Monday, March 30, 2009

//Extra Extra Loving..

//Here are several of the 20+ songs I had to cut from my lovers rock mix Extra Loving to get it to fit on a cd. The first couple drafts I made were 90+ minutes so the choppers had to come out. The chunes I left on the studio floor either didn't fit sonically or were just not the toppa di top. I also left some out cause I didn't want to get too cover-happy. The mix is not about r&b versions and reggae covers (future Knowmadic DJs mix) but about...Love. Nevertheless, these songs were in the original stack of 45s for a reason and they make for good listening on their own. By the way, most of these are pretty rare 7s. Bless up!

Little Kirk - "No Ordinary Love" (Roof International, ?)

Sade cover. Aiight but notable because it's...a Sade cover!

Dubsensemania - "Paradise" (Sony, 2004)

Dubsensemania - "Jah Love Everyone" (Sony, 2004)

Sade cover #2 plus a great original tune. The homie King S02 brought me the 10" double LP Appearance from Japan a while back. It's a Japanese dub reggae band that includes the talented melodica player Ras Takashi (his LP Forward to the East gets regular burn around here) as well as other thorough musicians and vocalists that are part of the legendary Bullwackie's "Far East Chapter." I was also blessed with the the 10" double LP Disappearance of dub versions that goes with it which is extra fresh.

Wayne Wonder - "Groove My Mind" (Shang Muzik, 1992)

Version over the riddim for Mad Cobra's "Flex" (covers a Color Me Badd song, ha!). Love it, really wished it made the cut but it was this or Sizzla so you know..

Richie Stephens - "Overjoyed" (Grand Gallery, 2007)

Japanese press Stevie cover niceness.

Rita Marley f/ Tony Rebel - "Is This Love" (Tuff Gong, 1998)

Inna combination stylee for one of Bob's classics. Novelty factor but in the end just wasn't feeling it enough.

John McLean - "Lovin You" (Peckings, 2007)

Lady Lex - "What A Difference A Day Makes" (Peckings, 2007)

Nice throwback vibe that this label (home of Bitty) is known for. Just couldn't finesse this one, all the segues I did with these sounded terrible. Plus the name of the riddim "Since We Broke Up" kinda killed it.

Marcia Griffiths - "Love Is Automatic" (Penthouse, 2008)

Da'ville - "Tonight Is Yours" (Penthouse, 2008)

Label royal pedigree? Check. Female reggae legend? Check. This really is one of the best riddims of '08 but I copped it the day before I recorded the final draft and it was too late in the game -- I was supposed to be cutting songs, not adding more! There's a nice Marcia-Busy Signal combination on the b-side but I really like the og. This tune was also written by Alaine, who I put on the mix like a dozen times! The Da'ville goes nice with it.

Robin Thicke - "Lost Without U (Reggae Mix)" (Rosies EU, 2007)

UK press niceness. I had put the original on my last V-Day mix so that nixed it. Boring Tyrese reggae version on the flip.

Extra Loving selected by DJ Dmadness available here at the Giant Peach. 1ne Luv..

Monday, March 16, 2009

//SFIAAFF 2009 For Your Mind..

//Me & Z got a chance to rock the Asian Art Museum for the Opening Gala of the 2009 SF Intl Asian American Film Festival. Here's some flicks from the event, plus photos from the Directions In Sound event at 111 Minna the following night. Big up to Marky//DJ Proof and all the folks that came thru. More coverage here, there and everywhere.

According to this article we played "Junior High Prom" music?!
Mpenzi keepin it knowmadic & Proof looking very marketing directorly
B-Boy Roger fell through
Mama Z at Directions in Sound
GOLDEN A&R Department
Honor Roll!!
The homie Tap had to spin under that disturbing ObamaLincoln//Big Brother portrait
Kush Arora is family, plus he makes these crazy lasers come outta the laptop when he wrecks shop, you gotta see it in real life..

Monday, March 2, 2009

//Universal Magnetic Z&D Scientific..

//Last GOLDEN me & Zita went all in on the Midnight Mix, digging in to the catalogue of one of the foremost hip hop artists of this generation (sorry Young Jeezy) ...Black Dante aka Pretty Flaco aka Boogie Man aka Dante Beze aka The Mighty Mos Def! Dude has so many tight tracks that there was even a tense moment regarding who was gonna get to play what ;) But you know the dj family that plays together stays together so we put it down for the people that Saturday and I gotta say it came out pretty nice.

Another reason I like spinning these Midnight Mixes: heads will be coming up to booth talking bout "You gonna throw on some Universal Magnetic?" and "I can't leave til I hear Umi Says!" -- I'd rather hear that any day than some Britneyonce featuring T-Wayne request. And big up to my man for putting me up on the A.D.L.I.B. track "All Praises Due," I was not even knowing about that one! Oh and big up to DJ VNA for the Ms. Fatbooty Rmx, that's from his vinyl collection and I've never heard anyone else rock that.

So here it is: 74 minutes of straight universal magnetic b-boy science, knock yourself out. (definitely gotta catch Z's tipsy-on-the-mic "Mighty. Mos. Def. Muthaf****as!!!") 1neLuv..

Z&D Tag-Team Midnight Mix: MIGHTY MOS DEF
DJ Zita & Dmadness
Live at GOLDEN Feb 21 2009

Ghetto Rock
Respiration w/Talib Kweli
Rising Down w/ The Roots
Ms. Fatbooty (White Label Rmx)
7 Days (DJ Premier Rmx) w/ Craig David
Sex, Love & Money
Rock and Roll
There Is A Way
Double Trouble w/The Roots
I Against I w/Massive Attack
Oh No w/Nate Dogg & Pharoahe Monch
Quiet Dog (Sake1 Edit)
Supercat - Nuff Man A Dead
Good Night (Plain Pat Rmx) w/Kanye West
Brown Skin Lady w/Talib Kweli
Love Rain (Head Nod Rmx) w/Jill Scott
A Brighter Day Rmx w/Ronny Jordan
Definition w/Talib Kweli
Get By Rmx w/Talib Kweli, Jay-Z & Kanye West
Hip Hop
Universal Magnetic
Astronomy (8th Light) w/Talib Kweli
Reminisce w/Bilal
Do It Now w/Busta Rhymes
Hurricane (D's Time You Looked Blend)
The Jackson 5 - If I Don't Love You
U R The One
Bullshittin' w/ N'Dea Davenport
Beautiful w/Mary J Blige
Respiration (Flying High Mix)
Travellin' Man w/DJ Honda
Tinseltown to the Boogiedown (Ali Shaheed Muhammad Variation) w/Scritti Politti
Life Is Good w/DJ Deckstream
Umi Says