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el ritmo kooky grooves
September 26, 2016, 4:59 am
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Claude Mono’s el ritmo kooky grooves… essentially unessential…el ritmo the Tuesday Night Hi Fi Journey on RTRFM.

I brought in a box of music and just went for it – freestyle – no playlist – just the kooky grooves – it went really well – essentially unessential…

There was something wrong with re-stream so I have loaded up the full set in HQ Mixcloud.

Re-stream here –  select 20 Sep – video links in the playlist for all the tracks but the re-stream is broken so go the Mixcloud

HQ Stereo Mixcloud here


Mort Garsen – Aquarius – Electronic Hair Pieces

John Keating – The Unknown Planet – Space Experience

Bob Crewe Generation – Pygar’s Persecution – Barbarella OST

Marvin Hamlisch – Bond 77 – The Spy Who Loved Me OST

Something About April – Lovely Lady (instrumental) – Something About April Instrumentals

Joe E – Come On Sign – Enjoy The Experience

Praise Poems – Warmth – Praise Poems

David Axelrod – The Edge – Live at Royal Festival Hall

Morris Dow & Eastern Sound – Black Child – Praise Poems Vol 4

Monophonics – Hanging On – Sound of Sinning

Scott Cunnningham Band – Morning Madness

April Fulladoza – Sunlit Horizon

The Beastie Boys – Lighten Up – The In Sound From Way Out

Kid Loco vs Godchild – Chut bebe dort – Kid Loco vs Godchild

The Polytones – Burning Spear – Black Feeling 2

Kid Loco vs God Child – Dans C’cas La Nuit – Kid Loco vs God Child

Larry Covin – Masquerade – Praise Poems Vol 2

Something About April – Sittin By The Radio (instrumental) – Something About April II Instrumentals

Stringtronics – Tropicola – Mindbender

Lee Arnold Trio – Funky Chimes – The Might Mellow Vol 3

Bill Conti – Reflections – Rocky OST

St. Vincent’s Supersound Latinaires Orchestra – Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again – St. Vincent’s Supersound Latinaires Orchestra

Life – 2001 – West Indies Funk Vol 2

Bei Bei and Shawn Lee – East – Into The Wind

Ennio Morricone – Matto, Caldo, Soldi, Morto… Girotondo – Vergogna Schifosi

Project IV feat. Robin – Just A Little More Time – Praise Poems Vol 3

Gary Schneider – Cast Your Fate To The Wind – Enjoy The Experience


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

black and blue Jan 2016 edit (Medium)

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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soulsides sunshine soul 2016 crop (Medium)

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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soulsides deluxe edition 2015 crrop (Medium)

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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el ritmo presents hi fi journey 3 crop (Medium)

el ritmo presents hi fi journey 2 crop (Medium)

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