Sunday, September 29, 2013

Clusterfunk Collective presents Take Five: Amerigo Gazaway [Interview]

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In our newest series, we pose five questions to seminal artists, musicians, and other creatives to expose some of the lesser known elements of each. "Take Five" to tap into the talent beyond the surface.

For our first installment, we caught up with Amerigo Gazaway - the audio architect behind Bizarre Tribe: A Quest To The Pharcyde and the clever composer of Fela Soul - to touch on his tour, his inspiration and his plan for what's next.

1. How do you decide which artists to revisit, rework, and remix?

Musically I think I just go through different phases. It might be Afrobeat, or Disco, or brazilian music or whatever I'm feelin at the time. As far as vocals go, It really just depends on what acapellas I can get a hold of. Recently I've been working with The Goodwill Projects who has been helping me create "Do-it-yourself" acapellas using a unique method of phase inversion. It's truly amazing what you can do with technology these days.

2. Given your recent departure from Gummy Soul, do you have any plans to start another label?

Not at the moment. I do have plans for collaborating with other artists. I also have plans of starting something new, but not a record label in the traditional sense.

3. Although most do not know, your father is legendary jazz trumpeter Gary “El Buho” Gazaway. Do you have any plans to work with him?

Definitely. I've already started experimenting with remixing some of his work, but I would love to have him featured on one of my future projects. I am also helping out with the release of an album he recorded with Delta blues legend Cedell Davis. I may be doing some remixes for that project as well.

4. In your opinion, who is the most prolific artist of the last ten years?

Prolific? I guess I'm more of a "quality over quantity" kind of guy. For hip- hop I would say some of the emcees who also produce like Oddisee, or maybe Madlib. Or even Big Krit. Those dudes put in work. Making great music is just second nature to them.

5. You are touring during the last quarter of the year, but there are no Bay Area shows currently listed on the itinerary. Do you have your sights set on any West Coast stops?

I would love to come visit the West Coast. I may be doing a presentation at the University of Southern California this fall. If that comes into fruition then I am going to try to book some shows around that date. We'll see what happens.

The Gummy Soul Show: Freak The Funk! by Gummysoul on Mixcloud

Thursday, September 26, 2013

BBC1 Interviews Kanye West [Video]

Love him or hate him, Kanye West knocked it out of the park with every element of his polemical project, Yeezus. Listeners can touch and taste what he dubs "today's textures" without losing sight of the sample-heavy, drum-loaded and violin-laced sounds of 808s and Graduation. In his sit-down with Zane Lowe, he seems comfortable enough to be candid about not only his creative process, but also the cultural, political and social issues that contributed to the content of his newest creation.

At the same time, there are moments in which he sounds more like Phil Knight (not necessarily a plus) than Kanye West. As a brand owner, his obsessive aspirations are in some ways understandable, but the conundrums within his communication is enough to choke on.

Still, the discussion delves into a surplus of subjects and makes for a great break away from the norm.

Waxist Selecta presents Modern Soul Bangers (Volumes 1) [Mix]

Modern Soul Bangers - Volume 1 by Waxist Selecta on Mixcloud

Gilles Peterson: GPWW presents Fortuna Records [Mix]

GPWW presents Fortuna Records by Gilles Peterson Worldwide on Mixcloud

The Black Opera: 80Z Babies To The 2GZ (The ExperiMix) [EP]

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From Mello Music Group:

The Black Opera is back again changing perceptions and smashing stereotypes. Finding themselves in the generation gap between the hip-hop pioneers & the new era of musicians, The Black Opera's new mixtape "80z Babiez To The 2Gz [The ExperiMix]" reinforces the unwritten law of creating: there are no rules.

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Koolest Kuts (Vol. 1): Kool Keith [Mix]

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Patski "picked and sticked" a proper collection of Kuts from Kool Keith - some new, some old, but all fresh. Check for standouts like The Force, alongside TOKiMONSTA and Weapon World with Prince Paul.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sample This (Trailer) [Video]

1-O.A.K.: Long Time [Video]

Curren$y: Audio Dope 4 [Video]

Rapsody: Kingship [Video]

Rapsody reveals a new visual for her Premo-produced single from She Got Game.

Talib Kweli: Turnt Up [Video]

Hedonist Jazz: ...Presenting Black Saint Records [Mix]

Hedonist Jazz...... Presenting Black Saint Records by The Hedonist on Mixcloud

DJ Chicken George: Funky Sole 45s Mix (Los Angeles) [Mix]

Funky Sole 45s Mix (Los Angeles) by Dj Chicken George on Mixcloud

The Step Kids: Moving Pictures [Video]

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Akalepse: EVIVA (Something Lovely) [Mix]

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Charles Bradley On KEXP (Seattle) [Video]

DJ Chorizo Funk: We Love Otis Tribute [Mix]

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Stalley: Cup Inside A Cup [Video]

Honest Cowboy, out now.

Odysseus Button: Drafted [EP]

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Gummy Soul: 93 Still & Never No More [Video]

Gummy Soul: 93 Still (Instrumentals) [Album]

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Fuse presents Crate Diggers: Evidence [Video]

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

DJ Jazzy Jeff: Vinyl Destination (Episode 19) [Video]

DJ O-Dub: Soul Symphony [Mix]

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Boardwalk Empire: Sounds Of The Onyx [Mix]

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From HBO:

HBO’s acclaimed drama series Boardwalk Empire presents 'Sounds of The Onyx', a promo-only music project celebrating the show’s upcoming fourth season and highlighting rare jazz recordings from the Prohibition Era, remixed by some of the best hip-hop/urban music producers of today. A joint collaboration between HBO, Giant Step, ABCKO Records and Sony Music Entertainment, the full project will be available exclusively via Sound Cloud streaming starting September 16th, two weeks after the release of this season’s official soundtrack, 'Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: Music From The HBO Original Series' (ABCKO Records). The title of the promo project ('Sounds of The Onyx') reflects the home of season four’s musical showpieces, the Onyx Club – a new nightclub run by Chalky White that is featured prominently in the new season.

The remixes utilize vintage 1920s recordings, with the exception of Pete Rock who remixed one of the new tracks from the official soundtrack: a cover version of the classic composition “Sugarfoot Stomp” performed by Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks, who serve as the Boardwalk Empire house band. The Pete Rock remix is also available as a free download: Boardwalkempire – Vince-giordano-the-nighthawks

The other source tracks for this project are almost a century old, yet the spirit of musical fusion, lyrical signification and cultural revolution embodied in the original works truly form the roots of modern American music and DJ culture, from hip-hop to EDM. The featured remixers worked off of original recordings from prohibition-era legends Eva Taylor & Clarence Williams’ Blue Five, Ethel Waters, Lloyd Scott & His Orchestra, Jim Jackson and Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten Orchestra, breathing new life into their songs for the gangsters, heroes, and club-denizens of today. The diverse roster of contemporary producers involved include DJ Jazzy Jeff, Om’Mas Keith, Shafiq Husayn, JayCeeOh and B-Sides and Tall Black Guy.

Harry Caine: Siluetas [Beat Tape]

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Soundsphere: Lost Travelers [EP]

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Flowback Fridays: The Face Of The Times [Video]


DJ Nu-Mark f. J-Live, M3 & Erica Dee: Times Is Rough

U.N.K.L.E. f. Moby: God Moving Over The Face Of The Waters

Superfunktanker presents Lt. Funky Gramigna: Female 45's Session [Mix]

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DJ Skew: 45s & LPs (Sound System Edition) [Mix]

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DJ SUN: Little Woodrows' All 45s Set (2011) [Mix]

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Preservation: SePtember 1200 [Instrumental Album]

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From Mon Dieu Music:

SePtember 1200 is a 12-track instrumental album inspired by Preservation’s sharing of the same birth date – September 12th – as the one and only Barry White. The concept of the album is based on material sourced from the maestro's discography and produced solely on the 10-second sampling time of the classic drum machine, the SP-1200. The result is an outstanding 30-minute presentation of Preservation’s approach to constructing albums with a deeply personal touch that takes the listener on a journey of styles and moods.

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J-Zone: Gadget Ho [Video]

Astro: Starvin Like Marvin For A Cool J Song [Mixtape]

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Astro assaults the mic with a lip like a trial lawyer. Quick-witted and ready for just about anything (meaning any beat), the young lyricist lays down tracks easier than Long Island Railroad. Starvin Like Marvin For A Cool J Song, his second tape of the year, features production from Statik Selektah and Easy Mo Bee, among others.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Land of Marble (Trailer) [Video]

Deltron 3030 f. Mike Patton: City Rising From The Ashes [Video]

Oddisee: After Thoughts [Video]

All These Fingers: Rhodes Collection [EP]

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From ATF:

Introduced in 1965, the Rhodes changed the sound and look of popular music forever. Its inventor, Harold Rhodes, once remarked that, "I can hear my piano played six or seven times every half an hour on the FM station I listen to each morning". That statement is still true today in the sounds of hip hop, funk, jazz, name it. These compositions (played almost exclusively on a Rhodes Stage MKII) are a tribute to the most beautiful of keyboard instruments.

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Mac Miller: a moment in time (vol. 1) [Video]

Say what you want about Mac Miller, but it is difficult to deny that he is artistically above-average. Although he basks in the limelight, he seems to shine much brighter when simply left to his own devices to define however he feels at the time in whatever fashion he deems fit. This (what we hope to be) new web series accomplishes that through his most concise approach yet, a moment in time.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

NYC Summer Stage Series: Pete Rock vs DJ Premiere [Video]

The MC Media Group and Malary & Jones Productions give and up-and-personal glimpse into the Lyricist Lounge battle between Pete Rock and DJ Premier at the East River Park in Manhattan.

Robot Orchestra: BoomBlap [Album]

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The Foreign Exchange: Call It Home [Video]

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f. Schoolboy Q & Hollis: White Walls [Video]

Koncept: 40 Oz. Spliffs (J57 Remix) [Video]

Eminem: Berzerk [Video]

Curren$y & Young Roddy: Bales [EP]

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The Cancel: Daybreak [Album]

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Saturday, September 7, 2013



Weekly roundup of remixes, rarities, flips and edits - compiled by Clusterfunk Collective.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Flowback Fridays: Get Me Away [Video]


Junior M.A.F.I.A.: Get Money

Sylvia Striplin: Can't Turn Me Away

Bama Love Soul presents Covers & Covers 2 [Mix] presents Covers by Bama Lovesoul on Mixcloud

Bama Love Soul Covers an eclectic mix of complimentary cuts from Step Kids, Jessie Ware, BINKBEATS, and so many more. presents Covers2 by Bama Lovesoul on Mixcloud

DJ Reminisce & Nodzilla: Pa Dukes [Album]

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Gummy Soul 93 Still [Album]

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Well played, Gummy Soul, well played. Releasing 93 Still two days after Hiero Day? DOPE. More important, it marks the 20th Anniversary of Souls of Mischief's classic 93 Til Infinity. Keep an eye peeled for their next album, produced by Adrian Younge.

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Anthony Valadez: Sounds of Stones Throw [Mix]

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