Portico got a new song

Portico, formerly known as Portico Quartett, is now a trio actually. They are signed to Ninja Tune in the meantime, which is a smart move for them, isnt it ? If you got chance catch them live end of November for a four city tour across Europe. Their new album is scheduled for march 2015 and contains vocal features by Jamie Woon, Jono McCleery and Joe Newman (Alt-J).

VINYL

LOVE VINYL

LOVE VINYL

This little movie about vinyl records and big crates full of heavy records is just fantastic. Directed by Captain Blith of the I Love Vinyl crew from New York City, this picture shows exactly what vinyl is all about and to be a vinyl dj as well. What´s really great to see is that even superstars like Jose James are participating in this film. Just fabulous  and I´m still stunned !

So folks, you better play more vinyl. At least I´m really motivated to play more ! Or in much better words on this vimeo page the guys are stating:  Laptop free since 2009 ! Word up !!!!

Curtis !

Curtis Mayfield was born on 3rd July 1942 on Chicag´s north side, in a housing project called Cabrini Green. He wrote most of his material at a time when that was not the norm for regular soul performers and normal singers. Curtis was among the first to speak openly about African-American pride and community struggle in his compositions. As a songwriter and a producer, Curtis was a key architect of Chicago soul. With Jerry Butler he former the vocal group The Impressions and later started his own label CURTOM. Later in his life some very sad things happened to him: August 13, 1990. The day Mayfield was doing something he’d done a thousand times, the soundcheck for an outdoor concert, onstage at Wingate Field, Flatbush, Brooklyn. But high winds toppled the stage lighting rig and Mayfield was underneath. He survived but paralysed from the neck down, his spine crushed in three places. Mayfield received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award  in 1995.  In February, 1998, he had to have his right leg amputated owing to diabetes. Mayfield was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 1999. Curtis on December 26, 1999 at the North Fulton Regional Hospital in Roswell, GA. He left behind Altheida, his widow, six sons, three daughters, and seven grandchildren. And some years later a good friend of mine name her son Curtis ! Please enjoy my all time favorite Curtis song. And yes!  I surely know, it´s a very untypical one….but it´s os great !!!! Oh, and here is a great Best-Of Mix by Kirk Degiorgio !

Ron Trent

Ron Trent

It´s Ron Trent´s birthday today. So I felt I should write some greetings for a living legend this time. The Chicago-based and Brookly born Producer is one of my favorites when it comes to deep House music. Ron is also a skilled and unique DJ. In 1992 Ron Trent  released a record called Altered State, that changed my point of view for  the Chicago House scene. Besides his nearly 150 productions and remixes I really like the Dance Floor Boogie Delites Single “Pop, Dip And Spin” from 1995. But his remix for Jill Scott is my song for today. And not only it´s the perfect  theme for this day!

The Queen Of Disco

Donna Summer

Donna Summer

Donna Summer passed away this week ! After a long battle with breast and lung cancer she died on 17th May in her Florida home. She was deeply engaged with Germany, Munich in particular. She move over in 1968 to play in the musical HAIR. Later she married Helmut Sommer! Together with mastermind and über-producer Giorgio Moroder (actually Hansjörg) she was the voice of Disco and created the sound of Munich. I Feel Love from 1977 was defenitely her groundbreaking and self penned hit and influenced a lot of producers, but this song here is my favorite song of Donna…

Chuck Brown has to go-go

CHUCK BROWN

CHUCK BROWN

Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown died yesterday in Baltimore aged 75. He was known for his Go-Go-Sound haling from Washington D.C.  His song “Bustin Loose” is an instant classic. Like a DJ blending records, Mr. Brown used nonstop percussion to stitch songs together and keep the crowd on the dance floor, resulting in marathon performances that went deep into the night. Mr. Brown said the style got its name because “the music just goes and goes.” As go-go became a point of pride for black Washingtonians, Mr. Brown became one of the city’s most recognizable figures. Most recently Chuck has recorded with artists as diverse as Thievery Corporation, Brian Culbertson and Jeff Majors.