DJ-Kicks Compilation & Mix (Vinyl, CD & Digital)
My DJ-Kicks is available to order now! I had great fun putting it together, and it features a lot of amazing music, ranging from extremely odd to classic. There is an old-fashioned mix CD, a modern, fancy digital download, an even more modern but just as fancy digital stream, and ultra-futuristic vinyl. The vinyl release has gaps between the tunes, and four of those tunes, including a new one from me, will be on vinyl for the first time. Big thanks to all the artists/labels involved, MC Kwasi for the intro/outro, the !K7 crew and everyone else who helped out with advice, contacts, technical support and DJ equipment. A team effort!
Also a special cheers to Bandcamp for having me on their latest weekly podcast where I got to talk about the art of tune selection and the mix. Listen to that below...
T-Shirt Charity Sale
Seeing as the sun is out, we have a sale on the Scruff shop. All t-shirts are £10, and £5 from each t shirt will go to the brilliant Reach Out To The Community charity, who are doing amazing work during lockdown, looking after and feeding homeless people in South Manchester.
New DJ-Kicks 2LP/CD,
Print & Mug
Signed copies of the new DJ Kicks CD & 2LP are available in our shop,
Plus a brand new signed A3 print featuring the DJ-Kicks artwork
re-worked in a potato style.
Also a new mug for you to fill with tea and/or cucumber juice. It is the same as the print, but a bit smaller, and much better at holding drinks..
1. Tino Contreras - Musica Infinita (LP)
Fantastic oddball Mexican 1978 Avante Garde Psychedelic Jazz rarity from drummer Tino Contreras & Estrella Newman, reissued by Gilles Peterson’s new Arc label. 3 long tracks. A heavy combination of heavy, funky drums, bass & guitar, with traditional Aztec instrumentation & tuning. It comes across like Sun Ra or the Art Ensemble of Chicago performing a psychedelic soundtrack.
Listen and purchase here
2. The Star Beams - Play Disco Specials (LP)
Yet another excellent reissue from Mr. Bongo, celebrating their 30th year. A great 1976 4 track LP from South Africa. 'Disco Stomp' is the killer here, clocking in at 10 minutes. Imagine a funky mid ‘70s Vince Montana Salsoul jam but with a horn section instead of strings. ‘We Did It’ is also great, in more of a Hugh Masakela style that builds and builds. The slower 'G.G. is Talking’ sounds a little like Grover Washington covering Dick Khoza’s sleazy classic ‘Chapita’, with the bubbling, melodic rhythm guitar & beautifully fruity horns.
3. Jeff Parker & The New Breed - Suite for Max Brown (LP)
Chicago - based International Anthem bring us this delight from the legendary Jeff Parker, probably best known for his involvement with Tortoise. Warm, grainy, fuzzy & engaging. The opening track ‘Buils a Nest’ grabs instantly with fat, lazy drums, sloppy sub-bass, drip-drop keys & languid muliti tracked vocals. Gnarciss hits the spot with fat, loping sampled drums, rock solid bass, delicate, Roy Hargrove-esque horns & a deep soulful swirling arrangement. ‘Max Brown’ closes the album, a beautiful laid back tappy, clappy 4/4 with chewy, wandering synth bass, conversational soloing & a real ATCQ Midnight Marauders atmosphere. Tricky, soulful & loopy in all the right places, this album is a real hazy delight. Bang up to date, but sounds like it was recorded in black & white, if that makes any sense..
4. Man Jumping - Jumpcuts 1: Khidja Remixes 12"
Romanian duo Khidja spruce up these mid-80’s New-Wave jazzy avant-garde recordings (Imagine a less aggro Pigbag meets Steve Reich) with a little extra bump. ‘Walk On, Bye’ has some of the original percussion stripped back & adds an 88bpm 4/4 kick to flesh out the space, while ‘Down the Locale’ spices thing up with an almost broken beat feel, with War ‘Galaxy’ style dancing piano, some yelps, chanting and a Reese-style LFO sub bass underpinning the whole freaky shebang.