Sunday, June 30, 2013

DJ Set - Liam June 2013 Choices-Picks Mix

Theo Parish and Tony Allen - Feel Loved feat. Ashong and David Okumu (Wildheart Recordings) V
Black Smoke - Cosmic Organica 'Original Mix' (We Go Deep) T
Rick Wade - Hard Full 'Original' (Holic Trax) T
Medlar - Carry It (Wolf Music Recordings) V
Gintonic Da Colly - My Child 'Gintonic Da Colly Dubstrumental Mix' (Durbanboy Records) T
Raha - One Night in Africa 'Didactic Scalica Remix' (iTech Sound System) T
Azymuth - A Mulher 'Ashley Beedle African on Marz Voyage Remix' (Far Out Recordings) V
DJ Fudge - Asikolo 'Original Mix' (United Music Records) V
Robert Armani - Arrow 'Original Mix' (Chiwax) T
IKE - Kaleidoskop (Philpot Records) T
Noel Nanton - Things Are Changing 'Main' (DNH) V
Rooted Channel Brothers - The Kiss @ Coco EP 'Enzo Remix' (Afro Rebel Music) V
Uraz Kurt - Big Fun featuring Cagri Ultay 'Nu Funified' (Soulab) V
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Choices - June 2013

Owen Jay and Melchior Sultana - Heat Rising (Minuendo Recordings)
After Underground Quality and the own Batti Batti wax label the Maltese deep house duo debut in style with a limited pressing to 280 copies blue colored vinyl on the highly regarded Spanish label.  No digital release in plan, grab your copy while you can.

Uraz Kurt - Hip Hip Uraz (Soulab)
Uraz Kurt first album with eighteen tracks full of funky and soul sounds in Hip Hop and House grooves.  Some nice cover versions also featured as 'Big Fun' and 'Everybody Loves the Sunshine'. 

various artists - Funky Party 2 (Soulab)
Thirteen cool funky tracks by different artists all part of the Soulab rotation squad as Uptown Funk Empire, Cool Million, Los Charly's Orchestra, Fatback 4Way, Confection from Australia, Uraz Kurt from Istanbul, and a brilliant newcomer from  France: Moonshoes.

DJ Fudge - Asikolo (United Music Records)
French Fudge have always been one of my fixed fixtures. Like the harmony and Latin elements of the original in this.

Daren Ager - Summer in Detroit (Subwax Exursions)
Head straight to the nice atmospheres created by Halcyon Days.

Da Underground City feat. Bluesoil - The Roots of Jazz (Xtradeep SA Recordings)
Nice deep jazz house from South Africa.  Four versions of which I like Bluesoil mix the most, but the others are good as well.

Raha - One Night in Africa (iTech Sound System)
iTech back catalogue is more about more about pumped up house sounds, but here it's a nice Afro soul vibes in all the versions.  Is it a new direction for the label? 

L.A.M.P - Shades of Green (Peng)
A nice thirteen track album all in soul funk jazz vibes. If you know the label and who is behind it you can get the idea what the artist band initials mean.  Nice stuff.

Black Smoke -  Deep Space Organic EP (We Go Deep)
A four different track extended player.

various artists - WolfEP018 (Wolf Music Recordings)
One of the most followed labels of the last year or so.  Four different artist tracks, of which my preferred is the track from Medlar.

Nick Holder - By All Means Underground, Noel Nanton - Classics Vol.3 (DNH)
Nick seems to find some of his old school vibe in this extended player.  While Nanton continues to dig his past.

IKE - Kaleidoskop (Philpot Records)
Philpot signature innovative deep and underground sounds.

Rooted Channel Brothers - The Kiss @ Coco EP (Afro Rebel Music)
Six different versions equals take your pick. If you like it deep is all about the last two from Enzo and Ele Roots.

Rick Wade - Hard Full EP (Holic Trax)
In this three track extended player Wade shows his darker harder side, without forgetting his usual funk element.

Gintonic Da Colly - Venda Goes Deep (Durbanboy Records)
Six different tracks in this interesting extended player from a new name who appeared in 2012.

various artists - OneOffs#2 (OneOffs)
A four different artist track extended player.  I like the handbag disco infected California My Way.

Azymuth - A Mulher / Carnaval Legrand Ashley Beedle and Opolopo Remixes (Far Out Recordings)
A legendary Brazilian band remixed by two known names.  I like Ashley Beedle's touch on A Mulher.

Theo Parish and Tony Allen - Day Like This / Feel Loved (Wildheart Recordings)
Two geniuses create some interesting music when they meet up.

Robert Armani - Arrow (Chiwax)
The title track Arrow sees Armani go into deep house territory.  Nice old school vibe!

Ciappy DJ Davide Murri feat Fabrizio Scarafile - Winds of Victoria Remixes (Gotta Keep Faith)
Three new remixes plus the Spiritual Blessing mix release in 2012 for this classic from 2008.

Mike Dunn Meets Victor Simonelli and Luis Radio - Noting Stays the Same (Systematic)
Another Chicago classic gets the remix treat by German label and producers.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: Uraz Kurt - Hip Hip Uraz (Soulab)

Soulab returns to a full album by one of its latest new rotation artist, this time coming from Turkish producer Uraz Kurt.  This full length album is called  'Hip Hip Uraz' as it's very fair to say once you listen to the eighteen tracks featured in this interesting long player.  This album is definitely an arsenal of good grooves and songs, most of which are in Hip Hop and R'n'b sounds with a couple of house influenced here and there. If you want house listen to Beach Dance and Big Fun, this last cover version of Detroit's Inner City smash hit back in the eighties. Another cover version in this album is but this time in hip hop nu-soul grooves is 'Everybody Loves the Sunshine' and as in Big Fun singer Cagri Ultay does another amazing job. All I can say is to do not sleep on this because the Uraz Kurt's Hip Hip is an art of groove inspired  by past soul, funk, and new wave sounds produced and put together in a modern method.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Review: various artists - Funky Party 2 (Soulab)

Soulab after a few months releases its second instalment of the compilation Funky Party, a melting pot of great funky grooves coming from a bunch of talented funk soul brother producers, heading the new school.  These names are paramount with the French Soulab label; Uptown Funk Empire, Cool Million, Los Charly's Orchestra, Fatback 4Way, Confection from Australia, Uraz Kurt from Istanbul, and a brilliant newcomer from  France: Moonshoes.  Some of these names are part of Soulab artists rotation since years, while others have joined the label in the recent months. These production teams are also backed by a dream team of vocalists: The Maestros  Rotimo Soul, The Supa Soul Brotha Del of the Neutronics, Don Dolla, the Divas Cagri Ultay, Me'lisa Morgan, Diane Marsh and Janice and Ange in the thirteen tracks featured in this compilation. As is usual to all Soulab compilation Funky Party 2 while coming from new school artists looks at funk music from its various sound identified by many in decades; from the seventies, eighties, to the nineties with a twist of modern tech thrown in noticeable by those with good ears.  It's absolutely essential modern Funk business on Funky Party 2 again in its second instalment.