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August 15, 2014
The Cheeba Cheeba Kid highlights drum legend Idris Muhammad's influence on jazz, funk & soul — from hitmaking rhythm on songs with Fats Domino and Roberta Flack to his boiling groove with jazz giants Lonnie Smith and Grant Green. Bilal laments a life defined by "The Dollar" over a hypnotic Black Milk beat, and Montreal's Full Course drops their modern vintage cut "Reality Check". Plus nasty funk production on Georgia Anne Muldrow's "Personal", a deft Steely Dan/Patrice Rushen matchup by DJ Day, and pure sultry sweetness from Orgone's "Anticipating".
August 8, 2014
Respect the architect: Afrika Bambaataa breaks down the birth of hip hop and the Zulu Nation, the early days of record digging, and hip hop's power for positivity and progress. Lords of the Underground celebrate 20 years in the game with the imperious "Bumpin Loud", and M.anifest and Smif-N-Wessun take turns riding Osibisa's bass-heavy groove. Plus a classic Tribe x Gary Bartz sample moment, Zackey Force Funk's cosmic synth session "Press Play", Curtis and Stevie's delicious soul, and underground super-clique EMC's beastly "Charlie Murphie".
August 1, 2014
Get ta steppin': Rawsoul joins us for a salute to the golden vocals of Vinia Mojica, with classic jams and collabos with Tribe, Mos Def, Pete Rock, Jungle Brothers, Spinna, De La, Alliance Ethnique and more. Plus Biggie's one verse ode to his clothing line Brooklyn Mint, an epic rebuild of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" by Mr. Beatnik, compelling street narrative off Common's latest LP "Nobody's Smiling", and the watershed seismic funk of Zapp's "More Bounce to the Ounce".
July 25, 2014
Nothin' to it: Scott C bobs, weaves and strikes with a killer edit of Jacob Collier's "Don't You Worry About a Thing" plus beatmaker gold by Slakah the Beatchild, psychedelic thump from Crunch, and turn of the 80s jams by Gayle Adams, Dayton and Leroy Hutson. Waahli and Sam I Am revive the Native Tongues spirit on "Soul Baby", BE.water spits earnest reflections over soul-soaked beats on "Enigma", Tryezz gets the subs rattling on a fat synth instrumental, and Renee Geyer brings a sublime slice of mellow soul.
July 18, 2014
DJ Akalepse paints in deep shades of soul, from the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band's cover of Hi-Tek's "Round and Round" to late night soul by the Isleys, street level beats from Step Brothers & Styles P, stripped-down sweetness by The James Hunter Six and legend-level lyricism by the mighty Pharoahe Monch. Plus hard-hitting drums & precision rhymes on Dilated Peoples' "Good As Gone", recent funk roughness from Diazpora and DJ Moar, big brass bounce by the Frank Pleyer Big Band, and West Coast classics from Xzibit, Tash and Jurassic 5.
July 11, 2014
Static and Groove reunite in the CKUT studios for a live session packed with hip hop jewels by Masta Ace & Common, raw break-driven funk from Orgone & The Nairobi Afro Band, and live cyphers featuring members of Nomadic Massive along with Loe Pesci, Nox and Fredy V.
July 4, 2014
Featuring a salute to "The Preacher" Bobby Womack, a hard grooving Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth re-work by Brazil's DJ Soares, fresh European funk kinetics from Mr President and Diazpora, Sandro Brugnolini's psych funk workout "Polyphony", a newly unearthed 90's hip hop rarity by Canada's Mod'rn World Thang, and NY street bangers from Onyx, Shabaam Sahdeeq, N.O.R.E. and Statik Selectah.
June 27, 2014
Midas touch: Walla P stacks sonic gold new & old, from hazy headnod cuts by REdefinition & rxn to smooth vibes from Lillo Thomas & Proh Mic, jazz flavors from Dr.MaD, and searing synths from Frankfurt Funk & Brian Ellis. Plus gritty street reporting on Common's "Kingdom", psychedelic soul from Horace Silver, new soul by Lee Fields, laidback disco grooves from Little Beaver, and earthshaking synth bass on Mister Bibal's "Defaillance 3.5".
May 23, 2014
Make Noise: Featuring Kweli & Raekwon volleying verses over stomping drums on "Violations", Vaitea's horn-driven feel-good anthem "Lovesongs", the funky freestyle classic "Lookout Weekend" by Debbie Deb, timeless essentials from Parliament and James Brown, a rambunctious Busta Rhymes collabo with Lenny Kravitz, and a 3rd Bass sample moment with Gary Wright's "Love is Alive".
May 16, 2014
Soulville: Ruby Jane takes it back to feel-good soul and 60s R&B with gems from Aretha, Deon Jackson, The Velvelettes, The Ikettes, Martha & The Vandellas and more. Plus Opolopo's delicate and powerful rework of Sandy Barber's "I Think I'll Do Some Stepping On My Own", a special Static blend of Das EFX over a dusty Redman beat, and throwback bangers from Lost Boyz, Black Sheep and the Alkaholiks.
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