a fact admirably echoed by the delicate synth line in Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve remix of "Midlake's Roscoe". Peter Bjorn & John's track "The Chills" flows into The Cure's "Close to Me", but the astringent tenor vocal and forthright bass are just as reminiscent of Roxy Music's "Love Is The Drug". Likewise, the shimmering lines of Electronic's "Get The Message" pivot effortlessly into Liquid People's "Son Of Dragon". Even Chris Rea's "Josephine" (French Edit) has a subtextual shoutout to the Motown classic "You're All I Need To Get By".
Music isn't created or listened to in a vacuum, and this is forty years of tunes and genres where all roads most excellently lead to Rome.

Steely Dan "Aja" Review

Review: Steely Dan – Aja
Released 1977
ABC Records / MCA Records

By Schwinkle

By far, this album represents the pinnacle of Steely Dan’s illustrious career. Released during the height of the disco era in 1977, this album of jazz-rock fusion not only contained several hits but set a new standard for studio musicianship and perfectionism. Not before or since has the Dan put together such an all-around masterpiece. It is also Steely Dan’s best selling album at over 20 million copies worldwide.

Contributing greatly to the sound of this record is the impressive list of the best session musicians (and a future best-selling producer) to come out of the United States in the late 1970’s. This list includes such luminaries as Timothy B. Schmit (Eagles), Michael Omartian (became a famous producer), Larry Carlton, Jay Graydon, Steve Khan (Billy Joel), Lee Ritenour, Jim Horn, Wayne Shorter, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Jim Keltner, Steve Gadd, and Michael McDonald. The album was engineered by Roger Nichols, Elliott Scheiner (Eagles), and Al Schmitt (Toto). The sound quality was so impressive that the album was awarded the 1978 Grammy Award for “Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording”. One listen to the smooth sounds of this album at full throttle will clearly demonstrate why this was the winner.

The album starts out with the choppy funk-jazz of “Black Cow”. The Dan continues on its tradition of cynical and cryptic lyrics. A ‘black cow’ is a drink that was commonly sold in New York. “Drink your big black cow and get out of here…” This is a song about breaking up – with a sound and lyric like you have never heard before. You almost feel as though you are in a bar in New York while listening to this.

The eight-minute, very challenging title track ensues. A mix of jazz, rock, and East-Asian musical elements, this is a smooth piece of music. Aja (pronounced like ‘asia’) was inspired by the Korean wife of a friend of band member Donald Fagen. An ode to East-Asian women everywhere, this track is especially meaningful for those of us with a fond appreciation for not only jazz and rock but also those fine women from the Orient.

One of the hits and the smoothest cut on the album follows. “Deacon Blues” continues the cynical and dark lyrics: “Drink Scotch whiskey all night long, and die behind the wheel…” This is a track that soothes and disturbs all at once. It almost lulls the listener into a trance that doesn’t quite take hold due to the dark content of the lyrics.

Michael McDonald demonstrates his distinct background vocals on “Peg” another hit song. McDonald had already gone on to re-define the sound of The Doobie Brothers but, as a regular on Steely Dan albums, was brought in to work on the Aja sessions. This song rocks more than any other on the album yet still retains a distinct nod to jazz and funk. For those who are Dan aficionados or were listening to a lot of AM radio in 1977, you will instantly recognize this tune as soon as the opening bars start emanating from your speakers.

The funk and jazz elements get beefed up tremendously on the slinky, smooth “Home at Last”, my all-time favourite cut from the album. Bernard “Pretty” Purdie lays down a simple yet unbelievable backbeat-laden drum track that chugs this tune from start to finish. It is impossible to listen to this without bobbing your head and feeling the groove. The background sax and master jazz guitar playing provide excellent counterpoints to Purdie’s drums.

The album is rounded out with two standout cuts – “I Got the News” and “Josie”. The former, a bouncy drum- and piano-laden ode to nagging. McDonald shows up again to lend his distinctive voice. The guitar solo in this song is something to behold. The latter – “Josie” – ends the album with a funk-laden guitar groove that locks in for 4:31 of the track and doesn’t let up. Despite the allusions to the destructiveness of drug abuse in the lyric, this is an amazing way to end an amazing record.

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have tried in subsequent years to top Aja but it is probably not possible. Aja sets the high water mark for not only Steely Dan but for the genre of jazz-rock overall.

Monday, September 8, 2008

"Expansions" Radio Show Broadcast September 5, 2008

Tracklisting For "Expansions" Broadcast September 5, 2008:
SEGMENT 1 - INTERVIEW WITH AMIR(OF KON & AMIR BEATDIGGING FAME)**EXCERPTS FROM UNCLE JUNIOR'S FRIDAY FISH FRY - "THE CLEANING":Cut Up Mr. Kool - Standard Of Living/Trip To Your Mind - Hudson People
SEGMENT 2 - RARE RAP
How I'm Livin' - The Ultimate Choice/Cuts Like These - Ultimate Force/He's My DJ(Red Alert) - Sparky Dee/Move For Me - Output/Keep Em' Steppin - Non-Stop/New Generation - Classical Two/Super Trooper - Extra Curricular
SEGMENT 3 - RARE RAP PT.2
On This Mic - Michie Mee & L.A. Luv/Knowledge Me - Original Concept/No Joke - Harmony/V The Viper - Vandy C & Bill Blast/Bait - Ultramagnetic MC's/Somethin' Funky - Big Daddy Kane

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

"Expansions" Radio Show Broadcast August 22, 2008

Tracklisting For "Expansions" Broadcast August 22, 2008:
SEGMENT ONE - **INTERVIEW WITH CONYA DOSS**
SEGMENT TWO - 80'S ELECTRO/DANCE
Breakin' In Space - Keymatic/Out Of Touch - Hall & Oates/Land Of Hunger - Earons/Dance Little Sister - Terrance Trent Darby/No Favours - Temper/Set It Out - Midway/First True Love Affair - Jimmy Ross
SEGMENT THREE - 90'S SOUL & RAP
Hold On - En Vogue/Right On - SWV/Ease My Mind - Arrested Development/Cantaloop - US3/Mentirosa - Mellow Man Ace/The Rhythm - Kwame

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

"Expansions" Radio Show Broadcast August 15, 2008

Tracklisting for "Expansions" Broadcast August 15th, 2008(3 Hour Edition)
SEGMENT 1(ONE HOUR SEGMENT - DISCO/*DJ DAN INTERVIEW*
Live It Up - Inner Life/Funtown U.S.A - Rafael Cameron/You Got Me Running - Lenny Williams/Fancy Dancer - Twennynine/Action- Mantra**DJ DAN Interview**/Stop & Panic(DJ Dan Remix)/Needle Damage - DJ Dan/Crazy Train - Electroliners
SEGMENT 2(ONE HOUR SEGMENT) - FUNK AND SOUL
Happy People - Odyssey/Rock The World - Mystic Merlin/Second Time Around - Shalamar/Here's My Love - Lew Kirton/Help From My Friends - Parlet/Rufusized - Rufus/Better By The Pound - Funkadelic/Riding High - The Counts/Men Are Getting Scarce - Chairman Of The Board/Float On - Floaters/Four Play - Fred Wesley
SEGMENT 3(ONE HOUR SEGMENT) - CLASSIC RAP BANGERS
Jamal Fades Em All(Pete Rock Remix) - Jamal/Group Home - Living Proof/I Love You - Mary J. Blige/Smiff & Wessun/Step Into A World - KRS One/Slam - Onyx/We Run Things - Da Bush Babees/Shook Ones - Mobb Deep/Ill Street Blues - Kool G Rap & Polo/N.Y. State Of Mind - Nas/Original Flowaz - Brooklyn Zoo/My Mind Spray - Jeru/If My Homie Calls - 2Pac/Your Mom's In My Business - K Solo

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

"Expansions" Radio Show Broadcast August 8, 2008

Tracklisting for Expansions Broadcast August 8, 2008:
SEGMENT 1 - FUNK SELECTION
Superstition - Dennis Mobley & Fresh Taste/Talking About Love - FBI/Sanctified Feeling - Roy Ayers/The Force Is Watching You - Crackin/How Do You Do - Al Hudson
SEGMENT 2 - SOUL SOUNDS
I'm Back For More - Al Johnson/Here I Go Again - Karin Jones/Money's Too Tight To Mention - Valentine Bros./Take Me To The Top - Advance/Open Up - Chic/Sexy Dancer -Prince
SEGMENT 3 - NINETIES RAP FLASHBACK
Butt....In The Meantime - Black Sheep/Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down(RMX) - Brand Nubian/**INTERVIEW WITH ILL INSANITY(ROB SWIFT,PRECISION,TOTAL ECLIPSE)/Rampage - EPMD/Wordz Of Wizdom - 3rd Bass

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Monday, August 11, 2008

"Expansions" Radio Show Broadcast - August 1, 2008

Tracklisting for "Expansions" broadcast August 1, 2008
SEGMENT 1 - DROPPIN' THE FUNK!
Lovin' You - Johnny Guitar Watson/Young Girls Are My Weakness - The Commodores/Mother's Son - Curtis Mayfield/Hot Pants Road - Tihomir Pop Asanovic/Dap Walk - Ernie & The Top Notes/Upstairs On Boston Road - Sammy Gordon & The Hiphuggers
SEGMENT 2 - 80'S SOUL
Block Party - Stacy Lattisaw & Johnny Gill/Say You Do - Janet Jackson/I Surrender - The Deele/Circles - Atlantic Starr/It's Over Now - Luther Vandross
SEGMENT 3 - GANG STARR TRIBUTE
Just To Get A Rep/What You Want This Time/You Know My Steez/Check The Technique/Mass Appeal/? Remains/Words I Manifest/No More Mr. Nice Guy
SEGMENT 4 - 80's SOUL
Sweetest Pain - Loose Ends/Let's Start Love Over - Miles Jaye/Don't Look Any Further - Dennis Edwards/Baby I'm Scared Of You - Womack & Womack
SEGMENT 5 - CLASSIC RAP
We Can Get Use To This - Alliance/Down To The Grissle - Cool C/All Rappers Give Up - Black By Demand/L.A. Posse - Breeze/Woppit - B Fats/Drum Machine - MCA & Burtoozie/Daryl & Joe - Run DMC
SEGMENT 6 - **INTERVIEW WITH MAN PARRISH
Boogie Down - Man Parrish
**Interview**
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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Chart This!

TOP 10 CHARTS FROM ACROSS THE NATION...

Clyde's Top 10 Progressive Beats(Deep Entertainment - Saskatoon, SK)
1-Jeff Bennett - In Spite
2-Joel Armstrong - Rise & Fall
3-Jean Claude Ades - I Begin to Wonder
4-Seva K - Shiny Hours (dub)
5-Mark Knight, Adam K - From the Speaker (Dub)
6-Jaytech - One Dress Two Legs
7-Emilio Fernandez - Reynosa
8-Joel Armstrong - Fireplace
9-Paul Keeley - A Sort of Homecoming (King Roc mix)
10-Kris B - Starshine (Bastards of Funk vs Sonic Union mix)

Chuck Chillout's Top 10 Rap Classics(Kiss FM, NYC):
1/ CAN'T TRUST IT - PUBLIC ENEMY
2/RYTHM IS THE MASTER - CHUCK CHILLOUT & KOOL CHIP
3/MAMA SAID KNOCK U OUT - LL COOL J
4/DARRYL &JOE - RUN DMC
5/SAY NO GO - DE LA SOUL
6/GODFATHER - SPOONIE G
7/GO STESTA - STETSASONIC
8/WELCOME TO THE TERRORDOME - PUBLIC ENEMY
9/WHAT LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT - KRS1
10/MONA LISA - SLICK RICK

Sir Dom's Top 10 Slept On Hip-Hop Songs(Essential Elements Blog - Regina,SK)
1. Knockin Hiney- Barsha
2. On Tempo Jack- Phil Most Chill
3. Soldier at War- Positively Black
4. Who's Tony Rock- Tony M.F. Rock
5. Robodoc- Chosen Ones
6. Notorious- Kool Rock Jay & DJ Slice
7. Just Saying Fresh Rhymes- Castle D
8. Trouble Man- Rich Nice
9. Yo Stupid- Nu-Sounds feat. Papa Jam
10.I Thought You Knew- MC Squirt & DJ Ibby Ibb

**Download Sir Dom's Top Ten Tracks Here...
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Deko-Ze's Top 10 Buzz Chart(PPM - Toronto,Ont.)

1. SHAPESHIFTERS – Chime * Martijn Ten Velden remix (Defected)In 1989 two brothers who called themselves Orbital wrote a track called “Chime”. They recorded it onto their father’s cassette deck and released it on a small label called Oh-Zone. It went on to become one of the biggest rave tracks of the decade! The Shapeshifters have re-recorded it (with Orbital’s blessing) and got Martijn Ten Velden to provide an absolutely stunning remix!!!!

2. KYLIE MINOGUE – The One * Freemasons remix (Parlophone)I haven’t been into much of the material from Kylie’s latest “X” album but I am LOVING the Freemasons remix of this current single!! This has been filling the floors for months! (Thank you DJ JB!)

3. V.A. CABARET: TRIBAL VISION RECORDS (Tribal vision)I’m not too bothered by comps but this one is a must!! Its loaded with fresh and delicious electro, minimal and tech house tracks. My picks are from John Deere, Brisker & Magitman, Astronivo vs Dj Zombi and there’s even a tribute to the KLF!

4. STRETCH N’ VERN – I’m Alive * Adam Shaw remix (Spot On)Another old school goodie re-vived. Its not remotely “cool” and the purists will whine and bitch behind their computer screens (boh-ring!). This will, however, cause serious havoc on the ‘floor!!!

5. DEKO-ZE N’ GAVO FT CAMILLE DOUGLAS – Explosive * Ramlover remix (Hi-Bias)Watch out for fresh remixes of our current electro pumper including a chunky, stompin’ one by one of my favorite djs (under the fiendishly deceptive name Ramlover!)

6. DAVE SPOON – Liability / 88 (Toolroom)A twit came up to me while I was spinning and gave me ‘tude for not playing Hilary Duff. I punched him in the face. Suddenly, I woke up - with a smile. “Liability” was playing in the background.

7. ENERGY 52 - CafĂ© Del Mar * Deadmau5 mix Now my trance roots are starting to show... This classic from 1993 caused many a soul to uplift to the heavens, hands across the globe to rise in the air and e-fueled grins to spread across the dancefloor. Its back (again) and Canada’s own Deadmau5 brings a very respectful remix!!*. D-UNITY – Don’t Think About Drugs (Beat Therapy)This duo’s quest for world tribal domination charges on with this full throttle tech-tribal stomper!!

8. MINILOGUE – Jamaica / RADIOSLAVE – Grindhouse * Dubfire remixesTwo more sick Dubfire remixes to sink your teeth into. Watch out for that sinister Radioslave remix though. It WILL bite you back!!

9. SUNHATCH – Come Feel The Love * DJ DLG Huge Dub (Bandito)Uplifting sun-drenched goodness! If you like anything by Pryda, you’ll fall over this!

10. DEADMAU5 – Bye Friend / Hi Friend (Maustrap) “Hi Friend” has been generating massive play buzz among the dj elite but it is the chugging, rollin fonk of “Bye Friend” that I am really into!

Dr.J's Top 10 Summer Funk Gems("Expansions" Radio Show - Saskatoon,SK)

1.Nothing Left Is Real - Pure Funk

2.Missing You - Search

3.Superstition - Dennis Mobley & Fresh Taste

4.Come To My World - Micheal Wycoff

5.Here I Go Again - Karin Jones

6.Sugar Rock - One Way

7.Fulton Country Line - Tommy Stewart

8.Shake Your Pants - Cameo

9.Bye Gones - Tom Brown

10.Too Tight - ConFunkShun


Saturday, August 2, 2008

Music For Your Weekend

"Expansions" Radio Show Broadcast - July 25th, 2008:

http://www.zshare.net/download/160861264cb71d6d/
http://www.zshare.net/download/16086778b9ead886/
http://www.zshare.net/download/160892542048003e/

Tracklisting for "Expansions" Broadcast July 25, 2008:

SEGMENT 1 - EIGHTIES BOOGIE
Sugar Rock - One Way/Funky Song - Fantasy/Especially For You - Positive Force/Come To My World - Michael Wycoff/Who Are You - Light of the World

SEGMENT 2 - SMOOTHIN' THINGS OUT...
Be Alright - Zapp/Oh Honey - Delegation/What You Won't Do For Love - Bobby Caldwell/JoJo - Boz Scaggs/Ego Maniac - Jocelyn Brown

SEGMENT 3 - CLASSIC RAP JOINTS
Wild Thing - 2 Much/Word From The Wise - Poor Righteous Teachers/Black & Proud - Intelligent Hoodlum/Can't Stop The Bumrush - Master Ace/Big Daddy Thing - Big Daddy Kane/Pen & Paper - Stetsasonic/You Can't Do Me None - Black Rock & Ron

Also, managed to dig up a few rap goodies for your listening enjoyment:

Lords of the Underground - Keepers of the Funk
http://www.zshare.net/download/15783524af17a297/

Roxanne Shante - Roxanne's Revenge
http://www.zshare.net/download/15784527cecf1a61/

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Dr.J Live @ "Souled Out" Mix

Here is the link to a live house mix I did for my "Souled Out" electronic music night back in December. The recording was done through the mixing board, along with live microphones in the room, hence the crowd noise that is evident on the recording. This is part 1 of 3 recordings that were done that night. I will post the remaining parts at a later date. It's always nice to archive sets, especially live ones, as they capture the vibe and energy of the night. I hope you enjoy!

http://www.zshare.net/download/1621515724dcfbcb/

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

May The Funk Be With You!

Did some diggin' today and came up with a nice assortment of favourites for you to enjoy:

Armenta - I Wanna Be With You (Part One)
http://www.zshare.net/download/15781991c9a4560a/

Breakwater - Release the Beast
http://www.zshare.net/download/157821950a47398f/

Klymaxx - The Men All Pause
http://www.zshare.net/download/157838552450f260/

Chart This!

Dr.J's Top 10 Summer Boogie:
1.Mary Jane - Mato
2.Flirt - Cameo
3.Fly Girl - Intrigue
4.You Got Something Special - Lemelle
5.Moments In Soul - J.T. & The Big Family
6.I Want Her - Keith Sweat
7.You & Me Tonight - Aurra
8.You Ain't Hip - Don Blackman
9.I Need Your Love - Central Line
10.Skip To My Lou - Finis Henderson

Saturday, July 26, 2008

"Expansions" Radio Show Broadcast - July 18, 2008

http://www.zshare.net/download/15846936082cde33/
http://www.zshare.net/download/15849736d516ea8c/
http://www.zshare.net/download/1585151697e6108e/
http://www.zshare.net/download/15852505430ebcc7/

Tracklisting for "Expansions" broadcast July 18, 2008 - Special 2 Hour All-request Edition:

SEGMENT 1(CLASSIC FUNK/SOUL):Girl Blue - Stevie Wonder/Grandma's Hands - Merry Clayton/Smiling Faces - Undisputed Truth/Express Yourself - Charles Wright/Nothing From Nothing - Billy Preston

SEGMENT 2(CLASSIC RAP):Bang Zoom - The Real Roxanne/King Kut - Word of Mouth/Scorpio - Grandmaster Flash/Raw - Big Daddy Kane/Give The Drummer Some - Ultramagnetic MCs/Think About It - Special Ed/Murder Rap - Above The Law

SEGMENT 3(CLASSIC RAP):The Formula - D.O.C./Mystery Of Chessboxin' - Wu Tang Clan/Gold - Grandmaster Flash/Mama Gave Birth To The Soul Children - Queen Latifah/Don't Curse - Heavy D & Friends/Be True To Yourself - 2nd To None/Night Shift - Positive K

SEGMENT 3(80'S SOUL):Why You Treat Me So Bad - Club Nouveau/Stay With Me - Debarge/Human Nature - Micheal Jackson/Fool's Paradise - Meli'sa Morgan/Over Like A Fat Rat(Remix) - Fonda Rae/Ghetto Life - Rick James

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Gotta Have House!

Growing up in the 80's I was listening almost entirely to rap music. However, by 1987 I was starting to branch out and become exposed to house and underground dance sounds. Here are a few of the tracks that inspired me back in the day...

Although "Groove Is In The Heart" was always Deee-Lite's signature track, this was one of my personal favourites off their first album:

Deee-Lite - Power of Love
http://www.zshare.net/download/15782504bca107e5/

Here is a beautifully deep piece of electronic music from 808 State:
808 State - Pacific 202
http://www.zshare.net/download/157815597fe618bc/

Adeva was one of house music's finest vocalists in the 80's. Here is one of her finest moments:
Adeva - I Thank You (Club mix)
http://www.zshare.net/download/157817730f362480/

Sometimes less is more - Mr. Fingers shows why in this top notch track from 1987:
Mr. Fingers - Can You Feel It
http://www.zshare.net/download/157842558f5f696c/

Friday, July 18, 2008

"Expansions" Radio Show Broadcast July 11, 2008

Here are the links to the July 11th broadcast of the program, including the interview with Pow Wow of Soul Sonic Force fame:

http://www.zshare.net/download/15537401f3b0f639/
http://www.zshare.net/download/1553781819edee33/
http://www.zshare.net/download/15538433a45955b2/

Tracklisting for "Expansions" broadcast July 11, 2008:
SEGMENT 1 - DEEP SOUL AND FUNK
Be Thankful For What You Got - William Devaughn/Searching - Roy Ayers/What A Man - Linda Lyndell/Ain't That A Mother's Luck - Dorothy Moore/Hang Loose - Mandrill/What Is Hip - Tower Of Power

SEGMENT 2 - 80'S SOUL
Sneakin' Out - Stacy Lattisaw/Reach Out - George Duke/Rocker - Shalamar/Music Makes Me Feel Good - Sister Sledge

SEGMENT 3 - INTERVIEW WITH POW WOW OF SOULSONIC FORCE
Planet Rock - Afrika Bambaata and the Soul Sonic Force
**Pow Wow Interview**
Renegades of Funk - Afrika Bambaata and the Soul Sonic Force

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Musical Goodies

Here are some more rap treasures from my man Warlord in the UK. Enjoy!

Nile Kings-Droppin Bombs (1990)
1. droppin bombs (vocal)
2. listen to the light (vocal)
3. positive sound (vocal)
4. droppin bombs (instrumental)
5. listen to the light (instrumental)
6. positive sound (instrumental)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HMBEM45D

Kaos-Court's In Session (1987)
1. court's in session
2. you've got the time
3. kaos era
4. let's do it again
5. crank up the bass
6. let the people dance
7. what have you done lately
8. play it in the day
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8FWCJYSH

Friday, July 11, 2008

This Weekend







"Expansions" Radio Show With Dr.J

Program airs tonight 9:00-10:30CST on 90.5 FM CFCR

Check it on the web @ http://www.cfcr.ca/

On Tonights Program:

Special interview with Pow Wow from Soulsonic Force

Lots of new funk and hip hop goodies

Monday, July 7, 2008

Some Musical Goodness








Here are some classic rap gems for your enjoyment, along with some recent Stevie...

Rap/R&B Selections:
Monie Love - Monie In The Middle
Stevie Wonder - So What The Fuss
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - I Got A Love
Too Short - The Universal Mix
Doctor Ice - Nobody Move

Steely Dan Review

Steely Dan – Katy Lied

Released 1975

ABC Records / MCA Records


By Schwinkle

By 1975, Steely Dan had nearly transformed itself into the jazz / funk / rock fusion group that everyone thinks of today. After 1974’s release of Pretzel Logic, dominant band members Walter Becker and Donald Fagan decided to jettison the other members and touring in favour of working exclusively in the studio with highly polished session musicians. By the time the first track “Black Friday” opens the album, it is clear that something fundamental has changed. A total crossover between jazz, rock, and funk sounds, “Black Friday” scorches from the speakers in a relentless groove.

The second track is a laid-back jazzy number called “Bad Sneakers”. Listening to this track, it is almost possible to visualize a lazy summer afternoon in New York City in the mid-1970’s (even if you’ve never been to NY) – or a lazy summer afternoon in 1990 in Regina when I first discovered this amazing tune as the closing track on the compilation album A Decade of Steely Dan. Michael McDonald’s backing vocals are all over this track as well as the following one “Rose Darling”.

The Dan’s penchant for throwing in a blues-infused track is represented well with the blues-funk fusion of “Daddy Don’t Live in New York City”. A cynical song about dysfunctional relationships and drug and alcohol abuse, the Dan take depressing lyrics and strut with them through all 3:16 of the track. The drug theme plays itself out through “Doctor Wu”, a surprisingly catchy smooth jazz-influenced tune that is apparently about a physician that helped the band with addictions during that period of their career.

“Everyone’s Gone to the Movies” opens up what would have been side two of the original vinyl. If you didn’t know that you were listening to Steely Dan, you might actually mistake this tune for something by Jimmy Buffet. Marimbas and a Caribbean groove permeate this track. A return to form is served up on “Your Gold Teeth II” – a piano-driven, jazz-saturated track that features some incredible drumming and percussion from session ace Jeff Porcaro.

The rest of the album is rounded out with the bluesy “Chain Lightening”, the Michael McDonald infused “Any World (That I’m Welcome To)”, and the album closer “Throw Back the Little Ones”.

The fact that Becker and Fagan had moved on to attempt studio perfection with session musicians is readily evident upon first listen to this extraordinary album. Past Dan efforts pale in comparison – the musicianship is incredible and the songs are almost all of high calibre. It is hard to believe that Becker and Fagan would not listen to this album for years after its release due to their contention that there were sound imperfections in the master tapes due to a faulty dbx noise reduction system that was used during the recording sessions. Such imperfections are just not audible to the untrained ear on this masterpiece of an album.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Halifax Travels

I am currently out in Halifax doing some shows right now with limited computer access, but do promise to do a large post in the next couple of days. Lots of new music, pics and goodies. Stay tuned!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Let The Week Begin...

My man WARLORD from the UK sent me these links/comments to some classic rap tracks. A nice assortment of hard to find underground goodies. This man knows his music - respect!

Dezo Daz-It's My Turn
1. It's My Turn (vocal)
2. It's My Turn (instrumental)
3. It's My Turn (bonus beats)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8T6MV857

Dr Funkenstein & Dj Cash Money-Scratchin To The Funk (1986) - Cutting up another one of my favorite tracks - Trouble Funk-Pump Me Up:
1. Scratchin To The Funk (part 1)
2. Scratchin To The Funk (part 2)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=C0W80JYK

My favorite year in hip hop was 1989.When this track came out it was hot!
Stezo-Freak The Funk (1989)
1. Doug Lazy remix
2. Dub mix
3. Instrumental
4. Lp version
5. Radio version
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=K3RRUCWL

Here's an album that is a bit rare to get hold of - Mikey D & the LA Posse-Better Late Than Never
1. Taking No Shorts
2. Go For It
3. The Executioner
4. I Get Rough
5. Bust A Rhyme Mike
6. Party Time
7. My Telephone
8. Comin In The House
9. Peep It
10. Dawn
11. Kill That Bass
12. Listen To The Bassline
13. Beethoven Scratch
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=KDVT6FZP

More to come...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Music For Your Weekend













Summer is here and I wanted to include a nice selection of tracks to kick off the season...Enjoy!

Summer Soul:
Everybody Loves The Sunshine(9th Wonder Remix) - Roy Ayers
Sunshine Day - Osibisa
Apparently Nothing - Young Disciples

Some 80's Club Favourites:
Such A Feeling - Aurra
Can't Keep Holding On - Second Image
You're The One For Me - D Train
You Can't Have Your Cake and Eat It Too - Brenda Taylor

Classic Rap Picks:
Get Tough - CDIII
I Love Them All - Supreme Nyborn
Breakdown - T La Rock

Chart This!

Here are the latest Top 10 charts from across the country...

Clyde(Deep Entertainment/Saskatoon,SK)
1. Slytek - Spinout
2. Jaytech/Matt Rowan - Spin Cycle
3. Jay Lumen - Calypso
4. Squash 84 - Captured Girl
5. Sultan - Jeopardy
6. Carlos Legaz - Funk Me No More (Legaz & Spider Oxi-Dub)
7. Sebastien Davidson - Where We Are
8. Wally Lopez - C'est Paris (Paolo Mojo mix)
9. Alexinno - Sunrise 5am (Treitl Hammond)
10.Greg Cerrone - Bulllit

Jason Palma(Play De Record/Toronto, Ont.)
1.The Sunburst Band “Put A Lyric In It” (Z)
2.The Heliocentrics feat. Percee P and Doom “Distant Star” (Stones Throw)
3.Zaki Ibrahim “Computer Girl” (Red Ink)
4.Yaw “Where Will You Be” (cdr)
5.Martino feat. Sacha “Praying For Rain(original mix)” (SSR)
6.Fertile Ground “Simple, Timeless” (Sonar Kollektiv)
7.Elizabeth Shepherd “Higher Ground” (Do Right!)
8.Jesse Futerman “Low” (cdr)
9.James Brown “There Was A Time(Kenny Dope rmx)” (Verve)
10.Sleepwalker “Brotherhood” (Jazzmin)

Eric D(JE Productions/Saskatoon,SK)
1.Alex Gold - Give it Up
2.Dariush - Good Vibration (DJ Remy Roland Klinkenberg Remix)
3.DJ Niki Belucci - Get Up (Chris Kaeser Remix)
4.Shazer k - Black Castle (Original Mix)
5.MC Flipside - Just The Tip (Hatiras Dub)
6.Wolfgang Gartner - Front To Back (Original Mix)
7.Sydney Blu - Give It Up For Me (Original Mix)
8.Sunny - My Trust (Sandy Vee Paul Star Remix)
9.fRew - Call Of The Crow (Red October Edit)
10.Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Chew Fu Refix ft. J-Cast & Substantial)

Monday, June 16, 2008

"Expansions" Radio Show Broadcast June 13th, 2008

**Interview with "Cheryl The Pearl" of Sequence fame on this program!!

Segement One
http://www.zshare.net/download/136182338bf2a481/
Segment Two
http://www.zshare.net/download/13618768cfda5961/
Segment Three
http://www.zshare.net/download/136195920e54d6b7/

Tracklisting for "Expansions" broadcast June 13th, 2008:
SEGMENT 1: CLASSIC RAP TRACKS...New Jack Hustler - Ice T/Gittin' Funky - Kid N' Play/Bring The Pain - Method Man/Crushin' - Fat Boys/Rock N' Roll Dude - Chubb Rock/Regulate - Warren G/I Ain't Trippin(Inst) - Too Short
SEGMENT 2: TRIBE CALLED QUEST TRIBUTE - Hot Sex/Scenario/Oh My God/Award Tour/Pubic Enemy/Stressed Out/Find A Way
SEGMENT 3 - INTERVIEW W/"CHERYL THE PEARL" OF SEQUENCE:Funk You Up - Sequence/**Interview w/ Cheryl The Pearl/Rhythm Change - Cheryl The Pearl/In The Mood - Cheryl The Pearl

"Expansions" Radio Show Broadcast June 6th, 2008

Part One
http://www.zshare.net/download/1358265041eab45f/
Part Two
http://www.zshare.net/download/135835200be3be14/
Part Three
http://www.zshare.net/download/1358401462edfe53/

Tracklisting for "Expansions" broadcast June 6, 2008:
Part One - Shake It Up Tonight - Cheryl Lynn/I'll Do Anything For You - Denroy Morgan/It Must Be Magic - Teena Marie/You Brought It On Yourself - Gayle Adams/Time - Stone/White Horse - Laid Back
Part Two - Fresh Idea - Deco/Shake It Up - Dazz Band/Bye Gones - Tom Browne/It Doesn't Really Matter - Zapp
Part Three - Guess?Who? - Doug E. Fresh/Don't Sleep On It - Rob Base & DJ E.Z. Rock/Here She Comes - Antoinette/Years To Build - 360 Degrees/On A Mission - Double XX Posse/My Part Of Town - Tuff Crew

Friday, June 13, 2008

Events This Weekend

Here's what's happening this weekend...
Friday
"Expansions" Radio Show w/Dr.J. Interview with "Cheryl The Pearl" of Sequence fame. Tribute to the music of Tribe Called Quest. Program airs Friday night 9:00-10:30 CST on 90.5FM CFCR. Check it on the web @ www.cfcr.ca

Saturday
"On Rotation" @ The Spadina Freehouse featuring Dr.J spinning the best in funk, soul and rare groove beats. Music starts @10:00. No cover charge.

"Ghetto Blasta" @ TCU Place featuring Krafty Kuts and Ill Insanity(Rob Swift,Total Eclipse,Precision). Doors open @8:00

Friday, June 6, 2008

Music For Your Weekend











Dr.J - "Expand Your Mind" Volume 3
*This is my latest old school rap mix featuring tracks by The Beastie Boys, Tricky Tee, Bad Boys, Kid N' Play, Naughty By Nature and more. Enjoy!

Some Hip Hop Heat...
Ain't Sayin Nothin' - Divine Styler
Get Rough - Mikey D
5 Times The Rhymer - Deuces Wild

Some Classic Reggae...
Sorry - Foxy Brown

Chart This!

Here are some classic 80's rap joints...

1.Bring The Beat Back - Steady B(Jive)
2.Livin' In The World Of Hip Hop - MC Shan(Cold Chillin)
3.All Hail The Drum - Fresh Force(Sutra)
4.10% Dis - MC Lyte(First Priority)
5.The Godfather - Spoonie G(Tuff City)
6.Droppin' It - Bizzie Boyz(Payroll)
7.Court Is Now In Session - Chill Rob G(Wild Pitch)
8.Ragamuffin Hip Hop - Asher D & Daddy Freddy(Profile)
9.The Tragedy - Super Kids(NIA)
10.Just Say Stet - Stetsasonic(Tommy Boy)

Boyz II Men - Cooleyhighharmony









Sneaking into the backstage to sing for Bell Biv DeVoe's Michael Bivins was the gutsy, but worthwhile move that lit up the career for Boyz II Men. They made an immediate impression by singing an a cappella version of “Can You Stand The Rain”, which had originally been performed by Bivins' former group, New Edition. The quartet was signed to Motown records and soon saw their fame explode upon the 1991 release of the debut album, “Cooleyhighharmony” (from the '70s film, Cooley High, to which the title paid tribute). The group topped R&B charts with the release of their first single, the dance-oriented “Motownphilly”, which featured Bivins rapping alongside the smooth and polished harmonies of the soulful four. This success was followed up by the powerful and riveting a cappella cover of “It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”. As if the success from the original album wasn't enough, in 1993 the group released an extended version of “Cooleyhighharmony” which included remixes, a cover of the 1956 hit, “In The Still of the Night”(originally performed by the Five Satins) and the record-breaking hit, “End of the Road” which was recorded for Eddie Murphy's Boomerang soundtrack.

Boyz II Men showcased profound harmonies delivered by Shawn Stockman's refined and smooth tenor voice, Wanya Morris' commanding and vibrato-laden tenor vocals, Nathan Morris' full baritone sound, and the deep rhythmic purring bass of Michael McCary. The fantastic four brought us an innovative sound, featuring the balanced and seemingly effortless trade-off of leads between members rather than the traditional R&B arrangements highlighting one or two lead vocalists with backup singers. Their debut album represents a talented group of young vocalists solidly establishing their niche among the realms of both up tempo street beats and heartfelt romantic ballads. The savvy combination of their 60's soul roots with the urban trend of New Jack Swing makes them, undoubtedly, one of the top R&B groups of all time.

By Amy B. Ware

Sympin

Motownphilly

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Steely Dan In Review










Review: Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic
Released 1974
ABC Records / MCA Records

Any comprehensive review of Steely Dan’s career should probably start with their first two albums – Can’t Buy a Thrill (1972) and Countdown to Ecstasy (1973). Both of these albums contained several hits including classics such as “Do it Again”, “Reelin’ in the Years”, and “My Old School”. Yet, during this period the Dan was turning out what was basically pretty generic early-70’s rock. There were definitely shades of funk and jazz on both of these early albums but the genesis of the fusion of rock, funk, and jazz that Steely Dan would come to master only started to appear in all of its brilliance on their third album “Pretzel Logic” (1974).

It was around this time that Donald Fagan and Walter Becker (the two core and most recognizable members of the group) started to take control, slowing pushing out the rest of the band, replacing them with world-class session musicians. Many of these session players were funk and jazz masters (such as Jeff Porcaro, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, and Bernard “Pretty” Purdy) leading the sound of the Dan into what most people familiar with their music would now recognize. This change in sound from straight-ahead rock isn’t that noticeable on the opening cut – “Ricki Don’t Lose That Number”. Obviously, this is a well-known hit followed by a much lesser known track.

It is this second track though that really starts to drive the new sound of the Dan home. "Night by Night" is totally unexpected – the listener is expecting to hear another rock track and is hit right between the eyes with rock-funk fusion. The Dan locks into a groove on this cut that is hard to ignore. This song was not a Top 40 hit but is definitely one of the strongest grooves on the album. Listen to this one at full blast with the windows open!

"Any Major Dude Will Tell You" follows with a much more mellow groove than "Night by Night". It’s easy to hear why this tune is a fan favourite, but it definitely sounds dated 34 years after its release. There are some memorable guitar hooks but the ample use of an old Fender Rhodes that carriers the melody of the track sounds really out of place today.

The only instrumental and only cover tune produced by the Dan is found on Pretzel Logic – Duke Ellington’s "East St. Louise Toodle-oo". This track, more than any other released by the group at this time revealed the new direction being taken. This is as far away from straight-ahead rock as they could get! This tune combines a myriad of different musical styles from jazz, to ragtime, to the blues. A major risk was taken recording this and strangely it fits in. I’m not sure that I would be playing this track at a yuppie house party though. Definitely do not play this one full blast while cruising the streets…

Continuing on in the direction of incorporating jazz into their sound and paying tribute to jazz greats, "Parker’s Band" is truly a standout track. It is an homage to jazz great Charlie Parker and incorporates two drummers (session aces Jeff Porcaro and Jim Gordon). The different drumming styles can distinctly be heard by adjusting the speaker balance from left to right.

The album is rounded out by five more tracks, two of which are standouts. "Through With Buzz" is a completely unexpected short song that sounds more like early ELO than Steely Dan. It’s as if Jeff Lynne showed up during the recording sessions – his sound is all over this track including the liberal use of a string quartet. Finally, the song "Pretzel Logic" drives home a bluesy sound that completed the Dan’s move from rock into the fusion that they would explore so successfully on subsequent albums.

A landmark album in rock, Pretzel Logic demonstrated the promise of a completely new sound for this period of the 1970’s. Sadly, Steely Dan as a band that toured came to an end with this album. Only Walter Becker and Donald Fagen would remain to compose and record future work. The influence of other band members would be felt throughout the rest of the ‘70’s though – in particular that of guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and Michael McDonald who would go on to join The Doobie Brothers and transform that group from a hard rock sound to a blue-eyed soul hit machine.

By Schwinkle

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Colour Me 80's! Party This Weekend

This Saturday night I will be hosting the Colour Me 80's! party @ Lydia's along with my man B-Lair. Here are a few 80's tracks to get you warmed up...

Human(Extended Version) - Human League

Shout(Dub Mix) - Tears For Fears

State Farm(Madhouse Mix) - Yaz

Monday, June 2, 2008

Presenting Ms. Chaka Khan...

Being a huge Chaka Khan fan and having just recently interviewed her for my radio program, I found it fitting to post some of her material here on the blog. I have included material from Chaka's "I Feel For You" album(released in 1984) which includes "This Is My Night", "Eye To Eye" and the classic hit "I Feel For You" which includes a rap cameo by Melle Mel. I have also included tracks from Chaka's recent album - "Funk This" which includes the single "Disrespectful" featuring Mary J. Blige and my favourites "Will You Love Me" and "One For All Time". Fans of Jill Scott, India Arie, Sade and Badu will surely enjoy this effort from Chaka. Two great albums from one of soul music's greatest treasures.


This Is My Night

Eye To Eye

I Feel For You



Disrespectful

Will You Love Me

One For All Time






Thursday, May 29, 2008

Poll Results In!

You have voted Melle Mel as the top MC of all time! Be sure to vote in this weeks poll: "Who is the top female MC of all time"?

Music For Your Weekend

Here are some funky goodies to kickstart your weekend...

Paper Planes - M.I.A.(Robert Oleysyck Edit)
I Like It, I Love It - Lyrics Born(Robert Oleysyck Edit)
Wicked Funk - Kwanzaa Posse
*Special thanks to Robert Oleysyck(Las Vegas) and DJ Anonymous(Finland) for these tracks!

Chart This!

Here are the latest electronic music DJ charts from across the country...

Jay Hamilton(Halifax, Nova Scotia)
1 - Workidz - Twisted
2 - Wolfgang Gartner - Frenetic
3 - Jay Hamilton - Flex
4 - Eddie Williams - Gestation Pt 2
5 - DJ Dan & Donald Glaude - Stick Em
6 - Bass Kleph Anthony Paul Helium (Original Club Mix)
7 - Electro F - Superstar Break (Twocker Mix)
8 - Reel 2 Real - We Like To Move It (Twocker)
9 - Ben DJ - Me and Myself feat Sushi -(Wolfgang Gartner Mix)
10 -Miki Litvak & Ido Ophir - Shnorkel (Dousk Remix)

DJ Labyrinth(Deep Productions/Saskatoon,SK)
1. To the Bone -- Danton Eeprom -- Tsuba
2. The Light -- Maetrik -- Treibstoff
3. The Resident -- Vincenzo -- Dessous Recordings
4. Verloopt in Berlin -- Martin Roth -- Lunatique
5. Spin Cycle -- Jaytech & Matt Rowan -- Curvve
6. American Excess (Lee Kalt remix) -- Arthur Explicit -- LK Recordings
7. The Island -- And.Id -- Mobilee Records
8. Break-out -- Fergie -- Excentric muzik
9. Private Garden -- Just'n Toko -- Fat Sounds Records
10. La Dolce Vita -- Martin Eyerer -- Great Stuff

DJ Kinder(Regina, SK)
1.Nostalgia- Two Armadillos
2.In Your Soul- Morgan Page
3.Aura(Jimpster remix) - Jimpster/Motorcitysoul
4.The Sad Piano- Justin Martin
5.Le Champagne- Trentmoller
6.Mountain 004- The Mountain People
7.Lets Be Young- Quentin Harris
8. Hostile Passions- Sound Diggers remix- Smart Dog
9.Across the Ocean- Terry Lee Brown
10.Blue Sky- The Timewriter

Dr.J(Saskatoon,SK)
1.Fashionable Late - Tim Weeks
2.Deep - Sascha Dive
3.Broken Bullet - Lutzenkirchen
4.Lay On Me - Inland Knights
5.Schnorkel - Ido Ophir
6.Work Dat - DJ Jeroenski
7.Bottome Heavy 2008 - Phunk Ivestigation
8.This Summer - Brian Cross
9.Recycle This - Zoltan Kontes
10.Surrin - Quivver

"Expansions" radio show with Dr.J spinning the best in old school funk, disco and hip hop. Here is the broadcast from May 23rd, 2008. Enjoy!

"Expansions" radio show - May 23rd, 2008 - Parts 1-3:
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Tracklisting:
SEGMENT 1 - *Tribute To Salsoul Records*:Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Inner Life /Double Cross - First Choice /Nice N' Nasty - Salsoul Orchestra / Who Took Away The Funk - Instant Funk / SEGMENT 2 - FUNKY MADNESS...Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is - Rose Royce / Keep On Movin' - Creative Source / Let's Dance - Pleasure / Crosstown Traffic - The Gil Evans Orchestra / Don't Worry - Curtis Mayfield / Balek - Placebo / SEGMENT 3 - EARLY 80'S RAP GEMS...Super Rhymes - Jimmy Spicer / The Micstro - Radiance / Maximus Party - TJ Swann & Peewee Mel / Zulu Nation Throwdown - Cosmic Force / It's Your Rock(Inst)-Fantasy Three

Monday, May 26, 2008

New Music Reviews...

Here's a review of the latest Verve records compilation. Special thanks to my man Shumon!

Verve Remixed Volume 4 – Universal Music

Again after 3 years Universal puts out another compilation of classic jazz meets modern electronic enthusiasm creating a 12-track compilation of sheer silk for the ears. The feel of the albums does not stray far from its past siblings with familiar artists like Diplo remixing Marlena Shaw’s “California Soul”, Cinematic Orchestra covering “I get a kick out of you” by Ella Fitzgerald and Mike Mangini doing “Gimme Some” by Nina Simone just to name a few. There is also a separate unmixed version available as well for those who want a lesson in jazz music from the timeless Verve label or for those who want to reacquaint themselves with some old music friends.
* This will be available in stores tomorrow...

Friday, May 23, 2008

Music For Your Weekend

Here are some tracks to kickstart your weekend....

Some nice upbeat funk:










Stevie Wonder - "All I Do"(12" Mix)

Cymande - "It's Magic"

A few recent house tracks:

Giano - "House of Brass"

Quality Control - "Slippin'"

A couple laid back afternoon groovers:

Ursula Rucker - "My Sunday Afternoon"

DJ Cam - "Summermadness"

Enjoy!





Events This Weekend...


Friday -"Expansions" radio show w/Dr.J. Friday nights 9:00-10:30CST on 90.5FM CFCR Saskatoon. Check it on the web @ www.cfcr.ca
On Tonights Program:
Tribute to disco label Salsoul. As well, lots of new funk,soul and early 80's hip hop.
Saturday - "On Rotation" @ The Freehouse. Dr.J spinning funk, soul, rare groove and hip hop. Music starts @ 10:00pm. No cover.

Chart This!

Starting next week I will be featuring monthly top 10 charts from some of the country's top deejays. In the meantime here is a list of some of my favourite underground old school rap joints...
10 CLASSIC OLD SCHOOL RAP GEMS
1.Listen To My Turbo - Raw Dope Posse(Show Jazz Records)
2.Do The Whop - Disco Twins and Starchild(Profile)
3.Fresh, Wild, Fly and Bold - Cold Crush Brothers(Tuff City)
4.On This Mic - Michie Mee and L.A. Luv(First Priority)
5.Freddy's Back - Freddy B & The Mighty Mic Masters(Tuff City)
6.Stick Up Kid - B Boys(Vintertainment)
7.You Can't Front - The Ultimate Choice(Citi Beat)
8.Expressing My Thoughts - Tony Tee(Rooftop)
9.Stylin' Lyrics - JVC Force(B Boy)
10.Super Trooper - Extra Curricular(Posse)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tonight @ "Souled Out"

Tonight @ "Souled Out":
Canadian house music pioneer Delerious from Calgary(www.djdelerious.com), alongside Kinder(Regina) and Dr.J. Music starts @ 9:00pm.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

"Expansions" Radio Show Marathon Broadcast May 16th, 2008

Here is last Friday's program. Great assortment of 80's soul, R&B, hip hop and some good undergound disco as well. Over 4 hours of listening enjoyment!

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Tracklisting For "Expansions" Marathon Broadcast May 16th, 2008 Part 1:DEEP UNDERGROUND DISCO...Haven't Been Funked Enough - Extra/Ease Out - Mid Air/Free And Easy - Plush/The More I Get The More I Want - Lorraine Johnson/*MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE SET...Ready Or Not, Here I Come/I Wanna Be Where You Are/We're Almost There/ABC/I Want You Back/Remember The Time/PYT/CLASSIC 80'S ELECTRO SOUNDS...Beatbox - Art Of Noise/It's Yours - T La Rock/Boogie Down(Dub) - Man Parrish/Watch The Closing Doors - IRT/Looking For The Perfect Beat - Afrika Bambaataa/Roof Is On Fire - Rockmaster Scott/Tour De France - Kraftwerk/A FEW 80'S FUNK JAMS...Big Time - Rick James/Closet Freak - Videeo/Crazay - Jesse Johnson/Kickin Back - LTD/You Make Me Wanna Wiggle - Brothers Johnson/80's CLUB GOODNESS...Him Or Me - Today/Do Me! - BBD/Escapade - Janet Jackson/Live And Learn - Joe Public/Rub You The Right Way - Johnny Gill/My Fantasy - Guy/Jerk Out - The Time
Tracklisting For "Expansions" Marathon Broadcast May 16th, 2008 - Part 2:CLASSIC 80'S HIP HOP:Get Down - Tribe Called Quest/Here I Come - Lord Finesse/You Know My Rucka - Steady B/Music Man - Masta Ace/This Is A Recording - De La Soul/Pay Ya Dues - Low Profile/SOME NEW HEAD NODDERS...Paper Planes - M.I.A/Lookin' For Freddie - Soopa Soul/I Like It - Lupe Fiasco/SOME 80'S SOUL GOODIES...You And I - Goodie/Body Fusion - Starvue/I've Got My Second Wind - Al Johnson/I Enjoy Making Love - JP Rodgers Jr./Think Twice - Donald Byrd/You'll Never Find A Better Woman - Teedra Moses/A LITTLE SWEET, MELLOW HIP HOP...Purple Rain - Rubbabandz/Listen Up -Erule/Bus Stops - Nonce/Black Ego - Diggable Planets/What They Do - The Roots/Watch What You Say - Guru/California Dreamin' - Dream Warriors/Sweet Potatoe Pie - Domino/Players Ball- Outkast/Caps Get Peeled - DFC

Monday, May 19, 2008

"Expansions" radio show with Dr.J spinning the best in old school funk, disco and hip hop. Here is the broadcast from April 25th 2008. Enjoy!

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Tracklisting For "Expansions" Broadcast April 25th, 2008(Special 3 Hour Edition) Part 1:Stand Up - Atlantic Starr / Shaft - Nite-liters / Theme Of The Mack - Willie Hutch / Mad Mountain King - Apollo 100 / Thank You - Gladys Knight and the Pips / Fancy Dancer -Commodores /Flashlight - Parliament /Funk #49 - James Gang /This Is It - Betty Davis Sargeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles /The Life - The Beatles /How About Some Hardcore - MOP /Funky Child - LOTU /Uptown Anthem - Naughty By Nature /6 Million Ways To Die - Funkmaster Flex /Insane In The Brain - Cypress Hill /That's When Ya Lost - Souls Of Mischief /Juice Crew Dis - Cool C /Money In The Bank - Davy D /Likwit - Alkaholiks /D. Original - Jeru The Damaja /Funky Sensation - Gwen McRae /Tom's Diner - Suzanne Vega /Paper Doll - PM Dawn /Alright - Kriss Kross /I'm So Into You - SWV /I Am Not My Hair - India Arie /I Wasn't Kidding - Angie Stone /Reminisce - Mary J Blige /By Your Side - Sade

Tracklisting For "Expansions" Broadcast April 25th, 2008(Special 3 Hour Edition) Part 2:Heart Of The Matter - India Arie /What U Dyin' For - Angie Stone /I Feel For You - Chaka Khan /**Interview With Chaka Khan** /One For All Time - Chaka Khan /Will You Love Me - Chaka Khan