New Years Gift! (Part 2 ZIP Fixed)
2009 proved to be another great year for music ("The Best Of 09'" edition of ODL is on it's way!) not only for new music but for rediscovering older music. When ever I feel as if I've heard it all, I come to find out that I've only just scratched the surface. This music goes deeper then I could have ever imagined, and that is what inspires me to keep digging and evolving musically. Even more important then the music itself is the friendships and experiences that are a direct result of it, I'm so grateful for this gift and that is why I enjoying sharing it as much as possible.
As a gift to you I've put together some of my favorite boogie/funk/disco/edits/soul tracks from the past year, some classic, some rare, some weird, all amazing. Enjoy!
Arcade Gang (Feat. Rich Cason) - When Doves Cry Syndrome (Part 3) 1984
A fun little cover version of the Prince classic with a early 80's electro boogie twist, even some vocoder at the 2:00 mark. Shout outs to James Pants for this one.
Aurra - Such a Feeling (Part 2 and 3) 1982
Boney M - Ma Bakes ('Ma Baker' Re-Edit) 1977
Change - A Lover's Holiday 1980
The first single by one of the finest boogie/modern-soul groups ever, the first two albums are essential.
Con Funk Shun - Too Tight 1980
This is some feel good funk music right here, always gets a smile. Sneak it in after Earth, Wind and Fire's "September".
Dee Dee Sharp - Nobody Could Ever Take Your Place (Funkhunt Re-Cut) 1977
The Philly sound at it's best imo, beautiful.
Elvis Presley - Crawfish (Pilooski Edit) 2008
One of the most amazing edits I've heard, perfectly executed and gets better as the track progresses, by the 4:40 mark you completely forget that this is Elvis Fucking Presley! Pilooski is a master of the edit no doubt.
Greyship Daviz - This Groove Is On The Loose 1983
This track starts of with some seriously heavy open drums and a synth bass drop that almost sounds like an 808 bass drum (heeeaaavy) then proceeds to smash your head with insane synth leads and a deep Funkadelic style groove. Shout outs to Trevor Risk for putting me up on this one.
James Brown - Can't Take It With You 1976
Christmas aka James Brown Day! Kind of a lesser known JB track that goes hard. If I ever DJ a B-Boy battle I will drop this without hesitation.
Jimmy Bo Horne - Is It In 1980
Mai Tai - History 1985
My soft spot for 80's pop will die hard, shout outs to Niña Mendoza.
Mouzon's Electric Band - Everybody Get Down 1979
Nightlife Unlimited - Peaches & Prunes (Ron Hardy Re-Edit) 1980
Prince - Private Joy 1981
Not sure how this eluded my Prince tribute, back in 07' "The Purple Mix" , amazing song.
Scott Davis - NY Applejack 1979
Some raw ass New York funk, feel it.
Sharon Redd - Can You Handle It 1980
Her first single, followed by the classic's "Beat The Street" and "Never Give You Up" shortly after.
Sho' Nuff - Don't Use Me Up 1982
One of my favorite discoveries of 09', it melted my face the first time I heard it. Boogie-Funk banger!
Tata Vega - Get It Up For Love 1979
A brilliant cover version of Ned Doheny's original song, can't decide which one I like better.
The Sylvers - What's It All About 1974
One for the heads.
Vernon Burch - Do It To Me (AJ's Funky Edit) 1981
Another Talkbox burner. Shouts out to B.Cause's new Roger Troutman (master of the Talkbox) tribute mix
Willie Hutch - In and Out 1982
This is possibly the only WH song that hasn't been sampled by Three 6 Mafia.