5 Gems

Sitting back trying to think of something fun and challenging I could do on the site with my music collection? The idea of picking various artists and selecting five songs that capture the essence of their sound got me excited! I took a scan of my music and a few artists jumped out at me. So now I just need a name?

Bam….5 Gems




The Roots

The Legendary Roots Crew! I first caught them live for the “Roots Come Alive” tour. For Hip-Hop they are the best I’ve ever seen live. Nothing touches live instrumentation in concert plus Black Thought is a true MC so it’s perfection. There are not many hip hop acts that can follow the Roots. I chose this picture because it represents the line-up I was first introduced to. Today most folks know them from being the house band for the “Jimmy Fallon Show” which garners them a very large audience. Yet album wise they are pretty slept on even though critically acclaimed. That has always ticked me off because bubble gum artist blow up but the real struggle many times to get props. That unfortunately is the case for many truly great artists. It’s not until after their career is over that they get the props they never received while actively putting out music. They have a ton of gems in their catalog and it was hard to pick five. I kept it clean so here are my  picks…

DJ Ville

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  1. Notic – (Men In Black Soundtrack)
  2. Doin It Again – How I Got Over
  3. Guns Are Drawn – The Tipping Point
  4. One Shine – Illadelph Halftime
  5. Complexity – Phrenology

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Charles Mingus

I had to do one on Jazz Bass legend Charles Mingus. The Bass is the backbone better yet the glue to all soulful music. In Jazz cats that play Brass seems to get all the love but the Bass is huge and Jazz wouldn’t be the same without it. Mingus not only held it down on Bass but also pushed the envelope diving into styles that went against the norms of Jazz. I have read  he wouldn’t compromise his music and I really admire that! A lot of performers due to financial pressure have no choice, so no compromise is not a stance everyone can take. Putting this one out there in hopes that some would search out his work and possibly add to their collection? Mingus has a pretty large catalog so start with “AH UM” or “Mingus Mingus Mingus, Mingus Mingus” and build from there.

Support Jazz!!!

DJ Ville




  1. II B.S – Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
  2. Cumbia and Jazz Fusion – Cumbia and Jazz Fusion
  3. Ysabel’s Table Dance – New Tijuana Moods
  4. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat – AH UM
  5. Remember Rockefeller at Attica – Changes One

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Blue Six

Blue Six is Jay Denes. Jay Denes not only produces Blue Six but is one of the founders of the famed Naked Music Label. Blue Six and the Naked Music label has influenced House music in a major way.  Blue Six puts out consistent high quality music that happens to be House. The album “Beautiful Tomorrow” was one of the first truly cohesive sexy house albums to be released…Truly a must have. Check out Blue Six and the many great releases on the Naked Music Label.






  1. You Just Can’t Stop – Aquarian Angel
  2. Jet Black – Signs and Wonders
  3. Pure – Beautiful Tomorrow
  4. You Use To Rock – Noesis
  5. Love Yourself (Basti & Vincenzo Remix) – Beautiful Tomorrow

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Miguel Migs

Miguel Migs aka Petalpusher is a DJ, Musician and Producer. Hailing from Northern California he played a huge role in blowing up the San Francisco House scene in the early 2000s. He also consistently creates high quality music that happens to be house. His diverse musical background is becoming more apparent in his production. Showing he is not just a good House Music Producer but a good Music Producer! Pick up “Colorful You” and go from there.






  1. Breakin It Down – Colorful You
  2. Sail On – Dim Division
  3. Getaway – Outside The Skyline
  4. Mesmerized – Those Things
  5. They Don’t Know – Outside The Skyline

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Miles Davis

Probably the most influential music figure of the last century. He was a prolific artist and I can’t really do him justice with five tracks…His career spanned over 5 decades! However I will stay with the theme…Now I only own a fraction of his releases so Davis enthusiasts don’t jump all over me. I did not include his Jazz fusion work which I am a fan of…I will leave that up to you. If you know the name but not the music this is a great starting point. Jazz is a great American Art form and we should show it more LOVE!!!


Go out and dig!

DJ Ville

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  1. All Blues – Kind of Blue
  2. Sweet Sue, Just You – Round About Midnight
  3. Pfrancing – Someday My Prince Will Come
  4. Summertime – Porgy and Bess
  5. Miles Ahead – Miles Ahead

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Bob Marley & The Wailers

Bob Marley is a Legend. In the states no matter what your background most folks know Bob Marley or I would think have at least heard of him. I mean you hear his music in commercials, department stores and restaurants. But I ask the question how many folks actually own his music? Look when you collect music like me you always peep out other people’s music collection. Hey a person’s tunes/musical taste tells you something about that person. Anyway I never see his CDs /Albums at anyone’s crib unless they are a serious music fan.  Why? That in itself is a whole other discussion. Look all I am saying is get some of his albums into your collection. I suggest starting out with “Kaya” or “Exodus” and go from there.






  1. Johnny Was – Rastaman Vibration
  2. Pimper’s Paradise – Uprising
  3. Punky Reggae Party – Exodus
  4. She’s Gone – Kaya
  5. Them Belly Full (But We Hungry) – Natty Dread

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John Mayer

I think this young cat is really good. I believe he will be a legend.  I know that is high praise but he just seems to have that something special you don’t hear every day. When you get to be my age and collect as much as I do you know it when you hear it. Many that don’t know his music may know him via social media for women he has dated. Skip that stuff, check his tunes, I highly suggest it! His latest 2014 album is not my taste as leans to much towards country/folk. Not knocking country/folk…it’s just not my cup of tea.  Pick up “Room for Squares” and go from there.






  1. War of my Life – Battle Studies
  2. City Love – Room For Squares
  3. Vultures -Continuum
  4. Something’s Missing –Heavier Things
  5. Love is a Verb – Born and Raised

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Tight band from London with front man Jay Kay. Their sound is Funk, Soul, Dance, Rhythm and Blues with a little Reggae thrown in. I bought their first album ‘Emergency on Planet Earth” the same day I bought “Brother Sister” by the Brand New Heavies.  Their music has been in heavy rotation with me ever since. A well known band world-wide however in casual conversations with people it seems like folks only know “Virtual Insanity”?  I don’t get that because they have a very solid music catalog and unlike other artists listed in “5 Gems” they have a ton of good remixes on various songs. So with that said I included an Acoustic remix of one of their songs in the track listing. I hope this band gets added to your rotation.

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  1. When You Gonna Learn (Digeridoo) – Emergency on Planet Earth
  2. Mr. Moon – The Return of the Space Cowboy
  3. Destitute Illusions – Synkronized
  4. Love Foolosophy (Mondo Grosso Love Acoustic Mix) /Original on “A Funk Odyssey”
  5. Everyday – Traveling Without Moving

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Lenny Kravitz

I get it…Kravitz has a rock edge and for a lot of brothers that puts them off.  Brothers open your mind and don’t be so quick to dismiss. Many would be surprised to know how much soulful, funky stuff he has in his catalog. His rock stuff isn’t bad either. Kravitz is legit and been doing it for a long time. If you have been on the fence start with the album “Are you gonna go my way” and go from there.

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  1. My Precious Love – Let Love Rule
  2. Eleutheria – Are You Gonna Go My Way
  3. Let’s Get High – Lenny
  4. Beyond the 7th Sky – Circus
  5. It’s Your Life – 5

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Thievery Corporation

Thievery Corporation is Rob Garza and Eric Hilton. They Produce/DJ and put their music out on their own Eighteenth Street Lounge label. I believe they have been putting out music since 1996. It’s hard to put a label on them. I often read there sound sits between Trip Hop and Acid Jazz? I just think it grooves and feels good. I have been listening to them since I picked up “Sounds from the Thievery Hi – Fi”. I am ashamed to say I have never seen them in concert but hear the shows are amazing.  To start your collection I would suggest the albums “Richest Man in Babylon” and “The Mirror Conspiracy” and go from there.

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  1. All that we perceive – Richest Man in Babylon
  2. Overstand – Culture of Fear
  3. That Time We Lost Our Way – The Cosmic Game
  4. Lebanese Blonde – The Mirror Conspiracy
  5. Incident at Gate 7 – Sounds from Thievery Hi Fi

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Cassandra Wilson

“It’s mostly the voice that get’s you up”…Guru. Her voice is unforgettable but she is more than just a voice. She is the full package; songwriter, musician, producer and vocalist.  Known primarily as a jazz vocalist her range goes far beyond that. Please do yourself a favor and get up on some Cassandra Wilson. The album “Blue Light ‘Til Dawn” is a great place to start.





  1. Sankofa – Blue Light ‘Til Dawn
  2. Only a Dream in Rio – Belly of The Sun
  3. Time After Time – Traveling Miles
  4. A Little Warm Death – New Moon Daughter
  5. Blue Light ‘Til Dawn – Blue Light ‘Til Dawn

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Steely Dan


Next to Earth Wind & Fire, Steely Dan is my favorite group from the 70s. I liked them as a kid but didn’t really know who they were?  I credit my exposure to the group to my father. Their music always seemed to be playing in the background whether at home or in the car. Now for me their music is a time machine that brings back so many fond memories of my father that passed in 95. Just by chance you don’t know anything about Steely Dan; Steely Dan is Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. Their first major album release was “Can’t Buy a Thrill” in 1972. Their sound is truly a blend of Rock, Soul, Rhythm & Blues and Jazz. Sound wise some of their albums are considered the standard by which you judge a stereo system? Recording is done with the utmost fidelity and attention to sonic detail, and mixed so that all the instruments are heard and none are given undue priority. I highly suggest picking up some of their work. To start your collection I would suggest the albums “The Royal Scam” and “Aja” and then go from there.

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  1. Almost Gothic – Two Against Nature
  2. Pearl of the Quarter – Countdown to Ecstasy
  3. The Royal Scam – The Royal Scam
  4. Chain Lightening – Katy Lied
  5. The Caves of Altamira – The Royal Scam

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My favorite female vocalist of all time. What can I say about her and her band that has not already been said. Her music is timeless and classic. No matter what the current trend she stays her course and puts out relevant music. If you have simply heard of Sade and never dove into her catalog I would suggest starting off with “Promise” and go from there.


Sade Band




  1. Give it up
  2. Cherry Pie
  3. Slave Song
  4. In Another Time
  5. Maureen

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Disco Mixes

I decided to make a separate page for Disco Mixes. I don’t really spin it much unless the situation calls for it. However there are still a lot of disco heads out there so here you go…

Disclaimer: Some of the transfers are from cassettes over 20yrs old. You will hear drop outs, sound changes, side changes and other things associated with cassette. Also due to my own personal upload limitations some of the mixes are in two parts.
All mixes by DJ Ville

Run 4 Cover

Summer 92

Break 92

Early 93

Vault Classics 2

Vault Classics 3

Disco #8

Circa 90


Taster’s Choice 2



I really wasn’t a fan of Jazz when I was younger. However as I got older and my taste developed I began to like it more and more. So being a music head I began to collect Jazz albums. Having a love of sharing music I wanted to create a list that may help a budding jazz fan make some solid choices to start his or her own collection. The range is from classic jazz to jazz fusion. I will update with album details and music snippets as time permits.


“Time Out”  by The Dave Brubeck Quartet. This album contains the quintessential classic “Take Five”.  Jazz fan or not you heard this somewhere before? It is a classic every jazz collector should have.

Time Out The Dave Brubeck Quartet


“Empyrean Isles” by Herbie Hancock.  Contains “Oliloqui Valley” which was sampled during during the Hip-Hop Golden Era. It also has Cantaloupe Island which was sampled by a pop act in the early 90’s.

Herbie Hancock Empyrean Isles



“Chasin The Jazz Gone By”   The Five Corners Quintet.  This is one of my favorite new school  jazz albums. It’s actually got some serious heat for the dance floor. Overall a very good album.

FCQ chasing the jazz gone by


“Brazilian Dreams”  Paquito D’Rivera

Paquito D'Rivera Brazilian Dreams



“Someday My Prince Will Come”   Miles Davis




“Crescent”  John Coltrane




“Simply Said”  Kenny Garrett

kenny garrett Simply Said



“doin something”   Soulive

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“Speak No Evil”   Wayne Shorter




“Red Clay”   Freddie Hubbard

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“Traveling Miles”   Cassandra Wilson

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“Saxaphone Colossus”   Sonny Rollins




“Straight No Chaser”  Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk Straight No Chaser



“Man-Child”   Herbie Hancock




“Kind of Blue”   Miles Davis

kind of blue Miles Davis



“A Love Supreme”   John Coltrane

Coltrane A Love Supreme



“Gears”   Johnny Hammond

Johnny Hammond Gears



“Spaces and Places”   Donald Byrd




“Southern Comfort”    The Crusaders

The Crusaders Souther Comfort



“Beyond”   Joshua Redman

joshua redman beyond



“Jazz has a Sense of Humor”   Horace Silver

Horace Silver Jazz has a sense of humor



“West Coast Jazz”  Stan Getz




Offramp – Pat Metheny Group





“Study in Brown”   Clifford Brown and Max Roach




“Mister Magic”   Grover Washington Jr.




“Soul Station”  Hank Mobley







Sean Haley had a thread on Facebook where he asked people to list their favorite house cut of all time. A lot folks responded and I thought it was pretty cool idea. So I thought what if I posted my favorite house cuts from 2000 to the present? Let me tell you… It turned out to be quite the undertaking. I had to first compile the list/music and then weed out. I could have added more but this is it. Now … there are a lot of list going around and I am not trying to add to that madness. For me this is all about sharing and discovery! Most djs/collectors are up on all of these cuts. So its not really about them. At some point we have to get “regular folk” to support our music. It’s upsetting to know we have some of the best music being made in our circle with some prolific artist! Yet its reach is no further than our circle. It’s time for the music to escape from the underground into the main stream. I don’t mean that in negative way… understand I want the art to stay, I just want the artist to profit from their art!

Expected responses….Not deep enough, not enough vocals, too many vocals, too commercial, where is the disco…this ain’t house, they don’t make good music any more….

Thumbs up or thumbs and big toes down…I don’t really care. If someone discovers music  and “BUYS” that music, that is what it’s about for me!


Side note: I gave Dusty Groove and Dance Tracks a lot of dough….


Favorites House Cuts   2000 – 2013


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“Always” by Lisa Shaw.  This is one of my favorite straight house cuts of all time. I prefer the Lovetronic vocal mix. The bass line is so on point!!! I played this one a lot.



“I Might Do Something Wrong” – Tortured Soul. This is a classic and is deserving of the title.





“Music and Wine” (remix) – Blue Six. A staple from the Naked Music label. They ran it in the early 2000’s.





“Finally” – Kings of Tomorrow





“Burning” – Pepe Bradrock


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“Shades of Jae” – Moodymann. Funky energy. Only negative is it should have been longer.





“Our Music” – Trackheadz





“Cuando” (King Brit’s Summer MIx) – SI SE’. Sexy latin groove. King Brits mix is nice and perfect for the dance floor.





“Let Love Fly” (Joe Claussell Mix) – Ananda Project. Ananda Project puts out quality. This is a lush soulful house groove.


Ananda Project



“Getaway” – Anthony Nicholson. Straight groove. Pick it up.





“Rideaway Getaway” – Agent K.







“Same Thing” – Osunlade

same thing




“Grand Pianoramax” (Atjazz Mix)  – Freestyle Figures


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“Keep On” – Fudge ft Mani Hoffman





“Back In My Life” – Chuck Love





“Thinking of You” – John Ciafone





“Tonight” (King Britt’s Sexy Mix) – H Foundation





“Let The Record Play” – Frank I. Sexy groove for the dance floor.





“Fable” – Lil Louis.





“The Love of Music” – DJ Kawasaki





“Starlight” – Escort




“You Use To Rock” – Blue Six





“Close Your Eyes” (Yoruba Mix) – Miguel Migs


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“Im Doin Fine” –  Moodymann featuring Amp Fiddler on vocals.

I picked this one up from “Turntable Lab”. Turntable lab is one of my secret go to spots for tunes.  I have two promo copies and put the needle to them a lot. This was one of my go to cuts for a while. It stayed in my bag for a longgggg time! I don’t know if you can still cop this new? You may have to take it back to the old school and dig!




“NJF” – Dennis Ferrer


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“It’s Yours” – John Cutler ft Eman





“Tim Loves Sax” – Tim Deluxe





“Mirror Dance” – Afefe Iku






“Conquistador” – Glenn Underground. Really nice!!! Keyboard work is sick.




“Discover the World” – Lars Bartkuhn and his Passion Dance Orchestra. A lot of really good stuff came out on the Needs label.





“Like Sunshine, My Memory” – Pushim.




“Like A Star” – Alister Johnson





“Leave My Head Alone Brain” – Henrick Schwarz




“The Audience” – Matthew Hubert





“Listen To The Drums” – Outlines





“Life Is Like” (Native New Yorkers rmx) – Richard Gow






“Over Night” – Inland Knights




“People Get Up” – Vernell De Long





“Issamippi” – David Taylor & Jesse Rose





“Park Jam” – Doctor M





“Everyday” – Central Living





“Changes” – Lee Douglas






“Samurai” – Jazztronik






“Bella” – Beady Belle






“Call Me” (Yam Who Rework) – N’Dambi





“Le Champagne” – Trentmoller





“Away” (Phil Asher Restless Soul Mix) – DJ Mitsu





“Fall For You” – Kings of Tomorrow






“Get Down” (Original Whoopin Mix) – 12th Floor. Straight party cut. It may be a little slow bpm wise but has mad energy. Never heard anyone bump this.

12th Floor



“Bar A Thym” – Kerri Chandler. Bumpin peak time track.


Bar A Thym



“Stereo People” (Mark Pritchard Remix)  – Troubleman. Broken beat goodness.





“The Awakening” – Julius Papp.


The Awakening



“The Night” (album version) – Miguel Migs. Another groove from the Naked Music Label!


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“The Colours of Love” – The Layabouts





“You” (12″ Mix)- Plej. This reminds me of a Jamiroquai cut.





“Your Colors” (Yoruba Soul Mix) – John Beltran.


Your Colors



“Runaway” – Moodymann. Stripped down groove.





“Festejar” – Salome De Bahia. I enjoyed playing this at parties that allowed me to play more than just the safe cuts.


Salome De Bahia



“Held Him First” – Deyampert.

This is a cutttt!!! When I bought this I immediately began checking for a full length album. It never came. This track features Clover from “Amraah 8”. There is some “Jazzanova” affiliation and you can tell. Go out and dig for this one! I haven’t seen it anywhere since I bought it. Picked up the 12″ from Dusty Grooves back in “04”. It is a must have.

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“The Time is Now (Can 7 Mix)” – Moloko

I love her unique voice. This an essential for your house collection.

The Time is Now


“Keep on Making Me High” – Georg Levin. Blue eyed soul.  A nice mellow house groover.

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“Stronger Man” Ben Watt & Sananda Maitreya. This was the highlight of the winter music conference when it hit.




“So Far” – Miguel Migs





“I Miss The Things” (Joe DiPadova & Shea Marshall Mix) – Lars Behrenroth & Sinan Baymak. Smooth house cut.

I miss the things



“Holiday” (Kenny Dope Rmx) – Roy Ayers. Kenny Dope flipped this into a really nice house cut.




“Elle” (Criola Rmx) – DJ Gregory – Vega. I like the original also but its something about this breakdown that I really like.





“Brand New Feeling” (Phil Asher Mix) – Roy Ayers. Bass line is sick. Get it!

Brand New Feeling




“Rock Wit U” (Yoruba Soul Mix) – Erro

I ran this one on a regular when it hit. Osunlade killed this mix.



“Ride” – Harrison Crump. Two versions on the 12″. The house version and the chill almost steppers like version? You need this in your collection.

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“Tonight” – Roomsa. This was in my record bag for a while. I always thought this was a fun sexy record.


Roomsa Tonight



“Want You in My Soul” – Lovebirds





“Paper Chase” – Claire Hill ft Vikter Duplaix. I really like this one and it surprises me that I don’t really hear any one play this.

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“Into My Life” – Elements of Life





“The Cure and The Cause” – Fish Go Deep. I mostly heard cats playing the Dennis Ferrer mix. I however preferred the original version.




“Surrender” – Seek

Seek is a soul band from Atlanta, GA and Surrender is the title cut from the first LP. The album was released in 2002. I own the album on cd, I have the 12″ single and the Giant Step compilation. I also recommend their second album “Journey Into Day”,



“Somebody New” – Georg Levin. The 12″ cover looked like a test press? I picked this up about the same time Black Satin ft Lady Sarah by Gene Farris dropped. This was the first record I bought by Georg Levin. He is a very solid artist with a few full length releases.


Georg Levin 12inch



“Let The Drums Speak” (Phil Asher Restless Soul Mix) – Bah Samba. Straight smash!!! Warm weather outdoor patio classic.


bah samba



“Everything” – Ian Friday


Ian Friday



“2 Bullets” – Michoacan.

This kinda of has that optimo / bostich feel to it. I heard DJ Garth run this at a party thrown by House Society in Vegas. The crowd wasn’t really feeling it but it took me back to the early BMX days.





“Swimming Places” – Julien Jabre. When I first got this almost everytime I played this someone came to the tables to ask what is was.





“Take Me Back” – Kings of Tomorrow





The music posted can be found at these locations….






I would also try your local neighborhood record store. Go out and get those fingers dusty!









No matter where you stand on the different media formats if you have been collecting for some time you probably have vinyl in your collection. I think it is always cool to add pieces to your collection.

A few picks from my vinyl collection.

“Fallin” by Monday Michiru. This is a pretty cool EP. Great cover and with a cool jazzy cut. Monday Michiru makes some nice music.  This an import so it will be a little pricey. Plus her works can be a little hard to find. I played this out a few times at some high end private events.

Fallin - Monday Michiru


“You” is a cut from a group called Plej. It kind of reminds me of something that might have been made by Jamiroquai? I have the 12″ single and also the album “Electronic Music From The Swedish Leftcoast”. I just recently saw this album available on Traxsource. I actually bought my copy from Dusty Grooves in like “04” ? Go for the 12″ or the album. “You” is a little different on the album via the way it breaks down….not in a bad way. The album as a whole is solid.

Plej - You



Second cut by Deyampert is “It’s You”. This kind of has a “Seek” type sound. It’s a smooth cut that could definitely work in a house set. I recommend it highly.  Again I have never seen this outside of when I bought it. I got this one at Dusty Grooves.

Deyampert - It's You



“Get On” is a great song from Cooly’s hot-box. It’s got this vintage mid 70s soul vibe. If you are not familiar with the group you may  recognize the lead vocal as none other than John-Christian Urich. Lead vocalist and drummer from “Tortured Soul”. I use to play this one late night at “fleur de lys” in the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. It was a great place to test certain cuts. It was a really nice restaurant and people would sit near the bar, talk and listen. Always positive feedback on this one. I have the album “don’t be afraid-get on” and the 12″ which has “get on” and “touch my body”. The vinyl is in storage so here is the cd picture.

Get On


“Close To You” featuring Ernesto, (Maurice Fulton remix) has a modern 80s vibe if that makes any sense? I played this out a few times and would always get other dj’s asking “who this that” ?  The group is called “Beanfield” and there first album release was called “Seek”. They were on the “Compost” label. I think I picked the 12″ up in “05”?

Close To You - Beanfield


“Dream” is a sleeper cut by Moses Mcclean featuring Nedra. This one dropped in “06” on the “Still Music” label. I like the Patchworks Remix best. For those with an “ear” you will notice the drums are the same as “Thousand Finger Man” by Candido.  This is now available on digital download via traxsource.com. I got my 12″ at Dusty Groove.

Dream - Moses Mcclean


“Simply So” featuring Spacek (SA RA remix). This has a nice hip-hop feel and bounce to it. I really like when the horns drop. You should have this 12″ in your collection. I can’t remember if I got this at “Big B’s” or at this Hip Hop store across the street? I can’t remember the name of the Hip Hop store but both had great selections. They both sat on Maryland Parkway in Vegas. I found a lot of hard to find disco 12″s (Mint) at Big B’s for $1.99! Big B’s like many other vinyl retailers folded when “Serato” became all the rage.


Simply So - Spacek


“Now I Live (And Now My Life is Done)”. Rare groove cut by Ben Sidran from the album “Putting in Time on Planet Earth”. I don’t remember ever hearing this one sampled? It is a funky slow groover! I told my friend Marcus Chapman I was looking for this and he called me and let me know he ran up on it in “Reckless Records” in Chicago. I have since picked up my second copy. It is on the Blue Thumb Label and is a Gatefold cover. If you see it pick it up.

Ben Sidran - Puttin in Time on Planet Earth


Last but not least is “Sack Full of Dreams” a major jazz cut! This was one of my dads favorites and now mine! It’s off the album “My Way” by Gene Ammons. My dad had a copy when I was a kid and I picked up my own in 2010. Gene Ammons was a Legendary Jazz Tenor Saxophonists and one of Chicago’s own!  If you’re on the fence about Jazz I suggest you try getting into it song by song vs trying to tackle whole albums. Slow and steady is how you get into Jazz. Doing this will help you determine what you like. Once you know, you can then seek out those musicians.


Gene Ammons - My Way


The music posted can be found at these locations….






I would also try your local neighborhood record store. Go out and get those fingers dusty!