Back On the Block

8 Nov

Yo ! Was away for a long time…

Check out this lady from Oakland named MARA HRUBY . And even if this a bit older, it´s still so good. And a cover version as well, as you will easily discover

 

VINYL

6 Jun
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 !

3 Jun

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

23 May

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

18 May
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

17 May
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.

Keith Haring

4 May
Keith Haring

Keith Haring

Today Keith Haring would celebrate his 54th birthday. He was born on 4. Mai 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania and died of an AIDS related illness in Februar 1990 in New York City !

He was influenced by a lot of street artist and he definitely influenced the new breed of street artists !

And myself….with my childish writings on inner sleeves of some nice 12″ I ruined o lot of cover. And I lovedhis Pop-Shop and still got one old Haring T-Shirt….at least somewhere….

Sunny Boy

30 Apr
7" Cover Sunny Boy Diana Ross 1969

7" Cover Sunny Boy Diana Ross 1969

Today its like the first day of spring over here in cloudy and cold Hamburg. And because everybody will be posting “Its SPring Again”, ilk eI did it last year, tho syear it´s time for some Motown stuff. That´s at least what I´m feeling right now. Sweet Soul from end of the 60ties is just my cup of tea these days. So enjoy Diana Ross and The Supremes with “Sunny Boy” ! “Sunny Boy” written and produced by the great Smokey Robinson….choon !!!!  Unfortunately I found the only streaming on a find BLog called Hot Buttered Soul….scroll down to the 7th record!

SUNNY BOY    

Patrick Adams

17 Mar
Patrick Adams

Patrick Adams

Patrick Adams is celebrating his 62nd birthday today . Mister Adams is one of the mostly underrated und undiscovered producers, arranger and engineers, in my opinion. He produced great songs and legendary records. And still he is running his PAP record label. The Harlem born Adams has earned 32 gold and platinum records and has recorded over 300 of his songs and has been involved in over 1000 recordings. He did a lot for modern dance music and his recordings skills are outstanding, just check Eric B. & Rakim´s Album “Paid In Full” ! His songs and records are almost timeless and have been sampled to death many  producers and beat makers. So, happy birthday Patrick !!!

Some of my favorite Patrick Adams songs are listed here, but there are a lot more believe me….

Universal Robot Band – Dance And Shake Your Tambourine

Phreek -Weekend

Inner Life – I´m Caught Up (In a One Night Love Affair)

Wish feat. Fonda Rae – Touch Me (All Night Long)

Musique – Keep On Jumpin

Narada Michael Walden – Tonight (I´m Alright)

Cheryl Lynn

11 Mar

Happy Birthday to Cheryl Lynn today. The songstress i shailing fmor Los Angeles and is still doing her amazing live shows across the globe. The most influential song on my was “Got o be Real” off her self titled debut album back from 1978 ! The rare 12″ version is seven and a half minutes of pure pleasure. As is the video footage taken from her show at Soultrain!

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