One of my fave rare groove tunes gotta be Jon Lucien's brazil-soul classic "Would You Believe In Me". I used play this track so much back in the 90s I got sick hearing it after a while. But I checked it again a few weeks ago and remembered how I felt the first time I heard it. Still just as hot and still a classic! Furthermore, the other day I found this little hip hop joint from Raashan Ahmad called "If I" which is basically "Would You Believe In Me" but with an MC on top. Love it or hate it...you decide? I think it's kinda fun and a great DJ tool to flip with the original.
Yes...its time for another Raw Fusion WMC session! Can't think of anything better than the escapism from cold Europe to the sun in Miami...wohaaaaa! Last years party was one of the best parties in Miami and this year it looks to be even stronger with all our fave DJs coming together once again. If u wanna get a feel for the party, check out this dope video clip here when Ty and Taylor McFerrin went on stage last year....hot hot hot!
While I'm on a jazzy streak I though I'll drop u this lovelee vocal jazz-afro-fusion-funk number from the totally unknown group Mansany (at least to me). Its recorded on Ebony label from the Ivory Coast. Especially check the warm analogue synths at the very end...jus' love this!
Sometime I just get so f****ng tired of all the crap music which constantly make its present felt wherever I go. I could go on for weeks how frustrated I am about the current music scene...peeps jus' don't make MUSIC any longer. But in the darkest hours I always feel good going back to the roots with some deep spiritual jazz. Enter Dollar "Abdullah Ibrahim" Brands masterpiece "Kalahari", taken from his supa rare "Underground In Africa" LP. Mr Ibrahim delivers an epic 23 min long afro jazz monster that from beginning to end sets you in a musical trance. If u don't get moved by this shit u got problems son!
Since the mid 80s I've always been a huge fan of UK soul and the UK still got the best club scene for soul music in the world. Nothing compares to a night at the Southport Weekender for example. One of my all time soul cuts ever and a massive Raw Fusion club anthem has to be Soul II Soul's "Fairplay". I dunno how many times I killed it with that tune on a night...tune! Oh btw, I just the other day got a massive Bugz In The Attic remix of this track...ouch...its hot...soon out...search!
Another one of my favourite UK groups are of course Loose Ends. Band leader Carl McIntosh was a true r&b genius and they put out so many good tunes and one of the few bands to also make it in the states, much thanks to their big hit "Hanging On A String". But my fave cut from Loose Ends must be this one...an absolute killer!
Was down in Hamburg this friday for the Finetunes party and this hot r&b cut from Charlie Wilson of Gap Band fame was the one that did it for me...spot on! Produced by Will.I.Am, co-written by Leroy Burgess and featuring Justin Timberlake u know this is gonna cut it with the females. Try it and u'll see what I mean.
25/4 - Raw Fusion Club (Stockholm) with Soulparlor 1/5 - Reisen (Stockholm) with Pure P etc 16/5 - Berns Terrace (Stockholm) with Benji-B 24/5 - Eurocultured Festival (Manchester) with Aaron Phiri etc 30/5 - Raw Fusion Club (Stockholm) 13/6 - Raw Fusion Club (Stockholm) with J-Heart (LA) etc
The man behind the world renowned Raw Fusion label.
Promotes and DJs at the long running Raw Fusion club in Stockholm since 1996 (13 yrs!). Started out as a b-boy and have been spinnin' black dance rhythms since the mid 80s. He now travels the globe where he spins more or less everything and anything that got dirty soul....retro to future and beyond!