Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Birthday! (Beatz & Carrots Anniversary Special #1)

01 - intro - bappi lahiri - let's dance for the great guy bruce lee
02 - elias rahbani - dance of maria
03 - gnonnas pedro - yiri yiri boum
04 - bunny rugs - be thankful
05 - quantic presenta flowering inferno - no soy del valle
06 - cut chemist - povo de santo (instrumental)
07 - cut chemist - povo de santo
08 - grupo saya - canita canaveral
09 - samuel belay - aynotchesh yerefu
10 - thomas chauke - xipereta
11 - skit - jah wobble - cherry blossom of our youth
12 - la ola criminal – sin gas5. maga bo – analys d’amour (inst.)
13 - shantisan - meu filho (carioca funk)
14 - pepepe - el desastre (original de los macuanos)
15 - victor uwaifo - ohue (frankie francis and simbad edit)
16 - jay dee - rico suave bossa nova
17 - willy berking - lillie und luise (vocal - rudi schuricke - 1940)
18 - joe gibbs - he prayed version
19 - seu jorge & almaz - the model (joey altruda remix)
20 - la banda africana - te clavo ma mano
21 - eddie hooper - pass it on
22 - rubens bassini y los latinos - son cubano amparo

Beatz & Carrots is one year old! One year ago on the 31st of October I wrote my first post. And just a day later I posted the first Beatz & Carrots #1 (October 2011) compilation. 12 months later - and there is still a lot of music I want to share and discover with everyone following this blog. There are many reasons why I started this blog - the main reason above all is probably my love for music - and wanting to share the joys of good music with more people. Also, living in China (which is a bit of a blank spot on the World map of music), where it is difficult to find like-minded people who go crazy for a good song, who dig the funky grooves of James Brown, feel the soul in an old Studio One Motown cover, swing & jump to some fresh Cumbia by Mister Quantic, laugh about some weird late 70ies No Wave video, chill to a rare Disco Boogie edit - and wonder what the next Resense 7inch is going to sound like - this blog provides a way for me to stay in touch with other music lovers, exchange ideas, gain new inspiration... I am quite happy how the blog is going. I shared some nice compilations, I am updating the blog more or less regularly, I do get some feedback for the music I share. Of course - more comments would always be nice. They for sure make my day ;-)

So, I thought I use the Beatz & Carrots One Year Anniversary as an excuse to share some of the older Beatz & Carrots compilations I did before I started this blog. Altogether four Beatz & Carrots ''Anniversary Specials'' which I will be posting over the following days. Enjoy & leave some feedback if there is any music your particularly enjoy!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Beatz & Carrots #11 (August 2012)

01 - intro - the originals - the whip
02 - souleance - chemise
03 - soul shakers - you ain't my brother
04 - ben e king - stand by me (suonho soul beat edit)
05 - amp fiddler - hope
06 - rokk - patience
07 - featurecast ft greg blackman - get lovely
08 - les edits du golem - we have it made
09 - johnny cash - i walk the line (alkalino rework)
10 - liam bailey - please love me
11 - mungo's hi fi - don't let them horns riddim
12 - dj nu-mark - our generation (re-edit)
13 - mulatu - yegelle tezeta (nicolas jaar edit)
14 - uproot andy & chief boima - sina makossa remix
15 - fabulous arabia - give me love tonight
16 - dj nu-mark - troplicalifornia (main)
17 - gramatik vs. the beatles - don't let me down 2012
18 - john lennon - imagine (nicoluminous remix)
19 - percy mayfield - hit the road jack
20 - talking heads - sugar on my tongue

Brand new Beatz & Carrots Selection. No genres - just music - starting with a nice intro taken from the '50ies raunchy & rockin' instrumental The Whip by The Originals. This video might be the more entertaining version TO WATCH. Track #3 brings us some heavy bouncing funk, catchy lyrics - and above all some irresistible horns: You Ain't My Brother by The Soul Shakers. Recorded in the late 60s, the original 45 rpm single on the 'Amark' label is much sought after - and rare as a hens tooth. But those who want it on crispy vinyl are lucky - it got re-released on Tramp Records a while ago on limited 7inch vinyl. Beside that it can also be found on the first Movements compilation by Tobias Kirmayer. Also check out the heavy hitting old school edit 'To The Beats Yall' by DJ Rudd on Beatz & Carrots #5. Track #5 is an old favourite of mine which I first heard on a Quantic live mix years ago. Took me like 3-4 years to finally identify this song: 'Hope' by Amp Fiddler is a hypnotic funky house shuffle with some added bass bounce. Sexy & very danceable! The next song - track #6 Patience by Rokk is a super rare modern soul gem from 1976 - and it is pure sunshine bliss. No wonder - as it was taken from the great California Soul compilation full of smooth west coast grooves from the sunshine state California. Let me quote from the liner notes of 'California Soul': "Patience" was recorded in 1976 as the lead single to an album by Rokk. The album was never finished because producer Calvin Carter became too ill. A handful of promotional copies of “Patience” were distributed but the song has otherwise never seen the light of day. Label owner Betty Chiappetta had high hopes for Rokk and looked to re-launch her Tollie label with the band’s success. Unfortunately when Carter fell ill the band disappeared and the almost-completed Rokk album is still in Chiappetta’s possession." - - - Would love to listen to that album! Track #8 is a subtle but yet hypnotic edit by Les Edits Du Golem of the 50ies Doo Wop or Teener song We Have It Made by Pete Votrian. Finding track #8 on soundcloud a while ago was a pleasant surprise: Brilliant Alkalino Rework of ''I Walk The Line'' by Johnny Cash. Smooth, deep & elegant! Absolutely diggin' this one! Track #10 - Liam Bailey - Please Love Me is another sweet, smooth & soulful favourite which has been on heavy heavy rotation at my place. Absolutely addictive. Recorded nearly two years ago, this is another song (also check out When Will They Learn) that perfectly showcases Liam's sublime singing, songwriting, and musicianship. '''Please Love Me' is an uptempo song that sounds like the musical lovechild of Curtis Mayfield and Waylon Jennings. A soul track with a country twist, Please Love Me has Liam in a falsetto while tough drums and lush strings dance around his vocals and a country guitar line gives the song an unrelenting bounce.'' (Info courtesy of Truth & Soul Records). Find the 7inch & Digital Download here. Track #12 - DJ Nu-Mark - Our Generation (Re-Edit) is a real crate-diggers rejoice which was available as a free download. It is a re-edit of the original Ernie Hines classic ''Our Generation'' (probably most commonly known as the sample Pete Rock & Cl Smooth use on Straighten It Out). This is what DJ Nu-Mark himself says about this great re-edit: ''I chose 'Our Generation' because the vocal content in this 1972 classic still pertains to what’s happening in the world today. The topic of unwarranted wars and violence still plague our society.'' True dat! Track #13 is a bootleged, unreleased Nicolas Jaar edit of Mulatu's Yekermo Sew, wrongly titled ''Yegelle Tezeta (Nicolas Jaar Edit)". Perfect fusion between the magic multi-layered sounds of Ethiopian legend Mulatu Astatke and Jaar’s magical touch… Close your eyes & let yourself be taken away! Track #15 is an 'old favourite' which has already been on heavy rotation for a few months - after I first got introduced to it by the Prince of Ballard on his Armed Snobbery blog July this year: Fabulous Arabia - Give Me Love Tonight from the album Unlimited Buffet. What can I say? Perfect song. Always making me smile. This is probably my favourite song from their long player Unlimited Buffet - but the rest of the album is equally great - containing ''flawless harmonies, interjections of brass and smatterings of searing guitar, all underpinned by an elastic and funky rhythm section. It's a buzz-funk extravaganza with playful vocals. Think of a wild unique mixture of Shuggie Otis meets the Beatles with a New Zealand twist. And the band is a true NZ allstar band featuring Toby Laing and Joe Lindsay of Fat Freddy’s Drop, Lucien Johnson of The Black Seeds and Julien Dyne (BBE) on drums.'' There is some magic brewing in New Zealand! Check this video for an electrifying look behind the scenes as Fabulous/Arabia 'warms themselves up' for their debut festival performance. Track #16 is another DJ Nu-Mark freebie: Troplicalifornia featuring Mister Quantic - and taken from DJ Nu-Mark's upcoming release Broken Sunlight Series 4. Just watch that video & save me the time describing this upbeat sunshine trip. Happy! Track #18 is a pretty style Dubstep remix by Nicoluminous of John Lennon's classic song "Imagine". Really feeling this remix: strings, piano, beat & John Lennon's timeless lyrics & singing. Track #19 is the first version of ''Hit The Road Jack'' written & recorded by rhythm and bluesman Percy Mayfield in 1960 as an acapella version - before it got picked up by Ray Charles and became the classic we all know. Ray Charles version, which has a strong beat, is a brief but rather comic duet between a fed-up woman and her good-for-nothing man. He tries to wheedle her into letting him stay, but she will have none of it, "'cause it's understood: you ain't got no money, you just ain't no good." I am finishing this compilation with Sugar On My Tongue by the Talking Heads, which Kristof just shared in time on his blog Duendiness. Perfect! Thanks! This song originally should have been on the Talking Heads debut album Talking Heads -77, but only got released many many years later. I got addicted to this song the first time I heard it: tight, punchy, funny, sweet and weird. Maybe that's why the song didn't get released the first time? And because of the lyrics? Sugar standing for LSD?! I assume its not necessarily about popping-around for a spoonful of... ? Anyway - enjoy this fresh Beatz & Carrots selection with or without sugar!


This compilation fits perfectly on one CD - just click "NO PAUSE BETWEEN TRACKS" when you are going to burn it - and the CD will be exactly 79:30 minutes long.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Beatz & Carrots #10 (July 2012)

01 - intro - jeff barnes - get in the groove
02 - kalle et l'africa team de paris - africa boogaloo
03 - suonho - gypsy woman
04 - pillow talk - sunny
05 - eek a mouse - ganja smuggling (disco tech edit)
06 - chordettes - mr sandman
07 - dj delay - baga cumbia
08 - pernett - cumbia computer (zeb remix)
09 - charles wright & the watts 103rd street band - what can you bring me
10 - fatback band - goin' to see my baby
11 - gianfranco reverberi - nel cimitero di tucson (alkalino rework)
12 - thornato - marimba
13 - little dragon - summertearz inna bottle (nickodemus & zeb remix)
14 - whitney houston - my love is your love (jeremy sole cumbia dubplate)
15 - mary jane girls - all night long
16 - barry biggs - love come down (1984)
17 - nohelani cypriano - lihue
18 - childs & moore - superstition
19 - al jazzbo collins - the three little pigs

Trying to catch up with my monthly Beatz & Carrots compilations. Here is the July 2012 selection. After a nice intro which I have taken of an old Rocksteady song - the fire is on: Track #2 is Africa Boogaloo by Kalle et L'Africa Team de Paris. Well - just as the title suggests: an African boogaloo song. And a wonderful one! Mixing the sweet elements of Congolese music - already including a dose of Cuban Rumba - with the fiery rhythms of the 1960ies New York boogaloo sounds. You can find this song on the very good Honest John compilation The Latinization Of West Africa, which includes more songs in a similar vein. The next song takes on the Latin heat with Suonho's amazing re-edit of Joe Bataan's 1967 Latin dance cover of Gypsy Woman. I have had this song for a long time - but it only lately started growing on me. Now I can't live without it. Play this one out loud - and get boogalized! Sweeter than sugar, nicer than girl watching on a sunny day. Well, you know what I mean ;-) On track #4 Pillowtalk gives us a wonderful edit of the classic track Sunny sang by Bobby Hebb. If you have been following this blog for a while you should know that I am a huge fan of this song & its various covers. Look here fore more sunshine. Eek! Track #5 is a Disco Tech Edit of Ganja Smuggling by Eek A Mouse. And what is even better it is an edit of the live version which Eek A Mouse performed at the 1984 Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica - giving us the full intro and a massive build-up. Big original - and great edit. The only thing I could add - wish the mastering on the edit would have been a little louder. Track #6 gives us The Chordettes with their huge 1954 hit Mr Sandman. Some websites state that "Mr Sandman" is the most popular 50s song of all time! Well - it for sure is "Sweeter than a candy on a stick" (like this girl vocal band is sometimes described). Track #11 is a sweet Alkalino rework of Nel Cimitero Di Tucson ("Last Man Standing" in English), which was composed by Gianfranco Reverberi for the 1968 Django Italo Western Preparati LaBara! (ft. Terence Hill). You’ll most likely recognize this song as the prevalent sample from Gnarl Barkley’s "Crazy". What an amazing Italo Western theme. Can't get enough of those horns. Track #12: Thornato who was also included on the last months Beatz & Carrots compilation with an AMAZING remix of Grupo Socavon's "Homenaje A Justino", is back with yet another tropikal monster tune: Marimba! Another song I can't get enough of! The last time I played at a club here in Chengdu - I played this song twice in a row - and the Dancefloor basically exploded in joyful shouts. Marimbas! Track #13 is a deep haunting remix by Nickodemus & Zeb of Little Dragon's Summertearz Inna Bottle, which Nickodemus shared on his soundcloud page a while ago - saying this: "Now that Summer's over, here's a fun 'lil remix we did of a live "Summertearz" version of the band playing into glass bottles & amp; Yukimi's impromptu vocals over the top." Track #14 is a Jeremy Sole Cumbia Dubplate of Whitney Houston's My Love Is Your Love. Perfect & smooth: Great intro, vocals from the original lady, airhorn, some cumbia bounce... R.I.P Whitney Houston. We continue with another classic R&B song - the Mary Jane Girls' smash hit All Night Long way back from 1983. Original old-school R&B like I like it: great vocals, the beat is hot, melodic and on point. Produced by the late Rick James. Track #16 is Barry Biggs cover of Evelyn "Champagne" King's Love Come Down. "Barry Biggs is The Expert on ultra-sweet Reggaefied version of well known hits. "Love Comes Down" is a classic, also in Barry's own rendering. Throughout his career, Barry Biggs has stayed focused on sweetness, sugar if you will. Spice he let over to others. Barry Biggs is a household name in Reggae when it comes to Lovers Rock even before there was such a thing and this track shows why." (Dubroom Reviews) Also check out this nice Disco Syndicate rework. Track #17 takes us to Hawaii: Nohelani Cypriano - Lihue. Hot Hawaiian balearic disco from 1977 and sought-after underground classic. More info here. I was trying hard to include the next song on this compilation. Track #18 by Childs & Moore from the VA - Goodfoot EP is an amazing rework of Stevie Wonder's classic Superstition: "Almost accapella, full of soul feeling and passion!" I am ending this compilation with an old favourite of mine: Al Jazzbo Collins hip re-interpretation of the classic fairy-tale The Three Little Pigs in a hip beatnik fashion. Taken from the album "A Lovely Bunch Of Al Jazzbo Collins And The Bandidos" (1967 - Impulse! Records). Swingin' Jazz, damn groovy and you have to be fast to grasp all of Al Jazzbo Collins humor: "Once upon a time in the land of Nitty Gritty there lived three little pigs. One of the little pigs was really cool. The other was more on the commercial side and the third was beyond the shadow of a doubt as square as they come..." Brilliant!

Enjoy! DubMe

PS.: This compilation fits perfectly on one CD - just click "NO PAUSE BETWEEN TRACKS" when you are going to burn it - and the CD will be exactly 79:50 minutes long.