We’re back after a two month hiatus. Well, this was actually recorded two weeks ago but life is so crazy that I didn’t have a moment to post until now. Lots of record talk, a little basketball, and Dave has a nostril issue.
Tried hard to get a ticket to this, but was sold out in 30 minutes. Very thankful to be able to hear it, especially the Sly “Let me have it all” cover – ridiculous!
With the start of March, I’m still trying to get a handle on some new routines and find time to dedicate to digging, mixtapes and beats. Definitely working toward some bigger, conceptual mix projects in the coming month or two, but here’s a little something for the headphones – the latest Occasional Mix, which is mostly an excuse to play newish hip-hop and give myself something to listen to when riding the train to work. Hope there’s something on here you haven’t heard before.
Dope new release from Muamin outta Cleveland. Don’t sleep on these cats. Support independent music.
Marc Mac delivers yet another visionary beats & politics release, “Message from Soulville.” This guy is just incredible:
“Marc Mac (4hero) returns with another Mixtape Style album following on from ‘Extend The Knowledge” & “It’s Right To Be Civil”. Beats are intertwined with soundbites from the 1960′s Vietnam War protest era where African Americans were sent to fight in Vietnam during the Civil Rights period in the USA.
“The Vietnam War saw the highest proportion of blacks ever to serve in an American war. During the height of the U.S. involvement, 1965-69, blacks, who formed 11 percent of the American population, made up 12.6 percent of the soldiers in Vietnam. The majority of these were in the infantry, and although authorities differ on the figures, the percentage of black combat fatalities in that period was a staggering 14.9 percent, a proportion that subsequently declined. Volunteers and draftees included many frustrated blacks whose impatience with the war and the delays in racial progress in America led to race riots on a number of ships and military bases, beginning in 1968, and the services’ response in creating interracial councils and racial sensitivity training. . . . ” – John Sibley Butler, Remember To Remember. “A Generation Needs Truth”
Dope mix from Giles. Love that he took a second to focus on the non-”Bluenote Breaks” stuff that Byrd did. He had a lot of beautiful records before he got with the Mizell brothers. RIP. (h/t Pipomixes)
Los Angeles DJ, producer and record head A-Ski just dropped his new album, “Change the Mood,” and I figured it was a good time to catch up with him and revitalize the Everdaybeats interview series. I hit him with a couple questions and got some deep answers.
IH: Talk about yourself for a moment. Where are you coming from with this new record?
A-SKI: Well, it was a natural progression. I have been producing and making beats since 87′. DJ’ing is my first love but I have been involved with music composition and playing instruments since I was 4. I learned how to play rhythm guitar & piano and drums when I was 5 yrs old. As the years went by, I felt the need for creative expression to be unleashed. As a DJ, I felt there was a limit in creativity that I had already conquered. There was also a 5 year course of events that influenced many of the songs.. Love, passion & pain in harmony. Read the rest of this entry »
The latest episode as we march and stumble toward #50. On-court sound effects from the Mamba, lessons on how to be a grown-up in the record store, and more inane hip-hop rambling. Lyrical renassiance returns.