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Still counting down to the end of summer, nine days from this posting to be exact. Here’s my salute and farewell. Took an acoustic version of a Stevie Wonder classic and tweaked it for the dancefloor. There’s more of these in the chamber so stay tuned.
As much as I’ve always been a huge fan of Omar’s nu soul and jazz stuff, I’ve been waiting for another party bomb like this since 2006’s “It’s So…” (which I still pull out on a regular basis).
The UK Funky genre finds its way into Sol Power sets by way of the African and Caribbean elements of that scene. And in that spirit, “Dancing” is due to become a sureshot peak Sol Power banger. In fact, a number of UK Funky jams work in dancehall, soca and African dance music sets.
First released this spring on limited edition vinyl, the rest of you who aren’t wax hunters can now cop a digital release of “Dancing” from Juno.
This is the sound of Afro Colombia. I’m on a mission to learn more and add it to the Sol Power arsenal.
Totó la Momposina- Mapalé
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Travel to some place far away. Record authentic roots music of that locale. Massage it into a modern musical project using studio expertise and session musicians. Not a new concept, but it’s solidly executed on Roots of Life by Los Chicharrons.
This DJ/producer duo used Mali as base of this project, and then threw a bunch of different styles - afrobeat, b-boy style funk, broken beat, latin - at what they recorded in Bamako.
Sol Power approved dopeness.
I’m not a Christian and I’m a bit of a grinch these days but I’m always going to love some good jump-n-wave festiveness. According to my Trini source, “the breakdown is when the old folks get up.” I think I feel an edit coming on.
And now I’ll leave it to Meistro and Deep Sang to dig up some Hanukkah Sol Power flavor.
Jorginho do Impèrio’s Dinheiro Vem, Dinheiro Vai. Truer words never spoken. From the superlative Viagem Encantada , a recording I first came across as a cassette tape, and which I nearly melted from constant play. Comfort food for the ears.
As I was seething with envy over this beastly disco edit, I was also racking my brain trying to remember the original cut. Chalked it up to a senior moment when the homie Lil’ Dave reminded me that it was master Herbie Hancock at work.
What does this have to do with Sol Power? Go to the 2:01 mark for a massive percussion blast.
Oh, Nelly! DJ Nu-Mark, probably best known for his production work with Jurassic 5, drops some serious Sol Power flavor with his new Take Me With You mix CD. We collectively drop a lot of these tracks in our sets, but gotdamn. Nu-Mark is making us look bad. Anyway, this here is just a 20 minute preview of the full length mix dropping January 18 in stores, or sooner if you go through Mochilla.
In his own words:
When you’re headed out the door for your next vacation “Take Me With You”. This mix is intended to travel with you on your next tropical adventure to paint the musical background for your trip.
I was inspired to make a mix that captures funk inspired rhythms from music I’ve collected on my tours/travels around the world. The goal of this mix is to show the rhythmic similarities between Samba, Cumbia, Calypso, Rhumba, Afro-Beat and Balkan Beats in well blended mix.
-DJ Nu-Mark (Uncle Nu)
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Here’s something to welcome everyone back from the holiday. Came across this on a digging mission and found some goodness on it to kick off the Sol Power remix series. Learned a lot more about older Dominican merengue in the process. This is why we still buy records.
Check out Angelito Villalona covering the original in place of his brother, the legendary “El Mayimbe”.
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