In My House :: New Mix

I just can't leave that disco house alone! Always my go to for good times. On that note, here is th latest installment of jazzy, funky disco-y dance music for your late nights, day parties, and living room dance offs.


Featuring James Curd, Nickodemus, Harvey Sutherland and Session Victim

https://www.mixcloud.com/laurenli01/in-my-house/

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lord echo: harmonies

I love an album that feels at home in many different environments... Lord Echo's latest works for me in the sunshine, with a glass of wine in hand late night, or unwinding on the train after work. Dub reggae rhythms, motown horns, and 70s- style flute solos all create a distinctly nostalgic vibe, but somehow it never feels dated. The first release 'Just Do You' features a silky smooth vocal from Mara TK (of Electric Wire Hustle) and a bassline that brings to mind Curtis Mayfield. My favorite track, though,  may be 'Low to the Street', thanks to the island vibe and sunny horns. Something very soothing about the sounds here - a collision of musical souls in a giddy mix of groove and creativity. My favorite line from the official release notes:

"The Lord has returned from the wilderness with a bounty for his followers”

Check it out posthaste!

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Make You Wanna Do Right :: Mix

I don't know about you, but I need music right now. Things just went to another level of bizarre in this country and I have to take breaks from figuring out what the heck to do about it.

It all comes back to love, right?

The power of love

Make you do right, love'll make you do wrong

Make you want to dance

Love and happiness

So... let's put on the headphones, dance around the living room and cheer each other up.

xx lp

Top 3 House Music Podcasts

Podcasts have exploded in the last year (thanks Serial!). The estimate for number of listeners in 2016 is up to 57 million per month, or about 21% of all people in the US over 12. But, if you look at the top podcasts, they are all audio interviews and storytelling. This American Life, Tim Ferris, Planet Money, etc.  While I listen to plenty of those myself, this post is all about the DJs and Labels that are out there sharing quality house music consistently. With so many releases being pumped out across the digital music shops, it’s amazing to have these guys (and, yes, they are all men) wade through the ocean of music and share the best. The only frustrating thing is that they get access a few months before the rest of us, so be prepared to wait for the general release (unless you have the hookups - in that case, let’s talk).

Deeper Shades of House

Lars Behrenroth is on episode #533 and year 14 of this long running podcast. I’ll be honest, sometimes Lars talks too much, but in terms of consistently playing jams week after week, he has to be at the top of any deep house lover’s list. He typically spans a broad mix of sub genres and includes a guest mix for premium listeners. 

 

Freerange Records

So much great music from these guys over the years. Freerange label heads Matt Masters and Jimpster rotate every two weeks to mix it up. They both play a lot “Freerange Family” music including releases on their own label, Norm de PLume’s Delusions of Grandeur, and Something Different Records. These guys veer more toward the deep/tech/minimal end than my other two faves - but that’s a good thing. 

 

Fish Go Deep Radio Show

Broadcasting live from Cork, Ireland every Saturday, Greg Dowling and Shane Johnson have been putting out music under the Fish Go Deep moniker for almost 20 years. These guys love the classics or “Golden Oldies” and you’ll hear some soulful 90’s house gems alongside brand new releases and limited promos. Always a great variety and their love for house music comes through with every broadcast

 

Whether you’ve got a daily commute or just need something new to run to, hopefully you’ll find some inspiration from these guys. And many thanks to each of these shows for getting the music out there month in and month out! 

Mood :: Chill

When I've got downtime in the backyard, or out for a walk, my music choice tends to go one of 3 ways... Dub Reggae, Downtempo, or Classic Hip Hop. Obviously, some deep connections between those genres. 

Just in time for your Sunday BBQ or picnic in the park - sharing a mix of instrumentals and rhymes that put a smile on my face every time. It's a mix of old and new, but lots of classic and old school gems (guess I'm just old school).

Listen here on Spotify:

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A few faves and why I love them...

Blackalicious :: Make You Feel That Way <positivity dialed up to 11>

Erykah Badu :: Tyrone <you better call Tyrone, but you can't use my phone>

Black Star :: Respiration <the new moon rode high in the crown of the metropolis>

Q Tip, Norah Jones :: Life is Better <for the romantic in you - just such a sweet sentiment>

Nightmares on Wax :: Nights Introlude <i'm guessing i'm not the only one with many hazy, fond college memories with this song as a backdrop>

Pete Rock :: On & On <simple, effective, funky, soulful. all the things you love pete rock for>

 

 

summer soundtrack

Every summer Dj Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie drop a mixtape of summertime favorites. The original from 2010 is currently on repeat at my house, so I thought I’d share some memories from the classics in the mix.

Oh, so many gems here! I guarantee your mind will drift to summers past if you give it a listen. 
Check out the full mix on mixcloud here.




Summer Madness :: Kool & The Gang
To be totally honest, I didn’t really know about this song until Dj Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince sampled it in 91. By that point, I was already obsessed with the idea of sampling and went digging for the original after my Dad clued me in to the source. Luckily, he had it in his collection, so I didn’t have to dig far. The original is off “Light of Worlds”, which was Kool & the Gang’s 5th studio album. It’s a funky jazzy album that was considered their most sophisticated work, and Summer Madness is the standout.

Summer in the City :: Quincy Jones
Is it possible to hear this song and not think of Passin Me By from the Pharcyde?
Not for me.
Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde dropped in 92, and one of my hoodlum boyfriends passed the cassette on to me. I wore that out, then bought the vinyl and the CD. The CD disappeared years ago, but that scratched up 12” is still in the collection. Growing up in New Mexico, we were definitely surrounded by west coast gangster rap, so when I discovered Tribe, De La, Pharcyde it was a revelation. 


Everybody Loves the Sunshine :: Roy Ayers
I mean, come on. I must have 10 different house/dance versions of this record. And don’t even get me started on all the hip hop samples. But, of all of them out there, Mary J is still my favorite. My Life has the core of the original, but adds Mary’s soul and depth. “Life can be only what you make it. When you're feelin down. You should never fake it.” Yes, girl.
Was it really released in 1994? Damn, I’m old. 


High on Sunshine :: The Commodores
This one has been sampled a ton as well, most notably by De La Soul on Stakes is High. But this track just reminds me of Sundays. Most oldies stations do some kind of Cruising to the Oldies Sunday Jams show, and I always loved all the cruising jams. In Las Cruces NM, people actually cruise low riders down the main drag… but I was mostly listening on my walkman as I rode a bike or walked the dog. Please check out the New Mexico Low Riders Facebook page if you need proof of how serio this shit is.
Sunshine, oldies and sundays will always go together in my mind.


Turn on Some Music :: Marvin Gaye
"I'll go crazy/ If something ever happened to my musical thrill/ And darling your love is just like my music"
Marvin Gaye’s voice has this weird ability to make me simultaneously happy and sad. I think the sadness really comes from his early demise and thinking about all the music he could have made. But the happiness certainly wins every time.
This mix busts out my favorite MG samples - Erick Sermon from 2001.
The track was part of the soundtrack of “What’s the Worst that Could Happen?” starring Martin Lawrence and Danny Devito. I admit I never saw it, but… somehow I’m dubious. Watching that movie might be the worst that could happen. On the plus side, this was Erick Sermon’s biggest hit and made it to #22 on the charts. 

Nautilus :: Bob James
Legend has it that this is the most sampled track in hip hop history. Not sure how to verify it, but, off the top of my head I’ve got: Children’s Story by Slick Rick, Daytona 500 from Ghostface Killah, Follow the Leader by Eric B. & Rakim, and the list goes on. The selection in this mix is actually a straight cover by Nuyorican Soul from 96 and it’s a beauty. Minor updates and a few housey inflections keep it true to the original, but  updated.


OK, I could go on and on, but just listen to the mix and see where it takes you!
xo lp