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Paris DJs Soundsystem presents Some Of The Best Things In Life Are Free Vol.5
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2014-10-16

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


Paris DJs Soundsystem presents Some Of The Best Things In Life Are Free Vol.4
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2014-10-16

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign where we raised nearly 4000€ to press a new vinyl LP, it was kinda obvious to balance our karma and offer a new mix in our series of eclectic selections of free tunes found on the web. So, what's the best way to start a mix or a compilation? A Brownout tune, of course! We've found a rare Rock-Funk-Latin-Psych cover of The Beatles by our friends from the Paris-Austin Connection, this just perfect. What else? Well there's plenty more… starting with onljoe, a dub/reggae act from the UK we discovered thanks to the Ghostwriterz guest mix last november, and a dub from their latest (free) single by pioneering UK dub producer/selector Nick Manasseh. More dub vibes are next with melodica specialist Art-X from Tours, France, soon followed by an extract from the latest Grant Phabao free EP, featuring Jamaican deejay Reggie Stepper - marvelous and with great dynamics! We then head towards South America, with the addictive Brazilian hip hop/folk from Lucas Santtana, trippy psychedelic cumbia from Bareto in Lima, Peru, and a cool remix of Seu Jorge by Captain Planet… before going geographically nuts in a La Sono Mondiale manner, with some afrobeat recorded in one day in Cologne, Germany by Shareholder Tom, with Los Angeles-based rapper Malkovich voicing the famous 'Make It Fast Make It Slow' from late 70s Ghanean artist Rob, with mashups of Orgone with Jay-Z or Rjd2 with Common!! Pfffeeeww what a trip. Third and final part of the mix is more roots, with some organ funk from Soule Monde, American soul from Monophonics, UK folk jazz from Sara Mitra and, to close this selection on a light note, some loveable pop/folk from Nashville combo Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. Every one of those tunes is available separately on the web (check the links in the tracklisting), because some of the best things in life are free, right?

Tracklisting :
01. Brownout feat. Alex Marrero - Tomorrow Never Knows
(from 'All ATX Vol 2: British Invasion' compilation, 2014 / Waterloo)
[free download on kutx.org]
02. onlyjoe - Hold Me (Manasseh Dub)
(from 'Hold Me' digital single, 2014 / self-released)
[free download on onlyjoe.bandcamp.com]
03. Art-X - Melodica We Love
(from 'Style Ah Style' digital EP, 2014 / Brigante)
[free download on soundcloud.com/jeepman]
04. Grant Phabao & Reggie Stepper - I Came, I Saw, I Conquered
(from 'Reggae Specials Vol.6 - Jamaican Icons' digital EP, 2014 / Paris DJs)
[free download on parisdjs.bandcamp.com]
05. Lucas Santtana - Não Tenho Medo Não
(from 'Afrobrasilidades em 78 rpm' digital compilation, 2014 / Goma-Laca)
[free download on goma-laca.com]
06. Bareto - La Voz Del Sinchi
(from 'Untitled' upcoming album, 2015 / self-released)
[free download on bareto.net]
07. Seu Jorge - Mania de Peitão (Captain Planet Bootleg)
(from 'Mania de Peitão' free download, 2014 / self-released)
[free download on soundcloud.com/dj-captain-planet]
08. Shareholder Tom - African Beauty
(from 'One Day Songs (2014-2015)' album, 2015 / Büro.9 Music)
[free download on buero9.bandcamp.com]
09. Malkovich Music - Ambition
(from 'Pre-Boarding' album, 2014 / LABEL)
[free download on malkovichmusic.bandcamp.com]
10. Orgone - Nasty Hats vs. Jay Z - 99 Problems
[free download on soundcloud.com/templeofboon]
11. RJD2 - Ghostwriter vs. Common - The Light
[free download on soundcloud.com/templeofboon]
12. Soule Monde - Billy Martin
(from 'Soule Monde Free Download Sampler', 2014 / self-released)
[free download on soulemonde.com]
13. Monophonics - I'd Be Nowhere Today
(from 'I'd Be Nowhere Today' free download, 2014 / self-released)
[free download on monophonics.bandcamp.com]
14. Sara Mitra - The Secret Sorrow of a Travelling Man
(from 'Baltimore Oriole' digital EP, 2014 / Impossible Ark)
[free download on impossiblearkrecords.bandcamp.com]
15. Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors - I Love You I Do
(from 'Good Light' album, 2014 / Good Time)
[free download on noisetrade.com/drewholcomb]
Total time : 47mn 45s

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


Djouls - Sweet Little Paris DJs Boy
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2014-12-24

Christmas without a funky Paris DJs mix isn't the same. For this selection we've picked a few friends, of course: the eternal Shawn Lee, the unstoppable Laura Vane and the amazingly unique Super Hi-Fi, who all put out a groovy xmas album or single those last years. Then there's the annual Daptone Records holiday single, from Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings this year. We added two gems from The Blind Boys Of Alabama, one featuring the great Mavis Staples on guest vocals and the much-adored keybards king John Medeski on Hammond B3 organ, and another lifted from their recent xmas album with Taj Mahal. James Brown is here too. The man left us on a christmas day a few years back so we can't pass on having Papa James featured with a soulful xmas song. A surprising P-Funk soul/blues thang appears too, from Southern Soul artists Tyree Neal, Adrian Bagher and Pokey, under the Louisiana Soul Brothas guise, and we close the mix on a reggae tip… Happy holidays everyone!!

Tracklisting :
01. Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings - Just Another Christmas Song
(from 'Just Another Christmas Song' 7 inch, 2014 / Daptone)
02. The Blind Boys Of Alabama - Born In Bethlehem feat. Mavis Staples
(from 'Go Tell It On The Mountain' album, 2003 / Real World)
03. Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra - Little Town of Bethlehem
(from 'A Very Ping Pong Christmas' album, 2007 / Ubiquity)
04. James Brown - Believers Shall Enjoy (Non Believers Shall Suffer)
(from 'A Soulful Christmas' album, 1968 / King)
05. The BlueBeaters - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
(from 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus' free download, 2014 / Record Kicks)
(Record Kicks, 2014)
06. Laura Vane and The Vipertones - Christmas Day with Me
(from 'A Very Unique Christmas' compilation, 2014 / Unique)
07. Blind Boys Of Alabama and Taj Mahal - Merry Christmas!
(from 'Talkin' Christmas' album, 2014 / Sony)
08. The Louisiana Blues Brothas - Santa Was a Freak Like Me
(from 'Yes This Is What I Call Southern Soul Xmas' compilation, 2014 / Music Access Inc)
09. Eek-A-Mouse - Christmas A Come
(from 'Christmas A Come' 12 inch, 2014 / VP Records)
10. Super Hi-Fi - Auld Lang Syne
(from 'Yule Analog, Vol.1' album, 2014 / self-released)
Total time : 31mn34s

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

Credits :
Selected by Djouls
Mix and audio mastering by Grant Phabao

Links :
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter

Direct download: Djouls-Sweet_Little_Paris_DJs_Boy.mp3
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Paris DJs Soundsystem presents 1964 - Standards Versions and Revamps Vol.5
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2014-11-03

This idea of doing a loooong series of mixes covering half a century of music came to us more nearly two years ago. After so many 'Molesting Laura mixes and a blast of a dozen new mixes of covers at then end of 2012, we couldn't just stop there. Mixes of cover songs are cool by essence, since they're mostly made of familar tunes, but we thought of a twist: let's sort them out by year. Let's do a mix of cover songs for each year, starting in… ok let's say 1960. Now let's fast-forward to mid-november 2014 and we're already at the fifth volume in this Paris DJs series of selections of covers from the same year - this one from songs which happened in 1964.
As promised last week, we haven't forgotten to go dig into Jamaican releases this time, hence the appearance of Lee Perry, Prince Buster or Roland Alphonso backed by The Skatalites, and Carlos Malcolm with His Afro Jamaican Rhythms… tackling some classics into ska! You'll also get a heavy dose of soul with Alvin Robinson, Roosevelt Grier, Dusty Springfield, Quincy Jones, Shirley Ellis or Don Gardner (who's just made the news with a Tramp Records compilation!). Plus a bit of Serge Gainsbourg, who was borrowing from Nigerian percussion player Olatunji Babatunde at the time, with new lyrics… Of course this not the ultimate mix of cover songs from 1964, just a quick draw we made from the records in our vaults - which might explain the mostly soul & ska flavors in here!

Tracklisting :
01. Alvin Robinson - Fever
(from 'Fever' 7 inch, 1964 / Red Bird)
EDDIE COOLEY/JOHN DAVENPORT cover, more info on wikipedia
02. Roosevelt Grier - I (Who Have Nothing)
(from 'Soul City' album, 1964 / Recording Industries Corp.)
BEN E. KING cover, more info on wikipedia
03. Serge Gainsbourg - Joanna
(from 'Gainsbourg Percussions' album, 1964 / Philips)
BABATUNDE OLATUNJI cover, more info on wikipedia
04. Lee "Scratch" Perry - Mother In Law
(from 'Ska Authentic' compilation, 1964 / ND Records)
ERNIE K-DOE cover, more info on wikipedia
05. Dusty Springfield - You Don't Own Me (Original Mono Mix)
(from 'A Girl Called Dusty' album, 1964 / Philips)
JOHN MADARA/DAVID WHITE cover, more info on wikipedia
06. Roland Alphonso & The Skatalites - Christine Keeler
(from 'Christine Keeler' 7 inch, 1964 / C And N Records)
BEN TUCKER cover (Comin' Home Baby), more info on wikipedia
07. Quincy Jones & His Orchestra - Hard Day's Night
(from 'Golden Boy' album, 1964 / Mercury)
THE BEATLES cover, more info on wikipedia
08. Shirley Ellis - Bring It On Home To Me
(from 'Such A night' 7 inch, 1964 / Congress)
SAM COOKE cover, more info on wikipedia
09. The Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford Quintet - What'd I Say
(from 'In Sweden' album, 1964 / Sonet)
RAY CHARLES cover, more info on wikipedia
10. Prince Buster featuring The Skatalites) - Perhaps
(from 'Fly Flying Ska' compilation, 1964 / Soulsville Center)
OSVALDO FARRÉS/JOE DAVIS cover, more info on wikipedia
11. Carlos Malcolm And His Afro Jamaican Rhythms - Bonanza Ska
(from 'Bonanza Ska' 7 inch, 1964 / Up-Beat)
JAY LIVINGSTON/RAY EVANS cover, more info on wikipedia
Total time : 33mn 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


Paris DJs Soundsystem presents 1963 - Standards Versions and Revamps Vol.4
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2014-11-03

Fourth volume in our series of selections of covers from the same period, this mix focuses on the year 1963, gathering Jazz, Soul, Folk, Latin, French Chanson, and Rhythm and Blues interpretations of hits from the past of that time. Of course after 1960, 1961 and 1962, it's not a big big surprise to our listeners, and some cool versions of standards will give a feeling of a swim in charted waters: 'Hallelujah I Love Her So', 'Take Five', 'Comin Home Baby', 'Fever'… We tried our best to go diggin' further (without replaying tunes already aired on the Paris DJs podcast), and if this for sure is NOT a definitive statement of what a cover was then, this mix is at least a cool snapshot of some of that concept for the year 1963. The selection could have included one or two reggae/ska thingies though… we'll try not to forget the Jamaican island next time!

Tracklisting :
01. Terrell Prude Trio - Hallelujah I Love Her So
(from 'Princess' album, 1963 / Tangerine)
RAY CHARLES cover, more info on wikipedia
02. Pat Boone - All Shook Up
(from 'Pat Boone Sings Guess Who?' album, 1963 / Dot)
OTIS BLACKWELL/ELVIS PRESLEY cover, more info on wikipedia
03. Billie Poole with The Junior Mance Trio and Keny Burrell - Them Blues
(from 'Confessin The Blues' album, 1965 / Riverside)
OLLIE JONES cover, more info on wikipedia
04. Betty Everett - You're No Good
(from 'It's In Her Kiss' album, 1963 / Vee Jay)
CLINT BALLARD JR. cover, more info on wikipedia
05. Davy Graham - Don't Stop The Carnival
(from 'The Guitar Player' album, 1963 / Pye)
SONNY ROLLINS cover, more info on wikipedia
06. The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo (aka The Animals) - I Just Wanna Make Love to You
(from untitled private press EP, 1963 / Graphic Sound)
WILLIE DIXON cover, more info on wikipedia
07. Ike and Tina Turner - I Dig You
(from 'Dynamite' album, 1963 / Sue)
JOE SENACA/MAYNOR STEWARD cover, more info on wikipedia
08. Frank De Vol - Take Five
(from 'The New Sound of Frank De Vol's Rocking Big Band' album, 1963 / Columbia)
PAUL DESMOND cover, more info on wikipedia
09. Sylvie Vartan - Ne T'en Va Pas (Comin' Home Baby)
(from 'I'm Watching' EP, 1963 / RCA Victor)
BEN TUCKER cover, more info on wikipedia
10. Quincy Jones - Comin' Home Baby
(from 'Plays Hip Hits' album, 1963 / Mercury)
BEN TUCKER cover, more info on wikipedia
11. La Lupe - Fever
(from 'Fever' 7 inch, 1963 / Mercury)
EDDIE COOLEY/JOHN DAVENPORT cover, more info on wikipedia
12. Trini Lopez - Unchain My Heart
(from 'If I Had A Hammer' 7 inch, 1963 / Reprise)
BOBBY SHARP cover, more info on wikipedia
13. Solomon Burke - If You Need Me
(from ' If You Need Me' album, 1963 / Atlantic)
WILSON PICKETT cover, more info on wikipedia
Total time : 31mn 38s

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.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