Monday, May 25, 2009

Madlib @ work

Some pictures of Mr. Jackson doin' his thang... which was of course spinning the dopest ish in his own stubborn and eccentric way. Madlib really is the bad kid...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Drift Away Ray

Ray Pollard
Now this is a song I need to hear at least once a week, just to sing my lungs out: 'The Drifter' (1965) by Ray Pollard. I think this string-laden ballad is the perfect soundtrack for some overly-dramatic crying and screaming over your long lost girl or just to express the unbearable pain of being lonely. Another great Northern Soul-classic is Chuck Wood's 'Seven Days Is Too Long' (1967). Although this guy seems to be having problems getting his girl to talk to him, he puts his sadness aside and convinces us to get on the dancefloor with him. Love those horns!Chuck Wood (hard to believe this guy can sing so passionately)

Friday, May 15, 2009

MMMMMMadlib Invasion

Oyeah baby! Tomorrow (16/05/09) musical genius and personal hero Madlib will be performing @ Petrol Club, Antwerp. Beatjunkie J.Rocc will be joining him on his quest for dopeness. The two will get some support from the Canadian duo Thunderheist, who will bring a quite eclectic mix of hiphop, electro, dancehall, etc. Check 'em out @ Petrol's site. After Madlib & J.Rocc, Belgium's hiphophead #1 DJ Lefto will guide us through the night. Hope to see y'all there!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

British soul-sauce by Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson (left) and Daniel Merriweather
Since the song 'Changes' (ft. Wale) is in high rotation on nearly every radio station... of this nation in creation (sorry, got a little carried away there), Daniel Merriweather rapidly is becoming one of the new heartthrobs in pop music. Although I can't stand the song (the piano-break makes me think of some lousy Maroon 5-type of crap - shame on you, Ronson!), I have to admit I like the guy. The reason for this is fairly simple: he was the singer of 2007's Mark Ronson single 'Stop Me', which made the charts in various countries. Mark Ronson is a very soulful and funky producer whose ears have provided hits for the likes of Nikka Costa ('Like A Feather', very dope), Robbie Williams ('Lovelight', a lot less dope), Lily Allen ('Littlest Things', 'Oh My God'), Amy Winehouse ('Rehab', 'Valerie', 'You Know I'm No Good', 'Back to Black' and 'Love Is A Losing Game'), Adele ('Cold Shoulder'), Kaiser Chiefs ('Never Miss A Beat'), Christina Aguilera ('Slow Down Baby'), Ghostface Killah & Nate Dogg ('Ooh Wee') and remixed/covered Radiohead ('Just') and Britney Spears ('Toxic'). Now the reason why I want to talk about 'Stop Me' in particular, is that it's actually a remix/mash-up of two older songs: 'Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before' by The Smiths and 'You Keep Me Hangin' On' by The Supremes. It might seem very strange to combine music and lyrics from a British 80's rockband with those of black female soul diva's from the 60's (Ronson was accused of being disrespectful towards both Smiths-singer Morrissey and The Supremes) but the outcome is great! Let's hope Ronson keeps creating quality music with that funky soul-flavour.
Nikka Costa (oyeah this pic needs to be here)

Azymuth: Brazilian jazzfunk

Azymuth in the 70's

Checking the credits on Jazzanova's 'Of All The Things' (which I discussed a couple of days ago), I found out Brazilian jazzfunk-band Azymuth contributed to the very sunny 'Gafiera' (ft. Pedro Martins). To me, this is proof these guys impressed music lovers around the world and still get a lot of props from contemporary musicians inspired by their stuff. Their best known song and greatest hit most probably is the up-tempo partyfunk song 'Jazz Carnival', but the Azymuth-joint that first caught my attention was the fantastic 'Dear Limmertz'. The bass-slapping immediately manages to hit your spine while the rhodes and vocoder create a spacy atmosphere suited for a promising night out. My personal hero Madlib, who is known to be a huge fan of Brazilian music , started a project with Azymuth-drummer Ivan 'Mamao' Conti, releasing the album 'Sujinho' last year. Check out a video of the Jackson Conti-duo jamming here. Enjoy!

Jackson Conti @ Paradiso, Amsterdam

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Shii am I happy today! For no apparent reason (meaning it ain't my birthday or something) I got my very own heart-shaped 'Just Ain't Gonna Work Out' 7-inch (like in the video) from this ill gangstabitch Sarah (on the right in the picture). Thank you a zillion times, Sarah!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Another German invasion

Don't start panickin' though, chill and let these guys invade your ear canals. Why do I mention their nationality? Because Germany is the last place you think of when exposed to the sometimes exotic and always adventurous styles of Alexander Barck, Claas Brieler, Jürgen von Knoblauch, Roskow Kretschmann, Stefan Leisering and Axel Reinemer (I admit, their names are VERY German) a.k.a. Jazzanova. Formed in Berlin in 1995, these guys have been creating mainly nu-jazz, electronic jazz and chillout music, occasionally hitting the charts with their more pop-oriented, radio-friendly songs, like 'No Use' (ft. Clara Hill) from their album In Between (2002). Although I've known this band for some years now, I really feel I should mention them here. All this because their latest album, 2008's 'Of All the Things', has been camping in my stereo for several months now. While not ignoring the style of music they mention in their moniker, the band seems to have chosen for a more 'soulful' approach. 'Look What You're Doin' To Me' (ft. Phonte of Little Brother, I'll talk about that guy sometime soon) is a joyful uptempo love song combining Phonte's versatile voice with some excellent cutting and programming by Stefan Leisering. Ben Westbeech (he too will get a post someday) has a whole orchestra accompanying him on the swingin' 'I Can See', a song you'll want to hear at least a dozen times a day. Also check out 'L.O.V.E. and You and I', Jazzanova's very own tribute to the breakbeat, and 'Little Bird' (ft. José James) to prove just how all-round these guys are. If you want a true taste, check out Alexander Barck's dj-set @ Petrol, Antwerp (22/05/09). I guarantee you'll have a great time...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

'Pieces' by The Stylistics

The Stylistics

Today I'm gonna talk about one single song: 'Pieces' by The Stylistics. Since I first heard it, I can't get it out of my head and I catch myself tryin' to pitch my voice to sound like the pimped-out falsetto they use in this song. Real O.G.'s will probably recognize the intro, since it was sampled by Alchemist for 'The Grimy Way' by Big Noyd ft. Prodigy. The rippin' guitar is of course one of the song's main attractions, but the beautiful strings and subtle horns create the perfect background for The Stylistics' melancholic style of singing. This melancholy is countered by a firm and solid beat, accelerating the tempo and making the song less 'heavy'. As a result of this we get a melodic piece of soul music which balances between an up-tempo summergroove and a deep, heartbraking love song. If you fall in love with the song like I did, just ask for an mp3-version and I'll send it to you.

The Stylistics still going strong

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Hiphop's favourite Canadian musical composer

Galt MacDermot in his basement

While most of you will go like 'who the fuck?', Galt MacDermot is one of the old white guys praised and respected by any good hiphop producer for creating a huge catalogue of really dope beats and soundscapes. MacDermot, best known for his production on the musical 'Hair', was sampled numerous times by a whole range of contemporary producers and artists like DJ Vadim, DJ Premier, Madlib, J Dilla, Oh No, Busta Rhymes, MF DOOM, Handsome Boy Modelling School and many many more. Listening to the original, you can only conclude one doesn't need that much talent to create a dope beat samplin' Galt's shit. Damn! Makes me wanna break my promise never to watch a musical voluntarily (no 'next Maria'-shit here, though). I'll hook you up with some links of MacDermot's compositions plus some of the 'new' shit using his samples.

1. 'Ripped Open By Metal Explosions' by Galt MacDermot -> sampled for 'Brooklyn Hard Rock' by Thirstin Howl III (Soundbombing II)
2. 'Space' by Galt MacDermot -> sampled for Busta Rhymes' 'Woo Hah!'
3. 'Coffee Cold' by Galt MacDermot -> sampled by Handsome Boy Modeling School for 'The Truth' (ft. Roisin Murphy & J-Live)
4. 'Harlem Medley' by Galt MacDermot -> sampled by Madlib for Quasimoto's 'Discipline 99 Pt.0'

Oh No (Madlib's brother) made a whole album using nothing but Galt MacDermot-samples: 'Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms'; check the song 'T.Biggums' (ft. Dudley Perkins & Georgia Anne Muldrow)
Oh No loungin' with Galt MacDermot

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Nerdy white guy bringin' Motown back

First time I heard Mayer Hawthorne I was thinking 'hmm, that's odd; a dope soul classic I've never heared before'. Of course I was surprised to find out the funky smooth falsetto belonged to a 29-year-old white kid coming from Michigan. Two songs were enough for Stones Throw Records CEO Peanut Butter Wolf to sign the multi-instrumentalist, producer and singer to his label. Chances are you already heard this magical little tune cuz well... it's just that good! Watch the official video for 'Just Ain't Gonna Work Out' here , read the interview or watch the (with snippets from his gig @ Trix, Antwerp - check the ultimately dope 'Green Eyed Love' (@1'20" & 5'20")). The guy promises a full album will hit the stores in Spring '09, so be on the lookout for that ish. Mayer is gon' be major, yo!

first post: welcome

Hello and welcome on this new thing I got goin' here: 'SoulfoodForTheKidz', this webpage on which I'll be giving you some hints on music from time to time... The recipe is quite simple: I'll talk about some music I really dig and provide a link for you to check it out; you tell me whether it's the dopest piece of music you've ever heard OR you tell me to sod off and die. I also do requests; if you'd like to get to know a little more about some artist, just let me know and I'll look into it. Peace out.
Shaadiq Haynes