Monday, 22 December 2008

BSTC - Jazz In Outer Space

Love this shit. New disco played by a live band. I need to pick up their LP for sure.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Dennis Coffey Lecture On Red Bull Music Academy

I got sent the link for this today & I haven't watched it yet, but you know a lecture by Dennis Coffey is going to be the shit. Thanks to Davide for sending me the details.

WATCH THE LECTURE HERE

Below is what the Red Bull Music Academy site had to say about the lecture:

DENNIS COFFEY
Detroit, USA

It started in late 1968 with a marvelously fuzzed-out guitar riff at a Motown recording session. But Dennis Coffey’s electrifying axe-for-hire didn’t just fuel the Temptations’ psych soul classic Cloud Nine (amongst countless other Hitsville hits), it staked a counter-culture freak flag in Berry Gordy’s Sound of Young America, and helped usher in an era of ultimate breaks and beats that reigned supreme through the ‘70s. Coffey and his Detroit Guitar Band’s repertoire of funk bombs – Scorpio, Getting It On, Son Of Scorpio, Ride Sally Ride, Theme From Black Belt Jones, etc. – enjoyed much-deserved prolonged life when the likes of Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa started spinning them at South Bronx park jams late in the decade. But by then Coffey and partner Mike Theodore had already gone on to produce and record a number of disco and Loft classics (C.J. & Co.’s We Got Our Own Thing and Devil’s Gun, as well as his own Wings Of Fire) that bookend-ed the era before returning to his native Detroit. His distinctive fretwork now sample fodder on too many digi-age tracks to keep track of, Dennis still resides back home, where he gigs with great frequency and popularity, forever the pride of the Motor City.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Problem With Files

All of the files on this site are hosted by zshare. I have noticed that the download links don't work anymore. I read on a forum that due to them installing a new server all files uploaded before the 14th of October no longer work. I just uploaded something today & it works fine, so this may be the case. I will start to re-upload some of the files again, I will change the link to say "LINK RE-POSTED" when a file has been updated so that people know which files have been re upped.

Friday, 5 September 2008

Al Kent Interview On Secret Rendezvous Site


There's an excellent interview with Al Kent, who is the guest at my night this month, on new blog Secret Rendezvous. Check it HERE

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Rare Funkshun Night Newcastle UK




I have a new night starting in Newcastle, UK called Rare Funkshun. The first night is Saturday 27th of September at The Other Rooms, Newcastle Upon Tyne. The aim is to put on a monthly Funk, Soul & Disco club. Our goal is to serve up the very best in forgotten, quality, black music from the 70s and early 80s – Deepfunk, Underground Disco, Modern Soul and Rare Grooves . We will be bringing in specialist DJ's from around the world, who play rare soulful music.

Joining me on the first night will be guest DJ's:
Disco edit king Al Kent, who runs the Million Dollar Disco site. He has also just recently released the excellent Million Dollar Orchestra LP on the Barely Breaking Even label. Read more on Al Kent HERE

Also flying in for an exclusive UK date will be Chicago's DJ Boogienite. DJ Boogienite is a member of the Chicago based DJ Crew The Chuck Bros. Boogienite is a DJ & Producer who came up spinning on the underground Chicago party scene. His sets feature Soulful, Underground Disco music.

Promises to be a good night, so if you are in the area come through & enjoy the disco beatdown.

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Just Got Back From NY & Chicago

Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I've been away in the USA this week visiting people in Chicago & NY. I met loads of cool people, had some good food, drank loads & picked up some good records (perfect trip really). Big City Records is a great shop, if you are ever in NY be sure to check it out. I saw Lord Finesse in there digging for beats. Picked up a few nice records in Chicago too. Thanks to all the people who hooked me up while I was there. I will post a mix with some of my new records in the next few days. I have put a few of my pictures from the trip below (thanks to Connie & Boogie for sending me the pictures)
















Out & about in NY














Me with two members of the Chicago based Chuck Brothers DJ crew, Boogienite & Cee White (thanks for looking after me in Chicago. Boogie's BBQ food was awesome)















Chicago beauties Soul Sista & F-Me (Soul Sista's fish patties were to die for)















Me with Chicago DJ's Cee White & DJ Darryn

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Live Radio

I will be broadcasting live today, Wednesday 9th July from 11pm BST (That's 6pm EST) for about 4 or 5 hours. There will be Deep Disco, Funk, Soul, Boogie & Hip Hop. Check it HERE

Ease The Pain (File Re Posted)

This track is Snooky & "Ease The Pain", which was produced by Kevin McCord. Kevin McCord was part of One Way, a group which also featured Al Hudson & Alicia Myers amongst others. In the early 80's they produced some nice synth drive, funk tracks such as "Pop What You Got" & "Mr Groove". This track was produced by McCord under the name Snooky & is a slice of early 80's funk in a similar type of style as Zapp. I'll do a label scan later tonight, when I get home. Play this loud & dance like Mc Hammer on crack.


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Wednesday, 2 July 2008

New Shit Coming Soon

I've slept a bit with the posting on this site recently. I'm gonna post some new stuff this weekend, so check it out.

I'm starting a new monthly night in Newcastle, UK, starting the end of September. I'll post details shortly.

In the mean time I will be spinning live on Stickam tonight from Midnight BST (that is 5 hours ahead of EST, so from 7pm for people in NY) I'll be playing Funk, Deep Disco, Soul, Boogie, Breaks, Electro & Old Hip Hop. Log on & check it out. To listen go to http://www.stickam.com/pskillz

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Live Radio

I will be broadcasting live this Thursday 19th June from 9pm until 2am BST. I will try & stick to this time every Thursday moving forward.I will be playing less well known cuts from the 70's & 80's. There will be Deep Disco, Funk, Soul, Boogie & Hip Hop. Check it HERE

Or even better log on & send some messages while I am playing.

UPDATE: I will be spinning live Tuesday 24th June 10pm until 2am BST (which is 6 hrs ahead of CST for people in Chicago).

Monday, 16 June 2008

That Voodoo That You Do

I thought I spent quite a lot of my time & money digging for records, but some people take it to a whole other level. Found a cool blog the other day, where a guy spent 3 years in West Africa digging for records. He has posted various mixes of some of his finds. There are loads of afrobeat & African disco & funk mixes on there. I have just started checking out the mixes & there is some nice stuff. The blog is called Voodoo Funk & you can check it HERE

Friday, 6 June 2008

Disco & Boogie Mixes

If you like Boogie & Disco, like I do, then check London based DJ Red Greg's mix page. There are stacks of top quality mixes on there for you to download. It's all for free also. I particularly like his new "Unmixed Soul Mix" which has some awesome music on it.

CHECK THE MIXES HERE

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Live Broadcasts

Apologies for the lack of posts in the last month, hopefully there are exciting new things on the horizon though. I have started some live broadcasts. I will try and let people know when they will be, but check the link on the regular. Please go to http://www.stickam.com/pskillz where you can swap messages live, whilst listening to a live radio show & watching the webcam. To send messages just need to go on the site and register, which is easy to do.


CHUCK BROS RADIO:

In the mean time check out Chuck Brothers Radio. Top notch collection of DJ's who play top quality Deep Disco & House. I think they have now printed a schedule on their site, they play Tuesday, Thursday & Sundays. Check it here http://www.stickam.com/djboogienite

Thursday, 22 May 2008

New Site: Independent Movement

There's a new site just gone up called Independent Movement. Looks like it's going to be a cool site. It's still under construction but already contains several mixes by the likes of Rahaan, Mark Gurney, Keb Darge & Paul Phillips. Worth checking out if you like Deep Disco & Soul tracks.

CHECK IT HERE

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Josh Dunn Guest Mix



I am very pleased to present the latest guest mix for all that tune in to my site. I have really enjoyed previous guest mixes from both Elwood & Zernell, I hope you have too. The latest mix is from Brooklyn's Josh D, also known as Fox 50. Josh runs the excellent 100 Limousines site, which contains loads of quality mixes from both Josh & guests. You will see if you are a regular on my site, that I big up his site all the time, as it's one of my favourites on the net. If you have never been on his site you should check it out today. Anyway sincere thanks to Josh for spending the time to do the mix & also to send in scans of all the labels of the records that he used in his mix. He makes it easy for me to post his shit. As well as running his site you will find Josh is also a top quality DJ who plays all killers with no fillers. Anyway check out his mix & don't be afraid to send him shouts or feedback.


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Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Give The DJ A Break Radio, Episode 5



Here's the latest episode from me, I just did this real quick today, it's just me mainly playing 45's. It's mainly soul & disco tracks. I'll post a new mix in the next few weeks but until then I'll leave you with this.

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Starshine


I haven't posted much recently as I've been too busy. I will most likely post a mix this weekend of mainly modern soul & disco tracks if I get the time. Anyway in the mean time, I got a request off Edgar to post this track & I saw the record, for not much money, the other day so here it is. A nice 80's track mixed by Francois K, Starshine & "All I need is you". I'll do a label scan in the next few days if I get a chance.

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Monday, 24 March 2008

Dope Mixes

Some mixes I have downloaded recently and have enjoyed listening to very much, have been the "Love On The Run" & "Dirty Hans" mixes on the Million Dollar Disco site, CHECK THE MIXES HERE All the mixes on this site are very good though, so check them all if you can.

Also the DJ Anonymous mix on the 100 Limousines site, CHECK THE MIX HERE

Sunday, 23 March 2008

Happy Easter

Is someone using my links?

Damn, just looked on Z-Share & my edit of Cashmere's Do It Any Way You Wanna appears to have had 12500+ downloads, this might be correct, but it seems strange when there has been less than 30000 people click on the site in total & all other posts seem to have had less than 1000 downloads each. Either way I suppose I'm glad so many people have checked it out.

Monday, 17 March 2008

P.Skillz Mix On Bring The Heat

I've just posted a mix on the Bring The Heat site. It's a DJ battle where 2 DJ's submit a 30 minute Disco mix & then people vote for which one they think is the best. Check out the mix on the site & vote if you like the mix.

VOTE FOR THE MIX YOU LIKE THE MOST
BATTLE ENDS: MARCH 23RD AT 12PM US CHICAGO TIME

PSKILLZ (NEWCASTLE, UK) VS DJCARLOSP (CHICAGO, IL)

CHECK THE MIX HERE


UPDATE

I won the battle with 78% of the vote, but to be fair the other mix was poor, so the victory is a bit of a hollow one.

Friday, 7 March 2008

I Can't Give You More




I've been busy lately, so haven't had time to do any posts for a couple of weeks. I'm submitting a 30 minute Disco mix for a DJ Battle on the Bring the Heat site next week, so check it out & vote for me. I will also do some mixes for this site in the upcoming weeks. After the Disco mix I will probably do a mix of some classic Hip Hop joints from the early to mid 90's, so look out for that if you like Hip Hop. Anyway on the Disco theme, here is an awesome track from Suzy Q called I Can't Give You More. I can't give you much more than this, it's the shit. I also really like the classic Suzy Q track Get On Up & Do It Again. This is a bit more up tempo but is an absolute banger. Play this shit loud & get your dance on.

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Friday, 22 February 2008

Thanks To All

Just a quick note to say thanks to all that go on this site, from all over the world. I hope you like the music & mixes that are posted here. The aim of the site is simply to share what I consider to be good music, in a time when bland shite seems to be the norm. I don't do this in an effort to have my ego stroked, but comments & feedback make all the effort of running a site or sending in a mix more worthwhile. It's good to know people's view's on what we are doing. Therefore if you like any of the mixes or music please leave some feedback. Zernell & Elwood were both kind enough to donate mixes to the site, for free, for people to enjoy & even though both have had a fair few downloads, there have been few comments. It would be nice if people who liked their mixes sent them some shouts for their efforts. It will also encourage other guests to contribute in the future. Sincere thanks to all that do email & leave comments, but a few more people sharing views or even just saying thanks every now & again would be even better.

Peace

P

Sunday, 17 February 2008

Give The DJ A Break Radio, Episode 4

Here's the latest episode from me. This is a bit more up tempo than the previous ones. I got sent some tracks off Brooklyn producer Lorn, on Friday, so I made a mix on Sunday inspired by the tracks I had been sent. If you haven't heard any of Lorn's tracks then I suggest checking out his Myspace

The tracks he sent me were all made recently, but have an 80's feel to them, the rest of the mix is mainly 80's stuff. The mix was just made up on the spot so is not perfect, but it sounds OK. Enjoy the mix & send me some feedback.

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Tracklist:

Lorn: Control
Hipnosis: Astrodance
Mr Flagio: Take A Chance
B-Beat Girls: For The Same Man
Lorn: My Single
Kosmic Light Force: Mystic Waves
Lorn: My Drum Machine
A.I.M.: Thailand Seeds
Kid Frost: Rough Cut
Judy Torres: No Reason To Cry
Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine: Dr Beat
Lefturno: Out Of Sight
Patrick Cowley: Get A Little
Gino Soccio: Remember
Munich Machine: Space Warrior

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Some More Smooth Shit

Here's some more smooth shit for you for Valentine's day. I just played a few nice smooth, soul tracks tonight for you to f**k to. With this & Elwood's mix you are lucky people indeed. This mix is nearly an hour & Elwoods is about the same length so if you still going & you run out of music, you either on Viagra or you are Sting.


Dedicated to K. Much Love.

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Tracklist

The Reflections - She's My Summer Breeze
Bunny Sigler & Dee Dee Sharp - Conquer The World Together
High Inergy - Lovin' Fever
Starvue - Body Fusion
James Mason - I Want Your Love
Flowers - For Real
Sweet Charles - Yes It's You
Denise Kelly & Fame - I'd Like To Get Into You
Hubert Laws - Land Of Passion
Leo's Sunshipp - I'm Back For More
The Detroit Emerald's - Baby Let Me Take You
Gwen McRae - 90% Of Me Is You
Leroy Huston - Love The Feeling


If you need more music check the Fox 50 mix here LISTEN

Valentine's Special Guest Mix


















I'm going guest mix crazy on you this week. The latest one is a Valentines special, from Brooklyn's DJ Elwood, called "The Grown 'n Sexy Warm Up". Elwood runs the excellent Every Few Day's I'm Hustling site, which if you are a regular visitor to my site you will have seen mentioned before. It's on my links if you haven't checked it already or you can check it HERE. This is a live mix of some nice smooth shit for y'all to listen to while you get down with your loved one. I certainly like this mix & I hope you all do too. Send Elwood a shout if you like this. Thanks for the mix Elwood.


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Playlist below;

DJ Elwood - The Grown 'n Sexy Warmup
01. Rahsaan Patterson - Burnin'
02. Amp Fiddler - Eye To Eye
03. Booster - You're The One
04. Juicy - Sugar Free
05. Angela Winbush - Treat You Right
06. Chuckii Booker - Games
07. Keni Burke - Risin' To The Top
08. Mixed Emotions - Never Gonna Stop
09. Groove Armada - My Friend
10. Karyn White - Weakness
11. Maxwell - Ascension
12. Sade - Paradise
13. Ledisi - Joy
14. Peven Everett - Testin' Me
15. Joyce Sims - Come Into My Life
16. Loose Ends - Stay A Little While Child
17. Sunshine Anderson - Heard it All Before (quantic rmx)
18. Luther Vandross - Shine
19. Stevie Wonder - Love Light In Flight
20. Maze - Joy & Pain (live)
21. Kleeer - Tonight
22. The Jones Girls - At Peace with Woman

Sunday, 10 February 2008

Uhm..... Who Is Zernell?



If you saw my last post, you will see I advised you all to check out the Bring The Heat site, where you will find some of the best underground Disco mixes available, as well as DJ battles & forums. Well Zernell, who is one of the guys who was involved in the last DJ battle on the site, which was a classic battle by the way, has kindly sent me a mix to post on my site. The mix is called " Uhm... Who Is Zernell?" If you don't know, now you know. Check out the mix for a slice of bangin Disco from one of Chicago's finest. If you like the mix you can send Zernell shouts or feedback through the Bring The Heat site as well as if you leave comments here.

There will be some more guest mixes to follow in the coming weeks, you lucky people!!!

Feel The Disco Heat

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Bring The Heat

If you haven't been on this site yet I would advise you to check it out. Loads of good disco mixes & also regular DJ battles. The last one between Rahaan & Zernell brought the heat & the latest one between Orlando Vaughn & Sean Sounds is hot too. If you like underground Disco you will love the site. Shout to Sean Sounds for running the site.

Check It

Sunday, 3 February 2008

Give The DJ A Break Radio, Episode 3

Here's the latest radio show from me. I just did this today & made it up as I went along, I have a mix that is nearly finished that I will post in the next week or so. I should have a guest mix which will be a Valentines special, so look out for that. Anyway check it out.

Check It

Friday, 25 January 2008

DJ Elwood - The Colorful Sweater Mix (2008)



If you like 80's shit like Howard Johnson & Kashif, like I do, then check out DJ Elwood's new Colorful Sweater Mix. It's another dope mix following on from the classic "Soul Glo" mix he did before. I have to give Elwood a shout, he always gives me feedback on my posts & he does some nice mixes. Anyway go to his site & download that shit & if you haven't checked Soul Glo get that too.

Check It

Monday, 21 January 2008

Funky Child



Last post tonight is Lords Of The Underground with Funky Child. A great track from what some call the golden period of Hip Hop. It's one of the best tracks to use the Skull Snaps break, although those drums make almost any track sound good. Always used to make people go demented when ever I played this out at a Hip Hop night. It's the shit.

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Can't Get Away



Second post tonight is an absolute classic from 1982, Carol Williams with Can't Get Away (From Your Love). You won't want to get away from this track it's fookin bangin.

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Tighten Up


















The first post tonight is Maceo & The JB's with Tighten Up (Live In Dallas - Edit). This is off an EP I got a few years ago which has edits of different funk tracks, not sure who did the edits but it's good shit. The edit of Soul Pride is also good as the drums are extended, I may post this at a later date. Any way check this track for some sick drum action. Come on drums.

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Saturday, 19 January 2008

Give The DJ A Break Mixshow, Episode 2


Here's the second mixshow from me. Again it's all mainly 80's stuff. I will post some more tracks in the next few days also. Drop me a message with some feedback. The guy in the picture is off a current TV show, in the UK, of tribute acts. He is supposed to be Lionel Ritchie!!!! So bad it's good. Enjoy.

Tracklist

P.Skillz: Intro
X-25: Candy (Inst)
Caprice: 100%
Gemini: Ain't no love (better then your love)
Sparque: Take some time
Mid Air: Ease out
Jimmy Williams: All of my lovin
Billy Jones: I can't wait to break
Katmandu: Get crackin
Cecil Parker: I've been missing your lovin
Kreamcicle: Hold on
Wyndchimes: Baby you're the one
Candye: Loverboy
Nuance: Take a chance
Freeze: IOU
Shannon: Give me tonight


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Sunday, 6 January 2008

Give The DJ A Break Mixshow, Episode 1

Here's the first mixshow from me. I hope to bring one out every few weeks if possible. I should have some mixes from some guests in the next few weeks also, so look out for that. There is a feed on my site, for anyone that wants to subscribe. If anyone out there wants to contribute a mix please email me.

Tracklist

P.Skillz: Intro
Pamela Nivens: It's You I Love (So In Love)
Krystal Davis: So Smooth
Dollette McDonald: Special
Cookie: Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover
Kick: Lollie Pop
Mick Jessop: Take It Easy
Karavan: The Funk Is Gonna Get You Yet
O'Bryan: Tenderoni
Family Brown: I'm Gonna Get Ya
Sequence: Just Want You To Know
Terri Wells: I'm Giving All My Love
Terri Jones: Do It Again Tonight
Les Femmes: Yes You Thrill Me
Lew Kirton: Talk to me (Inst)
Colors: Am I Gonna Be The One


I hope you like it.

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Friday, 4 January 2008

Techno Scratch



Last post tonight is "Techno Scratch" by Knights Of The Turntables. A classic Electro track for you to enjoy. I should have some new mixes to post this weekend also, so look out for them.


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Party Groove



Third post tonight is "Party Groove" by Showbiz. The track is off the "Soul Clap" EP by Show & AG, which is one of the best Hip Hop EP's ever in my opinion. Showbiz is one of my favourite Hip Hop Producers also. This is a cut up, sample laden, instrumental, party groove & sounds excellent out in a club. Play it loud & get you're groove on.

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Am I Gonna Be The One?



Second post of the night is a Boogie classic from 1983, Colors & "Am I Gonna Be The One". Hot shit indeed for y'all.

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You're Too Late


I am going to post a mixed bag of tracks tonight. Starting with a classic from 1980, "You're Too Late" by Fantasy. There is a nice mix from Kiss FM from New Years Eve 1980 of all the top tracks from that year, which was done by Tony Humphries & Shep Pettibone. I think you can still get the mix on: http://www.deephousepage.com/. This is one of the highlights of the mix for me, but there are so many good tracks on there. Anyway still sounds class today in my book so enjoy.


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