ScissorMix 5: Worked

Sep 28th, 2010 ScissorMix jz 1 min read

Seefeel, Ital Tek, Calvin Harris, Darkstar, Slugabed and more.

Blktop Project

Jun 28th, 2008 Downtempo, Instrumental, Jazz, Soul steve 1 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…

Jet Black Crayon

Jan 28th, 2008 Breakbeat, Downtempo, Instrumental, Post-Rock steve 1 min read

Tommy Guerrero, Gadget and Monte Vallier are Jet Black Crayon. The story goes that Guerrero was asked to open for Isotope 217 way back when and instead of playing solo, he tapped his boys to play as Jet Black Crayon. And years later, the trio — with the occasional helping hand from a large group of players including Tortoise’s Herndon and Bitney — is still…

The Dragons

Aug 3rd, 2007 Breakbeat, Instrumental, Rock, Soul steve 1 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…

Tommy Guerrero

Aug 25th, 2006 Downtempo, Soul steve 1 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…