I met Charlie Bethel aka Chuck Wild aka Captain Planet through his brother Wil (aka DJ Murphy’s Law), my old DJing partner at the Short Stop. At the time, Chuck was living out in Brooklyn, but last fall, he picked up and moved West, landing out here in L.A.
As Captain Planet, he’s been responsible for three Afro-Latin flavored EPs on Bastard Jazz thus far: Gumbo Funk (2005), Speakin’ Nuyorican (2009) and the just-released NinganÃ©. He’s also at work on his first full-length, Cookin’ Gumbo, due out later this fall, also on Bastard Jazz.
Chuck also contributes to the group blog, Mixtape Riot, where he and Wil recently released a killer mix of global funky sounds, International Thief Thief.
In our podcast, we talk about the new EP, the differences in the music scenes in NY and LA and why it’s good to have panned vocals on old records.
*The official Los Angeles release party for NinganÃ© is going down this Thursday at the El Cid. 1
The Sidebar #10: Captain Planet
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Music in the podcast:
- Captain Planet: On Yer Feet (from Speakin’ Nuyorican, 2009)
- Captain Planet: Fumando (from Speakin’ Nuyorican, 2009)
- Thomas Mapfumo & Blacks Unlimited: Nyarara Mukadzi Wangu (from Ndangariro, 1991)
- Captain Planet: NinganÃ© (from NinganÃ©, 2011)
- Captain Planet: Macumba (from NinganÃ©, 2011)
- P18: La Verdolaga (from Urban Cuban, 1999)
- Miami Horror: Holidays (from Illumination, 2010)
- Captain Planet: Dame Agua (from NinganÃ©, 2011)
- Yours truly will be in the mix, my first public gig in a minute. It’ll be all soul n’ funk from around the world; I’m really looking forward to putting my set together. ↩
Big UP O-Dub for having me on as a guest! Just wanted to add that there’s a free download of the track “Dame Agua” available right here: http://soundcloud.com/dj-captain-planet/dame-agua
Thanks for continuing this series about people who are involved with music in ways that you do not often think. It was great to hear Planet’s music that he makes in a way different than we often imagine: It is not just Prince in his garage or John meeting Paul at a block party but something totally different.
I look forward to the Noz interview. I learned quite a bit about hip hop from his blog. You know I once asked, “Who is Brother D”! But now I know.