GLORIA JONES: TOO MUCH TAINT?

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Gloria Jones: Tainted Love (All-Nighter Mix) (Inferno, 1982, 12″)

Can one have too much of a good thing? I picked this 12″ back when I didn’t own Jones’s original 7″ yet and at the time I figured, “hey, everyone loves this song but the original is so short, why not extend it to nearly five minutes?”

Then I started to play it out aaaaaaand maybe it runs just a bit long. You can only lead a crowd through that chorus so many times before […]

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DR. JOHN: RIGHT PLACE REMIXED

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Dr. John: Right Place Wrong Time (Professor Shorthair Remix) (Superjock, 2014, 7″)

Oops, meant to mention these a few weeks back: New Orleans’s DJ Yamin has been remixing Crescent City classics and re-releasing them on 7″ as part of the “NOLA Breaks” series. Of the batch, I thought this one did the best in just adding enough little things to juice up the excellent original without overdoing it.

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GREENWOOD RHYTHM COALITION: PURE GROOVE

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Greenwood Rhythm Coalition: Puro Rock (Names You Can Trust, 2014, 7″)

Dub cumbia remix.

An absolute killer remix of El Combo Chimbita’s “Puro Show.” GRC have never failed me and this one is amongst their very best. I think they add those sleepy, mournful ska guitar lines at the beginning of the song and it’s a genius touch.

365 Days of Soul, #64

KID GUSTO: LATIN REMIX HUNTER

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Kid Gusto: Safari Salvaje (BSTRD Boots, 2011, 12″)

Latin remixes.

Oops. Kid Gusto literally handed a copy of this 12″ to me three years ago and I meant – really I did! – to give it some love back then. Better late than, uh, never? And the thing is: the remixes on this 12: include some of my favorite Latin dance tracks, including a remix of Afrosound’s “Tiro Al Blanco” but “Safari Salvaje” is all-timer for me. Gusto doesn’t even need to do a ton here to juice it up – […]

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GRAB BAG: MARCH 2014

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Quick opening note: not to sound like a broken record (pun intended) but the vinyl game is always humbling. No matter how many records you have, there’s always more/better ones to still learn about and yearn for. I’m reminded of this all the time, especially when DJing with my betters such as the Southern Soulspinners who always come with crazy heat at every gig. I try not to trains-spot on their sets too much but it’s hard to resist knowing what the hell it is they’re blowing my mind […]

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GRAB BAG (DEC 2013)

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Earwaves: Young Girls In Mini-Skirts
From S/T (Surrend, 1984)

Earwaves was a short-lived S.F. group that grew out of another short-lived S.F. band: C.P. Salt; I got interested in both because half their personnel was Chinese American including “Hugh Dong” (yeah, I know what you’re thinking). C.P. Salt had more of a boogie feel but as you can hear here, Earwaves had more of a funky new wave style, especially in those crazy synths.

Chano Scotty and His Combo Society: Bossa-a-Go-Go + Consolacion
From The New […]

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H-TOWN BOOGIE

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Supergrass: Alright
From I Should Coco (Parlophone, 1995)

Fat Pat: Tops Drop
From Ghetto Dreams (Wreckshop, 1998)

Systema Solar: Mi Kolombia
From S/T (Intermundos, 2010)

Ocote Soul Sounds and Adrian Quesada: Tu Fin, Mi Comienzo
From 7″ (Aire Sol, 2013). Also on Coconut Rock

Penny & The Quarters: You and Me (Prince of Ballard remix)
Originally from 7″ (Numero Group, 2011)

Bonus: Icona Pop: I Love It
From This Is… (Atlantic, 2013)

I was recently in Houston and Galveston to DJ a wedding (what up […]

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SHADES OF SOUL EP 1.4: THE KITCHEN SINK

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The latest episode of Shades of Soul (broadcast live on Radio Sombra) is dedicated to records that I file under “the kitchen sink,” i.e. the weird and wonderful records whether we’re talking unexpected remixes/mash-ups, quirky covers, or just plain WTF tunes.

Shades of Soul EP 1.4 by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

To see the playlist, visit our Radio Sombra […]

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LIFE’S A BEACH (WITH THE PRINCE OF BALLARD)

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The Prince of Ballard used to run Armed Snobbery (though he shuttered the doors in December). If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he put together one of the sickest remixes to grace our pages, flipping Bobby Reed’s “Time Is Right For Love.”

Mr. POB recently hollered to let us know about Beach Life, an “album” of sorts featuring summer-inspired remixes and edits, just in time for the last month of the season. We’ve been sampling through it this morning and…it is awesome. I’ve never met him in person but […]

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MAY SHOWERS: LAURA MVULA, LADY, BIZ MARKIE, AND MORE

My recent deluge of work means a drought in posts but I’m finally back. Pardon the kitchen sink but I got a lot to cover.

First off, my early runner for “album of the year” goes to Laura Mvula. I’ve been singing her praises for a while but had been looking forward to finally reviewing the U.S. release of her Sing to the Moon for NPR. I feel like any kind of superlatives I might throw her way will be woefully inadequate. Listen to this, the first song on the album. If you’re not awed…well, maybe […]

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