Welcome to issue #8 of the Soultearoa Shakedown fanzine. With any luck you’ve picked this up at the NZ Soul All Dayer #8 at the Britomart Country Club and 1885 Basement, so you’ll be getting well-schooled aurally while you peruse these pages. If not, fret not – we’ll be throwing another party in the Spring. It’s what we do. Some of what else we do is pictured above: the ‘Wahine Ki Te Tane’ edition of the All Dayer back in April was an absolute stormer, with the Girls vs Boys battle styles keenly embraced by all. The winner at the end of the day? Definitely a tie between our ears and our feet. Elsewhere in this issue you’ll see a handful of photos from the very first NZ Soul All Dayer event held way back in 2010. I recall the inspiring vibes, the number of mind-blowing tunes that were played, and House Shoes walking in just as I dropped his track ‘The Makings’. We’ve also got content from Simon Grigg, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Mayer Hawthorne, Jamie Strong, Scotty Coats, Michael Ruetten, Nathan Haines, Andrew Spraggon, Chip Matthews, Isaac Aesili, Martyniuk and Williams… and all of our regular NZ Soul All Dayer Crew. We celebrate the diversity, depth and breadth of soulful music and the people who love it. Because SOUL music isn’t a genre – it’s a FEELING! _______________________________________________________________________________ Edited by: David ‘Nyntee’ Carroll With a massive thanks to everyone who contributed to this issue… We’d love to hear YOUR stories about SOUL music! Get in touch: email@example.com
NZ SOUL ALL DAYER 2010, Kings Arms Tavern Auckland
Some memories from the very first NZ Soul All Dayer event held back in 2010. The brainchild of Jason Fishwick at Bluevibe Studios, the gig was spread across two rooms and featured a huge line-up: Roger Perry, Manuel Bundy, Cian, Wendy Douglas, Recloose, Chris Cox, Gene Rivers and LP (Lisa Preston) (vocal jam session), Hayley J. Hansell (live vocal set), Sandy Mill, Mark Robinson, Pommy Nic, Selecta Sam, Nyntee, Bridge, Steven Shaw, Ben Anderson, Dustin Lindale, DJ Ayesha and Vanessa Stacey (vocal jam session), Omega B, Ad-One, Chae Riley and The Dukes Of Haphazard. Plus a lilâ€™ cameo from our man Houseshoes. An epic day.
SIMON GRIGG Digging, Digging, Digging
I travel a lot. An awful lot, to be precise, thanks to my job (which mostly means going backwards and forwards to New Zealand), but more so because of my wonderful wife Brigid’s occupation, which takes her and me all over the planet. Last year we were in fifteen countries, some of those many times, and this year we’re well into the teens already. So – yep – I want to dig in each and every one of them. In some it’s easy: Australia comes with handy printed guides on many cities. In others, not so much. Hong Kong, as an example, has a ton of places but as often as not the local language defeats Google, and me. Local knowledge matters too: Singapore is mostly dreadful for vinyl but in the midst of it all is the glorious Red Point Record Warehouse, a sometimes-open room on the sixth-floor of an industrial estate in the middle of suburban nowhere. Over the years it rarely appeared on searches and a local DJ initially sent me there. Eric Morillo was there at the same time. They fixed my SL1600, when I was told in New Zealand it was unfixable. Enter Vinyl Hub, the hidden little brother of Discogs. In the same way that big bro is usercreated, Vinyl Hub is created by diggers, DJs and fans, and lists vinyl record stores the world over. And, yep, here’s the Red Point Record Warehouse – on the same page as that other Singapore goldmine, For The Record. Vinyl Hub has pulled me out to the far reaches of north Hong Kong, to second hand meccas on the top-floor of high-rises, to markets in LA and much, much more. It also tells you that nifty Hidden Tracks in Bangkok has now moved from the central-ish ThongLor to the far-off Srinakarin Road. The recent story on vinyl in the Bangkok Post has the old address. It’s a little raw and sparse at the moment but clearly growing into an important tool for those of us who crave a dusty shelf or crate in a foreign town. And most of all it saves precious time and gives you options, and reviews, several times saving me a trek across a large city like Tokyo to what is quickly evident will likely disappoint, even if the embedded Google map and location finder offers an easy route. www.vinylhub.com + www.audioculture.co.nz | According to Wikipedia, Simon Grigg is a NZ music businessman, writer, broadcaster, publisher, producer, DJ and archivist. While these things are all certainly true, I’d add he is also a bloody good fellow, and we’re once more delighted to have Simon involved in our ‘zine.
MARK DE CLIVE-LOWE Top 5: Herbie Hancock Albums Herbie Hancock is probably my biggest single influence – he has shaped and reshaped the sound of jazz and improvised music like his one-time boss, Miles Davis, time and time again.
1. Inventions And Dimensions (Blue Note, 1964) One of his lesser known and less commercially successful albums but one that totally redefined the possibilities at the intersection of latin jazz and free form improvisation. It’s almost impossible to pick favourite tracks, but ‘Mimosa’ and ‘Succotash’ are certainly really special. 2. Manchild (Columbia, 1975) My choice from his Headhunters period (a close equal would be Flood, recorded live in Japan). Even for his piano solo alone at the end of the opening track, this is an all time favourite for me. This band redefined the possibilities for bringing jazz and funk together and taking it to a whole new place. 3. Empryean Isles (Blue Note, 1964) Absolutely smoking quartet session with Ron Carter and Tony Williams from the Miles band, but with Freddie Hubbard stepping in on trumpet duties. The crowd favourite might be ‘Cantaloupe Island’, but my choice is ‘Oliloqui Valley’. Herbie was really dissecting specific theory concepts on this record but none of it sounds like an exercise – pure music from start to finish. 4. Sextant (Columbia, 1973) Along with the other two Mwandishi albums from this period, the avant-garde acoustic-meetselectronic sense of adventure here still sounds contemporary today, forty-plus years on. Dr Patrick Gleeson brought in his synths and got Herbie started on the path that would lead next to the Headhunters album. 5. Mr Hands (Columbia, 1980) I love this for so many reasons: Harvey Mason and Jaco Pastorius on ‘4AM’; Herbie’s synths only track ‘Textures’; Tony Williams smashing up his drums on ‘Calypso’; and all right at that transition point between the ‘70s and ‘80s. www.mdcl.tv | MdCL is a musician, producer, composer and so much more, who after a decade in the UK, has been living in LA for more than five years, firmly establishing himself on the international scene. Hot on the heels of his recent, excellent CHURCH album, comes the Remix project due out on Mashibeats/Ropeadope very soon. Don’t sleep! _______________________________________________________________________________ JAMIE STRONG Top 5: Favourite New Zealand Memories 1. Waiheke Island – wine not? 2. Depot Eatery – I probably eat 75% of all my meals in Auckland at this fine establishment. 3. Conch Records – favourite record store slash café. Nothing like picking up a quality cup of joe alongside a copy of Boogaloo Joe Jones’ LP. 4. Reverse Bungee Jump – nothing like being tossed up into the sky after a few cocktails to get the blood flowing. 5. Flat White – the best part of waking up. Hard to get a proper flat white in the States. www.innovativeleisure.net + www.thedoover.net | Jamie Strong will be familiar to some as one of the key fellas behind the infamous Do-Over parties, but he’s also one of the key fellas behind LA-based record label Innovative Leisure, who release music you need in your life.
NATHAN HAINES Top 5: Vinyl Selections (NOT MP3s) And yes I do actually play these, not just listen to them at home!
1. Masabumi Kikuchi and Gil Evans ‘Thoroughbred’, from Masabumi Kikuchi/Gil Evans (1972) 2. Crown Heights Affair ‘Say A Prayer For Two’, from Dreamworld (1978) 3. Oscar Brown Jr ‘Humdrum Blues’, from Sin And Soul (1960) 4. Cal Tjader ‘Canto De Ossanha’, from Hip Vibrations (1967) 5. Djavan ‘Faltando Um Pedaco’, from Serrado (1982) www.nathanhaines.com | If you haven’t already (and you really should have), go and get Nathan’s recent album ‘5 A Day’. I’ve heard there are vinyl copies floating around too… _______________________________________________________________________________ ISAAC AESILI Top 5: Current Favourites
1. Taylor McFerrin ‘Decisions’ 2. Louis Armstrong with Leon Thomas ‘The Creator Has A Master Plan’ 3. Tokimonsta ‘Darkest (Dim)’ 4. Gal Costa ‘Baby’ 5. Lord Echo with Mara TK ‘Parting Is (Such Sweet Sorrow)’ www.latinaotearoa.com | Musician, producer, creative, lovely soul; Isaac has just returned from a European tour with Sorceress so we’re stoked to have him perform at the NZ Soul All Dayer. _______________________________________________________________________________ MARTYNIUK AND WILLIAMS Top 5: Sherwood Studio Favourites
1. Gwen McCrae ‘Keep The Fire Burning’ 2. Bernard Wright ‘Music Is The Key’ 3. Don Blackman ‘Holding You, Loving You’ 4. Herbie Hancock ‘Sun Touch’ 5. Tom Browne ‘Let’s Dance’ www.facebook.com/Martyniuk-Williams | Martyniuk and Williams is a NZ-based soul/jazz group whose debut album, After Ours (featuring guests Sharlene Hector, Kevin Mark Trail, Mike Patto, Nathan Haines and more!), is released late 2015. Keep your eyes peeled!
MAYER HAWTHORNE Top 5: Influential Records From My Pops’ Collection
1. Earth, Wind and Fire ‘Let’s Groove’ (1981) 2. The Police ‘Synchronicity’ (1983) I remember that was the first record that I actually bought with my own money. It was on cassette tape and because it was my Dad’s cassette, and I’d played it so much I wore it out and it snapped, and he made me buy him another one! 3. The Beatles ‘Rubber Soul’ (1965) and ‘Help!’ (1965) My Dad’s favourite is definitely Rubber Soul so that was probably the first one that he put me onto; but I remember the Help! soundtrack too. I really loved that one as a kid. There was just something about those tunes that really connected with me as a little shorty. 4. The Doobie Brothers ‘Minute By Minute’ (1978) 5. Steely Dan ‘Aja’ (1977) Steely Dan are one of my favourite groups of all time. Man, I got a chance to see Donald Fagen play with Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs, and that was one of the most epic moments of my life, seeing them all play together! www.mayerhawthorne.com | Andrew Mayer Cohen was kind enough to throw together a Top 5 listing the most influential records from his Pops’ collection. In August, he and his band are opening for Hall and Oates. He’s pretty stoked about that. _______________________________________________________________________________ JAY JEFFREY Top 5: Tunes Gracing The Jeffrey Residence This Month (In No Particular Order)
1. Dego ‘The More Things Stay The Same’ (2000 Black) LP 2. Trama ‘Come With Me’ (Kickin’ Japan) 7” 3. Mike Lundy ‘The Rhythm Of Life’ (Aloha Got Soul US) 7” 4. The Live Band ‘A Chance For Hope’ LP 5. Various Artists ‘Henry Stone’s Miami Sound: The Record Man’s Finest 45s’ LP One of the core NZ Soul All Dayer Crew, Jay has also DJed on tour with the likes of Jamiroquai, Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Young Disciples, Brand New Heavies, Norman Jay, Gilles Peterson, Kev Beadle, Roy Ayers… so we’re always happy to have him spinning tunes at the All Dayer! _______________________________________________________________________________ Get the NZ SOUL ALL DAYER t-shirt Sizes in WOMENS and MENS from SMALL to 5XL Get the NZ SOUL ALL DAYER 12” slipmats Beautiful 16oz thick felt slipmats for your turntables
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ANDREW SPRAGGON Top 5: Beatmakers Of The Moment
1. Flako – this guy has been a favourite of mine for a while now. He is a true originator, and just when you think you have a handle on his signature sound he goes and changes the playing field completely. Extremely versatile producer who is able to make banging hip hop beats to subtle ambient electronica. 2. SBTRKT – I’ve known about this English producer for a while now through various remixes but only just discovered his album Wonder Where We Land recently. I’m not a fan of the entire album but there are some real gems in there such as ‘Higher’ and ‘New Drop, New York’. Overall though his production is crisp, deep, spacious and very original. 3. Jamie XX – again, I’m not a fan of all his tunes, but he really is doing something new, to my ears at least. I was really blown away by ‘All Under One Roof Raving’ and ‘Far Nearer’ and feel that he has a totally unique approach to composition and the way he manipulates samples and technology. 4. Dizz1 – been a fan of Australian Dizz1 for a while now. He has a particular sound, one which reminds me of Dr Dre at times, but that’s not to say he is anything like Dre. More that his beats and production have a simplicity and spaciousness like Dre. He has a new album out called In Sickness And In Health. Very good album! 5. Potatohead People – known about this Canadian duo for a little while. I like the music for sure but was really impressed with their production overall. Really jumped out of the studio speakers when I first heard their new album Big Luxury. One of those albums that had me saying “Why can’t I get my production that crisp?”… haha! www.solarosa.com | Andrew was kind enough to compile this list before his Sola Rosa Soundsystem hightailed it to the UK and Europe for a bunch of shows. And we reckon his production is *that crisp*. Check his latest album Magnetics for proof… _______________________________________________________________________________ ROSE ALICE Top 5: Current Faves For Sitting Around The Fireplace And Raving To Bit of a love theme going on here…
1. Womack and Womack ‘Baby I’m Scared Of You’ 2. Change ‘A Lover’s Holiday’ 3. Donny Hathaway ‘No Other One But You’ 4. Linda Clifford ‘Runaway Love’ 5. Gwen McCrae ‘For Your Love’ DJ Rose Alice is one of those DJs we wish would play out live more often. She absolutely smashed it at the last NZ Soul All Dayer event, repping hard for ‘Team Wahine’ throughout the day, so we just had to have her back again to grace the decks for our winter party. And we reckon you’ll be glad we did, too…
SCOTT TOWERS Top 5: Easy To Find Jams That Barry White Had Some Influence Over His production skills are totally underrated, ya know…
1. Jay Dee ‘Strange Funky Games and Things’ (1974) Bazza produced this version and then recorded an amazing instrumental take a few years later. The build is just epic. And then the beat drops – holy shiz. 2. Love Unlimited ‘High Steppin’, Hip Dressin’ Fella’ (1979) Love Unlimited were the all-female vocal trio that worked for White on recording sessions and tours… and he married one of them. Piano riffs – check. Strings galore – check. Subtle chord progression highlighted by thick horn arrangements – check. And check the drums – tough! 3. Gloria Ann Taylor ‘Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing’ ( ? ) The exact release date of this seriously sweated on EP isn’t known, but it’s thought that the arrangements backing the original vocal takes were ‘updated’ for the disco scene. There’s more than a few Big B flourishes in this. Been bootlegged a few times and soon to be reissued. 4. Barry White ‘Your Sweetness Is My Weakness’ (1978) Barry’s layered rhythm section arrangements pack a serious punch and the way the repeated horns/backing vocals and rhythm guitar hook up is like James Brown on champagne and pills. 5. Faze Action ‘In The Trees’ (1996) Talking of pills. This seminal mid-‘90s nu-disco track brings a shuffling/skiffling beat, driving string arrangements and a gradual build up that delivers the sense of grandeur that Mr White appreciated deeply. www.fatfreddysdrop.com | Scott Towers is a renowned vinyl digger who also makes a mean homemade sausage. And a lovely snapper dip, for that matter. A longtime NZ Soul All Dayer associate, he also plays sax for Fat Freddy’s Drop, who have a new album due out soon. Their classic Live At The Matterhorn EP is now available on double-vinyl, btw. _______________________________________________________________________________ SCOTTY COATS Top 5: From Long Beach, LA 1. Askate www.askate.org – Askate is an amazing non-profit started by Crys Worley to teach kids on the autism spectrum how to skateboard. My son has been going for years and we just hosted our first one in Long Beach. 2. Carne Asada Burrito from El Sauz – I’m only telling you about this because you live so far away and won’t blow up my favourite spot to get the best burrito in LA. Keep it hush please. 3. Fingerprints Records – Long Beach often gets overlooked in the LA experience which is why I love it and live there. Great local record store where you can find some gems every time you go. 4. Lord Windsor Coffee – another Long Beach favourite. Amazing coffee, run by an epic family, Wade and Lindsay Windsor. 5. Lazy Acres Market – everything you need from local veges, grass-fed beef, fresh pressed juice and a great BEER selection. Best market I have ever been to. www.innovativeleisure.net | Sir Scoop runs Sales and Marketing at LA-based label Innovative Leisure, and manages the duo De Lux. He’s also a diamond geezer: when I was lucky enough to make it to LA a few years back, Scotty gave me a proper Long Beach experience, introduced me to Greyboy, fed me possibly the best tacos I’ve had in my life, put me up on his couch and even drove me to LAX for my flight out. A gentleman and a scholar, with a beautiful family.
GENE RIVERS Top 5: Personal Favourite Maori/Aotearoa Soul Foods
1. Hangi (no brainer huh?) 2. Boil Up and Doughboys 3. Fry Bread 4. Steam Pudding 5. Kai Moana (raw hehe) www.georgefm.co.nz/Chocolate-Sundae | One of the core NZ Soul All Dayer Crew, and (still!) one of the highlights of George FM, listen to Mr Rivers on ‘Chocolate Sundae’, 4pm Sundays. _______________________________________________________________________________ NYNTEE Top 5: Records Gifted To Me Over The Years
1. Miles Davis ‘Kind Of Blue’ LP Probably the most famous jazz album ever, Kind Of Blue is easily one of my ‘Top 5 Albums Ever’, and I’ve owned many copies during my lifetime. One memorable copy came courtesy of a gentleman (ex-DJ, digger and record fiend) I worked with at the London Fire Brigade, who also patiently and entertainingly schooled me big time on DJing, clubbing and ecstasy history. 2. Flying Lotus ‘Sangria Spin Cycles’ b/w House Shoes ‘The Makings’, Do-Over 10” When in LA I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Jamie Strong (then at Stones Throw, now at Innovative Leisure – check his Top 5 elsewhere in this ‘zine). He took me to his incredible Do-Over party where I met his fellow co-hosts Aloe Blacc and Chris Haycock, and I got even luckier when Jamie gave me one of the last copies of the Do-Over’s first vinyl release, a clear vinyl 10”, with stickers and a mini-poster for colouring-in. Also memorable because I forever associate it with a mind blowing meal at Roscoes House Of Fried Chicken and Waffles… 3. Eru Dangerspiel ‘Great News For The Modern Man’ 12” test pressing Only four tracks, but they came direct from Mr Dangerspiel himself, Riki Gooch. 4. Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno ‘Cuidad Del Swing’ 7” Another from my overseas travels, with this now very-hard-to-find 7” dropping into my hands via Roo Currier at the excellent Tru Thoughts label, which I’ve been a big fan of for a long, long time. I was only in Brighton for a couple of days, but I enjoyed his hospitality; did a radio show with him, TM Juke, Natural Self and Rob Luis; partied with him; stayed at his gaff; ate his food – and then he loaded me up with vinyl. Another diamond geezer. 5. Windjammer ‘Tossing and Turning’ 12” One of a handful of pieces of vinyl that the guvnor, Jay Jeffrey, has gifted to me over the past few years. This one makes the list due to a beautiful NZ Soul All Dayer moment we shared. www.twitter.com/yrbro90 | Nyntee is otherwise known as David Carroll, the fella behind the NZ Soul All Dayer events and this here fanzine. Hope you’re enjoying the ride. Listen to ‘Expansions Radio’, now on at noon every Thursday, on Base FM.
SELECTA SAM Warren Shadd ‘Pretty Girl, Baby Girl’ Every now and then (if you’re lucky) a track will completely sideswipe you from out of nowhere. This time around I have the pleasure of getting my socks solidly rocked by Mr Warren Shadd and his crew. Warren Shadd? Far from a household name, I hear you say… Released on New York’s Prism Records (soon to re-invent themselves as Cold Chillin’ Records to capitalise on early Hip Hop and artists like Biz Markie and Big Daddy Kane) at a time when cookie-cutter high-camp disco, hi-nrg and just plain getting high was their main focus. This bouncing hunk of good-time funk really stands out from the flock – and the schlock. An infectious beat, banging slap bass and killer rhythm guitar tick all the boxes for me, and Warren’s syrupy vocals just knock it outta the park. “Guitar player won’t ya sock it to me!!” Listen to Selecta Sam on ‘The Dose’, 12-3pm Saturdays on George FM. _______________________________________________________________________________ KIRK JAMES The Album, The Band and The Radio Show That Changed It All For Me Most people who know me know Maze are my favourite group as far as the older funk/soul stuff goes, but not many people know how I got into them. I still remember finding my first Maze record all those years ago down at Real Groovy. It was when I first started going hard out with my collecting (you could’ve found me down there most week days back then). Anyway, I found this record: Maze, We Are The One, from 1983 (one of the best years for boogie music), and I couldn’t believe how good it was. It had some great upbeat tunes on it like ‘Right On Time’ and the title track, but the one that really killed me was a slow jam called ‘I Love You Too Much’. I’d never heard anything that smooth before without it sounding “corny” at all. One of the songs I want played at my wedding. They did something similar a couple of years later with ‘Reachin’ Down Inside’ off their Can’t Stop The Love album, which also gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling. So I thought that was the first time I’d heard them, even though the singers voice sounded familiar… little did I know I was getting into them years earlier through my cassette recordings of a show called ‘The Main Ingredient’ that was on bFM from 9-11pm on Sunday nights with two guys called Jubt and Selecta Sam. Those were the days before texting so I never let them know how much I loved the show, but I taped it religiously every week. I was introduced to a new kind of music – soul and funk – and I loved it. I had always liked jazz but this stuff was different. It was all the good bits I liked about jazz and much, much more. This definitely changed my musical tastes for the better and forever. I used to cut out their talking so I just had recordings of music to listen to during the week (this haunted me years later when I really wanted to know who all the artists and songs were). One of my favourite songs on the tapes (and still a fave) was a song called ‘You’, which turned out to be Maze, which I only realised years later when I found it on their self-titled album (a woohoo moment at Groovy, as in yelling out WOOHOO! when you come across a song and you’ve got the headphones on). So I guess that radio show is when I first heard Maze. Fast forward to today: I have doubles of every Maze record and Sam and Jubt are two of my best friends. I still have all my ‘The Main Ingredient’ cassettes, too. www.mazemuze.com for Kirk’s favourite group. (As far as the older funk/soul stuff goes).
CAMPBELL NGATA Top 5: Random 5x45
5. Morrissey Mullen ‘Come And Get Me’ (Beggars Banquet, 1982) That UK jazz funk period was a fertile, fun time. Party boogie tune with soulful vocals from Carol Kenyon? 4. Mirage ‘Summer Grooves’ (Flamingo, 1980) Similar groove to the above – that intro primes one perfectly for cutting shapes. I’m just reiterating this one ‘cause someone just posted this on the NZ Soul All Dayer page… will be played at the next one. 3. Howeefeel ‘People Of The World’ (FamilyGroove, 1977) Attributed to the Davis Brothers with Chicago origins, this was recorded in ’77 but just recently released. Essential crossover with nice open drum break at the end. 2. Anthony Watson ‘I Can’t Stop This Feeling’ (SRO, 1984) B-side to his minor hit. Killer ‘80s midtempo modern with nice vocals/horns/bassline. Just listen to it. Should be having more spins than it currently does. 1. Reality Band and Show ‘Gangster Boy’ (Appleray/AOTN, 1977) Big story behind this which I won’t go into, but I first heard this played by Swedish collectors Jussi Broberg and Sami Dariush on ‘A Downtown Affair’ a few years ago and it blew my mind. Then apparently going for $6000 I gave up on owning one of course. Then Fryer reissues thru the marvellous Athens Of The North imprint, which I hope y’all are supporting! www.aotn.com | We love Campbell’s Top 5 lists, as his selections are always immaculate. Campbell DJs regularly at Mt Maunganui’s Astrolabe. We reckon they’re spoiled and we’re stoked he makes the trek north to join the All Dayer Crew on the regular. _______________________________________________________________________________ KIRK JAMES Top 5: Current Favourite Boogie Tunes
1. Tavares ‘Do You Believe In Love?’ 2. Grey and Hanks ‘Tired Of Taking Chances’ 3. Melba Moore ‘Your Sweet Lovin’’ 4. Keni Burke ‘Keep On Singing’ 5. Mystic Martin ‘Haunting You (Crystal Ball)’ www.mixlcoud.com/kirkjames | One of the NZ Soul All Dayer key crew, Kirk James is a deep digging, vinyl appreciating, quality selector and a true gentleman. Oh, and he *loves* cats. Listen to him spinning beautiful music on ‘A Groove Theory’, 10am Mondays, on Base FM. _______________________________________________________________________________ Join the NZ Soul All Dayer community online:
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MICHAEL RUETTEN Top 5: Eddie Harris Joints
1. ‘Listen Here’, from The Electrifying… (1969) My first meeting with Eddie, and I’ve played it in the club ever since. This tune is the core of Harris’ opus. 2. ‘La Carnival’, from People Get Funny (1987) A real secret weapon no matter which crowd you are playing to. Watch out for the break! 3. ‘Turbulence’, from Excursions (1973) The title says it all. EH was a real musical freak and visionary. 4. ‘It’s Alright Now’, from That Is Why You’re Overweight (1975) Heavy slow funk BOMB with a simple positive message. 5. ‘Don’t Want Nobody…’, from I Need Some Money (1975) Eddie sings out the blues over eleven minutes. This album has two more cuts which I play out regularly: ‘Get On Down’ and ‘Bumpin’’. www.mixcloud.com/soulsearching_michaelruetten | Michael is a Frankfurt, Germany-based journalist, producer, promoter, broadcaster and DJ, whose genre hopping style has seen him perform regularly alongside the likes of Gilles Peterson, Mr Scruff, Peter Kruder, Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings and plenty more. His ‘Soul Searching’ radio show is essential listening. One of Michael’s favourite artists is prolific saxophonist and composer, Eddie Harris. _______________________________________________________________________________ CHIP MATTHEWS Top 5: Gigs
1. Tyra Hammond and The Tornadoes All of them. I went through a phase of taking wastedness to a level higher (no pun intended) than the last Tornadoes gig. Luckily the band dissolved before my brain did. 2. Opensouls after-gig jams at Havana That time where I had to play with the bass in a vertical position ‘cause there was just too many people in the joint. 3. Che-Fu in Hyde Park Thousands of people listening to us jam at a gig celebrating the monarchy… hmmm… 4. Eru Dangerspiel at the Town Hall (the first one) One of the most amazing nights of my life. 5. Opossum at some festival a handy drive in-land from Melbourne Hot, dry, hot, beer, hot, awesome. www.twitter.com/chipmatthews | Chip is one of Aotearoa’s finest bass players, having gigged/recorded/drank heavily with all of the groups mentioned above, and the likes of Ladi 6, Anika Moa, Homebrew, Anna Coddington and plenty more besides. The ex-Base FM Breakfast Show host now teaches at MAINZ. He’s still a GC, mind. And a badass bass player.
OMEGA B Finding THAT Track Stuck In Your Head In 2013 I travelled with my lovely wife Ayesha and a few other Wellingtonians to New York City for the 40th Anniversary celebration of the Universal Zulu Nation. Throughout the week of events and general shopping in the Big Apple we went to one of the major events of the anniversary, where on the bill were Ice T, Public Enemy, Lord Finesse, Ultramagnetic MCs, Naughty By Nature, Ice Cube and many more. Holding down the DJ duties for some of the night was the legendary Jazzy Jay. At one stage of his set he was jamming classic after classic – then this track came on which I had heard before on mixtapes but couldn’t at the time name. I thought I would shazam it, and it worked! The track in question? ‘Date With The Rain’ by Eddie Kendricks. So now my mission was to find it on wax. After New York we travelled to San Francisco. I was in vinyl heaven at Amoeba and Groove Merchant, raiding those dollar bins and coming up with the goodness. We also went to Rasputin Records on Haight Street where Ayesha found a sealed repress of the Eddie Kendricks LP People Hold On. I’m not one to be precious about getting the original – if possible for sure I will, but for me it’s about the music so a repress or bootleg is OK also. After listening to the whole LP when I got home, it is a very soulful outing! After all these years, I still love the hunt and digging in real stores with real people! OMEGA B AND AYESHA Top 10: Moments of the Universal Zulu Nation 40th Anniversary Trip 1. Seeing the Sugarhill Gang doing ‘Rapper’s Delight’ live with Grandmaster Caz doing his verse that was taken by Big Bank Hank. 2. DJ Jazzy Jay and Immortal Technique representing the Aotearoa Zulu while on stage. 3. Witnessing the SoulSonic Force perform ‘Planet Rock’ and more live. 4. Taking the Hush Hip Hop Tour (hosted by Grandmaster Caz) and meeting a stranger on the tour bus from Ashburton. 5. Staying on James Smith Place in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, with a friend from Hamilton who lives in NYC, and just happens to stay two doors down from where the Notorious BIG grew up. 6. Digging at The Thing in Brooklyn. 7. A continuous circle of B-Boys/B-Girls getting down to the music all night long. 8. Going to 5 Pointz, the mecca of Graffiti, one week before it got painted over and destroyed. 9. DJ Scratch playing an all 45’s set. 10. Seeing DJs we haven’t seen before, like 9th Wonder, Rich Medina, Red Alert, Grandwizard Theodore, Ali Shaheed and many more. Omega B and Ayesha are quite possibly the coolest married couple we know… _______________________________________________________________________________ KIRSTY HARGREAVES Top 5: Current Favourites
1. Dianne Marie ‘I’ve Waited Much Too Long’ 2. Affinity ‘Don’t Go Away’ (dub) 3. Weeks and Co. ‘Tunnel Of Love’ 4. Sherrick ‘Do You Baby’ 5. Skool Boyz ‘Slip Away’ www.mixcloud.com/kirstyhargreaves71 | The real deal: the First Wahine of the NZ Soul All Dayer Crew, and essential listening on ‘The Bounce’, 10am Tuesdays on Base FM.
MURRY SWEETPANTS Top 5: Unexpected Californian Gems
1. Hearst Castle – William Randolf Hearst was the Rupert Murdoch of the ‘20s and ‘30s. Politicians, celebrities and sports stars all wanted the most coveted invite in town: a weekend at his estate in San Simeon, halfway between San Fran and LA on the Pacific Coast Highway. I’m not one for “museums”, but this place was mind blowing. Google the swimming pools. 2. Santa Cruz – immortalised in the opening sequence of The Lost Boys. Not only a cracking boardwalk, roller coaster and fun park, this town was also a pretty sweet spot for Thrift Store shopping and had some great record stores too. 3. Coppola Estate, Sonoma County – forget Disneyland, this might be the happiest place on earth for me. Legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola has created an impressive estate with a hefty pool complex, a great restaurant, heaps of movie memorabilia and some pretty fine wines too. 4. La Taqueria, 2889 Mission Street, San Francisco – reputed to be the best Mexican food in the United States. The random live Mariachi band certainly helped with the atmosphere, and the food was damn fine too. It’s pretty easy to over-order, and the neighbourhood is good for a wander to walk off the over-indulgence too. 5. Boot Barn – picture a retail store about the size of Real Groovy Auckland. Now fill it with belt buckles, Stetsons, cowpoke paraphernalia and ten thousand pairs of cowboy boots in all shapes and sizes to please every man, woman and child. Then imagine thirty-eight stores across Cali, and even more nationwide. www.mixcloud.com/msweetpants | Host Of Base FM’s ‘Special Needs Drive’ Show from 4pm Wednesdays, Murry also curates ‘This Is What You Are’, your regular Sunday afternoon aural insight into the inspirations and influences of some of NZ’s finest DJs, musicians and general characters. From 3pm Sundays, at 46 and York in Parnell. _______________________________________________________________________________ ROSE ALICE The Soul Song Which Changed My Life I’ve had many life changing moments musically, but I guess the two standout times in regards to soul music was hearing Aretha Franklin sing ‘Think’ in the Blues Brothers movie when I was about eight years old. I thought, “Wow! Who is this amazing woman and what is this music?” I was brought up on Blues, Folk and Classic Rock music, and hadn’t really heard that kind of thing before. It really struck a chord with me, and so began my love for soul and gospel music. Another time was hearing Leroy Hutson’s ‘Lucky Fellow’ when I was living in London in 1999. Again, “What? Who? Want!” It left such an impression on me. I loved how it celebrated this man’s love for his lady. I still get shivers when I hear that tune! It takes me back to an awakening musical time… _______________________________________________________________________________ This is issue #8 of the Soultearoa Shakedown fanzine. You can read all the back issues online:
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Published on Jul 17, 2015
The eighth edition of the Soultearoa Shakedown fanzine. This is a digital reproduction of the folding booklet lovingly assembled to coincide...