A couple months back I was glad and grateful to be asked to play at Kenzhero and Tha Muzik’s latin themed night Obrigado at The Living Room, a truly wonderful Joburg party, and to put a short half hour mix together for their podcast. This is a slightly extended version of that. Some of the most moving and sublime music ever written and recorded emerged out of Brazil, and has been of a massive influence to pretty much any of us involved in soul, jazz, house and so on. A lot of these are well-played classics that are not new to the DJs and collectors, yet having not listened to them for a while they sound fresh as fuck to my ears. If it’s new to you, please put it on repeat a few times, and lets its glorious nature sink in.

1. João Gilberto O Sapo

2. Sergio Mendes Ponteio QB Cut n Spice

3. Dom Um Romao Escravos de Jo

4. Elis Regina Casa Forte

5. Joyce Aldeia de Ogum

6. Airto Moreira Xibaba

7. Milton Nascimento Cravo e Canela

8. Gilberto Gil Roda

9. Cesar Camargo Mariano Futebol de Bar

10. Mario Castro Neves & Samba S.A. Candomblé

11. Paulo Moura Fibra

12. Mauricio Einhorn & Baden Powell Consólação

13. Edu Lobo Águaverde

14. Celia Vaz Mar à tona no Leblon

15 Azymuth Partido Alto

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It’s three years since the “I Remember House…” mix, which wasn’t house at all. This, is the follow up, Way Back When Volume One, a selection of choice boogie and disco, the stuff that house was born from. If Frankie Knuckles (rest in peace) is the godfather of house, then these songs are (some of) the godparents of today’s house songs. Most of these are late 70s, with a few being early 80s. Although I didn’t know them till the late 80s and in some cases the 90s. I was discovering these things as a young DJ, a collector, and a clubber, in the record shops, on the radio, and of course hearing other DJs playing them in the clubs. Some of them were huge hits, others not quite so well known.

1. Howard Johnson So Fine

2. Leroy Burgess Heartbreaker

3. Rene & Angela I Love You More

4. Leroy Hutson Classy Lady

5. Stevie Wonder Do I Do

6. Teddy Pendergrass Take Me In Your Arms Tonight

7. Eighties Ladies Tell Him

8. Sylvester Over and Over QB EDIT

9. Patrice Rushen Call On Me

10. Brenda Russell Way Back When

11. Gladys Knight Taste Of Bitter Love QB EDIT

12. Chaka Khan What You Did

13. Melba Moore Standing Right Here QB EDIT

14. Linda Clifford Runaway Love

15. Linda Evans I Am Gold

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It’s been a few months since dropping some hotness – and as I was uploading this, I received an email from Ms Bingham with her new song for download, and I almost stopped uploading to redo the mix – but I decided, seeing as Ms Bingham’s new song will undoubtedly get played lots and lots, we should carry on as is.

1. Lee Van Kleef ft Lifford In The Wrong Manoo Dublove

2. Dawn Tallman Wade In The Water

3. Honeysweet ft Cindy Mizelle I Put a Spell On You

4. Sandy Barber I Think I’ll Do Some Stepping On My Own Opolopo Remix

5. Sandra St Victor Eternal QB’s Unreleased OnTheFloor Mix

6. Jose Carretas ft Angel A Breathe QB EDIT

7. Janet Jackson Pleasure Principle BNY RMX

8. Loop Trick ft Maria Beat Freak QB EDIT

9. Jungle Wonz Ancestor’s Walk Ron Trent

10. Gary Cummings ft Regina Ford Ready For Love QB EDIT

11. Sheldon So Goode Where U R

12. Jay Ka & Paula King Only Grace Kai Alce Late Night Interpretation

13. MdCL ft Nia Andrews Hollow QBs Hot Dub

14. Dego Keep It Moving Right

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For the appreciators of the good stuff:

1. Ethel Beatty It’s Your Love

2. Leroy Hutson Closer to The Source

3. Sergio Mendes & Brazil ’77 Love Music

4. Esther Phillips Home Is Where The Hatred Is

5. James Tatum Lotta Chant

6. Roland Kirk Raouf

7. Adele Sebastian Man From Tanganyika

8, Sahib Shihab Quartet Seeds

9. Harry Whitaker Black Renaissance

10. The Singers and Musicians of Washington High School The Ladder

11. Makaya McCraven Slightest Right

12. Richard Spaven Vintage Year

13. Eska Dear Evelyn

14. Quite Sane Short Stories

15. D’angelo and The Vanguard Another Life

 

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You know what to expect now. An hour plus of the glorious and the beautiful. Spirit music. It’s Warm Days Radio episode 4.

1. Leroy Hutson The Cool Out

2. Odyssey Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love

3. John Martyn I Don’t Want To Know

4. Eska Rock Of Ages

5. Cassandra Wilson A Little Warm Death

6. Dwight Trible Little Sunflower

7. Lee Konitz Five Four and Three

8. Roland Kirk Spirits Up Above

9. Philip Tabane Mgwedi

10. Cory Henry First Steps

11. Herbie Hancock Tell Me a Bedtime Story

12. Tom Browne Herbal Scent

13. The Valentine Brothers Just Let Me Be Close To You

14. Shuya Okino, Dego and Yukimi Nagano Pieces Of You

15. Mad Satta Past Lives

16. Aidan Carroll feat Chris Turner Sundays

17. Omar Little Boy

 

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I know I kept you waiting too long for this one:

Lots and lots of Josh Milan in here, both new and old – the Honeycomb label has been on fire lately. And plenty re-editing (please consider my new ending spliced onto the Daniel Crawford! ) Get a sneak preview of the dub at least of my Somi remix (full vocal version will be revealed soon….)  My favourite track though is probably the Jose Gonzalez cover of Arthur Russell’s This Is How We Walk On The Moon, or the Siji remix from Osunlade which I’ve been playing for many months and remains a favourite. Some of these tracks I’d played on the last Hit Refresh show, but I never played them on the podcast, and so, this is for all of us that don’t have PVR recorders and such things!

(PS watch out for the new single featuring Lady Alma and Kabomo in just a few days time, followed by the remixes for Somi)

1. Tracy Braithwaite Tenfold Honeycomb Vocal QB Edit

2. Brenda JonesGirl Experience What Your Love Has Done Honeycomb Vocal

3. Siji Children Of The Sun Yoruba Soul

4. Soulstation You Spinna Remix QB Edit

5. Roy Ananda feat Pete Simpson The Only Thing That Makes Sense Opolopo QB Edit

6. Aero Manyelo Losing My Mind Pirahnahead Instr QB Edit

7. Avery Sunshine Call My Name Ananda Project Lullaby Dub

8. Tracy Braithwaite Loyalty Honeycomb Vocal

9. Somi Akobi QB’s Rainbow at Midnight Dub

10. Blaze Lovely Ones QB Edit

11. Portia Monique Aint Scared of You

12. Daniel Crawford feat Victor Duplaix The One QB’s Cut n Spice

13. Warm Days feat Andile Yenana and Thandi Ntuli Coffee and Honey QB’s Hotstrumental

14. Blakai feat Bembe Segue Simmer Down

15. Robert Glasper Baby Tonight Hakeem Syrbram Afro Jazzy mix

16. QB Smith Philosophy of Heat

17. Ron Trent YNF

18. Jose Gonzalez This Is How We Walk On The Moon QB Edit

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It is a pleasure to bring you episode 3 of Warm Days Radio… back to back gems new and old.

1. Bobby Hutcherson Montara

2. Louis Armstrong & Leon Thomas The Creator has a Masterplan

3. Stevie Wonder Ordinary Pain

4. Aretha Franklin You’re All I Need To Get By

5. Sylvia St James So I Say To You

6. Ramsey Lewis Brazilica

7. Djavan Serrado

8. Fofoulah Blest

9. Francis Bebey Sanza Tristesse

10. Keith Jarrett Common Mama

11. Jason Moran feat Meshell Ndegecello Aint Misbehain

12. Osunlade Kindness

13. Elizabeth Shepherd feat Lionel Loueke Willow

14. Jon Lucien Soul Chant

15. Norman Connors Love From The Sun

16. Thandi Ntuli Umthandazo

17. John Coltrane Greensleeves

 

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Heritage, to a DJ, is a record collection. For heritage month, and Soultember on Kaya FM, I brought the Ensemble to the studio for a live broadcast and a run through some songs from the collection. We had some super musicians with us and the beautifully voiced Nina Mkhize on vocals alongside Khensy, and myself on Ableton/APC40 and a little Kalimba…

1. Strawberry Supernova

2. Jesus Children

3. Africa

4. Emandulo

5. Whats Wrong With Groovin / Nothing Wrong With Me

6. Sunrise / Journey Into Satchidananda

7. Hiya Kaya The Return

 

This Saturday we push the tempo, the energy and the volume back up and head back to Zygoz, Mabopane.

Thanks to Brenda and Katiso!!!!

Getting stronger each and every time. Big things coming…

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Warm Days Radio 2nd edition contains the usual soulful leanings you might expect, plus some outstandingly indulgent classic jazz from the archives, plus new and interesting sounds from the likes of Richard Spaven, Taylor McFerrin and Meshell Ndegeocello. Songs like Good Day Bad, Dragon, and Whole Other, are my favourites from the newly released albums I picked up lately.. while other tracks are from the many songs I’ve collected over the last 25 years.

Please enjoy

 

1. Re-jazz feat Jhelisa Inner City Life

2. Somi Love Juju #2

3. Meshell Ndegeocello feat Doyle Bramhall & Jonathan Wilson Good Day Bad

4. Jose James feat Becca Stephens Dragon

5. Richard Spaven feat The Hics Whole Other

6. Taylor McFerrin feat Robert Glasper and Thundercat Already There

7. Robert Mitchell Trio The Greater Good

8. Mathew Halsall and The Gondwana Orchestra Jura

9. Build an Ark feat Phil Ranelin How Do We End All This Madness? Play The Music

10. Joe Chambers The Almoravid

11. Horace Silver The Gods Of The Yoruba

12. McCoy Tyner Groove Waltz

13. Ahmad Jamal Stolen Moments

14. Flora Purim Black Narcissus

15. Herbie Hancock and Kimiko Kasai Butterfly

16. Donald Byrd Wind Parade

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Don’t worry, Warm Days Radio will return with a second edition in the next few days. In the meantime, well overdue, some straight up house music. A reflection of what I’ve been playing at the gigs over the last few months.

1. Osunlade Peacock QB Edit

2. Dalminjo feat Pete Simpson and Zara McFarlane If This World Were Mine (QB’s Hot Mix (ruff))

3. Blakai feat Lady Alma Work It Out QB Edit

4. Zepherin Saint feat Sonny Harrelson Make a Better Life QB Edit

5. Justin Imperiale Brothers and Sisters

6. Roy Davis Jr. feat. Terry Dexter My Nation QB Edit

7. Lady Alma Its House Music QB Edit

8. Sandra St. Victor Eternal (DJ Spinna Remix)

9. Sandman, Riverside and Jeremy Ellis Into Your Story (Kai Alce Distinctive Remix)

10. Change Request feat Chez Damier I Wanna Go Back (Glenn Underground’s 115 Mix)

 

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