Monday, November 30, 2009



Enjoy the Monday blues with this new dubstep mix by Liquid Stranger.
His new record Intergalactic Slapstick is out now! -Read the full Post-

Friday, November 27, 2009

DJ Vinnie Esparza's Friday Five

It's the Friday after Thanksgiving. Oh, no thanks. I'm stuffed.

LITTLE ANN - DEEP SHADOWS. Does soul get deeper than this? I don't know. I really don't know.

Another heavy duty cut from this album begging for a proper reissue. Vinyl too please.

Lovely version of the War classic.

Writer, composer, producer and all around bad-ass.

Tremendo boogaloo!

DJing tonight (Friday, Nov 27th) at the Elbo Room in San Francisco for the 6th Annual Biscuits & Gravy party. Free!! Check out my site at Thanks!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Midival Punditz - A new dj set for the Floor!

Midival Punditz recent genre-defying record 'Hello Hello' just made the Amazon Best of 2009 charts. While we wait for more Punditz to drop enjoy this wicked techy mix that the Punditz just posted on their Facebook page.

Dancing in The Hills Mix - Groovio by Midival Punditz -Read the full Post-

Monday, November 23, 2009

Tito Rodriguez - A Man and His Music

FREE DOWNLOAD - Tito Rodriguez - Mama Guela

Fania Records just released a compilation of the work of Tito Rodriguez called 'A Man and His Music'. It's a great listen and spans the many moves of "the other" Tito. Also be sure to check out the PBS documentary Latin Music U.S.A. for some amazing footage of Tito in action!

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Friday, November 20, 2009

DJ Vinnie Esparza's Friday Five

San Francisco finds itself with grey clouds and impending rain this weekend, therefore some of today's selections may be a little moist. Enjoy!

Niceness from the mysterious Bob Azzam. He also did some amazing Brazilian work.

Extended disco mix of this underground classic.

Brilliant cut from one of my favorite Sun Ra albums.

KINGS GO FORTH - HIGH ON YOUR LOVE. Some mighty fine *new* soul out of Milwaukee. Check out the funky breakdown towards the end. This is Luaka Bop's latest signing.

I could listen to this all day, every day.

Check out my website for the latest news and DJ schedule.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

EarthRise SoundSystem: 'The Yoga Sessions'

EarthRise SoundSystem - Daylight As Sunset [feat Lucy Woodward]

Don't let the fact that Derek Beres & David "Duke Mushroom" Schommer have called their debut album, "the Yoga Sessions" fool you. This beautiful mix of dubby global textures and soulful pop influences may very well be the perfect soundtrack for your Yoga practice (I wouldn't pretend to know)- but this project certainly transcends any one usage. Beres does teach yoga in NY- but equally relevant is the fact that he has consistently been the most intelligent writer to cover the "global fusion" scene through his excellent book 'Global Beat Fusion' and his articles in a variety of magazines and on line publications. He's also a great DJ as a member of the Globesonic crew. Schommer helmed the excellent Ethiopian flavored Bole 2 Harlem project a few years back and has played on over 50 records. Together these guys have crafted a lovely album which is filled with atmosphere and nuance but is also not afraid to be tuneful and soulful. -Read the full Post-

Thursday, November 12, 2009

We're moving offices!

Sorry for the lack of posts this week! We are moving offices, and all our wires are being transported along with everything else!
We'll be back real soon with lots of new music and treats for you on the blogosphere! -Read the full Post-

Captain Planet - Speakin' Nuyorican

Free Download - Captain Planet - 'Lagos Speedway'
Listen/Buy Captain Planet - Speakin' Nuyorican
One of our favorite bloggers (previously on Captain's Crates, currently on Mixtape Riot) is also a great producer on a great indie label (Bastard Jazz). Captain Planet finally unleashes a follow up to his Gumbo Funk EP of five years ago. This will have discerning dancefloors moving for quite some time. -Read the full Post-

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

DJ Vinnie Esparza's Friday Five

Hey folks! Sorry for the late entry this week. Call this the "evening edition!" Here's your Friday 5!

Lovely latin ditty from Clark Terry & Chico O'Farrill. That almost sounds like a superhero duo!

Tasty party funk from a band called "Black Nasty." Yes, Black Nasty.

Top tier British jazz!

Unstoppable cut from Mr. Hutch. From the excellent Foxy Brown soundtrack.

One of my favorite cuts from his strongest album "Clube Da Esquina." Fantastic!

Check out for upcoming gigs in San Francisco! Have a great week!

And here is the rest of it. -Read the full Post-

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Quantic - Descarga! Mix

Tradition in Transition: A Postcard from Cali (TRAILER) from Quantic on Vimeo.

Quantic has been doing his thing in Columbia the last few years, putting out new releases on the regular and blessing the rest of us with his vinyl and other musical discoveries.

Here is a great dj mix of Columbian cumbias and other treats from Quantic, below is the trailer to the film Tradition in Transition which follows Quantic on his recording odyssey in Columbia. -Read the full Post-

Brownout - Free on Twitter and vinyl for the heads!

Brownout's new record 'Aguilas and Cobras' has had dance floors burning since it was released last month. If you want to check out the funky Latin jam Slinky from the album just re-tweet this link and the song is yours for free!

For the vinyl heads, Brownout now has a 45 for sale featuring the tracks C-130 and Nawlins. Smokin' -Read the full Post-

Monday, November 9, 2009

Ocote Soul Sounds - more Coconut Rock

FREE DOWNLOAD - Ocote Soul Sounds - The Revolt of The Cockroach People

Six Degrees Records' own Brownout recently wrapped up West and East coast tours in support of the 'Aguilas and Cobras' record, which gave lead guitarist/composer Adrian Quesada enough time to go home to Austin to pack his bags and hit the road with one of his other projects, Ocote Soul Sounds. Ocote just finished opening up for Thievery Corporation for a number of dates including Halloween in NYC! Ocote is a collaboration between Adrian and Martìn Perna (of Antibalas) which has a downtempo electronic psychedelic Latin vibe; sounding like DJ Shadow on a mescaline trip through a Tex-Mex border town. Not to make it sound like drug induced lounge music, Ocote is much deeper than that, most of the music reflects the respect toward their shared Latino musical traditions and the mutations those traditions make in the face of technology, advancement, and an ever-changing sonic and cultural landscape.
ESL Music will be putting out a digital deluxe edition of Ocote's most recent album 'Coconut Rock', including remixes by Ancient Astronaughts, DJ OBaH and more on December 8th. -Read the full Post-

Friday, November 6, 2009

DJ Vinnie Esparza's Friday Five

Wow! November is already here! Another Friday means another round of tasty musical treats!

From the infamous Mulatu album that has yet to see a proper reissue in the states. Amazing.

Does a funkier song exist? No. I think not.

New project from the always excellent Numero Group out of Chicago.

Sublime track from this rare psych masterpiece!

The definition of perfection.

Check out my site, for all of the latest news and gigs! Have a great week!

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ceu Touring Europe

Céu has been on tour in Europe and has a show in London on Friday night as part of Jungle Drums magazine's Anniversary celebration. Our friends Nina Miranda and Chris Franck's band Zeep will be opening. I love this beautiful poster that was put together for the show and thought we'd share it with you along with a couple of live video's that have been shot on the tour so far.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

DJ Morpheus: Chillout Autumn Session

Free Download - DJ Morpheus: Chillout Autumn Session

Our buddy DJ Morpheus is one of the most open minded and creative DJ's in the world. You may know him from his ground breaking Freezone compilations which were released on the great Crammed Disc label. We're happy to be sharing his latest Chillout mix with you today which features a typically broad selection of amazing, forward thinking sounds. Enjoy-

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fresh Kush

FREE DOWNLOAD - Nickodemus - 2 Sips & Magic (Kush Arora - 2 Sips and a Cup Remix)

San Francisco's Bass Pioneer and Surya Dub resident Kush Arora has re-imagined Nickodemus' Balkan inspired mid-tempo '2 Sips and Magic' song into a club (or playa) anthem.

Kush says that his remix is "a bashy bashy tribal banger around 132 bpm with santoor from the original, my take on a lot of the soca step, uk funky, and tribal house revival that's been happening over the past few years! I hope you guys enjoy."
You know we will Kush!

Nickodemus' Sun People Remixed comes out November 24th on ESL Music. -Read the full Post-

Monday, November 2, 2009

Mulatu Astatke and The Heliocentrics

Masenqo - Mulatu Astatke and The Heliocentrics


Preview/Buy Mulato and The Heliocentrics Inspiration Information 3

Preview/Buy New York - Addis - London The Story of Ethio Jazz

Mulatu Astatke is from Ethiopia and recorded his seminal records in the 1960's and 1970's on small independent labels in Ethiopia. The world is finally catching up to this maestro's greatness, 2009 has seen Mulatu tour the world and release new material, including a collaboration with Malcolm Catto's London based psych-jazz ensemble the Heliocentrics. In the 1960's Mulatu studied in London and New York and absorbed a lot of the NuYorican sounds going around at the time, mixing it up with his unique blend of Etiopian music and it's unique pentatonic scale (which has five pitches per octave). Their aren't too many composers whose sounds equally remind you of the arrangements that Duke Ellington composed mixed with fuzz and wah-wah psychedelic sounds. His music has influenced a new generation of musicians including the Budos Band, Dub Collossus, and Cut Chemist.
There is something that can only be described as magical in Mulatu's greatest compositions; part cinematic, part jazz-funk, it sounds like Roy Ayers scoring a gangster film in the desert. The new album, Inspiration Information 3 captures the essence of Mulatu's previous work and the Heliocentrics and their drummer Malcolm Catto deliver the goods behind Mulatu's vibe playing and percussion work.
In the last ten years the songs of Mulatu have appeared on the compilation Ethiopiques 4: Ethio Jazz and Musique Instrumental and in the Jim Jarmusch film Broken Flowers. In 2009 Strut records released the collaboration Inspiration Inspiration 3, and now they have compiled a Mulatu anthology called New York - Addis - London The Story of Ethio Jazz, which features very hard to find gems from Mulatu's back cataloge. Mulatu has also begun to tour again, and if you get the chance do not miss this giant of music in person!

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