Music Is My Sanctuary is probably one of the most eclectic websites around. Both our sites started around the same time, what seems to be a lifetime ago in blog years…
I felt very honored to have been asked by Lexis to put together a guest mix, so I dug deep into the European grooves from the 60s and 70s.
A time when a lot of american jazz musicians came to Europe to search for a new inspiration.
A time where a lot of european musicians worked with their idols and learned from their mistakes.
Some of these tracks have been sampled but I’m sure there’s loads more to discover.
So please head over to the fantastic MIMS site to check out my guest mix!
One hour of funky soul tunes selected by Strasbourg’s Winston Smith.
Nice way to start this monday morning.
KillerSouls! by Winstonsmith on Mixcloud
Lucky Brown’s second album on Tramp Records is called Mystery Road and will be available digitally across all popular download stores and streaming services, plus as a limited edition double LP.
Mystery Road pays homage to the great unknown musicians throughout America who, with their self-produced singles, became local and regional hits just around the time that Mega Corporations began saturating the market and the radio with something that was less like music, and more like a product.
Quality Soul music, but what else do you expect from Tobias Kirmayer and a label like Tramp Records!
Mount Stealth have just released their second ep.
Please support music from Luxembourg by spending €5 for a great piece of music.
Formed in Harlem, New York in 1964, The Main Ingredient recorded a few singles as the Poets and the Insiders before signing to RCA.
Don McPherson died in 1971 from Leukemia and the band hired Cuba Gooding Sr. to take his place.
The band returned shortly after with the million-selling smash Everybody Plays the Fool, which hit number two R&B and number three pop to become the group’s biggest hit.
Magic Shoes which was sampled by Main Source in 1992 is taken from the Tasteful Soul album released in 1970.
This year Paris DJs started moving in new directions, with vinyl pressings, t-shirts and posters. After a successful crowdfunding campaign named “Vinyl Is Good For You”, mainly the feedback has been “when is the next one?”. Overwhelmed by the response, they’ve decided to keep on.
They need more time to produce a new astonishing boxset of 45s, so right now the focus is on a selection of nine, as they called them, “Massive Hits From The Grant Phabao Factory”, with :
– a VINYL LP pressed at 500 ex.
– a POSTER printed at 500 ex.
– a limited edition T-SHIRT / SWEATSHIRT
Check out their Fundraiser now for more details:
Paris DJs Soundsystem – Massive Hits From The Grant Phabao Factory Crowdfunding
Listen to the tracks here:
A true veteran of the underground music and party scene in his native Marseille, Lionel released his well-received solo debut as recently as 2012 (Black Notes for French label Discograph) but is probably better known as one part of The Troublemakers, who had the (probably unique?) distinction of being signed to both the legendary ‘90s house label Guidance and the most famous of all jazz labels, Blue Note. The latter didn’t work out too satisfactorily for Lionel, who found himself constrained by Blue Note’s corporate ways as part of a major and yearning for the freedom he’d had as an independent artist at an independent label.
DJ Oil – Phantom, CD, Digital and Limited Edition Vinyl available on January 19. on BBE Music
Few if any producers have managed to make the transition between hip-hop and house as successfully as Vincent Williams, a.k.a. DJ Spinna. But until now his hip-hop career has been better documented. Here, for the first time, is a collection of the cream of Spinna’s house remixes, a collection likely to win a place in the homes of anyone who loves their house music with a deep and soulful twist.
DJ Spinna presents The Sound Beyond Stars, CD, Digital and Limited Edition Vinyl available on January 12. on BBE Music
Handbook, is a producer from York and here he presents the first single from his upcoming album Thank You, called In My Thoughts.
Go and check out his Bandcamp page for more music, loads of free downloads and some nice collabos.
Have records, will travel! Next stops will be Geneva and London.
My New Year’s resolution is to play more vinyl sets. So, if you need a DJ for your event, feel free to get in touch.
All the best for 2015 and thanks to everyone following this blog / site for the last 8+ years.
After a long time on my HD it’s finally time to share 2 tracks I recorded with one of my favorite MCs, Kalo de 78 aka Kalonji Tshinza.
Check them out, some real Hip Hop Boom Bap Sh’t, available for Free Download or pay as much as you like if you feel like supporting!
Next up we have a nice and somehow obscure 45. This one was sampled by J Dilla for Geek Down.
Since there’s not much info on the record I later found out that this was recorded by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley and released on limited white, green, pink and black vinyl with a cover version of Apache on the other side.
This is now a sought after 45, with prices reaching up to €60-€70.
If you’re not familiar with BBE Music, this is a good starting point.
Team BBE selects their faves for this nice compilation.
Old friends like Shawn Lee, DJ Vadim and Mr.Bird jostle for attention alongside Slakah the Beatchild, Anchorsong, Tricky D, The Excelsiors, Larry Achiampong, True Ingredients, Megajawns, Vaitea and More Like Trees. From the dopest dubbed out downtempo headnodders to the most progressive of up-tempo left-field dance, taking in the flavours of Africa, the Caribbean and the East along the way. 2014 was one helluva ride … hope you enjoy this brief trip back through it alongside.
And another one from Alpha Toshineza and his new Black Eskimo imprint.
Le Temps D’Une Note – We Rock The Place is a 4 track ep, featuring Le K-Fear, Malone, Adek, Anywann, Artistes En Herbe, Kalo De 78 & Alpha Toshineza.
Free Download Here
Time to present some of my people from Luxembourg. As I always say, Luxembourg is small but we have some amazingly talented artists, part 2.
Another nice Beat Tape / Beat Mix by DJ PC, all analog beats featuring acappellas from Lil’ Dap, Lords of the Underground, Walkin’ Large / Black Thought and many more
All tracks produced by DJ PC on the SP1200
DJ PC - analog beats (2014) by Dj Pc on Mixcloud