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Slo Get Up, vol 14 - (Almost) 14 x 14
January 13, 2015 10:37 PM PST
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In this series, I ground the playlist with a variety of gems from 2014. Starting with Moses Sumney, who seemed to punctuate my listening adventures all year long from his time at Red Bull Music Academy to a residency at the Bootleg Theater to a collab with Miguel Atwood Ferguson at the Blue Whale by end of year. He had to start this. He's then followed by a stream of great artists like Zara MacFarlane, D'Angelo, Fatima, SBTRKT, Kele and more. Unlike most Slo Get Ups, things get smashed off on the end quite uptempo with Mark de Clive Lowe and Azealia Banks (and a Maya Angelou quick poem in between). The sorrow of 2014's injustices is also present but you have to listen for it. Not because those woes are undervalued but because music -- of all kinds even with frivolous messages -- may be the only thing that can soothe that pain. See Amalgamated Recordings  for more Slo Get Ups and other good stuff.

Slo Get Up, vol 14 - (Almost) 14 x 14
January 13, 2015 10:27 PM PST
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In this series, I ground the playlist with a variety of gems from 2014. Starting with Moses Sumney, who seemed to punctuate my listening adventures all year long from his time at Red Bull Music Academy to a residency at the Bootleg Theater to a collab with Miguel Atwood Ferguson at the Blue Whale by end of year. He had to start this. He's then followed by a stream of great artists like Zara MacFarlane, D'Angelo, Fatima, SBTRKT, Kele and more. Unlike most Slo Get Ups, things get smashed off on the end quite uptempo with Mark de Clive Lowe and Azealia Banks (and a Maya Angelou quick poem in between). The sorrow of 2014's injustices is also present but you have to listen for it. Not because those woes are undervalued but because music -- of all kinds even with frivolous messages -- may be the only thing that can soothe that pain.

Disproportionate Circulation
April 13, 2014 12:38 PM PDT
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This was originally done in haste as a party mix for a friend but I started to dig it for my work out purposes. Yes, I am the type of dude that tries to match up my treadmill pace with BPMs. Anyway, we've got old and new here from Justin Timberlake to Mandrake to M.I.A to Big Boi to Ludacris, Jet, Black Keys, Beck, A Tribe Called Quest and one of my fave underground hip hop tracks of all time "Come Get With It" by Basic Vocab. Astute DJs will pick up some "sneaker in the dryer" moments and other slight technicalities but hopefully all will bob along just the same.

Slo Get Up - Vol One Three, The Lucky Ones
January 19, 2014 12:26 AM PST
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Starting off with an acoustic spiritualized medley (track from the film 'Babel' + gospel-oriented jaimeo brown and contact field orchestra), we move into Bill Withers' 'Grandma's Hands.' from there its a journey that includes Quadron with Kendrick Lamar, jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, and some bossa by Lalo Schifrin from way back. Later a Vampire Weekend track actually sets off an electro-soul arc of Kelela, The Internet, Jamiroquai and Toro Y Moi as Oddisee closes with one of my fave tracks from the last two years "You Know Who You Are."

Ah, Sookie Sookie Now! A Southern Funk Retro Soul Rock Thang
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April 26, 2013 08:46 AM PDT
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This podcast is inspired by an event I produced one time called Sookie Sookie Sunday under the guise of Madame Zenobia Presents in DC. It was Labor Day Weekend.  We were searching for a vibe that had a southern soul sensibility  but was a little gritty/greasy and still felt fresh. The event went well but we always wanted more for the music. We couldn’t find that sweet spot comingling old school R&B, certain types of authentic blues, organ grooves, and then new stuff that paid homage to those sounds.

 

Here we have a range of funky grinding tracks from new schoolers like Alabama Shakes, Platinum Pied Pipers, Raphael Saadiq, and Cody Chestnutt to classic sanctified soul from cats like Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson, Lester Abrams’ LA Carnival experiment and an even more obscure track by a 70s funk band from North Carolina that called themselves The Communicators and Black Experience Band. At the end, we cap it off with the song “Sookie Sookie” itself, but not before a baby mash-up of Eddie Murphy’s “The Barbeque” comedy routine rides over top of it for a minute.

 

For some this will be road music or some music to barbeque by perhaps.  For me, its what might be playing at a juke joint near my childhood home if it were around today.  It was a cinderblock building serving liquor and pig’s feet. I was never allowed to go there. Or its what I envision is on the jukebox at The Hideaway, a spot I went to in Harlem when I lived there where hardworking men, part-time pimps, and flashy cats hung out before really going into the street. Colt 45 Malt Liquor posters with Billie Dee Williams were still hanging there a few years ago.

 

That’s what made things Sookie Sookie to me. Like grape Kool-Aid and gin.

The Butterfly Collection, A Slo Get Up for Rising in the Spring
March 30, 2013 01:05 PM PDT
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Could say I've carefully collected this one for a while as the majority of tracks are all connected with Butterflies specifically. Many genres -- jazz, neo soul, dance -- but were all part of my library, gently landing in it over the years. Bookended by two classics -- Jimi Hendrix with "Little Wings" and Herbie Hancock's jazz opus "Butterfly", what's in between is Michael Jackson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Swing Out Sister, Jamiroquai, Digable Planets, Towa Tei, Big Brooklyn Red, Abbey Lincoln and more. And the beautiful positive house track "Butterfly(You Send Me) by the always soulful and percussive Masters at Work. The art is by friend and 'artivist' Favianna Rodriguez and it works well not only because of the Butterfly motif but also due to her dope use of it as a metaphor on the struggle for immigration reform. Something that will also be rising this season. Which I'll tweet about from time to time @wyclo. Up jumps spring.

Fresh N Slo: Very New Slo Get Ups, Winter 2013
February 23, 2013 04:31 PM PST
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On this Slo Get Up, the basic format remains but it is all about the new. Or the relatively new, in comparison to other Slo Get Up podcasts. Most tracks here are from 2012 and even a handful from 2013. That’s keeping it extra fresh!  And so many artists that I am so excited about right now. Who bring me delight every morning. There’s a cozy one from Nia Andrews called “The Lovers”.   A gruff, yet melodic, almost Burt Bacharach-ish gem from Cody Chestnutt called “Chips Down”.  The infectious “Treat Me Like Fire” by Lion Babe, whose debut album I can’t wait to hear. 

And England’s Laura Mvula, Toro y Moi, the retro-soul of Charles Bradley,  Childish Gambino, Australia’s Hiatus Kaiyote, Def Sound, Alabama Shakes, Lianne La Havas, Rhye and more great artists you may not have heard much about.  Then at the end we arise, fully awake to Quantic and Alice Russell doing “Look Around the Corner,” nudging you with the refrain “Another day is born, rise up, with the new light of dawn…”. Indeed it is.  Special shout-out to Jahsonic, Aaron Byrd, and Gilles Peterson who influenced some of these selections.  As always, the playlist can be found here. All available on itunes or Amazon or Bandcamp.

Slo Get Up, vol 11
December 01, 2012 07:41 PM PST
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Two of my favorite tracks from 2012 are included on this installment,both from up-and-comers. One is from a soulfully eclectic northern Australian band called Hiatus Kaiyote (yes, thats how they spell it) called "Nakamarra". The other is the slow extended hip-hop opus "Sing About Me" by Compton's Kendrick Lamar, a young cat who single-handedly restored my faith in hip-hop this year as a place where creative, contemplative lyrics almost in a blues fashion can coexist alongside club bumping and grinding. Also here are Japan's United Future Orgnaization, Massive Attack, Aretha Franklin, Leela James, Mark de Clive Lowe + Nia Andrews, Chaka Khan. Plus special treats like Denzel Washington and Branford Marsalis together with a cut from Spike Lee's Mo Better Blues and Russell Brand singing "Pure Imagination", main song from the original Willie Wonka for a minute. Full playlist and other podcasts from me and others are at www.amalrec.com.

Slo Get Up, vol X
October 28, 2012 10:30 AM PDT

On this one, two very different versions of “God Bless the Child” are put on each end and multi-genre points are plotted in between, but things are still kept slow and easy.   There’s an underplayed, inspirational track by The Gap Band, the almost operatic, ethereal to boom-bip electronica of DJ Shadow and I have to admit having fun moving from the country-blues “I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But Time” to the infectious pop-soul of TLC’s “Diggin’ on You”.  And the remix of Shirley Bassey’s “Easy Thing to Do” has been a song I woke up to on many a day with a sly smile. Full playlist can be found at http://www.amalrec.com/p/playlists.html

Slo Get Up Vol 9 - Rise of the Hip-Hop Sleepy Heads
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October 06, 2012 12:17 PM PDT
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Here, we take the Slo Get Up format but put it primarily through a strict Hip-Hop lens. That was the challenge, so to speak. There's low-bpm progressive hip-hop to instrumental covers of noted hip-hop songs (like the 2nd track by Miguel Atwood Ferguson + Carlos Nino, a beautiful orchestral interpretation of A Tribe Called Quest's "Find a Way"). Lineup includes known quantities like Common, Beastie Boys, Mos Def, and Robert Glasper as well as the slightly more obscure and sometimes forgotten lazy gems by Freestyle Fellowship, Basehead, Bahamadia, and Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. And new tracks from Kendrick Lamar and DJ Quik. And by the time all this slowly causes you to stir about your abode, the happy "Margarita" by Big Boi, Pharell, and (no pun intended)Sleepy Brown kicks in and the end to say its time to face the day with a smile. Regular listeners should know that there will be explicit lyrics now and again. Sorry. That's part of hip-hop.

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