New edition of “Across 135th Street” for your listening pleasure via RBMA Radio . It’s dubbed “Spring Mix” – as in the transition from frigid to non-frigid temperatures. Also, as in bounce to this. Modern funk and boogie, disco and a few house joints featured. Some of you may notice that some of the tunes are from last winter or thereabouts. But there’s also some new stuff too that hasn’t come out yet (thanks to Andrew & Sheila at Cherries and Soundmurderer ). Hope you dig it. Listen below, and as per usual to hit up the gallery to peep art for all the records featured while you’re listening.
Anticipating spring’s arrival, the latest episode of “Across 135th Street” features a few tracks suited to meteorological warming trends. Modern funk gets a nod via the bass heavy boom-thap of XL Middleton and The Pendletons . The boogie-fied pains of love never sounded so right as articulated by Cherries Records’ signees Social Lovers and Bay Area cult favorites Twilight . Upfront keyboards go beserkowitz on Superstructure ’s “Out at the Deep End.” Meanwhile, Detroit house is repped by the combination of Rick Wilhite / Dez Andres / Eddie Fowlkes / Dennis Edwards ’ gritty sampled vocal from the Temptations’ “Cloud Nine.” And then, as always, there’s disco – e.g. the previously acetate only mix of Candido ’s classic “Thousand Finger Man” (thank goodness for reissues). Ditto re: the mo$t hyped vintage di$co di$covery in age$, Stephen Encinas ’ island bomb “Disco Illusion.” And we close with a clandestine mid-tempo modern soul gem from the appropriately named Secret Weapon Time crew. You got the tunes, it’s up to Mother Nature to do the rest. Let spring be sprung already.
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