Sol do Verão (Summer’s Sun) July 2009
Inspired by last week’s Wax Poetics Sundays set (@ Charlemagne Records) as
well as the #36 Issue of Wax Poetics Magazine, I compiled this “do-over” mix from joints I played on Sunday, plus a couple of bonus tracks. Enjoy this half-hour mix of a few favorites in the Brazilian crates.

1. Sergio Mendes Brasil & Brasil ’66 – Promise Of A Fisherman
2. Seu Jorge & Forro in the Dark – Suor De Pele Fina
3. Arícia Mess – Super Legal
3. Djavan – Tanta Saudade
4. Dom Um Romão – Escravos de Jo
5. Djavan, Sérgio Ricardo – Samba Do Grande Amore
6. Luiz Ayrão – O Milagre Brasileiro
7. Catriburium Na Batacuda
8. João Nogueira – Batucaje
9. Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 – Casa Forte
10. Black Orpheus OST (various artists) – Samba De Orfeu

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Nickodemus, the Brooklyn based producer and deejay/creator of one of the longest running outdoor dance parties in New York, Turntables on The Hudson, drops a nice one on us for summer 2009. Sun People (ESL Music), is Nickodemus‘ second full length effort, featuring a bouquet of characters representing all parts of the globe. Imagine traveling to Puerto Rico, Columbia, New York, Guinea, UK, (and a few other spots), and the sun is shining upon arrival of each destination, with people dancing in the streets..

The production is very tight, as most dance music is in general, but the live instrumentation and vocalists seem to help loosen things up, adding a bit more swing to the rhythms once all of the pieces are fit into the puzzle. Nickodemus‘ way of combining urban beats and multicultural sounds, makes him (and world music) indefinitely more “accessible” to the average dance clubber, attractive to names like Apple in the advertisement world (see Mi Swing es Tropical), as well as creating an interesting listen for people who enjoy global music.
Release date is set for June 16, so mark your calendar and pick it up at one up at your favorite place to buy music.

In The Booth
Sun People (Intro) (feat. Ismael Kouyate) – Nice traditional instrumental with keyboard drops throughout. Ismael Kouyate on vocals but only about a minute and a half in length. I’m sure there will be a full version coming soon.

La Lluvia (feat. Richard Shepherd, produced with Quantic) – Co-produced by Quantic, so you know its got that deep Latin flavor. On point vocals and horns makes this a top contender for favorite track..

weRISEweFALLweRISE – Starts out as an experimental hip hop type of track where the drums and multilayered woodwinds take the stage, but just when you thought it was over, the track morphs into a house tune..much props on the transition here.

Junior Star gives Sun People a 5.75 out of 7 head nods.

Head Nod Scale
1=Don’t waste your time like I did mine.
2=Waste your time like I did mine but I dare you to disagree.
3=Well, there was the single.
4=If it were a hand in spades there’s “two and a possible”.
5=It’s a “good” album. Meaning at least 3 or 4 solid songs.
6=Really Good Project. Has the “Rewind Factor” more than once.
7=The number of completion. Great Album. Instant Classic.

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Malcolm’s Reading Room and The Sofa Sessions are proud to present a Taurean Celebration with special guests: The Common Ground Trio, featuring Mausiki Scales (Atl), Dashill Smith (Atl), and Birmingham’s very own David Johnson for a big night of funk, hip hop, afrobeat, soul, and all things in between. PLUS a special added performance by The Sharrif Simmons Experiment with Sharrif Simmons, Carlos Pino, and Jesse Suttle, and on the wheels, DJ Junior Star.

May 16, 2009 – Doors 7pm-12am – Admission $10
Advanced tickets are available at Malcolm’s Reading Room.

Malcolm’s Reading Room is located at: 404 17th Street North Birmingham, AL 35203

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