Highly recommended mix here, people. Toronto's Skratch Bastid and The Gaff spent two years in the lab concocting Soul Sisters, Stand Up! - a funky as hell 80-minute mix of sister funk n' soul tunes. Classics, rarities, sample source gems - they're all well represented. And the best part - they're offering it up to you gratis. Read on for the back-story straight from the duo themselves...
Skratch Bastid & The Gaff:
We’ve been talking about it for most of this year. We’ve been hinting at what’s on it. We’ve scoured your local record store and left your flea market dry. We’ve kept you (and our family members) wondering just what the hell we were doing with ourselves for so long.
Well, here it is. Soul Sisters, Stand Up! is our long awaited, brand new 80-minute mix filled with 100% Female Funk/Soul/R&B/Breaks. 2 DJs. 2 years in the making. Featuring the sounds of soulful ladies from the mid-60s & mid-70s – a snapshot of love, pain, happiness, oppression, strength, struggle and more from an era where records were the primary outlet for these voices. These messages are driven home by the beats and grooves from what is undeniably the funkiest decade in music history. From Freda, Aretha, Nina & Diana to Betty Everett, Lavette & Davis, we take you on a journey to a mindset, using tunes both classic and criminally overlooked to tell the story. Mixed together in classic mixtape fashion… you know, with mixing.
This is probably the mixtape that I’ve worked the longest on, ever. Gaff and I spent countless hours figuring out just how to give you the goods, and here it is. Recommended to be bumped on a nice system with bass, but that goes without saying. Why are you satisfied with playing your music off them laptop speakers anyway? Super funky artwork courtesy of my man Rhek.
We will be having a release party on 4 turntables for this mix July 27th @ Revival Bar in Toronto, with special guest DJ Marcus Aurelius from Taipei/USA. A limited number of digipak CDs will be pressed for those who like physically tangible music listening. We’ll be performing parts of the mix live, digitally and via wax, in a set inspired by the same theme you here on the mix. But enough about the extra details, I’m going to quit the yapping and let the mix do the talking.
(via Skratch Bastid ; h/t Matthew Africa)