thursday may 30 | nu tropic radio

Just a few weeks after mixing a dance floor set at his monthly Thursday night event in Echo Park, I’ll once again join my good amigo DJ Manofor a cyberspace excursion on NuTropic Radio on the popular, long-running LA-based platform, dublab.com. Tune in from 4pm to 6pm PDT as we both get warmed up for appearances later that evening as Afro Funké goes off in Venice (see my next post)!

fat tunes.

Much love to everyone who came out to the Mayfair Hotel LA on Fat Tuesday!! Thank you for braving the rain and lightning storms…but I think you’ll agree that the thunder was definitely inside the building that night 🙂

I was thrilled over the opportunity to play a lot of music that I love throughout the night. Several people came up to the deejay booth and asked about certain songs that I played during my sets that evening–which I love–so I’m posting them down below. Happy Hunting!
(Photo credit: Neiel Cavin)

FIRST SET | 8pm-9pm | Opening for Angel City All-Star Brass Band
“Africa” (cover of Toto) – Hackney Colliery Band
“Karma Police” (cover of Radiohead) – Brassroots
“Tchfunkta” – Charlie Hunter, Skerik & Stanton Moore
“Red Beans (aka I Got My Mojo Working)” – Professor Longhair
“Old Tyme Zydeco” – Rockin’ Dopsie
“Se Essa Nega Fosse Minha” – Nando Cordei & Martinho Da Vila
“Xote De Alegria” – Falamansa
“Finger Lickin’ Chicken” – C.J. Chenier
“The Second Line” – Stop, Inc.
“Funky Liza” – New Orleans Nightcrawlers
“Maria Fumaça” – Banda Black Rio
“Tamanqueiro [Selvagem Edit]” – Elizio de Buzios
“O Grilo [Tahira Remix]” – Samba de Coco Raizes de Arcoverde
“Sai Do Pagode, Mané” – Oswaldinho da Cuica
“Sexual Healing [Wrongtom Remix]” – Hot 8 Brass Band
“Kooks On Parade” – Charlie Hunter, Skerik & Stanton Moore
“Indians Jumping On Fire” – Olympia Brass Band
“Disco Party” – Eddie Bo feat. The Chain Gang

SECOND SET | 9:30pm-10:15pm | Opening for Bloco Obini
“Clima Do Verão (Boto Um Chopp Ai)” – Olodum
“Afro-Bloco (Ilê Ayê)” – Daniel S. Carvalho
“Falador Passa Mal” – Os Originais do Samba
“Carolina” – Seu Jorge
“Boa Noite [Tahira Rework]” – Baianas de Ipioca
“Brilhantina [Sibu & Joe Nagall Edit]” – Renata Rosa
“Papagaio” – Samba de Coco Irmãs Lopes
“Sambatuque” – Glenn Red
“Romance Do Ile” – Ilê Aiyê
“Som Dos Tribas” – Timbalada
“O Telefono [Sono Rhizmo Edit]” – Jorge Ben
“Saço De Feijão” – Beth Carvalho

THIRD SET | 10:30pm-11:15pm | Opening for Delta Nove
“Iko Iko” – The Dixie Cups
“Hand Clapping Song/Hand Clap [DJ Wood Mashup]” – The Meters vs Hurricane Chris
“Hurricane Season” – Trombone Shorty
“Mary Jane” – Breakdown Brass
“No Diggity” – Hackney Colliery Band
“Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This” – The Soul Rebels
“I Got A Woman” – Kermit Ruffins & Rebirth Brass Band
“Shake Your Body Down To The Ground” – Hot 8 Brass Band

FOURTH SET | 12:30am-1:30am | Afterparty!
“Oyá Indebure” – DJ Nu-Mark feat. Laudir de Oliveira
“Toca Aí [Buguinha Remix]” – Neguedmundo
“Another Star” – Clara Moreno
“All Over The World” – Tic-Tac
“Jaiye Jaiye” – Wizkid feat. Femi Kuti
“Cachondea” – Fruko y Sus Tesos
“Cumbia Champ” – Daniel Fridell
“Burrup [hip-hop mix]” – Nardo Ranks
“Big Bank [Yukicito Remix]” – YG feat. 2Chainz, Big Sean & Nicki Minaj
“Hook And Sling” – Eddie Bo
“Rolling In The Oh Lord [Saymyname Mashup]” – Adele vs Mishal Moore
“Where Ya From, Pt. 2” – Stooges Brass Band
“I Want You Back [Billy Hoyle Samba Rock Remix]” – Jackson 5 vs Erasmo Carlos
“Berimbau” – Mandrake
“Ashawo [Remix]” – Flavour
“Weka Weka” – P-Unit
“Crystalline [Cumbia Rebajada]” – Omar Souleyman
“Sorry Sorry [Old School Afro Dub]” – Femi Kuti

looky…it’s yuki!

The most recent client project that I completed happened last week–the cover art for my brotha from a Japanese mutha, YUKICITO–whose first release of original music is set for March 1st on Brooklyn’s seminal dance music label, Wonderwheel Recordings.

Yuki and I met about 8 years ago, when after one of my Thursday night sets at AFRO FUNKÉ, he approached me, introduced himself and handed me a mixtape of samba disco tunes, which included some covers and remixes that he had done. We’ve been hangin’ ever since, most heavily since the summer of 2013 when we began collaborating on LA JUNTA events.

He sought my help on the cover art for his EP just two weeks ago, and within about two days, after bouncing things back and forth, he and the label managers agreed on the version above. The photo was shot by DANNY LUNA, with hair styling by NENA SOULFLY. With a digital-only release, my challenge was to figure out how to create a square image, with the photo that I was provided having been shot in upright portrait orientation, knowing that most views of this image would be as a thumbnail on digital music platforms. I created a little bit of extra width by underlaying copies of the photo and cascading them right to left, which helped create a little bit of motion and subtle distortion to the image. It would also give the motion graphics animator, SICK DELICIOUS, some extra layers to work with and bring to life. The typeface that I used (Schrofer) actually made more sense with the initial version of the cover, but Yuki liked it so much that we kept it. The final touch came via a photo filter app, giving it that worn, distressed, old vinyl LP feel…like an album that’s been making its rounds through old record shops and various owners over a few decades.

As of today, Yukicito’s ‘One’ EP is available for pre-order at the Wonderwheel Recordings Bandcamp Page. The first single, “Yukizinho” a fusion of his Big Band, Balkan, Banda and Brazilian influences, is immediately downloadable upon pre-order of the EP, with the remaining six tracks deliverable on the March 1st official release date. Congratulations, Yuki!

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Japanese born Yukicito found his love for Brazilian music after moving to LA as a teenager & emerging himself in the samba schools of one of the biggest Brazilian communities in the country. Soon after learning all the instruments & songs, he became a teacher & started making recordings with vocalists & musicians.

After several hit remixes on both Wonderwheel & Bastard Jazz, Yukicito drops his 1st original 5 track EP. A dance-floor fusion the African rooted music of both Brazil’s Atlantic coast & The Pacifico music of Colombia’s Pacific coast, we feel the roots & the thump of long running Los Angeles party called ‘La Junta’.

worth the wait.

As a deejay and record collector, I love to go ‘digging’ pretty frequently and buy used records most of the time. It’s a meditative, spiritual exercise of sorts, to spend an hour (or often a few hours) getting my fingers dirty, sifting through and being mesmerized by binfuls and stacks of previously owned LPs. Even with the simplicity and speed of shopping online these days, I much prefer to run across a forgotten gem somewhere in a dusty old record store.

This one here, Peter Green’s ‘In The Skies’ LP from 1979, I first ran across at a former deejay’s house about ten years ago. I had heard of Peter Green and knew his history as the man who founded the original Fleetwood Mac in the late 1960s. In fact, the legendary group that we all know and love was originally named “Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac,” whose core members, along with Green, were Mick Fleetwood and John McVie (though he was not their first bassist). Green is also credited with writing the song Black Magic Woman, made famous by San Francisco Bay area band Santana, plus a few other artists who recorded excellent renditions. He was also a guitarist for John Mayall & The Blues Breakers. Having never encountered this LP in a record shop, I offered my friend $40 for it, knowing it was two or three times above what I could get it for online since it was a US pressing and not the original UK pressing. He was a friend after all. However, he didn’t want to part with it.

Nonetheless, here it is in my hands ten years later. Instead of the $40 dollars that I was willing to part with all those years ago, I saved $25, having found it at a small record shop in Tucson, AZ for $15. There I was, on the first day of what turned out to be an amazing road trip, just walking about to check out the local flavor, and boom!…found it. Sweet. The thing is, I could’ve bought the album online for probably less than $10, but there’s no way that package would have arrived with the same amount of satisfaction.

Anyway, below is a video of one of my favorite tunes from the LP. Peter Green takes the lead guitar duties on this one and it’s oh so soulful. The song is Fool No More. Light a candle or two (a la the Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous) and let this play through.