Istanbul is an amazing city with a long musical heritage, and the serious record collector will find a lot of stores to keep you on your feet for a few days. For a city that straddles two continents you will find a vast variety of music - and of course a lot of local Turkish music. A word of advice for those who are looking for local sounds: Bring a portable record player (I didn't). Many of the stores don't have listening stations, and the vast collections of local Turkish music can be quite overwhelming if you don't know what…
As part of the 45 RPM tour I recently visited the Empire State New York to spin a few 45s, and of course fit in a bit of record shopping. First stop was out in Brooklyn to play at the Bionic Boogie Sessions, run by my man Cam Run, an ex-pat Australian who is now doing big things in NY. He runs a great weekly spot that caters for anyone into good music - with a host of visiting Aussie's either behind or infront of the turntables to make you feel right at home.
The Shan Frenzie 45 RPM tour is well under way. First stop was Oakland California, to catch up with old friend DJ Platurn who runs the Bay Area's premier 45's night, The 45 Sessions. On this particular night I shared the headline with Canada's chief rocker The Gaff. Big shout outs to the Oakland Faders deejays Platurn & Enki for holding down such a great night, and also to resident DJ Delgado who took the night off to make room for the nights guests, but came to hang out anyway.
An action packed episode of the Groove Therapy podcast traversing sounds of Washington Go-Go to Brazilian Samba with a heavy dose of disco and boogie thrown in to the mix. The mix also features some of my favourite early nineties club staples from UK hip hop group Outlaw Posse, and Richie Rich. A couple of future B Boy classics also got a spin, courtesy of tracks from Para and Virgil Howe with Shawn Lee. A new releases from Giles Peterson's new project Sonzeira gets the official Groove Therapy track of the week.
This episode kicks off with a new release of the new Young Money album Rise Of An Empire, and a skankin new 45 release from Prince Fatty. More new releases sprinkled throughout the episode include the Quantic and Shinehead collaboration Spark It, and a smooth club jam from R&B diva Ashanti. Buckshot & P Money drop my Hip Hop tune of the week, which incidently could have been the New Zealand national anthem judging from how many times I heard it on a recent trip to Auckland. The show finishes on some uptempo eighties boogie gold with Tina B's interpretation…
This episode kicks off with a selection of classic Soul funk from the likes of Leon Haywood, Debarge, and Ahmad Jamal before taking a trip into the 80s. Kool Chip's Jazz It Up has got to be one of my most favorite early Hip Hop tracks - a tune that reminds me of the days when I used to collect radio shows from Chuck Chillout and Red Alert on cassettete. Things get real smooth towards the end of the mix, with the delicate soul stylings of the Noisettes and SWV.