Archive for January, 2011

Vinyl Mondays: Kiss Me, I’m Irish

Irish Man – Part Time Lover (right click “save target as”)

As promised last week, here is another Steve Wonder-related gem. This one has an odd story: back when South Rakkas Crew was releasing rhythm albums on Greensleeves, they included this cover of “Part Time Lover” on their Clappas rhythm. I’ve been a big fan of this one since 2003, so when I got a chance to meet Dennis from South Rakkas, I asked him about it. Irish Man is not a Jamaican DJ but literally a guy from Ireland who just happens to be able to sing like Stevie Wonder. That the group included this tune on an otherwise pretty straightforward dancehall album is a sign of the genius that would come, as South Rakkas took over the mid-late 2000s with Chinkuzi, Mad Again, Bionic Ras, Red Alert and so much more.

January 24th, 2011Categories: Downloads, Vinyl Mondays

Vinyl Mondays: One Year

Donnie – Do You Know (right click “save target as”) 2001, Giant Step I’ve been doing Vinyl Mondays on the Flashing Lights blog for exactly a year, and since today is MLK Day, I wanted to spotlight the first record I put up over there.  We all know Mr Fingers “Can You Feel It,” it’s one of the top five house tracks of all time.  And there are lots of versions with different vocals, but the most moving is the version with MLK’s I Have A Dream speech. Download that here. Today’s record isn’t a Flashing Lights type of song but I rediscovered it in the back of my record shelves today and it matches my mood perfectly.  This was a 7″ single but you can also find it on Donnie’s excellent LP from 2002, The Colored Section.  It’s remarkable how much this singer sounds like Stevie, but he is actually a cousin of Marvin Gaye.  Next week I’ll be back with another Stevie Wonder-related post on Vinyl Mondays, produced by South Rakkas Crew (a cookie for anyone who can guess which record I’m talking about!).

January 17th, 2011Categories: Downloads, Flashing Lights, Vinyl Mondays

Return of the Mash

Return of the Mash by Dj Ayres on Mixcloud

This is a CD I did last fall exclusively for Urban Outfitters UK. Pretty much the whole set comes from my “dance pop” crate, with a few twists and turns. The artwork is by Mike Davis (Burlesque Designs).  Tracklist after the jump.
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January 6th, 2011Categories: DJ Mixes

Flashing Lights Mix #7

The first Flashing Lights of 2011 is going to be a doozy: the homie Uproot Andy will be helping us heat up Public Assembly on Saturday, January 15th. Not to be missed!

To help get you in the mood, here’s a brand new DJ mix from the FL trio. Download and enjoy, and peep the tracklist after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

January 6th, 2011Categories: DJ Mixes

A Year Of The Rub

Kenny Rodriguez shot The Rub every month for a year, then compiled his 100 favorite photos.

See the whole set here

January 3rd, 2011Categories: Photos

Munchi Producing for MIA

Munchi has two songs with MIA on her new mixtape: Murda Sound is taken from the T&A EP of the same name and Tamil Beat is brand new. Get the mix here and get his debut EP on T&A Records
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January 3rd, 2011Categories: T&A Records