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New Music: Derek Mckeith | Woman

The new album #Woman @derekmckeith offers an array of sounds. I am also proud to have contributed as an A&R/ #CreativeConsultant for this amazing project. #DerekMckeith has always given above and beyond showmanship & musicianship as a result making him the absolute audiovisual experience. His latest release marks the return of great R&B cuts, feelgood and edgy moods.  #WOMAN
Listen to #WOMAN – (album snippet$) by *Mr. Derek McKeith* #np on #Sound The new album #Woman @derekmckeith offers an array of sounds. I am also proud to have contributed as an A&R/ #CreativeConsultant for this amazing project. #DerekMckeith has always given above and beyond showmanship & musicianship as a result making him the absolute audiovisual experience. His latest release marks the return of great R&B cuts, feelgood and edgy moods.
Listen to #WOMAN – (album snippets) by *Mr. Derek McKeith* #np on #SoundCloud
https://soundcloud.com/derek-mckeith/  #R&B #Rock #Soul #EDM #Funk  #Unique74 http://www.DEREKMCKEITH.com The new album #Woman @derekmckeith offers an array of sounds. I am also proud to have contributed as an A&R/ #CreativeConsultant for this amazing project. #DerekMckeith has always given above and beyond showmanship & musicianship as a result making him the absolute audiovisual experience. His latest release marks the return of great R&B cuts, feelgood and edgy moods.  #WOMAN
Listen to #WOMAN – (album snippet$) by *Mr. Derek McKeith* #np on #Sound The new album #Woman @derekmckeith offers an array of sounds. I am also proud to have contributed as an A&R/ #CreativeConsultant for this amazing project. #DerekMckeith has always given above and beyond showmanship & musicianship as a result making him the absolute audiovisual experience. His latest release marks the return of great R&B cuts, feelgood and edgy moods.
Listen to #WOMAN – (album snippets) by *Mr. Derek McKeith* #np on #SoundCloud
https://soundcloud.com/derek-mckeith/  #R&B #Rock #Soul #EDM #Funk  #Unique74 http://www.DEREKMCKEITH.com

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3/21 SOUL CLAP @ BRONSON BAR

SOUL CLAP MARCH FINAL


Soulful House/R&B/Classics/Dance Anthems | SPECIAL Saturdays | w /A-SKI | Every Saturday

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Alvin Robinson – Something You Got

THE version (in my book)..one of my fav 45 pieces. Slow, hot & bothered funk..straight gut. The drummer plays without hi hat or cymbals (New Orleans line dance style)..but in full swing. The style was basically ahead of its time and would later become the template Dilla (Iconic Musician/Producer) style of drum programming which many beatmakers/ producers have adopted in their own formula today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5tRarmh1Y8


Unique74 Remembers DICK GRIFFEY + SOLAR RECORDS

In the mid 70’s, Soul,Rhythm & Blues brandished slicker sounds & plush rhythms, thanks to the legendary Philly Sound of Gamble, Huff & Bell and Washington DC’s own Van Mccoy.

However, during this period there was a powerhouse in LA that was to be reckoned with in fusing Funk, R&B, Pop & Soul. Using a faithful recipe of some LA sunshine that gave light to many dancefloors with legendary productions by Baker-Harris-Young, Gene Page, Leon Sylvers, The Calloway Brothers, LA & Babyface, just to name a few. Dick Griffey’s SOLAR Records was the premier label for the Los Angeles Sound and its lifestyle. SOLAR was the baby of the Chicago-bred SOUL TRAIN when the longest running syndicated television show & the hippest trip moved to LA. Griffey was Talent Coordinator for this iconic television show that showcased African American culture & the apex for dance-fashion culture.

As a genuine music lover & life long participant of Black Music &
Dance Culture, I felt it was beyond fitting to pay homage to a pivotal figure in music that gave the west coast a face to the sound and highlighted the most talented artists,musicians and writers that created a sound that still stands to this day.

In honor of the late great Dick Griffey & the entire SOLAR Records legacy, here’s a Top 25 of my favorite songs from the label (including SOUL TRAIN Records which was the original conception of SOLAR)

When Funk & Soul were in question during the 80’s..SOLAR was the ONLY label that stayed concistent with national hits which crossed ovet to the POP market yet remained true to its soulful roots.

    The Hustle + Afro Years

Rainbow | The Soul Train Gang
Make It With You | The Whispers
One For The Money pts 1 & 2 | The Whispers
Soul Train Theme 75′ | The Soul Train Gang
Chocolate Girl | The Whispers
Uptown Festival | Shalamar

    Jheri Curl + Jordache Jeans + Post Dashiki Years

Take That To The Bank | Shalamar
Girl | Shalamar
A Song For Donnie | The Whispers
And The Beat Goes On | The Whispers
Lady | The Whispers
All The Way Live | Lakeside

    California Curl + Reganomics Years

Second Time Around | Shalamar
I Owe You One | Shalamar
I Dont Want To Be A Freak (But I Cant Help Myself) | Dynasty
I’ve Just Begun To Love You | Dynasty
Show Me Where You’re Coming From | Carrie Lucas
In The Raw | The Whispers
Love Is Where You’ll Find It | The Whispers
Raid | Lakeside
Just My Luck | The Deele
Body Talk | The Deele
No Parking On The Dancefloor | Midnight Star
Slow Jam | Midnight Star
Deep Cover | Dr Dre ft Snoop Doggy Dogg

    Bonus:

Save The Children | Bobby Womack
Sunbear | Self Titled
Jesse Jackson | Our Time Has Come


STEREOLOVE: MICHELLE SHAPROW | JOONIE | PERFECTO | 6.3

Unique74 | Little Temple
STEREOLOVE

“a weekly excursion of the ultimate feel good.”

6.3

live guests:

PERFECTO
[LA progressive hip hop]
http://rampartscandal.com/
This Hip Hop artist bears an energetic show with amazing showmanship (which is a lost art for many Hip Hop artists). A great combo of street wise lyrics, a concious flow and witty metaphors set this LA based artist apart from many. You might have caught him a few months ago at 5th St Housequake (Zanzibar) performing with the likes of BLU, PAC DIV and NOLA DARLING just to name a few. If you dig artists such as COMMON, TALIB KWELI and GAME..you will dig PERFECTO!!

MICHELLE SHAPROW
[singer/songwriter/producer]
http://www.facebook.com/michelleshaprow

“f*cking great track!! (BACK DOWN TO EARTH)
makes me happy today in tokyo as I look out of my window x”
-Giles Peterson

“Michelle is an amazing talent. I don’t know how she does it but somehow her music feels like a mixture of
1 part)..Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, 1 part).. raw funk and
1 part)..that whimsical feeling you get when you’re dancing like you don’t care who’s watching… ”
-Eric Benet

“Michelle Shaprow is all things beautiful. Her aura, presence and most of all sound make for a gift for all to share. Michelle is the truth. ”
-King Britt

JOONIE
[soul, r&b, pop]
http://www.jooniezone.com/
A brilliant vocalist and talented musicians (plays piano and guitar) who has toured as Elliott Yamin’s keyboardist and been behind the scenes writing, arranging, producing or playing instrumentals for other artists including, Ruben Studdard and Nappy Roots.

+ RESIDENT DJ’s:
A-SKI & MIKECHECK

LITTLE TEMPLE
4519 Santa Monica Blvd

$5 Cover all nite! +(DRINK SPECIALS 9-10)
FREE w/ RSVP before 10:00pm + GUESTLIST + BIRTHDAY:
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Unique74 salutes SLY STONE | HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!


MAVERICK < MUSIC | FUNK SUPREME
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SLY STONE!!

Guess who produced this number?
(proud owner of the 7inch on this jam..)

This next record has haunted me for years. The lead singer is still a mystery to this day..but it is clear as bell that the FAMILY STONE is holding down the rhthym section. Guess who produced this one? (whoever has the 7 inch to this.. you are BEYOND official, not easy to find. I am a proud owner of this and the MIGHTY JOE HICKS version on 7inch).

Guess who was the FIRST to use the talkbox? Which later influenced STEVIE, GUITAR WATSON, FRAMPTON, McCARTNEY, ERNIE ISLEY, TROUTMAN, etc. This was the theme music for the late great FRANKIE CROCKER “The Chief Rocker” (MY HERO!!) in his earlier years whenever he would “rap” on the radio. Stomp down Blues Funk at its finest!!

Fans: the song is entitled “Sex Machine”…no not the James Brown version..it can be found on their 1969 release “Stand”

RARITIES >

“I Dont Know What The World Is Coming To” (1975) | Bobby Womack Sly provides background vocals. Put headphones on for it to really become clear, can be heard at the end near fade out.

“You Caught Me (Smiling)” (1971) | 7inch version | Sly and The Family Stone
Okay, for my “diggers” out there..you know where im going with this one..This is an alternate mix compared to the standard lp mix. The difference is that during the first bridge before the chorus, Sly lets out a huge JB-ish growl that can be only found on the 7 inch version.

Motown | The Golden Years {Dahl | McDougal III }
The Great Weldon McDougall III,
Musician, Producer, Former Label Exec for Motown/Philadelphia International states in his book that Sly and The Family Stone’s “STAND” lp was used as reference at Motown quality control meetings in search of direction for The Jackson 5 debut Lp “ABC” .

Funk Gets Stronger | Funkadelic | (1979)
Sly on the background vocals/talk box with Roger Troutman on Rhythm Guitar. A really feel good cut!!

Guess who is the proud owner of a skit with Sly + a live perfomance of “Family Affair” on The Tony Orlando Show (1977)?! Super Rare..Not even YOU TUBE can claim that one..


LOVESICK + other head trips…| A-Ski | Special Valentine’s Day Podcast


Unique74 salutes D’Angelo’s “Voodoo” (Happy Anniversary!!)

10 years ago, I had the honor and pleasure of watching this project grow from its infancy while working at Virgin/EMI and it was one of the most refreshing records that was needed for that time, it set the tone for many to come after that. This was a straight up FUNK album whether so called “Neo Soul” heads can embrace or swallow it…Many folks wanted what he did on the first album and if you listened carefully he gave you some of that in songs like “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”, “One Mo’ Gin” and “Send It On” (which is a major nod of respect to Kool and The Gang…do your research and call me later on that one…). He wanted to push the envelope (as many of us Aquarians) and raise the bar for this release and the mission was accomplished.

I remember “the video” was a major conversation piece when it first dropped and watching my man sell out a show in less than 30 minutes..There was a lot of LOVE, TIME and HARD WORK put into this project on all ends from production to promotion.

I am very proud to say Happy Anniversary to D’angelo’s “Voodoo”!! We Need You Bruv (there’s been too many aight substitute teachers…) + Happy B’day!! (im waiting on that BLUES album…)

Peace and Love,
DJ A-Ski


Sunday BBQ: The Impressions | Just Another Dance