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Paris DJs Soundsystem presents Some Of The Best Things In Life Are Free Vol.3
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2014-10-16

Already the third volume in our series of eclectic selections of free tunes found on the web, this mix is as eclectic as ever. Things start on a rather relaxed mood, with an electro-pop Serge Gainsbourg cover produced by Professor Oz for his wife Nelo, before some surprising deep funk dressing of Australian pop band Animaux by our regular collaborators The Cactus Channel, and an inspired Ethio-Jazz song recorded and produced in a day by Shareholder Tom. We then head into a more groovy/hip hop part, with a new DJ Vadim rework, a very cool and funky tune from Slimkid3 and DJ Nu-Mark's just released album (the former is from The Pharcyde and the latter from Jurassic 5 so get your ears on that LP asap!), a splendid rework/mashup of Jimmy Smith and Lou Reed by the one and only J-Rocc, and a new California-cool song from People Under The Stairs. The second half of this mix goes into rather unknown territories, starting with a song made famous by French singer Charles Aznavour, interpreted by Congolese band Orchestre Franco, and remixed by Greek producer Palov… The killer edit of The Emotions which follows (spotted by Oliver Wang on his Soul-Sides blog - thanks!) is quite a treat too, and we've also found a way to pick a second tune from the Golden Dawn Arkestra afro-psych-rock project from Austin, Texas - one you have to grab if you haven't already. 'Produced by Adrian Quesada' should be enough of an argument… The last quarter of this mix is rather on the afro-side, with a tune extracted from the just-released Orlando Julius and The Heliocentrics album. This amazing combination of artists resulted in a killer live show last year, I'm wondering how the album's sounding. Someone please tell Strut Records to send us a promo copy! UK Afrobeat band The Fontanelles are next. Their album released last year on First Word Records is a neo-classic of the genre and even if the song we found is not available for free anymore, we couldn't pass on playing it to remind you how cool that project is. The mix closes with two end-of-program selections: a soundtrack-ish surf tune by an Israeli band, and an astounding rework of Danny Elfman's 'Simpsons Theme' by German hip hop producer Dexter.

Tracklisting :
01. Nelo - Comment Te Dire Adieu
(from 'Touche' album, 2014 / Miam Records)
02. Animaux - Alaska (The Cactus Channel Sp00ky Remix)
03. Shareholder Tom - Ethiopian Girl
(from 'One Day Songs' EP, 2014 / Büro.9 Music)
04. Governor Tiggy x Mary J Blige x DJ Vadim - Tears On My Pillow
05. Slimkid3 and DJ Nu-Mark - Bouillon (feat. Del and Murs)
(from 'Slimkid3 and DJ Nu-Mark' album, 2014 / Delicious Vinyl)
06. Jimmy Smith x Lou Reed - Walk On The Spinning Wheel (J. Rocc Edit)
07. Kat O1O feat. People Under The Stairs - Summer Nights
08. Orchestre Franco - Je t Attends (Palov Bossanova Edit)
09. The Emotions - Blind Alley (Altered Tapes Remix)
10. Golden Dawn Arkestra - Masakayli
(from 'Golden Dawn Arkestra' EP, 2014)
11. Orlando Julius and The Heliocentrics - In The Middle
(from 'Jaiyede Afro' album, 2014 / Strut)
12. The Fontanelles - Afrocat
(from 'Horns Of Freedom' album, 2013 / First Word)
13. Monti Fiori - Cantare Surf (con Eyal Talmudi)
(from 'Cantare Surf' 7 inch, 2014 / self-released)
14. Dexter - Homer Flip
(from '10 YRS MPM x HHV.DE' compilation, 2012 / Melting Pot Music)
Total time : 51mn 22s

Links to access the free download for each track and original artworks of all the records played in this mix are available on parisdjs.com

Credits :
Selected by Djouls (parisdjs.com)
Mixed and mastered by Grant Phabao (grantphabao.com)
Artwork by Ben Hito (facebook.com/benhito)


Links :
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Ben Hito : official | discogs | facebook


Paris DJs Soundsystem presents 1962 - Standards Versions and Revamps Vol.3
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2014-10-09

Opening with a standard penned by Doc Pomus and Phil Spector for Ben E. King, this selection of (mostly) covers released in 1962 shows once again that classics are timeless. The sixties are still in the early stages and the global vibe is swinging, just starting to get a little poppy, as you'll discover while listening to the calypso, blues, soul, jazz and latin musical arrangements we've picked here. Pass the word if you like the series, we'll be back with a new episode by the end of next week...

Tracklisting :
01. Ben E. King - Ecstasy
(from 'Don't Play That Song!' album, 1962 / Atlantic)
DOC POMUS/PHIL SPECTOR song, more info on allmusic
02. LaVern Baker - See See Rider
(from 'See See Rider' 7 inch, 1962 / Atlantic)
Traditional, more info on wikipedia
03. Harry Belafonte - Michael Row The Boat Ashore
(from 'The Midnight Special' album, 1962 / RCA Victor)
Traditional, more info on wikipedia
04. Nina Simone - It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
(from 'Nina Simone Sings Ellington!' album, 1962 / Colpix)
DUKE ELLINGTON cover, more info on wikipedia
05. Mel Torme - Comin' Home Baby
(from 'Comin' Home Baby!' album, 1962 / Atlantic)
BEN TUCKER cover, more info on wikipedia
06. Sam Cooke - A Whole Lotta Woman
(from 'Twistin' The Night Away' album, 1962 / RCA)
SMOKEY ROBINSON/THE CONTOURS cover, more info on wikipedia
07. Aretha Franklin - Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody
(from 'The Electrifying Aretha Franklin' album, 1962 / Columbia)
JEAN SCHWARTZ/SAM M. LEWIS/JOE YOUNG cover, more info on wikipedia
08. Booker T. and The M.G.'s - I Got a Woman
(from 'Green Onions' album, 1962 / Stax)
RAY CHARLES/RENALD RICHARD cover, more info on wikipedia
09. Tino Contreras Y Su Grupo - Caravana
(from 'Jazz Tropical' album, 1962 / Musart)
DUKE ELLINGTON cover, more info on wikipedia
10. Carmen McRae - Take Five
(from 'Take Five (Recorded Live At Basin Street East)' album, 1962 / Columbia)
PAUL DESMOND cover, more info on wikipedia
11. Gerald Wilson Big Band - Milestones
(from 'Moment Of Truth' album, 1962 / Pacific Jazz)
MILES DAVIS cover, more info on wikipedia
12. Homer and Jethro - Tico, Tico
(from 'Playing It Straight' album, 1962 / RCA Victor
ORQUESTRA COLBAZ cover, more info on wikipedia
13. Harry Belafonte - Zombie Jamboree
(from 'The Many Moods Of Belafonte' album, 1962 / RCA Victor)
LORD INTRUDER cover, more info on wikipedia
Total time : 42mn 16s

All the original cover artworks from records played in this mix are available on parisdjs.com

Credits :
Selected by Djouls (parisdjs.com)
Mixed and mastered by Grant Phabao (grantphabao.com)
Artwork by Ben Hito (facebook.com/benhito)

Links :
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Ben Hito : official | discogs | facebook


Paris DJs Soundsystem presents 1961 - Standards Versions and Revamps Vol.2
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2014-10-02

As explained in the 'Volume One', this series of mixes in the 'Molesting Laura' vein explores the concept of artists covering other artists' songs, but this time through the years. This selection from records released or recorded in 1961 (excepted for one exception from hte mid/late 60s) keeps on diggin' some old but never aging Blues, Calypso, Exotica, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, and Soul. Hoping to see you next week, same spot, for the 1962 mix!

Tracklisting :
01. Sam Cooke - You're Always On My Mind
(from 'My Kind Of Blues' album, 1961 / RCA)
J.W. ALEXANDER cover, more info on wikipedia
02. Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra - Tequila
(from 'The Best of Cougat' album, 1961 / Mercury)
THE CHAMPS cover, more info on wikipedia
03. Ernestine Allen - Love For Sale
(from 'Let It Roll' album, 1961 / Tru-Sound)
COLE PORTER cover, more info on wikipedia
04. Etta James - I Just Wanna Make Love To You
(from 'At Last!' album, 1961 / Argo)
WILLIE DIXON cover, more info on wikipedia
05. Johnny 'Hammond' Smith - Ribs an' Chips
(from 'Stimulation' album, 1961 / Prestige)
More info on wikipedia
06. Jeannette Williams - Hound Dog
(from 'Andre Williams Detroit Soul Vol.4' compilation, 2002 / Detroit 1961 Records)
JERRY LEIBER, MIKE STOLLER cover, more info on wikipedia.
This was released originally in 1967, not in 1961, but compiled on Detroit 1961 Records… So it is indeed from 1961 - the label!
07. Harry Belafonte - Jump In The Line
from 'Jump up Calypso' album, 1961 / RCA)
LORD KITCHENER cover, more info on wikipedia
08. Claude Nougaro - Le Jazz Et La Java
(from 'Le Jazz Et La Java' 7 inch, 1961 / Philips)
DAVE BRUBECK cover (of the instrumental 'Three To Get Ready'), more info on wikipedia
09. Mark Murphy - My Favourite Things
(from 'Rah' album, 1961 / Riverside)
RICHARD ROGERS/OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II cover, more info on wikipedia
10. The Three Suns - Fever
(from 'Fever and Smoke' album, 1961 / RCA)
LITTLE WILIE JOHN cover, more info on wikipedia
11. Della Reese - Come-On-A-My House
(from 'Della Della Cha Cha Cha' album, 1961 / RCA)
ROSEMARY CLONEY cover, more info on wikipedia
12. John Young Trio - Take Five
(from 'Themes And Things' album, 1961 / Argo)
PAUL DESMOND cover, more info on wikipedia
13. Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra - The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero)
(from 'VIVA Cugat!' album, 1961 / Mercury)
MOISES SIMONS cover, more info on wikipedia
14. James Brown - Hold It
(from 'Night Train' compilation, 1961 / King)
CLIFFORD SCOTT/BILLY BUTLER cover, originally a 1958 hit by Bill Doggett, more info on wikipedia
Total time : 42mn 16s

All the original cover artworks from records played in this mix are available on parisdjs.com

Credits :
Selected by Djouls (parisdjs.com)
Mixed and mastered by Grant Phabao (grantphabao.com)
Artwork by Ben Hito (facebook.com/benhito)

Links :
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Ben Hito : official | discogs | facebook


Paris DJs Soundsystem presents 1960 - Standards Versions and Revamps Vol.1
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2014-09-25

The 'Molesting Laura' series of mixes ranks amongst Paris DJs' most popular ones. With this new series in the same vein, we've decided to keep on exploring the concept of artists covering other artists' songs, but this time through the years! It'll be mixes of covers (the kind you're used to) but each one focusing on a full year of releases, starting in 1960, then 1961, then 1962, etc., up 'til today.

The concept of the cover is not the same in the early 1960s, after the Beatles and the pop explosion in the mid/late 60s, during the psychedelic revolution of the late 60s/earl 70s, in the 80s when many went for the cheap synths sounds (yes, some years in those 80s are gonna hard to fill), when grunge was so big in the 90s and so on… Of course this series is not definitive at all, just a viewpoint from Paris DJs' vaults of music. We're now working on the year 1965 and after and we might need help, especially for the 80s, so if you have suggestions don't hesitate to leave a comment or send us an email.

This selection from records released or recorded in 1960 digs into Blues, Exotica, Jazz, Gospel, and Rhythm & Blues. Expect a few surprises and stay connected 'cos this is gonna be a loooooong ride!

Tracklisting :
01. Felix Slatkin Fantastic Percussion - I Love Paris
(from 'Felix Slatkin Conducts Fantastic Percussion' album, 1960 / Liberty)
COLE PORTER cover, more info on wikipedia
02. The Incredible Jimmy Smith - Mack The Knife
(from 'Crazy! Baby' album, 1960 / Blue Note)
KURT WEILL/BERTOLT BRECHT cover, more info on wikipedia
03. The Kelly Brothers - He's The Same Today
(from 'He's Alright' 7 inch, 1960 / Federal)
ROSE WILLIAMS cover
04. Bo Diddley - Prisoner Of Love
(from 'Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger' album, 1960 / Checker)
RUSS COLUMBO/CLARENCE GASKILL/LEO ROBIN cover, more info on wikipedia
05. Howlin' Wolf - Spoonful
(from 'Spoonful' 7 inch, 1960 / Chess)
WILLIE DIXON cover, more info on wikipedia
06. Don Cristobal y su Orquesta - Quien Sera
(from 'Recuerdo Tropical' album, 1960 / Video International)
LUIS DEMETRIO/PABLI BELTRAN RUIZ cover, more info on wikipedia
07. Peter Appleyard Per-cus-sive Jazz - Peter Gunn
(from 'Doctored For Super-Sound' album, 1960 / RCA)
HENRI MANCINI cover, more info on wikipedia
08. Juan Amalbert's Latin Jazz Quintet - Summertime
(from 'Hot Sauce' album, 1960 / Tru-Sound)
GEORGE GERSCHWIN cover, more info on wikipedia
09. Don Pablo De Havana (aka Ed Lincoln) e sua Orquesta - Delicado
(from 'Cha Cha Cha Espetacular' album, 1960 /
VALDIR AZEVEDO/JACK LAWRENCE cover, more info on wikipedia
10. Roger King Mozian - Carioca
(from 'Spectacular Percussion' album, 1960 / MGM)
VINCENT YOUMANS/EDWARD ELISCU/GUS KAHN cover, more info on wikipedia
11. Dick Schory's New Percussion Ensemble - Caravan
(from 'Music To Break Any Mood' album, 1960 /
DUKE ELLINGTON cover, more info on wikipedia
12. Hugo Montenegro & Orch. - In The Hall Of The Mountain King
(from 'Bongos + Brass' album, 1960 / Time)
EDVARD GRIEG cover, more info on wikipedia
13. James Brown and His Famous Flames - Think
(from 'Think' album, 1960 / King)
THE "5" ROYALES cover, more info on wikipedia
Total time : 41mn 23s

All the original cover artworks from records played in this mix are available on parisdjs.com

Credits :
Selected by Djouls (parisdjs.com)
Mixed and mastered by Grant Phabao (grantphabao.com)
Artwork by Ben Hito (facebook.com/benhito)

Links :
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Ben Hito : official | discogs | facebook


Analog Africa Selection Vol.5
By Déni Shain and Samy Ben Redjeb
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2014-08-28

A bit more then a year ago I received a message from Déni Shain, a french music producer based in Lisbon. In that mail he asked me if I would be interested in releasing music from Cabo Verde since he was close to Chico and Wilson, the 2 DJs behind Celeste Mariposa (an excellent portuguese/angolan soundsystem specialised in lusophone music). 'I can convince them to make their record collection available to you' he added. I asked him if he could send me a selection, not knowing the amount of work my request would represent. I only later found out that the three-men-team had spent a whole week to pick and choose what they thought was adequate and another few days to wash the record and digitise the music.
I received that selection in March 2013 and I haven't stopped listening to it since. I clearly remember having that wonderful feeling when songs keep growing on you the more you listen. 'Very good sign' I thought! The collection of songs I had received became the base for a whole concept and we all started criss crossing Europe and Cabo Verde looking for more music and looking for the Cap-Verdien artists we loved. Déni Shain became an important asset for the Analog Africa label, supporting us with remixes and mixes but more importantly with an addictive positive energy.
After his first mix for us, the amazing 'Ghana Soundtrack' made out of unreleased and rare tracks from the small west african musical powerhouse, here is his second instalment made of handpicked dancefloor filler. A huge shout goes to legendary african music connoisseur John Beatle and to my close friend Keith Salter for offering us some of the fantastic music included here.
(Samy Ben Redjeb / Analog Africa)

Tracklisting :
01. Vincent Ahehehinnou and Orchestre Poly-Rythmo - Yeye We Nou Mi
(from 'The 1st Album' LP, 1973 / Analog Africa reissue 2011)
02. Iftin Band - Haka Yeelin Nacabkeenna
(from 'Gabar ii Noquee' tape, 1980s / special thanks to John Beadle)
03. Solo Hit - Imoikeme
(from 'Imoikeme' 7 inch, 2013 reissue / Analog Africa)
04. N’Draman Blintch - I First U Last
(from 'Cosmic Sounds' LP, 1980 / Cosmic Sounds)
05. Dina Santos - O Anel
(from 'In London' LP, 1983 / Dacapo)
06. Victor Uwaifo And The Titibitis - Ohue
(From 'I Wanna Be Your No.1', 1980s / Taretone)
07. Africa Negra - Carambola
(from 'Africa Negra 83' LP, 1983 / IEFE)
08. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - Moulon Devia
(from 'Reveil Disco Dubain' LP, available soon on a forthcoming Analog Africa release)
09. Ondeno - Mayolye
(from 'Ondeno' LP, 1980 / Disque Ledoux - Special thanks to Keith Slater)
Total time : 37mn 35s

All the original cover artworks from records played in this mix are available on parisdjs.com

Credits :
Selected and mixed by Déni Shain and Samy Ben Redjeb

Links :
Déni Shain : official | bandcamp | facebook | soundcloud | twitter
Analog Africa : official | bandcamp | discogs | facebook | juno | parisdjs | soundcloud | youtube
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Direct download: Analog-Africa-Mix-For-PARIS-DJs-VOL-5.mp3
Category:Guests DJs -- posted at: 12:28 PM

Paris DJs Soundsystem presents Some Of The Best Things In Life Are Free Vol.2
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2014-07-30

The gifts we've promised our crowdfunders are coming… soon… We already got the 45 boxsets (empty), the t-shirts, the posters, the test-pressings for the vinyl... only the final 45s & 2LPs are still to arrive. And then we'll ship to everyone who pre-ordered. Only a few more days… To soothe your impatience, here's a second volume of carefully selected free downloads found on the web, assembled in a nice and flowing mix. Because 'Some of the best things in life are free', once again baby. Enjoy the vibes, and go grab the tracks for free separately if there's any you fall in love with!

Tracklisting :
01. The Frightnrs - Never Answer
(from '12-21-12' EP, 2012 / self-released)
02. Os Originais do Samba - Falador Passa Mal (Bosq Rework)
(free single, 2014 / self-released)
03. Poldoore - Lush Life
(from 'Lush Life' EP, 2014 / Dusted Wax)
04. The Elder Statesman - Montreux Sunrise
(from 'Montreux Sunrise' 7 inch, 2014 / Bastard Jazz)
05. Eminem - Business vs. J.A.R. - Future Cuss Cuss Mix 2
(free mashup, 2014 / self-released)
06. Governor Tiggy x Dr Dre x DJ Vadim - Well Done
(free mashup, 2014 / self-released)
07. Karl Hector & The Malcouns - Push Na Ya
(from 'Unstraight Ahead' album, 2014 / Now-Again)
08. Simone Rubi - When I'm Down
(free single, 2013 / self-released)
09. Third Coast Kings - Black Cat Boogie
(from 'West Grand Boulevard' album, 2014 / Record Kicks)
10. Witch - Sunshine (The Bogart's Whiskey Barons Rework)
(free single, 2014 / self-released)
11. Spanish Gold - Out On The Street
(from 'South of Nowhere' album, 2014 / Del Mar Records)
12. Pleasuremaker (Afrolicious) - Mosquito Dance
(free single, 2014 / self-released)
13. Radio Citizen - Did You Waltz
(from 'Warm Canto EP', 2014 / Rauschen Records)
14. Bio Ritmo - Codeina
(from 'Puerta Del Sur' album, 2014 / Vampisoul)
15. Golden Dawn Arkestra - Afropocalypse
(from 'Golden Dawn Arkestra' EP, 2014)
Total time : 56mn 57s

Links to access the free download for each track and original artworks of all the records played in this mix are available on parisdjs.com

Credits :
Selected by Djouls (parisdjs.com)
Mixed and mastered by Grant Phabao (grantphabao.com)
Artwork by Ben Hito (facebook.com/benhito)

Links :
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Ben Hito : official | discogs | facebook


Paris DJs Soundsystem presents Some Of The Best Things In Life Are Free Vol.1
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2014-05-21

Paris DJs have been hustling social networks for a week now, asking all the fans, friends and family to take out their credit card and support their crowdfunding campaign, in order to press some astonishing vinyl and merchandising. But Paris DJs is not all about the money and wanted to share this carefully mixed selection of tunes to be found as free downloads on the web. Because 'Some of the best things in life are free', baby. Enjoy the vibes, and go grab the tracks for free separately if there's any you fall in love with!
PS Thanks to Le Petit Bazar Free&Legal for the inspiration - a very cool blog focusing on fre downloads.

Tracklisting :
01. The Roots - Tomorrow feat. Raheem Devaughn
(from 'And Then You Shoot Your Cousin' album, 2014 / Def Jam)
02. Lettuce - Don't Be Afraid To Try (Instrumental)
(from 'Don't Be Afraid To Try' 7 inch, 2014 / self-released)
03. Kill Emil & The Yumas - I'm a Yuma
(from 'Lucianna' 7 inch, 2014 / Front Yard)
04. Amerigo Gazaway - I Want You 'Til The Summertime
(from 'Yasiin Gaye: The Departure (Side One)' mixtape, 2014 / Soul Mates)
05. Hartley & Wolfe - Walk On The Wild Side
(unreleased cover, not on the album released by BBE / 2013)
06. Raashan Ahmad & Nightmares on Wax - Blue Skies
(exclusive new tune, 2014 / self-released)
07. Ozomatli - Cut Chemist Suite (Second Hand Audio Remix)
(exclusive rework, 2013 / self-released)
08. Polyrhythmics - Labrador
(from 'Live From the Banana Stand' album, 2014 / Banana Stand Media)
09. Money Chicha - Chicha Negra
(from 'KUTX Live in Studio 1A' recording, 2013 / KUTX)
10. In Motion Collective - Tah's Theme
(from 'Lost Ark Studio Compilation Vol.4' digital compilation, 2013 / The Lost Ark Studio)
11. The Putbacks - In The Dirt
(from 'Spanish Harlem' digital single, 2014 / HopeStreet Recordings)
12. Kerbside Collection - A Night In Tunisia
(from 'Mind The Curb' album, 2013 / Légère Recordings)
13. Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put a Spell on You (Jeremy Sole's Zombie Stomp Remix)
(unreleased rework, 2011)
14. The Edison Electrics - Yekermo Sew (Te'Amir Remix)
(from 'Oneironautics' album, 2012 / self-released)
15. Dérobé Dance Band - Kem Dahg
(from 'Gogoplata' 7 inch, 2014 / Secret Stash)
16. Hard Proof Afrobeat - Dragon
(from 'The Good Music Club Vol.2' compilation, 2014 / The Good Music Club)
17. Kabaka International Guitar Band - Mangala Special (Uproot Andy Remix)
(from 'Worldwide Ting Vol.1' digital EP, 2013 / Que Bajo)
18. Frankie Francis and Orchestra - Funky Calypso
(from 'Hot Cool Spice' album, 1970s / Bestway Productions)
Total time : 70mn 50s

Links to access the free download for each track and original artworks of all the records played in this mix are available on parisdjs.com

Credits :
Selected by Djouls (parisdjs.com)
Mixed and mastered by Grant Phabao (grantphabao.com)
Artwork by Ben Hito (facebook.com/benhito)

Links :
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Ben Hito : official | discogs | facebook


Can I Get a Soul Vibration - Soul Square Selection / mixed by Jay Crate
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2014-03-22

Take Arshitect, Guan Jay and PermOne, three beatmakers from Nantes known for their love of neatly used samples and sharp arrangement, add DJ Atom, turntable goldsmith five times world champion with his crew C2C, shake the whole thing and you'll get the latest Jazzy-Hip-Hop sensation: Soul Square, coming from Nantes. The band has just released two EPs in their 'Millesime' series, including some impressive featurings from RacecaR, a Chicago-born Paris-based MC Paris DJs has just started collaborating with. As with all their releases, this exclusive 30mn soulful mix is way for Soul Square to pay tribute to black American music, with class, squaring the circle and hitting your iPods - again!

Tracklisting :
01. Curtis Mayfield - We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue (intro)
(from 'Curtis' album, 1970 / Curtom)
02. RAMP - Everybody Loves The Sunshine
(from 'Come Into Knowledge' album, 1977 / Blue Thumb)
03. Lynn Collins - Ain't No Sunshine (break)
(from 'Think (About It)' album, 1972 / People)
04. Syl Johnson - Is It Because I'm Black?
(from 'Is It Because I'm Black?' album, 1970 / Twinight)
05. Marlena Shaw - Where Can I Go?
(from 'The Spice Of Life' album, 1969 / Cadet)
06. Dawn Penn - You Don't Love Me
(from 'You Don't Love Me' 7 inch, 1967 / Studio One)
07. Al Green - I'm Glad You're Mine
(from 'I'm Still in Love with You' album, 1972 / Hi)
08. The Chosen Few - In The Rain
(from 'In Miami' album, 1976 / Trojan)
09. 24 Carat Black - I Begin To Weep
(from 'Gone: The Promises Of Yesterday' album, 2009 / Numero Group)
10. 8th Day - She's Not Just Another Woman
(from '8th Day' album, 1971 / Invictus)
11. Charles Bradley - The World (Is Going Up In Flames)
(from 'No Time For dreaming' album, 2011 / Daptone)
12. Blackjoy - Time
(from 'Time' album, 2007 / Project Recordings)
13. Minnie Riperton - Inside My Love
(from 'Adventures in Paradise' album, 1975 / Epic)
14. Donny Hathaway - Magnificent Sanctuary Band
(from 'Donny Hathaway' album, 1971 / Atco)
15. Hot - Just 'Cause I'm Guilty
(from 'Hot' album, 1977 / Big Tree)
16. Jack Arel & Jean-Claude Petit - Psychedelic Portrait
(from 'Dance And Mood Music Vol.3' album, 196? / Chappell)
17. Leroy Hutson - Lucky Fellow
(from 'Huston' album, 1975 / Curtom)
18. Faze-O - Riding High
(from 'Riding High' album, 1977 / She)
19. Dave Ghetto - Coming Up (instrumental)
(from 'Love Life?' album, 2005 / Counterflow)
20. DJ Mitsu the Beats - Promise in Love (instrumental)
(from 'Promise In Love' 7 inch, 2009 / Jazzy Sport)
21. Tribeqa - Amali pt.2
(from 'Tribeqa' album, 2008 / Underdog)
Total time : 32mn 22s

All the original cover artworks are available on parisdjs.com
Credits :
Selected by Soul Square (soulsquare.fr)
Mixed by Jay Crate (facebook.com/jay.crate)
Artwork by Ben Hito (facebook.com/benhito)

Links :
Soul Square : official | bandcamp | discogs | facebook | juno | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Ben Hito : official | discogs | facebook

Direct download: Soul_Square-Can_I_Get_A_Soul_Vibration.mp3
Category:Guests DJs -- posted at: 3:22 PM

Paris DJs Soundsystem presents MRR-ADM Dirty Drums
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2014-01-25

San Diego duo MHE are now known as MRR-ADM. MHE was for 'Machines Have Emotions', while MRR-ADM are the initials of their real names, Michael Raymond Russell and Adam Douglas Manella. All of their releases, between 2003 and 2006, have been on Sound In Color Records' now hard to find CDs, DVD, LPs, 12s or 7s - with only numbers for track names! In 2005 they worked with Heliocentrics drummer Malcolm Catto at Mike Burnham's Tardis Studio in Australia. In 2008 they put out a mysterious red 10 inch vinyl, 'featuring Malcolm Catto', sold out in 3 days, which put them in the spotlight. They've also collaborated with The Gaslamp Killer or Gonjasufi, and are preparing a first full-length recording to be released on Now-Again Records.

The sound of MRR-ADM can be summarized as modern library music with dope beats, sample-based hip-hop psych instrumentals: raw, psychedelic funk and jazz with a focus on dusty drums and bass, and some melodic touches from heavily processed guitars and synths. Dark, experimental and deeply funky, this is just AMAZING music which many rappers should trip on, again and again… Read their interview here for more info while listening to this 30mn selection of their work! And stay tuned for DRUMETRICS, the rebirth of their collective DIRTY DRUMS...

Tracklisting :
01. MRR-ADM - MHEMIDLUDE (also known as '4our')
(from 'Geisha House and Dolce Enoteca Presents: Sound In Color vol.1' compilation, 2006 / Sound In Color) info | buy
02. MHE - MHE008
(from 'MHE Sampler' album, 2009 / Media Creature Music) info
03. MHE - 000
(from 'Block Radius' compilation, 2003 / Sound In Color) info
04. MHE - Untitled
(unknown source)
05. The Gaslamp Killer - Dead Vets
(from 'Breakthrough' album, 2012 / Brainfeeder) info | buy
06. MRR-ADM - 5ive feat. Gonjasufi
(from 'Archive' album, 2011 / Now-Again) info
07. MHE - MHE001 (Extended)
(from 'MHE Sampler' album, 2009 / Media Creature Music) info
08. MRR-ADM - 11leven
(from 'Archive' album, 2011 / Now-Again) info
09. Gonjasufi - Holidays (MRR Remix)
(from 'The Caliphs Tea Party' album, 2010 / Warp) info | buy
10. MHE - MHE007
(from 'MHE Sampler' album, 2009 / Media Creature Music) info
11. MHE - MHE045
(from 'MHE Sampler' album, 2009 / Media Creature Music) info
12. MRR-ADM - 010
(from 'Untitled' 10 inch, 2008 / self-released) info
Total time : 31mn 29s

All the original cover artworks and a complete discography are available on parisdjs.com

Credits :
Selected by Djouls (djouls.com)
Mixed and mastered by Grant Phabao (grantphabao.com)
Artwork by Ben Hito (facebook.com/BenHito)

Links :
MRR-ADM : discogs | facebook | nowagain | soundcloud
Dirty Drums : official | blogspot | facebook | soundcloud | tumblr
Drumetrics : discogs | facebook | soundcloud | youtube
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Ben Hito : official | discogs | facebook

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Todd Simon's Ethio-Cali Ensemble presents Wax and Gold
Ethiopian Classic Selections curated by Sonny Abegaze
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2014-01-18

Wax and Gold (aka Semena Werq) is a form of traditional Ethiopian poetry that has one surface meaning, known as wax, and multiple hidden meanings, known as gold. Musicians in Ethiopia have used Wax and Gold to explore topics such as spirituality, politics, and matters of the heart throughout the ages. On November 17, 2013, the Ethio-Cali Ensemble performed a special set of music at the Blue Whale (the best place in Los Angeles to go see live Jazz) inspired by the concept of Wax and Gold. Ethio-Cali's 'Minister of Information', Sonny Abegaze, curated compositions from the catalogues of Hailu Mergia and Walias, Alemayehu Eshete, The Police Orchestra, and other Ethio-Jazz luminaries to be performed on this special night. The mix below features these songs in their original form. Enjoy…

Track-by-track info :
01. Emahoy Tsegue-Mariam Guebru - Mother's Love
Emahoy Tsegue-Mariam Guebru is a classical pianist and composer who was born in Addis Abeba in 1923. She was ordained as a nun at the age of 21 and now lives in an Orthodox monastary in Jerusalem. Emahoy's music is intimate, delicate, joyful, and melancholy all at the same time. We draw a lot of inspiration from her music and personal journey. At 90, Emahoy is finally starting to get some of the recognition she deserves.

02. Lieut. Mesfin Haile, Hirut Beqele and The Police Orchestra - (track title unknown)
This song comes from a Voice of America reel that was recorded in 1961. It features Lieutenant Mesfin Haile and Hirut Beqele accompanied by the Police Orchestra, along with an amazing violin player. They sing, 'Life is Tough. This world is an unforgiving and bitter place, and now you are leaving me'. Sublime.

03. Getatchew Mekurya - Ambassel (Slow)
This waltz-like tune is by the most popular saxophonist in Ethiopia, Getatchew Mekurya. It was recorded in 1972 and was originally released on the Philips record label during the heyday of Ethio Jazz. It was later released on 'Ethiopiques Vol. 14: Negus of Ethiopian Sax'. Getatchew draws much of his inspiration from Shellela, a traditional vocal style sung by warriors before going into battle. You can hear this sentiment in his melismatic style of playing. Getatchew still performs regularly in Ethiopia, Europe, and Canada.

04. Alem Girma Band ft. Alemayehu Eshete - Ambassel (Fast)
Referred to as the Ethiopian James Brown, Alemayehu Eshete is a talented and spirited vocalist who first got his break with Addis Ababa's famous Police Orchestra. Ambassel is an area found in the Amhara region of Ethiopia with the root word ‘amb' meaning fortress. It is also the name of one of the major musical scales in the country. There are various versions of Ambassel that have been recorded by different musicians over the years. The lyrics to this version speak of a man who is out of luck in his pursuit of love. Alemayehu Eshete also has a slow version of Ambassel that has a completely definitely feel... definitely worth checking out!

05. Mulatu Astatke - Yefikir Tezeta
This slow burner by Mulatu Astatke is a favorite amongst the members of Ethio Cali. So much so that one of our drummers/percussionists, Te'Amir Yohannes Sweeney, produced a tune that sampled this track. This song was originally released on Philips International as a 45. It was later reissued on the compilation 'New York - Addis - London: The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975'. Eternal gratitude to master Mulatu!

06. Alemayehu Eshete and Hirut Beqele - Temeles
This is a love duet that features Alemayehu Eshete and Hirut Beqele. The lyrics speak of a man who has left his lover for work. His lover misses him dearly and is pleading for his return. This is a classic example of an unrequited love ballad, a theme commonly found in Ethiopian music. Our interpretation of this tune has energy and intensity, and we substitute horns for the vocal lines.

07. Mahmoud Ahmed - Fitsum Dink Lidj Nesh
Mahmoud Ahmed is a beloved vocalist from the Gurage region of Ethiopia. He shined shoes as a boy before getting his break as a singer with Emperor Haile Selassie I's Imperial Body Guard Band. He later recorded with groups such as The Venus Band, Ibex Band, and Walias. Fitsum Dink Lidj Nesh finds Mahmoud Ahmed singing poetically about the beauty of an Abyssinian woman. He goes into great detail describing her lovely features. He wonders what her name is and finally calls her Fitsum Dink Lidj Nesh, which translates to 'you are an absolute miracle”.

(Thanks to Semere Ab-Etmet Yohannes for lyrics translations and for his enthusiastic support of Ethio Cali over the years!)

Credits :
Selection and comments by Sonny Abegaze
Mixed by the Todd Simon's Ethio-Cali Ensemble (facebook.com/EthioCali)
Mastered by Grant Phabao (grantphabao.com)
Artwork by Ben Hito (facebook.com/BenHito)

About Todd Simon's Ethio-Cali Ensemble :
Ethio Cali is a Los Angeles-based Ethiopian jazz ensemble led by trumpeter/arranger/composer Todd Simon and featuring a cast of the finest musicians from Southern California. The ensemble's sublime sound is inspired by the Golden Age of Ethiopian music of the 1960's and 70's, filtered through a lens that is uniquely Los Angeles and roots-inspired. Acknowledging the diverse musical foundations of Ethio-jazz, the ensemble also draws inspiration from the rhythmic and melodic textures of Sudan, Somalia, Ghana, and Columbia.

Links :
Todd Simon's Ethio-Cali Ensemble : official | facebook | parisdjs | soundcloud | tumblr | twitter
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Ben Hito : official | discogs | facebook