Excited to share Volume 2 in the Clásico mix series today. I have quite a bit of mixes online, but this one definitely stands out because it’s a live recording of Rudy Rexx accompanying me and playing live percussion.
The collaborative set between Rudy Rexx and myself was the inspiration for the first Clásico mix. However I made the previous volume without his musical contribution. At the moment we had barely begun to perform together as Clásico, so the mix served as an introduction to the music that we wanted to play.
Fast forward to April 2013, and we’ve had a couple of months playing together and you get this live recording from our April set. This evening I decided to play more Brazilian music along with the usual mix of Salsa, Cumbia, and other styles of Afro-Latin music.
Rudy and Myself will be playing live this Saturday at Austin Vida’s monthly Barrio Bash party. More info & details on how you can win tix to Pachanga fest here.
Live percussion + live turntables on a heavy Afro-Latin vibe is the Clásico sound, and this Saturday Rudy Rexx & myself will be performing at Austin Vida’s Barrio Bash at the Spiderhouse Ballroom.
Stay tuned, we have a live recording of one of our recent sets slated for volume two in the Clásico mix series. Check the Volume 1 below for an introduction to styles we’ll touch on Saturday.
The homie DJ Chicken George and myself teamed up for an all vinyl mix to commemorate Record Store Day this past weekend. I decided on using all 45′s on this project, many of which were recent additions spanning a variety of genres.
Some of my personal highlights from the mix include:
I definitely look forward to teaming up with CG again for next year’s mix. In the meantime, here’s this year’s version below. Free DL and track listing on Soundcloud.
This Sunday, I’m also excited to play the Bombón stage at the 43rd annual Houston International Festival. I’m looking forward to linking up w/the Bombón crew, and putting together a nice set of Afro-Latin goodness. More info on FB.
Last but not least looking forward to celebrating Record Store Day 2013 by recording a mix with the one and only DJ Chicken George! There are numerous exclusive releases and participating record stores across the world, so check the link above for your local listings.
I played some recent favorites and a couple of curve balls, so check back this weekend for the mix.
Before I knew who Don Blackman was, I fell in love with his music. A few producers and DJ’s utilized some of his licks from his rare debut LP, and I have never forgotten those songs and the first few listens. It was only later that I learned more about the man behind the music. Don Blackman (September 1, 1953 – April 11, 2013) grew up in Jamaica Queens New York, the home of highly respected musicians such as Marcus Miller, Weldon Irvine, Tom Browne, Lenny White, and Bernard Wright, they all knew each other and collaborated on numerous seminal albums in the late 70′s & early 80′s.
Don and his fellow Queens-based contemporaries made some of the smoothest yet funky music ever laid to wax. Their sound had a raw and funky groove, but still soulful and smooth with amazing melodies, harmonies, and musicianship (Jazz music was a huge influence in this camp). Think Roy Ayers meets Parliament meets Bernie Worrell meets 70′s love meets New York City.
I’m just trying to bring out the love and positive thinking and positive vibe.
RIP Don Blackman
September 1, 1953 – April 11, 2013
Shout to Redbull Music Academy Radio for their interview with Don on the Fireside Chat series. Listen here.