Dodge City Productions - Steppin' Up and Out

Dodge City Productions (DCP) were a British hip hop/Acid jazz group based in London formed by IG Culture (real name Ian Grant) and DJ Dodge (real name Roger Drakes). They were one of the leaders of the Acid Jazz movement, and also received much acclaim and success for their remixes, usually done as "City Lick". The group split in the early 1990s, and both members went to have further success in the music industry as solo artists.

1. Unleash Your Love
2. Together
3. As Long As We're Around
4. What Colour My Life Is
5. Steppin' Up And Out
6. Road In Front Of Me
7. Ain't Going For That
8. Jus' Cool
9. Young Life (Reminisce)
10. Understand This
11. People (Come On)
12. Music Is Music
13. Love Power (Heart Mind Soul Body)
14. Slow Jam

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Heroes of UK Hip Hop's DCP page
Discogs DCP page
DJ Dodge's home page

Dodge City Productions - As Long as Were Around' Video

Debut Video From The U.K. Jazz Rap Duo Dodge City Productions From Their 1993 Debut Album 'Steppin Up And Out. Dj Dodge And I.G. Culture

Incognito Joins Heads Up Label For 'Tales From The Beach'


British neo-soul and acid jazz group Incognito have signed a new recording contract with U.S. label Heads Up International. The group, led by guitarist and producer Bluey Maunick, will release their new CD, Tales From The Beach, on June 24th.

"I'm pleased to be part of a team that will let me do what I do best, and see my music for what it is," said Maunick. "Heads Up is a label that understands the worlds of jazz, soul and R&B, and how they all fit together."

While the Incognito lineup has changed over the years, the new album will once again feature the talents of drummer Richard Bailey, bassist Francis Hylton, keyboardist Matt Cooper, and vocalists Tony Momrelle, Joy Rose and Imaani.

The title of the new CD, Tales From The Beach, is drawn for Maunick's experiences growing up in on the African coastal island of Mauritius.

"When I was a kid, my first taste of music came from the beaches," he says. "I spent a lot of time listening to the hotel bands, or the bands playing around the bonfires and cookouts. It's a small island, so there were beaches everywhere. I was always watching live musicians play. So for inspiration for this album, I went back to various beaches around the world -- in Italy, Indonesia and elsewhere -- and just let the music flow."

Incognito's last CD release was 2006's Bees + Things + Flowers, which featured covers of four of their own past hits as well as versions of tunes by Earth, Wind & Fire, America, Roy Ayers, and others.

D'Influence - Good 4 We

D-Influence followed in the wake of the UK Soul explosion fronted by Soul II Soul in the early 90's. The Young Disciples, The Brand New Heavies, Galliano, Jamiroquai and D-Influence all forged ahead and established an alternative to the cookie-cutter "New Jack Swing" that could not be escaped in the early 90's. Oddly enough and almost a decade later the "neo soul" movement is here. One listen to this album and you will see where many of the so called "neo -soul" school took their cue.

The album is just classic. It has great songs, great string arrangements, great vocals and great instrumentation. Sarah Ann Webb's voice is similar to Sade's on this release. The first time I heard "Funny How Things Change" on the radio in '92 I thought it was Sade. There's great samples like the horns from Curtis Mayfield's "Eddie You Should Know Better" on "Sweetest Things". Drum rolls sampled from Parliament's "Do That Stuff". Even a Pac-Man video game sample is used as instrumentation on "Changes". There's a few downplayed hip hop samples dispersed throughout for texture. The instrumentals range from latin("Instantly") to dissected hip hop on ("The Classic")(beastie boys?).

Good 4 We is an album that is subtle and powerful. The album is rooted in funk and the lyrics are sometimes double edged between the socio-political and romatic but always emotional. Some psychodelic hippie ethos informs their sound as well as knods to 70's inspired soul. Their stripped down sound would mature into stronger, more full bodied songs on their follow- up "Prayer 4 Unity in 1995.

1 Good Lover
2 Journey
3 I'm The One
4 Funny (How Things Change)
5 Good 4 We
6 For You I Sing This Song
7 Instantly
8 No Illusions
9 Sweetest Things
10 Changes
11 Sign
12 The Classic

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D'Influence's MySpace Page

D'Influence - Good 4 We Video

The UK acid jazz collective D'Influence comprised vocalist Sarah Anne Webb, guitarist and keyboardist Ed Baden-Powell, keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist Kwame Kwaten and drummer Steve Marston.

Debuting in 1992 with Good 4 We, the group resurfaced in 1995 with Prayer 4 Unity; they also emerged among the leading production teams in contemporary British R&B, helming hits for Mark Morrison and Shola Ama, whose debut LP Much Love appeared on D'Influence's own Freakstreet label.

Their third album, London, followed in 1997.

The Greyboy Allstars "Still Waiting" Music Video

The Greyboy Allstars music video for the song "Still Waiting" from the release from the 2007 release, "What Happened to Television?"

Directed by Josh Hassin and Matt Goldman.
Produced By Akjak Moving Pictures.

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GBA, Greyboyallstars, The Greyboyallstars, Greyboy, DJ Greyboy, Allstars, Mike Andrews, Michael Andrews, Elgin Park, Karl Denson, Robert Walter, Chris Stillwell, Aaron Redfield, Puppets, muppets, crank yankers, Josh Hassin, Matt Goldman, Akjak, Still Waiting, What Happened to Television, funk, jam, music video, monkeyboys

Repost - Various Artists - Acid Jazz and Other Illicit Grooves

Label: Polydor
Released: 1988

Compiled by Gilles Peterson

01 - Jalal - Introduction.mp3
02 - Ace Of Clubs - Ace Of Club.mp3
03 - Jalal - Jalal.mp3
04 - Push - Traffic.mp3
05 - Aja (Acid Jazz Alliance) - Shaft In Action.mp3
06 - Jalal - Jalal.mp3
07 - Galliano And The Jazz Renegades - Six Sharp Fists.mp3
08 - Night Trains - And Now We Have Rhythm.mp3
09 - Jalal - A Refreshing Interlude.mp3
10 - Rhythm Blades - Doin'It Naturally.mp3
11 - Push - Traffic [Dub].mp3

New Podcast with Snowboy Interview

Just discovered a new podcast over at 209 Radio called Beatnik. They are spinning some serious grooves, and as a bonus, they have an exclusive interview with UK Latin legend Snowboy.

From the Jazz Dance scene through to the Acid Jazz/Talkin Loud years, the Latin explosion of the mid-nineties, the albums, the collaborations and the recent tour with Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse.

They get the scoop, the lowdown, the backstage info and all the latest news on the forthcoming album from the UK's best Latin percussionist and band leader.

Martine Girault - Revival

Martine hails from Brooklyn, New York. At the young age of twelve she was already charming audiences, having taken over from Stephanie Mills in the lead role as Dorothy in Broadway musical The Wiz. This led to theatre and stage work all over the world. Martine had been touring in the UK in 1991 when she met Ray Hayden from Opaz Productions during a recording with Amii Stewart. A documentary featuring footage taken during the making of her 1991 debut LP is currently being compiled.

It's been over a decade since Martine Girault's debut single Revival hit the charts, and in every sense it is a true urban classic. In 1992 it was voted best soul record of the year at the world DMC music awards, having entered the charts at number 1. Her performance at the Royal Albert Hall was broadcast live on Kiss FM. DJs like Bob Jones, Giles Peterson and David Rodigan played a major role in breaking the record.

Revival found its way onto numerous film soundtracks including Bullet with Mickey Rourke and legendary rapper Tu Pac Shakur, and more recently featured in Meg Ryan's controversial In The Cut. Nescafe added flavour to their TV advertising with Revival and it has featured on over thirty compilation CDs.

1. Intro (Interlude)
2. Bring Back Our Love
3. Good Love
4. Been Thinking 'Bout You
5. Love to Love You Baby
6. These Are the Best Days
7. Don't Dog Me
8. Revival
9. We've Got Tomorrow
10. Special
11. I Wish
12. Soulfully Yours
13. Outro (Interlude)

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Martine Girault at
Martine's MySpace page
Interview with Martine at The After Dark Network

Jay Kay Interviews

An interview with Jay Kay about the singles: 'Emergency On Planet Earth & Return of the Space Cowboy' (1992-1994)

An interview with Jay Kay about the singles: 'Return of the Space Cowboy & Travelling Without Moving' (1994-1996)

Soulive - Vapor

Soulive playing Vapor - Live in NYC

The Quiet Boys - Dazzle

Chris Bangs is the former top UK soul/ jazz DJ, widely credited with the birth of Acid Jazz as a musical genre. He was one of the UK's original "Special Branch" DJ's along with Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, Giles Peterson and Bob Jones. He has written with Courtney Pine and produced Paul Weller, Roy Ayers and Galliano.

The Quiet Boys sophisticated new album "Dazzle" is released on writer/ producer Chris Bangs' label Thin Air Productions. It contains all the elements we have come to expect from the acid jazz aficionado plus one or two wonderful additions, including the vocal talents of Camelle Hinds.

1. Guiding Light
2. Dazzle
3. Everybody Loves the Sunshine
4. Chance for Peace
5. Bosh Tres Bien
6. Way up There
7. Always Be the One
8. State of Mind
9. Play to Win
10. Watuzl Strut
11. Late Exit
12. Future Cliche

Chris Bang's Website

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Soulive - Get Down

Soulive is a jazz trio that originated in Woodstock, New York, and is known for its ripping solos and catchy, upbeat songs. The band consists of Eric Krasno (guitar), Alan Evans (drums), and Neal Evans (Hammond B3 organ, bass keys, clavinet). Although they originated as a trio, the band worked extensively with different horn sections, which consisted of Sam Kininger (saxophone) from 2000-2003, and Rashawn Ross (trumpet) and Ryan Zoidis (saxophone) from 2003-2006. The band also worked with vocalist Toussaint Yeshua from 2006-2007.

On March 2, 1999, brothers Alan and Neal Evans invited guitarist Eric Krasno to record some tracks with them in their home studio in Woodstock, New York. That jam session became their first EP, Get Down! and the band shortly thereafter realized their potential together and hit the road to begin touring.

For some more Soulive grooves, you will definitely want to go and check out The Internet Archive. They have almost 200 live performances of Soulive available for free download.

1. So Live!
2. Uncle Junior
3. Rudy's Way
4. Cash's Dream
5. Turn It Out
6. Brother Soul
7. Right On

Soulive's Website
Soulive's MySpace Page

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Slide Five - Rhode Trip

Few San Francisco bands have evolved like Slide Five. "We started four years ago, with the goal of combining jazz with modern technology and dance music. We were basically a straight live band playing lines over computer grooves," says guitarist John Warrin.

Moving from New York back to their native San Francisco in 1993, John and keyboard wielding brother Dave teamed up with drummer Guy Gershoni. They abandoned their samplers and sequencers in favor of a more organic approach to performance. "At the time San Francisco was really a live music scene and during our first year we played well over 200 gigs in the city alone," says John. Rhode Trip, Slide Five's debut album, documents their favorite tracks from that time, including some recorded with top London saxophone man Jacko Peake (session player for Paul Weller, Push and The Young Disciples).

1. Up & Out
2. Movin' On
3. Jacko's Call (Part 1)
4. GMF
5. Outerspace
6. By Chance
7. Fender Bender
8. Jacko's Call (Part 2)
9. Rhode Trip
10. Tribute
11. Bonus Track 01

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Jamiroquai - Space Cowboy

Jamiroquai - 'Space Cowboy' from the album: 'Return Of The Space Cowboy' (1994)

What is Acid Jazz?

Acid jazz (also known as club jazz) is a musical genre that combines elements of soul music, funk, disco, particularly looping beats and modal harmony. It developed over the 1980s and 1990s and could be seen as tacking the sound of jazz-funk onto electronic dance/pop music.

The compositions of groups such as The Brand New Heavies and Incognito often feature chord structures usually associated with Jazz music. The Heavies in particular were known in their early years for beginning their songs as catchy pop and rapidly steering them into jazz territory before "resolving" the composition and thus not losing any pop listeners but successfully "exposing" them to jazz elements in "baby steps".

The acid jazz "movement" is also seen as a "revival" of jazz-funk or jazz fusion or soul jazz by leading DJs such as Norman Jay or Gilles Peterson or Patrick Forge, also known as "rare groove crate diggers".