Music is my constant companion....I live, eat, sleep, and breathe the rhythms of the music. It's love, life, a source of good energy and my passion. Whether it be Hip Hop, soul, house, rare grooves, funk, or jazz, you'll find me movin to it, groovin to it and getting lost in the rhythm....what you're getting here is just a sampling of what moves me. Hopefully it will do the same for you...
Smooth Grooves: A Delicious Concoction Mixed by DJ J-Smooth
Originally Released: 2006
From 2002-2006 my souljunction crew (Darin, Benson, myself & DJ J-Smooth) collaborated on throwing a series of small one off parties in LA and we released a handful of music compilations (many of which are my releases already found on my podcast page).
Eventually DJ J-Smooth & I came together to release a handful of J-Smooth's previously unreleased house music mixes. He provided the mixes....all done live in one take. No mistakes...no editing.
I provided the visual concept & design of the graphics, an extension of my own "Candy Box Cover" Series, pressed them up and released them on my own dime. Just like we did with my compilations we pressed up hundreds of these things and distributed them hand by hand to anyone that would take them.
This is just one of our house music releases and it very well may be one of my all-time favorite mixes to drive to...it's filled with a collection of deep, soulful house tracks that are all....
1. Cafe Flores - Dr. Rockit
2. It's You, It's Me - Kaskade
3. Waterslide - Lance DeSardi F. Marissa
4. Do What You Know - VibeZelect
5. Pacific Coast Highway - Kerri Chandler
6. The Bee Tree - Pascal f. Mr. Day
7. Round & Round - Alexi Delano f. Robert Manos
8. The Light - Michelle Weeks
9. Lone Cat (Holding On) - Ben Watt
10. Give A Little - Andy Caldwell/Jay-J
11. Boca De Bondoneon - Latin Impressions
12. Dreamwalker - Paulo Rocha
13. The Beat Part - Mind Influence
Mixed & Produced by DJ J-Smooth for souljunction productions
Visual concept & design by idea for souljunction productions
Expressions of Rhythm: Volume II
Originally Released: 2006
What started out as exercise in digital digging, thanks to www.the-breaks.com in the quest to find the original songs sampled for Hip Hop joints, it quickly steamrolled into something completely different. After finding gem after gem after gem and coming up with so much material, I ended up throwing it on a disc just to listen to it all. That process itself, let to a basic arrangement which evenutally culminated with what we have here. Expressions of Rhythm: Volume II...A finely aged collection of luxurious beats, rare grooves & lush stereophonics
40 Days - Billy Brooks
Rock Creek Park - The Blackbyrds
Running Away (12" Version) - Roy Ayers
Do It Anyway You Wanna - Peoples Choice
Jasper Country Man - Bobbi Humphrey
Roadwork - Howard Roberts Quartet
Red Clay - Jack Wilkins
Dirty Old Bossa Nova - Howard Roberts Quartet
E.V.A. - Jean Jacques Perry
Just To Get A Rep - Gang Starr
Fried Neckbones N' Some Homefries - Willie Bobo
Superman Lover - Johnny "Guitar" Watson
I Wanna Do Something Freaky To You - Leon Haywood
California Soul - Marlena Shaw
Les Fleurs - Ramsey Lewis
Jazz Music - Gang Starr
Nautilus - Bob James
Expressions of Rhythm: Volume I
Originally conceived & mixed: 2006
From laid back downtempo joints to broken beat gems and uptempo soulful jams, it's a cornucopia of soulful & rhythmic goodness. As with all my compilations, I try to pick classic sounds with timeless qualities. Mind you, this was my take on progressive soul music in 2006...Although one new track has just been added, overall, I feel it sounds just as refreshing as it did when I first put this out 4 years ago...I hope these sounds are refreshing to your ears & spirit as well...
Nights Instrumental - Nightmares on Wax
Wind (J-Boogie Remix) - Solstice
War To Fight - Amber Ojeda
Fastlane - Estero
Aganju (Latin Project Remix) - Bebel Gilberto
Hold It Down (Osunlade's Diaspora Remix) - 4Hero
Simplesmente (Tom Middleton Cosmos Mix) - Bebel Gilberto
More - Jody Watley
All My Mistakes - Lizz Fields
I Think I Love U - Dwele
Golden - Jill Scott
Invocation II - The Dining Rooms
Angels - Wax Poetic (featuring Norah Jones)
Inside My Mind (Blue Skies) - Groove Armada
Cafe De Flore - Doctor Rockit
Simplesmente (Tom Middleton Balearic Mix) - Bebel Gilberto
Originally slated to be the follow-up to All Hits: Organic Hip Hop Hits, a late night convenience store run and a bit of chewing gum graphic design inpiration changed all that....nonetheless, it picks up right where All Hits left off, providing a heavy dose of quality organic hip hop that just happens to be...Extra Fresh.
Happy Valentines Day - Andre 3000
Brown Sugar (Extra Sweet) - Mos Def feat. Faith Evans
Watch Out - De La Soul feat Pariquo Fernandez
Hot Night - Me'Shell NdegéOcello Feat. Talib
Tell Your Mama Come - Black Eyed Peas
Danger - Erykah Badu feat. China Blac
What You Want - The Roots
Yelling Away - Zap Mama feat. Common & Talib Kweli
Black Ice - Goodie Mob feat. Outkast
Let Me See (remix) - Morcheeba feat. Talib Kweli
Brown Sugar (Fine) - Mos Def
Love of the Game - DJ Jazzy Jeff feat Baby Blak & Pauly Yamz
Make You Feel That Way - Blackalicious
Aquarius - Common
Love of My Life - Erykah Badu feat. Common
Lay Me Down - Will.I.Am feat. Terry Dexter
Hidden Bonus Track
Originally conceived & mixed in 2003, this seemless sexy non-stop mix is chock full of soulful, funky & uptempo jams.
It's feel, mood & description is just as the title suggests...
Nowhere - Aquanote
Alright - Jamiroquai
Stay This Way - The Brand New Heavies
Cosmic Girl - Jamiroquai
Spend Some Time - The Brand New Heavies
Lovely - Soulstice
Little L - Jamiroquai
Try - Arvid feat. Ernestos
Waiting - Aquanote
Fall Into You - Stateless
Come Around - Aquanote
Cococure - Maxwell
I'm You - Maxwell
Matrimony - Maxwell
Arroz Con Pollo -Maxwell
All Hits: SuperSoulSh*t Volume I
Originally Released: 2002
Background on All Hits: SuperSoulSh*t Volume I:
Ahhhh, The Next Level: Hawaii's original Hip Hop show; College Radio KTUH 90.3 FM, Friday Night, Midnight to 3am...
The 5 semesters we broadcast out of that dark cozy corridor known as Hemingway Hall rm. 202, on the University of Hawaii @ Manoa Campus were truly something special. From Spring 1995 to Summer 1997, we dug in our crates & cd books to give you the best Non-Commercial Hip Hop available.
We played Biggie before he became an icon & martyr.
We had Common Sense before he was simply Common.
We tried to force-feed The Roots & Outkast, Bahamadia & Gangstarr down every listeners earhole. Busta Rhymes, Redman, De La Soul, Pharcyde, Nas, Mobb Deep & A Tribe Called Quest were in our permanent rotation before any other station in Hawaii ever thought of playing these artists.
Our old school hours were classic like shell-top Adidas & our occasional late-night jazz/soul hour was simply divine. Our faithful listeners still remember this; those herb smoke filled, late night sessions eventually became stuff of legend.
For those of you who look to recapture those precious moments, we present to you, ALL HITS: SuperSoulSh*t. This is a special compilation near and dear to our hearts as it perfectly replicates one of The Next Level's favorite Late Night jazz/soul hours.
This is the kind of set that would have the folks wrapping up their parties in the dorms & on-campus apartments something to wind down and get busy to....
Feel free to do the same...
beats & blessings
Just The Two Of Us - Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers
What You Won’t Do - Bobby Caldwell
You Remind Me - Patrice Rushen
Ain’t Nobody - Chaka Khan
Strawberry Letter #23 - Brothers Johnson
Searchin’ - Roy Ayers
Footsteps In The Dark - Isley Brothers
Playing Your Game, Baby - Barry White
Summer Madness (live) - Kool & The Gang
Everybody Loves The Sunshine - Roy Ayers
Summer Madness - Kool & The Gang
Secret Garden - Quincy Jones featuring Al B.Sure, Barry White, El DeBarge & James Ingram
Moments In Love - Art of Noise