Unique74 Presents..AMIR (Kon & Amir, WaxPoetics | NYC) + friends |10.2 | SUNDAY | BLU MONKEY LOUNGE >Hollywood | FREE
MONALISA (Footlong Development | Strictly Social | LA)
ASLOW ONE (BeatCanvas | Sarkus Crew | JAPAN)
DARIUS aka DAUS (Digital iv, So.F.T. ,Headspace | LA)
JAHKOVA (Fast Fwd, The Goods | LA)
SELECTOR da’shon is (9th Temple , SKF Lounge, EDL | EARTH)
TAILWIND TURNER (CHOICE Tuesdays, CHERRY POPPIN’ | NYC)
A-SKI (Unique74 , CHOICE Tuesdays | LA)
The story of Kon and Amir begins in the record bins of Boston. A chance encounter at Biscuithead Records in 1996 would lead to one of the best-kept alliances in the beat digging world. Within a year of their meeting, the pair cut On Track Volume 1, the first in what would be a six part series of mix discs, infecting ears with seamless blends of unparalleled beats and breaks. Over a lifetime of collecting, they’ve unearthed records that define the word rare, pulling from the best in deep funk, soul, jazz, R&B, Latin, reggae, and of course, hip-hop. After the conclusion of the On Track series, the duo secured a five-record deal with BBE/Rapster, and have already released two entries the On Track companion series Off Track, with a third installment set for release in March 2010. No bin is too dirty for Kon and Amir; the DJs have scoured all manner of records spots in their day, braving seedy barrooms and rabid fanatics along the way. It’s all been a part of what is now a discography that goes eight albums deep, including The Kings of Diggin’ with their Japanese contemporary DJ Muro. Over the course of their twelve year career, Kon and Amir have gained legendary status oversees while achieving domestic recognition from some of the most beloved beat-diggers, DJs, and producers in the game. Lord Finesse has referred to the team as “two of the most extraordinary but underrated beat diggers in the game,” and turntable virtuoso A-Trak regards their compilations and mixtapes as underground DJ classics. Like the vinyl they collect, Kon and Amir are of a rare breed. They consistently shake up dancefloors the world over, and their popularity is so high that fans actually offer up their own dusty singles and LPs as a gift to these beloved collectors. Their working command of music history makes them breathing tomes of wax knowledge; to that effect, Shady Records, Dr. Dre, Pete Rock, Diamond D, and Capitol Records (to name but a few) have called upon their expertise. – http://www.bbemusic.com
“Since its inception in 2001, the bi-monthly Wax Poetics magazine has become a bible for seekers of rarefied grooves, message-laden hip-hop, and ephemera from bygone soul and funk eras. It is to publishing what Soul Jazz is to the crate-digging community–not just a distiller of the finest lost sounds in funk, reggae, and jazz but a griot-like teller of their histories. Last year, with the help of Amir Abdullah (of Kon and Amir fame), the magazine expanded to include a label of the same name…” – http://www.xlr8r.com
($4 beer | $2 off all cocktails | drinks specials) + more TBA
More good things ahead..ultra tight lipped..(the uni-verse has been giving me some high fives as of lately)…more work to be done! This week alone has been an overflowing of abundance at various levels!! very excited (rubs hands together) Stay tuned!! #Unique74 #grateful
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Patience is paramount. Power is within. Fall back, hold out for the real win.
Ski Plays It Cool | Top 10 | September
Bourgie Bourgie | Ashford & Simpson
Center’s Groove | Dj Center
Skywalker (feat Dj A-Ski = scratches) | T.iM.E (TheImagination + E Reece)
No Love | Little Dragon
Coldblooded | James Brown
Wonderful Intergalactic Ancestors | Erik Rico
Fantasy | Miles Davis
Bebe | Eumir Deodato
Pride and Vanity | Ohio Players
Maureen (re-werked) | Dj A-Ski (LISTEN/DOWNLOAD http://djaski.podomatic.com/entry/2011-08-22T07_55_24-07_00)
Recently, I had a chance to sit down with DeeJay MZA at DJ SOUL CIRCLE RADIO and speak on upcoming projects, CHANGE THE MOOD plus other coming attractions + DJ Set (2nd hr) Tune In and Turn it UP!!
Carlos Nino & Miguel Atwood Ferguson-Fall In Love
Bahamadia feat. Dwele-Philadelphia
The Anders Hjelmstad Experience-Mystic Brew
Wagazi-Sleep Rules Everything Around Me
James Blake-The Wilhelm Scream
Jonas-One In Million
Bebel Gilberto-Samba da Bencao (DJ Mza Refix)
DJ Cam Quartet-Montara
DJ Day & Miles Bonny-Skyy, Can You Feel Me
Toro Y Moi-Freak Love (Freddie Joachim Remix)
Flako-I Want You feat. Dirg Werner
DJ A-Ski Set & Interview
(a very special THANK YOU to the SOUL CIRCLE RADIO, THE ARTFORM STUDIO and RANIKA for holding down the photography!!)
PRE ORDER “CHANGE THE MOOD” DIGI DELUXE EDITION!!!!
Takin’ a break for a minute to spin some tunes with the ever so vivacious and radiant DJ JAHKOVA during labor day weekend.
Check out more flicks from that great day!>
LISTEN /DOWNLOAD > http://djaski.podomatic.com/entry/2011-09-11T18_45_34-07_00
this made my day. haven’t heard this in AGES!!! I had this on 12 inch…(a very long story on how I lost it..)
imagine the fine cousin to “Irresistible Bitch”. Terry is KILLING that bass!!!! been dancin’ around all day to this..
“you cant be emotionally tied..because they will break your spirit”
“either I have a lot of money or I have none..I cant live in the middle”
The Artform Studio & Soul Circle Radio presents…
A-SKI (UNIQUE74MAG.COM )
Over the past three decades, A-Ski has become one of the most trusted musical tastemakers in the U.S. and beyond. As a Dj, producer and musicologist, he consistently raises the bar in performance and showmanship. His style, often described as “refreshing and energetic”, has earned this music aficionado a loyal following and a reputation as “the life of the party.” His eclectic selections, turntabalism and skillful approach to MC’ing, make him a triple threat to his peers. Refusing to rely on gimmicks or trends, A-Ski’s reputation is solely built on a sincere love of music, dance and atmosphere. “Improving the quality of life through sound” is his mantra, which has maintained the longevity of this Los Angeles native’s career in music. Currently, his company UNIQUE74 is a label imprint which produces various music projects that are exclusively released under the moniker in addition to producing and consulting for various events and projects throughout the world.
With music as a means, Soul Circle Radio takes you on a weekly journey. For two hours every Saturday, take a mind trip on a musical quest, exploring sounds with soul. Each show has a different destination, ranging from the samba of Brazil to the garage house sounds in New York to the afrobeat of Nigeria, searching for the perfect blend of soulful music. Past show destinations have been Brazilian uptempo, funk, and house melodies. Recorded in Los Angeles by DJ Mza. Soul Circle Radio realizes that soulful music spans past a specific genre, pushing past genre barriers and blending sounds into one heavy soulful concoction.
Saturday, September 3 · 12:00pm – 3:00pm
The Artform studio or TUNE IN LIVE!!> http://www.soulcircleradio.com
701 E 3rd St suite #120
Los Angeles, CA
“I’m a Nubian yall…look what we did” -Q Tip
I catch a chill every time I hear this..What’s even crazier is that I HATED this song when I first heard it in 88′ (after so many years..it grew on me). Its stripped down, very minimal and warm.
This entire album got me through a lot I was dealing with at that time for a young age -street politics, family, puberty..just trying to figure s–t out!
This album was a fine medium of street, earthy and funk. I already had the heads up from The Jungle Bros “The Promo” and thought to myself “who is this dude with the soft spoken flow but is killing it!?” (Q-Tip). At the time, Hip Hop was going through a major transition of a less bravado tone. Icons such as Run DMC and LL COOL J at this point were struggling to stay afloat with the gold chain flow while a new generation was embracing medallions and chew sticks. Ironically, groups like NWA, EPMD, Kool G Rap and Polo, Schooly D, Ice T, Too Short etc were going strong with a new style called “Gangster Rap”…lol..I laugh because NOBODY in my hood or nearby ever used that term..we simply thought the s–t was dope and called it HARDCORE! The press created that whole “Gangster Rap” box (I want to say it was around the “Tipper Gore” era that I started hearing the mumbling about this “new sensation”).
What made A Tribe Called Quest so powerful is that they were re-defining and crushing the mundane images of the hyperactive, pro alpha African American male images -they were a healthy balance of intellect, street, spiritual and fun (along with the entire Native Tongue movement and like minds of that period). This album was a breath of fresh air for many of those who did not subscribe to being a prey to “keeping it real”, but rather elevate our pain and joy towards a more creative outlet. This album effected my life in so many ways…(stay tuned im going to speak more on this great group and album..)