Lino Rodrigues is Alkalino, one of my favorite edit guys right up there with Rayko and Late Nite Tuff Guy. Now, we all love disco, but what I like about this guy is his ear for a diverse range of genres that he unexpectedly molds into something new. Ranging from Gabriela y Rodrigo to Nitzer Ebb to the theme from 1983′s Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, his edit selection is creative to say the least… and if you’re thinking gimmicky and generic edits made just for the sake of being quirky, you’re wrong. These are legit. … MORE
Benedek is a DJ / Producer from Los Angeles and new friend of the Cosmic Chronic crew. He has been sharpening his teeth with some of LA’a boogie legends like Dam Funk and Tom Noble at his residence Funkmosphere West. … MORE
I’ve been rockin’ this guy’s shit at the club for a while now. In the world of re-edits, Elijah Collins produces some of the most dance-provoking and accessible bangers for those who get off on a heavy dose of nostalgia. Whether collaborating with producers Tee J and Nist or remixing the likes of Markas, Collins is masterful at creating a signature BIG sound with dynamic tracks the never fails to rile up a dance floor. … MORE
Maurice Fulton has teamed up once again with Tanzanian vocalist Mim Suleiman to give us a powerful album titled Umbeya off his Bubbletease Communications label. Originally bringing her talents to the rest in the world back in 2010 with some 12″s on Runningback, Umbeya is now the second Fulton-produced full-length. The eclectic “world” rhythms of this album combined with punchy synths and Fulton’s contemporary production stylings makes this funky album something truly unique. … MORE
Here’s another cat from Spain that rolls with the likes of re-edit mastermind, Rayko. These two have been working at warp speed in the past few month pumping out jam after jam. Definitely worth checking out is Dynamicron‘s contribution to the Groove Democracy series España vs México on which Spain’s titans Nelue, Rayko, Dynamicron and Space Duke battle it out with Mexico’s Marbeya Sound, Moon Runner and Avanti. This is a badass compendium of dance floor-ready jams.
Buy it HERE
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Psychic Mirrors is a Miami-based bands that everyone here is really excited about. There is so much under-appreciated music here in Miami, however every once in a while a talent comes along that is destined to make waves beyond South Florida. The now 12-piece electro-boogie funk groups is packed with some of the best musical talent making it somewhat of a super-group.
The mastermind behind this movement is Cuban-American Miami native Mickey de Grand IV. De Grand has devoted his life to music, composing his first piece at age 9 and went on to produce 10 albums (solo and group) by age 15. He earned a degree with concentrations in Jazz/Orchestral Composition and Arrangement from City College of New York in 2009 and is planning to pursue a M.M. in the same fields. As a solo artist he has recorded around 80 albums and has composed 236 concert pieces for orchestra and solo piano. That’s quite a resume! And all that hard work is paying off.
Psychic Mirrors’ latest single “I Come For Your Love” was composed, produced and arranged by Mickey de Grand IV and features Cecilia de Cardenas on supporting vocals. It was engineered by de Grand himself and mastered by Dave Cooley (J Dilla, Stones Throw, Serge Gainesbourg) of Elysian Master Studios in LA. Keep tabs on these Miami cats.
Psychic Mirrors- I Come For Your Love
Buy their 7″ and 12″ singles at Cosmic Chronic
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I decided to put together my collection of smoother disco originals and favorite re-edits for a casual half hour mix. It starts off with more soulful and mid-tempo beats and ending with some electro-funky jams. Some of these have been featured here on the blog, but there definitely some new gems in here. Feel free to download it for you iPod, might make that Dolphin Expressway a little bit more tolerable.
Gazeebo- Red Eye To Saturn (Buy)(
DJ Raw Sugar- What If We Make It (Buy)
78Edits- Something Here (Buy)
Ron Basejam- One Point (Buy)
The Groovers- The Spirit (Buy)
Cosmic Boogie- Fast & Loose (Buy)
Odyssey- Inside Out (PBR Streetgang Mix) (Buy)(
Linntronix- Cool Out (Refresh) (Buy)
Starsgarage- The Massage (Buy)
Baldelli/Dionigi Funkadiba- Skippy & The Funky Boys (Buy)
Easy Going- Baby I Love You (Eli Edit) (
Posted by Patrick
London-based producer SBTRKT (pronounced “subtract”) made a good move by using his tribal-meets-Five Deadly Venoms styled mask in photos and live shows. Like the mask, his music doesn’t allow the man to fall under any labels as his production ranges from what you could call funky to garage and dubby to ambient.
With the help of soulful vocalist Sampha, SBTRKT has definitely been able to create his own sound that surprisingly caught the ear of Drake who made a remix to the heavy Wildfire, that also features Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano. SBTRKT’s self-titled debut LP which came out this month runs from start to finish, but it’s easy to get stuck on rewind with cuts like Ready Set Loop and the bouncy Pharaohs becoming part of my night time soundtrack riding around downtown.
For people unfamiliar with the man in the mask, who has also done remixes for M.I.A and Mark Ronson, start off by checking out the Step in Shadows EP and some of the tracks below. Definitely some new and exciting sounds coming out of the UK!
Guest Post by Sire Esq.
Saturdays Roc! Here is something from the vault.
It all started in a local club in Pine Bluff Arkansas where Mojo and Spider played in their first group together, “Zodiac”, in the mid 70s. Spider played lead guitar, and Mojo held the brass section. Sam “Spider” Rice was also the music director for a vocal group called “La Pinch” which included vocalist Gary Pinchom (Pinch). As the 80s approached La Pinch was looking for a new sound. After relocating to the East Coast “The Pinch” was born. FYI – ‘Shot Out’ was a street term they used to describe someone with an excessive drug habit. They had some money stashed away from a Zodiac gig, from earlier years, and picked up a Prophet 5 and Roland drum machine with that “new sound” in mind. In 1981, Shot Out was recorded and mastered at the legendary Power Station studios in NYC. This 7″ has been begging to be collected and played ever since! Enjoy.
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I was sitting at my favorite lunch spot, The Lost & Found Saloon a few months back when I became conscious of the most amazing grooves resonating from their hi-fi. I turned to my friend working the bar and inquired about this sonic delicacy. She grinned before looking up from her side work (as if she was about to bestow upon me the secrets of the universe) and answered “The Budos Band.” She then shrugged and added “It’s white boy afrobeat.” Well then, these white boys can throw down!
From Staten Island and signed to Daptone Records, home of the lovely Sharon Jones, this twelve piece (yes, TWELVE piece!) offers nothing but pure jams. Their horn section will lay you flat on your ass and their percussion will make you move. Try closing your eyes and pretending you’re in a car chase through a sandy Tunisian bazaar in the ’70s. That’s what I do. It works.
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