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DJ Touché (from The Wiseguys fame) AKA Fake Blood has laced the world with 5 killer breaks mixes. Essential listening for those that like digging in the crates. Class is in session…..

Cumbia is a type of latin music that originated in Colombia’s carribean costal area. I never knew about it until I heard this dope green slice from the South American based Quantic. To put it short, Will Quantic has got a bunch of local musicians together and recorded some golden era hip hop covers, Cumbia style. A totally off the wall vision but the results are splendid (I didn’t think I ever wanted to hear T.R.O.Y again, but I do now). This project has mass appeal if you ask me. As shown in the picture, the final product is looks lovely & comes with a serato tone on 1 side. Yes I’ll admit, I like acordeon’s !!!

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Just when you thought the Roses series was over, DJ Mitsu returns with his next installment. Midnight Roses keeps that rhodes heavy vibe alive and as the title suggests this one is all about the late night sessions. The mix starts off great, but includes a few vocal tracks & boogie joints that dont really fit with the mellow instrumental selection. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy this mix loads, but I was expecting a little bit more as the other 3 mixes in the series blew my hair back. Make sure you grab a copy from a retailer in Japan.

Local reissue label Sonorama pay tribute to the late & great Deutscher jazzman Peter Herbolzheimer, with a seriously brilliant 14 track compilation of unreleased cuts. It was all produced between 1970 and 1975 in Cologne and Munich with legendary musicians from his explosive band Rhythm Combination & Brass. There is loads of brass action, open drums, a sprinkle of latin flavour plus a heavy dose of soul & funk. Exceedingly good.

Happy Birthday 8th Birthday to The Get Back in Las Vegas !!! The yearly promo mix has landed and let me tell you that round 7 it is an extremely good one. The CD consists of  the usual10-15 minute  mixes from each DJ, recorded live at the  GB over the last year, it’s arranged and packaged so you get the whole mix tape feeling with the live vibe to boot. Residents John Doe & Phoreyz mixes are tight as always. Guests on this one are DJ Day, King Most, Nu Mark from J5 and the soul brother DJ Haircut aka Mayer Hawthorne.

This album hasn’t left my decks all week. Yet another tip top BBE compilation, this time selected by Dj Spinna and BBE legend Peter Ardakwah. They have gone all out with some sweet soul, disco gems, obscure jazz fusion, latin heat and other funky joints that you would somehow associate with Hip Hop. This is without a doubt the high point in the series. …..

Onur Engin Edits

July 9, 2010

Turkish producer Onur Egin has just released this wonderful re-edit 12″.  He has reworked latin pianist João Donato, Gene Harris’ take on a Stevie Wonder track, a disco version of Be Thankful for What You’ve Got and Diana Ross’  Brown Baby. All 4 tracks are done  proper, making this the best re-edit record I have heard so far in 2010…. an essential bit of wax!!

Customs took my copy, so I had to go down to the Zollamt yesterday morning to reclaim it. A Japanese only release from the DJ  that needs no introduction on this blog. As the title suggests, there is a few joints most crate diggers will know, but he still manages to educate with style and finesse. A soulful, funky and jazzy selection with bits from Sylvia Striplin, 9th Creation, Jack Bruce, Johnny Watson thru to some bossa nova from Tenorio Jr and much much more…. This is easily the best mix CD I have heard in 2010.

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Buddy Sativa has gotten a big bad together and layed down an easy going but swingin’ take on Roy Ayres’ classic Mystic Voyage. The flip he has teamed up with beathead Onra who has controlled the drums & samples whilst Buddy played the keys. 2 Fine brazilian jazz cuts out now on Favorite Recordings…..

Once again my blog has been neglected due to the lack of free time on my hands, I even passed up on the Mos Def show here last night because I was so knackered from the week.  Thankfully there is no shortage of good music. I doubt I will catch up on whats been hot the last weeks so I will just recommend you grab the  Madlib Beat Konducta  Africa 3xLP & his  Space Jazz 2xLP (Madlib has already released about 6 albums so far this year), the Drum Brothers/Soul Square 12 on Kif, Ed Smith’s jazzy booty of the Message or Calibre’s latest thing his Signature inprint.

This week I picked up the latest mix CD from DJ Mitsu the Beats called Bossa-nova em uso diario. He has gone all out with a eclectic selection of chilled latin tunes both new and old. As always, it flows the whole way through, is mixed tightly (naturally beat matching live drums isn’t always possible) and well worth every yen. I was also lucky enough to buy from discogs.com the missing mix in my Roses collection. He put out 3 of these library/jazz fusion/rhodes heavy Roses mixes a couple of years back and being Japanese only releases they have been quite difficult to track down. Get ’em if you see ’em.