Here's an hour long podcast I did quickly today. It's mainly Modern Soul tracks. I will post the playlist when I get chance. Hope you enjoy the tracks.
Thursday, 31 December 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
I'm going to be playing at the Lava Lounge, Chicago this Monday, for anyone in the area. Also playing will be Sean Sounds who is an awesome DJ and also runs the excellent BRING THE HEAT site. If you haven't been on Bring The Heat yet you should check it out today.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 16:28
Friday, 25 September 2009
Gutted to hear DJ Roc Raida passed away this week aged only 37. He was one of the best at what he did & I couldn't even count the amount of hours I must have spent watching footage of him, when I was heavily in to the Turntablist thing. A sad loss, rest in peace.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 14:27
Friday, 11 September 2009
Great edit of the Percy & Them track Shake It by London DJ Red Greg. The original is a spin for a few on the soul scene. Great track & really nice edit too. This features on the Red Greg mix which is on Independent Movement. If you haven't listened to it yet then download it today.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 22:03
Thursday, 10 September 2009
If you're in the Chicago area on Saturday October 10th them come down to this. Will be a pure dirty disco beatdown featuring Myself & some of Chicago's finest dj's - Boogienite, Rahaan, Brian Reeves & Bullit.
THIS EVENT WILL ALSO BE STREAMED LIVE @ www.stickam.com/djboogieniteFOR THOSE THAT CAN'T MAKE IT TO CHICAGO FOR THE EVENT.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 17:43
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Stumbled across this today. Nice video with Mc Stig from Newcastle who used to hype for me years ago at a night I used to DJ at. Good to see someone from Newcastle doing some cool stuff. Also featuring the Scratch Perverts amoung others.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 19:27
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Here's an interview legendary record digger & DJ Keb Darge did a few years ago for a German site. Keb is entertaining & the interview is pretty interesting. There are another 4 parts to it on this link HERE
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 17:34
I really love Kings Go Forth so thought I would do a post. They are one of a few bands making new music that sounds just as good as a lot of classic soul from the 70's IMO. I really like this track and it is available to buy now. You can buy it DIRECT FROM THE BAND or from places like JUNO. Find out more about the band HERE
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 13:08
Thursday, 20 August 2009
I just got sent a new guest mix by Chicago's Jeff White. If you like the early 80's sound then you will like this. He also sent me a bio to go with it, so there is not much more for me to add. Enjoy the mix and leave Jeff some comments or shouts. Here's what Jeff had to say:
"My journey into becoming a DJ began in 1981. I was in a dance group called “The Boy scouts” we were at this club in Chicago called The Playground. The resident DJ was Farley Funkin’ Keith, now known as Farley Jack Master Funk. He was one of the hottest DJ’S back in that time. Listening to him spin, the tricks, the blends, and the records he played, grabbed me by the collar. I enjoyed the way the crowd responded to the way Farley was playing, how he held their attention, never letting them go.
Month’s later I bought a pair of Technic turntables and a Teledyn mixer. I began my record collecting by purchasing records from stores like Import ECT, Loop records, Second Hand Tunes & Gramma Phone. Just to name a few, songs like “Keep On Dancing,” “Keep Your Body Working,” “Martin Circus” “Klein MBO Theme,” were some of the hottest records out.
Now as I began maturing in music Disco and Garage became another one of my passions. From the playground I went to Mendell, Sauers, C.O.D.’s, Bismarck hotel and other parties. At C.O.D’s, there was this DJ by the name of Lil Louis. He was one of the hottest DJ’s in the 80’s of the house scene in Chicago, as well as a very dynamic producer. He really touched me with his tracks and the mixture of disco. There would be five hundred + people at these parties. No one going home until the wee hours of the morning.
But it wasn’t until I heard the great late, legendary, Ron Hardy spinning at this club called The Muzic Box, which was located on Lower Wacker Drive. From the time you walked into the Box you were captivated, put in a trance. It was dark, with only the brightness of the flashing strobe lights bouncing off of the walls. The sound system was one of the best in the city. Ron Hardy knew how to grab the crowd. He knew how to work the crowd. He made many edits of certain records, and he was even a record producer. With his style and the system no track or record ever sounded the same.
This made me want to really learn the craft. I began trying different things with records until I developed my own style. I have had the pleasure of spinning at clubs such as Retno 5, The Concrete Jungle, Jackson Harbor Bar & Grill, Hi Ricky’s, The Fiz Bar, Slicks, Family Den just to name a few.
Some of the past DJ’s who were a major influence on me were: Farley, Steve Hurley, and Ron Hardy, Lil Louis, & Frankie Knuckles. Some of my present influences: Mark Grusane (www.mrpeabodyrecords.com), Mike Cole (www.mrpeabodyrecords.com) Sean Sounds (www.bringtheheat.com much love, and Baby Funk Roy, Joseph, Colbourne ( He’s the real deal!!!! ) also I must not forget Soul in the Hole’s Lee Collins and Sadar Bahar.
I do a mix show every Sunday on: www.stickam/jeff_white (Via video cast LIVE) . Also mix are featured on http://soundcloud.com/jeff_white and www.bringtheheat.com
(((((Open your mind and let the creativity flow through.))))) "
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 21:44
Sunday, 19 July 2009
It's been a while since I posted anything but I don't seem to have much spare time at the moment. Anyway I had a spare hour yesterday so I just played some records for an hour and recorded an unmixed mix. The tracks are modern soul with a few boogie tracks towards the end.
I'm going to try and get back to regular posting again.
Tal Armstrong : You've Got So Much Feeling (In Your Love)
Oscar Perry: Teasin' Me
The Imaginations: Perfect Pair
Little Beaver: Listen To My Heart Beat
Freeway: Get The Feelin'
Spade Brigade: I'm Your Man
Jeff Floyd: Don't Leave Me
James Bradley: Can't Get Enough Of Your Love
Sweet James Epps: Searching
Enchantment: I Know Your Hotspot
George Hill: Do It while It's Hot
Phase II: Follow Me
Rideout: Someone Special
RDS: Magic Wand
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 11:41
Friday, 3 April 2009
London's Mark G has just posted a new Ian Wright guest mix on his site Independent Movement, which I have been enjoying this week. If you haven't been on his site then check it out. The mixes section has loads of quality mixes from Mark & guests such as Keb Darge, Rahaan, Boogienite & Sadar to name a few. I've also been playing the Marco Santucci one a lot in the car this week. Do yourself a favour & check his site out today and download all the mixes for free.
CHECK IT HERE
UPDATE: the podcasts are really good too. I especially like the January one. You can check them HERE
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 19:10
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Someone posted this clip on a forum I go on & I thought I would share it. If you need to hire a DJ for a party, get this guy in. Rainbow Disco y'all.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 16:30
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Here's a quick unmixed mix which I did this afternoon. It's all soul tracks about love. I made it up as I went along. The needle skips twice about half way through but that is how it is, I can't be bothered to re record it or edit it. Anyway hope you enjoy the tracks.
Tommy Mcgee - Now That I Have You
The Imaginations - Because I Love You
Coke Escovedo - Why Can't We Be Lovers
Creative Source - You Can't Hide Love
The Four Tops - Still Waters Run Deep
Vickie Baines - Sweeter Than Sweet Things
Bobby Reed - The Time Is Right For Love
Beverly & Duane - Love
Roy Ayers & Wayne Henderson - For Real
West Wing - I'm Gonna Love You
Willie Hobbs - Yes My Goodness Yes
Dionne Warwick - You're Gonna Need Me
Jewel Bass - Let Your Love Rain Down On Me
Ramp - I Just Love You
Barrabas - Love Is In The Air
Willie Hutch - Woman You Touched Me
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 01:18
Monday, 9 March 2009
DJ Ionik from Finland has started a new blog called Kojak Giant Sounds. The site will focus on: "the sounds and sights of deep disco, underground boogie and modern soul music in it´s purest, finest and rawest form. I´ll also be dippin´ into house & hip hop from time to time - mainly trying to focus on the more soulful side of things".
Should be good so check it out HERE
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 16:31
Friday, 6 March 2009
For a limited time, Emusic and Truth & Soul are offering a free sampler that includes various tracks from the T&S catalogue. From El Michels Affair to Lee Fields, Bronx River Parkway to Quincy Bright. More info on the label HERE
Go HERE to download all 12 tracks for free.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 12:38
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Second post tonight is "Doin' It" by Virtues. I've heard another version of this with vocals on, but I think I prefer this version.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 21:16
It's been a while since I posted any vinyl rips, so I thought I would post a couple of things. The first post tonight is a nice two step soul cut from Ron Preyer called "If you don't want my love". I'm finding myself listening to more laid back records at the moment which is a sign of getting old I think.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 21:01
Monday, 19 January 2009
Here's the latest guest mix for you to enjoy. This one was sent to me by Chicago DJ Chris Ray. Chris plays pure heat whenever he spins & he also makes some real nice Disco edits, there are a few of them on this mix. Any way check his mix out & don't be scared to leave feedback if you like what you hear.
By request Chris sent in the playlist:
1. Wheel Me out - Was Not Was
2. Keep On Movin' - Phillip & Llyod (Kon & Amir edit)
3. Jealousy - Natural Order (Z.G. edit)
4. Do Right - Teddy Pendegrass (Z.G. edit)
5. Corazon - LTG Exchange
6. What A Difference A Day Makes - Esther Phillips PME (my edit)
7. Your Ego - Dj Rush
8. Send In The Clowns - Lorenz Alexander PME (my edit)
9. Whip Raff - Dj Rush
10. Big Tyme - Smokey Robinson (my re-edit)
11. I'm On my Way - Candido PME (my edit)
12. I Don't Wanna Change - Untitled (too lazy to look for record) lol
13. Are You Ready - Delilah
14. People Walk By - Untitled
15. Joyous - Black Cock edit aka DJ Harvey
16 No Corner Love - Untitled
17. You're Just the right size - Jeffery Turpin
18. You Can't Hold Her - Chin Chin PME (my edit)
19. Movin' - Ray Camacho PME (my edit)
20. Mark Of The Beast - Willie Hutch
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 17:53
I have re upped this guest mix from last year. This was 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 jams. I certainly like this mix & I hope you all do too. Send Elwood a shout if you like this. Thanks for the mix Elwood.
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
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 17:50
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Here's a quick edit I did a few years ago of Cashmere's Do It Any Way You Wanna. I have always loved the track, but don't like the way the track starts, as it's difficult to mix in. The instrumental starts better, so I chopped the start off the instrumental & put it as the start of the vocal version, so that it is better to mix in.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 15:56
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
Here's a repost as all my old links went down when z-share changed their server. This was a quick edit I made a couple of years ago. I basically chopped the drums, guitar & vocal sample of "Talk to me" then replayed it to extend the intro & outro so this would be easier to mix when DJing. I have not changed the track much, just extended it really. The original is "Talk to Me" by Candye. This was produced by Kevin McCord, who was in One Way, who made some classic tracks also such as "Pop What You Got".
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 18:30
Saturday, 3 January 2009
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 11:41
Apologies for the lack of posts over the last few months, lack of spare time & loss of interest after all my links went dead are the main factors for not posting. I'm going to get back to regular posting in 2009. To start off here's a 30 min mix I sent to another site. I just did the mix live and made it up as I went along, I'm not really into planning mixes and editing them so it's a bit rough in places. I'm going to do some new mixes in the next week or so to post & I also have some new guest mixes lined up.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 11:30