Next Tuesday Bonnefooi and Soundboldly, our joint effort with On-Point, organise their first Bedroom Beats event. This is a get together for producers and people who like forward thinking music made by local upcoming beatmakers where we’ll present new music through a demo-session and new artists through live gigs. More info about this here and here. The first 2 gigs will be by Ynoji and 6SISS and we invited them for a chat in our studio.
Last Saturday while doing the Back To Niceness show the thought we could easily do a full Donald Byrd tribute show pop into our minds. While preparing our show and checking more Donald Byrd records we decided to go for it and play nothing put original tunes, related projects, covers and tunes that sampled the man’s work. So here’s a 1 hour long reminder of Donald Byrd greatness and legacy with some of our favourite tracks with his touch on them.
Madlib – Stepping Into Tomorrow – Blue Note
Black Moon – Buck Em Down – Wreck
Donald Byrd – Wind Parade – Blue Note
Jazzmatazz – Loungin’ – Blue Note
Donald Byrd – Black Byrd – Blue Note
The Blackbyrds – Happy Music – Fantasy
Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam – Let The Beat Hit ‘em (Brand New Super Pumped C&C Vocal Club Mix) – Columbia
Main Source – Looking Out The Front Door – Actual
A Tribe Called Quest – Footprints – Jive
The Detroit Experiment – Think Twice – Planet E
Theo Parrish – Early Byrd – Sound Signature
The Blackbyrds – Future Children, Future Hopes – Fantasy
Donald Byrd – Dance Band – Blue Note
This Saturday we fell in for Deejay Kwak and took over the Back To Niceness radio show. Our trademark all over the place excursion with lots of Donald Byrd and Dilla thrown in to honour these 2 legends we’ve lost. Big up to Kwak and to Jan for hosting the show.
Donald Byrd – Cristo Redentor – Blue Note
Freddie Hubbard – Red Clay – CTI
Big Joe – Satta Riddim – Jackpot
Chantage – Same Thing Twice – RongoRongo
Colourbox – Baby I Love You So – 4AD
Internal Sun – Altsequoia – CDR
J Dilla – Think Twice – BBE
J Dilla – Make It Fast – Nature Sounds
Jaylib – The Red – Stones throw
Steve Spacek – Dollar – Sound In Color
Phat Kat – Don’t Nobody Care About Us – HSR
Donald Byrd – Wind Parade – Blue Note
America – Tin Man – Warner Bros
Xavier – Do It To The Max – Liberty
Innerzone Orchestra – People Make The World Go Round (J88 Worldwide Edit) – Planet E
Ingram – DJ’s Delight – Streetwave
Fatback Band – Keep On Steppin’ – Ace
Kasso – One More Round – Starnight
Herbert – Moving Like A Train – Accidental
Material – Over & Over – ZE
Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around – Elektra
Wynd Chymes – Alakazam – RCA
Billy Palmier – Tonight – On-Point
Alex Blaxx – The Evening News – Buzzin’ Fly
Kerri Chandler – Rain (Atjazz Remix) – Nervous
Donald Byrd – Lansana’s Priestess – Blue Note
We will very rarely refuse to play at a benefit. Only when it’s for a wrong cause or it’s a blatant rip-off will we say no when doing what we love can help people. When our radio home fm brussel asked us if we would join this one we gladly said yes. Although raising money for Japan or Haiti meant more than an extra gig for us, this time the reason for the benefit is much closer to our heart, the homeless in Brussels. Even if we’re privileged to have it well and well-aware of it their struggle isn’t as far off as an earthquake on the other side of the globe and our empathy is far more real. It’s something we’re confronted with on a daily basis and, honestly, something hard to handle. Giving money to everyone begging isn’t the solution but doing nothing ain’t the one either. Are all beggars homeless and in need of the money? Is that thought a bit cynic? Should I volunteer for something to ease my conscious? And other similar questions make it a difficult thing to bear sometimes.
Doing our bit at this benefit will be a first step for us to do something worthwhile and hopefully for others too. It shouldn’t have to be a one-off pass to some peace of mind. Hopefully this is a stepping stone to getting to know the problem better and finding ways to do something about it which are not just patches on the wound but treatments. So feel free to delve deeper into the problem. Like we always hope you with the music we play.
Saturday we play from 1 till 3 in one of the rooms (you’ll have to choose between us and Tom Barman, by the way). There are 3 rooms full of DJs and during the afternoon there are concerts, comedy and more. The latter is free, the evening part isn’t. Best buy your tickets in pre-sale as it looks like it’s gonna be a roadblock.