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Archive for February, 2009

Real Talk 101: Swag vs. Sexy

The word “Swag” or “Swagger”..anybody who uses that word is corny. period. the word “sexy” is next door to it..

It is to be sold not told if you truly live it.

Nu Soul LA presents Mark De Clive Lowe | Ann Nesby Review | Dam Funk | Dj Obah | Mayer Hawthorne

Check out my Ann Nesby Review courtesy of our friends at NU SOUL

The day before…

Funk Revisited: Madlib | The Budos Band

Madlib :: Sound Directions (Stones Throw) sound-directions

This funky offering celebrates compositions by Soul, Jazz and Funk icons such as David Axelrod, Billy Brooks, JJ Johnson just to name a few. Armed with seasoned musicians featuring Madlib clocking in on drums, Sound Directions presents fresh and sincere approach to these timeless pieces. Intense musicianship to the 10th power incorporating horns and other settle elements. The personal highlight for me on this album is a rendition of the 60’s soul dancefloor classic “The Horse” originally by Cliff Nobles and Co. This loose and extra funky version will have you out on the floor in no time (took me back to the days when my mom literally wore this record out). Majestic horns are replaced by the guitars giving it an edge, the late Jessie James would be proud of this version. Sound Directions not only provides a lesson in Soul 101 by paying homage to these musical icons but it demonstrates Madlib’s ongoing and everchanging process in pushing the musical envelope in the name of honest and good music. Sound Directions is the destination!

The Budos Band :: Self Titled (Daptone)

Okay im gonna put it out there.This record is bananas! This funk outfit hails out of Shaolin aka Staten Island, clocking in with a pinch of Afro Beat & Latin tones immersed in the bottom line, Funk. Its weird listening to this release because one cannot help but think that it was recorded back in 70′. The major highlight of the release is their rendition of Sly and The Family Stone’s “Sing a Simple Song”. Now you would think that no one can top the original but the fellas hold their own putting their own staple in this timeless piece. Overall, The Budos are bound to become one of the groups to relight the flame in funk bands. Making this release the sure shot!

Happy Annie 2 DEEP 4 a perfect 10!



Main Room….
6PM-8PM: Marques Wyatt (DEEP Creator)… all the classics!
8PM-11PM: Louie Vega (Vega Records, NYC)
11PM-2AM: Tony Humphries (Tony Records, NJ)
2AM-4AM: Louie Vega & Tony Humphries tag team

Soul Loft….
8PM-10PM: Garth Trinidad (KCRW, LA)
10PM-12AM: Rich Medina (Jump & Funk, Rock Steady Crew, NYC/Philly)
12AM-2AM: DJ Spinna (Wonderwax, Brooklyn)
2AM-3AM: Rich Medina & DJ Spinna tag team


Save The Date| 2.20.09 | Chicago Night @ Play (Hollywood)

Save The Date 02.20.09: My Chi Town fam will be bringing it live and direct! I’ve had the great pleasure playing with Drack/Wize and you are in for a treat! Play some “Free Man” for me fellas!chicago-night-at-play-3-1001

Happy Annie Afrokinetic! APT 2nite!


Dj A-Ski tracks featured on B2G Radio (FRANCE)

Music from my upcoming release is featured on B2G Radio based out of France! Check out the show, it features a lot of good music as well. Much Love and Thanks to B2G Radio!b2g_podradio_17

PS: its best to log onto their website if clicking the flyer does not work 🙂 Enjoy the mix!


Caktuz..? is one of the most talented artist that’s stepping the game up super major. Do NOT sleep on this cat.


all about SLY

Wow! round 2! I feel like a kid again..As a double OG Funk head since the day I first heard a record by Mandrill called “Fencewalk” (I was like 2 years old..changed my life..). I knew Funk is something that you cant explain, its a way of life and being, an attitude. I’ve been blessed to shake hands and work with some giants but this just takes it over the top for me. I felt as though I earned my Ph.d in Funk when I met the man himself, so surreal. I hope to see you all…its gonna be sweet. slystonevarietyshow-1-1

fresh kicks: “jay are” (j.rawls & john robinson) {free download}


From their upcoming album, The 1960’s Jazz Revolution Again…