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Paris DJs: 16 Reissues Of Old Stuff That's Been So Cool To (Re)Discover in 2013 @ Musique Non Stop

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Paris DJs: 16 Reissues Of Old Stuff That's Been So Cool To (Re)Discover in 2013 @ Musique Non Stop

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Posted: 31 Dec 2013 04:44 AM PST
Paris DJs Best Of 2013 Reissues

While the mainstream has become more and more insipid, nostalgia of the past has been quite a big thing once again this year. Alas many labels have ducked out of our pages in 2013. Now-Again, Numero Group, Daptone, Luaka Bop, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Light In The Attic and many many others have joined the ranks of labels who have been disappearing from the radar here… Thankfully some concerned few have been organizing the resistance in France, and we've picked a selection of the best reissues we've managed to get our hands (and ears) on this year, sent to us by the mighty Analog Africa, Barely Breaking Even, Mr. Bongo, Soundway, Tiger's Milk, Tramp, Tru Thoughts or Vampisoul labels. Here's Paris DJs' 2013 selection of 16 gems from the past in Afro, Disco, Jazz, Jungle, Latin, Soul & Reggae…

Paris DJs Best Of 2013 Reissues
Paris DJs - Best Of 2013 - The Reissues

01. Diablos Del Ritmo: The Columbian Melting Pot 1960-1985: Afrobeat Puya Cumbiamba Terapia Mapale Caribbean Funk
(4LP/2CD, Analog Africa) info | bandcamp | juno
The best of Colombian music influenced by African grooves - we had been awaiting for years for someone to properly tackle this selection/theme and Analog Africa didn't nail it - they killed it.

02. Kenya Special - Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & '80s
(3LP/2CD, Soundway) info | juno
This time focusing on some East African vibes previously only released on small-run, 45-rpm, seven inch singles. Soundway Records' selection is killer, gathering raw, catchy, funky & wild Benga, Rumba, Afrobeat and Afrofunk you've probably never heard before.

03. Angola Soundtrack 2 - Hypnosis, Distorsions & Other Sonic Innovations 1969-1978
(CD/2LP, Anagog Africa, 2013) info | bandcamp | juno
The trademark Analog Africa classy feel with some psychedelic afro-rock vibes, a mostly heavily danceable latin flavour with some joyous carnaval spirit, and typically Angolian melancholic undertones.

04. Peru Maravilloso: Vintage Latin, Tropical & Cumbia

(CD/2LP, Tiger's Milk, 2013) info | bandcamp | juno
Treasures from the 1960s/1970s Peru! Cumbia, guaracha and electric chicha, mixed with soul-jazz, Latin-jazz or psychedelic rock influences… majestic work, available on double LP!!

05. John Morales - The M+M Mixes Vol.3 - NYC Underground Disco Anthems & Previously Unreleased Exclusive Disco Mixes
(3CD/2x2LP, BBE Music, 2013) info | juno
Two years in the making, this greatly mastered collection of floorfillers clearly aims for the dancefloor with superb extended re-arrangements by legendary New York disco DJ John Morales.

06. Afrobeat Airways - Return Flight To Ghana 1974-1983

(CD/2LP, Analog Africa, 2013) info | bandcamp | juno
Killer mid-70s to early-80s James Brown-influenced afrofunk & afrobeat from Ghana.

07. Saoco 2! - Bomba, Plena & The Roots of Salsa in Puerto Rico 1955-1967

(CD/LP, Vampisoul / 2013) info | juno
One of the great dance music compilations of the summer of 2013. Outstanding oldies from Puerto Rico from 60 years ago, when Puerto Rican combos would gather the ingredients today called Salsa Dura, the diversity of the music making it even more essential than the first volume!

08. The Story Of Jimmy Preacher Ellis-1963-1972
(CD/2LP, Tramp, 2013) info | bandcamp | juno
An antohlogy of Jimmy "Preacher" Ellis 1960s soul 45s, ranging from blues, R&B and proto-funk to psychedelic funk and seventies soul, for labels such as Jewel, Space, Kris and Romark.

09. London Posse - Gangster Chronicles: The Definitive Collection
(2CD, Tru Thoughts, 2013) info | bandcamp | juno
A piece of hip hop/jungle genius from 1990, with an additional & massive CD including 4 cool, exclusive, previously unheard tracks, and two handfuls of new remixes. 'Definitive' indeed.

10. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - Vol.3: The Skeletal Essences Of Voodoo Funk
(CD/2LP, Analog Africa, 2013) info | bandcamp | juno
A must-have, once again, gathering 14 tracks of West African cosmic Blues, Jazz, Rumba and Soul. Sit down, relax, enjoy, start toe-tapping, get up and get entranced! Afro-voodoo at its best.

11. BLO - Chapter One
(CD/LP, Mr Bongo) info | juno
A gem of Afro-Rock, blending highlife and psychedelic rock, with a dubby mix of heavy drum and bass for people to relate to something to dance to.

12. Nico Gomez and his Afro Percussion Inc. - Ritual
(CD/LP, Mr Bongo, 2013) info | juno
This album from 1971 falls into the 'classic afro-latin funk' category, and if you don't already own it, now's the chance. Recorded in Belgium by a band of Netherlanders, you'll be surprised by how vintage this latin funk/afro soul/chicano rock masterpiece sounds!!

13. Shake-A-Leg Vol.2 - Club Night Compilation

(CD/LP, Perfect Toy, 2013) info | bandcamp | juno
The two German selectors are music pros with GREAT taste, there's no filler to be found here - only 74mn of pure communicative grooviness!! So, is this compilation recommended? Heavily.

14. Grant Phabao Reggae Reworks Vol.1 - Masters Of Soul
(Digital EP, Paris DJs, 2013) info | bandcamp
The first in a series of free EPs, gathering the best reggae reworks that have been offered on Paris DJs' Virtual Releases podcast, now available in high-quality audio, fully remastered by Grant Phabao.

15. Kev Beadle presents Private Collection - Independent Jazz Sounds From The Seventies & Eighties
(CD, BBE, 2013) info | juno
Hand-picked gems from classic jazz dance independent and privately pressed records - pure timeless music.

16. Peter King - Miliki Sound
(CD/LP, Mr Bongo) info | juno
Let's head off to Nigeria in the mid-70s, and this album from saxophonistt/composer/arranger Peter King. With hard-hitting psychedelic Afrojazz, immersed in Highlife, Funk, Afrobeat and Jazz, this joyous, uplifting and infectiously catchy new reissue is available on heavyweight vinyl. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Posted: 26 Dec 2013 04:55 AM PST
Andrew Jervis from Bandcamp asked us to prepare a Paris DJs 25 minutes 'Best Of 2013' mix for the end-of-the-year specials on his weekly show. So Djouls selected a few tracks that got played on repeat on Paris DJs' stereo this year, MC from Chicago RacecaR added some voiceovers introductions, and Grant Phabao mixed it as a radio show…

Listen on bandcamp.com/?show=54 (Paris Djs mix starts at 28:28)

Paris DJs Best of 2013 Mix for Bandcamp
Paris DJs Soundsystem feat. RacecaR - Bandcamp Best Of 2013 Mini-Mix
(streaming set on Bandcamp.com) 2013-12-24

Tracklisting :
01. Suzanna Choffel - Guardians
suzanna-choffel.bandcamp.com
02. The Gene Dudley Group - The Fawcett Negotiation
thegenedudleygroup.bandcamp.com
03. Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra - Mazouglave
parisdjs.bandcamp.com
04. The Liberators - Cairo Uprising
recordkicks.bandcamp.com
05. The Cactus Channel - Jorge Buccio
hopestreetrecordings.bandcamp.com
06. The Electric Peanut Butter Company - The Rain
electricpeanutbuttercompany.bandcamp.com
07. Peshay - Midnight Express
tru-thoughts.bandcamp.com
Total time : 25mn

Info :
The mix starts with a marvelous Adrian Quesada production, also playing guitar here for singer/songwriter Suzanna Choffel. We then head towards the UK and the north of London, from where's coming Gene Dudley, a deep soul and funk-obsessed 27-years old multi-instrumentalist who put out a fantastic first album on the Wah Wah 45s label this year, including at least 3 big hits. One of those is 'The Fawcett Negociation'

The upcoming Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra album is something Paris DJs has been preparing for at least a year. 'Mazouglave', picked for this mix, is an afrobeat/ psychedelic funk / blaxploitation tour de force, featuring Egypt 80 trumpet player Muyiwa Kunnuji, Cedric Ricard on sax and Franck Biyong on bass & rhythm guitar. We stay on an afro vibe with a ten-piece afro-funk-jazz band from… Sydney, Australia! The Liberators are back with a splendid anthem in the Budos Band vein, out on a strictly limited 45, or opening their new album for the Record Kicks label, recorded straight to tape and hitting quite hard!

The Cactus Channel is a 10-piece funk and soul orchestra also from Australia who've only released their second album this year, but we just never stopped playing it, since it hit the turntable. Really really great soul. Then we have the Electric Peanut Butter Company, the reunion of two of Paris DJs friends and collaborators: Adrian Quesada from Austin, Texas, and Shawn Lee from London, UK. Their album 'Trans-Atlantic Pysch Classics Vol. 2' is a gem opening with a monster single, 'The Rain', which might get stuck in your head like peanut butter on your hair if you're into those kind of practices...

We conclude with a track from drum'b'bass legend Peshay's 'Generation' album. This record is one of the surprises of the year - the good ones. The drum'n'bass legend has put out a funk, jazz, a bit tropical full-length on Tru Thoughts Recordings, proving that anything can happen in music. Some thrilling music to end this little selection.

Stay connected to Paris DJs if all goes well we'll be putting out an amazing amount of music next year, once again, and thanks to Andrew Jervis for this little spot…

Listen on bandcamp.com/?show=54 (Paris Djs mix starts at 28:28)
Posted: 25 Dec 2013 09:03 AM PST
Hope you've enjoyed the Xmas festivities with your friends and family. We've tried to complement those times with some new xmas mixes, a new xmas single, and to conclude the series fo cool gifts, our latest Soundcloud selection of the year, 37 tracks full of soul & coolness - with the mandatory xmas tunes here and there of course. Happy holidays everyone!!

Paris DJs Soundcloud Selection Vol 13
Paris DJs Soundsystem presents the Soundcloud Selection Vol.13
(Soundcloud streaming set) 2013-12-25

Tracklisting :
01. Popsanova - Nem Vem Que Não Tem (The Mighty Blunts Lying on the Beach Mix) / Jewpop Records info
02. Los Lobes - Mambo Sapin / Jewpop Records info
03. The Heliocentrics - The Five Thing / Now-Again Records* info
04. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Goldfinger / Daptone Records info
05. Sha La Das - Sha La Da La La (Christmas Time) / Daptone Records info
06. Midnite - Same I Ah One feat. Pressure / I Grade Records info
07. Grant Phabao & Carlton Livingston - Could Be Bitter (Jazz Rework) / ParisDJs info
08. The Starlight Orchestra - Soul Bossa Nova (Flavours Remix) / RCA info
09. Pepe Deluxé - Go Supersonic (Grant Phabao Remix) / ParisDJs info
10. Atmosphere - Color In The Snow feat. deM atlaS, Joe Horton & Toki Wright / Rhymesayers* info
11. Concha Buika - Ne Me Quitte Pas / Warner Music Spain info
12. The Greyboy Allstars - V Neck Sweater / Sci-Fidelity Records* info
13. Grant Phabao & Carlton Livingston - Teenager in Love / Paris DJs info
14. Hartley and Wolfe - Room to Breath / BBE Music info
15. Kid Abstrakt - Jazz And Coffee Pt.2 (prod by Rythmatical) / Revolutionary Rhythm* info
16. Michael Jackson - Rockin Robin (Grant Phabao Remix) / Paris DJs* info
17. Cunninlynguists - Lynguistics / Urban Aces info
18. Ozomatli - Cut Chemist Suite (Second Hand Audio Remix)* info
19. Breakestra - Come On Over feat. Afrodyete / Strut info
20. Jurassic 5 vs Stevie Wonder - Once Golden (Chris Pop mashup)* info
21. Howeefeel - People Of The World / Family Groove Records info
22. The PutBacks - In The Dirt / HopeStreet Recordings* info
23. The Rebirth - Fat Santa / Walk Talkin Records info
24. Pretty Lights - Finally Moving (Lance Herbstrong Remix feat. Jimi Hendrix)* info
25. Femi Kuti - Nothing To Show For It / Knitting Factory Records* info
26. Muyiwa Kunnuji's Osemako - Everything That Has a Breath / Paris DJs info
27. Ultramagnetic MCs - Poppa Large (Monk's Balearic Beat Mix)* info
28. Keller Williams w/ The String Cheese Incident - Best Feeling / Sci-Fidelity Records* info
29. Tito Chico y orquestra - Camisola (Palov Edit) / Deacon* info
30. Peshay - Escape To Menton / Tru Thoughts info
31. The String Cheese Incident - Can't Wait Another Day / Sci-Fidelity Records* info
32. Captain Détendu & Grant Phabao - Doin' The Merry / Jewpop Records info
33. Wilson Le Gendre - Soca Music / Out There Records info
34. The String Cheese Incident - Mouna Bowa / Sci-Fidelity Records* info
35. Günter Noris - Gemini (Renegades Of Jazz Edit)* info
36. Eba Aka Jerome et le Sanwi Star - Trasion (Alma Negra Edit)* info
37. Familia Sen - Angelo / Out There Records info

(* tracks also available as free downloads in the soundcloud or the info links)



Links :
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Posted: 24 Dec 2013 05:38 AM PST
Los Lobes Mambo Sapin

What happens when a Jew and a Latino walk into a recording studio at Christmas? 'Mambo Sapin' (hard to translate, as this stupid joke refers to the traditional 'O Tannenbaum' song, in French 'Mon Beau Sapin'…) is Los Lobes' Xmas anthem, inspired by the sound of Charlie Palmieri 'El Fantastico' album. The connection between the Jewish humor of Peter Ustinov's voice, the cha cha cha beat and the Christmas blend here is simply thrilling! 4Doin' the Merry' is a nice Christmas jam, featuring Grant Phabao & Captain Détendu having fun around the Christmas tree, waiting for their gifts. Full of Santa's sounds, holiday spirit and snow falls. Reindeers are everywhere!

Buy on bandcamp or junodownload

Los Lobes Mambo Sapin
Los Lobes - Mambo Sapin
(Digital Single) Jewpop Records PARISDJSJEWPOP002-D, 2013-12-24



Tracklisting :
01. Los Lobes - Mambo Sapin 2:41
02. Captain Détendu & Grant Phabao - Doin' The Merry 4:19

Credits :
01 traditional arranged by Captain Détendu
02 composed by Captain Détendu & Grant Phabao
A&R : Djouls & Captain Détendu
Artwork by Ben Hito
© 2013 T.I.M.E.C./Paris DJs



Links :
Buy on bandcamp or junodownload
Jewpop : official | bandcamp | facebook | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Grant Phabao : official | bandcamp | facebook | juno | parisdjs | soundcloud | youtube
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | juno | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Ben Hito : official | discogs | facebook

About Jewpop Records :
Distributed by Paris DJs, Jewpop Records is meant to be the anti-Tzadik from John Zorn. The label of "Stupid Jewish Culture", but not only. Welcome to the conspiracy.
Posted: 31 Dec 2013 03:39 AM PST
The end of the year is approaching fast so before going into the best of selections of singles, compilations, albums, mixes, here's the last playlist of the year, covering all the records we received during the last two months. Thanks to all the cool labels: Buyú Records, BBE Music, Compost Records, Ninja Tune, Tru Thoughts, Olbap Music, Goodfellas, Mukatsuku Records, Family Groove, Out There Records, Büro.9 Music and Tramp Records. You've been sending us records, we've been listening, playlisting, reviewing, sharing, facebooking and tweeting. Wish you were all doing the same with the Paris DJs music ;-)
Paris DJs Playlist November December 2013

The November/December 2013 Paris DJs Playlist :

ALBUMS :

01. Bahama Soul Club - The Cuban Tapes (CD/2LP, Buyú Records, 2013)
info | juno

"The 4th album, once again deeply drenched into latin-jazz. But this time the focus is not on the dancefloor rhythms, more on the melodies. Think Cuba. Think Jazz. It's the mid-60s. Late at night. Smoke is filling the club. A band is playing on a small scene…"

02. Bilal - A Love Surreal (CD, BBE Music, 2013)
info | juno

"Eclectic, sensual and warm 4th album from the Philadelphia singer who delivers creative and unique cosmic neo-soul/R'n'B with psychedelic soul & jazz undertones."

03. Ensemble Du Verre - The Light Gets In (CD, Compost Records, 2014)
info | juno

"We've been talking about the future soul jazz productions of Ensemble du Verre for years, and their first album for the Compost label is their most achieved work. A captivating & refrreshing breather. Lie down and enjoy."

04. Hartley and Wolfe - Bespoke Future (CD, BBE Music, 2013)
info | juno

"21st century soul at its best. Hip hop producer DJ Vadim and singer Greg Blackman are killing it on this full-length!! Sometimes buying a new album at a record store is as cool as digging some old soul gem…"

05. Illum Sphere - Ghosts Of Then And Now (CD/2LP, Ninja Tune, 2014)
info | juno

"Ryan Hunn aka Illu Sphere, from Manchester, has been releasing EPs since 2009 on Fat City, Young Turks, Pinch's Tectonic and Martyn's 3024 labels… This is is first album, electronic bass/synths music just like you heard in movies recently. Perfect androids dream music, fabulous for those who love the 'Blade Runner' vibe."

06. Kraked Unit - Casse-Tête Chinois Soundtrack (CD, Believe Recordings, 2013)
info

"Featuring Mike Ladd, Lyrics Born, Lateef, Hugh Coltman, 20syl and Gary Mudbone Cooper, it's a marvelous blend of cinematic & dramatic Soul, Hip Hop and Blues, produced by Paris DJs co-founder Loik Dury with Christophe 'Disco' Minck."

07. Kon - On My Way (CD/2LP, BBE Music, 2013)
info | juno

"After many Kon & Amir compilations and a string of edits of funk/soul classics, crate digger Kon has released a soulful house/disco/early 80s funk album with some though boogie grooves. One that's been produced with love by a DJ, for the DJs!"

08. Lee Bannon - Alternate Endings (CD/2LP, Ninja Tune, 2014)
info | juno

"After a few years deeply into hip hop and many recent Bandcamp releases, NYC-based producer Lee Bannon adds another cornerstone to the recent Jungle/Drum'n'Bass resurgence (check the Congo Natty & London Posse reviews in the april playlist), adding some atmospheric influences from L.A.'s beat scene and dubstep. Fascinating."

09. Peshay - Generation (CD, Tru Thoughts, 2013)
info | etchshop | juno

"At the opposite end of the current drum'n'bass revival, legendary producer Peshay offers an alternative, using live musicians from the German band Tounion, exploring jazz, funk, soul, early electro and latin-house realms. An edgy take on American music by an Anglo-Italian Londoner with a touch of class."

10. The Butch Cassidy Sound System - Dubs And Rarities (Digital album, Olbap Music, 2013)
info | bandcamp

"This collection of new dubs, unreleased dubs and deleted vinyl only b-sides, following up on the 'Echo Tone Defeat' album release last year is a must-have for all fans of Lee Perry and King Tubby. Olympic games of 21st century roots reggae production might see Grant Phabao, Ticklah and the Butch Cassidy Sound System on the podium!"

11. The Last Skeptik - Thanks For Trying (CD, BBE Music, 2013)
info | juno

"A mostly instrumental soulful hip hop album filled with experimental explorations in chillout melancholia, orchestral arrangements and cinematic sounds. Dope from start to finish."

SINGLES :

12. Funky Mama - Funky Mama EP (12"/CD EP, Goodfellas, 2013)
info

"A welcome addition to the Italian funk scene, blending heavy horns funk, acid jazz and afrobeat on their first EP. Vintage grooves with a southern Italian touch."

13. Grant Phabao presents Echo Minott - Push It (Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2013)
info | bandcamp | junodownload

"Real Reggae music never ages. So when you put Grant Phabao, one of the rare dominant producers of this era of Reggae music, and Echo Minott, a Jamaican singer in love with a girl so beautiful, you unavoidably get a timeless Reggae love song."

14. Grant Phabao presents The Jays - Agatha (Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2013)
info | bandcamp | junodownload

"While still shining a bright light on the traditional roots reggae sound of 70s Jamaica, with a Rockers, stomping, Roots Reggae original version that's gonna bring a BIG smile to one foot jumpers in the dancehalls, French producer Grant Phabao keeps on twisting the Caribbean Island vibe with a Heavy Rock remix for all the bluesy bourbon-drinking heads out there, holding The Jays as fresh as ever!!"

15. Grant Phabao - Reggae Reworks Vol.1 - Masters Of Soul (Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2013)
info | bandcamp

"Always celebrating the end of the year with xmas mixes, best-of lists and gifts, Paris DJs has prepared a series of free EPs, gathering the best reggae reworks that have been offered on their Virtual Releases podcast in high-quality audio, starting with a 'Masters Of Soul' selection of heavyweight legends: Stevie Wonder, George Clinton, Michael Jackson and Ce-Lo Green."

16. GUYNAMUKAT vs EUFORQUESTRA - Ogun EP (12", Mukatsuku Records, 2013)
info | juno

"Eufórquestra is an eclectic world-beat ensemble from Iowa City, IA, who released in 2006 a superb album 'Explorations In Afrobeat', a fusion of Nigerian and Cuban music rooted in Yoruba tradition. Their banger track 'Ogun' gets re-issued it in 3 different, re-edited versions, a dramatically shortened edit, focusing on global dancefloor efficiency, an afro disco version, for those into alittle bit more housey world grooves, and a dubbed-out, more minimal disco version. A blast of an EP!!"

17. Harleighblu - Let Me Be (Digital Single, Tru Thoughts, 2013)
info | juno | etchshop

"This second single from Nottingham's Rn'B/soul singer Harleighblu superb album 'Forget Me Not' sounds as if Portishead were tackling soul. Nuff' said!"

18. Howeefeel - People Of The World (Limited 7", Family Groove, 2013)
info | juno

"Wanna feel good with some new old stuff? Here's a 1977 previously unreleased soul gem with a massive drum break from Chicago's Davis Import, in their earlier incarnation as Howeefeel."

19. MUKAT EDITS - Vol.4 Tropical Funk 45 (Limited 7", Mukat Edits, 2013)
info | juno

"Act fast if you want to grab one of those beauties! A-side is an edit of the people's Calypsonian Brother Valentino and his 1980 Carribbean afro-disco bomb 'Ah Wo (Brand New Revolution)', focusing on the instrumental parts of the original, the groovy breaks and solos, leaving the crusty cheese of the original vocals on the side, making it an even more potent dancefloor weapon."

20. Popsanova - Não Vem Que Nem Tem (Digital Single, Jewpop Records, 2013)
info | bandcamp | junodownload

"Here's the first Popsanova track, some kind of 'homenagem' to Wilson Simonal, Brigitte Bardot, and Marcel Zanini's moustache! Expect sexy Parisian girls moaning as the lead female vocalist Désirée Lachose sings the original lyrics, backed by Captain Détendu's band. Enjoy three versions: Grant Phabao fabulous Kingston's touch under The Mighty Blunts guise, David°F kinky Jerk mood, or The Joslyns' Tropical Pop. As would Wilson Simonal say: Alegria, Alegria!!!"

21. Wilson Legendre - Soca Music (Limited 10", Out There Records, 2013)
info | juno

"Originally released on seven inch in 1979 on Semp Records, the deeply funky cosmic afro Caribbean disco of Wilson Legendre's 'Soca Music' gets reissued by Belgium label Out There Records."

COMPILATIONS :

22. Five Years Büro.9 Music - a Label Compilation 2009-2014 (CD, Büro.9 Music, 2014)
info | bandcamp | juno

"This indie label from Cologne has been one of the discoveries of the year for us, this best-of & unreleased selection of their first five years of activity. Covering the soul, reggae, hip hop, jazz and latin spectrum with a lot of humor in the choice of covers (here: The Cure, AC/DC or some German pop…) and a knack for pop production without clichés, we can only expect 5 more years of great tunes coming from Thomas Berghaus aka Shareholder Tom's Büro.9 Music!"

23. John Morales - The M+M Mixes Vol.3 (3CD/2x2LP, BBE Music, 2013)
info | juno

"Two years in the making, this greatly mastered collection of floorfillers clearly aims for the dancefloor with superb extended re-arrangements by legendary New York disco DJ John Morales. All DJs should find some tasty stuff to play in their sets in this huge amount of definitive versions of many well known club classics from the 70s and the early 80s. Essential for the funky dance music lovers!"

24. John Morales - The M+M Mixes, Vol.3 Instrumentals (2CD, BBE Music, 2013)
info | juno

"Maybe even better for all the sound lovers out there is the instrumental remixes version. Who's ever heard those kinds of dubs with THAT sound before? A delight to investigate, revealing its subtleties slowly but surely in an hypnotic cosmic disco way. John Morales creatively focuses on everything but the original songs themselves, making this collection a spellbinding experience."

25. Santa's Soul & Funk Christmas Party Vol.2 (CD/LP, Tramp Records, 2013)
info | juno | bandcamp

"Two years ago Tramp Records released the 'Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party' compilation. Honestly we never expected a second volume. Jan Kohlmeyer, however, did an amazing job and comes up with an even more exciting selection on this second part. And to top it all, he also cooked two new mixes to share some holiday love…"


Contact us to be featured in this monthly playlist or send us records at :
Julien Lakshmanan / Paris DJs
240 rue de Belleville
(gardien au 55 rue du Telegraphe)
75020 Paris, France
Posted: 24 Dec 2013 02:20 AM PST
Howeefeel People Of the World.jpg

Wanna feel good with some new old stuff? Here's a 1977 previously unreleased soul gem with a massive drum break from Chicago's Davis Import, in their earlier incarnation as Howeefeel. With the bass taking up a big chunk of the sound, you won't be disappointed by the catchiness of this tune! It's only available as a clear vinyl 45 limited to 300 copies which should disappear quite fast from the racks so give it a listen before regretting passing on…

Howeefeel People Of the World.jpg
Howeefeel - People Of The World
(Limited edition 45) Family Groove Records FG-SP3, 2013-11-15



Tracklisting ;
A1. Howeefeel - People Of The World
B1. Howeefeel - Lookin For A Love

Links :
Order on familygrooverecords.bigcartel.com or from Juno Records
Family Groove Records : official | facebook | soundcloud | twitter

Press Release :
Chicago's Davis Brothers recorded Disco Funk as Davis Import on AVI Records in the late 70s and early 80s. Their early incarnation Howeefeel released just one 7" on Contempo Records in the UK only. Recorded in 1977, 'People Of The World' is a crossover soul masterpiece with a massive open drums funk break. Making it's debut on Family Groove Records, this is the first time this song has seen the light of day. Limited edition of 300 copies on clear vinyl.
Posted: 18 Dec 2013 07:50 AM PST
Grant Phabao Reggae Reworks Vol 1 Masters Of Soul

Always celebrating the end of the year with xmas mixes, best-of lists and gifts, Paris DJs has prepared a series of free EPs, gathering the best reggae reworks that have been offered on their Virtual Releases podcast in high-quality audio, starting with a 'Masters Of Soul' selection of heavyweight legends: Stevie Wonder, George Clinton, Michael Jackson and Ce-Lo Green. The EP is strictly limited to 1000 downloads, so act fast or go hunting the p2p networks later... and note that all 4 remixes have been remastered by Grant Phabao for this reissue!

Grant Phabao Reggae Reworks Vol 1 Masters Of Soul
Grant Phabao Reggae Reworks Vol.1 - Masters Of Soul
(Free Digital EP) Paris DJs PARISDJS043-D, 2013-12-18

Tracklisting :
01. Stevie Wonder - Uptight (Grant Phabao Remix) 4:40*
02. George Clinton - U Ain't Runnin Shit (Grant Phabao Skank) 5:57*
03. Michael Jackson - Rockin' Robin (Grant Phabao Remix) 4:08*
04. Cee-Lo Green - The One (Grant Phabao Remix) 6:02*
(* 2013 remasters)



Links :
Grant Phabao : official | bandcamp | facebook | juno | parisdjs | soundcloud | youtube
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | juno | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Artwork by Ben Hito : official | bandcamp | discogs | facebook

Press Release :
Always celebrating the end of the year with xmas mixes, best-of lists and gifts, Paris DJs has prepared a series of free EPs, gathering the best reggae reworks that have been offered on their Virtual Releases podcast in high-quality audio, starting with a 'Masters Of Soul' selection of heavyweight legends: Stevie Wonder, George Clinton, Michael Jackson and Ce-Lo Green. The EP is strictly limited to 1000 downloads, so act fast or go hunting the p2p networks later...

Stevie Wonder's magic voice on Grant Phabao's 'new vintage' 70s reggae production works so well it's reggae soul at its best! Listen to 'Uptight' and let us know if everything's alright…

We then head towards th P-Funk galaxy, and George Clinton's 'U Ain't Runnin Shit' from his 'How Late Do U Have 2b B4 Ur Absent' album, skanked by Grant Phabao into a sunshine piece of psychadelicreggaesoulthang. A remix fully approved by the Dr. Funkenstein himself.

Another great Master of Soul is of course Michael Jackson, who's second single on Motown Records from way back in 1972, a pop/R&B cover of a fifties song by Bobby Day, 'Rockin Robin', gets the Grant Phabao treatment so that it's the dancehalls MJ is now rockin'!

Last on this EP but not least, Cee-Lo Green is also one highly-esteemed soul singers, even if his career is still young and if he's been kinda heading towards shiny pop territories these days. His 2004 single 'The One' was one hell of a soulful hip hop song, dressed here in classy reggae stylings by the one and only Grant Phabao

Posted: 24 Dec 2013 02:19 AM PST
Bahama Soul Club The Cuban Tapes

Oliver Belz , from Germany, runs many Afro-Latin-Jazz projects. The Juju Orchestra, Kojato and The Afro Latin Cougaritas, and, the one we're interested by here, The Bahama Soul Club. The BSC have released a first album in 2008, 'Rhythm Is What Makes Jazz', followed in 2010 by 'Bossa Nova Just Smells Funky' and its remix companion the following year. 'The Cuban Tapes' is the 4th one, once again deeply drenched into latin-jazz. But this time the focus is not on the dancefloor rhythms, more on the melodies. Think Cuba. Think Jazz. It's the mid-60s. Late at night. Smoke is filling the club. A band is playing on a small scene… The overhall vibe is Blue, just like the album's cover. Featuring modern day Cuban vocalists Telmary, Danay Suarez and Arema Arega, along with major artists Bessie Smith, Spanky Wilson or Ruthie Foster, this trip into the past sounds as modern as you'd expect from the Bahama Soul Club, filled with bangers and lounge beauties. Inspired 'I Am Cuba", the 1960s cult movie by Mikhail Kalatozov, The Cuban Tapes is the most accomplished yet from the German club jazz outfit. A full-length delightfully available on double vinyl…

Bahama Soul Club The Cuban Tapes
Bahama Soul Club - The Cuban Tapes
(CD/2LP+CD/Digital) Buyú Records BU012, 2013-11-08


Tracklisting :
01. Ay Jona
02. Tiki Suite Pt.1 Cuban Casbah
03. Moaners feat. Bessie Smith
04. Cooka Racca feat. Telmary
05. Cuervo Gold
06. I Warned You Baby feat. Spanky Wilson
07. La Serenata
08. Tiki Suite Pt.2 Mirando Al Mar feat. Arema Arega
09. That's What We Need
10. Broken Piano
11. Grinning In Your Face feat. Ruthie Foster
12. Tiki Suite Pt.3 In The Night feat. Anna Luca
13. Soledad feat. Telmary
14. Malago feat. Danay Suarez
15. Tiki Suite Pt.2 Mirando Al Mar feat. Arema Arega (Club Des Belugas Remix)
16. Moaners feat. Bessie Smith (Suonho Good Love Remix)
17. Ay Jona (Grant Lazlo Remix)

Note : tracks 01, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 14 also appear on the double LP version. Tracks 02, 13, 15, 16, 17 exclusive to the CD/Digital version.



Links :
Bahama Soul Club : discogs | facebook | Juno | | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Buyú : official | bandcamp | discogs | juno | parisdjs

Press Release :
Darker, deeper a bit more mystic than what you probably expected from The Bahama Soul Club. Alluring Tiki blended through Jazz with Afro-Cuban rhythms and instrumentation, environmental sounds and lush romatic themes and not without a twinkled eye for the Exotica genre. "Sure everything is based on Bahama Soul-ish kind of established and reknown rhythm and sound, but this time we spotted more on the composition with more harmonies and a soft spot on fine melodies. If you try to visualize a splendid Jazzband in a cuban night club in the mid 60s. Then you probably got it." Indeed the work on this album was deeply inspired by the breathtaking pictures of the most deliriously beautiful films ever made: "I Am Cuba", directed 1964 by Mikhail Kalatozov and presented in the 90s by Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. The rights owners of this film ‚The Cuban Institute Of Cinematography totally fell in love with the first songs for this album and also with the idea to combine the footage with the music. They finally agreed to several scenes for a couple of videos to support "The Cuban Tapes" with pure genuine cuban patina. The first video is a trailer featuring the opening song "Ay Jona".

"The Cuban Tapes" consists of 17 tracks of finest Club Jazz and again with handselected vocal features like some of the most announced artists of the contemporary Cuban Music Scene: DANAY SUAREZ, AREMA AREGA & TELMARY DIAZ. A grandiose trio which was also selected by Gilles Peterson for his terrific, HAVANA CULTURA' project.

As if this weren't enough we're more than proud to announce three generations of distinguished American singers from past until now, starting with Jazz and Gospel legend BESSIE SMITH, Soul and Funk diva SPANKY WILSON and the Grammy nominated "Soul and Blues Powerhouse" RUTHIE FOSTER. Finally on top of that the wonderful ANNA LUCA from mighty Club Des Belugas. By the way, cool remixes from CLUB DES BELU GAS, from Italian shooting star SUOHNO and from French Swingmaster GRANT LAZLO as bonus tracks.



Biography :
The Bahama Soul Club are a German-based group whose unique blend of soul, jazz, funk, blues, bossa nova, afro and Caribbean influences has firmly put them on the map of the black music scene as one of the most exciting contemporary outfits.

The band led by Oliver Belz started in 2005 under the former name of The Juju Orchestra . The first 45 double-sider was "Kind Of Latin Rhythm" / "Funky Nassau" released in 2006, which became a huge worldwide success, going straight to N.1 on the German Club Charts and staying there for more than 12 weeks. The following album "Bossa Nova Is Not A Crime" was released in 2007 with guest vocals from soul-jazz crooner Terry Callier , Carolyn Leonhart , from Steely Dan and the lovely Katia B from Sao Paulo, whose cut became a smash hit in the worldwide club jazz scene and again reached the official media control Jazz Charts #2.

In 2008 for legal reasons the band's name was changed to Bahama Soul Club and their first album "Rhythm Is What Makes Jazz Jazz" was released, amazingly following up on the outstanding success of The Juju Orchestra . They definitely hit the mark once again with the incredible appearance of guests like french chanteuse Isabelle Antena from Nouvelle Vague and Mrs. Pat Appleton from DePhazz , with whom they also established a 9-piece live orchestra and played all the famous jazz festivals in Germany and many more elsewhere in Europe.

2010 marks the release of the second Bahama Soul Club album, "Bossa Nova Just Smells Funky" with guest singers Xantoné Blacq from Amy Winehouse Band , British shooting star John Turrell , Kojato and again Pat Appleton , just to name a few. It soon became the band's biggest success with radio features on ALL german public radio stations and countless "CD of the month" / "Album of the year" features worldwide, along with many Chart entries. With this album BSC became one of the most important contemporary European Jazz projects and were finally invited to the big German Groove Festival in Sao Paulo/Brazil.

2013 sees the band release their third album, "The Cuban Tapes" , an exotic blend of Cuban rhythms and tropical flavors executed with the trademark Bahama Soul Club style. This full-length once again features a host of talented vocal guests such as Danay Suarez , Arema Arega & Telmary Diaz from the contemporary Cuban scene, 3 generations of american soul singers Bessie Smith , Spanky Wilson and Ruthie Foster , and Anna Luca from Club Des Belugas . With "The Cuban Tapes" there is no doubt Bahama Soul Club are officially claiming their rightful spot at the forefront of the club jazz scene for many years to come!

The difference between BSC and other Nu-funk, Latin-Jazz,or Bossa projects? Bahama Soul Club is better! Simply put, it's an original combination of afrolicious Bossa-Jazz with 60s Soul and 70s Funk. The positive vibes and contagious rhythms transcend boundaries, language and race, for a timeless sound that nobody can resist!
Posted: 26 Dec 2013 06:32 AM PST
Jan Kohlmeyer Yuletide DJ Mix for Paris DJs

To be honest, Christmas music on earthly radio seems to be the worst in the Milky Way. Just imagine an alien picking up our radio waves on his journey through the galaxy - what would he think of our conception of Christmas music? Would he land on planet earth at all?
Of all things, this year it is planet earth that has something seasonal to offer - something the galaxy has never seen before. Galactic garden gnomes will surely have a fling to 'Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol.2'. And all Martians will be snapping their fingers to the groove: Yuletide nerd Jan Kohlmeyer has put together another amazing collection of hip-shaking Christmas songs. Merry Christmas everybody!

Some of you remember mix 1 (still available here) that has been downloaded thousands of times(!). We asked Jan to contribute another exclusive mix for Paris DJs. Well, he gave us two more. Another 60min mix to promote Volume 1 of his CD series and this additional 60min mix featuring all of the tracks of Volume 2 of 'Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party'.

Jan Kohlmeyer Yuletide DJ Mix for Paris DJs
Jan Kohlmeyer - Yuletide DJ Mix III for Paris DJs
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2013-12-11

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Tracklisting (Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol. 2) :
01. Little Jimmy Thomas - Deck The Halls (Fa La La La La)
02. Jimmy Jones And His Versatiles - Christmas Is A Drag Without You Baby
03. The Salem Travelers - A Letter For Christmas
04. Pearl Bailey - Jingle Bells Cha Cha Cha
05. The Beginning Of The End - Gee Whiz, It's Christmas
06. Steve Gray - Snowmans Stomp
07. Tina Roberts - Snow (Like The Snow)
08. The Rev. T. L. Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir - Jingle Bells (Pt. I)
09. Jim Cagle - Santa Claus, Jr.
10. Short Stuff - Merry Christmas Baby
11. The Meditation Singers - What The World Needs For Christmas
12. Little Eva And Big Dee Irwin - I Wish You A Merry Christmas
13. Ron Holden - Who Say There Ain't No Santa Claus
14. Al Hirt - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
15. Tina Robin - I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
16. Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme - That Holiday Feeling
17. Snoopy's Christmas - Mr. Reindeer
18. Zebra - Christmas Morning (Pt. I)
19. Houghas Sorowonko (Feat. Pee Pee Dynamite) - A Groovy Christmas And New Year
20. Rueben Anderson - Christmas Time
21. The Violinaires - Remember What Day It Is
22. The Staple Singers - Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas
23. Ernest Franklin - I'm Going To Have A Merry Christmas
24. J. Hines And The Boys - A Funky Xmas To You
25. The Jive Turkeys - Get Down Santa
26. Vessie Simmons - Xmas Party Rap
27. Ray Harris & The Fusion Experience - Soulful Christmas
28. The Soulful Strings - Sleigh Ride
29. Diplomats Of Solid Sound - Let It Snow
30. Snoopy's Christmas - Christmas Candy
31. Nancy Lee - Xmas Commercial Blues
32. Delilah - Once Every Year (Soul Version)
33. Billy Watkins - Merry Christmas To God
34. Jimmy Mccracklin - Christmas Time (Pt. I)
35. Bobby Allen And The Exceptions - Lonely Christmas Tears
36. Louis Armstrong - Here Is My Heart For Christmas
37. Bobby Allen And The Exceptions - Please Santa (Bring My Baby Back To Me)
38. Bill Cosby - Merry Christmas Mama (Vocal)
39. Joseph Washington, Jr. - Watcha Gonna Bring Me
40. Don Smith - Black Christmas
41. The Soulful Strings - Jingle Bells
42. Joseph Washington, Jr. - Shopping
Total time : 65:44

Notes : tracks 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 31, 35 and 40 are featured on the CD/LP/mp3 compilation titled 'Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol II' just released on Tramp Records. Check it out here.

Download MP3

Credits :
Selected and mixed by Jan Kohlmeyer
Audio mastering by Grant Phabao (grantphabao.com)

Links
Funky Christmas : official | facebook | soundcloud
DJ Jan Kohlmeyer : official | youtube
Tramp Records : official | bandcamp | discogs | kudos (UK distribution) | parisdjs
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

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Posted: 24 Dec 2013 02:19 AM PST
Wilson Legendre Soca Music

Originally released on seven inch in 1979 on Semp Records, the deeply funky cosmic afro Caribbean disco of Wilson Legendre's 'Soca Music' gets reissued by Belgium label Out There Records. After the cosmic island afro disco of African 1980 released the previous year (played by Anthony Joseph in his september 2011 mix), this is another gem to hunt, the kind of perfect thing for a 'Cosmic Tropical Disco' selection, on a hand-painted, numbered 10 inch limited to 350 copies only! On the b-side, a rare piece of parang, traditional Trinidian music perfomed around christmas. This one's totally frantic at 140 bpm, while soundtrack-ish like sped-up Tarantino music.
Mesmerizing psychedelic music.

Wilson Legendre Soca Music
Wilson Legendre / Familia Sen - Soca Music / Angelo
(Limited 10") Out There Records OTR002, 2013-10-01

Tracklisting :
A1. Wilson Legendre - Soca Music 3:56
B1. Familia Sen - Angelo 5:10





Links :
Out There Records : discogs | facebook | juno | soundcloud | vimeo

Press Release :
350 10" available only. Handpainted, numbered and tittypressed!

Wilson Le Gendre - "Soca Music" - unique psychedelic Trinidad disco, produced by Carl "Beaver" Henderson the man who later became responsible for producing the first real soca records.

La Familia Sen - "Angelo" - hailing from Trinidad, the genre is called Parang, it is a music that is made around Christmas only. This record is a particularly HEAVY 140 bpm affair with loud claves, frantic driving mariachi guitars and the melancholic voices of the Sen family wondering about their lost brother/son.


Posted: 24 Dec 2013 02:18 AM PST
Nik Weston presents GUYNAMUKAT vs Euforquestra Ogun EP

Eufórquestra is an eclectic world-beat ensemble from Iowa City, IA, who released in 2006 a superb album 'Explorations In Afrobeat', a fusion of Nigerian and Cuban music rooted in Yoruba tradition, featured on Paris DJs at the time of its release. The following year Paris DJs even played their banger track 'Ogun' in an Afro mix called 'African Mashed Potato Popcorn Vol.6'. Well without wanting to sound pretentious, at Paris DJs we've always had years of advance on the rest of the music world here in Europe (since 1996!!), so a few years later, when Nik Weston from Mukatsuku Records stumbled upon this hidden gem, licensed it, and re-issued it in 3 different, re-edited versions, we could only applaud because this track never existed on vinyl before… First one is a dramatically shortened edit, focusing on global dancefloor efficiency, second one is an afro disco version, for those into alittle bit more housey world grooves, and third one is a dubbed-out, more minimal disco version. A blast of an EP!!

Nik Weston presents GUYNAMUKAT vs Euforquestra Ogun EP
Nik Weston presents GUYNAMUKAT vs Eurfórquestra - Ogun EP
(Limited 180g 12" + Sticker) Mukatsuku Records MUKAT030, 2012-12-02

Tracklisting :
A1. Ogun (GUYNAMUKAT The Spirit Of Fela Is Alive & Well re-edit)
A2. Ogun (GUYNAMUKAT Afro disco remix)
B1. Ogun (GUYNAMUKAT stripped to the waist disco dub)



Links :
Buy it on juno.co.uk
Mukatsuku : official | discogs | facebook | parisdjs | twitter | wikipedia | youtube

Juno Review :
Mukatsuku head honcho heard the 'Ogun' track from Iowa City outfit Euforquestra (pronounced: yoo FOHR keh struh, think Euphoria+Orchestra), on youtube several years ago bizarrely accompanying a 70's soul train video. After contacting the label and securing a license the production team of GUYNAMUKAT (Guynamite & Nik Weston) finally set about with their own interpretation. For those who had perhaps fallen in love with the GUYNAMUKAT versions of the best selling afro beat monster featuring Kaleta on the label (MUKAT 014) a couple of years ago this picks up where that left off. Three versions are included here of Ogun… a dramatically shortened re-edit, an afro disco version plus a dubbed out more minimal disco version to delight your dance floor! Strictly limited 180 gram vinyl only. As played/supported by Craig Charles (BBC 6 Music), Patrick Forge, Sleazy McQueen, Discopatrick, Nick Record Kicks, Dom Servini, etc.

Posted: 24 Dec 2013 02:18 AM PST
Mukat Edits Vol 4 Tropical Funk 45

This is the fourth in the series of 'Mukat Edits' releases after 'Afro Disco Boogie Edits Vol.1', described as pure tropical dancefloor gold in the november 2012 playlist; 'Afro Disco Boogie Edits Vol.2', featuring irresistible bouncing boogie, serious digging and the electro-funk side of disco, as seen in the april 2013 playlist; and 'Afro Disco Boogie Edits Vol.3', floorfiller material for sure as described in september 2013 playlist. This time it's not a 12 inch but a 7 inch, limited to just 350 copies, hand numbered & hand stamped… and it's already been released for a month so you gotta act fast if you want to grab one of those beauties! A-side is an edit of the people's Calypsonian Brother Valentino and his 1980 Carribbean afro-disco bomb 'Ah Wo (Brand New Revolution)', focusing on the instrumental parts of the original, the groovy breaks and solos, leaving the crusty cheese of the original vocals on the side, making it an even more potent dancefloor weapon. B-side is some cinematic, breaks-heavy, tropical thriller funk that I can't pinpoint but which doesn't make this 7 inch less recommended!

Mukat Edits Vol 4 Tropical Funk 45
Mukat Edits - Tropical Funk 45 Vol.4
(7") Mukat Edits MUKATEDITS003, 2013-11-18



Tracklisting :
A1. Tropical Calypso (re-edit)
B1. The Sting Of Skorpion (re-edit)

Note : hand-numbered limited edition 7" - 350 copies only

Links :
Buy on Juno

Juno Review :
It's another ridiculously collectable addition to the Mukat series. Hand numbered of just 350 copies & hand stamped these cats dig deep again & this needs your attention before it sells out. "Tropical Calypso" is a sunkissed funk groove showdown with shimmers of highlife, woozy horns and delicate pianos while the latin floor filler "The Sting Of Skorpion" rides roughshod on an instantly distinctive horn hook and a mesmerising drum work out. Both are, as you'd expect, stunning. As charted /played by Eddie C, Suonho, Red Greg, Adesse Versions, Lefto, Diesler, Dom Servini, Ashley Beedle, Nicola Conte and more !
Posted: 26 Dec 2013 06:32 AM PST
Jan Kohlmeyer Yuletide DJ Mix for Paris DJs

To be honest, Christmas music on earthly radio seems to be the worst in the Milky Way. Just imagine an alien picking up our radio waves on his journey through the galaxy - what would he think of our conception of Christmas music? Would he land on planet earth at all?
Of all things, this year it is planet earth that has something seasonal to offer - something the galaxy has never seen before. Galactic garden gnomes will surely have a fling to 'Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol.2'. And all Martians will be snapping their fingers to the groove: Yuletide nerd Jan Kohlmeyer has put together another amazing collection of hip-shaking Christmas songs. Merry Christmas everybody!

Some of you remember mix 1 (still available here) that has been downloaded thousands of times(!). We asked Jan to contribute another exclusive mix for Paris DJs. Well, he gave us two more. Another 60min mix to promote Volume 1 of his CD series and an additional 60min mix featuring all of the tracks of Volume 2 of 'Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party' (to be published very soon).

Jan Kohlmeyer Yuletide DJ Mix for Paris DJs
Jan Kohlmeyer - Yuletide DJ Mix II for Paris DJs
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2013-12-11

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Tracklisting (Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol. 1) :
01. Rufus Thomas - I'll Be Your Santa
02. Lou Rawls - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
03. Gary Walker - Santa's Got A Brand New Bag (Poppa's Got A Brand New Bag)
04. Lee Rogers - You Won't Have To Wait Till Xmas
05. Detroit Junior - Christmas Day
06. Rose Graham - Black Christmas
07. Vernon Garrett With Sir Stan & The Counts - Merry Christmas Baby
08. Jimmy Reed - Christmas Present Blues
09. Jimmy Jules & The Nuclear Soul System - Xmas Done Got Funky
10. Clarence Carter - Back Door Santa
11. Run DMC - Christmas In Hollis
12. Lefties Soul Connection - Back Door Santa
13. Short Stuff - Merry Christmas Baby
14. The Jpc Gang - Christmas Delight
15. Bill Withers - Let Us Love
16. James Brown - Signs Of Christmas
17. Solomon Burke - Presents For Christmas
18. Bobby Holloway - Funky Little Drummer Boy
19. Funk Machine - Soul Santa
20. James Brown - Hey America, It's Christmas
21. Martin Mull With The Sondra Baskin Glee Club - Santafly
22. Albert King - Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin
23. Andre Williams - Christmas Wish
24. Freddy King - I Hear Jingle Bells
25. Lou Rawls - Good Time Christmas
26. James Brown - Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto
27. Lou Rawls - Christmas Will Really Be Christmas
28. Ella Fitzgerald - Jingle Bells
29. B.B. King - Christmas Celebration
30. Lowell Fulsom - The Original Lonesome Christmas (Pt.I)
31. Binky Griptite - Holliday Breakdown

Notes : tracks 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, and 09 are featured on the CD/LP/mp3 compilation titled 'Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party' released on Tramp Records. Tracks 13 and 21 are featured on the CD/LP/mp3 compilation titled Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol II' just released on Tramp Records. Check it out here.

Download MP3

Credits :
Selected and mixed by Jan Kohlmeyer
Audio mastering by Grant Phabao (grantphabao.com)

Links
Funky Christmas : official | facebook | soundcloud
DJ Jan Kohlmeyer : official | youtube
Tramp Records : official | bandcamp | discogs | kudos (UK distribution) | parisdjs
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

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Posted: 24 Dec 2013 02:16 AM PST
Two years ago Tramp Records released the 'Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party' compilation. Honestly we never expected a second volume. Jan Kohlmeyer, however, did an amazing job and comes up with an even more exciting selection on this second part. And to top it all, he also cooked two new mixes to share some holiday love, available later on this week for the first one, and next week for the second one. They'll go along nicely with the mix he did for Paris DJs two years ago, in our Xmas Mixes section!

Santa Funk and Soul Christmas Party Vol 2
Various - Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol.2
(Gatefold LP/CD/Digital) Tramp Records TRLP/CD-9027, 2013-11-25



Tracklisting :
01. Little Jimmy Thomas - Deck The Halls
02. Jimmy Jones & His Versatiles - Christmas Is A Drag Without You Baby
03. Salem Travelers - A Letter For Christmas
04. Tina Roberts - Snow (Like The Snow)
05. Pearl Bailey - Jingle Bells Cha Cha Cha
06. The Beginning Of The End - Gee Whiz, It's Christmas
07. Steve Gray - Snowmans Stomp
08. Meditation Singers - What The World Needs For Christmas
09. Rev. T.L. Barrett And The Youth For Christ Choir - Jingle Bells Pt.1
10. Rev. T.L. Barrett And The Youth For Christ Choir - Jingle Bells Pt.2
11. Martin Mull With The Sondra Baskin Glee Club - Santafly
12. Jim Cagle - Santa Claus, Jr.
13. Short Stuff - Merry Christmas Baby
14. Don Smith - Black Christmas
15. Nancy Lee - Xmas Commercial Blues
16. Bobby Allen & The Exceptions - Lonely Christmas Tears

Links :
Funky Christmas : official | facebook | soundcloud
DJ Jan Kohlmeyer : official | youtube
Tramp Records : official | bandcamp | discogs | kudos (UK distribution) | parisdjs

Press Release :
To be honest, Christmas music on earthly radio seems to be the worst in the Milky Way. Just imagine an alien picking up our radio waves on his journey through the galaxy – what would he think of our conception of Christmas music? Having such an impression of our cultural heritage, would he land on planet earth at all? Being extraordinarily tolerant and broad-minded, Paul did - and luckily, I got to meet him.

Paul admits – unlike other extraterrestrials – that the human race might be able to survive on its own. This makes me appreciate him more than other aliens. And when it comes to exceptional musical taste, Paul and I have even more in common. In the past centuries, Paul has celebrated innumerable Christmas seasons across the universe. Of all things, this year it is planet earth that has something seasonal to offer - something the galaxy has never seen before. Yuletide nerd Jan Kohlmeyer has put together an amazing collection of hip-shaking Christmas songs. Despite Paul's advanced age and wealth of experience, he has never encountered such an impressive selection. Not in the entire universe.

Asking Paul about this compilation puts a big smile on his face: Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol. 2 is simply intergalactic! There is no better instruction manual for decorating the Christmas tree (Little Jimmy Thomas - Deck the Halls). It is a most righteous accompaniment to seeing the first snowflakes dancing through the air (Tina Roberts – Snow). Galactic garden gnomes will surely have a fling to Pearl Bailey's Jingle Bells Cha Cha Cha, and all Martians will be snapping their fingers to Gee Whiz, it's Christmas. At his 874th anniversary this December, Paul's grandad will get up and boogie to Martin Mull's Santafly just like Christopher Walken did in Weapon of Choice. Fortunately, Paul realised how crackbrained it is to celebrate Christmas without his beloved (Jimmy Jones & his Versatiles – Christmas is a drag without you baby), so he split to be back home in time and left me to pass on this farewell: Merry Christmas everybody!
Dr. Jule S. - Alien expert, November 2013
Posted: 25 Dec 2013 08:50 AM PST
Even with the holiday season coming fast on us (stop going out during the week-end days!) there's still a lot of cool new tracks uploaded regularly on Soundcloud, and even more to discover while digging the archives. Among the new discoveries, the Hartley & Wolfe album out on BBE is quite a gem, the latest Analog Africa compilation is a new must-have, Kraked Unit featuring one-half of Paris DJs founders have put out an amazing movie soundtrack, for those into funky hip hop upcoming collaborator of our label Racecar is featured on DJ Suspect latest single, Afrobeat band from the Netherlands Jungle By Night get remixed… with some picks from Paris DJs catalog and a slew of other fine selection, here's more than two new hours of cool & groovy time to stream, share, like and so on…

Paris DJs Soundcloud Selection Vol 12
Paris DJs Soundsystem presents the Soundcloud Selection Vol.12
(Soundcloud streaming set) 2013-12-10

Tracklisting :
01. Groove Galaxi - Back In The USSR / Batterie info
02. GregSky & Grant Phabao - La Danse du Shadow / ParisDJs info
03. Nostalgia 77 - An Angel With No Halo (Prince Fatty Dub) / Tru Thoughts info
04. Sugar Minott & Ticklah - Praise His Name / Liondub 45 info
05. Grant Phabao & Echo Minott - Push It / ParisDJs info
06. Soklak - Cabron (Instrumental)* / LZO info
07. Grant Phabao & The Lone Ranger - Music Weh Dem Wan (Blend Mishkin Remix) / ParisDJs info
08. The Abyssinians - Declaration Of Rights (Panama Cardoon Refix)* info
09. Salt - Hung Up / Choctaw* info
10. Eli 'Paperboy' Reed & The Pepper Pots - Don't Mess Up A Good Thing / Double Back info
11. Blu & Knxwledge - Draginbreff / Classic Drug References info
12. George Clinton - U Ain't Runnin Shit (Grant Phabao Skank) / Paris DJs info
13. The FRIGHTNRS - Admiration (version) info
14. Tom Jones - Hit Or Miss / Rounder info
15. Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Amped Up / Blue Note info
16. Dafuniks - Don't Cry To Me / Underdog info
17. Hartley & Wolfe - Dancing In Circles / BBE info
18. Q-Tip & Busta vs Nickodemus - For the Nasty - Spirits Within* / Wonderwheel info
19. Os Anjos - Avante Juventude / Analog Africa info
20. Headnodic - Dirty Diamonds Remix (feat. Moe Pope, Bru Lei, Very, Jern Eye, Night Klubber Lang, & One.Be.Lo) / Brick info
21. The Heavy - What Makes A Good Man ? (Kenny Dope Remix) / Counter info
22. Kraked Unit - Chinese Puzzle (20syl Remix) / Believe Recordings info
23. DJ Suspect & Doc TMK - Trains feat. RacecaR / Luhna Recordz info
24. The New Mastersounds - 102% / Légère Recordings info
25. Jungle By Night - Ethiopino (DJ Kypski Remix) / Kindred Spirits info
26. De La Soul - Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Help Is On The Way) (Henry's Party Line)* info
27. Big Daddy Kane - 2 Da Good Tymz (Zamali Funk Remix)* info
28. Grant Phabao & Carlton Livingston - (A Message To You) Rudie (feat. The Lone Ranger) / Paris DJs info
29. The Liberators - Power Struggle / Record Kicks info
30. The New Mastersounds - One Note Brown / Légère Recordings info
31. Marvin Gaye - Grapevine (Autograf Remix)* info
32. The Rift Valley Brothers - Mu Africa (Voodoocuts Edit)* / Soundway info
33. Quantic & Nickodemus feat. the Candela Allstars - Puerto Rico Pa Gozar / Wonderwheel info
34. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - War* / Honest Jon's info
35. Florelie Escano - Backlash Brew info
36. Nick Pride & The Pimptones - Take Care Of My Love / Record Kicks info

(* tracks also available as free downloads)



Links :
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Posted: 06 Dec 2013 11:24 AM PST
The Analog Africa label is now on Bandcamp! Thanks to Paris DJs consulting services Analog Africa's bandcamp store is now open - with the complete catalog available directly to the fans in digital, CD and vinyl formats!!

To celebrate, tastemaker Andrew Jervis picked two tracks for his latest Bandcamp Weekly show, and Soul-Sides.com creator Oliver Wang wrote a nice nice pice featured on Bandcamp's homepage for a full week. Read it here.

Analog Africa on Bandcamp

Analog Africa feature by Oliver Wang
Posted: 24 Dec 2013 02:16 AM PST
Loik Dury, co-founder of Paris DJs, and Christophe 'Disco' Minck have just released under their Kraked Unit guise the soundtrack to French filmmaker Cedric Klapisch latest movie Chinese Puzzle (in French Casse-Tête Chinois). Featuring Mike Ladd, Lyrics Born, Lateef, Hugh Coltman, 20syl and Gary Mudbone Cooper, it's a marvelous blend of cinematic & dramatic Soul, Hip Hop and Blues.

Kraked Unit Casse-Tete ChinoisSoundtrack
Casse-tête Chinois - Original Soundtrack by Kraked Unit
(CD/Digital) Believe Recordings/Ce Qui Me Meut, 2013-10-30

Tracklisting :
01. De A à B ! 1:51
02. If I Had my Way feat. Mike Ladd, Lyrics Born & Lateef 3:30
03. The Bridge ain't Over feat. Mike Ladd 3:07
04. One we Were 2 feat. Hugh Coltman 3:03
05. Lose Yourself feat. Latyrx (Lateef & Lyrics Born) 3:41
06. Chinese Puzzle 0:41
07. Chinese Puzzle (20syl Remix) 2:50
08. From B to Beyond 1:58
09. The Blues is Now 2:28
10. Everybody Anywhere feat. Mike Ladd 3:13
11. Isabelle, Isabelle 1:48
12. The Zig Zag Way 1:32
13. Love is For… feat. Gary "Mudbone" Cooper 3:40
14. Sur le Départ 2:11
15. Une Paire de Pères 2:55
16. Une Paire de Pères (Reprise) 1:08
17. Coup de Pédale à Manhattan 1:14
18. If I Had my Way (Dj Khalid Remix) feat. Mike Ladd, Lyrics Born & Lateef 3:48
19. A la Vie! 0:52
20. Merci Schopenhauer 1:19
21. Chinese Puzzle (Générique Fin) 3:41

Links :
Buy : iTunes | Amazon.fr | Spotify | Deezer
Kraked Unit : official | facebook | soundcloud | twitter | youtube





Press Release :
Après L'Auberge espagnole (2002) et Les Poupées russes (2005), Xavier, le personnage joué par Romain Duris revient, cette fois quadragénaire. Et, pour accompagner ses déambulations new-yorkaises, Cédric Klapisch a tout naturellement sollicité Kraked Unit. Le nom de code d'un duo formé par Loik Dury, l'«autodidacte abstrait» qui tamise son inspiration débordante en bidouillant son ordinateur, et Christophe Minck, l'instrumentiste protéiforme et funky au surnom explicite (Disco), passé par le conservatoire. Depuis une petite dizaine d'années, il existe entre Cédric Klapisch et les deux musiciens une complicité qui, après un joli lot de réussites (les BO des Poupées Russes, de Paris ou de Ma Part du gâteau) trouve ici son aboutissement. Car les morceaux originaux tous composés pour l'occasion par Kraked Unit, s'ils jouent parfaitement leur rôle et servent le film, vont aussi exister en dehors de l'écran, se graver dans la mémoire des spectateurs mais aussi celle des fous de musique fresh. Comme dans le passé la BO de Superfly par Curtis Mayfield ou, plus récemment mais dans une autre vibe, celle d'Air pour The Virgin Suicides. Oui, cet album est un événement, la preuve vivante que la BO de film n'est pas un art figé dans le temps.

«Cédric nous a laissé la liberté d'inventer». Stimulé par le réalisateur, Kraked Unit est parti loin dans ses envies d'ailleurs sonores pour écrire la partition éclatée du Casse-Tête Chinois. Après une semaine de repérage à New York avec Klapisch, Loik est revenu avec un désir de métissage en trois dimensions. «A New York, il n'y a pas seulement deux musiques qui se mélangent. Tu entends la salsa qui passe dans un café, le hip hop qui sort d'une voiture mais aussi la disco qu'écoutent des Chinoises en train de danser dans le square d'en face». Loik et Christophe ont alors imaginé un triangle magique avec à un sommet le blues, père de tous les grooves et pilier de la musique américaine, à un autre sommet le hip hop urbain, la pulsation new-yorkaise par excellence, et au dernier sommet l'écriture atmosphérique et subtile propre aux bandes originales de films. C'est au centre du triangle qu'ils ont identifié leur objectif : donner leur propre vision des genres, à la fois érudite et délirante, mettre de côté les clichés pour faire fructifier leurs cultures hors norme et leurs singularités d'artistes.

C'est en ayant en tête un mix de couleurs chaudes et funky que Loik et Christophe ont commencé à créer dans leur studio-repaire. Un vrai laboratoire-terrain de jeu que les deux associés, avec les années, ont rempli d'instruments vintage, de machines et d'ordis dotés de logiciels ultra-pointus. Là, ils ont pu se livrer à un jouissif ping-pong artistique, des jeux de constructions à la fois organiques et électroniques, rendus possibles par la profusion des possibilités techniques et leur imagination. Loik a d'abord fureté, cherché, playlisté des tonnes de musique pour trouver la perle à sampler. ou celle qui fera naitre l'étincelle de l'inspiration Après avoir amassé une énorme matière première, il l'a filtrée puis a ébauché des premières esquisses et posé des tempos.A partir de là, Christophe a envisagé des prolongements ou fait acte de contre-proposition, balançant tout azimut des idées de riffs, de rythmes ou de mélodies. Car, s'il est reconnu comme bassiste, «Disco»maîtrise aussi la harpe, la guitare, le Moog ou le n'goni, l'instrument à corde africain. Très vite, les allers-retours se sont enchainés. Et, à force que l'un pousse l'autre dans une direction souvent inattendue, les compositions ont pris chair.

Mais les deux membres de Kraked Unit n'ont rien de control freaks solitaires. Ils aiment jouer avec les autres, laisser leur part au hasard et au (bon) feeling des rencontres. «J'adore entendre des musiciens improviser, se lâcher, explique Loik. Après, tu peux utiliser, même six mois après, un bout de la séance, triturer le résultat pour en tirer autre chose». Comme il a voulu cette BO ultra-remuante, Kraked Unit s'est appuyé sur deux monstres rythmiques, le batteur Cyril Atef (Bumcello, M) et le percussionniste Cub1. Pour donner de l'ampleur et de la dramaturgie à ses compositions, il s'est également constitué une sorte d'orchestre maison. Les trompette, trombone et saxo ont ainsi apporté à l'ensemble la couleur cuivrée du funk tandis que la section de cordes a insufflé le vague-à-l'âme et le drame comme on peut l'entendre dans la meilleure soul des seventies. Et tout ce monde s'est éclaté sur "The Zig Zag Way", rare clin d'œil de l'album mais parfaitement assumé en direction de Lalo Schiffrin, le compositeur de tant de BO vénérées (Bullit, Mission Impossible, etc.)

Bien sûr, pour habiter leur univers, Loik et Christophe ont eu besoin de voix. Ils ont recruté les fantômes de chanteuses de jazz ou de bluesmen du siècle dernier. Et ce qui les a amusés, c'est de provoquer des dialogues anachroniques et rétro-futuristes, comme lorsque le chanteur Hugh Coltman - bien vivant, lui - répond du tac-au-tac (parfois en s'époumonant à travers un mégaphone ou en soufflant dans un harmonica) à ces guests venus du passé. Si on l'entend à plusieurs reprises et par touches, la voix de Coltman donne sa pleine mesure dans une ballade électrique que ne renierait pas Prince, "One We Were Two". Les chœurs de la même chanson sont assurés par rien moins qu'un des plus grands vocalistes de la musique noire, Gary «Mudbone» Cooper. Il suffit de rappeler qu'il a intégré au milieu des années 70 Parliament-Funkadelic, le collectif culte dirigé par George Clinton, pour se rendre compte combien «Mudbone» a le groove rivé au cœur. Si, lui aussi, a généreusement collaboré à la BO de Casse-tête chinois et est intervenu de ci de là, il se taille la part du lion sur le gospel mutant et exaltant "Love Is For…". Une chanson bien représentative de l'approche de Kraked Unit: les cordes soul, les samples et les rythmes créent une douce transe, attisée par la voix de «Mudbone», tandis qu'une cassure dubstep amène de la surprise et du piment. Toujours ce goût pour les cocktails qui défient les règles.

Rayon hip hop, le casting se révèle aussi précis et classieux. Il y a déjà 20Syl, membre du quatuor de DJ's C2C, le groupe-phénomène de l'année passée. Kraked Unit et lui ne s'étaient jamais rencontrés mais, au premier contact, le courant est si bien passé que 20Syl a voulu faire partie de l'aventure. Il a ainsi conçu une relecture inspirée de "Chinese Puzzle" où l'on retrouve intacte sa patte. Kraked Unit a aussi convié un rappeur atypique, Mike Ladd, Américain installé à Paris et habitué à l'improvisation débridée. Mike apporte ainsi sa fantaisie verbale à "Everybody Anywhere", morceau hip hop bluesy très balancé où, au détour d'un vers, il cite… Miley Cyrus. On le retrouve également sur le tube de la BO, "If I Had My Way" où lui qui, d'habitude, ne chante jamais, se transforme en un crédible soul man. Le résultat d'un week-end incroyable où le studio de Kraked Unit a été gagné par l'effervescence. Car, après que Mike a posé sa voix, Loik a envoyé le morceau en cours aux excellents Lateef the Truth Speaker et Lyrics Born, deux rappeurs américains de référence, deux potes de DJ Shadow possédant un flow étourdissant. Profitant d'un court passage par Paris, ils ont dit banco et ont déboulé le lendemain pour rapper et faire les refrains sur "If I Had My Way", rendu encore plus irrésistible et mémorable. Les fans de hip hop ne passeront d'ailleurs pas à côté de l'épatant remix de DJ Khalid, le beatmaker de First Serve et responsable des scratches sur la BO. Quant à Lateef the Truth Speaker et Lyrics Born, ils ont été si en verve lors de leur passage qu'ils ont participé aussi à "Lose Yourself", un très énergique et dansant morceau electro-funk. «Les gens ont toujours passé les BO des films de Cédric dans les fêtes», constate Loik. Ce n'est pas avec celle de Casse-tête chinois qu'ils vont arrêter.
Posted: 30 Nov 2013 08:03 AM PST
Masstropicas Andean-Beat Mix

Complementary to the 'What's Up With Masstropicas' interview we've just published, Mike P., the label's founder, has prepared an 'Andean-Beat Mix' of rare Peruvian tunes, to go along with a selection of photos from Peru from his collaborator Limafotolibre

Masstropicas Andean-Beat Mix
Masstropicas - Andean-Beat Mix
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2013-11-30

Le fil RSS
[comment faire?/how to?]

Tracklisting :
01. Los Timpanos
02. Los Sanders
03. Pintura Roja
04. Costa Azul
05. Chacalon
06. Grupo Somos
07. Los Yabar Juniors
08. Cielo Gris
09. Grupo San Lazaro
10. Los Timpanos
Total time : 32mn 40s

Credits :
Selection by Mike P. (Masstropicas)
Mix and audio Mastering by Grant Phabao (grantphabao.com)
Artwork by Ben Hito (facebook.com/benhito)

Download MP3

Links :
Masstropicas : blogspot | discogs | lightintheattic | youtube
The masstropicas collective includes the following people: MIKE P (Masstropicas Records, MASS. US), Victor (La Cumbia de Mis Viejos, Perú), Renato (Los Chapillacs, Perú), Fokus
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Ben Hito : official | discogs | facebook

Photos of Peru :
This mix is to accompany the photos that you see from Limafotolibre.com. Limafotolibre has helped Masstropicas immensely with design work and also tracking down some of these old artists and composers. Their voyeuristic style & is something to be admired and revered. Please check out their site and support their fantastic work!





Posted: 30 Nov 2013 07:46 AM PST
Masstropicas releases official reissues and archival finds of Peruvian music from the 60s and 70s. The label is run out of Pittsfield, MA and distributed by Light In The Attic out of Portland, OR. We had the chance to discuss with the label founder, Mike P., who cooked a special mix for us, and answered a few questions about each of his releases….

Masstropicas Discography


2008 TROPIC 01 - What's up with 'Cumbia Delincuencial', a limited numbered edition 7 inch of Peruvian band Los Chapillacs? You decided to start your 'reissued and archival' label with some 'modern psychedelic cumbia' or what?
"Yes, I first saw a photo of the band playing and said 'I need to hear them' and they were great! The 7 inch was to help them break ground outside of Peru and what better way to do it than on 45. From what I'm told it's the first cumbia from Peru released on vinyl in 25-30 years."




2009 TROPIC 02 - What's up with 'Vacation 1', a limited edition grey marbled vinyl LP from the distortion-centric duo Green Mansions ‎you started with a guy from Denmark?
"Green Mansions is a multi-media project with Peter Bonneman from Denmark, we have tons of material recorded that is soon to be released. That 12 inch was limited to 150 copies and handed out to friends, we also have a lathe-cut 7 inch with a cover of Rising Tides 'TAKE THE WORLD AS IT COMES'. We will soon tour the US and Scandinavia along with a movie we are working on."


2010 TROPIC 03 - What's up with 'El Espectacular Sonido De Carlos Antonio', a cassette release from a Peruvian one man band you recorded in Lima?!
"That cassette was recorded on my 2nd trip to Peru. I had seen a photo of him that limafotolibre.com took and went and watched him play. I recorded him on a digi-hand recorder. I have over an hour of unreleased material, I hope to see him again soon."




'2011 TROPIC 04 - What's up with up with Ranil's Jungle Party', the compilation from Ranil Y Su Conjunto Tropical released on a limited LP (100 copies)? Was that the real beginning of your journey into 1970s Peru?
"That is a collaboration with La Cumbia de Mis Viejos which was the very first re-issue project I did. I think that LP came out very solid and Ranil was also just as pleased. It opened up the doors for Masstropicas as a re-issue label."




2011 TROPIC 05/06 - What's up with up with 'El Sonido De Tupac Amaru' old school Peruvian cumbia compilation released as a limited LP and bonus 7 inch?
"That compilation was planned long before Ranil's Jungle Party was ever planned. I heard most of those songs on an amazing radio station called Radio Comas in the area of Lima where my family lives. The main strip is called Tupac Amaru which I thought was amazing. It took 3 years to produce that LP. The Centeno 7" that comes with it contains 4 different songs sung by Carlos Ramirez who has been in at least 20 different bands."




2011 TROPIC 07 ‎– What's up with up with 'El Destape', a limited edition re-release of 1974 Peruvian Cumbia LP from Grupo 2000?
"El Destape is truly a lost gem, written and recorded in the span of year in 1973. Sad to say the master tapes were a wreck and had to be re-worked on two times before we received the sound we wanted. Tulio Trigoso the founder of the band still plays to this day as well in Sonido 2000 de Tarapoto, check out video's on Youtube."






2012 TROPIC 08 - What's up with up with the 'Cantos Icaros' 100 copies cassette release? Shamanic music from the Peruvian forest?
"Placido the bass player and band leader of Sensacion Shipibo let us record him singing those songs but said it was only for personal use. He ran into some problems with his home so I released it to raise a little money to help him out."




2012 TROPIC 09/10 - What's up with 'Los Creadores Del Sonido De La Carretera Central', a 500 copies LP and 45 release from Los Jharis De Ñaña? Once again a one-time pressing only?
"Los Jharis may be one of my favorite groups from Peru, they defined a rawer sound on so many young groups in the '80s the same way Los Destellos did for Peruvian cumbia in general in the '70s. The 45 is from an amazing group from Pucallpa who play a style all their own called cumbia-MASHA. Masha being the music of the Shipbo Indians."




2012 TROPIC 11 - What's up with 'Cocinando', a reissue of a great 1970s Peru lost LP from Martin López Y Sus Estrellas?
"Martin Lopez sand in Grupo Naranja and I met up with him to interview him and he handed me a CDR of this. I had never seen it before or heard it. It is a very historic record based on the fact that it had the MAG all-stars playing on it but was shelved due to its late release in '71. They had started recording it in '69 but was not finished until '70 due to it being a studio only production, band members kept switching."




2013 TROPIC 12 - What's up with 'El Sonido De La Carretera Central', a LP compilation from composer/arranger Teo Laura Amao? Still strictly limited to 500 copies, no repress?
"That is the release I'm most proud of… It took 4 years to make, Teo Laura and the bands he played in have the hardest sound when it comes to cumbia in Peru. That record is culled from various 45s, LPs and cassettes. Limafotolibe's design work on that is extraordinary. 500 copies only, no repress. Get it or miss it."



2013/2014 - What's next for Masstropicas?
"I'm taking a break but I'm slowly working on another release with Teo Laura and Los Jharis. It's most likely going to be a 7 inch EP with 4 songs. Thanks for the interview."


Links :
blogspot | discogs | lightintheattic | youtube
The masstropicas collective includes the following people:
MIKE P (Masstropicas Records, MASS. US), Victor (La Cumbia de Mis Viejos, Perú), Renato (Los Chapillacs, Perú), Fokus


Posted: 29 Nov 2013 09:11 AM PST
Miska runs Miska Events, a French website dedicated to independant Hip Hop news. She also does some booking for European tours of international Hip Hop artists, organizes events in Paris, and currently prepares with Paris DJs a compilation of Psychedelic Hip Hop, Funk & Jazz called Take The Chains Off Your Brains - info, artwork and how to submit tracks is all explained here.

Miska presents here a first selection of Hip Hop news, two hours of carefully picked tunes, 36 tracks - for your head-nodding listening pleasure.

Miska Soundcloud Hip Hop Selection Vol 1
Miska presents the Soundcloud Hip Hop Selection Vol.1
(Soundcloud streaming set) 2013-11-29

Tracklisting :
01. Jukebox Champions - Strange Fruit feat. Mattic & Justin Perceval info
02. Jabee + Thelonius Martin - Penny For Your Thought / Sarayu Rao info
03. One Dae - Abu Ghraib feat. Sean Price (prod. by Analogic) info
04. Chris Crack - Glow feat. Mick Luter & Tree (prod. by QB & Nascent) * info
05. Brock Berrigan - Four Walls and an Amplifier info
06. Dynasty - Street Music feat. DJ Premier info
07. Big Lo, Inferno, DJ Fumo - The Borgias * info
08. Paranom & Purpose (of Tragic Allies) - Dayz Go By info
09. Caesar Sanchez - Reasons (prod. by Wrathmatics) info
10. ‪Wildelux - Sabastien Shaw (prod. by Xeos‬) info
11. Blended Babies - See The World feat. Asher Roth & Chuck Inglish * info
12. Curren$y & Smoke DZA - Thursday Car (prod. by Harry Fraud) info
13. SciFi Stu - Love and War feat. Sleep Sinatra, Smoovth & Chinch 33 info
14. OBX - No Love feat. Fashawn (prod. by Kuse) info
15. Bishop Nehru - Exhale feat. Que Hampton (prod. by Ghost McGrady) info
16. Chris Green - Watch it Grow feat. Billy D. Millz, Tek Man * info
17. Termanology - I Rock Mics feat. Sean Price & Lil Fame (prod. by Michael Crane) * info
18. Marco Polo - Strange Brew feat. Gangrene (Oh No & Alchemist) & DJ Romes (of Lootpack) info
19. Step Brothers - Step Masters info
20. Raekwon - A Rainy Day (prod. by RoadsArt) info
21. Thaione Davis - Acknowledge Pain feat. AdAD x Fatnice info
22. Ray West & OC - Ray's Café info
23. Tanya Morgan - The Way Out (prod. Mikey Fresh) * info
24. Mobb Deep - Hell On Earth (Nolan The Ninja Remix) * info
25. MED, Blu, Mayer Hawthorne & Madlib - The Buzz info
26. Fale - Half Full (prod. by Cas1) * info
27. Tino Apex - Lesson$ (prod. by J Dilla) info
28. Euphrates - Klaochi (prod. by Sandhil) * info
29. D.Strong - The Knock feat. Apani Bfly MC, John Robinson, Chinch 33 (prod. by SciFi Stu) info
30. Revalation - We On Now feat. Nick Swann, T.Real, Arewhy & S.O.N. (prod. by Explizit One) info
31. Awkword - Go! feat. Joell Ortiz, Slug (of Atmosphere) & Maya Azucena (prod. by Domingo) info
32. DiArt & MKV - Get Away * info
33. Rahim Samad - Do Your Thing (prod. by Elaquent) * info
34. ELMNT - Yours, Jah (prod. by Häzel + Slakah the Beatchild) * info
35. Livin Proof - Runs House / Down With The Kings * info
36. Busta Rhymes ft. Q-Tip - Thank You info

(* tracks also available as free downloads)



Links :
Miska Events : official | facebook | youtube
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | juno | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Posted: 25 Nov 2013 04:40 AM PST
Jungle Fire from Los Angeles ranks amongst the best Afro/Latin/Funk band right now, and they will be touring UK for a full week, starting on nov 29. If you're around, DON'T MISS THOSE GUYS!! Expect them to play their hit singles 'Tokuta' or 'Firewalker', along with some new tracks from their upcoming long player… We've just heard some new unreleased Cuban funk bomb covers recorded by the band (that will only be released on a CD for the UK!), including 'Los Feligresesi by Luis Santi, an uptempo heavy afrofunk latin b-boy bizness, or 'Son A Propulsion' by Juan Pablo Torres, a deep and rocking latin funk affair - tracks that'll be finally revealed on this tour! If you're still hesitating, give a listen to Jungle Fire's music in the entry below…
Jungle Fire Uk Tour 2013
Jungle Fire - UK Tour 2013

Tour Dates :
Nov. 29th BANGOR North Wales at Hendre Hall with Racubah crew
Nov. 30th MANCHESTER - at Band on the Wall w/ The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show
Dec. 1st BIRMINGHAM at Hare & Hounds Kings Heath
Dec. 3rd COLCHESTER Arts Centre
Dec. 4th LONDON at 229 The Venue
Dec. 5th BRISTOL at Fiddlers
Dec. 6th NEWCASTLE at Hoochie Coochie
Dec. 7th LEEDS Soul Rebels Xmas Party at The Wardrobe with el maestro DJ Lubi Jovanovic

Links :
Jungle Fire : official | bandcamp | discogs | facebook | parisdjs | soundcloud | twitter | youtube



Biography :
The JUNGLE FIRE sound digs deep into afro/latin funk with an approach that is both authentic and highly  explosive! Comprised of musicians from the Los Angeles region, JUNGLE FIRE pulls it's influences from  such legends as Ray Camacho, Enrique Lynch, Ray Barretto, James Brown, Fela Kuti and Manu  Dibango (just to name a few) to create a melting pot of afro-cuban rhythms, break-beats and 70′s inspired funk.

Originally conceived as a one-off project back in 2011, JF quickly gained attention and thus proved its place among the thriving LA funk/soul scene by lighting up local clubs, venues and underground wherehouse parties. The buzz grew and word of mouth spread eventually linking up the band with the indie Ohio-based label Colemine Records to cut their first 7" single "Comencemos" (a cover of Fela's  "Let's Start"). Lauded by DJ's, radio stations, tastemakers and rabid funk fans across the globe "Comencemos" sold out internationally paving the way for the second 7" Colemine release "Firewalker". A  full length LP is currently in the works.

"Few bands live up to their name in the way Jungle Fire do; fusing Cumbia, Afrobeat and trad funk, each JF jam blazes the floor with real power" as described by Juno Records UK, best sums up the Jungle Fire live show. Serving up a healthy dose of originals and deep latin/afro funk covers all cooked up together in a live mixtape style set ensuring an energy that is nothing short of fire. Although the members of JF all have diverse musical backgrounds the band as a whole is a direct reflection of the culture and musical landscape of Los Angeles, which has been the biggest influence behind the sound and flavor that is uniquely Jungle Fire.

Since their inception Jungle Fire has played an impressive amount of club dates and festivals having shared the stage with Shuggi Otis, The Blackbyrds, Lee Fields, Charles Wright, The Budos Band and even performing for Los Angeles' recent mayoral inauguration. Individually and collectively, JF's musicians have recorded, toured or played with Stevie Wonder, Breakestra, Ozomatli, Ethio Cali, Quantic, Alice Russell, De La Soul, La Santa Cecilia, Simple Citizens, Del The Funky Homosapien, Celia Cruz, Orgone, The Greyboy Allstars, The Lions and Big Daddy Kane.
Posted: 23 Nov 2013 06:12 AM PST
Imagine This is a pioneering musician who effortlessly bridges the boundaries between genres. Imagine a prolific artist who's released on over 15 record labels in 2 years. A rapper, producer and songwriter who pours his heart and soul into his work and delivers unforgettable live performances, marked by his talent and raw energy. At Paris DJs we loved his flow & lyrics, so grab his album (it's a free download), and expect a collaboration to happen soon…

Imagine This
Imagine This - Imagine This
(CD/Free digital download on imaginethismusic.net) Independent LP Global, 2013-10-28



Links :
official | facebook | soundcloud | youtube

Biography :
Imagine This: a pioneering musician who effortlessly bridges the boundaries between genres. Imagine a prolific artist who's released on over 15 record labels in 2 years. A rapper, producer and songwriter who pours his heart and soul into his work and delivers unforgettable live performances marked by his talent and raw energy.

Played on both underground and commercial radio stations around the world, the astounding 17 EPs he's released since 2011 feature his unique and highly versatile vocal style combined with original lyrics and dynamic flow. These tracks have climbed Bestsellers and Popular Downloads charts around the world.

For example, 'Get It Hot' (2010) debuted at #13 on the Australian Aria DJ charts and spent 5 weeks at #5 on Radio Metro Gold Coast. 'Pushin' Forward' (2012) spent 45 days as the #1 Bestseller on Juno Records. In 2013, 'Apply the Pressure', 'Shake It Out' and 'To Get Ya' were all awarded 8/10 in Mixmag UK. In that same year his EP 'Back From the Dead' was charted by both A-Trak and Diplo before being added to BBC Radio 1.

In addition to participating in multiple highly praised collaborative ventures, he's been keeping busy behind the scenes producing his full-length 19 track debut LP. His self-titled solo album showcases his style, versatility and deep roots in the hiphop genre. The free digital download is available since October 28th on imaginethismusic.net… This is only the beginning.
Posted: 22 Nov 2013 03:20 PM PST
So many cool new stuff coming out on Soundcloud every day, it's hard to keep track. So instead of publishing posts on social networks all the time (even scheduled), we've opted for a bi-monthly selection, already reaching number 11 today. Antoher mega program of two and half hours, with many many new releases, music to discover, like and share, some edits, a few of Paris DJs productions, all picked through hours of Soundcloud digging, for your augmented aural pleasure.

For more extravaganza selections, reviews, etc., check the playlist column.

Paris DJs Soundcloud Selection Vol 11
Paris DJs Soundsystem presents the Soundcloud Selection Vol.11
(Soundcloud streaming set) 2013-11-23

Tracklisting :
01. Congo Sanchez - Prohibition* info
02. The FRIGHTNRS - Never Answer info
03. Dubblestandart & Marcia Griffiths - Holding You Close (Grant Phabao Dub Remix) info
04. La Mecánica Popular - Ella Le Decia info
05. Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada - Vendendo Saúde e Fé feat. Tita Lima (Grant Phabao Remix) info
06. Amabis - Orquídea Ruiva feat. Criolo* info
07. Bonobo ft Szjerdene - Get Thy Bearings (Exclusive Late Night Tales Donovan cover version) info
08. Paddy Steer - Dragon's Breath info
09. Dereb The Ambassador - Eshururu (Witness) info
10. White Denim - Under Mi Pretty Green info
11. Dr Rubberfunk - Creek Walk info
12. Michael Lener - Gramophone* info
13. Poldoore - Sweet Memories (feat. Awon & DJ Damented) info
14. Hartley & Wolfe - Walk On The Wild Side* info
15. Animation - Bitches Brew Dub (DJ Logic and Grant Phabao Remix) info
16. Erykah Badu - On & On (Booty Fade Remix)* info
17. Teotima - Counting The Ways info
18. Miles Bonny - Fela info
19. Sage Francis - You Can't Win (feat B. Dolan, prod. Buddy Peace)* info
20. Brownout - If I Die Tonight* info
21. Souleance - Georgian Kiss info
22. In Motion Collective - Tah's Theme* info
23. Big Mean Sound Machine - Gangland info
24. Calibro 35 - Milan Michigan* info
25. Harleighblu - Play Me info
26. Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra - Mazouglave info
27. Peter King - Afro-Funk info
28. Polyrhythmics - Mr. Wasabi Rides Again info
29. Funky Mama - Ottobre (Fuga Dalla Stazione Centrale) info
30. Peshay - Midnight Express info
31. Lord Echo feat. Leila Adu - Molten Lava* info
32. Florelie Escano - Woman Scorned*info
33. London Afrobeat Collective - Prime Minister (Full Version) info
34. The Fontanelles - Afrocat info
35. Sophia Loren - Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo (Shellacsoul Remix)* info
36. Rsn - I'm Coming Home* info

(* tracks also available as free downloads)



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Posted: 20 Nov 2013 07:09 AM PST
Popsanova Nem Vem Que Nao Tem

Wilson Simonal's 'Nem Vem Que Nao Tem' is undoubtedly one of the most soulful brazilian anthem of the 60s. Backed by the fabulous Som Tres band (feat. pianist Cesar Camargo Mariano), the hugely popular Rio singer got a smash hit highlighted by the amazing mix of his lazy sexy vocals with the funky Som Tres groove.

The song, released in 1967 in the Odeon album 'Alegria, Alegria!!!' will be recorded 2 years later in France by Marcel Zanini, a French jazz musician. Much more familiar with Sidney Bechet and Lester Young sounds, this guy got a n°1 hit with a stupid lyrics adaptation, 'Tu veux, tu veux pas' ('Would you have sex with me, or not ?').

As the french "icône" Brigitte Bardot did her own version too, the definitive Rio-Paris sexy connexion was here to stay. 43 years later, here's the first Popsanova track, some kind of "homenagem" to Simonal, BB, and Marcel Zanini's moustache!

Expect sexy Parisian girls moaning as the lead female vocalist Désirée Lachose sings the original lyrics, backed by Captain Détendu's band. Enjoy three versions: Grant Phabao fabulous Kingston's touch under The Mighty Blunts guise, David°F kinky Jerk mood, or The Joslyns' Tropical Pop. As would Wilson Simonal say: Alegria, Alegria!!!

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Popsanova Nem Vem Que Nao Tem
Popsanova - Nem Vem Que Não Tem (Tu Veux Ou Tu Veux Pas?)
(Digital Single) Jewpop Records PARISDJSJEWPOP001-D, 2013-11-20



Tracklisting :
01. Nem Vem Que Não Tem (The Mighty Blunts Lying on the Beach Mix) 04:29
02. Nem Vem Que Não Tem (David°F Radio Mix) 03:21
03. Nem Vem Que Não Tem (The Joslyns Tropical Jerk Mix) 03:43

Credits :
Written & composed by Carlos Imperial / French lyrics Pierre Cour
Popsanova is Captain Détendu, Désirée Lachose, David°f & Grant Phabao
A&R : Djouls & Captain Détendu
Artwork by Ben Hito
© 2013 T.I.M.E.C./Paris DJs



Links :
Buy on bandcamp or junodownload
Jewpop : official | bandcamp | facebook | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
David°F : discogs | facebook
Grant Phabao : official | bandcamp | facebook | juno | parisdjs | soundcloud | youtube
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | juno | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Ben Hito : official | discogs | facebook

About Jewpop Records :
Distributed by Paris DJs, Jewpop Records is meant to be the anti-Tzadik from John Zorn. The label of "Stupid Jewish Culture", but not only. Welcome to the conspiracy.
Posted: 15 Nov 2013 04:18 AM PST
Grant Phabao Echo Minott Push It

Real Reggae music never ages. So when you put Grant Phabao, one of the rare dominant producers of this era of Reggae music, and Echo Minott, a Jamaican singer in love with a girl so beautiful, you unavoidably get a timeless Reggae love song. 'Push It' is one of those, with its proper, straight forward lyrics and a wicked riddim, extended to the disco version as it should. This tune is truly something to be proud of if you enjoy modern Reggae, because in every way it's just as good as anything you're likely to find in any other era of the music. A timeless a vibe, downright dazzling.

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Grant Phabao Echo Minott Push It
Grant Phabao presents Echo Minott - Push It
(Digital Single) Paris DJs PARISDJS042, 2013-11-14



Tracklisting :
01. Push It 05:21

Credits :
Echo Minott : vocals

Guillaume Méténier (Soul Sugar) : Organ, clavinet
Grant Phabao : all other instruments, production, mix and audio mastering
Written by Noel Phillips
Composed by Grant Phabao
A&R : Djouls
Artwork by Ben Hito
© 2013 T.I.M.E.C./Paris DJs



Links :
Buy on Bandcamp or JunoDownload
Echo Minott: discogs | facebook | myspace | roots-archives
Grant Phabao : official | bandcamp | facebook | juno | parisdjs | soundcloud | youtube
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | juno | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Ben Hito : official | discogs | facebook

Press Release :
Real Reggae music never ages. So when you put Grant Phabao, one of the rare dominant producers of this era of Reggae music, and Echo Minott, a Jamaican singer in love with a girl so beautiful, you unavoidably get a timeless Reggae love song. 'Push It' is one of those, with its proper, straight forward lyrics and a wicked riddim, extended to the disco version as it should. This tune is truly something to be proud of if you enjoy modern Reggae, because in every way it's just as good as anything you're likely to find in any other era of the music. A timeless a vibe, downright dazzling.

Echo Minott is a veteran singer, among the first ones who introduced Raggamuffin into Jamaica and the rest of the world, a pioneer on the Dancehall scene with his incomparable voice. His first break came in 1980 when he recorded the album 'Youthman Vibration' for legendary producer Prince Jammy at the age of 17 years. ‫In 1985 Echo finally became an international reggae star with the monster hit 'Lazy‬Body', released on the Black Scorpio label. It was a number one all over the reggae world. Celebrated over twenty years as a successful reggae artist, Echo Minott is now back with amazing new recordings for the Paris DJs label with producer Grant Phabao… the in-house Paris DJs sound engineer and producer. After four reggae albums with Jamaican legends, dozens of heavy-hitting remixes and singles, and a spot at the Glastonbury Festival last june, Grant Phabao took a well-deserved summer break before coming back to the airwaves with a new series of weekly releases programmed to last until the end of the year - at least! Radio host Craig Charles on BBC6 claims he's a genius and he'll be back soon with a compilation of reggae productions 'Dis Is Reggae Soul' and the long-awaited 'Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra' album...

Previous Echo Minott releases on Paris DJs :


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