musicology #592

Flow #11

(Kool & The Gang – This Is You, This Is Me)

Tried to lay this one down yesterday but my service provider wasn’t responding to my calls for internet freedom so was stuck behind the bullshit. Circumnavigated it though so here it is…prime slice of 1973 funk from Kool and The Gangs top ranking LP ‘Wild And Peaceful’. Some BIG tunes on the album and this is one of them.

Special mention goes out to Tony Blue who, (along with Stevie Marriott), had to make a quick exit from a New York club in the early 80’s with members of Kool & The Gang on the warpath sporting weapons of mass destruction..(Shotgun). Every time I hear their music it reminds me of it.

musicology #590

Flow #9

Gil Scott Heron – Shut Um Down

Werner Herzog is quoted to have said: “The poet must not avert his eyes” and this mod/ern/ist poet has continued to tell it like it is regardless of whether Cats and Kittens want to hear it or not…today’s piece was one of a few delivered in response to the 3 Mile Island Nucleur Energy disaster in America in 1979. This cut is borrowed from his ‘1980’ Set…Gil Scott Heron step up and ‘speak’

“Did you feel that rumble? did you hear that sound,
Well It wasn’t no earthquake but it shook the ground,
Made me think about power like it or not,
Got to work for Earth for what it’s worth,
Cause it’s the only Earth we’ve got,

Shut ’em down
if that’s the only way to keep them from melting down,
Shut ’em down
if that’s the only way to keep them from melting down,

I heard a lot about safety and human error,
A few dials and gauges is just a wing and a prayer,
If you need perfection and that’s what it takes,
Then you don’t need people, can’t use people,
You know people make mistakes,

Shut ’em down
if that’s the only way to keep them from melting down,
Shut ’em down
if that’s the only way to keep them from melting down

Did you feel that rumble? did you hear that sound,
Well It wasn’t no earthquake but it shook the ground,
Made me think about power like it or not,
Got to work for Earth for what it’s worth,
Cause it’s the only Earth we’ve got,

Shut ’em down
if that’s the only way to keep them from melting down,
Shut ’em down
if that’s the only way to keep them from melting down..”

musicology #578

mOareESSENTIALS #1

(Al Green – All Because)


Back in themusicologist saddle after attending and playing at the mOare music festival over the weekend. Quality music, good crowd, excellent hosts. Met some quality people..Hamish, Claire, Cath, Paul, Owen, Ashley, (to name a few)…musical highlight had to be Hamish and his daughter Emma performing together on stage. Brought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye. Can only imagine how proud he was to share a stage with her.

What did I play? ESSENTIALS. Mainly Soul and Funk but I managed to slip some Studio 1 in there too !! Festivals can be a bit tricky for the DJ as he/she is not who the crowd come to hear but I really enjoyed this one so in honour of the event I’m going to lay a weeks worth of the cuts I spun..

The first song I played was this superb slice of Funk by ‘the Reverend’ Al Green. Released, (on Capitol), in 1971..produced by urban musicologist Willie Mitchell and almost certainly featuring one of the greatest drummers to have graced the stoll the legendary Al Jackson Jr….

Listen Tune..

musicology #577

Essential Cuts #7

(Fela Kuti – Kalakuta Show)

Today’s ESSENTIAL cut comes courtesy of, (for me), one of the ALL time greats none other than Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Genuine Virtuoso and giant of a man who stood for Freedom utilising the Universal language to highlight the injustice of politricks. Hold this 1976 cut..14 minutes of the hardest hitting musicology ever recorded that surely holds the power to wake the dead. Special mention must go out to MASTER Tony Allen…drummer supreme.

Listen Tuuuuuuune

musicology #576

Essential Cuts #6

(New Mastersounds Feat Dionne Charles – I Mean It So)

Small dilemma..not sure whether to revisit the preceeding 3 years of musicology and repost all the cuts or start again? hmmmm.

Anyway…while I’m pondering hold this ESSENTIAL mod/ern/ist Funk cut courtesy of The New Master Sounds, (Eddie Roberts, Pete Shand, Simon Allen, Joe Tatton), featuring Dionne Charles on the M.I.C

2008 release from their Plug & Play set.

musicology #568

Down The Road A Piece #4

(Leroy Hutson – Love The Feeling)

Saturday night at Vintage was B.I.G. The Soul Casino was rocking..Andy Weatherall threw down at the ‘Warehouse’ and the company kept was SUPERB. I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to make it through to see Leroy Hutson on Sunday night? but it was one of the main reasons for attending so I thought that if I stumbled around the festival into the early evening then I had a chance…

Why is Leroy such a legend?, (other than his musical genius), for those of us who had the pleasure to be ‘on the, (Rare Groove), scene’ back in the day (85-87), Leroy Hutson was one of the primary artists. His ‘Hutson II’ LP was IN DEMAND to say the least. If you were there you know what I’m talking about and to hear him perform today’s slice of the musicology pie Live and Direct was an experience never to be forgotten.

The legend wasn’t due on until 9pm so it was touch and go but I managed it, (due in part to Craig Charles who was on fire for the two and a half hours leading up to Leroy coming on). As soon as he walked on though I was buzzing and immediately found my second wind. The man proceeded to tear it up and wove his magic leaving the crowd screaming for more especially when he enticed a call and response session on today’s slice the Rare Groove classic ‘Love The Feeling’ getting the Kittens to sing “Love I Love I Love” and the Cats to sing “The way you make me feel” was as good as it gets and anyone who was there knows what I’m talking about. For me it will always be a cherished memory..Recorded for and released on Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom label in 1976.

musicology #489

SoulBoy #8

(Lee Fields & The Expressions – Do You Love Me Like You Say You Do)

Have to be quick on this one as I’m heading out the door to see these Cats perform live and direct at the Bloomsbury Ballrooms in my hometown…the first metropolis and greatest city in the world…London. REALLY looking forward to it and if anyone out there needs convincing to make the effort to get down there this should be enough…Soul of the HIGHEST order. Released last year on the Truth and Soul label..Featuring Lee Fields, Charles Bradley, Leon Michels, Toby Pazner, Tom Brenneck, Dave Guy, Mike Deller, Nick Movshon, Homer Steinweiss.