DJ Spinna – Marvin Gaye Birthday Mixtape


FROM DJ SPINNA PODCASTS:

Marvin Pentz Gaye Jr. (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984)

The whole world knows that I’m a huge Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Prince buff.
But the other beast of a soul artist that I love to death is Marvin Gaye, of course! His music deeply expresses the soul of a man.
The most bewildering thing about Marvin that I’ve come to understand more in my adult years is how he was able express his life experiences so artistically despite all his traumatic upheaval. I mean, his pops was a cross dressing preacher that practically despised his own son. I’ll never forget the day I found out his dad took him out, the day before his birthday! I couldn’t understand it and I was
sad as hell. But life is wild that way. All that pain he endured led to greatness.

Check these two youtube clips.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUfsI9jJr_I&feature=related
(Tom Joyner interview) The most honest interview I think I’ve ever seen an artist do while they’re STILL dealing with their issues, not after.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ9FViYsDQA
His dad was illmatic!

And a suggested read… Divided Soul: The Life Of Marvin Gaye by David Ritz (who actually co wrote Sexual Healing) This book will change your life and have you paying more attention to Marvin’s lyrics. I guarantee it!

I grew up with his music like so many so I thought it was only right to bless the world with a mix. Included here
here in this first episode are some rare releases, B-sides, alternate versions, exclusive re-edits and remixes courtesy of myself and some legendary dj/producer friends.

More Marvin heat to come shortly…
Enjoy

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Tracklisting:

Tracklisting:
01 – Flyin’ High (In the Friendly Sky)
02 – Sparrow
03 – Life is for learning
04 – Please stay
05 – Come live with me angel
06 – Stop, Look, Listen (To your heart) ft Diana Ross
07 – Let’s Get it on
08 – You sure love to ball
09 – Instrumental
10 – God is love
11 – After the Dance
12 – Mercy mercy me
13 – Interlude
14 – All I need to get by (ft Tammi Terrell)
15 – Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing (ft Tammi Terrell)
16 – Keep on loving me honey (ft Tammi Terrell)
17 – California soul (ft Tammi Terrell)
18 – Chained
19 – Time to get it together
20 – Where are we headed
21 – Life’s a game of give and take
22 – You can leave, but it’s going to cost you
23 – I want you

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Happy Birthday to my dear, Marvin Gaye…

by Michelle Jb on Saturday, 02 April 2011 at 07:10

Dear Marvin,

 

April 2nd of this year would have seen you celebrating your 72nd birthday. Sadly, April 1st is also the 27th anniversary since your passing from a fatal gunshot wound.

 

Your legacy has created an enduring musical output whose influence still reverberates to this day. One of Motown’s most beloved artists, you bucked the controlling system held firmly in place at the label during your 1970’s period thereby opening up the floodgates for some truly transcendental albums which would be released from the label thereon. In 1972, on May 21st (my birthday!) the seminal “What’s Going On” was released. Berry Gordy initially was reluctant to release the album fearing it was “too serious” for the general buying public (a.k.a. ‘white audience’) to embrace. Yet the album skyrocketed on the Pop charts eventually selling 3 million copies and inspiring whole generations of musicians with its political overtones in a lush R&B musical context. Marvin, somehow you and your collaborators created a masterpiece who’s message is still relevant in our modern, troubled times.

 

You continued breaking down barriers. Your incomparable vocal styles honed singing gospel and doo-wop in your teenage years were the driving force of your next album “Let’s Get It On”. Black music had always embodied seduction but the sound of moans on a commercial album with lyrics such as “Oh baby, please turn yourself around…oh baby, so I can love you good” was UNHEARD of. Janis, your new lover, muse and future wife, inspired a moment of revolution in music. Whether already in missionary or doggy style, we don’t know but damn Marvin – you were getting DOWN and inspiring generations of others to do the same! Your seduction suites continued with the Leon Ware penned “I Want You” album where you became so bold as to refrain “I want to give you some head”. Such raw sentiments were rarely sung outside the chitlin circuit. But your rawness always contained elegance…right on, now THAT’S talent! 😉

 

1978’s “Here, My Dear” was inspired by your divorce from Anna Gordy. Selling underwhelmingly upon its release, over the years it has on taken a life of its own becoming known as the “divorce album”. The autobiographical lyrics riding atop the many grooves set a precedent for honest personal testimonial in lyrical expression that to this author has only consistently seen explored within the Hip-Hop music genre.

 

When you made your move to Sony and released the “Midnight Love” album you were experiencing a resurgent peak in your career. Considering that you were in your 40’s, it showed how powerful honest, masterful singing and sincere intent could transcend stereotypes that only “young artists” could sell units on the pop charts. Which is why having your life taken from us is a tragedy many of us still mourn in the depth of our hearts. You were, because you ARE musical brilliance and vocal genius personified.

 

You had an extensive catalogue that-predated your 70’s output and which introduced your talents wonderfully to the world. “I heard it Through the Grapevine”, “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You” and your classic duets with some of Motown’s finest divas such as Tammi Terrell (‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, ‘You’re All I Need To Get By’, ‘If This World Were Mine’) and Diana Ross (‘You Are Everything’) have stood, and thrived, with the test of time. But it’s your seminal 1970’s work whose influence arguably has the strongest grasp. Your soul, passion, conscious-raising intent, spiritual vibrations and diligence to the craft of recorded music have touched and continue to touch so many. We still feel your influence lingering. One beautiful tribute came coutresy of Teena Marie titled “My Dear Mr. Gaye” which featured on her biggest selling album to date, ‘Starchild’. Without question it was the interpolating of “You’re All I Need To Get By” which secured a massive hit (and Grammy Award) for the collaboration between Method Man & Mary J. Blige. Erick Sermon enjoyed renewed chart success with his poignantly edited interpolation of your acapella for “I’ve Got My Music”. Whole tribute albums have been dedicated solely to you, one even featuring your beautiful daughter Nona Gaye. You still continue to live on through Hip-Hop/R&B music as well. Artists as diverse as DeLaSoul, Jay-Z, Scarface, Ice Cube, Bahamadia, Pharcyde, Tweet & Aaliyah through either sampling or covering your work have added a dimension of lushness to their own musical output.

 

My dear Marvin Gaye – we love the gifts you offered and miss you greatly. But beyond any sadness we may feel, thank you for the great memories we hold with your voice being at the fore to the soundtrack of our lives.

Sincerely,

Michelle JB

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Michelle Jb (a.k.a. MsMerising) is an addict for fierce funkin’ females who can sang. A relentless digger and researcher of obscure women artists in rare-groove/funk music, you can find several of her contributions at www.funkmysoul.gr

Soul Of Sydney#5 ‘A Lesson In Love’: Valentines Day Soul, Funk; Hip Hop Mix By DJ Mo’Funk


Our podcast this week is a special one presented by Sydneys own DJ Mo’Funk (Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter), featuring 50+ Soul, Funk & Hip Hop loved up jams put together just for valentines day for all you lovers around town.

Mo decided to put together a unique & rare dj mix, something he has never done but has always fancied putting together one day, this week seems very fitting to make something like this happen!

Plenty of soul legends represented here, expect everything from D’angelo,Teddy Pendergrass,Erykah Badu,The Isley Brothers,Michael Jackson,Sade,Bobby Caldwel just to name a few.

Enjoy!

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Tracks

01 – Common / Teddy Pendergrass – “Intro” (instrumental) / “Love TKO
02 – Jamiroquai “Talulah”
03 – The Shelltoes “Don’t Explain”
04 – Joe “And Then…”
05 – Naked Music NYC “3 A.M.”
06 – Erykah Badu “On & On” Continue reading

Good Vibrations Festival Mix Feat. Nas, Damien Marley, Erylah Badu, Faithless, Kelis, Ludacris, Aloe Blacc,The Roots, Fat Freddys Drop,Koolism,Ol’ Dirty Bastard,Jazzanova


Just a festival warm up/warm down mixtape featuring some of our favorite artists performing @ Good Vibrations 2011.

Style: dub, roots, reggae,funk, Soul, hip hop & Beats

Run Time: 80mins

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Tracklist:

  1. ERYKAH BADU & STEPHEN MARLEY – IM IN LOVE WITH  YOU
  2. DAMIEN MARLEY – WELCOME TO JAM ROCK
  3. ALOE BLOCC – MISFORTUNE
  4. ERYKAH BADU – HONEY (DUB REMIX)
  5. NAS – THUGS MANSION
  6. ERYKAH BADU – APPLE TREE
  7. NAS – IF I RULE THE WORLD
  8. DAMIEN MARLEY & BLACK THOUGHT (THE ROOTS) – PARADISE
  9. ALOE BLACC – I NEED A DOLLAR
  10. NAS – SURVIVING THE TIMES
  11. NAS – GET DOWN
  12. ALOE BLACK – HEY THERE BROTHER
  13. FAITHLESS – SOUND CHECK JAM
  14. NAS – MADE YOU LOOK
  15. FAITHLESS – ALI
  16. NAS AND KELIS – HEY NAS
  17. FAT FREDDYS DROP – ROADY (NEXTMEN REMIX)
  18. FAITHLESS – BASEBALL CAP
  19. OLD DIRTY BASTARD + KELIS – I GOT YOUR MONEY
  20. LUDACRIS – AREA CODE
  21. KELIS – TRICK ME
  22. KELIS – 80’S JOINT
  23. FAT FREDDYS DROP – FLASH BACK (JAZZANOVA MIX)
  24. FAT FREDDYS DROP – WANDERING EYE
Style: dub, roots, reggae,funk, Soul, hip hop & Beats

Run Time: 80mins

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Festival Set Times, Tix & Info Here

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Anzac Day Musical Tribute (Feat. Marvin Gaye, John Legend, The Doors,Funkadelic,The Herd & Jedi Mind Tricks)


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Rudyard Kipling – Ode To Remembrance (1914)
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

Lest We Forget
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ANZAC Day, April 25th marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during WWI.

We though it would be fitting to select songs that pay respect to solders efforts and also help us to better understand the struggles  of a soldiers of the battle field.

The Herd – 19

Marvin Gaye – Whats Going On

John Legend-Coming Home

The Doors – Five to One

Funkadelic – March To The Witch’s Castle

Jedi Mind Tricks – Uncommon Valor (A Vietnam Story)

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