One of my heroes, the great Patrice Scott, many tracks to check out but this is just one I chose for today. I love the dirty hats, funky af bass-line, reminiscent of Larry Heard and how those jazz house chords drop in. As a bassist, I’m always trying to recreate synth bass-lines with my own spin. This one also reminds me of how Thundercat composes.
Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body
House music is a feeling! I love this track and how loose the kick and piano sample are at the start. It gives this track a sense of urgency that you can’t help dance too. The sample comes from an Elton John song with which Marshall Jefferson slowed down to 40bpm and then up to 120. The hats are so perfect too, a big inspiration to how i try and approach mixing drums in my tracks. Boom!
Bill Summers – Straight To The Bank (Club Mix)
Just straight up funky good times! The arrangement gets me every-time, so perfect. I’ve been playing a lot more guitar these days and i really like how the guitar part, keys part drop in together. The phrasing of the bass-line is massive. It’s this rolling thing that drops into a slap at the chorus. I’m not that into the slap style to be honest but this one just drops so gangster, so perfect.
Big Yawn – Skinrat
Local Electronic quartet killing it with some original live house/techno.
Emma Jean Thackery – Movementt
She’s got it all, modern day madlib vibes with a trumpet sound that will blow your head off !
Shokazulu – Dis Yah One I Love
I found it randomly on soundcloud and this song changed my life. It introduced me to the wonderful world of Kaidi Tatham, Dego and Bruk.
Surprise Chef – Herbie Hemphill
Local heads, this is my crew, they live around the corner and we hang all the time. The funkiest & smartest guys around, this record changed the course of Melbourne music.
Medeski, Martin & Wood – Uninvisible
Discovered this crew on youtube checking out the Mt. Fuji Jazz Festival reel’s. It’s so jazz and so funky, new directions in groove.
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – The Love I Lost
Earl young on the kit revolutionised dance music. This is the start of that 4 to the four feel we all love and know today. The start of disco, the start of house and the start of dance !
Pyramid – Song For Bobby
Australian groove music from 1980, they made one record, toured the world, and killed it at Montreaux Jazz Fest. I was lucky enough to have a lesson with Roger McLaughlin (Bassist) and it filled me with the funk.
From his roots as a founding member of the influential hip hop /soul collective & Rhythm Section signees 30/70, to his extensive collaborative work with afro-house group Teymori, Horatio Luna forges his path by fusing styles, embracing genres and proudly defying labels. He was also recognised for his contributions to the flourishing Melbourne scene with a feature on Gilles Peterson’s ‘Sunny Side Up’ compilation and documentary.
His new LP ‘Boom Boom’ on Jitwam’s The Jazz Diaries imprint is Luna’s most dancefloor leaning offering to date. Utilizing his raw, unfiltered DIY approach to composition, He applies the sprawling, human energy of live jazz to the four-to-the-floor structures of early house music that in its soulful essence, captures the scratchy spirit of Detroit luminaries like Moodymann, Terrence Parker, and Mike Huckaby.