Tuesday, September 29, 2009

One for the late night crew! Air

One for the late night crew!

Air v Nina Simone = big track for many years played it for the first time in a long time last night at Sunday Times

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Some classic mixes for fans of hip-hop, soul and disco!


Back Bar Classics Volume 1

The infamous Sweat at Sir Henrys is widely regarded as being a pioneering night for clubbing in Cork. I was resident there for many years and for my 5th anniversary in 1998 i put together a couple of mix-tapes-here is part one; and here is my account of Sir Henrys


Sir Henrys Back Bar Classics Volume 2

The infamous Sweat at Sir Henrys is widely regarded as being a pioneering night for clubbing in Cork. I was resident there for many years and for my 5th anniversary in 1998 i put together a couple of mix-tapes-here is part one; and here is my account of Sir Henrys

Footsteps Volume 1

Footsteps is a brand new disco night i'm launching soon in The Pavilion-here is a preview mix of mainly classics, heavy on the Nile Rodgers vibes as I had just seen him at the Electric Picnic with Chic and they are one of my all time favourites! Some Philly styled soul and disco in there too aswell as one or two early 80's bit don't forget to check out the club night coming soon! We are gonna party like it's 1979!

Thinking Of You Sister Sledge
My Forbidden Lover Chic
I'm Coming Out Diana Ross
Change Of Heart Change
Music Is My Way Of Life Patti LaBelle
High Society Norma Jean
Soup For One Chic
K-Jee M.F.S.B.
Movin' Brass Construction
I'll Always Love My Mama The Intruders
The More I Get, the More I Want Teddy Pendergrass
Strut Your Funky Stuff Frantique
Jam Jam Jam (All Night Long) People's Choice
Me and the Gang Bohannon
Don't Stop K.I.D.
All About the Paper Loleatta Holloway
Ain't No Stopping Us Now McFadden & Whitehead
Was That All It Was Jean Carn

Footsteps Volume 2

Footsteps is a brand new disco night i'm launching next Sunday The Pavilion-here is another preview mix of mainly classics with some Philly styled soul and disco in there too aswell as one or two early 80's bits-don't forget to check out the club night coming soon! We are gonna party like it's 1979!

Message In Our Music The O'Jays
Don't Take Away The Music Tavares
Blow Your Whistle The Soul Searchers
Hang On In There (Stovall Sisters) The Stovall Sisters
Love Is You Carol Williams
Only You Teddy Pendergrass
Conscience Re Edit Womack & Womack
The Groove Line Heatwave
Family Affair MFSB
I'll Do Anything For You (Red Astaire - Philly Mix) Lee McDonald
I Can't Stop John Davis and the Monster Orchestra
Take That to the Bank Shalamar
Keep on D Train
A Lover's Holiday (A Jim Burgess Mix) Change
Number One Patrice Rushen
Nu Kicks Motion
Clouds Chaka Khan
You Fooled Around Sister Sledge
Strike Up The Band Chic
Are You My Woman D. Krivit Edit Chi-Lites
All This Love That I'm Giving Gwen McCrae
Do Your Dance Rose Royce
Seconds [Shep Pettibone 12"Mix Edit] Loleatta Holloway
Encore Cheryl Lynn
Do It (Out In The Sticks Edit) Game
Goin’ to See My Baby Fatback Band
Good Times Charanga '79
Native New Yorker Odyssey
Show You the Way to Go The Jacksons
Love & Happiness First Choice

Sunday, September 20, 2009

King Britt returns to Cork!

King Britt is one of my favourite DJ's and I was delighted that we had him back in Cork at the Pavilion last night for Go Deep. I've been following this guy for years and back when I started doing radio in the mid-90's his first Sylk 130 album was in heavy rotation on my show-I'm a lover of all Philadelphia music, from soul and disco to house and hip-hop, and the influence of King Britt can never be under-estimated as he has released some terrific stuff under many different guises and continues to do so. It wasn't a great turn out but King Britt still showed his class, and to top it off he one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. I can't wait for his next album!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Some for the late night crew! The Beatles covered!

My main man Choice (DJ Scope of http://www.choicecutsonline.com/ ) posted "Times Up" today and got me thinking of this-i only have it on some vinyl compilation but a great Beatles cover and a terrific break! This and a recent article at Soul Sides got me thinking of one or two more of my favourite Beatles covers. There's hundreds of amazing ones, off the top of the dome here are ten off mine!


Here are some more great Beatles covers

Ramsey Lewis

Al Green

Smokey Robinson (couldn't find the amazing Detroit Emeralds version on youtube)

Fiona Apple

Ike and Tina

Blendcrafters (this was huge for me)

Marvin Gaye

Stevie Wonder

The Five Stairsteps

And another killer Ramsey Lewis

Give me the night-Rare Pleasure-Let me down easy

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Monday, September 07, 2009

One for the late night crew! The New Holidays

Mayer Hawthornes version is one of the best tunes from this years best soul album, but we need to give love to the original too!

and of course

Give me the night with Naught by Nature

Okay, it's obvious
okay, they jacked fellow jersey Tony D on the Jackson 5 sample (RIP)
okay, i had a hoody in the early 90's with the NBN logo (thanks RW)
okay, i may not be down with it anymore
as okay, i ain't ...a young whipper snapper livin' da single life now either

but "when you do it do it well and make sure that it counts
You're now down with a discount"

Tune of the weekend! Tom Waits

(Monday doesn't exist!)

I dropped this in Body and Soul on Saturday afternoon; one of my favourite tunes and singers!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Give me the night with the Turntable Orchestra

Classic house from back in the day!

Spread a little love and JAM!


DJ's Stevie G and Colm Kenefick accompanied by

Friday September 11th
THE INFOMATICS (live hip-hop from an amazing group, Irelands finest rap act)
11pm 5 euros

Friday October 9th
GREG WILSON (legendary UK DJ makes his first Cork appearance)
11pm 7 euros (Free if you are at the BRIAN DEADY album launch b4 starts 8pm)

Friday October 23rd
THE HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE (Incredible U.S. live brass band return to Cork)
10pm 15 euros (including booking fee)

Sunday October 25th
DAM-FUNK (The hottest LA DJ in the game also makes his Cork debut)
11pm 10 euros (including booking fee)

Friday November 6th
To be confirmed

Friday November 20th
MIKKI DEE & MYSTRO (Live session from UK MC and a going away party for New Zealands finest)
11pm 5 euros


Define the decade?

The whole Decades thing last weekend got me thinking of the decade that is nearly passed. I remember only a couple of years ago finding it hard to categorize the 90's but now we are on the verge of another decade ending and this one is even harder to pin down! It is a very difficult task trying to define a music decade and it may take a good few years to decide what this decade really meant. But it's definitely interesting trying. Since the column is pretty much based on the hip-hop and soul side of things, that's what i'll be paying the main attention here!

On the surface this current decade is not over-flowing with music artists who really made an amazing mark. Many of the big players were already established from the 90's and there hasn't really been a major sound revolution in the music for a good while. The impact of the great producers such as the Neptunes and Timbaland has become even more pronounced but both of these were well known already in the 90's. Both have enjoyed huge crossover commercial success and there is no doubt that hip-hop and r&b producers are now massively in demand in the pop world too. Of the artists to capitalise on this Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake have done best, and both are unlikely r&b stars in 2009, alongside the Ushers and Ne-Yo's of the world.

In commercial terms it must also be recognised that another two huge names, Kanye West and Alicia Keys, were both very much products of this decade music wise. Both were schooled on the great music of the past, but both have made credible strides forward this decade while selling millions of records; a pretty difficult task! Alicia Keys is is total control of an impressive young career and she already has at least 3 or 4 classic soul singles to her name. Kanye has become bigger than ever while taking lots of risks, and it's not bad for a guy who was written off as a nobody when he first came out. The other commercially successful artist who has defined this decade is Amy Winehouse, remarkably so given that her first album was a slow-burner that didn't sell.

Mark Ronsons involvement in the second album helped, and his own style echoed another of this decades trends; live funk instrumentation rather than just samples. You can find this in much of the best soul and hip-hop these days and it's a welcome development. Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild and many more soul and r&b artists continue to make quality music, and it's fair to say that there is a better appreciation of the past than ever before aswell. In hip-hop this is also the case, and we now have live jazz bands paying homage to hip-hop classics that sampled jazz originally! But hip-hop, as much as it thrives underground, has had a more conflicting journey through commercial success.

There's more rappers selling more music than ever before, but the charts are awash with lightweight pop rap. In a way, this was always the way, and we should be thankful for the great hip-hop that still comes out today. Again, many of the best are not exclusively from this decade. Jay Z, MF Doom and even Missy Elliot, are three i've picked who have had a good decade, but all are rap veterans. This decade saw the world accept that the late J Dilla was one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time, but many of the true heads knew this back in the 90's. Dr Dre, another great producer but one who sells lots of records, has helped define 3 different decades of music now but he is also not new. Hip-hop in the 00's will live under the shadow of previous decades.

In similar terms to Dre but with less hype, the soul singer and producer Raphael Saadiq has been doing it for years under his different guises but in truth i could mention many more. It is great to see artists such as M.I.A. and Santogold mixing up various styles into something new, and it's the same for the amazing Outkast and Cee-Lo of Gnarls Barkley (another 90's veteran). His side-kick Dangermouse is even more eclectic and produced seminal music all decade, as did Madlib and plenty others too. The more i think of it, when we look back in 20 years time, this decade may start to look better than it does right now!

Here are some tunes from the decade gone by! (Check out the Jay Z vid with Timbaland too)

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    I'm a DJ from Cork in Ireland. I work with RedFM, presenting Red Drive, The Hitlist and my specialist show, Black on Red. I'm probably best known for being one of the main hip-hop/soul DJ's in Cork and Ireland. I've been DJing in Cork since the early 90's in legendary clubnights such as Sweat in Sir Henrys, Mor Disco, Free La Funk, Yo Latino and also Jam and Jam Junior at the Savoy and the Pavilion. I've also held down long term residencies at clubs around Ireland such as Brown Sugar at the Kitchen in Dublin, U-Turn at Ri Ra in Dublin, Jazz Juice at the GPO in Galway, Thompson Garage in Belfast, the Soul Clinic, Dee-Bop, Meltdown and Mo Bounce in Limerick and i've played abroad in the United States and the U.K. on numerous occasions. I also write a music column for the Evening Echo and i'm a regular contributor to the U.K.'s Blues and Soul, the longest running black music magazine in the world. These days i run the Pavilion, a music venue in Cork, which hosts my Jam night every few Fridays http://www.pavilioncork.com also you can catch me at http://djstevieg.podomatic.com