ESR MONTHLY A music capsule delivered by ESR
A music capsule delivered by ESR
We're celebrating East Side Radio’s second anniversary but you're the ones getting a gift!
First of all, thanks so much for all the support since December 2018, thanks to everyone who played or recorded sets with us, thanks everyone for watching the live shows and listening to the replays. We've got a lot of new stuff planned for the new year which we'll unveil when ready.
One of the things we want to try is a kind of long form newsletter. Every month we'll be sending you some sort of music capsule of references: specific pointers to albums, sets, mixtapes, documentaries, books, concerts, you name it — anything we see as an important piece to foster musical knowledge or just stuff we like to listen to and think you should try as well.
We might even invite some guest editors and spread into a broader spectrum.
As we couldn't lure anyone to start it off we had to roll up our sleeves and do it ourselves. This edition is curated by yours truly — Funkamente — and we're excited to share some of our most important references with you.
About the Editors
Funkamente is about two heads who wear different hats at different times. Usually djing, permanently hosting an online radio. Sometimes making disco edits, occasionally bringing technology into music-related projects.
Coming from very different places, randomly bumped into each other at a time when their interests were converging into something similar. Luckily enough, seems like where these interests don't overlap they weirdly complement each other.
The following is a collection of important references for this bond made over records, coffee, beer, pizza and banter.
"CAUSE IT'S TOO FUNKY BABY!"
There's a set we can (and do) listen to for days in a row. We've preached about it over and over, some of you may even have listened to it with us. As we listened to it we came to the conclusion that the tracklist, the style and the words mean a lot to us and strike a chord deep in the roots of Funkamente.
Released 27 years ago, Doggystyle was the first album by Snoop Dogg and along with his work with Dre a whole chapter in the G-Funk era and hip-hop itself. In 2013, when the album turned 20, Uncle Snoop dressed as DJ Snoopadelic and recorded a 1-hour mixtape laying down the classic tracks he sampled to make Doggystyle.
There's lot of P-Funk, some of the funkiest disco cuts, lots of soul and Snoop roll calling his references. All throughout you can hear d-o-double-g telling us why he sampled those songs, rapping and singing on top of the original tracks.
The perfect pre dinner party starter and the best wind down mood setter.
"DUB IS THE SHADOW OF THE TUNE"
Ever since we started djing together we started exploring previously uncharted places in music for us. One that has been getting us more and more interested is the world of dub. Once you start exploring it you get the feeling of an endless stream of people who influenced music forever and production methods initially developed to overcome technical constraints that are still used nowadays.
Dub Echoes (2008) is a documentary about all of this and then some.
The whole royalty of dub has been invited to speak first person. It's got Bunny Lee showing off shelves of dusty master tapes piled up. Lee Perry, the Mad Professor, and King Tubby all showing up to glide down memory lane and tell us the stories that made dub.
The documentary is as much about the old times as it is about the influence of dub in pretty much all the music that came after it, from hip-hop to techno to disco, with the likes of Kode9 and 2manydjs talking about the influence of dub in their craft.
"BATEU NA RAÍZ, MELHOROU"
In one of the first — then becoming more regular — trips to a record shop in London, a copy of this album has been found in a 5-pound pile. Although the record wasn't exactly familiar, the authors made it an obvious one to bag.
Ogum, Xangô (1975) is an album recorded live-on-tape by Jorge Ben Jor and Gilberto Gil at peak form.Joined by bass and percussion, Gil e Jorge go on an 80-minute jam session with just their voices and guitars, each with his own timbre and style, from singing to scatting from picking to strumming. All of this is mixed and mastered perfectly with Gilberto's voice and guitar on the left channel and Jorge's on the right.The tracklist includes a handful of debuts (some would become absolute classics) and it's what a combined Gil and Jorge Best-Of would probably sound like even if compiled today.
After listening to the record and reading up about it, turns out the copy found in London was an abridged 1-LP version and the real thing was a 2-LP containing the same tracklist only each track being longer cuts off the same session. No song is shorter than 5 minutes and four of them go above 10 minutes on amazing trips through improvisation with the two geniuses interacting between them, swapping from main to background vocals, from lead guitar to solos.This is one to listen from start to finish, dedicating time to awe by the beauty of it.
Occasionally we'd come back to one of our places for a nightcap after a gig and sync up both versions, each on a turntable, to fiddle around with the delay and volumes between them for hours.You should find the time to clear your schedule for 80 minutes and listen to the whole, longer version without pauses.
Tip: look up the story about Eric Clapton, Cat Stevens and the two Brazilians jamming after a dinner hosted by André Midani — this record was born that night.
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