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Chill Tuesdays Playlist 6-21-2011

June 24, 2011


Folks chillin' at the bar counter.

Here’s this week’s sample of songs I played.

1. Le Nettoyeur by Greg Baumont: A slick instrumental bumping hip-hop beats.   The musical arrangement  and sound is almost reminiscent of  Enigma and Art of Noise.

2. Just The Two of Us by Grover Washington, Jr.: A classic soul-jazz piece.  The legendary Bill Withers does the vocals as the late Mr. Washington blows the saxophone.  Some folks may recognize it as the song Will Smith sampled for his song of the same name.

3. River Serpentine by The Budos Band: A funky gem centered around horns.  It has a cool sixties vibe to it.

4. Sabhyata by Karmix:  When it comes to vocals, I normally avoid non-English singing songs.  Yet, because I enjoyed the East Indian vocal arrangement, I included this number in my collection.  As middle-eastern music plays, scratching plays in the mix.

5. Makes You Extatic by The Tao of Groove:  Another cool song mixing jazz samples and hip-hop. Also, we hear smooth jazz guitar playing along with a flute.

6. Take Me To Mardi James by Bob James: Old-school, hip-hop heads will recognize the opening as the sample for Run-DMC’s “Peter Piper”.  A keyboard grooves to jazz on this smooth jam.

7. Mystic Brew by Ronnie Foster: Funky organ work added to smooth jazz.  This cool gem is easily recognized as the sample for A Tribe Called Quest’s “Electric Relaxation.”

Chill Tuesdays Playlist 6-14-2011

June 17, 2011


Another person chillin' on a Tuesday night.






Here’s another sample of what I played last Tuesday.






1. Half Step by DJ Food:  Jazz grooving over hip-hop beats.  A saxophone adds the extra funk to it.

2. Lo-Fi Nu Jazz #8 by Rubin Steiner:  A mixture of lounge and jungle.   Retro-xylophone sounds brings to mind of a swinging sixties party as jungle provides the percussion.

3. Dirty Old Bossa Nova by Visioneers:  Originally by The Howard Roberts Quartet, this version goes heavy on the percussion, something that may inspire dancing.

4. Mr. Dope by Kenny Dope: A chill song.  Comes off as an instrumental MCs may want to spit verses over.

5. Huzza A Hanna by Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Upsetters:  A rockin’ song created by one of the godfathers of Jamaican dub music.

6. Champagne Flute by Backini: With hip-hop beats as the backbone, this is one of those jams containing different genres.  On this funky number, you’ll hear jazz singing and a flute playing classical music.

7.  After Midnight by Space Gang:  One of those instrumentals you would either find in the jazz section or electronica section.  The keyboard sounds may say eletronica. Yet, the song serenades like a smooth jazz number.

8.  La Bas by Sternklang: A down tempo joint involving scratching and upright bass.

9. Flashdance by  Yael Naim: I played this as a joke.  It’s a lounge version of  Irene Cara’s hit song.

10. Who’s Making Love by Lou Donaldson:   The legendary jazz saxophonist covers Johnny Taylor’s hit song.  A Tribe Called Quest sampled this one.

Chill Tuesdays Playlist: 6-7-2011

June 11, 2011

Chillin' on a Tuesday night.







This is a sample of the music I played last Tuesday.





1. Mysterons by Portishead:  Classic trip-hop from the album Dummy.   Beth Gibbens sings over a haunting groove reminiscent of fifties to early sixties sci-fi movies.

2.Witness Dub by Roots Manuva:  Mostly known as a British rapper, Roots delivers head-nodding dub.  

3. The Forgotten People by Thievery Corporation:  A cool song sounding as if it came straight from Bombay.  Actually, it’s by a group based in Washington DC.

4. Of Course,This Way Madame by Forbidden Ensemble:  From the album Porno Soundtracks Volume One, this funky instrumental takes you back to seventies porn .  Incidentally, seventies porn music partly inspired my chill nights.

5. Eple by Royksopp:  A space-age instrumental where one can either chill or dance to.

6. 6 Underground by Sneaker Pimps: Another  trip-hop classic with Kellie Dayton (now Kelli Ali) beautifully singing.

7. Christiansands by Tricky: From the king of trip-hop, another elegant funky number including the beautiful vocals of Martina Topley-Bird.