Thursday, 27 February 2014

History Homework February 2014 Playlist

Oneness of Juju - African Rhythms [Black Fire]
Stanton Davis' Ghetto Mysticism - Things Cannot Stop Forever [SoulCal]
Harlem River Drive - Idle Hands [Roulette]
Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson - Liberation Song (Red, Black & Green) [Arista]
Betty Davis - He Was a Big Freak [Just Sunshine]
Larry Young's Fuel - Turn Off The Lights [Harmless]
Johnny Hammond - Fantasy [Milestone]
Turner Bros. - Cause I Love You [Luv N Haight]
Blackbyrds - Mysterious Vibes [Beat Goes Public]
Weldon Irvine - I Love You [BMG]
Lonnie Liston Smith - Journey Into Love [Columbia]
Kimiko Kasai with Herbie Hancock - Tell Me A Bedtime Story [CBS/Sony]
Don Blackman - Since You've Been Away [Arista]

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You’ll likely notice that this month’s selection contains more vocal tracks than usual. 

I tend to play a lot of long, instrumental compositions. And I take no issue playing them to their bitter ends when warranted. These two qualities, I believe, are what separate my mixes (or non-mixed playlists, rather) from the others floating around in cyberspace.

I’ve moved away from the quick-cut barrage of hooks and stabs I used to play in the clubs as my alter-ego, Eklectik Dyslexik, and have come to prefer attentively following the progressions of well-wrought arrangements. (Yes, that was the most pretentious and self-congratulatory thing you’ve read this week). 

This new approach isn't particularly dance floor-friendly and few, save maybe David Mancuso, can pull it off in a live setting. But I don’t go out much anymore and History Homework was from the beginning conceived of as a playlist for modest living rooms not cavernous discotheques.

Of equal influential note, I should reiterate that didn’t start my deejaying career playing hip-hop. My training isn’t rooted in rocking the block party by slicing through three-minute singles. I came around to jazz, soul and rare groove by way of drum n bass, house, techno and disco. And it’s the focus on constructing hypnotic narratives and embracing moods that is so fundamental to spinning those genres that now informs how I structure these mixes.

This month I’m attempting to be a little less esoteric in my musical choices. After all, these mixes are supposed to be for other people and I’m told that other people enjoy spirited lyrics. So in the interest of diplomacy, I’ll meet these "other people" half way. This month's tracks are still on the lengthy side but at least you can sing along to them.

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