Gilles Picks the Winners

gilles-radioCatch up on the GPWW with his 2009 recap: Gilles picks the best of the past year, including Jay Z ft Alicia Keys, Q Tip, Robert Glasper ft Bilal, N’Dambi, Quantic and his Combo Bombaro, plus some new favorites like Shafiq Husayn ft Fatima, Ryan Leslie ft. Pusha T, Theophilus London, Dam-Funk and more.

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Trus’Me To Release In the Red Featuring Dam-Funk, Amp Fiddler & More

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Fat City Recordings is set to release the much-anticipated album In The Red, by the Mancunian wunderkind Trus’Me featuring collaborations with Dam-Funk, Amp Fiddler, and Paul Randolph. His debut album Working Nights is regularly held up as “one of the finest deep house and disco albums to come out of the U.K in years”, but this was just the beginning of the Trus’me sound. Since then he has become increasingly adept and inventive at taking on the sound system roots of reggae, soul, and disco, blending them with house and techno, to create a hypnotically radical sound.

Dam-Funk, Stones Throw recording artist and LA’s rising star of the nu-boogie scene collaborates on a low slung interpretation of the WasNotWas disco epic “Wheel Me Out”. Also on board is the jazzy Detroit innovator Amp Fiddler who features on two tracks including a bass & rhodes heavy cover of Bill Withers’ bittersweet classic “Can We Pretend”. Paul Randolph, Jazzanova‘s current front-man, provides vocals for a houseʼd up version of West Phillips‘ boogie favorite “Sucker for a Pretty Face” and Mahogani Musicʼs longtime collaborator Pirahnahead lends his vocal skills to the title track “In the Red”.

n41Also look for a limited edition one-sided red vinyl 7″ pressing of “Bail Me Out,” coming soon from Fat City Recordings.

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Gilles Peterson with Dam Funk in the mix

gilles3Proclaimed by Fader “a god of funk”, Dam Funk is the artist and producer of the moment, with a five-part concept album, Toeachizown, out now on Stones Throw Records.

The Gilles Peterson Worldwide radio show fuses sounds from around the globe and is dedicated to the promotion and nurturing of new music & beats. This week’s edition, GPWW 11/16/09, features some cuts from Dam Funk’s masterpiece Toeachizown, plus a mix of everything from Archie Shepp to Snoop Dogg.

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Giant Step’s Resident: The City, The Sounds, The Soul Part 10

Photo of DJ Spinna & Jazzy Jeff © Michael July

By Mawuse Ziegbe

Many of you may know that being a proper New York resident means flitting off to warmer locales and scaring the natives with your frenetic pace, ever-present dark sunglasses and debilitating ache for anything caffeinated. It’s even more fun when you infest said locales in groups. Such was the case this March, when all the cool kids left NYC to the office monkeys for the SXSW festival in Austin and the Winter Music Conference in Miami. Sadly, my day gig as a dedicated office monkey doesn’t allow for such indulgences so I tapped some cool kids to regale us with tales of some of the biggest events in independent music. Turns out both events were optimal for networking and raising awareness about rising and established artists. Or, for as you’ll read below, boozing it up and not stopping ’til you’ve got enough. Personal goal for March 2009: Quit office monkey position.

Winter Music Conference – Miami, FL
$mall ¢hange – DJ, B.A. In Snappy Verbosity, PhD in procuring rare and dusty disco rhythms
Even with the silicone and overpriced society of South Beach, it’s hard not to have a good time. Some highlights: dinner at Puerto Sagua with Monk One and Gas Lamp Killer rocking doubles of hip hop instrumentals at Mad Decent vs Turntable Lab, Sinbad destroying Raw Fusion at Jazid with broken beat to B’more soul remixes, myself dropping crackly sevens at the James Brown tribute party, the paparazzi set checking DJ Spinna with Ms. Baduizm at Giant Step, Dam Funk and Stones Throw Illuminati at the Raleigh Sat. afternoon, Subatomic Sound System dropping chilled vibes at Miambient, and ending with sneaking a J with a mud bath at The Standard. It’s not so bad after all, even with the spring break bs and $7 bottled waters.


Photo © Phillip Angert

SXSW – Austin, TX
Christie Brown – Video Editor, Derby Hat-and-Mussy Hair Combo Enthusiast
Me and mine snuck into an unofficial iheartcomix/JellyNYC party by haggling security and claiming we were a DJ collective. The party ended up being completely WACK – they were denying droves of people entry and the space was super empty. Their one bar had retarded lines, and while the acts were alright, I wasn’t feeling the music possibly based on the difficult circumstances of getting there. So no booze, can’t get all my friends in, nothin’ to do, no where to go. Well, turns out there was a party on the North Lamar pedestrian bridge so we sauntered over there. Perhaps it was the juxtaposition of the previous 2 hours of my life, but No Age played and it was fucking great. Apparently, NME claimed there was a riot which caused police to come, but I must have missed it; I was talking to random stragglers like a drunken fool ’til the wee hours of the morning.

The weather was nice all week, at every hour of the day people found it personally offensive if you didn’t have a beer in your hand and would place one in your grubby hands. I ran into Brooklyn kids left and right… I was filming for Jay Buim’s Todd P documentary from the time I woke up in the late morning/early afternoon to the time I went to bed, starting by hopping in a van on my birthday and driving pretty much straight through to Austin with assorted hijinks along the way. Didn’t sleep much at all, pleasantly lost my damn mind, saw Jah-Jah [from NYC's Ninjasonik] more times in 4 days than I’ve seen him in the last 6 months. Ate lots of meat ’cause that’s what they do in Texas. Oh, but check this, I got a fucking original Salt ‘n’ Pepa concert t-shirt for 8 dollars. Don’t tell me that isn’t straight flamboastin’ cause I will say “Emphatically No” to that.


Photo of Retro Kids © Michael July

Winter Music Conference – Miami, FL
Michael July – Photographer, Occasional DJ and Frequent Dance Floor Connoisseur
I would definitely say the most eventful moment for me at the WMC was captured in this photo I took. DJ Spinna was killing it on the 1s & 2s. Mixing classic hip hop joints at Jazzy Jeff’s “Nothing But An Old School Party,” which featured performances by Common, Talib Kweli, Biz Markie, King Sun, Skills and DJ Jazzy Jeff. All of a sudden pandemonium broke out…the Retro Kids came out of nowhere and started taking it back with all the old school dances as Spinna did his thing. The young lady in the photo, obviously a true head, suddenly paused from her torrid dancing, turned and looked up at Spinna and Jeff and shouted “that’s my jaaammm!” The intensity in her face says it all.


Photo © Michael July