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Grant Phabao and Djouls - 21st Century Afro Spectacular Vol.2
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2012-04-29

Afrobeat is a form of music that's already been perfected and there are many bands who are just trying to attain that, most of the time writing their own compositions which reflect their own influences. Sometimes they'll play a Cuban clave or something else which somehow or other still fits. So unless Fela comes back to them and says Don't play Afrobeat, they're gonna keep on doing it. Here's our second spectacular selection of new cool afro grooves from some of those bands, with a second exclusive track from the Grant Phabao Afrobeat Arkestra, to be released on a limited 7 inch in september, friendly vibes from Adrian Quesada (remixing Vieux Farka Touré or producing The Funk Ark), Chico Mann, Mr Confuse, Seun Kuti, Hard Proof, Anthony Joseph, Ticklah (producing Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars), The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Doctor L and Kiala, more friendly vibes sent by our label collegues from Jack To Phono, Electric Cowbell, ESL Music, Ubiquity, Jazz&Milk, BBE Music or Names You Can Trust, and, of course, some thingies we grabbed here and there. 21st Century Afrobeat, Afrofunk, Afrolatin and Ethio grooves from all over the world, selected by Djouls, mixed and fully mastered by Grant Phabao. Do you want more? Did you already get our 21st Century Afro Extravaganza and the first volume of our 21st Century Afro Spectacular?

Tracklisting :
01. 00:00 Debo Band - Gedawo (Kiddid Gedubwo Mix)
(from 'Gedawo' 7 inch, 2011 / Electric Cowbell) info | juno
02. 03:38 Vieux Farka Touré - Sarama (Brownout Remix)
(from 'Other Roads: Fondo Remixed' compilation, 2009 / Six Degrees) info | juno | junodownload
03. 07:47 Oddisee - Al Mawrada
(from 'Odd Seasons' album bonus 7 inch, 2011 / Mello Music Group) info | juno | junodownload
04. 11:28 Pro Kid - Abagcwali
(from 'DNA' album, 2006 / Gallo Record Company) info
05. 16:03 Congo Sanchez - T.E.T.O. (Strut)
(from 'Vol. 1' EP, 2012 / ESL Music) info | juno | junodownload
06. 21:17 Burro Morto - Volte Amor
(from 'Baptista Virou Máquina' album, 2011 / One Cell) info | juno
07. 23:04 The Funk Ark - Green Trees
(from 'High Noon' album, 2012 / ESL Music) info | juno | junodownload
08. 27:35 Chico Mann - Electric Búgalu (Instro)
(from 'Manifest Tone Vol.2' EP, 2009 / self-released) info | juno | bandcamp
09. 30:14 Phase 5 Stereo - A Two A Afro
(from '8 Track' album, 2012 / Jack To Phono) info | juno | junodownload
10. 33:53 Mr. Confuse - Boogie Down
(from 'Do You Realize' album, 2012 / Légère Recordings) info | juno | junodownload
11. 37:50 Jungle Fire - Comencemos (Let's Start)
(from 'Jungle Fire' digital single, 2012 / self-released) bandcamp
12. 40:12 Monophonics - Ageless feat. Karl Denson
(from 'Into The Infrasounds' album, 2010 / Ageless) info | juno | junodownload
13. 46:30 Seun Kuti And The Egypt 80 - You Can Run
(from 'From Africa With Fury: Rise' album, 2011 / Because Music) info | juno | junodownload
14. 52:03 Ikebe Shakedown - Tame The Beats
(from 'Ikebe Shakedown' album, 2011 / Ubiquity) info | juno
15. 55:25 Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra - Ogun (45 Edit)
(from 'Ogun' upcoming 7 inch, 2012 / Volcom Entertainment) info
16. 59:34 Ray Lugo - Super Saoco
(from 'We Walk Around Like This' album, 2012 / Jazz&Milk) info | juno | junodownload
17. 65:34 KG Omulo - Quality Women
(from 'Ayah Ye! Moving Train' album, 2012 / self-released) info
18. 69:05 Hard Proof - No Consideration
(from 'Hard Proof' album, 2010 / Hard Proof Music) info
19. 73:53 Boddhi Satva - Nankoumandjan
(from 'Invocation' album, 2012 / BBE Music) info | juno | junodownload
20. 79:57 Duke - Freedom In Africa (Midnight Lab Band Original Dub)
(from 'Names You Can Trust' exclusive free downloads, 2010 / Names You Can Trust) info
21. 83:05 Anthony Joseph - Started Off As A Dancer
(from 'Started Off As A Dancer' single, 2012 / Heavenly Sweetness) info | juno | junodownload
22. 86:52 United Vibrations - No Space No Time
(from 'Galaxies Not Ghettos' album / 2011 / 12 Tone) info | juno | junodownload
23. 87:59 Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars - Mother In Law
(from 'Radio Salone' album, 2012 / Cumbancha) info | juno | junodownload
24. 93:05 The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra - Mr Clean Part 1
(from 'Mr Clean' 7 inch, 2011 / HopeStreet Recordings) info | juno | junodownload
25. 97:10 Doctor L - Prison
(exclusive new track, 2012 / Doctor L) info
Total time : 101:11

All the original cover artworks are available on the Paris DJs blog

Credits :
Selected by Grant Phabao and Djouls from the Paris DJs Soundsystem (parisdjs.com)
Mix and audio mastering by Grant Phabao (grantphabao.com)
Artwork layout by Djouls (djouls.com), borrowing from Kakaiku Band's Akyinkyin artcover

Links :
Paris DJs : official | facebook | myspace | parisdjs | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Direct download: Paris_DJs_Soundsystem-21st_Century_Afro_Spectacular_Vol_2.mp3
Category:T.I.M.E.C. DJs -- posted at: 3:24 PM

Paris DJs Soundsystem - Election Mix Part 1
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2012-04-21

Tomorrow (sunday, april 22nd) will the first round of the French presidential election. After 5 years of monarchy with Nicolas Sarkozy, who managed to bring down the 5th republic, destroy France's influence and credibility in the rest of the world, and install a climate of fear in his own country, it has became essential for everyone to VOTE FOR A CHANGE. Yes you heard that before ('since 54' as legendary Jamaican artist Carlton Livingston would rhyme) but it's really important that France may know who it is and that abstention may be as low as possible. Don't believe the press who says that leftists extremists are refusing reality, it's a lie: as a famous poet once said, Reality Is A Viewpoint, so don't let anyone impose his vision of reality on top of your own. The majority of French people wants to get rid of the wanabee George Bush who's been running the show for the last 5 years. François Hollande's Socialist Party is a center-right one as much as François Bayrou's Modem, though he might be the best chance to beat the current midget king - those who watch Game of Thrones will get the pun. Jean-Luc Melenchon and its Left Front Coalition has been the most dynamic figure in an otherwise dull campaign. But don't even let all this really influence your vote. Try voting with your heart and not with tactics in mind. Well, don't try voting. Just fucking vote.

Tracklisting :
01. Tom T. Hall - The Monkey That Became President
(from 'We All Got Together And...' album, 1972 / Mercury)
02. Fitz And The Tantrums - Dear Mr. President
(from 'Pickin' Up The Pieces' album, 2010 / Dangerbird)
03. Aceyalone - Power To The People
(from 'The Lonely Ones' album, 2009 / Decon)
04. Dr. John - Revolution
(from 'Locked Down' album, 2012 / Nonesuch)
05. Soul Keita feat. Nicolas Jaar - Democracy, I Was Thirsty
(from 'Democracy EP: New Friends Vol.2' single, 2009 / Greta Cottage Workshop)
06. Psyco - Mr President
(from 'Black Magic: Hard 2 Find vol.5' album, 2011 / Colored-Inc.)
07. Oghene Kologbo - Change The System
(from 'Remember Fela Anikulapo Kuti' album, 2007 / Lions Ark)
08. Sonny Okosuns Ozziddi - Power To The People
(from 'Power To The People' album, 1978 / EMI Nigeria)
09. Dave and Ansel Collins - Power To The People
(from 'In The Ghetto' album, 1976 / Trojan)
10. Tall T. and The Touchers - Touching The President
(from 'Touching The President' 7 inch, 1971 / Splash)
11. Grant Phabao and Carlton Livingston - Sing Power To The People
(from 'Bridge Of Life' album, 2010 / Colored-Inc.)
Total time : 42:32

All the original cover artworks are available on the Paris DJs blog

Credits :
A program by Djouls and Loik (parisdjs.com)
Audio mastering by Grant Phabao (grantphabao.com)
Artwork layout by Djouls, borrowing from La Conjunto Revuelta's Salsa Y Protesta LP cover

Links :
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | facebook | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Direct download: Paris_DJs_Soundsystem-Election_Mix_Part_1.mp3
Category:Kraked DJs -- posted at: 2:59 PM

Phil Meadley - Eastern Bloc Rockin Beats DJ Mix
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2012-04-17

Nascente’s global funk train arrives in Eastern Europe with the release of Eastern Bloc Funk Experience: Psych-Funk, Satellite Soul and Cold War Disco. Having visited the warmer climes of Brazil, Cuba, Caribbean, South Africa and beyond with selectors like Andy Smith, Quantic and Hugo Mendez (Sofrito) on board, Nascente arrives behind the iron curtain and serves up a revelatory new experience.  On this mix put together exclusively for Paris DJs, album compiler Phil Meadley features some of the best tracks from the compilation.
Don't believe the lies you've been reading for so many years; the West was feeding you merciless propaganda! The truth must finally be revealed... Funk was born in the USSR. It was first played and sung by the Red Army Choir in Moscow's Red Square, and after that toured Warsaw, Prague, Budapest, and East Berlin. This CD tells a story that has never been told before; the story of Eastern Bloc Funk. Yuriy Gurzhy (Russendisko)

Tracklisting :
01. Grupa Bluesowa Stodola - Zloto Stu Slonc
02. Piotr Figiel Ensemble (or Zesp) - Agent 008
03. Czerwone Gitary - Coda
04. Marta Kubisova - Tak Dej Se K Nam A Projdem Svet
05. Centrum - Disco King
06. Ljubomir Sedlar - Ingraj Sa Njom
07. Misa Blam - Gorila
08. Uschi Bruning - Hochzeitsnacht
09. The Rebels - Definitivni Konec
Total time : 28:50

Note : All tracks taken from 'Eastern Bloc Funk Experience' compilation, 2012 / Nascente

Credits :
Selected and mixed by Phil Meadley
Audio mastering by Grant Phabao (grantphabao.com)
Sleeve Design by Swifty (swity.co.uk) - Additional layout by Djouls (djouls.com)

Links :
Nascente Records : official | discogs | facebook | myspace | parisdjs
Phil Meadley : blogspot | discogs | facebook | myspace | twitter
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | facebook | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Direct download: Phil_Meadley-Eastern_Bloc_Rockin_Beats_DJ_Mix.mp3
Category:Guests DJs -- posted at: 1:19 PM

Paris DJs Soundsystem presents Skerik
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2012-04-15

Skerik (aka Eric Walton, aka El Guzano, aka Nalgas Sin Carne) has been playing (sax, but also grand piano, vibes and guitar) and has featured on more than a hundred records in every genre from jazz to psychedelic pop, from doom metal to post punk, from avant-groove to New Orleans brass band. His bands and projects include Skerik's Bandalabra (with whom he's just released a fantastic Live At the Royal Room on The Royal Potato Family Records), Skerik's Syncopated Tainted Septet, Critters Buggin', Tuatara, Garage à Trois, Ponga, Crack Sabbath, Midnite Disturbers, The Dead Kenny G's... just to mention the bare minimum without delving into his myriad of cameos. We just published an interview with him (available in English or in French) and immersed ourselves into his vast discography to extract a selection of tracks for a Paris DJs Soundsystem Presents Skerik special mix… Expect quite an amazing trip over 18 years of American Jazz, from the Critters Buggin' early years in the 90s to his latest Skerik's Bandalabra project.

Tracklisting :
01. Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet - Go to Hell Mr. Bush
(from 'Husky' album, 2006 / Hyena)
02. Critters Buggin' - Panang
(from 'Stampede' album, 2004 / Ropeadope)
03. Critters Buggin' - Space Rant
(from 'Monkeypot Merganser' album, 1997 / self-released, Kufala reissue)
04. Critters Buggin' - Fretless Nostril
(from 'Guest' album, 1994 / Loosegroove)
05. Garage A Trois - Baby Mama Drama
(from 'Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil' album, 2011 / The Royal Potato Family)
06. Black Frames - French Farse
(from 'Solarallergy' album, 2002 / self-released)
07. Tuatara - Walking In A Dead Man's Shoes
(from 'Cinemathique' album, 2001 / Fast Horse Recordings)
08. The New Mastersounds - Ooom feat. Skerik
(from 'Ten Years On' album, 2009 / One Note Records)
09. The Dead Kenny G's - Black Truman (Harry the Hottentot)
(from 'Operation Long Leash' album, 2011 / Royal Potato Family)
10. Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet - Let Me Be Your Voodoo Doll
(from 'Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet' album, 2003 / Ropeadope)
11. Tuatara - Fela The Conqueror
(from 'Trading With The Enemy' album, 1998 / Epic)
12. Skerik's Bandalabra - Simulacrum
(from 'Live at the Royal Room' album, 2012 / The Royal Potato Family)
13. Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet - Mississippi Goddamn
(from 'Live at The Triple Door' album, 2010 / The Royal Potato Family)
Total time : 73:32

All the original cover artworks are available on the Paris DJs blog

Credits :
Selected by Djouls and Nicolas Ragonneau (parisdjs.com)
Audio mastering by Grant Phabao (grantphabao.com)
Artwork layout by Djouls (djouls.com)

Links :
Skerik : official | bandcamp | discogs | facebook | myspace | parisdjs | soundcloud | twitter | wikipedia | youtube
Skerik's Bandalabra : facebook | kickstarter | myspace | ragman | soundcloud
The Dead Kenny G's : official | facebook | myspace
Garage à Trois : official | archive | facebook | myspace | parisdjs | soundcloud | wikipedia
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | facebook | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Direct download: Paris_DJs_Soundsystem_presents_Skerik.mp3
Category:T.I.M.E.C. DJs -- posted at: 12:44 PM

Paris DJs Soundsystem - Bag Of Goodies Vol.6
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2012-04-09

The march 2012 Bag of Goodies selection by Djouls and Loik is one for the dancers, soulful and full of breaks. Tel-Aviv funksters The Apples are back with a new album on Audio Montage - check our Israeli Funk Mix for more on that scene - and the first single Thang is a killer one, also available on a limited 7 inch… Next we have The Funk Ark, an afrobeat/afrolatin funk band from Washington DC. Their new album High Noon is produced by our friend Adrian Quesada and is one of the must-have of this spring! The latest from Italian soundtracks-obsessed Calibro 35 is just plain amazing and we could have played many other bombing tracks than the Uh Ah Barr we've picked… We've been spreading the gospel about this band for months, info, mix and interview are available here. Souleance, aka Fulgeance + Soulist don't need any introduction to our faithful readers, but their first album is finally out and the duo's eclectic groovism could not be avoided in our selection. Full review here. The Black Seeds come from Wellington, New Zealand. Their fusion of dub, funk, afrobeat and soul is reaching its peak with their latest album, Dust And Dirt. We might have a video interview of the band coming soon in these pages… San Francisco based band Monophonics will soon release a new album on Ubiquity Records, on the fuzzy psych side of soul and funk, and we've featured here their deeply soulful 7 inch scheduled for record store day, There's A Riot Going On. This one should fly off the shelves quite fast. We've also played some hip hop and garage rock you can download for free, from San Francisco's Innovative Leisure 2012 Sampler. You can grab this utterly cool goodie here, with fantastic tracks from Allah-Las, Nick Waterhouse, Mexicans With Guns or Hanni El Khatib… This is definitively a new label to follow, and we will. We've also came back to an album released in 2010, from Austin, Texas. The first opus from Afrobeat band Hard Proof is indeed one of the best 21st century afro thing we've heard recently, and they're currently working on their 2nd with Adrian Quesada. Adrian is kinda all over this mix, with a track from the upcoming new Brownout LP closing this session. We'll be back about this superb new latin funk album with a rock edge very soon… but back to this mix with Jakarta records in Germany, a label we discovered with Blitz The Ambassador. We contacted them about the upcoming release of afro/ethio band from New-Zealand Shogun Orchestra (to be featured on Paris DJs later on this week) and they sent us a magical soulful/hip hop/indie album from Mancini and The Creepers that we've been playing on repeat. Truly unique. We'll conclude this introduction with The Cheebacabra from Seattle, and his acidulated instrumental funk with crisp head-nodding hip hop beats and lots of analog synths. He's just released his third album, Pass The information, available on glorious vinyl and reviewed here. All in all, this spring's batch of new releases is quite fabulous and we hope next month's Bag of Goodies selection will be as exciting as this one!

Tracklisting :
01. The Apples - Thang
(from 'Fly On It' album, 2012 / Audio Montage)
02. The Funk Ark - Chaga
(from 'High Noon' album, 2012 / ESL Music)
03. Calibro 35 - Uh Ah Barr
(from 'Ogni Riferimento…' album, 2012 / Brooklyn Records)
04. Souleance - Schlack
(from 'Gourmandise' EP, 2012 / First Word)
05. The Black Seeds - Loose Cartilage
(from 'Dust and Dirt' album, 2012 / Easy Star)
06. Monophonics - There's A Riot Going On
(from 'There's A Riot Going On' limited 7 inch, 2012 / Ubiquity)
07. Hanni El Khatib - Dead Wrong
(from 'Will The Guns Come Out' album, 2011 / Innovative Leisure)
08. Hard Proof - Raw Raw
(from 'Hard Proof' album, 2010 / Hard Proof)
09. Wu-Tang and Jimi Hendrix - House Of Flying Daggers feat. Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, Ghostface and Method Man
(from 'Black Gold' album, 2011 / Black Gold)
10. Mancini and The Creepers - Don't You Remember
(from 'Mancini and The Creepers' album, 2012 / Jakarta)
11. Mexicans With Guns - Highway To Hell
(from 'IL Sampler 2012' compilation, 2012 / Innovative Leisure)
12. John Legend and The Roots - Compared To What
(from 'Wake Up!' album, 2010 / Columbia)
13. The Cheebacabra - Return From Exile
(from 'Pass The Information' album, 2012 / Mackrosoft)
14. Brownout - I Won't Lie
(from 'Oozy' album, 2012 / NatGeo Records)
Total time : 57:03

All the original record cover artworks are available on the Paris DJs blog

Credits :
Selected by Djouls and Loik (parisdjs.com)
Live mix by Loik (kraked.com)
Audio mastering by Grant Phabao (grantphabao.com)
Artwork layout by Djouls (djouls.com) with the help of Nicolas Tamisier (studio-lol.com)

Links :
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | facebook | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Direct download: Paris_DJs_Soundsystem-Bag_Of_Goodies_Vol_6.mp3
Category:Kraked DJs -- posted at: 2:15 PM

Sandra Nkake and Ji Dru - Inspirations - "A Travel Inside Nothing For Granted" Vol.1
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2011-04-04

It took us a year to conceive, write and produce Nothing For Granted, Sandra Nkake's new album, home-made songs that tell individual and collective fates that meet. A new album is an instant. It's a new fire to lighten up. We felt the urge to share the ideas, state of mind, direction and energy we express everyday to redefine our destiny. Here's some of the music we listened to between takes, in the car, on holidays, after the mix, in the street. A musical journey through what fed our fire. (Ji Dru and Sandra Nkake)

Listen to Sandra Nkake's new album Nothing For Granted on jazzvillagemusic.com.

Tracklisting :
01. Intro - (Martin Sheen's monologue from 'Badlands' motion picture by Terence Malick) / Fishbone - Chim Chim's Badass Revenge)
02. Cameo - C On The Funk (from 'We All Know Who We Are')
03. Nina Simone - Funkier Than A Mosquito's Twitter (from 'It's Finished')
04. The Dead Weather - I Cut Like A Buffalo (from 'Horehound')
05. Tom Waits - Underground (from 'Swordfistrombones')
06. Betty Davis - Anti Love Song (from 'Betty Davis')
07. Rose Royce - Put Your Money Where Your Moth Is (from 'Car Wash')
08. Leon Thomas - Shape Your Mind To Die (from 'Blues And The Soulful Truth')
09. Beck - Que Onda Guero ( from 'Guero')
10. Missy Elliott - Slide (from 'Under Construction')
11. Martin Sheen (from 'Badlands' motion picture by Terence Malick)
12. Me'Shell Ndegeocello - Crazy And Wild (from 'Weather')
13. Leonard Cohen - A Singer Must Die (from 'New Skin For The Old Ceremony')
14. Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi - The Rose With The Broken Neck feat. Jack White (from 'Rome')
15. Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady (from 'Young Gifted And Black')
16. Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues (from 'Summertime Blues')
17. The Fatback Band - Mister Bass Man (from 'Keep On Steppin')
18. The Specials - Ghost Town (from 'More Specials')
19. The Clash - The Guns Of Brixton (from 'London Calling')
20. Bang Bang, My Baby Shot Me Down - Nancy Sinatra (from 'How Does That Grab You?')
21. Louis Prima - The Lip (from 'Just a Gigolo')
22. Horace Andy - Darling Dear
23. Terry Callier - You Goin' Miss Your Candyman (from 'What Color is Love')
24. Oumou Sangare - Saa Magni (from 'Oumou')
25. Screaming Jay Hawkins - I Put a Spell On You (from 'At Home With Screaming Jay Hawkins')
26. The Roots - Sleep (from 'Undun')
27. Stevie Wonder - Look Around (from 'Where I'm Coming From')
28. Marlon Brando - (monologue from 'Apocalypse Now' motion picture)
29. Lyn Collins - Think (from 'James Brown's Funky People')
30. Abou Djouba - Jaarou (from 'Desert Blues - Ambiances Du Sahara')
Total time : 74:40

Credits :
Designed, selected and mixed by Sandra Nkake and Ji Dru
Photo by Benjamin Colombel (benjamincolombel.com)

Links :
Info on Sandra Nkake's new album "Nothing For Granted" on jazzvillagemusic.com
Sandra Nkake : official | blogspot | facebook | myspace | twitter | wikipedia | youtube
Ji Dru : facebook | myspace | twitter | youtube
Paris DJs : official | facebook | parisdjs | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Direct download: Sandra_Nkake_and_Ji_Dru-Inspirations_Mixtape.mp3
Category:Guests DJs -- posted at: 12:18 PM