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Paris DJs Soundsystem presents Some Of The Best Things In Life Are Free Vol.7
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2015-08-31

While we're trying to move heaven & earth for our 15 CDs crowdfunding campaign, we don't forget that sometimes some of the best things are life are totally free and need no 'help me fund my project' shout-outs all over. Hence this new volume of our ongoing series of mixes focusing on free download tracks we've been able to find on the web recently… starting with Paris-based MC RacecaR who's new album should drop early next year. The man is just the coolest - Dude-like category. We then head to Spain and reggae/ska band Pura Mandanga, remixed by new Chilean cumbia band Chico Trujillo, for a very very nice piece of international cumbia soul. After a short trip back to the early 70s thanks to a Numero Group funk/soul reissue from Chicago funk band Boscoe, we transport back to Europe, Manchester in the UK to be precise, and a deeply funky hip hop joint from The Mouse Outfit, featuring Bam from The Jungle Brothers! The trip then takes us to Denver, Colorado, via Paris, France, with a new tasty Grant Phabao reggae remix, of Afro/Funk band Atomga this time. Washington, D.C.'s The Funk Ark is next with P-Funk number with some Middle Easter flavor. Fantastic stuff to fly out to, and indeed we land in Australia afterwards, with superb salsa dura from Melbourne's Quarter Street! The voyage is far over. Next is French producer Ajax Tow, reworking a soul ballad written by Marvin Gaye and Anna Gordy Gaye, produced by Marvin and recorded and released by American Motown vocal group The Originals for the Soul label in 1969. And… we go back to Australia, with a beautiful vocal soul 45 from Zillanova, before taking the express route to Israel, for some global polyrhythmic dish from George & The Good Vibes. Teleportation soon becomes necessary, directly to Ottawa and the ever-amazing groove machine that is The Souljazz Orchestra, before landing in Ghent, with Belgium party brass band Brazzmatazz!!! We hope you enjoyed your travel and will be back aboard our earlines soon.

Tracklisting :
01. RacecaR x Blanka x Creestal - Brazil Paradise
(from 'May I' EP, 2015 / self-released / France)
[free download on blancreescar.bandcamp.com]
02. Pura Mandanga - Loca (Versión Chico Trujillo)
(from 'Entre La Tierra Y El Mar' album, 2015 / self-released / Spain)
[free download on puramandanga.bandcamp.com]
03. Boscoe - He Keeps You
(from 'Boscoe' album, 1973, reissued 2007 / Numero Group / USA)
[free download formerly available on soundcloud.com/numerogroup]
04. The Mouse Outfit & Bam (The Jungle Brothers) - What'd I Do
(from 'What'd I Do?' single, 2015 / self-released / UK)
[free download on themouseoutfit.bandcamp.com]
05. Atomga - Alaskan Pipeline (Grant Phabao Remix)
(from 'Black Belt' album, 2015 / self-released / USA)
[free download on parisdjs.com]
06. The Funk Ark - Fugue State pt 2
(from 'Man Is A Monster' album, 2015 / Ropeadope / USA)
[free download on kutx.org]
07. Quarter Street - Fantasia
(from 'Quarter Street' album, 2015 / HopeStreet Recordings)
[free download formerly on hopestreetrecordings.com]
08. The Originals - Baby I'm For Real (Ajax Tow Remix)
(originally released 1969 / Motown, free download remix, 2015 / Stereophonk)
[free download on soundcloud.com/ajaxtow]
09. Zillanova feat Cisco Tavares - Suicide
(from 'Stylin' 700 (Presented by Ennio Styles)' compilation, 2015 / Heart And Felt)
[free download on heardandfelt.com]
10. George & The Good Vibes - Ben Avigdor 20
(from 'George & The Good Vibes' album, 2015 / self-released)
[free download on soundcloud.com/tomergeorgecohen]
11. The Souljazz Orchestra - Bull's Eye
(from 'Resistance' album, 2015 / Strut)
[free download on soundcloud.com/strut]
12. Brazzmatazz - HUA!
(from 'HUA!'' EP, 2015 / self-released)
[free download on brazzmatazz.bandcamp.com]
Total time : 49mn 06s

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

Credits :
Selected by Djouls (Paris DJs) and Pierre Raingeard (Le Ptit Bazar Free & Legal)
Mixed and mastered by Grant Phabao (Paris DJs)
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 1971 - Standards, Versions and Revamps Vol.12
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2015-08-08

Summer heat ain't stoppin' us. With only a few days off here and there, your beloved Paris DJs keep on recording, producing, rehearsing, selecting, soundtracking and, of course, publishing some cool mixes! This one's about cover songs recorded or released during the year 1971. A choice of funk, soul, jazz, rock, reggae and gospel tunes hand-picked one by one, never played in a Paris DJs mix before, carefully mixed and expertly mastered for an optimized listening experience.

Tracklisting :
01. Bobby Franklin's Insanity - Hit It And Quit It
(recorded 1971, from 'Westbound Funk' compilation, 2003 / BGP)
FUNKADELIC cover, more info on wikipedia
02. Merry Clayton - Southern Man
(from 'Merry Clayton' album, 1971 / Ode)
NEIL YOUNG cover, more info on wikipedia
03. Phillip Upchurch - Inner City Blues
(recorded 1971, from 'Darkness, Darkness' album, 1972 / Blue Thumb)
MARVIN GAYE cover, more info on wikipedia
04. The Two Things In One - Dreams
(recorded 1971, from 'Together Forever: The Music City Sessions' compilation, 2011 / Omnivore)
ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND cover, more info on wikipedia
05. Orchester Werner Muller - Sex Machine
(from ' The Strip Goes On' album, 1971 / Decca)
JAMES BROWN cover, more info on wikipedia
06. The Elders - Sissy Strut
(from'Looking For The Answer' album, 1971 / Audio Fidelity)
THE METERS cover, more info on wikipedia
07. Hopeton Lewis - Funky Kingston
(from 'Grooving Out On Line' album, 1971 / Dynamic Sounds)
THE BEGINNING OF THE END cover, more info on wikipedia
08. Bobby Forrester - Uncle Funky
(from 'Organist' album, 1971 / Dobre)
HAROLD OUSLEY cover, more info on discogs 09. S.O.U.L. - Burning Spear (Single Edit)
(recorded 1971, from 'SuperFunk's Mission Impossible' compilation, 2011 / BGP)
RICHARD EVANS/THE SOULFUL STRINGS cover, more info on discogs
10. Paul Humphrey And The Cool-Aid Chemists - Them Changes
(from ' Paul Humphrey And The Cool-Aid Chemists ' album, 1971 / Lizard)
BUDDY MILES cover, more info on wikipedia
11. Idris Muhammad - Super Bad
(from 'Black Rhythm Revolution!' album, 1971 / Prestige)
JAMES BROWN cover, more info on wikipedia
12. Solomon Burke - Stand
(from 'Electronic Magnetism' album, 1971 / MGM)
SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE cover, more info on wikipedia
13. Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Ain't No Sunshine
(release 1971 on 45, from 'Blacknuss' album, 1972 / Atlantic)
BILL WITHERS cover, more info on wikipedia
14. The Los Angeles Gospel Choir - All Along the Watchtower
(from 'The Gospel According To Dylan' album, 1971 / A&M)
BOD DYLAN cover, more info on wikipedia
Total time : 48mn 22s

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 1970 - Standards, Versions and Revamps Vol.11
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2015-07

After the series of 10 mixes from the 60's, here we go again with… no surprise: the 70s! The chronological order is respected, with, first things first, a selection of cover songs recorded or released during the year 1970, mainly on a SOUL tip. Paris DJs keeps on diggin'!!

Tracklisting :
01. Della Reese - Games People Play
(from 'Black Is Beautiful' album, 1970 / AVCO Embassy )
JOE SOUTH cover, more info on wikipedia
02. Merry Clayton - Bridge Over Troubled Water
(from 'Gimme Shelter' album, 1970 / Ode)
SIMON & GARFUNKEL cover, more info on wikipedia
03. Clarence Carter - Patches
(from 'Patches' album, 1970 / Atlantic)
CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD cover, more info on wikipedia
04. Etta James - The Sound Of Love
(from 'Etta James Sings Funk' album, 1970 / Cadet)
THE BEE GEES cover, more info on wikipedia
05. Toshiaki Yokota & The Beat Generation - What'd I Say
(from 'Elevation' album, 1970 / Toshiba)
RAY CHARLES cover, more info on wikipedia
06. Billy Preston - I've Got A Feeling
(from 'Encouraging Words' album, 1970 / Apple)
THE BEATLES cover, more info on wikipedia
07. Thelma Houston - Ride Louis Ride (Change in Louise)
(from 'Good Earth' 7 inch, 1970 / Dunhill)
JOE COCKER cover, more info on discogs
08. Shirley Scott - I Want You Back
(from 'Something' album, 1970 / Atlantic)
THE JACKSON 5 cover, more info on wikipedia
09. Richard "Groove" Holmes And Ernie Watts - Can't Take My Eyes Off You
(from 'Come Together' album, 1970 / )
FRANKIE VALLI cover, more info on wikipedia
10. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Everybody's Talking
(from 'Natural Resources' album, 1970 / Gordy)
FRED NEIL cover, more info on wikipedia
11. Certain Lions & Tigers - These Boots Are Made For Walking
(from 'Soul Condor' album, 1970 / Polydor)
NANCY SINATRA cover, more info on wikipedia
Total time : 44mn 03s

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


Mr Moo - Abstractions In Space
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2015-07-01

What really happened after the 90's? Past the electronic revolution, once all the freaks fled the overpriced cities, between the last gasp of experience and the last band standing in the minefield of our time, a bit before we found ourselves digitally brainwashed, there was a stream gathering, a loose joint venture of alternate currents, not really a scene or to twist Jim's words: "Weirds scenes inside the gold mind". A spirit or an electrical impulsion we're all connected (or disconnected to), a place where we all belong... Look no further, space is the place. It was the present, you can have it now.

Tracklisting :
01. Shawn Lee and Clutchy Hopkins - 70 MPH Isn't Enough To Get Out Of Nebraska
(from 'Fascinating Fingers' album, 2009 / Ubiquity)
02. B.E.I.G.E. - Explosions = AE In B.E.I.G.E. (Nothing Has Changed)
(from 'Difficult Easy Listening' compilation, 2004 / Nonplace)
03. The Heliocentrics - Distant Star
(from 'Out There' album, 2007 / Now Again)
04. The Heliocentrics - Flight 583
(from 'Out There' album, 2007 / Now Again)
05. Money Mark - Monkey Dot
(from 'Push The Button' album, 1998 / Mo' Wax)
06. The Natural Yogurt Band - Space Echo
(from 'Away With Melancholy' album, 2008 / Jazzman)
07. Karl Hector and The Malcouns - Psycles
(from 'Sahara Swing' album, 2008 / Now Again)
08. Burnt Friedman and The Nu-Dub Players - Get Things Strait Dub
(from 'Can't Cool' album, 2003 / Nonplace)
09. Treva Whateva - Breakfast of Champions (skit)
(from 'Music's Made Of Memories' album, 2005 / Ninja Tune)
10. Shank - Shan-K
(from 'Do' album, 2009 / Nonplace)
11. Karl Hector and The Malcouns - Transition >Z<
(from 'Sahara Swing' album, 2008 / Now Again)
12. Pivot - Kirsten Dunst
(from 'Make Me Love You' album, 2005 / Sensory Projects)
13. Super Numeri - Beaks
(from 'Great Aviaries' album, 2003 / Ninja Tune)
14. Loka - Meet Dad
(from 'Fire Shepherds' album, 2006 / Ninja Tune)
15. The Natural Yogurt Band - Clocks
(from 'Tuck In With...' album, 2010 / Jazzman)
16. The Heliocentrics - Return Journey
(from 'Out There' album, 2007 / Now Again)
17. Benevento/Russo Duo - Becky
(from 'Best Reason To Buy The Sun' album, 2005 / Ropeadope)
18. Homelife - Trapdoor
(from 'Exotic Interlude' album, 2009 / Humble Soul)
19. The Heliocentrics - Outro
(from 'Out There' album, 2007 / Now Again)
Total time : 59mn 54s

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

Credits :
Selected and mixed by Mr. Moo
Mastered by Grant Phabao
Artwork by Ben Hito

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

Direct download: Mr_Moo-Abstractions_In_Space.mp3
Category:T.I.M.E.C. DJs -- posted at: 12:49 PM

Paris DJs Soundsystem presents 1969 - Standards, Versions and Revamps Vol.10
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2015-05

This tenth mix in the Standards, Versions and Revamps' series closes the first chapter - the 1960s - with a selections of covers recorded or first released in 1969. Ranging from Jamaican reinterpretations of recent hits to soul takes on rock hits, those 40 minutes of (mostly) HEAVY SOUL should be fascinating to tryout as a party starter!

Tracklisting :
01. Lloyd Williams - Because I Am Black
(from 'Because I'm Black' 7 inch, 1969 / Supreme)
SYL JOHNSON cover, more info on wikipedia
02. Marcia Griffiths - Don't Let Me Down
(from 'Don't Let Me Down' 7 inch, 1969 / Escort)
THE BEATLES cover, more info on wikipedia
03. The Phoenix Authority - Come Together
(from 'Blood, Sweat and Brass' album, 1969 / Mainstream)
THE BEATLES cover, more info on wikipedia
04. Dusty Springfield - Am I The Same Girl
(from 'Am I The Same Girl' 7 inch, 1969 / Philips)
BARBARA ACKLIN cover, more info on wikipedia
05. Billy Preston - Hey Brother
(from 'That's The Way God Planned It'
JIMI HENDRIX cover, more info on wikipedia
06. Brother Lloyd's All Stars - The Tramp
(from 'Rock Steady Hits Of 69' compilation, 1969 / Fontana)
LOWELL FULSON cover, more info on wikipedia
07. Bobby Womack - I Left My Heart In San Francisco
(from 'My Prescription' album, 1969 / Minit)
TONY BENNETT cover, more info on wikipedia
08. Harvey Averne Band - Stand
(from 'Brotherhood' album, 1969 / Fania)
SLY and THE FAMILY STONE cover, more info on wikipedia
09. The Soulful Strings - Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
(from 'String Fever' album, 1969 / Cadet)
TRADITIONAL NEGRO SPIRITUAL, more info on wikipedia
10. Solomon Burke - The Mighty Quinn
(recorded 1969, from 'Proud Mary: The Bell Sessions' compilation, 2000 / Sundazed)
BOB DYLAN cover, more info on wikipedia
11. The Dells - Dock Of The Bay
(from 'Love Is Blue' album, 1969 / Cadet)
OTIS REDDING cover, more info on wikipedia
12. The Zack Laurence Orchestra - Stiletto
(from 'Alive An' Kickin' album, 1969 / DJM Records)
SID RAMIN cover, more info on wikipedia
13. Joe Cocker - Feelin' Alright
(from 'With a Little Help from My Friends' album, 1969 / Regal Zonophone)
TRAFFIC cover, more info on wikipedia
Total time : 39mn 12s

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 1968 - Standards, Versions and Revamps Vol.9
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2015-05

Rather than trying to find some covers released in 1968 which would reflect the events from that year, such as the assassination of Martin Luther King, the Soviet Union invasion of Czechoslovakia, anti-Vietnam war protests throughout the western world, The Beatles' 'White Album' or the Mexico Olympics Black Power salute, we've stayed on the low on the political energy here, and instead focused on that warming Paris DJs classy and groovy sound you've been expecting from your number one French label. From Soul to Reggae, Exotica, more Soul, Blues, Jazz, Latin and even more Soul, there's no way you'll feel like a fish out of the water here!

Tracklisting :
01. Betty Wright - Girls Can't Do What Guys Do
(from 'My First Time Around' album, 1968 / ATCO)
WILLIE CLARKE/CLARENCE REID cover, released a month before Judy White's version, more info on wikipedia
02. The Creations - Holding Out
(from 'Holding Out' 7 inch, 1968 / Amalgamated)
ERNIE JOHNSON cover, released in 1967 by New Orleans artist Robert Parker, more info on funky16corners
03. Sandy Nelson - Soulful Strut
(from 'The Rebirth Of The Beat' album, 1968 / Imperial)
Eugene Record/Sonny Sanders cover, made popular by YOUNG-HOLT UNLIMITED, more info on wikipedia
04. Solomon Burke - Get Out Of My Life Woman
(from 'I Wish I Knew' album, 1968 / Atlantic)
ALLEN TOUSSAINT cover, more info on wikipedia
05. Andre Williams & The Quality Controls - I Heard It Through The Grapevine (pt.1)
(from 'Grapevine' 7 inch, 1968 / Sure-Shot)
Norman Whitfield/Barrett Strong cover, made famous by MARVIN GAYE and a few others, more info on wikipedia
06. Byrdie Green - Return Of The Prodigal Son
(from 'Sister Byrdie!' album, 1968 / Fantasy)
HAROLD OUSLEY cover, made famous in 1967 by George Benson, Freddie Hubbard or Stanley Turrentine, more info on wikipedia
07. Erma Franklin - Light My Fire
(from 'Soul Sister' album, 1968 / Brunswick)
THE DOORS cover, more info on wikipedia
08. Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Soul Limbo
(from 'Soul Limbo' 7 inch, 1968 / Trojan)
BOOKER T. & THE MGs cover, more info on wikipedia
09. Lou Rawls - The Letter
Wayne Carson Thompson cover, made famous by THE BOX TOPS, more info on wikipedia
10. Leslie Uggams - River Deep, Mountain High
(from 'What's An Uggams?' album, 1968 / Atlantic)
Phil Spector/Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich cover, made famous by IKE & TINA TURNER, more info on wikipedia
11. Aretha Franklin - I Take What I Want
(from 'Aretha Now' album, 1968 / Atlantic)
SAM & DAVE cover, more info on wikipedia
12. The Gilberto Sextet - Good Lovin'
(from 'The Groovy Sounds Of The Gilberto Sextet' album, 1968 / Cotique)
Rudy Clark/Arthur Resnick cover, made famous by THE YOUNG RASCALS, more info on wikipedia
13. Woody Herman - Hush
(from 'Hush' 7 inch, 1968 / Cadet)
Joe South cover, made famous by BILLY JOE ROYAL, more info on wikipedia
Total time : 35mn 27s

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 Some Of The Best Things In Life Are Free Vol.6
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2015-05-16

The 'Free Music' biz is vast and mostly uncharted. While every kind of shitty media only spotlights music that is sold, distributed, promoted, subsidized, etc., meaning: music from people who might buy advertising, at Paris DJs we often take the opposite route. If some music doesn't need to be sold, sometimes it's because it can't be sold, sometimes it's because it's just too good to be sold and shared with the whole world! But I digress. In 1984 The Grateful Dead revolutionized the music biz with their approach to free music. In the 1990s if you thought nothing happened, you just missed all the free music that followed 1984, from a whole generation of bands. If you don't get what I'm talking about here that's just because you haven't been reading/following properly what's been published in this website... Anyway. Free music is quite something and every two months roughly, I go, hunt, dig and pick some of the finest free music that's out there, and build a short story with it. I called it 'Some Of The Best Things In Life Are Free', which is quite self-explanatory. Isn't it?

My first pick is the single extracted from Dokkerman and The Turkeying Fellaz's new album out on Tramp Records this month. Gritty deep funk from Budapest, Hungary, this is heavy shit from a badass nine piece band! I've stayed on the same spirit with Breakdown Brass, a masterful brass band from Brooklyn, NY, who've just released an essential Afro-funky 7 inch on Kept Records, which they also share for free in digital form on their bandcamp page. You're gonna love those cats...

Coming next are some friends/collaborators of Paris DJs, the Ancient Astronauts duo of Kabanjak and Dogu, two dope downbeat/hip hop/reggae producers from Cologne, Germany. They have a dub tune in the latest 'Bust Free' compilation from Cold Busted that I couldn't do without here.
Doctor Stereo from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is not that much of a collaborator of this little Paris DJs label, but he's been appearing in those pages quite repeatedly anyway. The man's got a knack for digging into the groovy obscure and he's often very on point.

Now let's get back to Europe with a hip hop producer from Bristol, UK, Frenic, who's released an elegant cinematic/downtempo/instrumental hip hop album for free on Bandcamp. Picking a tune out of it wasn't an easy treat since the album has really been conceived as a whole story but I did my best.

Italian Crime Funk masters Calibro 35 shouldn't be unknown to Paris DJs' readers and listeners. We invited them for a mix of Italian soundtracks, did an interview with them and featured the band quite prominently in these pages. To celebrate their current Euro tour, they've released a free mashup version of The Beastie Boys' 'Sabotage' hit. Psych rock meets hip hop at its finest, it's just huge, don't pass on this one!

We then head back over the Altantic with DJ/turntablist, musician and beat maker from Palm Springs, California, DJ Day, and his latest edit, a disco/hip hop classic tune from 1982 for all the party b-boys out there. But the party doesn't stop here, and I'm glad to be able to featured some DJs from Paris, SLKT et Jodeli, better known as the Around The World duo. Their rework of 1970s Nigerian singer Mad Man Jaga builds a bridge between modern electronics and old school afrobeat. A heavy dancefloor tune for sure.

Also from Paris, French producer with roots in Chile Orlando Diaz Corvalan, better known as Medline, is present with an hybridation of latin and Kenyan music. Pure roots for the soul announcing the debut album of The West Bridge Band-Kibera Esbera on Electric Cowbell Records for Record Store Day 2015 - which I need to check asap!

A Paris DJs mix or compilation is always better with a track produced by Adrian Quesada in Austin, Texas, and this one isn't an exception. The 'Brownout presents Brown Sabbath' album released last year on Ubiquity is such a marvel of latin psych funk rock that I'm very enthousiastic about finding another free extract from this LP. You're gonna trip yourself out on this one that recalls the famous 'Maggot Brain' from Funkadelic. You should get that album if you haven't already...

Brooklyn, NY based producer, DJ and Musician Gramatik is one of the rising stars of the electro-soul hip hop scene. He puts out frenetically some free albums and EPS that generate millions of downloads and consequentely fills a crazy booking schedule. His latest release is a cool downtempo hip hop/soul crossover, the kind you play on repeat while waiting for a long-player in the same vein, featuring Raekwon of the iconic hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan and soul singer Orlando Napier.

Closing this selection is a track from 2013 by a band from Iceland I had never heard about before: Kaleo. Their blend of indie rock and blues is catchy and groovy, as opposed to other Icelandic bands, rather more focused on chilled electronics or ambient pop... I'd love to be able to check the album but I don't think it's been released outside of their homeland. Thankfully their appearance at the 2015 Bonnaroo festival might be a game-changer!

...And that's it for this mix, I'll be back in a month or so with my collegue Grant Phabao on the decks for a new volume of mixed music that you may download for free as a whole or separately, track by track (check the individual links in the tracklist below).

Tracklisting :
01. Dokkerman and Turkeying Fellaz - Snake Bite
(from 'Mango Season' 7 inch, 2015 / Tramp Records)
[free download on tramprecords.bandcamp.com]
02. Breakdown Brass - Monmouth
(from 'Monmouth' 7 inch, 2015 / Kept Records)
[free download on breakdownbrass.bandcamp.com]
03. Ancient Astronauts - Halfway Through
(from 'Bust Free 18' digital compilation, 2015 / Cold Busted)
[free download on shop.coldbusted.org]
04. Joe Tex - Give The Baby Anything The Baby Wants (Doctor Stereo Joe-Hop version)
(unreleased remix, 2015)
[free download on soundcloud.com/doctorstereo]
05. Frenic - Cut up Music
(from 'Monomyth: Separation' album, 2015 / self-released)
[free download on frenic.bandcamp.com]
06. Calibro 35 - Sabotaggio
(unreleased mashup, 2015 / Record Kicks)
[free download on soundcloud.com/recordkicks]
07. Super 3 - When You're Standing On The Top (DJ Day Edit)
(unreleased remix, 2015)
[free download on soundcloud.com/iamdjday]
08. Mad Man Jaga - Hankuri (ATW Rework)
(unreleased remix, 2015)
[free download on soundcloud.com/atw0rld]
09. West Bridge Band and Aillacara 2743 - Papa (Home Made Master)
(unreleased, 2015 / Electric Cowbell)
[free download on soundcloud.com/dimsum66]
10. Brown Sabbath - Planet Caravan
(from 'Brown Sabbath' album, 2014 / Ubiquity)
[free download on noisetrade.com/bonnaroonoisetradesampler]
11. Gramatik - Native Son feat. Raekwon and Orlando Napier
(from 'Epigram' upcoming EP, 2015 / Lowtemp)
[free download on soundcloud.com/gramatik]
12. Kaleo - Broken Bones
(from 'Kaleo' album, 2013 / Sena)
[free download on noisetrade.com/bonnaroonoisetradesampler]
Total time : 47mn 04s

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 Some Of The Best Things In Life Are Free Vol.5
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2015-03-06

Some people just stream. Some take a subscription to a streaming service and they feel they have all the music they need at their disposal, anytime. One thing's for sure, they're passing on the cool free music downloads we're hunting for this series of selections. Those are often special tracks, mashups, remixes aiming towards DJs or to showcase some music skills; to which we try to add a vast batch of fresh new singles just coming out of the oven, and tracks picked for some cool festivals' mixtapes. The "free" music model is an ever-expanding business so this series of mixes is for the moment an ongoing, unlimited one, and, as usual, every one of the tunes played here is available separately on the web (check the links in the tracklisting), so we're proud to be able to say once more that some of the best things in life are free!

We open with a bootie from producer Sam Redmore (who's just liberated all his mashups on Bandcamp!), blending a classic hip hop tune from NYC duo Dead Prez with a roots reggae production from Israeli hip hop stars Subliminal & Chulu. A mashup by Birmingham DJ Sam Redmore, who's just put out a slew of free remixes on his bandcamp page. We checked all those and picked another bootleg that'll appear later on in this mix, with the a capella of a neo-standard from Missy Elliott over a cumbia groove by NYC producers/DJs Greenwood Rhythm Coalition (check their 2011 Paris DJs guest mix)…

Things then get trippy on a jazz tip, with Los Angeles band Buyepongo doing an interpretation and homage to Mulatu Astake, before going into deep hip hop beats from Belgian producer Poldoore, reworking Bill Withers' classic 'Ain't No Sunshine', and a reverse action turn, with rhymes from San Diego rapper Real J. Wallace over a Lee Fields & The Expressions instrumental.

A cut 'n'roll and starts the 3rd single from The Suffers, a ten-piece band from Houston, TX who are redefining the sound of Gulf Coast Soul, intertwining elements of classic American soul with pop and latin percussion. A cumbia/hip hop Sam Redmore mashup later and begins a new… Monophonics deep soul tune! The San Francisco psychedelic funk band is on fire on the web these days, with free singles on Bandcamp, live tunes on soundcloud and more… They have a new album coming out soon and it's cool to see them keeping on sharing and caring that much. Love this band.

Picking a tune from the just released 'Adventure To Pepperland Through Rhyme & Space' blending 90s NYC hip hop with Beatles samples wasn't easy. The Edan one is heavy shit and quite respectful of the psychedelic hip hop master previous works. Things get even heavier right after, with some Afro-Balkanese funk from Brooklyn's Breakdown Brass band, recorded at Dunham Studios by Thomas Brenneck! Damn cool and a free download just like all the other tunes in this mix!!

Let's keep on getting nuts, with a mad disco rap from Gift of Gab and Raashan Ahmad, extracted from the just released Motown versus Quannum remix project 'MoQuannum: Soul To Sole'; with a funk rock cover of Babe Ruth's 'The Mexican' by the GZA (Wu-Tang Clan) and Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine); with a new latin dancefloor rework by Boston-based duo Whiskey Barons

Tim Love Lee and Shawn Lee follow, with cinematic funk taken from their 'New York Trouble' project based on KPM 1970s LPs. We then take a stroll to one of our favorite Afro blogs, Orogod, with a 45 from Sierra Leone musician/singer/songwriter Bunny Mack, and his classic 1979 disco hit 'Let Me Love You'. This one's never gets old.

Finally, we close this show with some Canadian funk and a tune extracted from the gritty, live-recorded 'Dirt On The Floor EP' from The Soul Motivators in Toronto, Ontario. And we'll be back with a new eclectic selection of free tunes in a month or two, of course!

Tracklisting :
01. Dead Prez vs Chulu & Subliminal - Hip Hop (Sam Redmore Mashup)
(from 'All Tracks' compilation, 2015 / self-released)
[free download on samredmore.bandcamp.com]
02. Buyepongo - Mulatu Para Ti
(from 'Maestros' 7 inch, 2015 / Soul Fiesta)
[free download on soundcloud.com/buyepongo]
03. Poldoore - Ain't No Sunshine
(from 'Ain't No Sunshine' digital single, 2015 / self-released)
[free download on poldoore.bandcamp.com]
04. Real J Wallace vs. Lee Fields & The Expressions - King Jaffe
(from 'Martin Fields' EP, 2015 / self-released)
[free download on realjwallace.bandcamp.com]
05. The Suffers - Make Some Room
(from 'Make Some Room' EP, 2015 / self-released)
[free download on noisetrade.com]
06. Missy Elliott vs Greenwood Rhythm Coalition - Work It En Cumbia (Sam Redmore Mashup)
(from 'All Tracks' compilation, 2015 / self-released)
[free download on samredmore.bandcamp.com]
07. Monophonics - My Heart Cries feat. Tiffany Austin
(from 'My Heart Cries' digital single, 2015 / self-released)
[free download on monophonics.bandcamp.com]
08. Edan vs The Beatles - Hello Hello
(from 'An Adventure To Pepperland Through Rhyme & Space' mixtape, 2015 / self-released)
[free download link on parisdjs.com]
09. Breakdown Brass - The Horseman
(from 'The Horseman' digital single, 2015 / self-released)
[free download on breakdownbrass.bandcamp.com]
10. Gift Of Gab vs Jackson 5 - Fortitude Dancing Machine feat. Raashan Ahmad (Guillermo Chiapa Mashup)
(from 'MoQuannum: Soul To Sole' compilation, 2015 / The Goodwill Projects)
[free download on thegoodwillprojects.bandcamp.com]
11. The GZA - The Mexican feat. Tom Morello
(from 'The Mexican' digital single, 2015 / self-released)
[free download on soundcloud.com/therealgza]
12. Los Kenton - Triunfare (bogart's Whiskey Barons rework)
(from 'Triunfare' digital single, 2015 / self-released)
[free download on soundcloud.com/whiskeybarons]
13. Tim Love Lee/Shawn Lee - High Five Shake Down
(from 'Best Of 2014' compilation, 2015 / Tummy Touch)
[free download on tummytouchrecords.bandcamp.com]
14. Bunny Mack - Let Me Love You
(from 'Let Me Love You' 12 inch, 1979 / Rokel)
[free download on orogod.blogspot.fr]
15. The Soul Motivators - Aftermath
(from 'Aftermath' digital single, 2015 / self-released)
[free download on soulmotivators.bandcamp.com]
Total time : 59mn 32s

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 1967 - Standards, Versions and Revamps Vol.8
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2015-02-10

1967 was the year of the summer of love and of The Beatles' masterpiece 'Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band' (and of course many other great records). With acid, musicians experienced what it took Tibetan monks 20 years to obtain, opening the doors of perception in 20 minutes. On the covers front, though, things just slowly started to venture into psychedelic waters, as you'll hear in this selection.

Opener is another surprising version of the 'Fever' classic. There's so many it's always very cool to stumble upon a very original one. Larry Williams & Johnny Watson's bluesy jazz guitar take with big band horns arrangements counts as one of those. Allen Toussaint's 'Get out Of My Life Woman' had been heavily covered too. Here's a Mike Bloomfield-ish version by US band The New Apocalypse, with nice horns, loud drums, clean bass, pulsating organ, breaks and a cool "funk-rock" appeal. We then go into the huge Bobby Hebb 'Sunny', and a previously unissued version from The Temptations' singer Dennis edwards, released last year through Ace Records.

Now let's talk a bit about The Sweet Inspirations, covering here the Wilson Pickett tune 'Don't Fight It'. The gospel-soul band sang backup for Solomon Burke, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Esther Phillips and a few others. Their 1967 album is the shit, great tune after great tune, don't hesitate to go diggin' for this one. You can also grab 'The Complete Atlantic Singles Plus' compilation released last year on double CD for a more global overview… The 'Get Out Of My Way' by Joe Torres which follows isn't a cover, but its infectious Latin machismo is one we couldn't pass on.

Our love of Jamaica got us to pick the rocksteady gem 'Perfidia' by Phyllis Dillon, produced by Duke Reid at Treasure Isle, a perfect breather in the middle of this mix, before getting seriously funky once again with heavy soul from Etta James, covering Sonny & Cher's classic 'I Got You Babe', with the groovy combo from Cincinnati Dee Felice Trio, and their soulful pop rendition of The Lovin Spoonful's 'Summer In The City', or with a calypso take on the Jimmy Castor Bunch's 'Hey Leroy'!

A 1967 King Curtis original, 'Memphis soul Stew', is presented here in a totally different version, recorded live a few years later with a stellar crew of musicians. Because we like tweaking with our own concepts a bit… and felt the irresistible live version is superior than the original, despite what The Guardian says (see here). Not many people read the texts that go along with mp3s anyway, so whatever.

Getting back on the 1967 cover songs track, we've found a furious 'Uptight' (Stevie Wonder) by Jackie Wilson & Count Basie, and a tight and funky instrumental version of 'Unchain My Heart' by flutist Herbie Mann, to close this latest chapter in our big books of covers. See you soon for 1968?

Tracklisting :
01. Larry Williams and Johnny Watson - Fever
(from 'Two For The Price Of One' album, 1967 / Okeh)
EDDIE COOLEY/JOHN DAVENPORT cover, more info on wikipedia
02. The New Apocalypse - Get Outta' My Life Woman
(from' Stainless Soul' album, 1967 / MTA)
ALLEN TOUSSAINT cover, more info on wikipedia
03. Dennis Edwards - Sunny
(recorded 1967, from 'The Contours - Just a Little Misunderstanding Rare and Unissued Motown 1965-68' compilation, 2014)
BOBBY HEBB cover, more info on wikipedia
04. Sweet Inspirations - Don't Fight It
(from 'The Sweet inspirations' album, 1967 / Atlantic)
STEVE CROPPER/WILSON PICKET Pickett cover, more info on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_Pickett
05. Joe Torres - Get Out Of My Way
(from 'Latino Con Soul' album, 1967 / World Pacific)
JOE TORRES/RIC DESILVA original, more info on allmusic
06. Phyllis Dillon - Perfidia
(from 'Perfidia' 7 inch, 1967 / Treasure Isle)
ALBERTO DOMÍNGUEZ/MILTON LEEDS cover, more info on wikipedia
07. Etta James - I Got You Babe
(from 'Call My Name' album, 1967 / Cadet)
SONNY and CHER cover, more info on wikipedia
08. Dee Felice Trio - Summer In The City
(from 'In Heat' album, 1967 / Bethlehem)
THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL cover, more info on wikipedia
09. Honeyboy Martin - Hey Leroy
(from 'Hey Leroy' 7 inch, Treasure Isle, 1967; taken from 'Slates, Plates and Acetates' compilation, 2013)
JIMMY CASTOR cover, more info on wikipedia
10. King Curtis - Memphis Soul Stew
(originally released in 1967, taken from 'Live At Fillmore West' album, 1971 / Atlantic)
KING CURTIS original, more info on wikipedia
11. Jackie Wilson And Count Basie - Uptight (Everything's Alright)
(from 'For Your Precious Love' 7 inch, 1967 / Brunswick)
STEVIE WONDER cover, more info on wikipedia
12. Herbie Mann - Unchain My Heart
(from 'Glory Of Love' album, 1967 / CTI)
BOBBY SHARP cover, more info on wikipedia
Total time : 40mn 02s

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 1965 - Standards, Versions and Revamps Vol.6
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2015-01-25

The year this time is 1965, we're right in the middle of the 1960s. Frank Herbert puts out the first volume of his 'Dune' masterpiece, the Mary Quant-designed Mini Skirt appears in London and will be the fashion statement of the decade, Beatles & Stones are so big, while The Grateful Dead with lead guitarist Jerry Garcia play their first concert, in San Francisco. On the covers front, we've picked a selection of a dozen tracks released or recorded during the year 1965 and you can expect jazz, beat, R&B, latin jazz, surf rock, blues and soul grooviness all along. We're only reaching the first 10% of this huge project (which consists in doing yearly mixes of covers songs, starting in 1960 and ending today), so stay connected for 1966 is coming soon!

Tracklisting :
01. Gary McFarland - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
(from 'The In Sound' album, 1966 / Verve, recorded august 1965)
THE ROLLING STONES cover, more info on wikipedia
02. Wild Bill Davis - Hit The Road Jack
(from 'Free, Frantic And Funky' album, 1965 / RCA)
PERCY MAYFIELD cover, more info on wikipedia
03. The Graham Bond Organisation - Wade In The Water
(from 'The Sound Of 65' album, 1965 / Columbia)
Traditional made famous by THE RAMSEY LEWIS TRIO, more info on wikipedia
04. The Spencer Davis Group - Keep On Running
(from 'Keep On Running' 7 inch, 1965 / Fontana)
JACKIE EDWARDS cover, more info on wikipedia
05. Ann Mason featuring Little Mac & The Boss Sounds - You Can't Love Me (In The Midnight Hour)
(from 'In The Midnight Hour' 7 inch, 1955 / Atlantic)
WILSON PICKETT/STEVE CROPPER cover, more info on wikipedia
06. The Animals - The Story of Bo Diddley
(from 'Animal Tracks' album, 1965 / MGM)
ERIC BURDON's humorous history of rock'n'roll from its humble beginnings up to mid-1964
07. Willie Mitchell - Twine Time
(from 'It's Dance-Time' album, 1965 / Hi Records)
ANDRE WILLIAMS/VERLIE RICE cover, more info on wikipedia
08. Herbie Mann - Jungle Fantasy
(from 'Latin Mann (Afro To Bossa To Blues)' album, 1965 / Columbia)
ESY MORALES cover, more info on wikipedia
09. Takeshi Terauchi & His Blue Jeans - Pipeline
(from 'Beat! Beat! Beat! Vol.2' album, 1965 / King)
THE CHANTAYS cover, more info on wikipedia
10. Mitty Collier - My Babe
(from 'Shades Of A Genius' album, 1965 / Chess)
WILLIE DIXON cover, more info on wikipedia
11. J. J. Johnson - No Particular Place To Go
(from 'Goodies' album, 1966 / RCA - recorded 1965)
CHUCK BERRY cover, more info on wikipedia
12. James Brown - Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf ?
(from 'Grits & Soul' album, 1965 / Smash)
JIMMY SMITH cover, more info on wikipedia
Total time : 35mn 12s

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