Throughout his career George Duke paved his way not only as an innovator but became one of the top players and sought after session players of his era. … George Duke: A Legacy Remembered
Over 45,000 plays and counting. Soul Sisters Stand Up is the quintessential mix dedicated to the felines of funk brought to you by Canadian producer/Djs SKRATCH BASTID and THE GAFF.
This Friday Aug 16th at Nola’s, they travel down to LA to bring the mix to life on 4 turntables for your dancing pleasure for a first time performance of their acclaimed set of *100% Female Funk, Soul, R&B and Breaks* brought to you buy wonderkid DJ EXPO and mainstay AZUL 213. Also in the mix is none other than DJ RHETTMATIC which you know he always sets the tone right for what should be a special night built for the shakers and diggers alike.
Having rocked the bar many times, Skratch Bastid is now ready to raise it.
In 2013, The Bastid has become one of Canada’s most in-demand DJs and respected producers but don’t think it happened overnight. From his humble beginnings a decade ago as a teenager in Halifax- pumping out mixtapes from his bedroom and earning a loyal following already back then- he slowly spread his skills first at DJ competitions like DMC, ITF, and Scribble Jam and now around Canada and the world as a widely recognized go-to guy for party-rocking. The illest redhead on turntables has since gone viral. Seriously, youtube that shit.
Since he is increasingly recognized for his comfort and versatility in different styles- hip hop, funk, disco, rock, club and just about every other genre that will make you dance- more and more people are getting hip to his style. That’s what keeps this Bastid working so hard. Touring city-to-city with a relentless drive, he’s wowed crowds from coast to coast in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and all over Europe as he averages close to 150 shows a year.
For Skratch Bastid, all that energy is brought back to the studio and heard in his music. As a producer, he takes that experience from the stage and lays it down on hard-hitting original music with a wide range of sounds. The formula earned him a Juno Nomination as Producer of the Year for his work on Buck 65’s Situation album, which he lost to Joni Mitchell. You can hear his own music often elevate his live sets along with yesterday and today’s best.
In the past year, the young lad landed in Toronto- after five fruitful years as a Montreal resident- bringing new flavor to the city and making his first mark with a big bang. His new Skratch Bastid Presents quarterly event kicked off with a blockbuster collaboration including DJ Starting from Scratch and world-renowned beatboxer Scratch formerly from the Roots. The inspiring first party was a huge success as it breathed new life into Toronto’s night scene. The three noisemakers are hoping to take the show on the road for the world to see.
If the next decade is anything like the previous one, you’ll be hearing a lot more about Skratch Bastid. As he continues to find new fans worldwide, his catalog of sounds, styles and tricks will leave a lasting impression.
What’s next? Just like in his electric sets, that’s the exciting part! Get down with the sound.
“He’s probably the most well rounded DJ that I know… his play selection is incredible!” -DJ Jazzy Jeff
“He’s kinda one of these rare cats that encompasses every single last facet and dimension of DJing in a true sense!” -Cosmo Baker
The Gaff is a soulful brother on the wheels of steel, a lifelong DJ with tight skills & cuts, a lengthy list of accomplishments, tonnes of records, heart & class. Gaff is also a renowned Producer, using ableton live, vintage equipment and a substantial record collection of over 10 000 lp’s & 45’s. One foot in the future, and one foot in the past. The Gaff’s purpose is in elevating Hip Hop, Dance, Club and Electronic Sounds to a level easily combined with Funk, Soul & Jazz; resulting in amazing performances & instrumental production. The Gaff has rocked prestigious parties & clubs far & wide, NYC to LA: either by all vinyl 45 sets, or destroying it with tight scratching and turntable kung fu. Having just released the acclaimed & highly successful mix; “Soul Sisters Stand Up” with friend Skratch Bastid in 2012, the future holds a list of steady production releases as well as his long awaited debut album. The Gaff is often referred to as A DJ’s’ DJ, cited as a top favorite amongst some of the worldÊ¼s best & titled by peers as one of Canada’s greatest.
“Gaff got so many ill records it’s fu$*ing Mind Boggling. I am in awe” -Cosmo Baker
“The First Time I met Gaff I quickly realized he possessed the most important part of being a DJ…….a knockin’ record collection. It’s good to see he’s harvesting the crops” -DJ Nu-Mark (Jurassic 5)
Yes it was one of those crazy packed nights where you dealt with the heat for a front row position at Zanzibar for Afro-Funke’s 10 year anniversary with a rare small room performance by Ozomatli. Thanks to Jeremy Sole, Glenn Red, Rocky Dawuni, & Cary Sullivan for bringing some flava to the westside. Photo capture by Farah Sosa (see full album)
Resurrecting the spirit of the dynamic soul duo akin to Sam & Dave, MYRON & E are ready to release their debut record “BROADWAY” on Stones Throw recordings. They already have an excited fan base making rounds with their series of single releases with Europe’s foremost raw-soul outfits, The Soul Investigators.
Here is their full bio on Stones Throw
This Saturday, July 6, at the deep funk party in Echo Park, FUNKY SOLE, Myron & E will perform live to celebrate their new release. Perfect compliment to their brand of soul. Deejays Miles of the Breakestra and Root Down roots alongside Clifton will be providing the selections for this funky get down event.
1822 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA. 90026
$5 all night | doors@10pm
Longevity in the club scene is hard to come by these days, especially a night that is progressive, eclectic and about the music verses selling bottles. The Afro-Funke family has been putting in love and sweat for 10 years and well deserved. The westside is not a haven for an artful going-out-and-get-your dance-on experience but Afro-Funke figured out the formula that worked. To top it all, they landed one of LA’s finest, OZOMATLI, to perform at their 10 year celebration. Much congratulations.
Special guest: DJ CENTER (push the fader- NYC)
JEREMY SOLE & GLENN RED
bookings/photos: Cary Sulllivan
host: Rocky Dawuni
@Zanzibar 1301 5th St. Santa Monica Ca | 9-2am
$12 presale tix avail: stubmatic.com/afrofunke
$15@door | 21+
The Footlong boys keep bringing it, this time with the launch of their new collab night WHAT THE FUNK – the tribute night mashing up JAMES BROWN vs FELA KUTI, brought to you by DJ SPINNA and RICH MEDINA.
Farah Sosa took some great shots of the night go to her page for full album. Yes people!
Strictly Social is back with another special live event, this time with ZO and CHOKLATE on the sweet stage. For the love of soul keeps this night going, always bringing you the next flava in the ongoing soul movement. Big ups to Nu-Soul Mag & Soul Union for keeping it movin.
ZO, producer/keyboardist of The Foreign Exchange celebrates his sophomore release Manmade which includes appearances from Phonte, Eric Roberson, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly, Carmen Rodgers, Anthony David, Choklate and more. http://www.theforeignexchangemusic.com/zo/
CHOKLATE, the soul songstress has released some classic underground soul records and has appeared on tracks with legendary artists like Blacksheep, Abstract Rude, Butta Verses, De La Soul, Gift of Gab and Chali 2na’s solo albums.
If you love soul then this night is not to be missed.
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DJ DESTROYER and SEANO on the one’s and two’s.
@Bootleg Bar 2220 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles CA
$15 @ Door | $12 pre-sale avail.
STONES THROW : OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON
tickets are available for its premiere on June 21&22 at
On Thursday June 20th is the premiere party with many of the Stones Throw catalog come to life.
PEANUT BUTTER WOLF,
MYRON & E
plus special guests
doors 9pm | 21+
618 S. Spring St. LA CA 90014 (DTLA)
tickets starting at $25 @
Footlong Development is at it again this time bringing you the new music tribute to the
God Father Of Soul JAMES BROWN & to the Afro Beat Pioneer FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI!!!
with DJ SPINNA and RICH MEDINA at the helms.
There is going to be a time when it will be a hard occasion to be able to catch classic artists in person. Some will transition on leaving us to just speculate what it would have been like to see these artists on stage in their prime. The original hip-hop creators who had something to say and changed the music industry forever is now reaching new generations. Dj PREMIER plus J.ROCC and the quintessential radio dj duo Baka Boyz event at Icon Flava proved that the new generation is thirsty and that these artists still have relevance 20 years removed from when their records dominated the airwaves.
(To see FULL ALBUM PICS)
Here are a few top captures of this special night provided by Maricel Sison