One thing I liked about the first round of the Blogariddims podcasts was the British feel of the whole thing. Or maybe that’s the wrong way to put it, since it comes out of Ireland. I’ve probably offended someone now. But the point being, the weekly mixes were dominated by dubstep and grime, old hardcore rave, ragga (yeah, that’s the right word) and electronica — stuff that makes this old anglophile think of hunting for records at stores like Black Market or Dub Vendor during trips to London years ago.
So when Droid asked me to contribute a mix for the second round, I thought I should try to step outside of the reggae fold. It would be too hard to compete with the excellent dancehall and roots mixes from last year anyway.
I tried to put together something with a US feel instead, and ended up with a mix of hip-hop gems, too many tracks from LA’s excellent Stones Throw Records, and even some jazz-funk and soul. I had to sneak in some representation for the old country too, so my favorite Swedish rap-song ever is included, and there’s a hard-to-miss Californian theme going on. We’re talking music to be stuck on the 405 to.
Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves The Sunshine
Sylvia Striplin – You Can’t Turn Me Away
Nat Adderley – Fortune’s Child
Gary Wilson – Dream(s)
People Under The Stairs – San Francisco Knights
Madlib – Raw Addict Pt 2
Kool Keith – Take It Back
Dudley Perkins – Come Here My Dear
Latin Kings – Passa Micken
Murs – LA
Ghostface Killa – Kilo
Redman – I Don’t Kare
Nas – Half Time
Jay-Z – A Million and One Questions (DJ Premier Remix)
Marlena Shaw – California Soul
Marvin Gaye – Trouble Man
David Axelrod – Holy Thursday
Les Baxter – Pyramid of the Sun
Dave Brubeck Quartet – Pick Up Sticks