Wednesday, 26 August 2009

VA - Essential Mix: Francois K

Been back on the headphones again and for the few who may not already have it. "This amazing album depicts the deck craft of one of dance music's founding fathers. Kevorkian, a French jazz drummer who migrated to America in 1975 was one of the first DJs to mix and edit disco records into 12" cuts, prolonging the grooves and creating dynamic workouts for adventurous dancers. Yet this is much more than disco, it's a journey from funk filled 1970s New York City when breakbeats and disco edits were emerging from the primordial sonic soup through to electro, early garage, house, hip-hop, techno and drum & bass. Familiar names such as D Train, Chaka Khan, Kraftwerk and James Brown sit alongside rarities from Akwaaba, Adonis, Willie Hutch and Level 42. This isn't a mix album in the conventional sense, there's not much blending or cutting, but it is a beautiful and thoughtful exploration of dance music's many moods by someone who understands and can integrate them better than most. --JB"

Tracklisting CD 1
01 Maurizio - M 4.5 Basic
02 Funk Masters - Love Money
03 Jephté Guillaume - La-Kou-A
04 Akwaaba - Phlox/ Just Pilau/ Afro-Burger (Francois K Mix)
05 Level 42 - Starchild
06 T-Connection / Tower of Power - Squib Cakes / At Midnight
07 James Brown - There Was A Time
08 George Benson - Song For My Brother (MAW Mix)
09 Earth, Wind and Fire - In The Stone
10 Chaka Khan - I Know You, I Live You
11 Kyoto Jazz Massive - Nacer Do Sol
12 Virgo - Free Yourself
13 Kim English - Learn 2 Luv (Mood II Swing Vocal Mix)
14 Love Committee - Law & Order

Tracklisting CD 2
01 Bob Holroyd - African Drug
02 Wally Badarou - Mambo
03 Renegade - Dark
04 Billy Cobham - Storm
05 Kerri Chandler / Sinnamon - Atmospheric Beats / I Need You Now
06 Adonis / Sinnamon - No Way Back / I Need You Now
07 Willie Hutch - Sure Know How To Love Your Man
08 Paperclip People - Throw
09 Kraftwerk - Home Computer
10 A Tribe Called Quest - Award Tour
11 De La Soul - Say No Go
12 D-Train - Keep On
13 Lisa Taylor - Did You Pray Today
14 Jazzanova - Caravelle
15 Francois K - Groovin'
16 Lil' Louis & The World - Jazzmen
17 St Germain - Percussion
18 Exodus- Together Forever
19 King Tubby - Dreams Of Dub

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Friday, 14 August 2009


Friedrich Gulda - The Air From Other Planets

Haven't posted any jazz on here for ages it seems. A personal favourite which sounded great to hear again