DIPSET + A-TRAK = DIPTABLISM?


that boy got that crack
DJ A-Trak feat. J.R. Writer, Hell Rell and 40 Cal: Don’t Fool With the Dips

This comes courtesy my man in fly places, Jazzbo. It’s Canada’s wunderkind DJ A-Trak with…Dipset? Yeah man, Dipset. Well, at least the second string Dipsetters – apparently Killa isn’t getting down with scratchers yet (no turntablomo). That said, it’s nice to hear an unexpected combo like this work. People always complain that DJ culture is too sub-genred for the masses to care but on a song like this, there might be some crossover potential.

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PERSONAL JESUS



Cassietta George: He Never Lets Me Alone
From This Time (Audio Arts, 197?)

Soul Sides is busy with a slew of other work right now so we may not be able to get too many posts up this week but we wanted to drop something. Memphis-raised gospel singer Cassietta George (b: 1929, d: 1995) weaves together a fantastic blend of gospel, glues and of course, soul on “He Never Lets Me Alone.” I’m not much of a religious type personally but even if I’m not into the message behind these songs, I can get with […]

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ALL ROADS LEAD TO APACHE

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Bert Weedon: Apache

From single (JAR, 1960). Also on Very Best Of.

Cliff Richard and the Shadows: Apache

From single (1960). Also available on Greatest Hits.

Jorgen Ingmann: Apache

From single (ATCO, 1961). Also on Apache/The Many Guitars of Jorgen Ingmann.

The Ventures: Apache (snippet)

From The Ventures Play Telstar (Capitol, 1963)

Davie Allan and the Arrows: Apache ’65 (snippet)

From Apache ’65 (Tower, 1965)

Incredible Bongo Band: Apache

From Bongo Rock (MGM, 1973)

The Sugarhill Gang: Apache

From 12″ (Sugarhill, 1981). Also on Sugarhill Hip Hop Box Set

West Street Mob: Break […]

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MEGA LARGE



KRS-One: Hip-Hop Vs. Rap (DJ Spinbad Megamix)
From Spinbad’s Final Mixdown 12″ (Money, 2004)

D&D All Stars: 1,2 Pass It (Underground Mix)
From white label 12″ (1996)

I was first introduced to NY’s DJ Spinbad by my old friend Byze One who played this incredible mixtape for me back around 1996 or so. Spinbad’s scratches, especially his chirps, were so clean; he and DJ Revolution are often compared to one another for that exact reason. It’s that precision cutting that makes his mix for KRS-One’s 1993 “Hip Hop vs. Rap” so extraordinary. As KRS rattles […]

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IT’S DELACRATIC



De La Soul: Eye Know (Know It All Mix)
From UK 12″ (Tommy Boy, 1989)

De La Soul: Breakadawn (De La Soul Remix)
From promo 12″ (Tommy Boy, 1993)

First things first – Noz has De La’s ultra rare “Double Huey Skit” up on Cocaine Blunts right now. It took me a long, long time to cop that 12″ but strangely, I also managed to find it on the “Say No Go” promo-CD. Cool tune.

I already had these two songs digitized and ready to go before I realized Noz had his own De La […]

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SPRING CLEANING (Part 2 of 2)



Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack: Born To Love
From Born to Love (Capitol, 1983).

Toni Basil: Mickey (Spanish Version)
From 12″ (Chrysalis, 1982). Also available on The Best of Toni Basil.

Lloyd McNeill: Salvation Army
From Treasures (Baobab, 1976)

As I noted last post, I was cleaning out my server and found these left over songs from posts-that-never-happened. I open with the ’80s soul sound of Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack from the title track to their Born to Love album. This song is so butter…every element is just perfect, from how it opens with […]

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SPRING CLEANING (Part 1 of 2)



Brainbox: Down Man
From 7″ (Imperial, 1969. Also available on Very Best Album Ever.

Laxmikant Pyarelel: Ali Baba Ali Baba
From Jeed Aur Jeene Do OST (EMI, 1982)

Rudolph Johnson: Diswa
From Spring Rain (Black Jazz, 1971).

Sometimes, I’ll upload songs to my server because I plan to write a post about them but inevitably…I forget and they just linger there like forgotten orphans. I was recently dumping old songs off the server and came upon a bunch that I had neglected so I decided to just pool them all into a single posting.

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DOUBLE DOSE OF DIAMOND



Diamond D: Feel the Vibe & I Went For Mine
From Stunts, Blunts and Hip-Hop (CD Only) (Chemistry, 1994)

It always bums me out when some of the best songs by artists only appear as a bonus cuts on the cassette or CD version, but not the vinyl. Diamond’s LP is hard enough to find on wax and when you get it, they don’t put on these pair of tracks. Pity too since “I Went For Mine” is one of my absolute favorite songs by Diamond ever – super slick n’ funky and a groove […]

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QUEENS OF THE KEYS



Marian McPartland: Love For Sale
From Bossa Nova + Soul (Time, 1963)

Mary Lou Williams: Credo
From 7″ (Mary, 1970)

Today, we have two tracks from the first ladies of the piano.

Marian McPartland is a bad ass. She’s over 85 years old and I caught her at Yoshi’s last year and she was playing up a storm – lively, playful and utterly charming. This record was recorded 30 years back (30 years!) at the tender age of 55. Think about that for a minute – she was 55 in 1963. Crazy. […]

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TEMPERATURE’S RISING


All selections from Cold Heat: Heavy Funk Rarities 1968-1974 (Vol 1) (Now Again, 2005)

Carleen and the Groovers: The Thing (snippet)
From 7″ (Music World, 1971). Also available on “Right On” EP.

Lil’ Lavair and the Fabulous Jades: Cold Heat (snippet)
From 7″ (Lennan, 196?)

Kashmere Stage Band: Scorpio (snippet)
From Zero Point (Scram, 1972)

Leroy & The Drivers: Sad Chicken
From 7″ (Duo, 1967)

When my man Egon first dropped The Funky 16 Corners a few years back, the bar on funk compilations was irrevocably changed. Instead of pseudo-bootlegs filled with hot tunes but no […]

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