Thursday, September 30, 2010

HIT IT & QUIT IT- September 27, 2010

Another week, another unmissable episode of Hit It & Quit It Radio (If I do say so myself).
We got to grips with all sorts in this week's show: the unreleased Starblazer's 'Sunshine' to praise the arrival of spring (yes, the weather has been SHIT in Auckland until this week. Give thanks to the Sun Goddess!), new House heat from the Nebraska & Erdbeerschnitzel, Boogie madness from Supersoulsonic (Re-edited by Mr Compost himself, Michael Reinboth alongside Christian Prommer).... Ahhh, and yes... I dropped a Recloose classic - Soul Clap 2000 - as he's too modest to plug his own stuff, but the sampler 12" to the Early Works compilation is out now, so get thee to the record emporium & cop that!

Large shouts to Mark de Clive Lowe & Nia Andrews, who did a great show at Ponsonby Social Club last week, and of course DJ Mitsu The Beats & Taro Wassupski (Jazzy Sport) @ The Turnaround for rolling through Auckland with some heat!
On with the show....

HIQI Sept. 27, 2010 Playlist

Brooklyn Express - "Sixty-Nine" [One Way Records]
Starblazers - "Sunshine" [White]
Jason Lev & Dr J Edit - "Stayed Away" [Truth Is Light]
Supersoulsonic - "Have Some Fun (Micheal Reinboth & Christian Prommer Mix)" [Compost Records]
Recloose - "Soul Clap 2000" [Rush Hour]
Jayson Brothers - "Monster Box" [MCDE]
Nebraska - "This is the Way" [Rush Hour]
Joey Negro pres Akabu - "Raw Love feat Ovasoul7 (Reprise)"
Julia and Company - "Breakin' Down (Sugar Samba)" [London]
Erdbeerschnitzel - "I Wonder" [3rd Strike Recordings]
Terry Brooks - "Trippitaka" [Deep Art]
"You Can Be (Deadly Sins B Boy edit)" [Giant Cuts]
Howard Johnson - "Let's Take Time Out" [A & M Records]
The Deele - "Body Talk" [S.O.L.A.R. Records]
Edwin Birdsong - "Perfect Lovin" [Singh Records]
Murakami Ponta - "Latin Stuff"
Eddy Senay - "Cameo" [BBE]
Buddy Sativa - "Una Peripecia" [Favourite Recordings]
Phat Kat - "Nobody (instr)" [Promo]
Phat Kat - "Nobody" [Promo]
Common - "Take It EZ" [Relativity]
Artifacts - "Dynamite Soul" [BigBeat]
Large Professor - "The Mad Scientist" [Geffen Records]
Group Home - "Supa Star" [PayDay]
Erule - "Synopsis" [Pallas Records]
Michael Jackson - "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" [Motown]
Freddie McGregor - "Natural Collie (Submariner Edit)" [White]

HIQI Sept. 27, 2010 Pt. 1

HIQI Sept. 27, 2010 Pt. 2

Thursday, September 23, 2010

HIT IT AND QUIT IT- September 20, 2010

This week we catch up with Mr. Reggie Blount (David Druckman is his real life alias) to talk about unearthing and re-introducing some little known boogie fire via his burgeoning 7" vinyl business.

PLUS we talk much smack.

Big Mouth!

There were some great tunes this week that will likely need to get respun properly without your loudmouth hosts jabbering on all over them.

With that, ENJOY!

HIQI Sept. 20, 2010 PLAYLIST
Teddy Pendergrass - "You Cant Hide From Love (Dimitri From Paris Edit)" [BBE]
Recloose - "Catch A Leaf (MDCL Remix)" [Sonar Kollectiv]
Maddslinky - "Special (feat Omar - AtJazz Remix)" [Tru Thoughts]
Smash - "Blue Jean (Instrumental)"
The Imperial Wonders - "Love Me To The Music" [Royal Essence Records]
Chico Mann - "On The Beat" [White]
Vakula - "I Forget" [Best]
Gegenheimer - "Mystical Crossings" [Rush Hour]
Endgames - "Ecstasy (Jam City Refix)" [Night Slugs]
Guy Cuevas - "Obsession (The Nassau Mix)" [Strut]
Presence - "Sense Of Danger (The Popular People's Front Dub)" [Juno]
Franc Spangler - "Forever And A Dub" [Delusions Of Grandeur]
Be - "Pass It On" [Development Music]
Cro Magnon - "Eclipse (DJ Mitsu The Beats Remix)" [Jazzy Sport]
DJ Mitsu The Beats - "Right Here ft Dwele" [Jazzy Sport]
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble - "Some Day We'll All Be Free ft Bilal" []
Rare Earth - "I Know I'm Losing You" [Motown]
Coffee and Cigarettes Band - "Lights" [Rudiments Japan]
Delores Ealy & The Kenyattas - "Honeydripper" [Jazzman/Now Again]
The Natural Yoghurt Band - "Eastern Promise" [Jazzman]
Jocelyn Brown - "Somebody Else's Guy (Dub)" [Vinyl Dreams Records]
Sylvia - "Lay It On Me" [Platinum Records]

HIQI Sept. 20, 2010 Pt. 1
HIQI Sept. 20, 2010 Pt. 2

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

RIP OF THE WEEK: Amalgamated Funk Co. - "Take No More b/w I Wanna Take You Out"

Okay, I've been saving this one for quite awhile. Seeing as I've been slack on HIQI's newest segment "Rip of the Week" I figure its time to let loose with one of my favorite finds of the last 15 years.

First a bit of background. Up the way from our Detroit neighborhood, Woodbrige, was Grand River Avenue, a 220 mile stretch of a road that runs from downtown all the way to Michigan's capital, Lansing (and told to originally have been an Indian walking trail). From our house heading into the city you'd find Detroit icons Cass Tech High School, UR's Submerge HQ and a Wonder Bread factory now transformed into a neon monolith known as the Motor City Casino.

Heading out of the city, though, was a different story- not a lot to see but a long stretch of neighborhoods in ruin and a slideshow of broken histories. The few exeptions nearby were Steve's Soul Food (always packed on a Sunday) and a seedy looking spot called 'White's Records'. This shop was one of a few remaining White's Records in Detroit, a once proud local record chain memorialized by worn price tags on the city's second hand record troves. Here's a shot of another store in the city:


This particular shop was mostly slinging mixtapes and CDs (and...?). Most notable was it was all done from behind bulletproof glass, the only time I'd ever seen this in a music store. Out front, though, were two giant moving boxes of 7"s sent over from the main store in complete disarray, mostly missing sleeves, all going for 50 cents a pop. I fished out a few really interesting things but the one that has me most excited to this day is Amalgamated Funk Co.'s 7" Take No More b/w I Wanna Take You Out.


I couldn't find much on the story behind this record or the players other than an interview with one Harry Bowens. Harry, like so much of the Motor City's musical legacy, moved to Los Angeles in the mid 1980s but appears on this record singing lead vocals and playing keys before that move. Here are some excerpts from a 1999 interview with 'Sir Harry', who evidently is also known for his dance moves (I found this on

"I was born and raised in Detroit Michigan. That’s where I got my musical education, and that’s where I learned that the word Entertainment meant you not only had to sing good, but you had to entertain the people as well. The Detroit audience was hard on anyone who was not polished. So you had to work on your craft. Yes, I had to work very hard at developing my technique so I would look professional.

I had an Acapella group called The Sincere Sincerities. We fashioned ourselves after the Temptations. (Get it) Tempting Temptations! I also worked with a band called Amalgamated Funk Company; I played the piano and sang lead vocals. My next band was called The Ebony Set. This band played more jazz music. Then there is Midnight Sky. This band played all the popular music that was currently out at the time.

I also did some work with some vocal groups in the city. I did vocal arrangements for Citation a male vocal group, and the Ridgeway Sisters, these ladies sung in the movie Blues Brothers 2000, with Aretha Franklin and James Brown."

AND he played and toured with Was (Not Was) in the 1980 & 90s... Is this guy the man or WHAT?

Without any further ado, for a limited time only, here are both sides of some sublime modern soul courtesy the Amalgamated Funk Co.

Amalgamated Funk Co.- Take No More (320)

Amalgamated Funk Co.- I Wanna Take You Out(320)

Thursday, September 16, 2010





The Animal Special Playlist (August 13, 2010)
Quincy Jones - "Baby Elephant Walk"
The Specials - "Do The Dog"
George Clinton - "Atomic Dog" [Warner Music]
Parlet - "Wolf Tickets"
Jellphonic - "100 snakes" [Crown Clone Royal]
Mr Scruff - "Fish" [Ninjatune]
Marvin Gaye - "Sparrow" [Motown]
The Beatles - "Octopus' Garden"
The Marvelettes - "Too Many Fish In The Sea (b.cause OOH edit)"
Kool & The Gang - "Electric Frog (part 1)"
Satin Whale - "Six O'Clock"
Cosmic Force - "Chocolate Starfish"
Travis Biggs - "Fly Like An Eagle"
Kid Creole - "Stool Pidgeon"
Rufus Thomas - "Do The Funky Penguin"
Lee Scratch Perry - "Chicken Scratch"
Yambu - "Hippopotamus" [Montuno]
Roland Haynes - "Funky Mama Moose"
Jimmy Castor Bunch - "King Kong" [Atlantic]
Godiego - "Monkey Magic Theme" [ABC]
14 KT - "Black Cats"
Black Sheep - "Flavour of the Month" [Jive]
The New Birth - "Honeybee" [RCA]
Bunny Wailer - "Back To School" [Solomonic]
Eek-A-Mouse - "Modelling Queen" [hearbeat]
Yabby You - "Conquering Lion"
Smokey Robinson - "Mickey's Monkey" [Motown]
Mandrill - "Fence Walk (Bozo Meko Edit)" [Atlantic]
Serge Gainsbourg - "La Horse"
Franklin Thompson - "Dinosaur" [Stones Throw]


Party, party, party!

Yes indeedy. Time for another special one off 'Hit It & Quit It' event. This time myself and Recloose are taking the radio show up to Barrio on 44 Ponsonby Road. It's our maiden voyage there, and promises to be a dope night. It's a great intimate venue, and we're gonna try and recreate the vibe of the show (trash talking, lazer noises, air horns, sirens) along with some classic Friday night dancing music.
What more do you need? Friday night, if you're in Auckland City come down and check it. And buy me a god damn Coopers while you're at it!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Give The Drummer Some!

Clyde Stubblefield is THE Funky Drummer. You may not know that you know his work, but you sure DO know his work. Responsible for some of the foundation breaks, Clyde is still alive and (snare) kickin'. Last year Clyde suffered kidney failure and had to embark on weekly dialysis. You can and should read about the man's situation and import by following the link.
With the way legendary musical figures obituaries permeate so quickly in the age of social media, and they are subsequently eulogized by those who know how they'll be missed. So too is it possible to help out these extra special humans while they twist on this mortal coil with you. Clyde Stubblefield is just such an extra special human and we ain't lost him yet.
So break bread, pass the peas and


It takes exactly 2 minutes, and if you've ever listened to hip hop, or danced to recorded music then you are in the man's debt.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

HIT IT AND QUIT IT- September 6th, 2010

Back once again with the full compliment after Recloose's break last week, we had a rather hectic and lively show full of bizarre text messages from listeners and the occasional technical hitch (hopefully edited out by our engineer extraordinaire the Lawsonator!).

As you will gather we put it out the the radio audience: What should we do for our next special? There were some great and odd messages (the request for a murdered rappers special being a particularly dark highlight), but we settled on the "Animals Special".

Lots of great music on the show: of particular note were storming new cuts from BE on Movement Music, and something fresh from our very own man with the plan, Recloose, with "Crosstown" from the forthcoming Rushhour comp. Tip!

Enjoy the show, tune in for the Animals Special next week...

HIQI Sept. 6, 2010 Playlist
Deadly Sins - "You Can Be (Deadly B-Boy Edit)"
Stone - "Girl I Like The Way You Move"
Jerry Knight - "Do It All For You (DJ Anonymous Edit)"
The Little Debs - "Spotlite"
Be - "Pass It On" [Movement Music]
Chicago Skyway - "Glasswerks (Original Version)" [Uzuri]
Recloose - "Crosstown [RufF CutZ]" [Rush Hour]
Black Keith - "Close To Me" [Rush Hour]
Shed - "44A" [Hard Wax Forever]
Flying Lotus - "Do The Astral Plane" [Warp]
Tudor Acid - "Tudor House (Luke Vibert Remix)"
Ian Drury & The Blockheads - "Spasticus Austicus" [Polydor]
Harry Thuman - "Underwater" [CellulOid]
Ashford & Simpson - "Lesson In Love (Mark Seven Edit)"
Milton Wright - "Leave Me Alone" [Serato White Label]
Flowers - "For Real" (Sad Ghost Edit) [American Standard]
Wee - "Try Me"
Moonstarr - "C-Minus Particles" [Public Transit]
The Dead Rose Music Company - "Just A Bitter Love" [Wolf Music]
Vindahl - "Head Over Heels ft Coco"
If - "Fibonaccis Number"

HIQI Sept. 6, 2010 Pt. 1

HIQI Sept. 6, 2010 Pt. 2

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Credit To The Editors

I've been enjoying the Walter Gibbons 'Jungle Music' compilation since receiving a promo cd a few weeks ago.
'Jungle Music' compiles a wide range of his work from mid-late 70's stuff right through to more electronic flavours of the mid 80's. I had always had Walter Gibbons as a master of Soul & Disco, but until now wasn't aware that he made some serious electro in the 80's too. Strafe 'Set It Off'. Big tune!

The second thing is a compilation I haven't yet heard, but am very excited about: Danny Krivit's 'Edits by Mr K Volume 2'.... To me, Mr K is THE master of the subtle edit, his re-edits have ignited many a dancefloor for me down the years... So needless to say, this will be a "buy on sight" album if you have any interest in soulful music. Got that? Good. Hit It!

Danny Krivit on the subtle art of a good edit.

Friday, September 3, 2010

RIP OF THE WEEK: Big Foot - Watch Your Step (In This Society)

Big Foot is the alias of Juggy Murray Jones of Inside America fame.
This slow disco burner from 197?/198? is 10 minutes of niceness, complete with "inspector gadget" keys and lyrics that abound with social awareness.
Released on Juggy's own Sue label subsidiary named after his mother, read more about Sue records and the life and times of Juggy here

I found this 12" while at the record store with Booker and he was a little green about it, seeings as it was only 6 bucks. So I thought I'd make it the rip this week so that he can scoop it along with all of yous.

Enjoy it, and Watch Your Step.
Big Foot - Watch Your Step (In This Society) (320 kbps)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

HIT IT AND QUIT IT- August 30, 2010

With the quickness: Two shows live on the blog in two days. Phew! I can barely keep pace.
Well, this week I took the reins for a solo show at Hit It & Quit It Towers (tip of the hat to the ever present Harmonizer of course!). Recloose was feeling slightly under the weather, so I took the opportunity to drop a few jams and also play a special guest mix from our man Stu Clark of Wolf Music Recordings in London Town.
What a great mix! No tracklisting at this stage, but will try and get him to send one along.... Be sure to check out the forthcoming stuff on Wolf Music, and of course the Hit It & Quit It favourite, "All The Thrills" by BE. Yes!

Got to drop a few new beats and pieces: Arto Mwambe track "Duster FC" had heads bobbin, as did Erdbeerschnitzel's new joint, "Patterns". Oh, and I seriously slept on the Padded Cell remix of LCD Soundsystem. For me, the best version I've heard to date of 45-33 (yes, yes.... I've heard the Theo Parrish too!)

Alright enjoy. Catch you next week!

HIQI Aug. 30, 2010 Playlist
Roy Ayers - "Everybody" [Polydor]
Billy Nicols - "Party Harty People" [Spring Records]
Anvil Band - "Nice Vibes" [Free Spirit]
Boz Scaggs - "Low Down (Riccio Edit)" [Hidden History]
Claudja Barry - "I Wanna Dance (Todd Terje Tangoterje Edit)"
Erdbeerschnitzel - "Patterns" [3rd Strike Recordings]
LCD Soundsystem - "45:33 (Padded Cell Remix)" [DFA]
40 Thieves - "Don't Turn It Off (Greg Wilson Edit)" [Credit to the Edit]
Arto Mwambe - "Duster Fc (12" Version)"

HIQI Guest Mix
Stu Clark (Wolf Music Recordings) - "Wolf Music Mix"


HIQI Aug. 30, 2010 Pt. 1: Frank Booker

HIQI Aug. 30, 2010 Pt. 2: Wolf Music Mix