Midnight Lab Band

Sep 30th, 2008 Breakbeat, Downtempo, Soul steve 2 min read

“How could I not know about this shit, when it’s being done right here in my backyard?” My guess is that the secret bunker lab that these guys work their sonic experiments in is somehow off the grid.

Max Tundra

Sep 12th, 2008 IDM, Soul steve 2 min read

Few, if any, current producer/musicians out there manage to be as dense and melodically satisfying as Max Tundra, unapologetically birthing electronic pop so saccharine that it reminds of you of your mom’s favorite 90s tracks from Lisa Stansfield and Desiree.

Menehan Street Band

Jul 30th, 2008 Cover, Jazz, Soul steve 2 min read

Look no further than today’s post, a truly awesome cover of Bill Conti’s classic “Going the Distance” from… well, after one listen, you should know. And if not, follow it up with James Brown’s “Living in America.”

Blktop Project

Jun 28th, 2008 Downtempo, Instrumental, Jazz, Soul steve 2 min read

“How did I not know about this group?!” It’s one of the most satisfying questions music fans can ask themselves. You work hard to follow an artist, group, or label, constantly staying on top of releases yet still an entire project can exist under your astute radar. Such is the Blktop Project for SK, a veritable personal supergroup of some of my favorite artists working…

Sample Party: Breakwater vs. Daftpunk

Oct 12th, 2007 DJ Weapons, Electro, From the Crate, Soul steve 2 min read

Turns out that one of the few truly monstrous tracks from Daft Punk’s latest, Human After All, almost completely jacks the opening of “Release the Beast, ” a little known electro-funk stomper by 2-and-out late 70s jazz-funk outfit Breakwater. I felt compelled to post the original because although I knew that Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manual de Homem-Christ0 were big on sampling, I was surprised…

The Dragons

Aug 3rd, 2007 Breakbeat, Instrumental, Rock, Soul steve 2 min read

Leave it to Strictly Kev of DJ Food to unearth a monster of a forgotten California funk record. I guess the most immediately interesting thing about The Dragons is the fact that Daryl Dragon, one third of the Dragon-brother trio, is more famous as the “Captain” from 70s chart-toppers Captain and Tenille. Seriously. But together with brothers Dennis and Doug, the threesome managed BFI, shorthand…

The Cinematic Orchestra

Apr 30th, 2007 Downtempo, Soul steve 2 min read

Big week of new music in store. Advanced apologies as the job has gotten the best of me over the last few weeks. But in that time I’ve received a superfluity of sickness, some truly unreal gems, with the biggest, baddest and most exciting the newest record from The Cinematic Orchestra, Ma Fleur, which is scheduled to land stateside over the summer. Longtime readers know…

DJ Reset

Oct 23rd, 2006 DJ Weapons, Downtempo, Mash-Ups/Blends, Soul steve 2 min read

This isn’t a new track or something entirely all that rare, but after my iTunes shuffler recently landed on this excellent re-edit/mash-up by NYC’s DJ Reset I felt compelled to post it. Although you may be familiar with other more infamous mash-up artists (Go Home Productions, Ape Blends, Holletronix) DJ Reset is a force that should be mentioned in the same breath. His taste and…

Tommy Guerrero

Aug 25th, 2006 Downtempo, Soul steve 2 min read

Someone once asked me what constituted a “summer jam” and my answer was simple: If you think Sinbad would be into it at Reggae Sunsplash. But since then, I’ve never really longed to be a West Coast beach dude, but the former Bones Brigader and California-based guitarist makes the kind of optimistic, unpretensious and sun-baked soul that can lead to relocation. I mean, the Dodgers…

Zero 7 w/ Jose Gonzalez

Aug 22nd, 2006 Downtempo, Soul steve 2 min read

When I first heard Zero 7’s now-classic EP 2 in March, 2000, little did I know that nearly 6 months later, after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, that I’d revisit the record with much more necessity, using it to buffer a lot of what was happening in the world around Brooklyn. The mood was as you could expect it then — tense, frightening, nervous, melancholy…