RARE John Morales ‘Funk’ Mixtape! – GET ON THE FUNK TRAIN!


JOHN MORALES FUNK TRAIN MIXTAPE

  1. Bobby Womack – Across 110 Street
  2. James Brown -Give It Up, Turn It Loose
  3. People’s Choice – Do It Anyway You Wanna Do It
  4. WAR – “Galaxy”
  5. Parliament – Knee Deep
  6. Manu Dibango – Soul Makossa
  7. Booker T & MG’s – Melting pot
  8. SHARON REDD – Can You Handel It
  9. Glitter Band – Makes You Blind
  10. Funky Bunch – Juest Begun
  11. MFSB – Love Is The Message

Play @ MIX CLOUD

Soul of Sydney Block Party Presents: An Afternoon with NYC Disco Legend John Morales (Sun April 1st)

FACEBOOK EVENT

or Email soulofsydney@gmail.com for info & discounted tickets

Special limited $15 tickets are available from Resident Advisor –> http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?344721

Soul Of Sydney and Our House Sydney are blessed to present one of the legends (not used lightly) of New York Disco and an early pioneer of dance music production, remixing and DJ’ing – John Morales.

John has been involved in the creation of hit DISCO records for the better part of 30 years with over 500 songs on his own, and as part of John Morales & Sergio Munzibai (M & M Productions). Known in the industry as an innovator and chance taker, John has always welcomed the challenge of working with new artists and can lay claim to being one of the originators of the extended mix, remix and re-edit concept.

Having worked, remixed or edited everyone from Marvin Gaye, Inner Life, Jocelyn Brown, Fantastic Aleems, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin, Evelyn Thomas, Fantastic Aleems, Brass Construction, War, Candi Staton, Loletta Holloway, First Choice, Salsoul Orchestra & Double Exposure just to name a few, expect John to give a FUNK & DISCO lesson covering 30+ years of the sound that shaped music as we know it today.

Local supports include Gian Arpino, Phil Toke, Alex Dimitriades, Phil Hudson & Soul of Sydney DJ’s

TICKETS:

Special limited $15 tickets are available from Resident Advisor –> http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?344721

Also check out www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty for tour news, mix-tapes and more info.

JOHN MORALES

In 1975 while working as a DJ in local Bronx club, John Morales realised that he wanted to lengthen the duration of some of his records. Back then the duration of most records was 3 to 4 minutes, so by using his TEAC 71/2 and a box of razor blades, John started splicing tape for endless hours and became one the first DJ’s to create the ‘extended mix’ (or ‘remix’ in it’s original form). In doing so, he realised that he could achieve a similar outcome by cutting, slicing and taping parts from different recordings. This formed the basis for his acclaimed (deadly) medleys. John says “I can still see the 100′s of edits zoom by every-time I play the tape”. John Morales started to release some of his reel to reel edits, medleys and remixes to Acetate via the Sunshine Sound (a NYC studio where DJ’s could bring their reel to reel tapes and have acetate copies cut one at a time), so that he could play these tracks at clubs. Greg Carmichael gave him his first mixing job after hearing some of his Sunshine Acetate mixes and these first two official mixes made him famous: ‘Dance and Shake Your Tambourine’ by ‘The Universal Robot Band’ and the classic ‘I’m Caught Up” by Inner Life. However some of his early mixes and edits, even those officially released, were and remain uncredited and so might not appear in his discography! John has worked for numerous acts and has been involved in the creation of over 500 songs – both on his own and as part of John Morales & Sergio Munzibai (M & M Productions). John Morales can lay claim to being one of the most important figures in the creation of the extended mix, remix and re-edit concept.

Marvin Gaye – Want You (John Morales Acapella Dub)
http://soundcloud.com/john-morales/want-you-accapella-dub-final

Teena Marie – I Need Your Lovin Live Rare Long M+M Long Beach 1981
http://soundcloud.com/john-morales/teena-marie-i-need-your-lovin

Inner Life -Aint No Mountain – Breakdown Mix
http://soundcloud.com/john-morales/inner-life-aint-no-mountain-1

www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty
www.ourhousesydney.com

 

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NY DISCO: The Fantastic Aleems – Hooked On Your Love (John Morales Mix)


Cant get enough of these remixes! Morales is the man Behind the Desk for some of the biggest disco records, cant wait for him to drop the goodness this Sunday afternoon at UTS Loft.

Soul of Sydney Block Party Presents: An Afternoon with NYC Disco Legend John Morales (Sun April 1st)

FACEBOOK EVENT

or Email soulofsydney@gmail.com for info & discounted tickets

Special limited $15 tickets are available from Resident Advisor –> http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?344721

Soul Of Sydney and Our House Sydney are blessed to present one of the legends (not used lightly) of New York Disco and an early pioneer of dance music production, remixing and DJ’ing – John Morales.

John has been involved in the creation of hit DISCO records for the better part of 30 years with over 500 songs on his own, and as part of John Morales & Sergio Munzibai (M & M Productions). Known in the industry as an innovator and chance taker, John has always welcomed the challenge of working with new artists and can lay claim to being one of the originators of the extended mix, remix and re-edit concept.

Having worked, remixed or edited everyone from Marvin Gaye, Inner Life, Jocelyn Brown, Fantastic Aleems, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin, Evelyn Thomas, Fantastic Aleems, Brass Construction, War, Candi Staton, Loletta Holloway, First Choice, Salsoul Orchestra & Double Exposure just to name a few, expect John to give a FUNK & DISCO lesson covering 30+ years of the sound that shaped music as we know it today.

Local supports include Gian Arpino, Phil Toke, Alex Dimitriades, Phil Hudson & Soul of Sydney DJ’s

TICKETS:

Special limited $15 tickets are available from Resident Advisor –> http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?344721

Also check out www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty for tour news, mix-tapes and more info.

JOHN MORALES

In 1975 while working as a DJ in local Bronx club, John Morales realised that he wanted to lengthen the duration of some of his records. Back then the duration of most records was 3 to 4 minutes, so by using his TEAC 71/2 and a box of razor blades, John started splicing tape for endless hours and became one the first DJ’s to create the ‘extended mix’ (or ‘remix’ in it’s original form). In doing so, he realised that he could achieve a similar outcome by cutting, slicing and taping parts from different recordings. This formed the basis for his acclaimed (deadly) medleys. John says “I can still see the 100′s of edits zoom by every-time I play the tape”. John Morales started to release some of his reel to reel edits, medleys and remixes to Acetate via the Sunshine Sound (a NYC studio where DJ’s could bring their reel to reel tapes and have acetate copies cut one at a time), so that he could play these tracks at clubs. Greg Carmichael gave him his first mixing job after hearing some of his Sunshine Acetate mixes and these first two official mixes made him famous: ‘Dance and Shake Your Tambourine’ by ‘The Universal Robot Band’ and the classic ‘I’m Caught Up” by Inner Life. However some of his early mixes and edits, even those officially released, were and remain uncredited and so might not appear in his discography! John has worked for numerous acts and has been involved in the creation of over 500 songs – both on his own and as part of John Morales & Sergio Munzibai (M & M Productions). John Morales can lay claim to being one of the most important figures in the creation of the extended mix, remix and re-edit concept.

Marvin Gaye – Want You (John Morales Acapella Dub)
http://soundcloud.com/john-morales/want-you-accapella-dub-final

Teena Marie – I Need Your Lovin Live Rare Long M+M Long Beach 1981
http://soundcloud.com/john-morales/teena-marie-i-need-your-lovin

Inner Life -Aint No Mountain – Breakdown Mix
http://soundcloud.com/john-morales/inner-life-aint-no-mountain-1

www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty
www.ourhousesydney.com

Seminal NYC DISCO, Early House: The Boss !


The Boss Breakdown Unedited Final Mix 2004

Disco Disco Disco ! Expression running right through this classic remix.

Soul of Sydney Block Party Presents: An Afternoon with NYC Disco Legend John Morales (Sun April 1st)

FACEBOOK EVENT

or Email soulofsydney@gmail.com for info & discounted tickets

Special limited $15 tickets are available from Resident Advisor –> http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?344721

Soul Of Sydney and Our House Sydney are blessed to present one of the legends (not used lightly) of New York Disco and an early pioneer of dance music production, remixing and DJ’ing – John Morales.

John has been involved in the creation of hit DISCO records for the better part of 30 years with over 500 songs on his own, and as part of John Morales & Sergio Munzibai (M & M Productions). Known in the industry as an innovator and chance taker, John has always welcomed the challenge of working with new artists and can lay claim to being one of the originators of the extended mix, remix and re-edit concept.

Having worked, remixed or edited everyone from Marvin Gaye, Inner Life, Jocelyn Brown, Fantastic Aleems, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin, Evelyn Thomas, Fantastic Aleems, Brass Construction, War, Candi Staton, Loletta Holloway, First Choice, Salsoul Orchestra & Double Exposure just to name a few, expect John to give a FUNK & DISCO lesson covering 30+ years of the sound that shaped music as we know it today.

Local supports include Gian Arpino, Phil Toke, Alex Dimitriades, Phil Hudson & Soul of Sydney DJ’s

TICKETS:

Special limited $15 tickets are available from Resident Advisor –> http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?344721

Also check out www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty for tour news, mix-tapes and more info.

JOHN MORALES

In 1975 while working as a DJ in local Bronx club, John Morales realised that he wanted to lengthen the duration of some of his records. Back then the duration of most records was 3 to 4 minutes, so by using his TEAC 71/2 and a box of razor blades, John started splicing tape for endless hours and became one the first DJ’s to create the ‘extended mix’ (or ‘remix’ in it’s original form). In doing so, he realised that he could achieve a similar outcome by cutting, slicing and taping parts from different recordings. This formed the basis for his acclaimed (deadly) medleys. John says “I can still see the 100′s of edits zoom by every-time I play the tape”. John Morales started to release some of his reel to reel edits, medleys and remixes to Acetate via the Sunshine Sound (a NYC studio where DJ’s could bring their reel to reel tapes and have acetate copies cut one at a time), so that he could play these tracks at clubs. Greg Carmichael gave him his first mixing job after hearing some of his Sunshine Acetate mixes and these first two official mixes made him famous: ‘Dance and Shake Your Tambourine’ by ‘The Universal Robot Band’ and the classic ‘I’m Caught Up” by Inner Life. However some of his early mixes and edits, even those officially released, were and remain uncredited and so might not appear in his discography! John has worked for numerous acts and has been involved in the creation of over 500 songs – both on his own and as part of John Morales & Sergio Munzibai (M & M Productions). John Morales can lay claim to being one of the most important figures in the creation of the extended mix, remix and re-edit concept.

Marvin Gaye – Want You (John Morales Acapella Dub)
http://soundcloud.com/john-morales/want-you-accapella-dub-final

Teena Marie – I Need Your Lovin Live Rare Long M+M Long Beach 1981
http://soundcloud.com/john-morales/teena-marie-i-need-your-lovin

Inner Life -Aint No Mountain – Breakdown Mix
http://soundcloud.com/john-morales/inner-life-aint-no-mountain-1

www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty
www.ourhousesydney.com

 

Marvin Gaye – The Rare John Morales Mixes (Your The Man Whats Going On, I Want You, Love Party, Heavy Love Affair, Funk Me)


Gaye performing live at the Oakland Coliseum d...

Gaye performing live at the Oakland Coliseum during his 1973–1974 tour (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marvin Gaye – I Want You (John Morales Breakdown Mix)

In 2008 I had the pleasure to Mix one of my all time favourite Marvin Gaye Tracks I Want You. There were Four Mixes in The Package 2 of which are in this set ,this was a labour of Love for me having mixed so many of Marvin tracks I always felt a connection to him and his music, and hope wherever he is, he’s feeling my work.. I played everything myself excepts for a few bits from the original master. There is no greater pleasure in life than being able to do what you are passionate about and I am grateful that I have the opportunity to work on some of the greatest music of all time, I am truly blessed and hope you enjoy my work..

Thanks John

MARVIN GAYE – I WANT YOU (JOHN MORALES DUB REMIX)
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MARVIN GAYE – HEAVY LOVE AFFAIR (JOHN MORALES ALT REMIX)

Marvin Gaye – Love Party – Rare 2006 Unreleased (John Morales M+M Mix)

Was fortunate to mix Marvin Gaye’s Im Our Lifetime Expanded Edition CD in 2006 during those sessions I made some extended mixs of all the tracks I Mixed I’ve had theses Mixs since then this is the extended version of Marvin’s Disco Style Love Party . Hopy you enjoy it

Marvin Gaye -Your The Man Whats Goin ON 40th Preview Track (John Morales Mix)

The is a preview Track from the Marvin Gaye 40th Anniversary Expanded Deluxe Box Set Being released on Tuesday June 7, 2011 ..Includes 20 Tracks Mixed by Legendary Mixer/Producer John Morales … This Deluxe set is a must for a Marvin Gaye and Whats goin on Fans..

Marvin Gaye Funk Me (Rare 2006 JohnMorales M+M Mix)

Our House & Soul of Sydney Block Party Presents: An Afternoon with NYC Disco Legend John Morales (Sun April 1st)

FACEBOOK EVENT

or Email soulofsydney@gmail.com for info & discounted tickets

Special limited $15 tickets are available from Resident Advisor –> http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?344721

Soul Of Sydney and Our House Sydney are blessed to present one of the legends (not used lightly) of New York Disco and an early pioneer of dance music production, remixing and DJ’ing – John Morales.

John has been involved in the creation of hit DISCO records for the better part of 30 years with over 500 songs on his own, and as part of John Morales & Sergio Munzibai (M & M Productions). Known in the industry as an innovator and chance taker, John has always welcomed the challenge of working with new artists and can lay claim to being one of the originators of the extended mix, remix and re-edit concept.

Having worked, remixed or edited everyone from Marvin Gaye, Inner Life, Jocelyn Brown, Fantastic Aleems, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin, Evelyn Thomas, Fantastic Aleems, Brass Construction, War, Candi Staton, Loletta Holloway, First Choice, Salsoul Orchestra & Double Exposure just to name a few, expect John to give a FUNK & DISCO lesson covering 30+ years of the sound that shaped music as we know it today.

Local supports include Gian Arpino, Phil Toke, Alex Dimitriades, Phil Hudson & Soul of Sydney DJ’s

TICKETS:

Special limited $15 tickets are available from Resident Advisor –> http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?344721

Also check out www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty for tour news, mix-tapes and more info.

JOHN MORALES

In 1975 while working as a DJ in local Bronx club, John Morales realised that he wanted to lengthen the duration of some of his records. Back then the duration of most records was 3 to 4 minutes, so by using his TEAC 71/2 and a box of razor blades, John started splicing tape for endless hours and became one the first DJ’s to create the ‘extended mix’ (or ‘remix’ in it’s original form). In doing so, he realised that he could achieve a similar outcome by cutting, slicing and taping parts from different recordings. This formed the basis for his acclaimed (deadly) medleys. John says “I can still see the 100′s of edits zoom by every-time I play the tape”. John Morales started to release some of his reel to reel edits, medleys and remixes to Acetate via the Sunshine Sound (a NYC studio where DJ’s could bring their reel to reel tapes and have acetate copies cut one at a time), so that he could play these tracks at clubs. Greg Carmichael gave him his first mixing job after hearing some of his Sunshine Acetate mixes and these first two official mixes made him famous: ‘Dance and Shake Your Tambourine’ by ‘The Universal Robot Band’ and the classic ‘I’m Caught Up” by Inner Life. However some of his early mixes and edits, even those officially released, were and remain uncredited and so might not appear in his discography! John has worked for numerous acts and has been involved in the creation of over 500 songs – both on his own and as part of John Morales & Sergio Munzibai (M & M Productions). John Morales can lay claim to being one of the most important figures in the creation of the extended mix, remix and re-edit concept.

Red Bull Music Academy DUBAI: DUST, Benji B, Nickodemus + Wriggly Scott (Another Music), Mr Yeti (Ten Thousand Yen), James Locksmith (JembeMusic) and Megadon Betamax (Voyeurhythm)


Just caught this bit of goodness… Our good mate & Local DJ, Radio Host & Wax Collector James Locksmith  is holding it down overseas and flying the flag for real music around the work at this Red Bull Music showcase in Duabi.Great to see local talent doing their thing overseas…from what I am hearing, building a bit of a following of ‘funk’ loving locals too.

FLYER -1

Dubai

Exclusive Mix: DUST DJ’s Benji B, Nickodemus and Red Bull Music Academy NuJazz (654 of 2)

Tonight sees the next instalment essential new beats and bass night from some of Dubai‘s premiere music taste-makers

DUST is the new Dubai night that is spearheading a dope mix of left-leaning heavy bass and beats and worldwide riddims. The core DUST DJs are Wriggly Scott (Another Music), Mr Yeti (Ten Thousand Yen), James Locksmith (JembeMusic) and Megadon Betamax (Voyeurhythm). “Each brings their own flavour to the parties, spinning everything from hip hop to disco to future beats and back again,” they explain. Tonight, March 23, DUST have teamed up with Red Bull Music Academy to bring out Benji B and Nickodemus to the UAE. There’s even the Info Sessions that feature individual talks and Q&A sessions with Benji B ad Nickodemus, followed by a studio session. Dubai’s music essentiality – check the DUST mix below too!

Satellite Voices: Can you introduce DUST the night and the vibe you bring to Dubai’s music scene?
DUST DJs: DUST is a monthly party focused on bringing fun people and great left of field music together; where you can hear all manner of music styles, both spun and live, that are rarely represented in Dubai’s commercial entertainment environment. So far we’ve hosted DJ Sotusura form Jordan, The Beirut Groove Collective form Lebanon and for our next party tonight March 23rd we’ve teamed up with Redbull Music Academy to bring out Benji B and Nickodemus.

SV: Can you introduce the DUST resident DJs?
DUST DJs: The core DUST DJs are Wriggly Scott (Another Music), Mr Yeti (Ten Thousand Yen), James Locksmith (JembeMusic) and Megadon Betamax (Voyeurhythm).  Each brings their own flavour to the parties, spinning everything from hip hop to disco to future beats and back again. Megadon Betamax will actually be in London on the night of the 23rd – he’s playing at The Queen of Hoxton alongside his labelmates from Voyerhythm.

SV: What do you most admire with a Benji selection?
DUST DJs: The eclectic, unpredictable depth and variety of music he plays; very much how we all like to keep our own selections. We play a lot of different sounds but some of the artists and labels based in London we follow are xxxy, Mickey Pearce, Hudson Mohawke, Mystro, Royalty, Young Turks, Eglo, Oneman, JusLikeMusic, Earnest Endeavours, Ill Move Sporadic, Dubbledge…

SV: And when it comes to Turntables on the Hudson – it’s a legendary NYC heritage night – were you inspired by Nickodemus and Giant Step from back in the day?
DUST DJs: Yes definitely, any long-running night with an eclectic music policy is an inspiration, and also Giant Step is an excellent model to learn from.

SV: What about NYC music producers and vibe, what are you listening to from New York right now?
DUST DJs: Falty Dl, DFA, Oddissee, Machinedrum, Cubic Zirconia, On The Prowl, Lewis Parker, again our tastes are quite diverse and there are too many to mention.

SV: As an insight into the Dubai music scene how does the city and the artists in the city inspire you? 
DUST DJs: The big inspiration we get from Dubai is the real lack of an established music scene and the opportunity that presents for us all to build and promote quality events and music. In addition, we’re constantly inspired by our friends, and people in general here; many of whom are equal parts passionate, talented and supportive.

Check out the rest of the On Air series with our partners Mixcloud

MIXTAPE: Rare Early 80s John Morales Boogie & Funk Mix LIVE on WBLS New York City (1982)


S.O.S. BAND High Hopes
BRENDA TAYLOR You Can’t Have Your Cake And Eat It Too
DEODATO Keep On Movin’
SHARON REDD Never Give You Up
INNER LIFE Seconds
RAW SILK Do It To The Music
BOOTSY COLLINS Body Slam
VANITY 6 If A Girl Answers, Don’t Hang Up
THE GAP BAND You Dropped A Bomb On Me
KLEIN & MBO Dirty Talk
INNER LIFE I’ve Got To Find Me Somebody
ABC The Look Of Love (U.S. Dub Mix)

FACEBOOK EVENT

Special limited $15 tickets are available from Resident Advisor –> http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?344721

Soul Of Sydney and Our House Sydney are blessed to present one of the legends (not used lightly) of New York Disco and an early pioneer of dance music production, remixing and DJ‘ing – John Morales.

John has been involved in the creation of hit DISCO records for the better part of 30 years with over 500 songs on his own, and as part of John Morales & Sergio Munzibai (M & M Productions). Known in the industry as an innovator and chance taker, John has always welcomed the challenge of working with new artists and can lay claim to being one of the originators of the extended mix, remix and re-edit concept.

Having worked, remixed or edited everyone from Marvin Gaye, Inner Life, Jocelyn Brown, Fantastic Aleems, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin, Evelyn Thomas, Fantastic Aleems, Brass Construction, War, Candi Staton, Loletta Holloway, First Choice, Salsoul Orchestra & Double Exposure just to name a few, expect John to give a FUNK & DISCO lesson covering 30+ years of the sound that shaped music as we know it today.

Local supports include Gian Arpino, Phil Toke, Alex Dimitriades, Phil Hudson & Soul of Sydney DJ’s

TICKETS:

Special limited $15 tickets are available from Resident Advisor –> http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?344721

Also check out www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty for tour news, mix-tapes and more info.

JOHN MORALES

In 1975 while working as a DJ in local Bronx club, John Morales realised that he wanted to lengthen the duration of some of his records. Back then the duration of most records was 3 to 4 minutes, so by using his TEAC 71/2 and a box of razor blades, John started splicing tape for endless hours and became one the first DJ’s to create the ‘extended mix’ (or ‘remix’ in it’s original form). In doing so, he realised that he could achieve a similar outcome by cutting, slicing and taping parts from different recordings. This formed the basis for his acclaimed (deadly) medleys. John says “I can still see the 100’s of edits zoom by every-time I play the tape”. John Morales started to release some of his reel to reel edits, medleys and remixes to Acetate via the Sunshine Sound (a NYC studio where DJ’s could bring their reel to reel tapes and have acetate copies cut one at a time), so that he could play these tracks at clubs. Greg Carmichael gave him his first mixing job after hearing some of his Sunshine Acetate mixes and these first two official mixes made him famous: ‘Dance and Shake Your Tambourine‘ by ‘The Universal Robot Band‘ and the classic ‘I’m Caught Up” by Inner Life. However some of his early mixes and edits, even those officially released, were and remain uncredited and so might not appear in his discography! John has worked for numerous acts and has been involved in the creation of over 500 songs – both on his own and as part of John Morales & Sergio Munzibai (M & M Productions). John Morales can lay claim to being one of the most important figures in the creation of the extended mix, remix and re-edit concept.

Marvin Gaye – Want You (John Morales Acapella Dub)
http://soundcloud.com/john-morales/want-you-accapella-dub-final

Teena Marie – I Need Your Lovin Live Rare Long M+M Long Beach 1981
http://soundcloud.com/john-morales/teena-marie-i-need-your-lovin

Inner Life -Aint No Mountain – Breakdown Mix
http://soundcloud.com/john-morales/inner-life-aint-no-mountain-1

www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty
www.ourhousesydney.com

 

REVIEW: DJ QUIK @ the Gaelic Thursday, Mar15TH 2012


Atzi DJ Quik @ the Gaelic
Thursday, March 15th 2012

Reviewed by The Baroness

DJ Quik - Hovefestivalen 2011

In the thirty plus years since the ‘official’ inception of recorded Hip-Hop music, one could argue that no sub-genre of Hip-Hop music has permeated popular culture quite like the legacy of gangster-funk a.k.a. G-Funk. Vehemently abhorred by pockets of so-called Hip-Hop purists as misrepresentative, a thoughtful yet limited mind could argue that g-funk as a style remains reliant on a myriad of mid-west funk styles made famous by such luminaries such as the P-Funk collective and Zapp which have just been recycled for brainless mass consumption to generate profit. Literate music aficionados in contrast could counter that the sprawling hypnotic grooves, heavy baselines and funkdafied multi-gender lead & background vocals that characterize g-funk compositions are not only a modern extension of a rich legacy of funk music, but an authentic interpretation of Hip-Hop by a region that observed the signifying, dozens and braggadocios party roots at the core of East Coast born Hip-Hop music, understood it, and in turn offered up a unique sonic concoction of unbridled phatness that could have only been born and nurtured in that commodified but strikingly natural, golden yet smog-filled contradictory city of Los Angeles.

DJ Quik - Hovefestivalen 2011

G-funk has bred more than its fair share of classic records and iconic personalities. Legendary musician/producers who twenty years into the game continue to innovate and set a template for how to grow with your audience? No one can and has done it better than David Blake, better known under his stage moniker, DJ Quik. Over the course of his career fans have enjoyed scathing battle lines go down in infamy, fell out laughing over hilarious snaps and raps, listened to intently biting commentary of L.A. street politics, and empathized alongside highly confessional lyrics. We’ve outright jammed to funk that bumps, sang along to soulful hooks a-plenty, and cooled out to his legendary jazz-fusion inspired ‘Grooves’ which have peppered the majority of his releases. So when it was announced that after twenty years the still young-looking, gifted and black Fresh Coast legend himself was bound for Australian shores for a brief tour, minions came out in scores.

Ain’t nothing like a fresh coast party. As a former resident of Ghost Town and Palms, I can testify this well-known catchphrase is the truth and was hella ready for ish to get poppin’. It became evident I wasn’t alone in my sentiments. Though the assembled crowd at the Gaelic no doubt showed love to the scheduled support acts, it became rabidly clear that the party really got started when Quik’s official tour DJ Quix05 got behind the decks. A veteran party-rocker and regional turntablist champion back Stateside, Quix05 had the years of experience to know that barking at the crowd to ‘wake up’ wasn’t necessary and that the musical legacy of the Fresh Coast spoke for itself. Easefully teasing the crowd with back-to-back snippets of g-funk inspired classics, his too-brief musical homage prompted appreciative roars from the crowd, and was the perfect precursor to this historical night for West Coast music lovers. Soon after, DJ Quik finally graced the stage with his presence, prompting the Gaelic to thunderously erupt.

Quik’s twenty-year career has been ripe with memorable moments. In my opinion he couldn’t have started his Sydney set off any better than by dropping the first-verse to his classic diss track Dollaz + Sense. Though he did not spit those ingenuous diss-lines (he’s on good terms with Eiht these days), I have no doubt that fellow long-term fans appreciated the nod to that classic moment in battle rap history. No doubt Quik understood that long-term riders to his music wanted (and deserved) classics galore, and he was evidently more than happy to deliver the goods. An impeccably rhythmic, on-key spliff-wielding performance of Bomb Budd quickly ensued. Three songs in and long-term fans were already partially satiated for their old-school jonez, further cemented by the inclusion of Born and Raised in Compton. Though it was apparent that jawns performed from the album ‘Quik Is The Name’ held a myriad of memories, there was plenty of love shown for his more recent catalogue. This was evident by the crowd’s response to Put It On Me where Quik rhymed both Dre and his verses to an appreciative audience. We were than treated to an excellent performance of Ghetto Rendezvous, featured on the exceptional and under-rated album ‘The Book of David’. Telling of Quik’s professionalism is that though he messed up the two lines in the first verse (you know you did – haha!) a casual listener would have never known as his delivery never faltered for a second.

Sweet Black P***y, Black Mercedes, Get Down (which got this former Cali resident getting her Gangster Slide on in the limited space available), the crowd at the Gaelic was being pummeled with relentless Left Coast goodness. When Quik began reminiscing about recording with Tupac Shakur right after his release from jail, it not only solidified his place as an under-the-radar West Coast icon, it potentially revealed to those who may not have been as well-acquainted with his legacy on how DEEP his legacy goes and how far-reaching his talent has stretched. My one point of contention with Quik was when he blatantly quipped to the crowd that he considers himself a producer, not a rapper. Though I understand that Quik is a serious appreciative student of funk and soul music, a diligent producer with an unparalleled ear for melodies and arguably delivers THE best mixed albums in Hip-Hop music, period (yes, even crisper and clearer than Dre, mu’fuccas) he is and has been the voice for many moods and moments which is why his fans are so unabashedly loyal over the years. Go beyond his party jams and delve deeper in his album tracks and you will see an artist who has seemingly never been so vested in his personae that he’s forsaken and feared speaking his heart and mind on record. I truly believe over the years he’s been slept-on lyrically, so, out of this belief I cannot and will not co-sign any sentiments that deny him the place he deserves, even if so expressed by himself.

As the night continued daps, spliffs, and handshakes were exchanged freely between the man of the hour and the crowd. Several moments were set aside and dedicated in memory to legendary deceased artists like the aforementioned Tupac Shakur and Eazy-E, with Quix05 transforming Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ into a distinctly new beat on the decks in tribute to the King of Pop. For myself, Quik’s shout-outs to Nate Dogg hit my heart the hardest, as it was on this exact date one year ago, March 15th, that Nate Dogg transitioned. It was these small yet sincere gestures from one friend and fan like Quik to his former peers that helped metamorphosis the night from merely being just another Hip-Hop show to a more intimate and celebratory house-party. Freely rhyming into folks iPhones and cameras, when he broke out his collaboration with Tony Toni Tone ‘Let’s Get Down’ from their immaculate ‘House of Music’ album in full, the night truly reached a pinnacle. Descending into the crowd to get down and spread the love, holding up the mic to his fans mouths so they could punch in words, musical communion had climaxed. And it was sublime.