Brussels is a boogie wonderland

12 12 2009

I find romance when I start to dance in boogie wonderland

Wholly recommended: Strictly Niceness @ La Bodega. Your monthly shindig.

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Give yourself the freedom, let’s bounce

25 10 2009

For some sports you need a ball. For triathlon you need two. Writing a PhD however, requires a third. While said to be benign, the growth is known to induce severe moodswings, bouts of paranoia and insomnia. Other side effects are self-indulgence, weight loss and Sehnsucht.

One way I try to escape from it all is by running. Long distance running. Ran a 20k trail race yesterday with long time buddy Danny and was able to run consistently and comfortably at my (ideal) marathon pace of 12km/h. All along, I ran to Vaughn Mason & Crew‘s timeless bassline.

Vaughn Mason & Crew – Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll (Brunswick, 1980)





The Strictly Niceness magic formula

9 10 2009

Grown folks music, good times and strictly niceness, courtesy of Phil & Bernard. Strictly niceness are monthly shindigs in our nation’s capital. Recommended. I’d never thought I’d say this, but Brussels is really growing on me. For everyone who says Brussels is a soulless bureaucracy, think twice.

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A Marvin Gaye ‘audiobiography’

5 10 2009

Jimmy Green, I salute you. You’ve made an instant classic mixtape of Marvin Gaye gems, audio snippets, blends and beats. You call it an ‘audiobiography’, I call it a masterpiece. ‘After the Dance’ featuring Biggie? Damn right. Thanks for this, Jimmy. Download. Spread the word. Dance.

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They say you’re no good for me

2 10 2009

A little synth-infused throwback soulfunk never hurt anyone. Granted, Stones Throw is milking A Strange Affair somewhat, but if they keep churning out quality remixes, keep on milking I say.

Mayer Hawthorne – Green eyed love (classixx remix) (Stones Throw, 2009)





I can see myself go passing by

30 09 2009

Here you go. A wholesome blend of soul, hip hop, jazz and funk. You’re welcome.

The Rebirth – This Journey In (vocal) (Kajmere Records, 2002)

Lyrics. Purchase. MySpace. Unwind.





A strange arrangement of wholesomeness

7 09 2009

Falsetto, throwback Motown soul with a hip hop pedigree. That’s what Mayer Hawthorne brings on his instant classic debut album, A Strange Arrangement. As of today, the album is available in Europe on iTunes and Stones Throw. Read the excellent two-part review on soul-sides, download a remix and indulge in some sunsoaked bliss.