Friday, April 11, 2014

DJ Kool Emdee: Slow Burn Seduction

A little something for all my "slo-mo" fans for 420 Day. I'm sure all the kid's Easter eggs and candy will go pretty fast. Enjoy!

Slow Burn Seduction by Djkoolemdee on Mixcloud


01. Jeftuz - Spaced Out
02. BMB a.k.a. Space Kid - 888 (Show Love)
03. AbJo - Rule The World
04. Dpat - Over
05. SmoovGroovs - Spacey McFly
06. Ta-Ku - Daydream
07. starRo - Seduction
08. Sango - Lovely
09. Mr. Carmack - likelike highway
10. esta. - ycart
11. Jordan Rakei - Add The Bassline (starRo Remix)
12. Dwele' - Lady (Sango & Lakim Edit)
13. esta. - Free Love
14. Zuper - Perfect Melody
15. Soul - Only One (Joe Kay's Slowed Sade Edit)
16. J-Louis - All About The Panties (That Mara Hruby Flow)

Mixed by DJ Kool Emdee @ The Record Realm 4/8/14.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Flashback: Jill Scott

It was the summer of the year 2000 when singer-songwriter, actress, and poet Jill Scott released her debut album Who Is Jill Scott?: Words & Sounds Vol.1 on Hidden Beach Recordings. Although "Gettin' In The Way", "A Long Walk", and "He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)" were chart topping favorites that got her nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 2001, 2002, and 2003, the favorite for me was her song titled "It's Love" that had that Washington D.C. Go-Go feel to it.

We here at The Record Realm wish Miss Scott a very happy birthday and look forward to many more years of her creativity and acting. Cheers!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

DJ Kool Emdee: Soundbwoy Switch

I have a serious thing for UK Garage, so here's a set I did on an internet radio station that takes things back a few years with some 2-Step, then progressed into some hardcore, future jungle type beats, then finishes up with some Dancehall. This one should really get your motor running if you're at work on driving the streets and highways. Enjoy!

Soundbwoy Switch by Djkoolemdee on Mixcloud

Pioneer: New Turntable?

The intent was to post this last month when I got the news after DJ Q-bert dropped a hint about the "secret" turntable that Pioneer is developing. After the slip-up, many people started investigating and a few pics surfaced to show the prototype. As you can clearly see, it looks 95% like the classic Technics 1200's that first came to light from the Panasonic corporation in 1972.

The frontal view shows the strobes, tracking light, record plate, pitch slider, 45 adapter and holding slot, along with much of the writing itself looks awfully a lot like the Technics. The only exception is the Start/Stop button to the left, which is rounded for this model, instead of square. The have the pitch reset button included as well.

The side view shows the tonearm and anti-skating adjustments to also look much like the 1200's, except for the tonearm weight. The only difference being the color. In between the pitch slider and tonearm base, there appears to be pitch range buttons to take the tempo from the standard +8/-8 range, up to speeds of +16/-16 and +50/-50.

The questions to ask now are; Will the pricing be expensive or affordable? Will they be able to stand the test of time, like the Technics have? Will the weight of the overall turntable be like the Technics or heavier to help against vibrations while you DJ? Time will answer all of these questions. In the meantime. we'll be waiting to see and hopefull take a pair for a test run.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

starRo: Seduction

As a thank you for reaching 10,000 followers on Soundcloud, Los Angeles based producer starRo has some mellow goodness uploaded to give to fans as a gift. Enjoy!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Flashback: Biz Markie

Want to wish everybody reading a HAPPY SPRING here stateside. To get the season started, we present the sounds of the diabolical Biz Markie [a.k.a. "The Clown Prince of Hip-Hop"] and his Hip-Hop hit single "Spring Again", taken from The Biz Never Sleeps (1989). I would also like to take this time to shout out to all my ARIES brothers and sisters! This includes Biz and myself.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Kelvin Doe a.k.a. DJ Focus: 15 y/o Prodigy

As the saying goes; "One man's trash is another's treasure." Thanks to a share on Facebook, I found out about this young prodigy named Kelvin Doe a.k.a. DJ Focus, from Sierra Leone, who caught the attention of Massachusetts Institute of Technology [M.I.T.] from his inventions, of what he completely taught himself to make. Hailing from the Dwozark Farm section of Freetown, Sierra Leone, one of the poor sections of the city, Kelvin would often go to the trash dump yards to find parts from broken electronics to help make his inventions. Listen to more of his story by watching the video below, courtesy of THNKR and TEDxTEENS.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Flashback: Rose Royce

"Love Don't Live Here Anymore" by Soul/Funk group Rose Royce is noted as being one of the first songs to use the electronic LinnDrum drum machine, which Dave Thompson, author of Funk noted as if " virtually duetted with Dickey, creating one of the most distinctive records of the year—and one of the most imitated of the age.". Originally recorded in 1978 by Rose Royce, the song has been covered by Faith Evans, Madonna, and a few other groups. The song was written by British songwriter Miles Gregory, produced by Paul Buckmaster and Norman Whitfield on his own Whitefield Records, and featured lead vocals by Gwen Dickey.

Run C.T.: Beat Junkie Vol.1

Last night for the video shoot for The Cypher Effect and the Underground Merger event we are doing tonight that's bridging the gap between generations of Houston underground Hip-Hop, I met this young producer who calls himself Run C.T. We used a couple of his beats for the shoot, and I have to say, this 20 year old has got it! His sounds are as if he was ripped right out of Hip-Hop's "golden era", as well as from the early stylings of Acid Jazz and Trip-Hop.

The main track by Run C.T. that was used is "Save The Children", taken from his Beat Junkie Vol.1 creation, samples the classic "Funky Drummer" break by Clyde Stubblefield, along with some jazzy piano riffs. Purchase this work of art to help finance future ventures by this talented beatsmith. Follow him on Soundcloud to keep updated with new sounds and to get exclusives.

"Music is an art. Just paint pictures with sound." - Run C.T.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lance Scott Walker & Peter Beste: Houston Rap Tapes

On this past Monday night on The Groove, a radio show hosted by Bobby Phats, I met author Lance Scott Walker who was featured on the show to promote his latest book called Houston Rap Tapes, which is the companion book for Houston Rap, by Walker and photographer Peter Beste. Houston Rap Tapes covers much of the Houston rap scene through a series of photography and an in-depth oral history through interviews of local rappers, producers, radio personalities, DJ's and label executives conducted by Walker.

Peter Beste (L) and Lance Scott Walker (R)

One particular interview that grabbed my attention is of Russell Washington, founder of Big Tyme Records, the label that released music from DJ Screw, the Screwed Up Click (S.U.C.) and other artists. There was a segment of him speaking of his shop in King's Flea Market and how people used to support the local artists:

Lance: What was King's [Flea Market] like back then? The same sort of gathering area that it is now, with everybody coming in?

Russell: Oh, back then it was the wild wild west. I mean, now, back then it was like....incredible. Back then there might have been four or five times the traffic. It was a hot commodity. When we did the UGK record, we sold like 4,000 copies out of my shop in a month. You know, it was like....that's a lot of copies of a cassette for a small record label. Man, it was unbelievable. Now, you know, I think they just don't market the flea market like they used to.

Lance: So they marketed it back then? Did they do radio commercials and that kind of stuff?

Russell: Haha, no. It was a lot was a different time, man. You know, you had a lot more street money, you had a lot more people workin', it was, people used to just come in know, it was nothing for somebody to walk in and spend $300 on CDs. Now you won't see $200-$300 in a day. Occasionally, you'll get maybe one wholesale customer come and spend that amount, but most of the customers've got a whole generation of people that's conditioned themselves not to buy music out of stores. They either look for it free on the web and buy a song from iTunes....check a guy on the street--three, four, five discs for $10, something like that.


Then we have who I call Houston's rap general, K-Rino. A veteran who has earned his stars and stripes through his lyricism and dedication. Here's a portion of his interview, taken from Houston Rap Tapes:

“Houston is a cool city because number one: I like the weather. I like to play basketball, so it’s the only place I know where I can shoot hoop year-round…it’s an independent city. A lot of people do they own thing out here. We’re not predominantly followers. We pretty much do our own thing in Houston. A few people tryin’ to claim gangs and all that but that ain’t too prevalent out here to my knowledge. But it’s a cool city, man, and with the music scene bein’ like it is now, there’s a bigger spotlight on the city now because the world’s attention is on Houston now.

“I’ll go visit a lot of places but I wouldn’t trade just livin’ in Houston for nowhere.”

Get copies of both books at: SINCUREBOOKS.COM