Friday, March 27, 2009

Funky Friday Playlist

Time for your funky Friday to get started.
I got a bunch of hot promo stuff in the inbox this week...

- two tracks from Strut Records deliver the Afro-funk - Peter King from Nigeria 70 (reissued on Mar.31st) and Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics from Inspiration Information Vol.3 (out Apr.14th).
- two cool remixes from My Dear Disco, who bring the dance rock flava to Kanye West and Franz Ferdinand.
- FC Kahuna have remixed Noah & The Whale's indie folk hit and turned it into a bit of dreamy disco.
- WhoMadeWho are a Danish trio who record dance punk for Gomma Records. Discodeine smooths out the rock edges and focuses on disco beats and strings.
- Villains remix Lykke Li and it is fuzzy goodness.

- two selections from my recent purchases -
- N.A.S.A. (stands for North America South America) is Sam Spiegel (AKA Squeak E. Clean AKA brother of Spike Jonez) and Ze Gonzales (DJ Zegon). They've recorded a great party album called The Spirit Of Apollo. Brazilian funk is the root of the songs to which the duo adds electronics, hip hop beats and a dash of indie rock into the mix. They also have a great guest list of vocalists - David Byrne, Lykke Li, Santogold, Chuck D, Ghostface Killah, Cool Kids, Seu Jorge, Karen O, George Clinton and M.I.A. are among them.
- Amadou & Mariam's new album Welcome To Mali finally hit US stores this week. It is notable that Damon Albarn helped out with production and playing on several tracks. Djuru rolls on a very laid back groove.
- Finally, Bootsy Collins is always funky. What So Never The Dance is a prime slice of old school JB's type funk.

Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Masengo (Radio Edit)
N.A.S.A. - Gifted (feat. Kanye West, Santogold & Lykke Li) on HypeMachine
Kanye West - Love Lockdown (My Dear Disco Remix)
Noah And The Whale - 5 Years Time (FC Kahuna Mix)
Franz Ferdinand - Ulysses (My Dear Disco Remix)
WhoMadeWho - The Plot (Discodeine Remix)
Bootsy Collins - What So Never The Dance
Lykke Li - Little Bit (Villains Remix)
Amadou & Mariam - Djuru
Peter King - Shango

DJ Elijah sent me a link to a tasty mix of left field goodness he made titled Explosions And Heart Palpitations Stars Spinning In Black Endless Space. I listened and loved. I think you will dig it too...

Explosions And Heart Palpitations Stars Spinning In Black Endless Space

Pink Skull - Ssilt
Tuomas Kantelinen - Beginning
Radiohead - Reckoner (Elijah's Horrible Wind Remix)
Dert - Dert Is Full Of Love
Panda Riot - Paper Planes
Get Stop Ticket - Ideal Day Off
Gang Gang Dance - Dust
Odd Nosdam - Cut
Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (Elijah's Beat Generation Remix)
Flying Lotus - Infinitum (Exile Remix)
The Album Leaf - Enchanted Hill
Elijah - Loved Song
Fuck Buttons - Sweet Love For Planet Earth (Elijah's Stuff And Things Remix)
Arcade Fire - Black Mirror (Elijah's Swamp Of Sadness Remix)
Radiohead - Reckoner (Julianna Barwick Remix)
Alexis Taylor - I Love My Home

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