Friday, 23 January 2009

Ital Dub Experience!

Off to the big Toke for the weekend to indulge in some hedonistic clubbing. A friend of mine Blue (purereggae) is coming over from the UK to dj at this event.
A great chance to catch up with him and his lovely young lady Lisa.

It`s been so hectic since my weekend in tokyo, just haven`t found the time to post my update...but here it is!!..The gig with Bluesan rocked, in the small dark cavernous venue in the heart TKO, the two roomed space with Baki Baki on the Live artistic duties...resounded with everything dubwise, from early reggae-old school dub-dancehall-digidub to future dubstep...Was a great night ending up at 5am in one of those 24hr denny diners, slurping udon noodles for breekie.

Sunday we hooked up with Papa B. & Dj Cojie of Mighty Crown inna Yokohama isikaya, enjoying the great food and conversation and Blue managed to reach on his way back from Kamakura, the evening ended a very enjoyable weekend in the company of so many old and new faces...A Big thank you to Yama & family and Yuko for looking after me!....Arigato!!

Dj Cojie and Papa B.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

"Gimme That Funk # 12

It's crazy to think about the path (pre-internet) of how this 1975 obscure gem of a tune came to get covered by an obscure post-punk band from Manchester, UK called 'A Certain Ratio' in 1980. Regardless, this is one of the fiercest breaks this side of an hawaiian wave..This one's the kind of funky 45 you won't find every day! A killer funk track that was sampled early on, cut by this obscure group as their only release for a major label! The track's got monster basslines, funky hooks that are totally South Bronx, and a heavily percussive sound that will take you to the brink and back again!....enjoy!

Banbarra - Shack Up

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Funky Film Soundtracks.

Another idea i wanted to explore and share with you is some of the damn funky blaxploitation film sountracks that was recorded in the 7T`s, by the likes of Quincy Jones, Curtis Mayfield, Herbie Hancock etc.....First up for your sensual sunday, is two tracks from the first all black cast adult porn movie made in 1974 called Lialeh or Black Lialeh as it was known in the US...The director, Barron Borcovichy had a major coup to land legendary drummer Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie who composed, produced and performed Lialeh`s score, apparently while he was between projects with Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, The Last Poets, The Rolling Stones and James Brown, none the less....What a busy dude!!

The original released on Bryan Records is very hard to find and reportedly going for $600, but can be found re-released by Light In The Attic Records...check it out you won`t be disappointed.



1. Lialeh
2. Touch Me Again
3. Conscious
4. Easy
5. All Pink on the Inside
6. Pass Me Not
7. Hap`nin

Lialeh - (mp3 download)
Hap`nin` - (mp3 download)

Friday, 16 January 2009

Life On Mars!

So news that scientists have made an important discovery, finding methane (you know the stuff that comes outta cows arses) in Mars atmosphere has raised the possibility that some kind of organic life might have existed, or still does on the planet....Wow!..Dexter Gilman Wansel was right all along.

'Life On Mars' was Dexter Wansell`s first LP on Gamble & Huff`s hugely influential Philadelphia international label, released in the summer 1976, the titled track was a BIG tune on the London jazz-funk dancefloors at the time and is still considered a floor filler at clubs today. The combination of fat thumping bass lines, spacey elastic lead guitar, atmospheric soul vocals and loads and loads of spatial keyboard work on the rhodes and moogs, just can`t stop people from moving their bodies to it!......with backing from Instant Funk

Dexter also wrote compositions and arrangements for the likes of...Jean Carne, The O`Jays, MFSB, Teddy Pendergrass, The Jones Girls & The Jackson`s as well as many others. Here lifted from the same LP is this cracking track. Again the backing played by Instant funk.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

'Future Children, Future Hopes'

Sometimes i do wonder and worry, like all parents, what the future holds for my nearly 4 year old daughter. With our wonderful planet home, increasingly becoming unsustainable by the year and violent conflict in so many places, due to the pattens of our inhuman behaviour. The thought of a world in which so many children are living in poverty, with malnutrition and abuse (physically, emotionally) death and trauma, brings me nothing but a deep depression...But i have hope that we will as a species come to our senses and realise the children are our future...Our only real hope is that we can evolve to provide them a space without the horrors that befall them now, a space of peace, justice, learning and plenty. Its when i think these thoughts that my depression melts away...Melts into the music, the sounds that have uplifted me and consoled me on so many moments during my life.!!....This is for Emmilee, nearly 4.

"Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future”
John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

“If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Covers: 'Inner City Blues'

Next up in our look at amazing tracks that other artists have covered is the phenominal tune and all time classic by Marvin Gaye, released as the third and final single from his bestselling 1971 album, 'What's Going On'. Written by Gaye and James Nyx, the song depicted the ghettos of inner-city America as it discussed how the bleak situation would lead to someone wanting to holler and throw ones hands up in dispair . In thirty eight years things haven`t changed much. The song was recorded in a mellow funky style with Gaye playing piano. Several of the Funk Brothers also contributed, including Eddie "Bongo" Brown, and bassist Bob Babbitt. Here are 4 cover versons including the original to enjoy!


Placebo - 'inner city blues' - From their 'Ball of Eyes' LP also from 1971.

Reuben Wilson from his 'The Sweet Life' LP.

From his 1981 classic release, 'Reflections' here`s Gil Scott Heron`s version.

Phil Upchurch - Wonderful Jazz/funk offering from his 1971 LP, 'Darkness Darkness'.

Marvin Gaye - 'inner city blues'(mp3 download)
Gil Scott-Heron - 'inner city blues' (poem, the siege)-(mp3 download)

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Beyond Boundaries!

With a heavy heart i post this as the humanitarian tragedy continues in the middle-east...I`m not getting into the rights and wrongs of what`s happening in Gaza at the moment but in my eyes. A child in Sderot is the same as a child in Gaza, and anyone who harms either is not human.

Just listen to the lyrics of this tune and you`ll get where I`m coming from!

"Boundaries, terrortorial disputes, talking about boundaries when we`re talking about absolutes, when people lose their faces and preoccupied with races...this land is my land, this land is your land, but it was their land first, who`s world is it`s easier to hate and not tolerate, In the name of the earth, the people die and babies cry, we find out why or live a lie....Makes me wanna holla , throw up both my hands"

(A word of warning the video contains some gruesome images, for those that prefer not to watch such images it would be better just to listen to the audio)

Leena Conquest - 'boundaries'(mp3 download)

The original sampled track....from AWB`s 1979 'Feel No Fret' album.

Average White Band - 'stop the rain' (mp3 download)

Sunday, 4 January 2009

"Gimme That Funk" # 11

Carrying on a theme of cosmic vibes for the GTF series. Originally from about 1977, with a recent Dopebrother re-edit by Kenny Dope. Hard punchy horns, killer bassline, jazzy instrumentation and monster drum break make this a funk track of the highest order....sampled by many hip-hop funk for 0-nine.


Manzel - Space Funk

Manzel - 'space funk' (mp3 download)

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Life is but a dream!

Welcome back people, hope you had a lovely holiday... mytea@om starts the year with something out there to contemplate!

As the new OX year starts it would make me very happy if people could just leave a small comment or just a shout in the box on the right hand side after you visit.....It will be very much appreciated...thank you.

So blog on!

Sun Ra - space is the place

Sun Ra - space is the place - (mp3 download - full 21.15 mins version - 48.6MB)