Global Juke Joint: Soulful Shout-Outs

Sometimes a city, a state, a country just moves you to sing a song in its honor. And some songs – and singers – are better than others. These soulfully chill paeans to places near and far help transport you when you can’t get there quick enough. Enjoy.

Chaka Khan – “A Night in Tunisia”

Fania All Stars – “Isla del Encanto” (That’d be Puerto Rico, Isle of Enchantment.)

Tom Browne – “Funkin’ for Jamaica”

Cesaria Evora – “São Vicente di Longe” (One of the isles of Cape Verde)

Ray Charles – “Georgia On My Mind”

Morcheeba – “São Paulo”

The Jones Girls – “Nights Over Egypt”

Willie Colón & Rubén Blades – “María Lionza” (Folk Goddess of Venezuela)

Rosalia de Souza – “Ipanema”

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – “April in Paris”

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Global Juke Joint: Jazzanova

jazzanovaRifling through dusty and forgotten things back at the homestead in Jacksonville, I ran across my old CD collection. With over 400 discs, you could say that I was something of a music junkie, but music had been my way of traveling by proxy for years. One of the flyest standouts in my collection is Jazzanova, a Berlin-based collective of DJs and musicians that has been expertly mixing sounds and cultures since the mid-90s. Jazzanova defies categorization, at once jazz, soul, electronica, and house, but it’s the perfect accompaniment to a long drive, a chill evening at home, or an international flight. Have a listen and get lifted:







And then, there’s the live show:

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Global Juke Joint: Chill Music for a Chilly Day

‘Tis the season for chilly, grey, rainy weather across much of the Northern Hemisphere, and as a Florida boy, I’m ill-equipped to handle too much gloom for the next few months. Music, however, can often make an uncomfortable experience much bearable, and these icy little numbers—at turns melancholy, ethereal, moody, blue—allow me to embrace the cold, where ever I may be (and yes, it can get chilly in Brazil, too). That said, here’s hoping for an early spring!







What’s on your chilly weather playlist?

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Global Juke Joint: Javanese Hip Hop

It’s old news that hip hop has gone global, but there are still a few sleeper spots where local incarnations of the genre haven’t yet gotten the acclaim they deserve. The hip hop scene in Indonesia’s second city—Yogyakarta, aka “Jogja”—is not to be messed with. Melding multilayered rhythms from the traditional music and dance of Java (the isle on which Jogja sits) with American hip hop beats and melodious Indonesian rhymes, we’re talking sumptuous, exotic island flow coming out of the world’s most populous Muslim country. Lyrics are often remixed classical Javanese poetry and the ladies have their say, too. The videos below include a couple of head-boppers I dug up online and the trailer for a documentary produced last year on the scene, Hiphopdiningrat, featuring the Jogja Hip Hop Foundation (above). Check the site for a few more underground tracks and ride out, Java-style.



Shouts to ChaCha in Jakarta who put me on to the riddims.

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Global Juke Joint: Nineties Bossanese

Some of you might know Japanese supastar DJ Towa Tei from his days as part of electro-disco group Deee-Lite, but after the foursome broke up in the mid-90s, TT set off on his own with a couple of sumptuous lounge-soul-house discs (see Last Century Modern) featuring collabs with underground rapper extraordinaire Bahamadia and Afro-Euro chanteuses Les Nubians. A few of my favorite songs by Towa Tei include his bossa nova-infused lounge tracks that keep the juices flowing regardless of whether I’m working or relaxing. Taking it back to the 90s, bossanese-style!

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Fly Brother Podcast – Fantasy Flight 414: The Diplomat

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In this episode of the Fly Brother Podcast:
Fantasy Flight 414 – The Diplomat

Journey with Fly Brother on an ethereal, all-music flight from the capital of the free world to the capital of free expression—DC to Berlin—featuring classic soul, house, downtempo, acid jazz, and a little go-go from local musicians and artists inspired by local sounds. Whether its to work out, chill out, or make out, this compilation will transport you each time you listen. Download and get lifted.

Playlist:
“Chuck Baby” – Chuck Brown
“Hot Music” – Soho
“Moving Like a Train” – Herbert
“Rock Creek Park” – The Blackbyrds
“Amerimacka” – Thievery Corporation f. Notch
“Behold These Days (Berlin ’74)” – Jazzanova
“Donaueschingen” – Kruder & Dorfmeister
“Souvenir” – Manoo & Francois A.
“Just Like…” – Eddy Meets Yannah
“Din Daa Daa” – George Kranz

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Global Juke Joint: Dimitri from Paris

I’ve been doing a lot of traveling these last few weeks, and through incessant TSA screenings, cramped airplane seats, and nagging jet-lag, there is but one man who can instantly take me from the pain to the pleasure of travel in the course of a 3-minute ditty: Greek-Turkish-French DJ Dimitri From Paris. Combining electro, funk, disco, house, hip hop, and notably, the lush string arrangements of 1950s film scores, DFP is just plain fly (hell, the man’s 2003 album is even titled Cruising Attitude).

Here are a few must-haves for the transoceanic inflight playlist:





and the Fly Ladies’ Anthem:

If you liked that little set, be sure to check out the Fly Brother Podcast, Night Flight 695 – The Trance-Atlantic, featuring music by Dimitri From Paris.

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Fly In-Flight Entertainment

This post was inspired by TMF and her quest for fly IFE. Just make sure your seatbacks and tray-tables are in their upright and locked positions… ;-)

Night Flight 121 – The City to Sampa

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In this episode of the Fly Brother Podcast: Night Flight 121 – The City to Sampa

Journey with Fly Brother on an ethereal, all-music flight from “The City” to Sampa – New York to São Paulo – featuring recent and classic house, downtempo, acid jazz, and electro-samba. Whether its to work out, chill out, or make out, this compilation will transport you each time you listen. Download and get lifted.

Playlist:
“Saturday Night Experience” – Jody Watley
“Voodoo Bliss (Aaron Bingle’s Azure Mix)” – Janice hosted by BSG
“Bedtime Story” – Madonna
“Down” – Herbert
“Night Over Manaus” – Boozoo Bajou
“Amazodiac” – Audio Lotion
“Waltz for Koop” – Koop
“My Endless Journey” – Imada
“Samba do Gringo Paulista (Bigga Bush Reconstruction)” – Suba and Bigga Bush
“Playground do Brasil” – Imada
“Love and Happiness (São Benitez Sunset Mix)” – River Ocean f. La India
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Night Flight 695 – The Trance-Atlantic

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In this episode of the Fly Brother Podcast: Night Flight 695 – The Trance-Atlantic

Journey with Fly Brother on an ethereal, all-music flight from Little Havana to the Latin Quarter – Miami to Paris – featuring recent and classic house, downtempo, acid jazz, soul, and electro-samba. Whether its to work out, chill out, or make out, this compilation will transport you each time you listen. Download and get lifted.

Playlist:
“Vazilando (Rasmus Faber Mix)” – La Oreja de Van Gogh
“Cerca de Mí” – Louie Vega f. Raúl Midón
“The Way That I Feel” – Vikter Duplaix
“Casa Batillo” – Brazzaville
“Late Night Swing” – David Borsu f. Damia da Costa
“La Femme d’Argent” – Air
“A Day in December” – Manoo and Francois A.
“Girls & Boys” – Prince & The Revolution
“Leaving Monte Carlo” – Physics
“La Rhythme et Le Cadence” – Dimitri from Paris

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Fantasy Flight 525 – The Black Gold Express

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In this episode of the Fly Brother Podcast: Fantasy Flight 525 – The Black Gold Express

Journey with Fly Brother on an ethereal, all-music flight from the capital of oil- and culture-rich Venezuela to the capital of oil- and culture-rich Nigeria—Caracas to Lagos—featuring recent and classic house, salsa, downtempo, acid jazz, and funky Afrobeat. Whether its to work out, chill out, or make out, this compilation will transport you each time you listen. Download and get lifted.

Playlist:
“Intro/Arepa 3000” – Los Amigos Invisibles
“Got to Be in Love (Dub)” – Barbara Mendes
“Bruja” – Los Amigos Invisibles
“Guaio a Caracas” – Paul & Mark
“Llorarás” – Oscar d’León
“Cashmere” – Audio Lotion
“African Loungesters” – The Dining Rooms
“Opposite People” – Fela Kuti
“Ezuku Buzo” – Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats
“Lagos Speedway” – Captain Planet

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Fantasy Flight 324 – Mumbai to Buenos Aires

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In this episode of the Fly Brother Podcast: Fantasy Flight 324 – The Bhangra-Milonga Express

Journey with Fly Brother on an ethereal, all-music flight from the gem of India to the jewel of Argentina—Mumbai to Buenos Aires—featuring recent and classic house, bhangra, downtempo, acid jazz, tango, and milonga. Whether its to work out, chill out, or make out, this compilation will transport you each time you listen. Download and get lifted.

Playlist:
“Coast 2 Coast” – N1
“Indian Summer (Groove Lickers Remix)” – Olav Basoski
“Threads of Identity” – Fusing Naked Beats
“Sunrise” – Lh1
“Milan” – Karsh Kale
“Walk of Ju” – Sweetback
“4AM” – Night Flyte
“Otonal” – Audio Lotion
“Unspoken” – Paul & Price
“Resurrección del Angel (Libertango Mix)” – Fantasista
“Adios Nonino (Electronic Mix)” – Hi Perspective
“Ese Cielo Azul” – Supervielle

Hope you enjoyed the ride! You can also get lifted with Seasons 1 and 2 of the Fly Brother Podcast here, and at the podcast page.

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Global Juke Joint: City Sounds

Sometimes, the videos are more about the cities that inspired the music than the music itself. Other times, you just want to jump through the screen. Here are a few of my favorites.



Lupe Fiasco – Paris, Tokyo [NEW] por PeteRock

…and of course…

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