fives.

connect five.

five favorite moments from this past weekend, one spent connecting with dear friends, new friends, and a beautiful creative and conscious community over good food and good music.  in no particular order:

1.  news that she completed her kundalini yoga teacher training!  congrats, amor!!

2.  quality kitchen time

3. damon aaron, leanna rachel & patsy moore on guitarra y voz (wow!)

4. people who share their places and spaces

5. seeing people shine while doing what they love

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chinatown five.

if any of you caught my 30-minute set this past Sunday at LA’s BEAT SWAP MEET in Chinatown, here are five of the eight songs i threw on**.   to put them in context, i’ll just say that i was tryin’ to switch up the vibe after the three deejays before me played mostly 80’s boogie (which seems to be the prevalent sound at BSM these days).


> MELANIE “Brand New Key”


> JULIE DRISCOLL & BRIAN AUGER “Season Of The Witch”


> PAUL SIMON “Peace Like A River”


> DAMON ALBARN w/AFEL BOCOUM, TOUMANI DIABATE & FRIENDS “Le Hogon”


> ZANI DIABATE & THE SUPER DJATA BAND “Facia”

and here’s an extra one i played just because it feels good…


> ARMAND PASCAL LIDO & L’IVOIRO STAR “Dogbo Zo N’Wene”

**i wanted to post Ellen McIlwaine’s cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Up From The Skies”, but couldn’t find a video.   it was the second song in my set. definitely look up her albums, songs and youtube videos 😉


feelgood five.

five feelgood soul classics for a friday…i played a few of these at the end of last night’s Afro Funke’ and the good vibes still stuck with me this morning 🙂


> JIMMY RUFFIN “Too Busy Thinkin’ About My Baby”


>  MARVIN GAYE “If I Could Build My Whole World Around You”


> STEVIE WONDER “If You Really Love Me”


>  THE TEMPTATIONS vs. THE STEADIES “My Girl [motown flies jamaica mix]”


>  SHORTY LONG “Devil With The Blue Dress”


feb five.

maaan…i haven’t done one of these in a sec! i’ll start gettin’ back onnit. anyway, here are five mashups and remixes you can find on SoundCloud that i think are thoughtful and/or well-done and have been fixtures in my sets at both AFRO FUNKE’ and ECLECTICA this month. they’re all recognizable tunes that work great as sticking points within a context of deeper tunes or as great segue tools when genre-hopping. mad props to the artists and folks who reworked the originals!

1) “Work It Out [dj vintage rerub mashup]” – Beyonce vs. Tenor Saw
http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F20849534&show_artwork=true

2) “Blow The Hurricane Whistle [neals barkley mashup]” – Too Short vs. Trombone Shorty
http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F25463965&show_artwork=true

3) “The Stop And Gil [loop professor mashup]” – Gilberto Gil vs. Q-Tip http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F10437843&show_artwork=true

4) “Ms. Fat Booty [danny massure hillcrest riddim]” – Mos Def vs. Danny Massure
http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F6141997&show_artwork=true

5) “Bam Bam [sleazy mcqueen covert edit]” – Sister Nancy
http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F23320108&show_artwork=true


five on cue : w/e 06.17.2011

five tunes in heavy rotation lately:

> “All Night Long” – DJ Reaganomics church stompin’ fun!

> “Shut Um Down [barney iller remix]” – Gil Scott-Heron a classic by the late, great gets a light but punchy touch.

> “Shake Yuh Waist” – Amphibious can’t help but feel good when i hear this one!

> “Sabroso Bacalao” – Adolfo Echeverria en fuego, simplemente.

> “Capoeira” – Thornato go find this tune as well as his others!


top five : AZ road trip edition

> sharing peach rings.

> april snow.

> nick and norah.

> brothers and sisters.

> yacht rock!


five JA joints from AF 04.07.2011

i almost always get into 45-60 minutes of reggae during the opening set at Afro Funke’. here are five joints from last night (in no particular order):

> School Days – Singers & Players

> Trampled Underfoot – Vitamin Dub

> Pretty Gal – Charlie Chaplin

> Carbine – Black Uhuru

> Skanking & Rocking – Dubmatix