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Funky16Corners Radio v.72 – The Pulse aka the ‘Marvin’ Mix

August 2, 2009

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Funky16Corners Radio v.72 – The Pulse aka the ‘Marvin’ Mix

Playlist

Titanic – Sultana (CBS)
Santana – Jin-Go-La-Ba (CBS)
Simon Kenyatta Troupe – Soul Makossa (Avco)
Curtis Mayfield – Future Shock (Curtom)
Cymande – Bra (Janus)
Eddie Kendricks – Date With the Rain (Tamla)
Cold Blood – Valdez In the Country (WB)
Rufus – Half Moon (MCA)
Dexter Wansel – Life On Mars Part 1 (Philly Intl)
Hank Ballard & the Midnighters – Freak Your Boom Boom (LeJoint)
Kool & the Gang – More Funky Stuff (Dee Lite)
Disko Band – Pick Up the Pieces (Pickwick)
Gene Faith – Lowdown Melody (Virtue)
Barrett Strong – Stand Up and Cheer For the Preacher (Epic)
Gladys Knight & the Pips – Who Is She (And What Is She To You) (Motown)
Heatwave – Grooveline (Epic)
KC & the Sunshine Band – Get Down Tonight (LP Edit) (TK)
Sylvester – You Make Me Feel Mighty Real (Fantasy)

To hear this mix, head on over to the Funky16Corners Radio Podcast Archive
Greetings all.

I’m back from DC, and though I’m tired as hell (I feel like I was dragged home behind a truck belching oily smoke) I’d be a liar if I said that I had less than an absolutely amazing time in our nation’s capitol.
First and foremost I have to offer thanks to my gracious hosts DJ Birdman and his lovely wife, who gave me a comfortable bed in which to sleep in addition to all manner of great hospitality.
I spent the better part of Wednesday afternoon in the Funky16Corners-mobile, making extraordinarily good time and arriving in DC a little on the early side. Naturally I took advantage of the hole in my schedule to fall by Som Records on 14th St to say hi to my man DJ Neville C and pick up some fresh vinyl for the upcoming gigs. If you’re in DC and you need a vinyl fix make sure you stop by and tell the man behind the counter that Funky16Corners sent you.
After that it was a quick turnaround to drop off my stuff and head back out with Birdman for the Jazz Corner of the World 5th anniversary party at Cafe St Ex.
I have to take a moment to say that I have been extremely lucky in my DJ travels this year. All of the venues have been next level, and St Ex and Marvin (the places I spun at this week) were no exception. Wonderful spaces, great staff (outstanding cuisine) and all around chill environments made for great experiences.
The Jazz Corner party was a subdued spin on off-the-hook-ness, giving me a chance to DJ alongside Birdman, DC Digga, Fatback, Neville C and a the rest of the crew. The sounds included everything from old school New Orleans jazz, right on through to hard bop and jazz funk (breaks included, natch).
We headed out on Thursday for some Virginia digging, ending up in Richmond where I scored some very cool 45s.
Friday morning we were out digging again where I scored some cool stuff that I ended up taking with me to Marvin that night.
If you make it down to DC, you absolutely MUST make it over to Marvin. I had been to Marvin once before to see DJ Birdman spin but split for my own gig early on. This time out Birdman and I split the night (one hour on/one hour off from 6PM to 3AM), keeping it jazzy and mellow for the first half and then turning up the heat around 10. My first heavy set was mostly funk and breaks, with the later set including a healthy selection of disco.
I got to spin Sylvester’s ‘You Make Me Feel Mighty Real’ over of a club sound system for the first time and it was a transcendent experience. As stated in this space before it is a positively explosive record, and quite frankly, if you aren’t digging Sylvester you need to get your ass out of the club.
Other highlights of the evening were the sister who lost her mind (she reached into the booth, grabbed me and then screamed!) when I dropped ‘Hot Pants’ by James Brown, everyone who danced (and there WAS dancing!) and the cute girl who asked if there was any chance I would play some Vanilla Ice, to which I responded politely:

No.
Never, under any circumstances.

I was actually able to fulfill a couple of requests (it helps when people request cool songs) and had an absolute blast. Big ups to Sheldon, who runs an absolutely incredible place.
Saturday Birdman took me to some more digging spots and It turned up some excellent stuff, including a couple of soul 45s that I’ve been chasing for a long time.
In honor of the folks at Marvin, I’m dropping this edition of Funky16Corners Radio that includes some of the stuff I played on Friday, some new finds and a couple of old faves. There’s over an hour of funk, disco, funky disco and disco-y funk. I hope you dig it, and I’ll be back later in the week with some breaks and what not.

Peace

Larry

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Lafayette Afro Rock Band – Hihache

July 19, 2009

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The Lafayette Afro Rock Band

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Listen – The Lafayette Afro Rock Band – Hihache – MP3″

Greetings all.

As previously mentioned, I communicate to you via the powers of the interwebs, and a wholly unexpected wi-fi connection at the hospital. By the time you read this (sometime Monday AM) I may very well be under the knife yet again, hopefully getting re-stented, and de-tubed so that I may walk the earth freely once again.
As you may have guessed, being in the hospital sucks out loud, but I must admit that the suckitude has been dialed down a tad since (with the company of my lovely wife) I am now able to sit here, write and listen to music. It’s not exactly the comforts of home, but it’ll have to do for now.
The other day, post procedure/pre-rehospitalization, I – like a suburban rube – was out mowing the lawn in the hot sun, and decided that I would take the old iPod with me to alleviate the endless buzz of the mower pounding my eardrums. Whilst I was nearing the end of the job, and my energy/patience,a very tasty drum break, followed by several minutes of stylish Afro-funk poured out of the phones and into my brain, and for a short while the lawn was all but forgotten, taking a back seat to the groove.
The tune in question is (not coincidentally) the song I bring you today, ‘Hihache’ by the Lafayette Afro Rock Band.
Though I had this tune on a CD comp for some years, the vinyl only came into my hands in the last few months via a very nice haul at what first appeared to be an inauspicious edition of the Asbury Lanes garage sale. I walked into the room, saw almost no sellers (or buyers), but fortunately decided to stick around and dig. Good thing too because I walked back out into the sunshine that day with an armload of tasty vinyl, part of which was the ‘Voudounon’ LP by the Lafayette Afro Rock Band.
A French band, formed (I kid you not) in Long Island, NY, the LARB made some of the tastiest Afro-funk ever to roll down the pike. Formed in 1970 as the Bobby Boy Congress, they were rechristened in 1972 (after Boy departed to go solo). They recorded ‘Hihache’ in 1974,and thanks to that mighty break, the record soon became a DJ/hip-hop staple, eventually being sampled numerous times (see list at the end of the post*).
However – big “however” here – unlike so many “break” records, ‘Hihache’ has the quality and stying power to keep it’s solid groove going for almost seven minutes, long past the break. In addition to the rock solid percussion, there’s some righteous electric piano, fuzzed out guitar and of course blazing horns. ‘Hihache’ is pure dancefloor gold, and should I recover in time to honor my DJ commitments at the end of July (more on that later), I can promise you that I will drop ‘Hihache’ right next to my other Afro-fave, ‘New Bell’ by Manu Dibango (and if I’m in the groove, maybe some Geraldo Pino).
As it is, pull down the ones and zeros, slap on your cans and shake your sweaty ass all over the place to this one.

Peace

Larry

*Records sampling ‘Hihache’ by the Lafayette Afro Rock Band

Aimee Mann’s “That’s Just. . .”

Angela Winbush’s “Treat You Right”

Biz Markie’s “Nobody Beats the Biz”

Biz Markie’s “Studda Step”

Black Moon’s “Buck ‘Em Down”

Bulldog Breaks’s “Bring it on Down”

Channel Live’s “Build and Destroy”

Coolio’s “Hands on my N*gger”

De la Soul’s “Oodles of O’s”

Digital Underground’s “No Nose Job”

DJ Honda’s “Biz Freestyle”

Gravediggaz’s “2 Cups of Blood”

Hurricane’s “Comin Off”

Kris Kross’s “It’s Alright”

LL Cool J’s “Jinglin’ Baby”

Mad Flava’s “Bump Ya Head”

Mad Lion’s “Double Trouble”

Montell Jordan’s “This is How We Do It”

Nas’s “The Foulness”

Naughty by Nature’s “Ghetto Bastard”

Naughty by Nature’s “It’s On”

Nice & Smooth’s “No Delayin’”

Original Flavor’s “I Like It”

Public Enemy’s “Can’t Truss It”

Rumpletilskinz’s “Dacumin”

Souls of Mischief’s “Dirty D’s Theme”

Stezo’s “Freak the Funk”

Wu-Tang Clan’s “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothin’ to Fuck wit’”

PS Don’t forget to head over to Iron Leg for the Second Anniversary Mix! .

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Geraldo Pino RIP

January 22, 2009

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Geraldo Pino

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Listen – Heavy Heavy Heavy MP3″

Greetings all.

I wasn’t planning a post for this evening, but I just found out via Soulstrut (via the With Comb & Razor blog) that Afro funk legend Geraldo Pino passed away late in 2008. I figured that it was only appropriate to repost this gem from August of 2007.

I hope you dig it, raise a glass to the memory of a very funky man, and have a great weekend.

Larry

ORIGINALLY POSTED 8/29/07
I hope y’all are ready to groove, because the tune that I am about to whip on you today is, quite literally, figuratively and in title, Heavy Heavy Heavy.
That I had some Afro funk ready to go when this opportunity rolled along is pure, happy coincidence.
When you talk about Afro funk (beat, rock, whatever) the name that first comes to mind is of course that of Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Unless you have a more than passing acquaintance with sounds African, you may not have heard the name Geraldo Pino. Rest assured, though, that in the earliest days of his funkiness, Fela knew Pino – a native of Sierra Leone who was very popular in Nigeria – and his band the Heartbeats as perhaps the funkiest band in all of Africa.
Pino – born Gerald Pine – started out as a devotee of Latin sounds, moving on into American influenced soul and funk via the influence of James Brown. In the words of Fela himself:

“They were great, I must be frank with you. They copied James Brown throughin, throughout every note, every style. And they had the equipment…Before they came into my country, bands only used one microphone, at the time a whole band. But they came in with five microphones, and the sound, it’s deep you know, so nobody wanted to hear anyone but the Heartbeats…they drove everyone out of the market.”

After seeing this Pino I knew I had to get myself together, quick!”*

When you hear today’s selection, ‘Heavy Heavy Heavy’, which was recorded in the late 60’s and released clear on the other side of the continent in Kenya on the Suzumi label, it’s immediately obvious why Fela dug these sounds so much.
There are clear parallels to the sounds of Fela – especially to the ’69 sessions with Koola Lobitos – but Pino’s sound is even more Westernized, compacting the funk into smaller, harder portions. A record like ‘Heavy Heavy Heavy’ is like Fela concentrate, taking the epic scope of an Africa 70 sidelong opus, running it through a Sex Machine and coming out the other end ready to set the dance floor on fire.
‘Heavy Heavy Heavy’ has a groove that’s positively unfuckwithable, with Pino jiving over a seriously propulsive organ line and some pounding drums. If you aren’t shaking your ass halfway through this burner, you need to check for a pulse.
So, download the ones and zeros.

Peace
Larry

*Quote taken from the excellent book, Fela: The Life of an African Musical Icon

Buy Geraldo Pino – Heavy Heavy Heavy – at Amazon.com