FOLLOW THAT RIDDIM: FROM STRANGER COLE TO U-ROY


Stranger Cole: Crying Every NIght
From 7″ (Treasure Isle, 1969/1970). Also on Bangarang.

U-Roy and Hopeton Lewis: Tom Drunk
From 7″ (Trojan, 1970). Also on Your Ace From Space.

The thing I love about being totally underinformed when it comes to riddims is discovering both re-uses of certain riddims, or in this case, the originating riddim. I got turned onto “Tom Drunk” because of Reflection Eternal and certainly, if there’s any song that’s associated with this riddim, it’s the U-Roy single. Huge hit, big deal for him at that point in his […]

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2010 REVIEW (FROM THE BINS)


There are other songs that could have made this list but I really went with those songs that, at the end of the year, I still enjoyed as much as when I first heard ’em. Interesting trends I noticed in my listening taste as a result of putting this playlist together: gospel was obviously big for me this year, reggae was not, and despite a wealth of Latin, only a few songs really stayed with me. As always, soul was huge but not so much funk. Jazz was totally shut out. We’ll have to see what […]

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SUMMER MEMORIES

Back in August, me and Rani D put together two different summer songs themed sets right towards the end of the season. Devil’s PIe now has ’em available for download. Here’s the tracklisting:

PART 1 – DJ O-DUB
1. Heatwave “Star Of The Story”
2. Smif N’ Wessun “Ain’t Nothing More But the $”
3. Erykah Badu “Fall In Love”
4. Stro “BTL”
5. Fat Joe “Slow Down”
6. Gary Wright “Love Is Alive”
7. Big City “Love Dance”
8. Organo Bailable “El Preso”
9. TNT Band “Making […]

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SOUNDS ALIKES

Was watching this:

Which reminded me of a song and in the midst of trying to remember what it was, my friend suggested it was this:

Which is how I discovered this:

But then I finally remembered what I was really thinking of. It wasn’t Blondie. It was this:

(P.S. Apologies for the lack of posts from me; I’m in the midst of an intense writing period and have only surfaced for air at times when I’m completely burnt on MORE writing. C’est la […]

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CARLTON AND THE SHOES + HEPTONES: LIVING ON RIDDIM TIME


Carlton and the Shoes: Love Me Forever
From Love Me Forever (Studio 1, 1978)

Heptones: Heptones Gonna Fight
From On Top (Studio 1, 1968). Also on 22 Golden Hits.

One of my favorite fantasies (not involving Italian actresses of the 1970s) is imagining I had infinite time to learn everything worthwhile there is to know about different kinds of music. It’s flattering that people think I’m remotely an expert in anything; I’m not. I know a little about a lot but only a lot about very little […]

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LOVE MODE

The blog, Themes for Young Lovers, recently interviewed me about my songs o’ love, sex and romance. Yeah, it’s true, I had absolutely no music at my own wedding. Like Will Hung, I have no regrets.

As I noted, when asked “Name 3 songs that would be no-brainers to put on a mixtape for that special someone you were trying to woo”…I included nary a soul/R&B song on there. I think part of it is that my favorite soul songs tend to be about breaking up, not making up but taking a quick spin through […]

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MARCH DIMES


I’ve had a few individual songs that I’ve been meaning to post up and usually, I wait for some kind of thematic opportunity but I realize this is an inefficient way to go about things and instead, I just took ten of these stragglers, whipped up a quick sequence for them and if you download them in order, you’ll have yourself a half-hour mix.

Paul Kelly: Only Your Love
From 7″ (Dial, 1965)

This single (backed with “Chills & Fevers”) originally came out on Lloyd but turned out to be enough of a hit that […]

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FAREWELL TO RON BANKS


Banks is the middle man, literally

I’d be remiss in not noting the sad passing of the Dramatics’ Ron Banks. At this point, most of the original founders have all died in the last ten years and I don’t think a single one of them made it 60.

I don’t have a long post to write here – I can’t say I really knew the Dramatics’ catalog as deeply as that of other groups though obviously, I’m up on their big hits. I did find it fascinating that they were a Detroit group yet signed to […]

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COVERS POWER PACK


As my dwindling finances can attest to, snapping up records with cover songs is bad habit sickness passion that I can’t/won’t shake. I’m sure there will be a Deep Covers 3 in the offering at some point in the near future but in the meanwhile, here’s a few highlights from the last few months.

The Power Pack: I Got You
From Soul Cure (Polydor, 1969)

Generation Gap: Family Affair
From Plays Shaft (RCA, 1972)

These both come from instrumental exploitation LPs, jacking contemporary hits of the time and giving them makeovers that, […]

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DOIN’ THE YO YO + A LITTLE TOUCH OF TEDDY


Richard’s People: Yo Yo (O-Dub’s Extended Intro Edit)
From 7″ (Tuba, 1968)

When Doc Delay came through to spin the other month, he dropped this in the middle of a funk mix and trainspotter as I am, I craned my neck over to ask: “wtf is this?” It sounded like the unruly love child of a Midwestern funkateer backed by an East Harlem band and as I dug around for more info on its background, turned out I was more or less on point.

While the 7″ came out of Detroit (rumor is, the vocalist was […]

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