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Soviet Funk Trailers
June 18, 2016, 7:36 am
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Crate diggers and Jazzheads all know of this Youtube video…


The ‪#‎SovietFunkTrailers‬ project is a set of Funk, Soul & Rare Groove edits from USSR films created and mastered by DJ Soulviet (a.k.a. TenDJiz). DJ Soulviet is best known for his Soulviet Trilogy project consisting of 3 albums: CommoNasm, De La Soulviet, Q-Tipokratiya. Those albums were created by blending acapellas of American hip-hop artists (Common and Nas, De La Soul, Q-Tip) with instrumentals composed from Soviet Soul and Jazz samples.


Black and Blue Radio Show 15 January 2016

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A sweet little guest host spot on the legendary Black and Blue Radio Show Friday Night on RTRFM  – musical explorations of a deep and funky persuasion – ‘very funkapolitan’

Listen Here


Jef Gilson Big Band – Up To The Light – Jef Gilson Big Band

Louis Armstrong with Leon Thomas – The Creator Has a Master Plan

John Coltrane – Acknowledgement – A Love Supreme

Ballistic Brothers – Love Supreme – 12

Alexander Robotnick – Love Supreme – Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici with Alexander Robotnick

Tri-fire – Receiving End – Tri-fire Volume 1

Uku and Maryn – Suggestive – 12

Usje Sukatma – Waiting For Your Love – PPU 45

Circle City Band – Magic – Circle City Band

Bozeman and Roberts – Workin Mama – 12

Guitar Red – Disco From A Space Show – Personal Space (Electronic Soul 1974 – 1984)

Prince – Mountains – Extended 12

David Bowie – Golden Years (The Captain Tez Remix)

David Bowie and Grace Jones – Dream to the Rhythm Mash Up

Donnell Pittman – Love Explosion – Ultra High Frequencies: The Chicago Party

Robbie M – Lets Groove – Lets Groove

Dr Otto Gomez – Love Junky

Moodymann – I Cant Kick This Feeling When It Kicks

King So So – Disco in the Sky

Noo – No More

Wagon Cookin – I’m Gonna Make You Dance (Spirit Catcher Remix)

Ballplayers – American Worker

David Bowie / Pat Metheny – This is Not America (Silinders re-rub\)







Sunshine Soul Mixtape
January 2, 2016, 7:07 am
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Its a heat wave… and Claude Mono is popping fire hydrants Bronx style with two hours of very funky jazzy sunshine soul – a soundtrack that is like a cool breeze on a hot still day

It was too hot to be outside so I made a mixtape of the tracks played on the RTRFM Soulsides Radio Show New Years Day Special 2016.

Here – Re-stream the show – select 1 Jan 2016 edition

Here – Mixcloud HQ Audio Mix


Intro – New York Heat Wave – Popping Fire Hydrants

Bill Withers – Lovely Day – Greatest Hits

Seu Jorge – Everybody Loves the Sunshine – Seu Jorge And Almaz

Wee – Leavin You Alone – You Can Fly On My Aeroplane

Ju Par Universal Orchestra Beauty and the Beast – Moods and Grooves

Isaac Hayes and Millie Jackson – Sweet Music Soft Lights and You

Kool and The Gang Summer Madness (Roy Ayers Vocal) – Light of Worlds

Jimmy Owens – Whats The Use – Jimmy Owens

Moody – Lonely Jelly- The Gentle Rain

The Jackson Five – Skywriter – Maybe Tomorrow

Artist Unknown – Let The Children Play – Boddie Acetates Box

Eddie Fisher and Allan (Dealth) Merry and Yodi Gang – Homeboy Pt1 – Eccentric Soul  The Young Disciples

Shirley Brown – Love Starved – Sweet Taste Of Sin

Sweet Stuff – Freaky To You – California Soul

Eramus Hall – Your Love is My Desire – Your Love is My Desire

Prophets of Peace – Get It On – Purple Snow

Embryo – Knast Funk – Apo-Calypso

Rodney Trotter – Space Nigga – California Soul 2

Dee Felice Trio – There Was A Time – James Browns Funky People 3 Vol 3

Freddie Cole – Brother Where Are You – What Is Wrong With Groovin

Johnnie Taylor – Steal Away – Wattstax Deluxe Edition

Edna Wright – Oops Here I Go Again – Strange Soul –

Gil Scott Heron – I Think I’ll Call It Morning – Pieces Of A man

Isaac Hayes – Menage a Trois – New Horizon


Best Videos of 2015
December 24, 2015, 5:52 am
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from a series of four … the other three plus key links here

filmed live and in one incredible take – you need to know that….

the more you get to know about Ariel Pink the more that you want to know more  – from my 7 songs in 7 days post

Deluxe Edition – Funky Space Reincarnation
December 24, 2015, 5:33 am
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Funky Space Reincarnation – trippy folky funk and cosmic space soul jams…

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Nostalgia 77 and the Monster- Angels and Demons /
Lonnie Liston Smith and the Cosmic Echoes – Expansions /
Kashmere Stage Band – Aint No Sunshine – OG Version /
Eunice Collins – At The Hotel /
Symphonic Four – Who Do You Think Your Fooling Part II /
The Dave Hamilton Voices – Because I Love You /
Cosmic Funk – Lonnie Liston Smith /
Marvin Gaye Funky Space Reincarnation Morales Mix /
Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues shoes edit /
Shoes vs. Numero – Electric Breaks and Boogie /
Lonnie Liston Smith – Sais (Egypt) /
Asha Puthti – Space Talk /
Linda Lewis – Waterbaby /
The Stepkids – Shadows on Behalf /
Connie Price and the Keystones – Fuzz and Them /
D’Nell – 20:20 /
Experience Unlimited – Funk Consciousness /
Dexter Wansel – Life On Mars /
T Dyson and Company – Its All Over /
4Hero – Morning Child (Landau Orchestra Remix) /
The Stepkids – La La /
Marvin Gaye – I Want You (Vocals and Rhythm) /

Tuesday Night Hi Fi Journey
September 20, 2015, 9:04 am
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Recorded Live from the El Ritmo Penthouse Claude Mono invites you and your closest friends to the Tuesday Night Hi Fi Journey. Drink champagne, dance, discuss obscure records and books – why go out when you can stay in with us – at El Ritmo……enjoy the experience …

Listen Here


David Lindup – Zodiac – The Sound Gallery

Mandingo – Tiger In The Night – Mandingo OST

I Marc 4 – track unknown

Errnio Morricone – Veruska (excerpt)

Frank Pourcel – Francais Francais

Laurie Johnson – Jason king THeme

I Marc 4 – Ray Ban

Ennio Morricone – Le Foto Proibite Di Una Signora Per Bene

Ennio Morricone – La Donna invisible

Lesiman – Moto Centipero

Stelvia Cipriana – Femina Redins

Teddy Randazzo – Somewhere In Greece

Barry Adamson – Come Hell or High Water

Barry Adamson – The Big Bamboozle

Sukia – The Dream Machine

Linda Lovelace – Deep Throat OST

John Keating – I Feel The Earth Move

Tipsy – Space Golf

Mike Theodore Orchestra – Moon Trek

Pekka Streng – Puutarhassa – Kesamaa

Mario Biondi – No Mercy For Me

Arthur Verocai – Sylvia

Arthur Verocai – Presente Greco

Noosh Atarin – Gol-e Adtab Gardoon

Mehrpouya – Soul Raga

Zia – Kotrium – Pomegranates

Soledad Miranda – El Coloor Del Amor

Serge Gainsbourg – Sous Le Soleil Enactement

The Peddlers – On A Clear Day

Serge Gainsbourg – Boomerang

Bill Conti – Reflections – Rocky OST


el ritmo lounge battle 2015
April 23, 2015, 11:38 am
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Your Tuesday night hi fi journey presents

Lounge Battle 2015

Easy-metal Heavy-listening international playboy DJs doing it to death with champagne on ice and crazy music.

A Menage a Trois of the highest order – For one night only …

Carl Blackburdy as Lalo Schifrin
Jade Nobbs as Ennio Morricone
Claude Mono as Stefano Torossi

Rounds include

– Nice LP Cover

– Bossa deconstructed

– Organ/Moogy sounds

– Trip Hop kind of thing but from the 70s

– breezy wordless jazzy vocals

– cover versions

– Country funk

– Sunshine pop kind of thing

Your Hosts

Here is some rare footage of Super J (aka Jade Nobbs) with a beautiful but unknown actress showing how its done…moves and grooves that are oh so smooth – #1 Super J…Lounge Battle 2015…

Claude Mono knows what he likes and he likes people who are into it – not knowing just what might happen next….running fast…#2 Claude… el ritmo Lounge Battle 2015…

Artist, impresario, student of culture, and collector of obscure vinyl Carl Robin Blackburdy can usually be found wandering the back streets of rarely visited European cities looking for tiny record shops only he knows how to find. Amongst bleak apartment complexes built in post-war brutalist architecture styles the record shop owners know he is coming – warm welcomes, late night parties, the drinks of the region and musical treasure always await his arrival – #3 lie low Shifrin Blackburdy – el ritmo Lounge Battle 2015…

Listen Here – Super J, Claude and Carl…the music, the chit-chat, the champagne…


Fausto Papetti – Samba De Sausalito

Henry Mancini – Themes Medley Kojak/S.W.A.T

Chaquito – It Takes A Thief

Teddy Randazzo – Girl From U.N.C.L.E

Hugo Blanco – Bossa Nova en Caracas

Berry Lipman – Auf Wiedersehn Madeleine

Ron Frangipane and his Orchestra – Eli’s Comin

Guy Pedersen and Son Grand Orchestre – We Love You

Low Fidelity Jet Set Orchestra – Wasabi Sauce

Tony Newman – Soul Thing

The Copper Plated Printed Circuit – Where’s Prince Brilliant

The Simonsound – Bad Love

Rabbits and Carrots – Romeo and Juliet

Diacromeico – da musiche per commente

Soctopus – The In Sound From Octopus

The Mystic Moods Orchestra – California Dreamin

Burt Bacharach – South American Getaway

Dominic Frontiere – Hammersmith is Out Title Theme

The Peddlers – On A Clear Day

Dennis The Fox – Piledriver

Cici Kizlar – Genlick Ve vakko icin

SST – Soft Soul Transition

Piero Piccioni – Easy Dreamer

Zoo -Ramses

I Marc 4 – Ray Ban

Jean-Pierre Mirouze – Sexopolis

Faves As Selected by the DJs



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