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Nia dancing to Ghetto Heaven by the Family Stand at age 3
August 13, 2010, 2:56 pm
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super wolf – a bad mutha
July 18, 2010, 6:43 am
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Boogie Scene Mix Videos
July 17, 2010, 6:29 am
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more very funky stuff…

Photos by the legendary Jamal Shbazz

peoples potential unlimited
July 17, 2010, 5:55 am
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peoples potential unlimited – where its at

Have been seriously getting into Peoples Potential Unlimited (PPU) Records and Tapes, the Washington DC label doing it with RESPECT for the eighties obscure boogie scene and the discovery of old cassettes in people’s garage sales or the treasures at the back of record collections. Still just in thier infancy they are doing kind of like what  Numero Group have been doing for the obscure seventies funk and soul scene and the discovery of old reel to reel masters in ex-session musos basements. I have bought a few 45s but I feel I will be buying a lot more…

There is a great interview with Founder Andrew Morgan on the DC-List.

“A few weeks back, the Library of Congress selected 25 songs it found significant enough to preserve into perpetuity. You could say Andrew Morgan is doing the same thing — except he’s a lot more genre-specific. Morgan is the force behind Peoples Potential Unlimited Records (PPU), a mail-order business focused on resurrecting and preserving the dance tunes from the early 1980s sometimes known as boogie-funk. If you’re having a hard time conceiving this sound, think of Madonna on her first album or even better, D-Train. Now imagine those folks with little money and no major label backing. You’ve now entered Andrew’s crate-digging world. What started out as a hobby selling flea market vinyl on eBay for the animator, UNC-Greensboro grad and Northern Virginia native has turned into a boutique label that’s allowed him to form bonds with artists who probably thought only their mothers knew they made an album — and, in some instances, still live with their moms…”

 Read the article and interview here

California Flight Project on PPU

JERRY J JOHNSON, captain of California Flight Project has had his hands on the controls since the 70s, soaring far above the radar, and never landing until now.  The Berkley California group has been performing and recording for years, even today, but their title “California Flight” was released only a few years ago on CD-R. For unknown reasons a vinyl record never launched in ’80.  So with PPU at co-pilot it’s time for this sublime soul vessel to take off.  Attention all passengers your California Flight number 1980 will be taking off shortly. Our destination will be to all radio stations, disc jockeys and discotheques, please secure your headphones for the sounds you are about to hear.. California Flight’s gonna take you for a ride. 7″inch black vinyl with picture sleeve.

Buy it  here

Earcave the Soul Boogie Shop run by the PPU collective is here

check these out ON FIRE…

Tri-Star – Unreleased Funk on PPU

Glass Pyramid on PPU

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