SPOTLIGHT: Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware has a sensual, soulful voice that evokes the perfect combination of lust and emotion from her listeners. Once you let the funky rhythm and deep vibes throughly surround the seemingly magical vocals, you feel like you are in dreaming. The setting of this dream is what mystery would look like if it was organic. This wonderful young woman is from London, England and, throughout this post, is accompanied by a host of remixers including, George Fitzgerald, Joe Goddard, Star Slinger, and Disclosure. This has been SilkyWilki…taking you deeper. Enjoy.

We’ll start out with an original. Off here album, Devotion.

“Who says no to love?” Don’t be a coward. Go for it.

This song is hauntingly good. When played, it’s a game changer.

“In our wildest moments, we could be greatest…we could be the worst of all.”

Really digging Disclosure’s whole catalog these days. Really solid stuff. I suggest you do some research. It’s worth it. You know I would never lead you astray.

PS. If you know a good spot for some deep house tonight in NYC, holla. I feel the need.

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Funky Fraiche Friday [11.09.2012]

As of late, this thing called a “job,” and the extracurricular activities that fill my free time have caused yet another missed week in the annals of Funky Fraiche Friday posting. That said, it’s time to get funky and we have quite the menu for you this week. Featured artists include Louis La Roche, RAC, Alex Metric, Pete Tong, Hot Since 82, Tradelove, Classixx, Star Slinger, and many more! Enjoy ze beats.

Passion Pit’s hit single received an elegant rework from Classixx. Take me to the clouds.

And now let’s get a bit more funky with some disco house. Solidisco has quickly become a go to in my sets when I need people on the dance floor movin’ those feet. Here is there latest release. It’s fraiche and free. Enjoy!

Here is a new mix from Star Slinger. It’s fantastically funky and soulful. You need it.

TRACKLIST:

1. BONDAX – I GOT THAT
2. CHRIS E. PANTS – PASS IT AROUND
3. PERSEUS – SEYCHELLES
4. STAR SLINGER – 4 CHRIST SAKE
5. LOL BOYS – CHANGES (STAR SLINGER REMIX)
6. SWEATER BEATS – MLLN DLLR
7. DISCLOSURE – LATCH (T WILLIAMS CLUB EDIT)
8. ELLE VARNER – REFILL
9. DIAFRIX – HELICOPTER (STAR SLINGER REMIX)
10. BONDAX – YOU’RE SO (STAR SLINGER REFIX)
11. KW GRIFF – BRING IN THE KATZ
12. DESTINY’S CHILD – SAY MY NAME (CYRIL HAHN REMIX)
13. MILLION DOLLAR MANO – LADY
14. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – THE END OF TIME (FEAT. BEYONCE) (BRENMAR REMIX)
15. STAR SLINGER – TAKE THIS UP

Here we have two very different but equally solid remixes from Louis La Roche that will make you want to get rowdy. Our advice…don’t think about it. Do it.

Classixx on the original called “Stranger Love.” RAC on the remix. Simply essential. The vocals are angelic…in an indie way (whatever that means)…the beats are bouncy, and the groove is impecable.

Here is a naughty tech house remix from Tradelove. It’s dirty but ooooh so good.

Taken you a bit deeper on these next two. First one is a remix of Jean Winner’s “Alive And Kicking” from Zimmer. So sensual. Diggin’ this hard.

When Pete Tong puts out music…you listen. Check out this Hot Since 82 dub mix of his track “Dawn” featuring S.Y.F. Soooo deep, so funky.

Lastly, here is one of my favorite mixes of the past month. Defected only hosts the best DJs, and Miguel Campbell is just that. Top tier. His shit is just hot. What can you say?

Tracklist:

Zoo Brazil featuring Ursula Rucker – You Don’t Know Me – Defected
Cloud 9 – Do You Want Me Baby (Dusky Remix) – Toolroom Records 
Stefano Ritteri – Rules Of Control – Defected
Nick Curly – Underground (Dennis Ferrer Mix) – Defected
MOST RATED TRACK 
Tensnake featuring Syron – Mainline – Defected 
Flashmob – Hot – Defected
Sante VS MD X-Spress – This Is House – Lo:Rise 
ALBUM OF THE WEEK – SAM Records Extended Play by Jacques Renault 
Scandal – Just let Me Dance (Maxxi Soundsystem Remix) – Nurvous Records 
Jack Dixon – Spin Drive – Leftroom Records
James Talk feat. Cari Golden – Ain’t That The Way – Hi:Rise
Noir – Satisfied – Noir Music
Sandy Rivera – Let Me Tell You Something – Defected
Recloose – Don’t Get Me Wrong – Delusions of Grandeur 
CLASSIC TRACK – House Masters Derrick Carter 
Truman Industires – Love Plus (Derrick Carter’s Love Groove Mix) – ITH
PRE-ORDER: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/defected-presents-house-masters/id574665233 
Guest Mix – Miguel Campbell

FINAL CUT 
Storm Queen – Look Right Through (MK Dub III) – ITH
Deep, Down and Defected: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/deep-down-defected/id572406938

Funky Fraiche Friday [09.28.12]

Sadly, summer is over. But, do not fret. To quote F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” And nothing says new beginnings than blacking out hard on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon at Sidebar…still recovering. I guess what I’m really trying to say is that fall is pretty sweet. Probably my favorite season, though college springs were nice too…dammit I miss you…cue tear). I mean, you’ve got football (real refs back, thank God), Mit Romney’s downfall as a direct result of a smart phone video (gotta love technology), and simplest of all joys, not sweating through my clothes to and from anywhere in the city. Now that all that is off my chest, let the funk take over. This week we start of similar to last week with some new music from Late Nite Tuff Guy. Then we get into a mixes from the likes of Luigi Rocca, Miguel Migs, and Prok & Fitch, and then some new tracks from WhiteNoize, Star Slinger, Gigamesh, Alex Metric, and Solidisco.

LNTG always goes down smooth and leaves a wonderful aftertaste. Great touch up on a classic soulful R&B track from the least fucked up of the Jacksons.

Mix time. We start off with the sensual sounds of Miguel Migs. Perfect for lazy afternoons, stress relief at the office, one-on-one candlelight dance sessions, and twisting blunts.

Tracklist:

01. The White Lamp ‘Its You’ (Mix 2 Edit) (Future Boogie Records) 
02. Blank & Jones ‘Happiness’ (Miguel Migs Salted Dub) 
03. DJ Fudge ‘Garito Breeze’ 
04. Husky feat. Alyson Joyce ‘Crazy Enough’ (Edit) (Salted) 
05. Alysha Kid ‘Mei Bee (Dufflebag Records) 
06. Zenbi feat. Martina Camargo ‘Locombia’ (Deeplomatik Remix) (Salted) 
07. Sonny Fodera, Wally Callerio, Jorge Watts & Daniel Treloar ‘Rumble At Night’ (Beatdown Records) 
08. My Name ‘Good Girl Bad Girl’ (Soundz Dynamic) 
09. Miguel Migs ‘Tonight’ (James Dexter Remix) (OM Records) 
10. Dave Mayer feat. Louis Hale ‘Sub Spectrum’ (Original Mix) 
12. Inland Knights ‘High Horse’ 
13. Arco ‘Where You At (Salted) 
14. Ladybird ‘Highlight My Life’ (Bitter Suite Dub)

Next we add some more bass and speed up the tempto a bit with some dope house grooves from Luigi Rocca, one of the heads of the 303Lovers label. His mixing skills are top-notch. Take notes.

Tracklist:

01. Libex – 2 Get (Original Mix) 
02. Kevin Andrews – Raise It Up (Original Mix) 
03. Franco Delmone – Take The Next Step (Original Mix) 
04. NDKj – Everybody Get Up (Original Mix) 
05. Dainty Doll – Awesome Sauce (Original Mix) 
06. Do Santos – Nice Track (Original Mix) 
07. Alessandro D’avenia – Right Now (Original Mix) 
08. Danny Qattro – Evil Ways (Original Mix) 
09. White Fat – Long White Clouds (Original Mix) 
10. Steve Slight – Hands Up (Original Mix) 
11. Luigi Rocca, DJ Lion – Krakra Hurricane (Original Mix) 
12. PHNTM – Underground (Original Mix)

You should be familiar with these guys by now. It’s Prok & Fitch with another solid episode of their Floorplay Podcast. This is the point where the chatter stops, and the dancing takes you over. The second track is a new fav of mine. Gorgeous vocals.

Tracklist:

01. Darius Syrossian – My Side Project (Original mix) Mile End records
02. Candi Staton – Hallelujah Anyway (Larse Vocal) Defected
03. Grooveyard – Mary Go Wild (Tom Shark Remix) Work
04. Belocca – Back to the old School (Original) Mainground
05. Rober Gaez – Drunkin Preacher (Paco Maroto remix) Urbana
06. James Murray – Lost in Space
07. Superskank – Good time (Oliver Giacomotto remix) 1605
08. Prok & Fitch – Symphony (Federico Scavo remix)
09. Dirty Harris – Jumpin (Original) Maquina
10. Evol Waves – Funkytown (Original mix) Abzolut
11. Prok & Fitch vs Bass Kleph – Untitled (Original) CDR
12. Eigo – Bring it (Original) Ministry
13. John Dahlback – Sing That (original) Toolroom

Now we enter the singles section. A smorgasbord of new music from various artists. And we begin with a new free original track from WhiteNoize.

Now let’s get a little weird with some hip-hop, slowsteppin’, deep grooves from Star Slinger. Dedicated to the ladies in the back. Love what my man’s been doing lately. Fire. Oh and to be informative…there is also an instrumental if you don’t dig the lyrical version.

Speed it back up. Solidisco is creating that new age, modern disco, house music. And they are killin’ it. Here is their new Daft Punk remix. Fo free. Fraiche.

Gigamesh is always reliable for groovy disco. This one is a remix of the sing-a-long styled Moullinex single “Take My Pain Away.” It does just that. After all, we are all on a sort of pursuit of happiness…are we not?

And we will end with Alex Metric’s fantastically funky take on Ellie Goulding’s latest single, “Anything Could Happen.” The dude is next level. Sampling is so on point.

Funky Fraiche Friday [09.14.2012]

Believe it or not, I was actually on my game this week. This was prepared over the course of the whole week, and is one of the most robust editions of “Funky Fraiche Friday” to date, so I hope you enjoy it. This week we are featuring free downloads from Breakbot, Plastic Plates, and Star Slinger, plus new releases and previews from Louis La Roche, Jacques Lu Cont, Monkey Safari, and Simon Shout, and a new mix from Prince Language that has a heartfelt message and purpose. But, we start out with one of the legends and spiritual founders of this post…oh ya, that’s Mr. James Brown. He reminds us 1) that it’s all in the baseline, and 2) that this is real dancing. Take notes.

Let’s kick things off with a free download taken from the new Breakbot album “By Your Side,” which is scheduled for release next week on Ed Banger.

Haven’t caught up with my man Star Slinger in a while. Rediscovering his music is like rekindling an old flame…and by “rekindle” do the horizontal mambo. Pick his latest production, “Take This Up” up for free below. It’s superb.

And we briefly take you a bit deeper with a fraiche EP called “Things I Didn’t Know I Loved” from Plastic Plates. The title track features vocals from the soulful and wise, Simon Lord. They are also giving the Amine Edge & DANCE remix…extra deep for those sensual moments…away for free. Which is nice. The other two tracks are available for preview and purchase via their Soundcloud. For the free remix click here FREE DOWNLOAD.

Louis La Roche is a staple of these posts. Here’s another reason why. So smooth.

Jacques Lu Cont insanely diverse and talented. Such a wide range of production styles and techniques. Gotta respect the man. The results ain’t to shabby either. This one is going to be big. Check out the preview of his new track “In The Night.” Epic baseline.

John Dahlback continues to impress. This new track is just pure genius. From a production stand point, it doesn’t get that much better than this dude. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. He is the most talented and diverse Swedish producer. Period.

Simon Shout usually produces progressive stuff, but this is a preview of his first tech house track, and may I say…it’s pretty dope. Title is “Here To Move.” Seems only appropriate, cause he makes it impossible not to. Really looking forward to this release.

Ok, it’s official, I have developed a strong obsession for Monkey Safari. This song is a perfect 10 in my book. So funky, yet so dreamy. Great vibes.

Enter the mix…

The first of the two mixes with have today comes from DCUP, and it is a sort of introduction to his new label, CHOOKIE. Creative name…still not sure what it means, but it is definitely not concerning me in the least. To paraphrase Bill Belichick (in reference to drafting Warren Saap out of college), I want to be on this label so badly “my dick is hard.” True stories…both. Seriously.

Tracklist available via Soundcloud…bascially it was too much effort to type out. Sorry.

Lastly, here is a mix from Prince Language. As you can sense by this point…we are fans of Prince Language. So much respect for him as an artist and a person. This mix was done especially for his friend and fellow artist, Michael Richards, who was killed in 9/11. Read the full dedication below.

“On the morning of September 11, 2001, my friend Michael Richards was working in his studio on the 92nd floor of Tower 1 of the World Trade Center. He was a resident artist there as part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s World Views program. Michael was an incredibly gifted artist and sculptor whose work addressed tragic aspects of African-American history through a poignant, poetic, and ultimately transcendant use of iconography. Ironically, much of his work dealt with flight, and the history of the Tuskegee Airmen, as a theme.

Michael grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, and loved reggae. I originally met him through our mutual friend, the curator Franklin Sirmans, who knew that we would have this in common. Shortly after Michael’s death, Franklin asked me to make a reggae mix to be played at a memorial gathering he was organizing at the Studio Museum of Harlem, where Michael was also an artist in residence, on September 23, 2001. Beginning with King Tubby’s elegiac dub of The Aggrovators “I Shall Be Released” entitled “Release The Dub”, the songs I gathered addressed the mood of mourning that we New Yorkers felt in the wake of the attacks, as well as the themes of love, war, struggle, hope, spirituality and release that are so beautifully expressed in Reggae music. This is the original recording of that mix.

I thought that today, 11 years from the attack that took his and many others lives, was a fitting day to share this small memorial for Michael. I hope you can take the time to explore his powerful work and rich legacy. I miss him.”