It’s been a few months since my last podcast but I’m finally back from hiatus with a slamming new show! I hope everyone had a chance to check out the new redesigned website and subscribed to the podcast. The podcast feed has moved, so to my old listeners please resubscribe to the show.
For the site unveiling I wanted to come back with a bang, so I have a very special mix lined up. DJ Prestige from Flea Market Funk accepted my offer to open up the new website with a guest mix! Prestige hails from Asbury Park New Jersey, he’s a crate digger, cereal fanatic, single speed road bike builder, beard cultivator and all around beat junkie. It’s always a pleasure for me to have someone on the show that I am a big fan of. I hope you enjoy this episode and keep coming back.
Here are a few words from DJ Prestige…
Hello Parkdale Funk people! When Double K asked me to do a mix for the new and improved Parkdale Funk, I jumped at the chance. I’ve put together a little mix here that at times really deviates from Flea Market Funk a bit, but the core of the word funky, remains. Starting off with a lesser known funky instrumental from a well known musician (I’m sure somebody knows who it is), I jump into an artist I reviewed on FMF a while ago, Billy Strange with a funky little rock number “Put A Little Led in Your Zeppelin”. This is definitely influenced by Led Zeppelin. The next track up is a woman who has definitely done her share of funky covers, this time a Blood, Sweat and Tears tune. Shirley Bassey tears up “Spinning Wheel”. There is a great DJ Spinna Remix of this with monster drums I suggest you seek out. Next up we have Hannibal, with “Wake Up”. Screaming guitars and a killer horn section, plus the Mighty One preaching on the track make this a keeper. I wanted to throw in some Albert King, but didn’t want to put the usual, known King sides. “Oh, Pretty Woman” is no Roy Orbison or Van Halen cover of the original, rather a great Blues Funk side with a good hook and drum break. Moving on to another guy I’ve reviewed, and the guitar Jazz Funk of Freddy Robinson. He gives us a great side in “Black Fox”. The next record is a local record from Monmouth County, New Jersey. The Soul Set feat. Norman Seldin do “Filet Au Soul”. The band was a Garage/ Soul Band from my area in the 60’s that I had to put on here. I don’t turn up much of these records. I know Larry at Funky 16 Corners has though. I was excited to feature a NJ artist on here, especially of the Soul variety. Here’s where I change it up a bit, and go a little Latin on you. Ray Baretto’s “Hard Hands” was hanging on the wall at Asbury Lanes collecting dust until I grabbed it, and The Los Angeles Negroes, while not traditionally funky, have a really eerie hook in “Sombras de Tu Recuerdo”. The next side I scooped up from NJ flea market legend King Bravo, the king of Reggae and Calypso records. Carl Malcolm croons some sweet Roots music in “Black Colour, Proud Mind”. Next up, Nina Simone, is an artist I admire greatly. Her struggle throughout her whole life is an amazing story, and until I dug up this record, I never knew she recorded for CTI. “Baltimore” is a sweet but sad side that weaves the tale of the seedy side of that historical city. I was introduced to this next record by the one and only Devil Dick, however it was the flip side (“40 Acres and a Mule”). I cut in a Big Daddy Kane sample in “Blow Your Mind”, and as BDK says, it’s some pimp shit. I wanted to end the mix on a mellow note (as I often do with my mixes), and give props to a modern Funk and Soul label, Truth and Soul, and The Expressions with “These Moments”. I hope you guys enjoy this mix, and I thank Double K for giving me the opportunity to share some music with his readers.
Always keep diggin’, and remember to support your local Funk and Soul DJ.
1. Searching Intro
2. Billy Strange – Put A Little Led In Your Zeppelin (Air)
3. Shirley Bassey – Spinning Wheel (UA)
4. Hannibal – Wake Up (Aware)
5. Albert King – Oh, Pretty Woman (Atlantic)
6. Freddy Robinson – Black Fox (World Pacific Jazz)
7. The Soul Set feat. Norman Seldin – Filet Au Soul (Johnson Record Company) *This is a local band from my area, true NJ blue eyed Soul
8. Ray Barretto – Hard Hands (Fania)
9. Los Angelos Negros – Sombras de Tu Recuerdo (UA Latino)
10. Carl Malcolm – Black Colour, Proud Mind (Abcan)
11. Nina Simone – Baltimore (CTI)
12. Sound Experience – Blow Your Mind (Soulville)
13. The Expressions – These Moments (Truth and Soul)
14. MC Lyte Outro