Showing posts from January, 2011

Soul Friends Of Mine

Valentine's Day is coming up and it brings up important questions like: what's the meaning of being friends? Listen to the answers from 15 different artists! Thanks to Stefan from Belgium.


P.M. Dawn – Reality Used To Be A Friend Of Mine (Island/1991)
Jhelisa – Friendly Pressure (Dorado/1994)
Beverlei Brown – Best Friend (Dome/2001)
Avani – Best Friend’s Lover (Dome/2004)
Kirk Whalum Feat. Musiq Soulchild – We’re Still Friends (Mack Avenue/2010)
Amy Winehouse – Just Friends (Universal Island/2007)
The Turbans – Three Friends (Two Lovers) (Roulette/1961)
Hummingbird – A Friend Forever (A&M/1976)
Blue Magic – Looking For A Friend (Atco/1974)
Black – She’s My Best Friend (A&M/1991)
Larry Graham & Graham Central Station – Mr. Friend (Warner Bros./1978)
Impact – Friends (Atco/1976)
The Jones Girls – Let’s Be Friends (Then Lovers) (PIR/1981)
Robert Palmer – Can We Still Be Friends (Island/1979)
Mink DeVille – Just Your Friends (Capitol/1978)

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Pais Tropical 2

Did you survive Blue Monday and the cold, dark days of January so far? Here’s part 2 of Pais Tropical to cheer things up a little bit! I always thought that Santa Esmeralda was a Spanish guy, with a guitar in a box like Antonio Banderas in the movie ‘Desperado’. But it turns out to be a French team of producers with no Spanish blood in their veins at all. I like their single though. Director Quentin Tarantino used ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ for his movie Kill Bill 1. Leroy Gomez is the singer of the track. He used to have some problems with his zipper which can be seen in a few YouTube videos… Gomez is a born American and worked as a session saxophone player and vocalist, with many artists, including Elton John, José Felicano, Patrick Juvet, Gilbert Becaud, Claude Francois and Laurent Voulzy. Enjoy!


Ntjam Rosie – Morning Glow (2010)
Gretchen Parlato – I Can’t Help It (2009)
Augusto Martelli & The Intercontinentals – Pais Tropical (1972)
Les McCann – McCanna (1962)

Too Hurt To Dance

The album track 'Too hurt to dance' from Duffy (picture) really hit me when I heard it the first time. That's why I put it up as the theme song of this mix. And there are more very good tracks on her latest album. Despite what the critics say, I think it's just as good as her first one. The songs are co-written by Albert Hammond. He’s known for classics like ‘The air that I breathe’ (a hit for The Hollies), I don’t wanna die in an air disaster’, ‘It never rains in southern California’ and many more. And the album was co-produced by Stuart Price (Les Rythmes Digitales) who worked with Madonna, Scissor Sisters, Brandon Flowers (The Killers) and remixed Lady Gaga songs recently. And the backing band are no others than the Roots. Enjoy!

Please Mr DJ won't you turn the music down
Why can't you understand
I'm too hurt to dance tonight


Deniece Williams – Free (1976)
Billy Paul – Only The Strong Survive [Magick Edit] (2004)
Cheeseslider – Sweatmajor (1996)

Working In The Soul Mine

While working on this mix I read on Twitter that Teena Marie (real name: Christine Brockert) had passed away. With a little help from (intimate) Motown friend Rick James she was a real R&B sensation 30 years ago. She sounded like a raw diamond: straightforward, energetic and dynamic. In 1982 she left Motown after a legal dispute. The outcome became known as ‘The Brockert Initiative’, which makes it illegal for a record company to keep an artist under contract without releasing new material for that artist. Six years later she had her first and only number one hit on the American R&B charts, ‘Ooo la la la’. When the decade came to an end with the house and hip hop revolution taking place, she struggled to move on in her career. In 1995 The Fugees borrowed her ‘Ooo la la la’ for their breakthrough single ‘Fu-Gee-La’. Teena kept on making records and performing on a lower scale. Her latest album ‘Congo square’ was released on Stax in 2009. My tribute to her in this mix is ‘Why c…