GPWW: 7/14/11: Fonce Mizell Tribute and Machinedrum Worldwide Family Mixtape

In this episode, the overall theme of Gilles Peterson’s WorldWide Show is minimalism. He opens the show with an eclectic track from London producer James Blake, proceeding on to play Dego‘s instrumental “The Monarch,” and then giving us a taste of Jill Scott‘s newest album with the neo soul number “Rolling Hills.”

Gilles also pays tribute to the great producer Fonce Mizell, who recently passed away. The tribute segment includes some of Mizell’s work with Bobbi Humphrey, Marvin Gaye, and Taste of Honey. For the weekly Worldwide Family Mixtape Gilles enlists multi-instrumentalist producer Machinedrum to bless us with a varied mix of tunes. Machinedrum is based out of Brooklyn and recently released an LP called Room(s) through indie electronic label Planet Mu.

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Thoughts On Alphonso “Fonce” Mizell


Photoset (c) Phillip Angert begins with Fonce Mizell and King Britt at Giant Step’s “Dinner With Mizell’s” in 2007.

“We were all very sad to learn about the passing of the legendary Fonce Mizell of Mizell Brothers fame and Sky High Productions. It seems fitting to dig into our archives and have another look at one of my favorite Giant Step events, ‘Dinner With Mizell’s,’ an intimate sit down in Miami back in March 2007 during WMC, with Fonce and Larry plus a who’s who of DJs to raise a glass in their honor. To see grown men (including myself) act like giddy school boys in their presence is a true testament to their legacy and music” – Maurice Bernstein, CEO & President at Giant Step.

Only some in attendance were: Jazzy Jeff (BBE), Tracey Thorn, Jason Bentley (KCRW), Tom Silverman (Tommy Boy), Ben Watt (Buzzin’ Fly), Benji B (BBC 1xtra), Madlib (Stones Throw), Danny Krivit (Body & Soul), Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1), Peter Kruder (G-Stone), Richard Dorfmeister (G-Stone), and Kenny Dope (MAW).

A full list of attendees from “Dinner With Mizell’s” can be found on the feature page.

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