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Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Life So Different From My Own




1.Space In Time by Gerardo Frisina
2.Marylin by Floating Points 
3.Jazzy Joint feat Jose James by J.A.M.
4.Spanish Key by Miles Davis
5.Sun (Eckoclick Remix) by Bambooman
6.A.I.E. by Soil & "Pimp" Sessions
7.Something In The Way by 4 Hero feat Bembe Segue and Kaidi Tatham
8.Depois do Carnaval by Azymuth
9.O Tempo Samba by Grupo Batuque
10.Live In The Light by Fertile Ground
11.Bubbles by Diggs Duke
12.Doriva by The Impanemas
13.Just A Thing by Karizma
14.Conscious (Soulclap Remix) by Womack & Womack
15.Technology Stole My Vinyl by Kenny Dixon Jr
16.Could Heaven Ever Be Like This by Idris Muhammad
17.Love Never Felt So Good (David Morales & Eric Kupper Classic Tribute Mix) by Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake
18.Straight No Turns by Wild Cub
19.Renovation by Jazz Collective

Sometimes when listening to music I find a common thread through some of the most unexpected songs. I was surprised by how the Jazz, House, and Brazilian worked so well together as I was building this mix. 

Songs that I never thought I would be able to work into a mix and make it sound good, like Soil & "Pimp" Sessions' "A.I.E." and Miles Davis's "Spanish Key" suddenly sounded good when surrounded by dance tunes.

This is such an eclectic selection of songs that I was thinking, what kind of person would hear this and think this was supposed to go together? What kind of life do they lead where they hear music like played regularly. It music be incredible. Then I realized I was talking about myself. This is what's on my iPod as I walk to work every day.

So, the title of the mix is a bit of a misnomer. It would be nice to hear songs played together like this on local radio or at an event here in Macon. However, I am sure people everywhere dream of hearing better music wherever they are.

I hope you enjoy.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love" Was Supposed To Be A Duet With Chaka Khan.

Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love" was a huge hit from his 1986 release on Island Records, Riptide.

The song is a quintessential 80's song. The video, well known for Palmer singing in front of a sexy all female band where each member looks alike was so popular that it is still parodied today.

I recently read an interview with Chaka Khan where she mentioned that the famous 80s pop tune was supposed to be a duet between Palmer and herself.



After a little bit of digging, I found out it was true. They recorded the duet but Palmer's record label and Khan's record label could not come to terms over the release of the song. So Palmer re-recorded Khan's parts himself and the rest is music history.

Khan receives a credit in the album's liner notes for the vocal arrangement for the track.

Another interesting fact about the song is that Bernard Edwards, bass player for 70s disco icons, Chic, played bass as well as produced the track and the entire Riptide album.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The House At The Intersection


To me, it looks like you need some house music in your life.
Enjoy.

The House At The Intersection mixed by DJ Roger Riddle
Simpatico feat. Omar by DJ Fudge and Hallex M
Love Song 28 (Atjazz Astro Remix) by Jullian Gomes
I Wanna Rock You by Giorgio Moroder
I Thought It Was You feat. Herbie Hancock by Kimiko Kasai
The Blues (DJ Spen's American Poetic Remix) by ATFC
Time Is Running Out by Teddy Douglass
O' Darlin (Original Mix) by Cajmere and Gene Farris
Come Back To Me (Original Mix) by Rightside and Troy Denari
Candidate For Love (Joey Negro Disco Blend) by TS Monk
Simple Things (Joe Clausells Sacred Rhythm Remix) by Roland Clark
Rock Wit U (Yoruba Soul Dub) by DJ Jazzy Jeff feat Erro
Make Me Cry (J. Lettow More Vibe Mix) by Doc Link
Never Stop (Louie Vega Original Long Mix) by Duane Harden, Louie Vega, and David Morales
Let's Get It (Go Get It) (DJ Oji's Intense/Condensed 347 Vocal Mix) by Original Man and DJ Oji
Sunlight (Louie Vega Roots Mix) by Louie Vega and Axel Tosca
Wesley Music (Danny Krivit Edit) by RSL

Find more mixes from me here: http://www.mixcloud.com/rogerriddle/

Monday, August 4, 2014

Record Shopping: Return To Forever - Romantic Warrior



Return To Forever was Chick Corea's Jazz Fusion group.

After Corea played on Miles Davis's ground breaking fusion albums, In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew, he formed Avant-Garde Jazz group, Circle.

He disbanded Circle after he became a member of the Church of Scientology and wanted to use his music to promote the religion and reach a wider audience.

Corea then formed Return To Forever as a Fusion band and in 1972 they released their debut self titled album with a line up of Floria Purim, Airto Moreira, Joe Farrell, and Stanley Clark.

By 1976 the line up of the band hand changed a few times, with the only constants being Chick Corea and bassist Stanley Clarke. The current roster was Corea and Clarke with Al Di Meola and Lenny White.

They released Romantic Warrior that year on Columbia Records. It went on to be Return To Forever's best selling album, as it went certified gold.

Corea wrote the album's opening, "Medieval Overture" as well as two longer pieces that closed out each side of the album. The other members contributed one song each.

As to be expected from a lineup like this one, the playing is superb. Chick Corea and Al Di Meola really stand out.

My purchase price was $5 in very good condition.
My favorite track is the title track, "Romantic Warrior".
A couple of tracks get to be to progressive/smooth jazz style for my tastes but fans of that style will find this album quite a treat. There is plenty to like here for fusion and funk fans. Stanley Clarke's bass never lets you down if you are a fan of the low end.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Chad Hugo's Remix of Little Dragon's "Killing Me"

Remember Chad Hugo? You know, the other guy in The Neptunes? The production team Pharrell Williams was in? Yeah! The other guy!

I always liked Chad Hugo. And while the past year has definitely been the year of Pharrell, every time I heard a song that Pharrell had his hand in (Daft Punk's "Get Lucky", Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines", Dispicable Me 2's "Happy", that hat, the Arby's Tweet), I couldn't help but wonder what Chad Hugo was up to.

We now have a very clear understanding of what Pharrell brought to the table in the Neptunes (or at least what he sounds like without Chad Hugo), so I would be really interested in hearing what Chad Hugo sounds like without Pharrell.

From time to time I would search Google for Chad Hugo but not a whole lot would show up. So imagine my surprise when I ran across this Chad Hugo remix of Little Dragon's "Killing Me"!

Listen below.
Enjoy.

Monday, July 14, 2014

When All That Matters

Summer flings are funny things things. They seem like they are going to last forever even though you know the summer is only three months long. For most people, it's over after time moves the summer on.
For the very lucky ones, they find something special that endures.

This is my ode to the summer fling. What happens to the couple? Listen to the songs, and let me know what you hear.

Enjoy.

When All That Matters
Southern Freeez by Sonzeira
Closer To You by Jimpster
Happy Cycling by Boards Of Canada
Dorothy Dandridge Eyes (featuring Esperanza Spalding) by Janelle MonĂ¡e
Something About Us by Daft Punk
Inside And Out by Feist
Footprints by A Tribe Called Quest
Maybe So Maybe No by Mayer Hawthorne
The Sensitive Kind by JJ Cale
Dreamin' by Amp Fiddler
Aht Uh Mi Hed by Shuggie Otis
In The Thick Of It by Brenda Russell


Monday, May 13, 2013

Dance Floors Of Futures Past

The great Steve Miller once said, "Time keeps on slipping, into the future."

It's true, One instant we experience something, the next instant the experience is in the past. No matter how fresh and new an experience is to you at some time in your life, it will be old news.

Which got me thinking about music. Some music sounds futuristic. When we listen to a group like Daft Punk, it seems like we are listening to music from a world that doesn't exist yet, if it ever will exist. Our music today may sound like some of the futuristic music of the past.

This mix is a selection of songs that I feel fall into that category. Old songs that sound up to date or futuristic. New songs that sound futuristic while at the same time sounding vintage. It's the type of look at music that would make a Doctor Who fan giddy. They would say something like timey-whimey or something like that.

This mix features new music from Daft Punk, and Robin Thicke. Classics from Roberta Flack, and Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye. There are some old school underground treats for those in the know and with keen ears. And there are some recent songs that probably haven't gotten the attention they deserve.

Enjoy.

Dance Floors Of Futures Past
The Rapture - Never Die Again
Glass Candy - Miss Broadway
Kraak & Smaak feat Ben Westbeech - Squeeze Me (Original Mix)
Mayer Hawthorne - Designer Drug
Jazzanova feat Ben Westbeech - I Can See
Roberta Flack feat. Donny Hathaway - Don't Make Me Wait Too Long (LP Version)
Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye - My Mistake (Was To Love You)
Edwin Birdsong - Cola Bottle Baby
Daft Punk feat Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky
Monkeyrobot - Ybmj
Michael Boothman feat Charmaine Ford - What You Won't Do For Love
Robin Thicke feat Pharrell and T.I. - Blurred Lines
The Strokes - Welcome To Japan
Karen Young - Hot Shot
Breakbot feat Ruckazoid - Fantasy
Black Science Orchestra - New Jersey Deep
Major Lazer - Pon De Floor
Taana Gardner - Work That Body