Tuesday, December 6, 2011

~ a month in tunes 23.0 (2011 shai'li) ~

Its December 2011 – and here is another ~ a month in tunes 23.0 (2011 shai'li) ~ selection by fellow blogger and music lover shai'li. At the beginning of every new month he shares some of his latest musical discoveries with us - exiting music from all four corners of the earth. Some of these sweet grooves you can also find on his blog Duendiness. Beside having an ear for good music – he also seems to have a good eye and open mind to take some beautiful pictures – have a look at the photography he shares on his blog. I just „stole“ one of his pictures for this post. 
There are 41 songs in this months selection. This time I included a tracklist – so you can have a rough idea about the manifold selection of music - as well as a little anticipation for some of the songs included in this download. A few songs I really like: Bill Withers - Lovely Day (Copycat's Slight Re-Edit) – beautiful song! Sweet & Soulful. Here given a little edit treatment – basically making it more dj friendly – by the man DJ Copycat. He shares some amazing edits & remixes on his soundcloud page. But you gotta be quick to grab one of them. Usually the 100 free downloads are gonne within a day! 'Kids' is another song which was a nice surprise. A laid-back bluegrass/string band version of MGMT's 'Kids' by Dr Fox's Old Timey String Band from Ireland. This is what shai'li himself says about the song „don't laugh...i love this (bless me I'm just getting old,give me a break!)“ - well – maybe I am also getting old - but maybe so far we have been able to stay open-minded, freeing ourselves from musical genres and definitions. HIT ME WITH MUSIC! Poncho Warwick's „Tainted Jazz“ is another song I dig. I haven't done any googling on this song yet – but everything with „Tainted“ in the song title must be good – or? „Screamin' Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell on You (Jeremy Sole's Zombie Stomp Remix)“ is a song I have been listening to for a while. But I think this remix deserves to be mentioned more then just one time. Jeremy Sole, along Quantic or Mister Scruff is one of my favourite DJ's out there – and also some of his remixes are amazing and beautiful. Muddy Waters - Worried Mind (Jeremy Sole Remix) is one of my favourite remixes by him – but unfortunately this song isn't available anywhere. Another great song is his remix of Tom Waits - Step Right Up. I like what Jeremy Sole said about remixing songs in a discussion on his soundcloud page:Just like an original song is, a remix is a work of art. Art is always best understood in context, BUT can be just as fun (and fulfilling) when taken out of context too. (...) I personally love the challenge of not only re-working songs that I can easily improve on, but taking songs that I already think are perfect, and carefully enhancing certain elements for maximum effect on modern day sound systems. When the sub speakers are independent from the tweeters. Adding low tones and cleaner highs can literally re-introduce a song to a whole new generation. THAT is something too important to me to remain a purist about the original sound quality.“ - Nicely said! More on shai'li's latest selection - its nice to see shai'li sharing some strong Reggae sounds with the classic song „Bredda Gravalicious“ by the Wailing Souls. I actually have been trying to compile some of my Wailing Souls favourites for a while – hopefully I will share it here soon. This blog needs more good Reggae. Talking about Reggae – Daydrum „Window Seat“ was a real surprise to me! Nice little blend ina Reggae Style – Erykah Badu riding the mighty Real Rock riddim – and its the original riddim as it got laid down in Jamaica's Studio One by the Sound Dimension - one of the most popular, most versioned, and most familiar reggae riddims ever! Staying in a Reggae Style - „Panta Move (instrumental)“ is another nice track. Its from the remix album „Dub Kweli“, produced by Max Tannone, featuring the lyrics of Talib Kweli and the music of dub reggae. You can download the whole album for free here. „Panta Move“ uses the riddim from Lee "Scratch" Perry's "Black Panta" (which can be found on „Upsetters 14 Dub Blackboard Jungle“). Another Reggae and Lee "Scratch" Perry track included in this months selection is „Lee Scratch Perry & Amp Ari Up Meet Subatomic Sound - Hello, Hell is Very Low (7mix)“ - let me quote what Supatomic Sound say about this song on their soundcloud page: „The “Hello, Hell Is Very Low” vinyl 45 features a dub and vocal take of a rootical dubstep reflip of the rare and classic “Underground Roots” riddim, known to have been used by Studio One’s Sir Coxsone Dodd’s sound system to lay waste in Jamaican sound clashes (typically played back to back with the only known vocal version, a closely guarded special rumored to have been done for Coxsone by Junior Byles). On this 45, Subatomic Sound System dubs the riddim up proper with maximum respect to the tradition of the masters, Lee Perry & King Tubby, while also turning out the low end, delivering drums and bass big and bad enough knock out even a modern day dubstep club crowd.“ This song was also the first collaboration between Lee “Scratch” Perry and Ari Up, front woman of English punk band the Slits. Sadly Up died „after serious illness“ October this year. May she R.I.P. - I liked some of her Slits songs which were produced and mixed by Dennis Bovell. One favourite of mine is their take on I heard it through the Grapevine – which has some thundering bass and percussive spaciousness. Three more nice songs worth mentioning: „Gimmy Flamante - Time (Duendiness Friendly Refix Edit) - - - a nice laid back dubby hippy hop sounding tune that has a bit of a far-eastern feeling. „JJ – Still“ – I know that riddim from somewhere – who can give me a hint? And last, but not least the nice scorching soul burner „Nick Waterhouse - I can only give you Everything“. Download link is in the comments selection – check the tracklist below - and enjoy the music:

azealia banks - 212
bill withers - lovely day (copycat's slight re-edit)
daft punk - something about us (cherokee remix)
daydrum - window seat (real rock)
dj yogstar - 2000 got to be black (ft. fela kuti & roy ayres)
dj yogstar - california soul (ft. marlena shaw)
dorothy back - miracle man
dub kweli - panta move (instrumental)
frootful - slowtime (loa remix)
generationals - when they fight, they fight
ghostfunk - make it n.y.
inell young - what do you see in her
jimmy flamante - time (edit)
jj - still
kids by mgmt bluegrass cover by dr fox's old timey string band
kuhn - quiet nights (original mix)
kuhn - slime beach
lee scratch perry & amp ari up meet subatomic sound - hello, hell is very low (7mix)
locksmith - devil's lasso (prod. by ski beatz)
logic - all i do (instrumental)
logic - all i do
nick waterhouse - i can only give you everything
peter, bjorn and john - dig a little deeper
poncho warwick - tainted jazz (original mix)
preacherz - bad characterz (home session, oct. 2011)
rebecca fergusson - nothing's real but love (acoustic version)
rye rye ft m.i.a. - sunshine
sbtrkt - wildfire (remix ft. drake & little dragon)
sibylle baier - tonight
solomon burke - im going back to my roots
solomon burke - i'm going back to my roots
screamin' jay hawkins - i put a spell on you (jeremy sole's zombie stomp remix)
suff daddy - kicks
suff daddy - on & on & on
suff daddy - splim
suff daddy - the big hit
the belle brigade - losers
the physics - the recipe (ft. craig g)
theophilus london - girls girls
twin sister - all around and away we go
wailing souls - bredda gravalicious

Peace; DubMe


  1. Bonsoir mon ami! Yet again thank you very much for your support I really appreciate it and i must say that you have a talent for prose.This article is really interesting and i can tell you're making a lot of research.aaahh the joys of being a student!!
    I wanted to point out that the traffic you are generating is giving a lot of attention to my blog which i guiltily update often enough but i'm alas too busy with work and family to be able to blog too often.
    ps: december selection is already looking very promising.
    STAY TUNED.....

  2. great work both of you! can't thank you enough for the generous sharing of your music, thoughts, and general excellent vibes! it's been enlightening. long may you prosper! God bless. filo.