Sunday, December 27, 2009

HIT IT AND QUIT IT Dec. 21, 2009- HIQI Hot Picks of 2009

Happy holidays to the extended Hit It and Quit It family.  Mad festive aroha to our crew- Frank Booker, Julien Dyne, Ben Lawson, Sam Harman. Also to all our guests from the past year (Anthony Shakir, Trus'me, Domu, Monkz, Submariner, Eru Dangerspiel, Mike Fabulous, etc....), we promise many more for 2010. Big things for HIQI in the Tens (is that what we're calling it??).

Here's our last show of the year, a round up of our hot picks from 2009. We're back Jan. 4, 2010, see you then for another surprise special... 

 Hot Picks Pix (Thanks to Tyler Askew, at Rude, APT)

HIQI Dec. 27, 2009- Hot Picks 2009 Playlist

Based On Kyoto - "Flower (James Pants Remix)"
Touch Sensitive - "Body Stop"
Hygher Baby - "Strugglin' (Tropical Treats Remix)"
Anthony Joseph & the Human Spasm Band - "Vero"
Georgia Anne Muldrow - "Roses Pt. 2 (Feel It)"
Dennis Jr - "Looking for Love"
Isolee - "Les Andelouses"
BDI - "Industrial Kites"
Nebraska - "My Father (remix)"
Rondenion - "Carnival Time"
Los Amigos Invisibles - "Plastic Woman (Frank Booker & Recloose Remix)"
Kink - "Psyche Funk"
Manuel Tur - "Will Be Mine (Airto Mwamba dub)"
Trus' Me - "Put It On Me"
Floating Points - "Love Me Like This"
Catalist - "Soulful Christmas"
Cleon - "Jaylis & Family"
Escort - "Starlight (Greg Wilson Edit)"
Kamaal the Abstract (Q Tip) - "Do You Dig You"
Julien Dyne ft Mara TK - "Layer"
Hudson Mohawke - "Just Decided"
Linkwood - "Tears"
Andres - "Step Pattern"
Slum Village - "Cloud 9"
Mayer Hawthorne - "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out (Astronote Remix)"
Dam Funk - "Come On Outside"
The Oliverwho Factory - "Together"
Nacho Patrol - "Africa Space Program"
The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra - "Two Sides of the Truth"

HIQI Dec. 21, 2009 PT. 1
HIQI Dec. 21, 2009 PT. 2

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

(Seasons) Greetings

This is my introductory post here on the ole HIQI blog and so I am going to use it to introduce myself, as is customary.

Hello people my name is Sam and I am an aural enthusiast. I guess that's how come Recloose asked me to get involved in all of this. As I do not produce any music (currently) I can't get you hipped on my beats but what I can do is hip you to cats who I dig on and hopefully you do too.

So to the crux of my post and hopefully this will give you an idea who I am and what I dig. I bring to you: Fake the Talkbox; who is responsible for what I believe is my favourite footage on Youtube.

This video is basically what I'm all about, this cat has nothing but mad love for music and quite clearly Roger. Japan is one of my favourite places in the world because of cats just like Fake.

and no wonder Fake was so inspired by Roger Troutman

People forget this man's gift too quick , what a cat!

Anyho ho ho thats all from me for now, hope yah dig it.
Happy Holidays and Much Love to you and yours
Magic Sam

Thursday, December 17, 2009



Fingertips Records is relaunching for the digital age and proudly presents ‘The Cardboard Hoax’ by Frank Booker.

Originally released on limited edition vinyl as two separate 12"s on Untracked Recordings, these tracks are now available for the first time as digital downloads and have garnered support from the likes of Todd Terje, Mark E, The Revenge, Ashley Beedle and of course, Fingertips Records main man Recloose.

Exclusively available on Juno Download for the next few weeks. Tip!

My first blog post, and it's of the shameless promotion variety. Seasons greetings! FB

The Cardboard Hoax by Frank Booker on MP3 and WAV at Juno Download

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

HIT IT AND QUIT IT Dec. 14, 2009- Anthony 'Shake' Shakir Special

This week we present to you our very special Anthony 'Shake' Shakir special. I was particularly ambitious in that I did a live mix and was cue-ing up the interview (which I sliced into about twelve 'themed' segments), plus the George studio has been in shambles for months now (no headphone cue to hear voice-overs for instance) so its a little rough around the edges. But judging from the reactions we've been getting the vibe was all there. A little background on Shake and recent news...


Next month Rush Hour is releasing an Anthony 'Shake' Shakir retrospective called 'Frictionalism' on 3XCD, 4X limited edition vinyl 12"s, and digital. Shake started Frictional Records in 1994 with musical comrade Claude Young, putting out fifteen ambitious Detroit Techno 12" releases over the years.

Shake has been an inspiration and a friend since we met in the middle late 1990s in Detroit. I was just starting out releasing music for Planet E and getting a first hand crash course into the Detroit electronic music scene. Shake's records quickly lured my ear to his personal production style. It had all the traits of Detroit techno up to that point- dark, melancholy, funk-driven, synthetic but soulful. But on top of these Motor City trademarks there was something distinct about Shake's sound- it skillfully melded not only percussive layers of synths and drum machines but also had a pronounced hip-hop aesthetic to it, especially in its use of sampling.

My fondest memories of Shake took place at Detroit's own daily music convention center- Record Time in Roseville. This is where all the local records would come out on a weekly basis and there was always a crew of DJs looking to get their hands on the new stuff on the day the orders would come in. Shake was usually up there unofficially leading the proceedings. He'd have a stack of 12"s in front of him and wasn't shy about hijacking the house system to listen to his pickings. Shake is a guy who doesn't mince his words- he was always brutally honest and usually pretty hilarious in what he thought about what he laid his ears on. I'm just lucky I avoided Roseville the day my records dropped on the release sheet...

Shake was also the guy who I first heard use the term 'life issues' and their power to compel better music out of an artist (no doubt a recurring theme for most people from the city of Detroit). While we didn't talk about it much in our conversation, Shake is no stranger to his own life issues, having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000, today left unable to walk and faced with the daily struggle of paying for medicine in a country that has had little interest in looking after its own. As debilitating as this disease is, it hasn't kept him down- he's back in the studio and was heading to Germany for a tour the day after our conversation took place.

Not only does Shake remain to be Detroit's most innovative and unsung techno producer, he is also renowned for having an opinion on just about everything, which no doubt made for a great interview.

I'll be posting the FULL unedited interview later this week but thought I'd get this up in the meantime for you. Note, it starts about 45 minutes in. Enjoy...

HIQI Dec. 14, 2009 Playlist

JuJu & Jordash- "Deep Blue Meanies"
Frank Booker - "Universal Drive"
MXM - "Jazz Seducer"
The Oliverwho Factory - "Never Say Never"
Linkwood - "RIP (Original Mix)"
Crown Heights Affair - "Say A Prayer For Two"
Sounds Superb - "Sip Lace"
Rahaan - "Musik (edit)"
TJ Swann - "And You Know That"
Motor City Drum Ensemble - "Raw Cuts #5"
Shake - "The Other One"
Shake - "Arise"
Cybotron - "Cosmic Raindance"
Shake - "Fact Of The Matter"
Shake - "Simpatico"
Shake - "For the Lamented"
Shake - "The 5% Solution"
Claude Young - "Changing Factors"
Shake - "March into Darkness"
Shake - "Live For Friction"
Shake - "One Beat (Just Wont Do)"
Riuichi Sakamoto - "The Garden Of Poppies"
Tom Browne - "Midnight Interlude"

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Revue Vol. II, HIQI Dec. 7, 2009 & Soulm8 Issue 3!!!

Crew. BIG bloggin lately. First up, a friendly reminder about our REVUE Vol. II tomorrow night at the Basement in Auckland. Destined to be a show of experimental future retro holiday party vibe galore, with your regulars Julien Dyne, Frank Booker and Recloose PLUS Chef D and Buttafingers bringing the boogie until 3am.


And here's our celebratory Unlimited Touch edit in case you missed it.... (all about the love)....

Unlimited Touch- Love Explosion (Recloose's Hit It and Quit It Edit)

Second up, our Hit It and Quit It show from Monday! A goodie with Recloose and Frank Booker doing the ol' back and forth...

HIQI Dec. 7, 2009 PLAYLIST
Shake - "Arise"
Ike - "Docs Edit"
Manuel Tur - "Times (Ground Glass Reflex)"
Motor City Drum Ensemble - "Got It"
Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts - "Raw"
Dan Electro - "I've Got That Feeling (Frank Roger Remix)"
Unlimited Touch - "Love Explosion (Recloose's Hit It and Quit It Edit)"
James Otis WhiteJr - "Baby Come On (U82 Dub)"
Jan Leslie Holmes - "Im Your Superman (DJ Spinna Refreak)"
Magnum Force - "A Touch Of Funk"
Blasthead - "Sky High"
Dub Dub on Seng - "Calypso On-seng (Based On Kyoto Rmx)"
Wally Badarou - "One Day, Won't Give It Away"
Junior Byron - "Dance to the Music"
The Moments - "Stay"
Mr Scruff - "Fresh Noodles"
Escort - "Starlight (GW Edit)"
Alex Agore - "Change"
Sounds Superb - "Sip Lace"
NYC Community Choir - "I Keep A Light In My Window"
Cro-Magnon - "Remind Me"
Pharcyde - "Running Away (Hoops Rerun)"
Castou & Majors - "Let There Be Love"

HIQI Dec. 7, 2009 PT. 1
HIQI Dec. 7, 2009 PT. 2

Finally, would really like to big up my man Dave at Soulm8 online. We had the pleasure of meeting up at the last Southport Weekender. We've since become fans of each others' output. Please check out the latest issue of Soulm8 online here, well worth a visit for fans of soul music and all its incarnartions....

Arohanui, see you tomorrow night!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Recloose Live in the Mix- Japonica Record Store/Kyoto

Just got a link for this set from Kyoto, it was the first on my Japan tour from last week (thanks Hagi & Kazuo). I had lots of fun on this one, a small spot but people we're into the vibes and it helped immensely having my man Marron from Based on Kyoto in the house (scroll down for a post about his magic steel drum guitar styles).

Here's the flyer from the gig, mix link below that...


Recloose Live in the Mix: Japonica Record Store/ Kyoto

Also want to welcome my homies Frank Booker and Magic Sam (and Julien Dyne, where you at son?) to the blogger fold. I'm putting foot to ass with these dudes, they're always going on about this record and that movie and this book and this show and that pedal and this sample and that synth blah blah. So lets take it to the blog fellas! But hold the football talk please (Booker!), get your own blog for all that ish haaaaa.....

RE-REMINDING YOU TOMORROW! (so obnoxious right?)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Wax Poetics on NONFICTION

I've been a regular follower of both Harry Allen's Media Assassin blog as well as Wax Poetics for awhile now (duh). So it was great to hear Harry Allen catching up with editor-in-chief of Wax Poetics Andre Torres as well as writer Michael Gonzalez (who wrote the cover story on Curtis Mayfield and his Superfly odyssey) on his Nonfiction show last week.... Check below for the direct link to the show, the conversation starts after the 30 minute mark.


Nonfiction Dec. 4, 2009

And just a heads up, I've been blogging from time to time on the
Wax Poetics Japan site. I'll be introducing some Japan-specific content soon. Come by for a visit and conversation...


Wax Poetics Japan Blog

Saturday, December 5, 2009

HIT IT AND QUIT IT Nov. 30, 2009

With your man Frank Booker at the helm!

This coming Monday we're going to trawl through a large stack of new music and promos from Japan. The following Monday we'll be airing our very special Anthony 'Shake' Shakir interview as well as showcasing his music in commemoration of his pending 'Frictionalism' Rush Hour release.

Tune. In.

PLUS don't forget to grab our 'Love Explosion' edit to remind thee of the HIQI REVUE Volume II this Friday at the Basement:
Love Explosion (Recloose's Hit It and Quit It Edit)

HIQI Playlist Nov. 30, 2009

Funkin Even - "You"
Basement Jaxx Ft. Sam Sparro - "Feelings Gone (Floating Points Remix)"
Community People - "Education Rap (DJ Spinna Edit)"
Direct Current - "Everybody Here Must Party"
Grooveman Spot - "Neuralgia"
The Dramatics - "Get Up and Get Down"
Eddie Tour - "Lectric Love"
Kid Creole & The Coconuts - "I'm Corrupt (Idjut Boys Edits)"
Eddie Palmieri - "Spirit Of Love (Splice's Spiritual Edit)"
Blackjoy - "Untitled"
A Made Up Sound - "Disconnect"
Kink - "Psyche Funk (Original Mix)"
Lars Bartkuhn - "Goodbye Dancing, Hello God (Arto Mwambe Remix)"
Mark De Clive-Lowe - "Slide"
Peven Everett - "Special"
Sounds Superb - "Sip Lace"
South Bronx - "The Bottom Line"
Eddie Tour - "Rigor Mortis"
Linkwood - "Tears"
Taana Gardner - "Heartbeat (Larry Levan Mix)"
Bronx River Parkway - "Donde"
Eddie Cano - "I Can't Cry Anymore"

HIQI Nov. 30, 2009 Pt. 1
HIQI Nov. 30, 2009 Pt. 2