Archives for category: 80s

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Looks like we did it Nigeria.

Post election and we are still in one piece(ish). One for the history books!

Things are looking good for future funk producer, Onra. His next album ‘Fundamentals’ is set to be released in May. I’m a big fan of his stuff as he is a master of reworking underrated gems from the 80s.

Teaming up with rapper Daz Dillinger and the ever cool and groovy Olivier Daysoul, ‘Ridin’ is a fresh spin on the west coast sound that we all know and love from the 90s.

Driving around with your top down and sunshades are well advised when playing this record.

Enjoy.

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The sort of religion I only practice.

The Father (The Club/Party)

The Son (The DJ)

And The Holy Ghost (The Groove)

All is well.

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So we are half we through the week which is a good thing because I need to sleep a ton on Saturday. Seriously, the media hustle is real. Feeling a need for some soul, I had to brush up this classic by Womack & Womack. It’s called ‘Baby I’m Scared of You’, from their 1982 album titled Love Wars.

The funky bass, tight conga drums and airy lyrics are just right to get through the day ;D

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Feeling a tinge of nostalgia today before work starts. It was great to be a kid in the 80s. I swear, we had the best cartoon shows to date. She -Ra, Dangermouse, Voltron, and M.A.S.K just to say a few.

Tell me Thundercats didn’t change your life every time it popped up on the tele. *Hands in the air*.

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Stumbled upon this dancehall riddim that references a few well known lines from the series before the bass absolutely mashes it up. Turn up your speakers for maximum enjoyment.

No details on who it’s by so far but feel free to shoot me some info if you come across it.

#junglecats #moves #abuja

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In need of something chilled to tuck into tonight.

Include Dornik, to your list of British artists to look out for. This smooth crooner, a former drum player for Jessie Ware, expertly mixes, pop, electronica, and RnB in interesting ways. ‘Something About You’, his new single, is carousel of West Coast influenced electro-soul. Envision low riders, sun kissed mansion and pools of a turqoiuse nature being spun together. You can definitely feel some early MJ thrown in for good measure to give it that extra spice vocally.

Definitely hitting the bliss point.

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One of the more popular Nigerian commercials from the 80s. I use to have a maddening crush on the joy girl in the video. I wonder where she is?

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Happy New Year Folks!

Hope everyone is having a great start to 2015.

Last year was a bit of roller coaster which left me with little much time to attend to the blog or even organize a follow up to our new night called Tropical Soul in Abuja. More info on that coming soon.

My New Year resolution? Find more time to relax and post up stellar sounds. Let’s hope I stick to it.

Let’s get started.

If you are like me who loves a good guitarist then you will appreciate the artist I’m about to mention. His name is Jesse Johnson, the once lead guitarist of the infamous 80s funk band out of Minneapolis called The TIME.

Once said to be equal if not better to Prince, he never quite made it as a solo artist. However, he does have some hits to his name such as ‘Be Your Man’. Here is him performing it live on a radio show 20 odd years later. No lip syncing – no auto-tune – just him and an overexcited presenter jumping in the shot.

Get it.

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Sam Sparro is an undeniable favourite for the 80s music connoisseur.

Coming out of his brief hiatus, his much anticipated LP, Return To Paradise , is certainly taking no prisoners. The album further explores his romance with a disco/funk/electronica sound. Lack luster for some, the album certainly exposes Sparro in a tamer more mature form.Less whackyness and more composed if you will.

Track 11,’Return to paradise’, is the black horse off the album. Its lyrical smoothness and deep futuristic soul is magnetic. (Sex)ual, on automatic. Enjoy.

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Chau.Akwa Zafi in the FCT!!

I got to take my hat off to Funkineven. Stevie J the man behind the alias continues to disintegrate dancefloors with his distinct sound in the emerging genre of future funk.

‘Phone line’ is another one of his power team-ups with Swedish soul diva Fatima. The heavy bleeps and sexy drum patterns coupled with Fatima’s agent provacateur vocals ups your temperature by three dials. Hope you got a towel.

Forthcoming on Eglo Records.

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This is a killer session with keyboardist/singer Daryl Hall of the former musical duo Daryl Hall and The Oates, and Chromeo, jamming it out with his band at his house. Their live rework of the groups classic 80s hit ‘I Cant Go For That’ is a perfect marriage of airy electro-funk,rock and roll and rhythm and blues.

Daryl sound just as awesome when the record was pressed in 1981 and is a shining example of no matter how much mileage you end up clocking,good music simply transcends. Love it when he tells P – Thug to clinch the last bits of the track with some talk-box loving.