Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Gil Scott Heron - B Movie (James DB's Make It Funky Edit)

For those who don't know, Gil Scott Heron, who died in May this year, was a American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author. He was most famous in the 70's and 80's when his heavily political and controversial poems/lyrics caught the mood of the time. Often referred to as the "godfather of hip hop" he was also outspoken against the lack of originality and ability articulate themselves.

In Feb 2010 he released his last album "I'm New Here" which was then remixed by man of the moment Jamie XX a year later and released as "We're New Here", helping bring him to the attention of a new generation of music lovers.

B Movie is a soulful groove featuring his spoken world and soulful singing voice. I've stripped back a lot of the vocal (which could well be considered sacrilege) and focused on the groove. Enjoy...

Gil Scott Heron - B Movie (James DB's Make It Funky Edit) by James DB

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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

James DB's top 10 tunes of 2011

My turn to give you my top 10 tunes for 2011. To help me with this difficult task I have turned to itunes and sorted songs by play count and let history do the talking. So rather than a list of tunes that were released this year, this selection is of the songs I've listened to most this year.

Frank Ocean - Songs for women

Grieves - On the rocks

Cee Lo Green - Bright Lights Bigger City

Talib Kweli - Good to you

Pusha T ft. Tyler, The Creator - Trouble On My Mind

The Weeknd - House Of Balloons / Glass Table Girls

The Jungle Brothers - 40 Below Trooper

GhostPoet - Survive It (dBridge Limbo Remix)

Theophilus London- Why Even Try (RAC Remix)

Coke Escovedo - I Wouldn't Change A Thing

Friday, 23 December 2011

Pete Millard's top 10 tunes of 2011

So as we march towards the end of 2011, it's time to reflect and look back on the year that just whistled past us. Inevitably this means its time for some top 10's, which we will be bringing to you over the next week or so.

First up is's master of new music, Mr Pete Millard (aka Pedro/The Pizzle). Here are the 10 tunes that tickled his pink bits this year. Some he will have introduced you to already, some will be new. Either way, we hope you enjoy them...

Frank Ocean - Swim Good

The Weeknd - High for this

Suuns - Up past the nursery

Radiohead- Lotus flower (sbtrkt remix)

Metronomy - She wants

Christopher Norman - Maps

The Kills - Future starts slow

TV On The Radio - Second Song

Gill Scott Heron & Jamie XX - NY is killing me.

When Saints go machine - Fail forever

And finally, Pete's Guilty pleasure for 2011:

Katy Perry - E.T. (ft. Kanye West)

Friday, 16 December 2011

The Black Keys - Lonely Boy

This week's Funky Friday takes us down a rock path, thanks to one of the finest exponents of the genre The Black Keys. This is seriously catchy shit. be warned. The video is compulsive viewing too... enjoy

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Shomy Woodman - 1 EDIT, 1 COMPILATION

Urban Species - I Wonder (Shomy Woodman Edit)

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B-Side (compiled by Shomy Woodman)

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01 /// Wax Tailor - How I Feel
02 /// Stereo MCs - Bring It On (Path To The Mind And The Soul And The Spirit)
03 /// US3 - What's Going On In The World Today
04 /// Hayz - Ghetto Rat
05 /// Funk Ferret - Smash Ya Moustache
06 /// Public Enemy - See Something, Say Something
07 /// Beastie Boys - Make Some Noise
08 /// Everlast - Folsom Prison Blues
09 /// The Roots - How I Got Over
10 /// A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It (Phase 5 Mix)
11 /// Mos Def - Auditorium

Thursday, 15 December 2011

K'naan - America (ft Mos Def and Chali 2na)


Keinan Abdi Warsame, or K'Naan as he is now known, was born in Somalia, and spent his childhood in Mogadishu during the Somali Civil War, which began in 1991. His grandfather, Haji Mohammad, was a poet and his aunt Magool, was one of Somalia's most famous singers.

When he was 13, K'naan, his mother, and his three sibling left their homeland and moved to Canada, to the Toronto neighbourhood of Rexdale,where there was a large Somali community. K'naan began learning English, partly by listening to hip hop albums by artists like Nas and Rakim and soon took to rapping.

His debut Album The Dusty Foot Philosopher, was released in 2005 followed by Troubadour (2009) from

According the the man hikm self, he makes "urgent music with a message" and has collaborated with the likes Nelly Furtado,, The Roots, Dead Prez, Pharoahe Monchn ajnd here Mos Def, and Chali 2na, two giants of hip hop.

K'naan has said that he is influenced by Somali music and the traditional instruments of Somalia.Troubadour also draws heavily from Ethiopian sources, particularly Ethio-Jazz by Alemayehu Eshete and Tilahun Gessesse

This is so infectious I defy you not to hum it all day

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Monday, 12 December 2011

Oh Land - Wolf & I

This is a belter and no mistake. heartfelt soulful vocals kick us off before the beats and bass gently kick in, tipping a nod to dubstep, but in a far less offensive way. Instead of the aggressiveness it gives the song a darkness. Add the a haunting melody and the effect is not dissimilar to the Magnetic Man/John Legend collaboration “Getting Nowhere” which we featured not long ago.

Top stuff. Get involved

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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Jungle Brothers - 40 Below Trooper

True Hip Hop Pioneers, The Jungle Brothers were comprised of Mike Gee, Afrika Baby Bam and DJ Sammy B. They stared out in the mid 80's fusing Jazz sounds into Hip Hop and laying the path for the likes of A Tribe Callled Quest and all those who followed in their footsteps. Their first album Straight Out the Jungle, was released in 1988 followed soon after by Done By the Forces of Nature. This track is taken from their third album J Beez Wit the Remedy and showcases why these guys will always be Hip Hop legends.

Sampling Big Beat by Billy Squier and Impeach the President by The Honeydrippers this is funky as shit and guaranteed to get your head nodding and heart yearning for those golden years...

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Monday, 5 December 2011

DATO vs Satin Jackets feat. Adele - Brand New Rolling In The Deep (Chris Jylkke Vocal Edit)

I know, I know, I know... there are a million remixes/edits/mashups of Adele's "Rolling in the deep". I wouldn't be posting this if it was just another average offering.

Also it's not THAT new, but its new to me and whilst the don of new music, Pete Millard is AWOL, busying himself in South Africa, you'll just have to make do!

Adele's smokey vocals are laid over the rather lovely slo-mo new disco groove rework by DATO of Satin Jackets feat. Linda Mathews "Brand New Day". It works amazingly well and gives a new twist to the classic soul anthem. All done by the loving hand of a chap named Chris Jylkke.

This wins the prize for a) longest post title and b) most number of artists involved in the track posted on

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Sunday, 4 December 2011

Jamie Lidell - Little bit of feel good

Jamie Lidell is a bit of a favourite of mine. I discovered him on the Sunday at Glastonbury festival in 2005 whilst I was wandering around feeling more than a little jaded.

Then he was more of a techno producer than soul god. he was signed to Warp (as he still is) putting out twisted interesting techno, performing it live by looping and layering the different parts to the records. To see it is a stunning experience. Amazing skills.

Soon after that he put out "Multiply" which displayed more of his soul roots, and showcased his amazing voice. He was also a soul session singer - something you would not expect many techno producers to be able to claim. His live shows mixed the original style of looping with a full live band.

Recently we caught him live in Sydney touring his latest album Compass which was, again, a live show that leaves most in its wake.

If you get the chance, go see this guy. Truly amazing

This track is a funky soulful little number that's well suited or a Soulful Sunday. The video is a bit odd...

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