This week we welcome back James Mayall...
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"Obviously it’s an absolute pleasure to be invited back to put together another mix for Dusk Dubs, thanks for having me along :)
Like the 1st edition I put together for DD, I’ve tried to put together another collection of sunset tunes for you, ideally served with a cold beverage of your choice. A few notes about the tunes I picked out follow (btw, there is some profanity in this mix, might not be child friendly depending on your POV)."
1) Lou Donaldson - One Cylinder
2) Kankick - Yes Yes Suite 3
3) Frank n Dank - Clap Hands
4) Erykah Badu - Back In the Day
5) Rachel Sweet - It's So Different Here
6) Richard Earnshaw - Rise (ft Ursula Rucker and Roy Ayers)
7) Jazz Liberatorz - Ease My Mind
8) INI - Grown Man Sport
9) Eric Lau - The Mission (Georgia Anne Muldrow remix)
10) Steve Arrington and Dam Funk - I Be Goin Hard
11) Spacek - Motion Control
12) Sepalcure track - Fight For Us
13) Kelela - All the Way Down
14) Thundercat - Them Changes
15) Outkast - SpottieOttieDopaliscious
16) Edan - Making Planets
17) Dr John - Zu Zu Mamou
18) Sa Ra - Love Czars
1) Lou Donaldson - One Cylinder - An apertif from Lou, it goes without saying that I love this tune and have loved it for a long time. The keys that underpin this tune make it for me. From one of my favourite LPs on Blue Note, “Alligator Bogaloo”
2) Kankick - Yes Yes Suite 3 - From the city of Oxnard, California - also home to Madlib, Oh No and Dudley Perkins, this is a sweet piece piece of laid back hip hop with a b line to rattle the ribcage.
3) Frank n Dank - Clap Hands - Best known for their collabs with J Dilla (they guested on “Welcome To Detroit) Frank n Dank are top dollar producers in their own right. Picked this up when it came out in 2007, why it doesn’t get more love is beyond me. Goes for pennies on discogs, seek out!
4) Erykah Badu - Back In the Day - Classic Erykah from her “Worldwide Undergound” LP. I don’t really need to say more.
5) Rachel Sweet - It's So Different Here - Released in 1978 and sounds so fresh. Rachel was 16 years old when she recorded this, an amazing vocal for someone so young.
6) Richard Earnshaw - Rise (ft Ursula Rucker and Roy Ayers) - I only became aware of this when putting together a mix for a mates wedding last year. More laid back class, you throw Roy Ayers in to the mix and it’s always going to come up good :)
7) Jazz Liberatorz - Ease My Mind - I absolutely love the 2 Jazz Liberatorz LPs (despite the “z”) - some of the finest jazz infused hip hop you will ever hear, with some of the best guest appearances (Fat Lip! Stacy Epps! Tableek! J-Live! Aloe Blacc! Most Def! to name but a few…). I’ll bore people to deaf about how good they are. This is one of there finest tracks, featuring Fat Lip on vocals.
8) INI - Grown Man Sport - From the classic Pete Rock produced “Centre Of Attention” LP. Best track on the album, the perfect piano loop.
9) Eric Lau - The Mission (Georgia Anne Muldrow remix) - I’m a huge Eric Lau fan, and this GAM remix adds a bit of bass filth to what was already a great track.
10) Steve Arrington and Dam Funk - I Be Goin Hard - Took me a while to get my head around this (so please persevere!) - I find some of Dam Funk’s tracks reference the 80s so well but forget about the tune, no danger of that here though. Steve Arrington’s vocal is so fine on this.
11) Spacek - Motion Control - Classic tune off Spacek’s “Vintage Hi-Tech” LP - an album that was soooo far ahead of its time. Minimal but beautiful production.
12) Sepalcure track - Fight For Us / 13) Kelela - All the Way Down / 14) Thundercat - Them Changes - I’m grouping these 3 together on the basis that they are all relatively new (the Kelela track in particular). I don’t normally like to put new tunes on mixes, as for me, it takes time to understand wether something really is as good as it sounds on the 1st few listens - and I don’t want to subject you to mediocrity :D All 3 of these will stand the test of time IMO. The Sepalcure and Kelela tracks are beautiful pieces of future soul, and as for “Them Changes” - I wanted to get this in before anyone else did on future Dusk Dubs… it’s an instant classic for years to come IMO.
15) Outkast - SpottieOttieDopaliscious - And talking of classics for years to come… the best Outkast tune, and my daughters current favourite - this one is for Juno :) HORNS.
16) Edan - Making Planets - Of the LP Beauty and The Beat from 2005 (11 years ago, really???!) I remember being blown away by this track the 1st time I heard it, has a wonderful psychedelic feel to it, matched by the lyrics. Goes a bit bonkers at the end… and I love it all the more for doing so. I’m still debating wether I should have followed it with 3rd Stone From The Sun by Hendrix but in the end I plumped for…
17) Dr John - Zu Zu Mamou - Walked in to a record fair in Ore (near Hastings where I currently live) and this was playing on the PA. I was hooked… it’s totally tripped out, wonderful backing vocals, and those drums… omg. Purchased immediately. Off the LP “The Sun, Moon and Herbs”. The herbs aren’t specified, but I’m guessing oregano.
18) Sa Ra - Love Czars - From the excellent LP “Nuclear Evolution: The Age Of Love” this is another slightly psychedelic trip courtesy of Sa Ra, and hopefully the perfect end to this mix. Hope you enjoyed the ride x