It’s finally here!

I’m proud to announce the (soft) launch of Deep Covers 2: Mas Profundo, now available as a digital download from the good folks at East Bay Digital. It’s 320 LAME encoded (good enough for all but you hardcore audiophiles). Physical CDs are in motion – I’m hoping to have them manufactured rather than duplicated but we’ll have to see. I’ll have a formal launch for those at an upcoming Boogaloo[L.A.] gig and then make them available for order by mail.

Meanwhile, you can download full-res, front and back artwork.

Description: Deep Covers 2: Mas Profundo follows up on two previous covers-related projects: Deep Covers and Soul Sides Vol. 2: The Covers. This time though, I take it international, with 20 songs, all recorded overseas. I tried to balance things by region (otherwise, hell, I could have done an entire CD of reggae covers) but still kept the vibe oriented around soul and funk covers. It’s really astounding what one can find out there – this merely scratches the surface! Overall, I was pleased with how this mix turned out, both in terms of song selection as well as sequencing. There will definitely be a DC3 somewhere down the road but for now, enjoy this in all its global glory.

Tracklisting: (by song title, original artist and country of cover)1. How Deep? Intro/The Message (Cymande, El Salvador)

      2. Rainmaker (Sweden, Nilsson)


      3. Use Me (Poland, Bill Withers)


      4. Breakthrough (Nigeria, Atomic Rooster)

5. Slipping Into Darkness (Sweden, WAR)

      6. Tanga Goo Bonk (Philippines, Niteliters)


      7. I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More (Jamaica, Barry White)


      8. Be My Baby (Jamaica, The Ronettes)


      9. Pick Up The Pieces (Brazil, Average White Band)

10. Wicky Wacky (Colombia, The Fatback Band)

      11. Different Strokes (Argentina, Syl Johnson)


      12. Buzzsaw/In Gadda Da Vida (Malaysia, The Turtles/Iron Butterfly)


      13. Found a Child (Peru, Ballinjack)


      14. Cardova (Trinidad, The Meters)

15. Never Can Say Goodbye (France, Jackson 5)

      16. Groovy Situation (Jamaica, Gene Chandler)


      17. Cold Sweat (Brazil, James Brown)


      18. Angel of the Morning (Mexico, Evie Sands)

19. I Who Have Nothing (Panama, Ben E. King)

      20. Sweet Caroline (Guyana, Neil Diamond)




      21. Signed, Sealed, Delivered


      22. Hit Or Miss


    23. September Song

As a special bonus…, here’s two songs that did not make the cut:

The Marvels: Rocksteady
From 7″ (Pama, 196?)

Hint: A different song by the same artist appears on DC2. Originally, I was going to put this on the mix but much as I think the Marvels do an excellent job with Aretha Franklin’s funky single, I found myself increasingly gravitating to the B-side instead (which is what made the mix). That said, it was a close race between the two sides and their cover of “Rocksteady” is definitely one of my favorite Aretha covers out there.

Manito: Gang’s Back Again
From O Incrivel (RCA, 1970)

This is one of those Brazilian albums that gets some heads all ga-ga and for good reason: cut for cut, for U.S. funk fans, it’s a surprisingly rich album with not one, not two but at least three solid funk covers, including one of “Tuck’s Theme” (that was a surprise) plus this slick version of Kool and the Gang’s “Gang’s Back Again.” To be honest, I’m still not completely sure how nothing from the Manito album made the DC2 cut…it may be one of those cases where I’ve had this album so long, the tracks didn’t quite seem as fresh but hell, there’s always DC3.