Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack – 19 Sep 10

Morning Sky
“Morning Sky”- Photo Credit: Hey Kim! 2010

Good day listeners…

Welcome to another edition of The Sunday Soundtrack. I hope your week was (or is) going well. Here we are half way through September and I have to ask the all to well known question: “Where has the time gone?” That question is rhetorical as I think our answers are all pretty similar. In any event, without time passing, I’d never reach this point of bringing you yet another podcast. Amidst the excitement of an oncoming start to the NBA season and football season underway, I hope you incorporate this musical into the time you find to chill.

I’ve been doing some trackhunting over the past week and have discovered a new way of getting new music for the podcast which is pretty exciting. With that, ahead of you is an hour of all brand new tracks that I hope you enjoy. Among the tracks are two from San Francisco based DJ and producer, Kaskade, and two from sought after and finally found artist, Lazybatusu. I’ve featured tracks from Kaskade on the podcast before, but Lazybatusu has been elusive in obtaining via my usual haunts…until I discovered my new source. I really like the flow of Lazybatusu and will be featuring more of their tracks in future SSPs. Their track “8am” I’ve heard numerous times on somafm.com’s Groove Salad and SiriusXM’s Chill, two long time sources of the tracks you hear in the podcast. I hope you enjoy it as well as I do.

In the coming months I hope to be showcasing some more of my own smooth electronica here as well. Stay tuned. With that, let’s tune into this week’s playlist:

1. Tonite f/Amy Michelle – Kaskade/Om Lounge
2. Close – Kaskade/OM Lounge 8
3. R-Evolution – Lazybatusu/Cafe Solaire Vol. 2
4. Mellow – Seductive Souls/Cafe Solaire Vol. 14
5. Can U Feel It? – Marc Antoine/Rendezvous Lounge 2
6. Get It On – Spacefish/Global Psychedelic Chill Out – Compilation Vol. 4
7. 8am – Lazybatusu/Cafe Solaire Vol. 14
8. Nkechi – Konferenz/Kontakt
9. Bay Of Hope – Planet Lounge/Grill Out
10. The Story Of Us – Chevalier

Thought I’d shoot a short video of where The Sunday Soundtrack podcast is created. Insight is always valuable. Thanks to my brother-in-podcasting, DarrenKeith over at My Love For Music for the idea. He’s done an on-location video of where he shot his podcast recently.

Thanks for listening, always appreciated, and a special shout to my entire podcasting massive, especially for the drops. Time for me to send new ones out to you as well.

To download the podcast, just right-click on the “Download” link and save it to your hard drive.

::: oceans of rhythm :::

F!

Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack – 5 Sep 10


Photo Credit: A.K., 2010

Hello listeners.

Hope this post finds you well. The Labor Day weekend, for those of us in the U.S., is upon us. I, for one, am glad that I’m able to get an extra day to chill out before returning back to the office. In that spirit of relaxedness (is that a word?), I bring you the playlist and flow for this podcast.

I just returned this afternoon, from a wedding in N. Carolina that was quite nice. The weather held up perfectly for an outdoor matrimonial event, and the reception was VERY nice as well. I wish the happy couple (whom I’ve known for some time) a long and love-filled marriage.

Today’s track span the genres of nu-jazz, latin-flavored, downtempo, and chillout, with a bit of ambient mixed in. It’s my hope you enjoy it. This edition includes the lead off track, Reel Life by The Cinematic Orchestra (The Evolution II remix). I especially enjoy this track for it’s orchestral elements and the way it invokes visuals of movement via it’s musical composition. After noticing a tweet earlier this week from Honeysugarwater, mentioning Bebel Gilberto’s original tune “Aganju”, I decided to feature the remix this time around. The apex of the podcast brings Ocean Air by dZihan and Kamien. I first heard of them not on the net or elsewhere, but via a musician, songwriter, and producer who lives not too far from me. I was hanging out in his studio, listening to some tracks he had in his “vault” and we got onto the subject of downtempo and chillout. He had asked if I had heard of them and played a track by the name of which I can’t recall, but after hearing it, I was on a hunt to find everything I could by them. They’ve been featured on many Sunday Soundtrack editions since ’07. Rounding out this edition is a very laidback track by a group entitled Bliss. I discovered them on another website when track hunting last year. They often hinge on ambient compositions, but I happened to like most of what I’ve heard thus far. It’s my wish that you do as well. Without further adieu, I present to you the playlist.


1. Reel Life (Evolution II) – The Cinematic Orchestra/Man With a Movie Camera
2. Instrumentally Yours – Ben Tankard/Instrumentally Yours
3. Aganju (Remix) – Bebel Gilberto/Bring Back The Love (The Remixes)
4. Moment Of Truths (The Morning After) – Big La vs. Todd/Water… Under The Bridge
5. Ocean Air – dZihan & Kamien/Freaks & Icons
6. As Possible (feat. Baschin) – Chris Zippel/Genuine Horizon
7. Life and How to Do It – All India Radio/Permanent Evolutions
8. Kukuma Bazar РJens Buchert/Caf̩ de la Mer
9. Curiosity – Amba/Amba
10. Song for Olabi – Bliss/Quiet Letters

“Ocean Air” – dZihan & Kamien/Freaks and Icons

All the tracks featured in this edition can be found via Amazon, iTunes, and the various sources offered by discogs.com. For those of you on Twitter, feel free to follow The Sunday Soundtrack. I’d appreciate it.

Enjoy all your chilled out moments…

::: oceans of rhythm :::

Fresh!

The Most Impossible Plan (groove7 outerbanks edit rmx)/The Basic Condition of Life – Skatterbrain

Greetings crew.

Hope all is well. A lot of you here heard me profess my love for Twitter, and for those of you who haven’t, here it goes: I love Twitter for its easy of networking and especially information push to me about things I’m most interested in. Via an actual person or a website, if it allows me to grow in areas of learning on topics that greatly interest me (various areas of tech and music production), than I’m with it. The *push* aspect is of most interest. In any event, a few weeks ago, one of my followers let his followers know that he was about to drop a release and offered the chance for other artists to remix certain songs on the release for its remix EP and a list of singles. Being as though I aspire to ALSO become a great remixer, I try to jump at the chance to remix songs when I can. This particular genre is electronica/synthpop/DnB/etc with BPM (beats per minute) faster than I usually choose to compose in. I thought, “What better way to expand my musical horizons and skills”. The EP, remix EP, and singles list has been release and I’m proud to say that my remix was chosen for the singles list. This is the first single from the new SKatterBrain album “the Basic Condition Of Life“. The artist is @dan303 (Dan Weatherall of Stoke-On-Trent, England)

This remix project was different than the first official remix project I did for Philip Clark, in that I knew what the original song sounded like, typical of remixes that are released AFTER the original song is out. Instead, Dan offered just the remix stems, so I had NO idea what his composition was like. That provided me with an open palette to create from. All he provided to us was the BPM (145) and key (Dm).

My DAW (digital audio workstation of choice) is Logic Studio. (Logic 8). I unfortunately had limited time to complete the remix because it was smack in the middle of vacation time – which meant out of the studio (if I had my Mac with me, that would have been another story ).

In the limited amount of time I had, I chose to explore the loop library in Logic versus programming my own drums from scratch or even chopping up samples to do so. My original plan was to time stretch the samples, but couldn’t remember how to until the 11th hour. Since I’ve grown to be a fan of drum and bass, and already a fan of 2-step, it didn’t take long to find a drum loop that was a mix of both and fit the stems perfectly. Dan used a number of percussive spatial synth effects that give good stereo dynamics, so those stems were added next. Listening to the drum loop, I played a percussive bass synth to lock with parts of the kick drum and counter the analog synth bass stem he sent as one of the stems. He suggested we use as many of the stems as we could, but I decided to create another synth lead part using Logic’s ES-M synth to sub for the one he sent. In the beginning of the remix, you’ll hear a four note section of electric piano, that I mirrored with a synth line created with Logic’s ES-1 synth. The synth pads I play under the ES-M lead are Logic’s “Chilled EP” pad.

Anyway, here’s the track listing:

1. The Most Impossible Plan 04:31
2. The Most impossible Plan [303 edit] 03:03
3. The Most Impossible Plan (groove7 outerbanks edit rmx) 03:38
4. the basic condition of life (ne7’s daijo mix) 05:14
5. Balance of sanity 04:41

Dan’s bandcamp page has links to all the releases.
The EP page is here .
The remix EP page is here .
The singles page is here.

My remix can be dowloaded here .

Much thanks to Dan for giving me the opportunity.

Thanks for the read….on to the next remix project.

Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack- 29 Aug 10 (Exodus of Summer)


Haigis Beach. Cape Cod, MA. Photo credit: Fresh!

Welcome Listeners…

Always glad to have you tune in to The Sunday Soundtrack. I just got back from a VERY relaxing week in Cape Cod, MA. Pretty much slept until 11am at the earliest everyday and didn’t even realize how much I really needed it. It was a necessary chilled out time for sure.

Here we are at the end of August and the summer has FLOWN by. I’ll be sad to see it go but the time away has made it memorable. Today’s tracks are handpicked from a bunch of favorites and I hope they prove enjoyable. Last week I featured a track from Bebel Gilberto and this week I bring you her sister, Astrud. Anything that the Gilberto family releases always proves to be a good fit for The Sunday Soundtrack.

Incognito (my favorite group of all time) has released their latest CD “Transtlantic RPM” in June. I highly suggest you pick that up. While I’m not featuring any tracks from that release, I bring you two great tracks which have a vibe that fits this podcast, “I Can See The Future”, and the laid back, well known favorite to many, “After The Fall” (I’d like to see my band cover the latter track).

As always, I love to feature tracks by Afterlife, the definitive flow for all things chill out, this week it’s Cry (Sunset Dream Mix), from The Mix EP. Jeff Lorber brings us “Tuva”, a track created and inspired by the ancient art of “throat singing (listen to the intro) from the natives of Tuva, a land Jeff once visited. One of my favorite tracks in this edition is Aquanote’s (Gabriel Rene) “Nowhere (Pearl Speakeasy Remix)”. This track, compared to the original, is my definition of what a true remix is, and in addition, I really love how the elements of the track come together. You can here three other remixes of it here .

I trust you’ll enjoy all the tracks on the playlist, so without further adieu:


1 – I Can See The Future-Incognito/No Time Like The Future [Bonus Track] Amazon
2 – Nowhere (Pearl Speakeasy Remix) – Aquanote/Nude Dimensions, Volume 3 Discogs
3 – Alive (Instrumental) – J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science/Mushroom Jazz 6 Om Records
4 – Cry (Sunset Dream Mix) – Afterlife/The Mix EP Discogs
5 – After The Fall – Incognito/100 Degrees And Rising Amazon
6 – L.O.V.E. And You & I (Dr. Ghe Mix) – Jazzanova/Jazzanova Remixed [Disc 1] Amazon
7 – Aquarian Angel- Blue Six/Aquarian Angel Amazon
8 – Certain Sadness – Astrud Gilberto/A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness Amazon
9 – Handsome – Bathysphere/Bathysphere’s Daylight Shrubbery EP Official Site
10 – Tuva – Jeff Lorber/West Side Stories Official Site

As always, thanks for tuning in. It’s been a gorgeous, but busy day 1 back from vacation. My apologies for getting this out later than sooner. Kudos to my entire podcasting crew and you, the listeners. Enjoy.

::: oceans of rhythm :::

F!

Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack – 15 Aug 2010

Hello listeners…

Welcome to another (long awaited) edition of The Sunday Soundtrack. I trust everyone has been enjoying this quickly fleeting summer. It’s been dissipating a little TOO quickly for me. In any event, it’s really good to be back, bringing you another collection of chilled tracks for your listening pleasure. I want to take a moment to thank all those who passed encouragement along my way during the hiatus. I trust it will not be as long between podcasts. I enjoyed putting this one together in hopes that you’ll enjoy what it has to offer.

On deck are a number of my fave artists, none new to the podcast, but adding a certain, je ne sais quois (kidding), a certain chilled out, laid back flow for your relaxing moments. 4Hero, Blackfish, Bebel Gilberto, and Afterlife are a few of the offerings on tap. Without further adieu, I bring you…the playlist:


1 – Morning Child f/Carina – 4Hero/Play With The Changes
2 – Hidden Shore – Blackfish/Hidden Shore
3 – Sustain & Maintain (Love’s Remix) – Big La vs. Todd/Blue… Kinda Grey
4 – Let It Go – Angelica Love Ross
5 – Somewhere – Alex Cortiz/Mood Food
6 – Seed – Keston and Westdal/Truth is Stranger
7 – s.i.p. – Boozoo Bajou/Dust My Broom
8 – All Around (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix) – Bebel Gilberto/Telefon Tel Aviv-Remixes Compiled
9 – Sunrise [DJ Thunda & The K20 Allstars Mix] – Afterlife/Collections: The Best Songs of Ibiza’s Sunset
10 – Rood Beatz (Cornucopia Remix) – Afterlife/Lounge Ibiza Vol. 2

All of the above tracks featured on today’s podcast can be found on iTunes and Amazon.com.

I’d like to give a special shout out to Dionne…I know it’s been a moment, but I’d be remiss if I forgot the message a special friend of yours gave to me some months ago. I hope you enjoy today’s podcast.

Wishing all of you a great day as well. Thanks again for listening…

::: oceans of rhythm :::

Fresh!

Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack – 07 Feb 10

Welcome listeners!

Welcome back to another edition of The Sunday Soundtrack. I am definitely glad to be back on track with some smooth electronica, ambient, and downtempo tracks for your enjoyment. It’s been (as usual) a very busy month and as I had mentioned on the FB group page, I’m transitioning the podcast from a weekly to monthly format. The reason is primarily to return to the type of content in blog and podcast that I originally started with at the inception of the podcast back in Dec 2007 – links, commentary (more), etc. This will also help with the amount of other musical production projects I’m involved with…oh, and then there’s my day job (wink).

I’m in the midst (with the rest of the DMV) of Snowpocalypse 2010…lol. We got over two feet of snow today and I haven’t shoveled a flake yet. Tomorrow morning I’m up at it early, and the earlier the better because there’s a LOT of white stuff out there!

This weekend has been, because of the snowstorm, pretty lazy. The tracks I am featuring are a few of my favorites, hopefully they’ll become the same for you. As I mentioned before, I often pick tracks that I think musically describe my general demeanor across a spectrum. If I had to pick a track from the playlist that fits how I feel at the moment, I’d say it’s Blackfish’s “Hidden Shore (Asia Mix)”, the opening track below. Of course, the definitive track, by constraint, this weekend IS Headphonism’s “Stay Home and Chill”. Any track I feature from Incognito is always a favorite, I think the group, for over 25 years has achieved a universal vibe that touches all in one way or another, an achievement that I think has been unparalleled by any other group. To fully round out the soundtrack, I always have to include some ambient goodness, this time around it’s Darshan Ambient’s ” The Geometer of Dreams” That being said, without further adieu, I bring you the playlist.


1. Hidden Shore (Asia Mix) – Blackfish/Finest Asia Lounge (The Year of The Monkey)
2. Magnetic Ocean – Incognito/Tribes, Vibes & Scribes
3. Wanderers Creek – Art Bleek/Between Yesterday & Tomorrow
4. Entropy – Chevalier/Balance
5. Gotta Be Love – Joey Youngman/Om Lounge, Vol. 10
6. Smooth – Alex Cortiz/Magnifico
7. Stay Home And Chill – Headphonism/Om.Chilled
8. Come Back (Bonus Track) РJose Padilla/Caf̩ del Mar: The Best Of (Disc 2)
9. The Geometer of Dreams – Darshan Ambient/From Pale Hands To Weary Skies
10. Florent 2 A.M – Blank & Jones/Relax Edition 3 (Sun) – EP

This is the year where I hope to bring to you more of my tracks. Tracks that fall into the same genres I have been featuring on my podcast. There’s a love I have for instrumental music, especially downtempo and chillout tracks that can evoke a certain mood. Moods that in these days of rushing and running that are probably welcomed by all of us. They’ll vary from short interludes to full pieces…so…stay tuned.

I’d like to give a special shout out to The GRAMMYs for allowing me (as you know) to be the official community blogger for the Jazz nominees this year. It was a blast writing the blog posts and honor at the same time. I had a great time doing it and made some great connections as a result. Congrats to the other official bloggers as well:

Once again, thanks for listening to this edition of the podcast. For those of you that are on Twitter, you can follow The Sunday Soundtrack here. On Facebook, you can join the group here.

Stay tuned next Sunday for a SPECIAL Sunday Soundtrack podcast, entitled Cupid’s Hunt 2010. One in a series of podcasts honoring the spirit of Valentine’s Day. I’ll be bringing to you a unique mix of tracks for you to, of course, chill to….

Until then…..keep it chilled.

peace,
F!

In The Lab – Dec 2009

Greetings crew….

Happy Holidays (Kwanzaa, Happy New Year, etc) to all. A lot of you catch my tweets about what I’m doing musically, so I wanted to give you a peek at where it all happens. All the composers, songwriters, musicians, etc have such a spot, most of them (obviously your truly) tend to call it a lab of some sort. I was talking with a friend yesterday, who’s a songwriter/musician/producer about studio workspaces and how they run the gamut of styles. I kinda thrive on ergonomics, comfort, and organization, etc…helps the muse flow freely. As for as tools, I’m a firm believer that the best utilize what they have to the max to get the results needed.

I’m looking forward to completing a long awaited CD that my partner and I have been working on, continuing work on a collaboration called “contempojazzsoulhop” with my boys Fave and Todd, a smooth jazz project with KLWJazz, more remixes for Philip Clark, gospel jazz keyboardist Kevin Battle, vocal group Destined 2 Praise, vocalist Dana Yates, more production work with AfterSix Productions, saxophonist Harron Evoria, annnnnnd my own CD project, whew. Ok, anyway, here’s mine, in it’s current form:

That’s about it…now u see where the tweets flow from, the hangout spot.

Happy New Year…

peace,
F!

The Sunday Soundtrack f/Afterlife – 06 Dec 09

Hello, and welcome back for another edition of The Sunday Soundtrack. I hope this post finds you well.

It’s been a crazy week. The GRAMMYs are well underway and I was chosen to be the official community blogger for the category of Jazz. We have an excellent group of community bloggers, all on Twitter, that do an excellent job of representing the major categories. Any time it gets busy, I usually resort to doing a very chilled podcast. That being said, I bring you the king of chiil, Afterlife. Steve Miller is Afterlife and is the top downtempo producer in the UK and the most played artist in Ibiza. I couldnt see why he WOULDN’T be the top rated. Take a listen to the tracks, and I’m sure you would agree.

Special shouts today to @mainelementlove, thanks for the comment you left. My apologies for posting the podcast late tonite (see above). @deegospel…go and get your scribe on.

I present to you the playlist


1. Clear Blue Sky – Afterlife/The St. Regis Chill & Groove
2. Ozo – Afterlife/Speck of Gold
3. Speck of Gold – Afterlife/The St. Regis Chill & Groove
4. Breather 2000 (Arithunda Mix) – Afterlife/The St. Regis Chill & Groove
5. Smooch – Afterlife/Speck of Gold
6. Miracles – Afterlife
7. Shine – AfterLife ft Cathy Battistessa/The Blue Bar
8. Falling – Afterlife/Simplicity Two Thousand
9. Cry – Afterlife/The Mix EP
10. Cry (Sunset Dream Mix) – Afterlife/The Mix EP
11. Sunrise [DJ Thunda & The K20 Allstars Mix] – Afterlife/Speck of Gold
12. Rood Beatz (Cornucopia Remix) – Afterlife/Speck of Gold

Afterlife Online
The Official Myspace Site
The Official Afterlife Website

Back to studio work…

Have a great day!

peace and blessings…
F!

Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack – 08 Nov 09

kenyastreet

Photo Credit: Kenya Allmond

Greetings Listeners…

How’s everyone’s weekend been? I hope well and extend the wishes to your day if the weekend is over when u are listening to this. Next month will be the two year anniversary of The Sunday Soundtrack. I can’t believe how two years flew by that quick, but I’ve loving every minute of this. Someone tweeted me a question asking if I get any money from doing the podcast. I replied that I don’t, and that it is a labor of love project. While I definitely DON’T and WON’T mind any donations (hmm, how do I get that Paypal Donate button on here…LOL), the comments my listeners leave are so very much worth it, so I extend a great thanks to all of you. I’ve made, and continue to make, cool connections with listeners as well as artists with whom I love showcasing their tracks. Brings me new material, as well as u, my listening audience. The thing I love the best is bringing to you underground artists that u may not have heard otherwise, and making u aware of a genre that I think pretty much (as mentioned in the podcast) describes me, as a person. I think the tracks in this podcast that provide a pretty good description are Secret Garden, The Hook, and Ozo….

That being said, XM Radio and somafm’s Groove Salad were both on point this week flowing some brand new tracks I didn’t have in my collection. Today, I share them with you. Without further adieu, the playlist:


1. Ford Transit – The Dzihan & Kamien Orchestra Live In Vienna
2. Ocean Air – dZihan & Kamien/Freaks & Icons
3. Ozo – Afterlife/Speck of Gold
4. Beautiful Being (DJ Brian Seed Mix – Eastern Sun and John Kelley Beautiful Being – EP
5. Life and How to Do It – All India Radio/Permanent Evolutions
6. Bingelsession – Visitors From Venus/Cocktail Hour
7. Our Secret Garden – Sine/Cool Off Chillout, Vol. 2 (Bonus Track Version)
8. Smoke & Mirrors – Worldwide Groove Corporation/Chillodesiac Lounge, Vol. 1: FEVER
9. The Hook (DJ Spinna Instrumental Mix) – Grand Pianoramax/The Hook (Remixes) – EP
10. Satellite Anthem Icarus – Boards of Canada/The Campfire Headphase

All the above tunes can be found on iTunes, and I suspect Amazon.com

Shout out to my entire podcast massive (see the links to the right) for doing it big everytime the drop musical goodness. Big up to Kenya for letting me post the photo. You’ve got great photographic eye.

Have a great day….

Best,
F!

Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack – 18 Oct 09

Rainy_Days_by_doorstopPhotos

Photo Credit: Delaney_55

Greetings Listeners….

I hope this podcast finds u well. I like the graphic chosen for this week’s podcast. It describes how the past few days have been, lots of rain, overcast skies, and a blustery day or two. Frankly, I enjoyed, and still am enjoying every bit of it. It definitely causes me to appreciate the sunny days as well. Days like the ones of recent do provide for some good inspiration, some introspection, etc…so I have an appreciation for them as well.

Glad to inform you that I finally came across some new tracks for the podcast, ones that reflect this weekend as well. Kicking off the podcast is none other than British soul giants, 4Hero. I love their arrangements, big drums, lush big strings, and soulful lyrics. It’s a pleasure, as a musician and listener, to hear musical compositions in this genre that has been missed stateside. Carina Andersson brings that vocal magic to every thing she touches.

I discovered Capsula, Pineapple Corner, J. Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, and Afterlife’s (Smooch) tracks on Groove Salad this week. I think my favorite track on this podcast is Alive (Instrumental). Of course, one can never go wrong with Blackfish or the chill out artist of the century, Afterlife.

That being said, without further adieu, I bring u the play list:


1. Morning Child f/Carina Andersson – 4hero
2. Easy Fly – Pineapple Corner/Pineapple Corner
3. California Sunrise – Blank & Jones/Relax Edition 3 (Sun) – EP
4. Circular Motion – Nuspirit Helsinki
5. Alive (Instrumental) – J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science/Mushroom Jazz 6
6. Bay of Islands – Blackfish/Pole Navigation
7. Illusion Hill – Capsula/Sense of a Drop
8. Clear Blue Sky – Afterlife/The St. Regis Chill & Groove
9. Smooch – Afterlife/Speck of Gold
10. Gutenmorgenduft – dZihan & Kamien & The Brut Imperial Quintet/Fakes

Thanks to my new listeners, Celeste, Belinda, and Audrey. Big up to Philip Clark for the podcast drop!

I’m gonna relax tomorrow….knowing me, probably in the studio most of the day, catching up on creating!

peace and blessings…

F!

[Edit: Please forgive me for omitting my standard intro voiceover. How I forgot to include it, is beyond me…duh!]