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2002, June 30; 22:32:
  • Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left[1 CD, Amazon US]
    Rarely has an album been recorded that is more tragically self-aware than Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left. The title refers to the marking on the inside of a packet of cigarette rolling papers that indicates only five more remain; a prophetic title indeed, given that five years after the release of his stunning debut album, Nick Drake would be dead at the age of 26. -- [more on Nick Drake]
    2002, June 30; 22:32:
  • Mastercuts - The Early Hours[2 CDs, Amazon US]
    1. Whats Goin On - Marvin Gaye 2. Being With You - Basement Jaxx 3. Useless (Kruder And Dorfmeister Mix) - Depeche Mode 4. The Poem - Bobby Konders House Rhythms 5. Please Stay (Royksopp Mix) - Mekon Ft Mark Almond 6. Wish You Well (Full Length Mix) - Johnathan Maron 7. Whistle Song (Original Mix) - Fantastic Plastic Machine 8. Samba (Rae And Christian Remix) - Faze Action 9. Thin Air (album Mix) - Fug 10. Sky Holds The Sun - The Bees 11. Ill Take You There - Dust 12. Sunday Morning - Velvet Underground 13. Work To Do - The Isley Brothers 14. Broken Stones - Paul Weller 15. Loving You - Minnie Ripperton 16. Mother Nature Spies - Fila Brazillia 17. Be Thankful For What Youve Got - William De Vaughn 18. Put That On My Mamma - Riton 19. Auto Save Us - Organic Audio 20. Hojar (Album Mix) - Al-Pha X 21. Bahia Blues - DJ Spinna Ft Money 22. The Boss - Pete Rock 23. Friendly Pressure (Pluvio Mix) - Jhelisa 24. Twighlight (12 Inch Version) - Maze Ft Frankie Beverly 25. Lady Day And John Coltrane - Gil Scott-Heron 26. The Look Of Love - Dusty Springfield
    2002, June 30; 22:19:
  • Kenny Dope Gonzalez Presents: Disco Heat [3 CDs, Amazon US]
    Disc 1
    1 Life On Mars - Dexter Wansel 2 Me & The Gang - Bohannon 3 You Got Me Running - Lenny Wiliams 4 I Need You - Sylvester 5 Groovin You - Harvey Mason 6 New York Moving Ahzz 7 Funkanova (Kenny Dope Version) - Wood, Brass & Steel 8 Street Player - Chicago 9 When The World Is Running Down - The Police 10 Test Press - Tango Hustle
    Disc 2
    1 Love In C Minor - Cerrone 2 Saturday - Norma Jean 3 Dance With Me - Carrie Lucas 4 25 Hours - Lanier 5 Power Line - Double Journey 6 Go Bang - Dinosaur L 7 Jazz Carnival - Azymuth 8 Keep On Dancin’ - Gary’s Gang 9 In The Bush - Musique 10 Delirium - Francine McGee
    Disc 3
    1 Hitman - Chantal Curtis 2 The Night The Lights Went Out - The Tramps 3 Double Cross - First Choice 4 Just As Long As I Got You - Love Committee 5 Here I Go Again - Thelma Houston 6 Congas Fun - Congas 7 Soul On Your Side - Rhythm Makers 8 Twilight Zone - The Manhattan Transfer 9 Pow Wow - Cory Daye 10 Gotta Get Your Love - Clyde Alexander 11 Sweet Jazz Music - Panache

    A wealth of spacey disco tunes -- all selected by Kenny Dope for this massive 3CD set! 2 of the set's CDs feature unmixed tracks -- a total of 18 in all, with a wide range of obscure dancefloor numbers from the 70s and early 80s, especially those that have had strong currency in recent years, thanks to a far-thinking approach to production and instrumentation. Disc 3 of the set features Kenny mixing together tracks on the other two -- coming up with a swirling batch of grooves that are all linked by the unique Dope approach! There's loads of choice rarebits in the set -- and tracks include "Just As Long As I Got You" by Love Committee, "I Need You" by Sylvester, "Powerline" by Double Journey, "In The Bush" by Musique, "Go Bang" by Dinosaur L, "Me & The Gang" by Hamilton Bohannon, "You Got Me Running" by Lenny Williams, "Grooving You" by Harvey Mason, "Got To Have Your Love" by Clyde Alexander, "Keep On Dancin" by Gary's Gang, "Life On Mars" by Dexter Wansel, "Delerium" by Francine McGhee, "Jazz Carnival" by Azymuth, and "Here I Go Again" by Thelma Houston.
    [more on Kenny dope Gonzalez ]

    2002, June 30; 22:07:
  • Babies Making Babies - Soul Compilation[1 CD, Amazon US]
    1. Quiet Storm - Smokey Robinson 2. Star Of The Story - Heatwave 3. Been A Long Time - New Birth 4. Thats What Friends Are For - Denise Williams 5. Can We Pretend - Bill Withers 6. Before The Dawn - Patrice Rushen 7. Clover - Earth Wind Fire 8. Inside My Love - Minnie Ripperton 9. Magic In His Eyes - Rufus Ft Chake Khan 10. Glowin - The Rationals 11. Nude And Next To Natures Theme - Jean Claudet 12. Sensuality - Isley Bros 13. Welcome My Darling - Stanley Cowell - Sienna 14. Shes Gotta Find A Lover - Roy Aters 15. The Wheels Of Life - Gino Vanelli
    2002, June 29; 20:54:
  • http://www.geocities.com/scottpurkiss
    Good site, good concept. Lots of work went into it.
    2002, June 25; 09:54:
  • Danny Krivit - Mix the Vibe, music is my sanctuary[1 CD, Amazon US] [more on Danny Krivit]
    Disc One "Time To Be Free" (Free Words) - Basil "Kote Moun Yo (Joe's Paino Vibe Mix) - DJ Hiro feat. Masamumbi Kikuchi "Shine" (Shelter Vocal Mix) - Blaze & Palmer Brown "Special Kind of Love, Part II" (BC's Original B&S Mix) - Arnold Jarvis "The Real Thing" (Ricanstruction Mix) - Frankie Feliciano "When You're In Love" (Original Demo) - Soul Movement feat. Doreen Yongloye "Brighter Days" (Original Mix) - Big Moses feat. Kenny Bobien "I Luv You More" (D'Ambrosio Club Mix) - Kimara Lovelace "Harmonies" (Nick Jones Original Mix) - Nick Jones "What Do I Gotta Do" (Eric Kupper Club Mix) - Urban Soul "Nafara" (The Scenic Route Mix) - Mood II Swing "Coro" ("Koaz 6:23" Dark Mix) - Kerri "Kaoz 6:23" Chandler "Everything" (95 North Deep Jersey Mix) - Stephanie Cooke Disc Two "Brighter Days" (Acapella) - Big Moses feat. Kenny Bobien "When Can Our Love Begin" (Timmy Regisford Shelter Anthem) - Kimara Lovelace "Can't Be Without" (Unreleased Damier & Trent's Prescription Mix) - Carlton "Grass Cutter" (6:23 Club Mix) - Kerri "Kaoz 6:23" Chandler "What Goes Around Comes Around, Part II" (Soulflower Beats) - GTS feat. Loleatta Holloway "Falling For You" (Shelter After Hours Mix) - Ananda Project feat. Terrance Downs "Cascades of Colour" (Joe Claussell's Sacred Rhythm Mix) - Ananda Project feat. Gaelle Adisson "Passions" (Original Mix) - Romatt Project "Philadelphia" (Original Demo) - Brooklyn Friends "Heal My Heart" (Kaoz Original Concept Mix) Kerry Chandler feat. Treasa "Diva" Fennie "Mongobonix" (From Beneath the Earth's Crust) Harry "Choo Choo" Romero" "Seasons of Love" (Blaze Club Mix) - Blaze "Star Suite" (Shelter Vocal Mix) - Mondo Grosso
    2002, June 13; 23:15:
  • Francois K - Choice, Selection of Classics[1 CD, Amazon US]
    1. Right in the socket - Shalamar 2. You can't hide (your love from me) - David Joseph 3. Koro Koro - No Smoke 4. I'm not gonna let you (get the best of me) - Colonel Abrams 5. Baby wants to ride - Frankie Knuckles with Jamie Principle 6. Only you - Teddy Pendergrass 7. Choosing you - Lenny Williams 8. Over and over - Sylvester (Special 12" disco mix) 9. Super strut - Deodato 10. Funky Nassau - Beginning of the end 11. Koke (Part I and II) - Tribe Disc: 2 1. Do u luv me - Lil' Louis 2. I love you more - Rene and Angela 3. Can you handle it - Sharon Redd (Francois K mix) 4. Giving up - Zulema 5. Love has come around - Donald Byrd 6. Turn me up - Keith Barrow 7. Any love - Rufus and Chaka Khan 8. Never no more lonely - Fingers Inc 9. (They long to be) Close to you - Gwen Guthrie 10. Land of hunger - The Earons 11. We all need love - Troiano
    2002, June 12; 22:17:
  • Irréversible a French movie by Argentian Gaspar Noe, his second after his 1998 debut was just released here in Belgium. In some aspects harder as "Requiem for a Dream" but not as brilliant. I liked some of the darker horror scenes.
    2002, June 12; 20:02:
  • St Germain - Boulevard[1 CD, Amazon US]
    This fine French work by Ludovic Navarre was released in 1995. Very euro in its US sound. This is a recent re-release with extra tracks.
    inally released in 1995, Boulevard sold over 300,000 copies worldwide, was elected Record of the Year in England and served as a cornerstone for a legion of artists and producers interested in trying to capture its elusive and sexy grooves. Boulevard, new version the complete series includes two special extra songs, including the rare early hit "Alabama Blues," both taken from 1999’s From Detroit to St. Germain, a compilation of cuts recorded over seven years.
    2002, June 12; 18:15:
  • Old School Jams [1 CD, Amazon US]
    1. One Way - Cutie Pie 2. Atomic Dog - Clinton, George 3. Get Down on It - Kool & The Gang 4. Rapper's Delight - Sugarhill Gang 5. Juicy Fruit - Mtume 6. And the Beat Goes On - Whispers 7. Got to Be Real - Lynn, Cheryl 8. Another Man - Mason, Barbara 9. Give up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker) - Parliament 10. The Message - Grandmaster Flash & 11. Outstanding - Gap Band 12. I Wonder If I Take You Home [Extended Version] - Lisa Lisa 13. The Breaks - Blow, Kurtis Disc: 2 1. Just a Touch of Love - Slave 2. Weekend - Class Action 3. Boogie Down [Bronx] - Parrish, Man 4. On the Floor [Rock It] - Cook, Tony 5. Touch Me (All Night Long) - Rae, Wish Fonda 6. Is It All over My Face? - Loose Joints 7. No Parking (On the Dance Floor) - Midnight Star 8. (You Are My) All in All - Sims, Joyce 9. Disco Nights [Rock-Freak] - GQ 10. Fantastic Voyage - Lakeside 11. Walking on Sunshine - Rocker's Revenge 12. Encore - Lynn, Cheryl 13. Just an Illusion - Imagination 14. Say I'm Your #1 - Princess 15. I Feel for You [Remix] - Chaka Khan
    Although I do not own this cd myself, it looks like a nice selection of mostly eighties US dance material. My personal favourites include Weekend by Class Action, Loose Joints of course, The Breaks by Kurtis Blow[more on eighties]
    2002, June 9; 16:45:
  • http://www.iterature.com/adwords/ The Google AdWords Happening or "How to lose money with your art ?" - Christophe Bruno
    Words already had some kind of exchange value, but we hardly realized it : if I insult somebody, I will get something in return, such as a punch in my face for instance. But now there is no doubt anymore. The word "sex" is worth $3,837, the word "art" $410, "net art" is only $0.05 (prices on the 11 of April 2002). Prices are determined according to the number of search requests and an average Cost-Per-Click. [more on Art]
    2002, June 2; 16:44:
  • Femi Kuti - Remixed [1 CD, Amazon US]
    Femi Kuti is the son of Fela Kuti, in this 2000 project he is remixed by Kerri Chandler, Francois Kevorkian, MAW, Ashley Beedle, Mateo and Matos, Joe Claussell, who is Dixon, Chari?
    One of the best Afrobeat releases ever - primarily due to the phenomenal mix. While Femi's father Fela's afrobeat succeeded in spite of lacadasical mixes, here a group of mostly french producers lay a thick and drum-heavy house style mix on Femi's contemporary take on afrobeat and the result is fantastic - this double CD pushes afro-beat into the 22nd century with a nod and a wink to King Tubby on the way. The usual afro beat horn arrangements are pushed to the background allowing a unique focus on the rythmic elements. I hope Femi continues in this direction instead of following the usual label-charted path for African mucisians - packing releases with lame guest spots by rappers and rockstars - stay underground, Femi, and keep it real. -- RP from NYC for amazon.com
    2002, June 2; 16:44:
  • Shinehead - Rough & Rugged [1 CD, Amazon US]
    Debut album by Shinehead, it was preceded by a twelve inch which includes both a cover version of Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean" and Junior's "Mama Used to Say".
    Shinehead cut a album for Sly and Robbie in -86 called Rough And Rugged. The album sparkled with talent. It covered lots of different styles and Shineheads performance was extraordinary. Unbelievably inventive and fresh. A mix of singing, DJ:ing, rapping and whistling. [more on reggae]
    2002, June 4; 00:16:
  • http://www.creativecommons.org
    Creative Commons is a non-profit organization founded on the notion that some people would prefer to share their creative works (and the power to copy, modify, and distribute their works) instead of exercising all of the restrictions of copyright law. [more on the internet]
    2002, June 2; 22:01:
  • Disco Juice 2 -- Soul, Disco & Rap From Harlem's P & P Records [1 CD, Amazon US]
    The second set [first cd is not available thru amazon.com, but thru amazon.uk]from the legendary P&P family of labels -- with even a better selection of tracks than the first! Moves past the famous disco tunes that have always been the better known titles -- running from mellow soul to old school hip hop to post punk funk -- with a revolutionary approach! -- dustygroove editor. [more on Disco Juice]
    2002, June 2; 16:44:
  • Chuck Mangione - Land of Make Believe [1 CD, Amazon US]
    Land of Make Believe is a live concert album, recorded before Chuck Mangione broke through with his hit "Feels So Good". It's a great view into some of his earlier (and argueably better) music. To me this album rests on two songs: "Land of Make Believe" and "Legend of the One-Eyed Sailor". Legend starts off this set with a driving percussion riff. It then breaks into a great, upbeat tempo'ed, instrumental piece that provides many solos to enjoy. Land takes the concert into another direction, bringing a great vocalist onto the stage to mesmorize you. The lyrics to the song are at once both hopeful and haunting, and the music just absolutely soars. All other songs on this album, although decent in their own right, pales in comparrison to these two.
    2002, June 1; 10:22:
  • Jorge Ben - Africa Brasil: Colecao Samba Soul [1 CD, Amazon US]
    In a word -- WOW. Probably the best funk album ever recorded in Brazil, and certainly one of the best Brazilian pop albums as well. Features the often -anthologized "Umbabarauma" and the super-funky "Xica da Silva," along with a whole slew of other great tracks, such as the James Brown/Sly Stone inspired "Hermes Trismegisto Escriveu" and other groove-heavy wonders. A couple of songs are too shrill -- less disco flirtations than just plain old pop-funk gone jittery. One such track is an unfortunate remake of "Taj Mahal," the song from which Rod Stewart swiped the melody to "If You Think I'm Sexy"... Nevertheless, this is a masterpiece, one of the best Brazilian albums of the '70s. Absolutely essential, required listening. -- Joe Sixpack for Amazon.com [more on Jorge Ben]
    2002, June 1; 09:44:
  • Talkatif - Antibalas [1 CD, Amazon US] Brooklyn's 14-member collective Antibalas offers what is easily one of the best live shows around; pulsating energy radiates from the stage. The socially conscious group's name translates as "bulletproof" (literally, "antibullets"), but the musicians fire off lines with military precision. Their sound, while obviously indebted to legends like Parliament and James Brown, is so totally saturated with the spirit of Fela Kuti's Afro-beat that their music would sound as natural in Lagos, Nigeria, as it does in New York. But so often a band is better live than on record, and (scarily enough) the reverse is frequently true as well. Thankfully, Talkatif confirms the promise of Antibalas's earlier record Liberation Afro Beat, Vol. 1--that this band is as solid on record as it is live. The equally welcome news is that this follow-up sounds as fresh and vital as the first disc, although the formula is largely unchanged except for the increased emphasis on instrumentals. -- [more on Antibalas]
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