Artist: Astro Title: Deadbeats and Lazy Lyrics Mixtape Released: February 18, 2013 Producer: DJ Tech Genre: Hip Hop
We are so happy to hear a young rapper who is not spitting the same old same old. This cat emerged onto the scene a while back with his internet sensation, Stop Looking at My Mom. Since then, The Astronomical Kid from Brooklyn AKA Astro has grown up a bit and has the lower voice to prove it. Lyrically, this album is fun, positive and funky. The beats are seriously reminiscent of the Golden Era of hip hop (Deadbeats?), which made our staff nod all morning. He offers old school storytelling in a very modern way. Read more of this post
We thoroughly enjoyed this documentary on legendary radio DJ and personality, Petey Greene, who was the inspiration for Talk To Me, a film starring Don Cheadle. This PBS-Independent Lens project highlights the life, times and impact of this legendary figure who was known as much for his on-air magic as his off-air personality and his love of his hometown of Washington, D.C. (and soulhead founder Ron Worthy). With D.C. legends like Marion Barry, Chuck Brown, Sugar Ray Leonard and sports newsman James Brown weighing in among others, this is a must see. Enjoy! Read more of this post
This is an incredibly rare interview and radio session from 1982 featuring the late Donald Byrd and UK DJ Robbie Vincent on his famous Radio London Soul Show. Nearly 30 years old this tape has been lovingly restored and is now available for public consumption. As you will hear, Donald Byrd was in England on tour and stopped by the show on his way to the concert later that evening. On the show, Donald and Robbie take calls from the audience and talk about music, beer (Donald likes Newcastle Brown Ale, which is our staff favorite), Motown, The Mizell Brothers, Patrice Rushen, Kool & The Gang among other subjects. Read more of this post
Everything great begins with a desire for something more…
Dreams can you take to the highest of highs or to the lowest of lows, however, when you believe in yourself anything is possible. Today, @Jasfly (writer/media personality) drops a piece of inspiration for everyone out there pushing to accomplish their goals. The #DREAMmix Volume One tape is comprised of some of the best and brightest from the world of entertainment including Common, Kendrick Lamar, Mona Scott-Young, Swizz Beatz, Ne-Yo, Pusha T and more. Every individual involved hand picked songs that helped along their life and career journeys. The goal is that you walk away with either something to inspire, enlighten, or entertain you. Read more of this post
This is a brilliant mashup mixtape featuring the sultry soul of Sade and the lyrical prowess of hip-hop legend Nas. DJayTiger did a phenomenal job in choosing the right grooves to set off the vocals of Queensbridge’s finest. Cop this!
This mixtape goes deep, hard and is so serious. Kudos to DC soulhead Karen Parker of the Massive Axel F posse for hipping us to this one. Including some less obvious reworks (e.g. SWV) and some serious dark dub tones, this mix is perfect for any time of day whether in the morning with that machiatto or in the evening with a glass of wine and your thoughts.
1. SWV- THE RAIN (REEZEY RMX)
2. TEEBS- Bern Rhythm
3. Andre 3000 x The Weeknd-The Ride(@ RE_creator202 -TD202 Faded Too Long Remix)
4. MARK PRITCHARD- BEAUTIFUL AFRICA
5. J DAVEY- SHASH’U RAINCHECK REMIX
6. Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing (Grandtheft REmix)
7. BENGA-PAGE YOU
8. MOSKA- BOK BOK
9. Ellie Goulding – High For This (Sliink X Kiff Remix)
10. LIL TEXAS- I Need U (Sango Edit)
11. DJ SLIINK- MARLEY RIGHT NOW
12. The Calling- (Xaphoon Jones ReWork)
14. R. Kelly – Ignition ( Fingalick’s Clyde Rerub )
15. CRYSTAL WATERS-Gypsy Woman (Moombahsoul Remix)
16. Björk – Crystalline (Afroteque Remix)
17. ERYKAH BADHU- WINDOW SEAT (Afroteque Remix)
18. FRANK OCEAN- THINKING BOUT YOU (Afroteque UPTWN PERUVIAN DEDICATION REMIX)
19. FRANK OCEAN – WISEMAN
20. BARRINGTON LEVY – VIBES IS HIGH
21. Jesse boykins III- zoner demo
22. Telepopmusic-Brighton Beach
Title: 80 Artist:Osmojam (with Fabien Coronado on guitar and Kelyan Horth on Piano/Rhodes) Released: December 15 2012 Hood: Paris, France Rating: A
We are all over this! Beautiful Parisian singer, Osmojam, possesses a remarkable voice and an uncanny ability to transform some of our favorite 80s classics. If this short EP is any indication of what’s to come, we are too excited! She nails every song and breathes soulful new life to each one. Well done from beginning to end! Read more of this post
Since bringing us the Pink Matter remix with Frank Ocean last year, we were eagerly anticipating what would come next from this talented producer. This sultry mix is just what we wanted. Read more of this post
We are too proud to welcome a new contributor to the growing soulhead community. Over the past 10+ years, Amsterdam based DJ Carita La Niña has been laying down some serious sexy grooves and making noise throughout the EU. We first met her while touring with singer Alison Crockett. Then, she was a very young, but skilled DJ who had the makings to be one of the greats. We had the pleasure of record shopping, chilling and also seeing her spin in large and small venues. In each situation, her mastery of the room and the music were apparent. Whether keeping the floor filled or heads nodding, this sister has it all. Brains, Beats, and Beauty. (Plus, she can mix her A-S off!) Period. What more can you ask for?
Title: “KILLER” HALLOWEEN MIX DJ: J. Love The Soundsmith Released: October 2012 Rating: Explicit
We are super excited to welcome childhood friend and DJ extraordinaire, DJ J. Love, The Soundsmith, who currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota (home to our boy P). Jeff and Ron Worthy, founder of soulhead.com, went to high school together, banged on desks, pretended to rap and even went to college together in California, which was rare Read more of this post
Thanks to our friends at Giant Step NYC who hipped us to this really entertaining and informative documentary about club music and culture narrated by actor Idris Elba, a well-known clubber and raver. The doc goes into some of the history and background of this very Euro import that has changed the way we dress, socialize, produce music and of course, dance! We really enjoyed this one and know you will too. Cheers mates!
More from YouTube:
Actor and international DJ Idris Elba counts down the defining moments of the greatest cultural phenomenon of our generation in a programme featuring some of the biggest names in dance music.
Twenty-five years after the birth of rave, a new generation of British DJs and producers are at the forefront of a global musical revolution.
From trance to dubstep, the sound of British producers has now become the most sought-after commodity for the biggest pop stars on the planet.
Reaching far beyond the sweaty dance floors of the Hacienda and the Ministry of Sound, this programme reveals how British nightclubbing transformed our nation and influenced societies across the world.
With personal insights and club-raising anecdotes from David Guetta, Armand van Helden, Paul Oakenfold, will.i.am, Nile Rodgers, Goldie, Pete Tong, Katy B, Skream and former Home Secretary Michael Howard, amongst many more, this entertaining and thought-provoking film celebrates the British success story that has conquered the world.
From sun-kissed holidays on the party island of Ibiza to the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, and from illegal warehouse raves to Labour’s 1992 adoption of D:Ream’s Things Can Only Get Better, clubbing has touched everyone’s life whether they know it or not.
This is an international story, going beyond the music to look at clubbing’s influence on everything from real estate to drug use, fashion, politics and the drinks industry.
How Clubbing Changed the World explores how clubbing went from a counter-cultural movement that defined a generation to a multi-billion-pound business, and reveals how, 25 years on, Great Britain is still king of the underground.
Thanks to longtime friend and fellow soulhead Arthur Pickens, Jr. for giving us the heads up on this incredible project. Three years in the making and comprising the skills and ears of 3 DJs, this is a must listen for fans of the Beastie Boys, hip-hop, soul music or just anyone having a couple hours and wanting to hear something old sound new. Although we liked, not loved, Paul’s Boutique when it came out, this album’s appeal has grown over the years. It’s rhymes, beats and unbelievable list of samples makes it a must own for any true fan of hip hop. We give many props to these DJs and all the hard work that went into this. Well done brethren! Read more of this post
We were floored (no pun intended) when we just learned of this music series hosted by British DJ Greg Wilson on Facebook from fellow soulhead John Bartelson and had to share the love to the rest of the soulhead family.
The post disco-pre-Thriller era known by many names, including Boogie and Electrofunk among other monickers, produced some of the most infectious dance music that sounds just as good today as back in the day. This particular podcast digs pretty deep even for the most dusty fingered crate diggers. The first 3 cuts alone will have your head nodding so hard your neck will hurt.
Artist: DJ Eleven Title: Summer Madness Release Date: June 2011 Produced By: DJ Eleven
We are digging this soft subtle mix delivered by DJ Eleven. Pop this one in and cruise.
1. Sam Cooke “Summertime”
2. Bob Marley “Sun Is Shining”
3. Devin The Dude “Lacville 79″
4. The Isley Brothers “Summerbreeze”
5. The Originals “Sunrise”
6. Freddie Hughes “Sarah Mae”
7. Ahmed “Back in the Day”
8. Quincy Jones “Summer in the City”
9. Outkast “West Savannah”
10. Main Source “Just Hanging Out”
11. Smokey Robinson “Cruisin”
12. EWF “Sun Goddess”
13. Hi-Tek & Common “Sun God”
14. Wiiliam Devaughn “Be Thankful For What You Got”
15. Brand Nubian “Wake Up (Reprise in the Sunshine)”
16. Commodores “High on Sunshine”
17. De La Soul “Sunshine”
18. Naughty By Nature “Feel Me Flow”
19. Eugene “Here Comes The Sun”
20. Kool & the Gang “Summer Madness”
21. Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince “Summertime”
22. Beyonce & Ghostface “Summertime”
23. Pete Rock & CL Smooth “Take You There”
24. Bill Withers “Lovely Day”
25. Blackbyrds “Dreaming About You”
26. Sade “Kiss Of Life”
27. De La Soul “Pass the Plugs”
28. Raphael Saadiq “Skyy, Can You Feel Me?”
29. War “Summer”
30. Digital Underground feat. 2Pac “Same Song”
31. Osibisa “Sunshine Day”
32. Stevie Wonder “A Place in the Sun”
33. Marvin Gaye “Got To Give It up”
34. Bob Marley “Is This Love?”
35. Sanchez “Here I Am”
36. Roy Ayers “Everybody Loves The Sunshine”
Who doesn’t love a little dancing and dining? Well, according to a recent article at Slate.com, the Swedish are all over it.
When it comes to lunch breaks, the laissez-faireFrench like to take two hours out of their workday to savor their food in the company of colleagues while workaholic Americans prefer dining solo in front of their computers. Well, in Sweden we have a whole other vibe going. Here, more and more workers are foregoing both leisurely lunches and “al-desko” dining in favor of daytime raves.
It started in the fall of 2010 when 14 friends decided to dance their lunch breaks away in their office garage. They called their gathering “Lunch Beat.” As rumors about this literally underground movement spread, more and more people joined in. Today, Lunch Beat events are being arranged by a core group of organizers at venues around Sweden, attracting up to 600 people each time, and copycat clubs are popping up across Europe. Lunch Beat events can be arranged by any individual, group or company anywhere in the world as long as the organizers respect the founders’ Manifesto, a list of 10 rules specifying, for instance, that Lunch Beat discos must be nonprofit events, take place at lunch time, have 60-minute long DJ sets, and include a takeaway meal. In 2011, “lunch disco” was officially recognized as a new word by the Swedish Language Council.
The basic idea behind Lunch Beat is that workers take an hour out in the middle of the day to let loose in the company of fellow dance-enthusiasts. The founders have dubbed it “your week’s most important business lunch” and say that they want to create a sense of community among participants. But the discos are not meant to be crass networking opportunities. After all, the fourth rule of the manifesto is “You don’t talk about your job at Lunch Beat.” Instead, the aim is to embody “playfulness, participation and community,” the founders write. It’s intended almost to be a way of forgetting about your job, so you can feel energized and inspired when you get back to your desk.
With its strobe lights, smoke machines, funky wall projections, pounding techno music, and crowded dance floor filled with fist-pumping, sweat-dripping revelers, Lunch Beat recreates the atmosphere of nightclubs. Organizers look for spaces where there are not a lot of spectators or passers by, because they want dancers, not gawkers. The party starts promptly at noon and ends at 1 p.m. sharp. And while a sandwich, fruit, and water are included in the ticket price, drugs and alcohol are strictly forbidden. Read the complete article here.
Title: A Prince Mix DJ:Dam-Funk Presented by:Wax Poetics Magazine Release Date: February 13, 2012
Kudos to Waxpoetics Magazine for its hot new redesign and also for this very solid (albeit short) free MP3 mixtape courtesy of new funk ambassador and worldwide DJ sensation Dam Funk (pronounced Dame Funk)! The mix is complete with Dam Funk’s fresh new take on the Prince classic 17 Days, which is actually pretty cool as a more bare bones feel than the original. While we certainly missed the Purple One’s original vocals, we appreciate the creativity and effort. He also digs deep in the crates and pulls one of our favorite tracks from the bootleg bins, All My Dreams. We were also super happy to see One Man Jam from the 94 East project, the recording of which predates Prince’s debut LP. Well conceived and executed.
1. Prince & the Revolution – 17 Days (original version)
2. DāM-FunK – 17 Days (D-F Re-Freak)
3. Prince – Irresistible Bitch (Props Re-Edit)
4. Prince (featuring Andre Cymone & Pepe Willie) – One Man Jam
5. Prince – Wet Dream Cousin
6. Prince – Dirty Mind (1981 Live Version)
7. Prince – Soft & Wet (original version)
8. Prince – Ballad Of Dorothy Parker (D-F Extended Re-Edit)
9. Prince – Sticky Like Glue (Props Re-Edit)
10. Prince & the Revolution – All My Dreams
Here is an overview of issue 50, the Prince issue:
The ten-year-anniversary, resized, and redesigned Issue 50: The Prince Issue, with Frank Ocean, Larry Graham, Morris Day, Jesse Johnson, the Family, Grand Central, Madhouse, DJ Quik, Questlove, Toro y Moi, and Blood Orange.
We fully support and love what these DC cats have been putting down for the past year. With an intoxicating mix of old, new and future greasy soul, DJ’s Adrian Loving (we go back to ’77), Jahsonic, Stylus and a solid rotation of surprise guest deserve some light for their efforts to unearth some tracks that have been forgotten by some. This is a must attend for those pushing 50 or 25. Well done brothers!
Check out this mix in celebration:
Here’s a description:
Axel F is a party started in 2011 in Washington DC by DJ Jahsonic, DJ Adrian Loving and DJ Stylus celebrating the illest jheri curl funk, champagne soul and lazer boogie cuts from 1977 – 1987. It’s everything you never hear at your standard ’80s party and it’s as fun as it sounds. We play lots of slow jams for the ladies.
Anniversary party feat. live performance by the Sexual Chocolate Band & Show
Saturday, January 28
AXEL F ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY – mixed by DJ Stylus
Reverend Brown intro
DâM-FunK – Monster Jam (DâM-FunK Re-Freak 4 Kool Herc) Gladys Knight & The Pips – Save The Overtime (For Me)
Bobby Nunn – Do You Look That Good In The Morning
Sherrick – Just Call
Vesta Williams – Don’t Blow A Good Thing
Tyrone Brunson – Fresh (Scratch Mix)
Bugz In The Attic – Consequences
RJD2 – A Rollerskating Jam Called Fridays
Aurra – Baby Love (Touchsoul Boogiedub Edit)
Kon & The Gang – Sunlight
Bennson – Let The Love (Yam Who Remix)
Material – Over & Over
Logg – Lay It On the Line (JM After-Session M&M Mix)
Finis Henderson – Skip To My Lou
Janet Jackson – Say You Do
Aretha Franklin – Jump To It Michael Jackson – Just Good Friends feat. Stevie Wonder Ollie and Jerry – Breakin’… There’s No Stopping Us (Club Mix)
New Edition – My Secret (Didja Gitit Yet?)
Jamie Foxx – Slow Jam (live)
Midnight Star – Slow Jam DeBarge – Love Me in a Special Way
Sheila E. – Hold Me
Isley Jasper Isley – Insatiable Woman
Herb Alpert – Making Love in the Rain feat. Lisa Keith and Janet Jackson
Status IV – You Ain’t Really Down (acapella)
Azari & III – Reckless With Your Love
EPMD – It’s Time 2 Party
Raze – Jack The Groove
Aretha Faltermeyer – Who’s Zoomin’ Axel F
The Time – Grace
Prince – Irresistible Bitch (propsEdit)
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean (Ahmed’s Get It Remix)
Shalamar – Dancing In The Sheets
Dance Avenue – Doing Lines