MIAMI VICE - 08.12.16
By: Lazaro Casanova
Miami, a city of many vices.
Miami, a melting pot of many cultures.
Miami, a skyline built on drug money.
Whether you were born in the Magic City, found yourself vacationing here, or transplanted, there is no denying this is a unique city. Miami Vice glamorized all the sins this city had to offer in the 80's, as so did Scarface with a not so happy ending. Cocaine Cowboys showed us that things were actually real fucking gritty here. But amidst all the beautiful women, cocaine, and discos; Miami had and will always have music that is distinctly...Miami.
Secret Society - Find Yourself
Secret Society was part of the Freestyle movement that took hold of Miami in the 80's. One of the members of Secret Society is my friend Frank Lords who plays with us at Murk Mondays. What up Frank!
Debbie Deb - When I Hear Music
Debbie Deb's first single was 'When I Hear Music' followed by another hit called "Lookout Weekend." She was discovered at the age 16 by Pretty Tony who was a famous drug dealer in Miami. That story is so Miami.
2 Live Crew - Move Something
What can I say about 2 Live Crew that we don't know already. They are one of the most controversial rap groups of all time. They were also at the forefront of the Miami Bass movement. Plus they had big booty bitches in their videos and their lyrics were down right NASTY…it was awesome.
Dj Uncle Al - Bass Is Gonna Blow Your Mind
Uncle Al unfortunately died too early but he was right smack in the middle of Miami Bass music. This song reminds me of being a youngin' hanging out at Thunder Wheels getting my grind on. RIP Uncle Al.
Mission Control - Outta Limits
One of my favorite records by my friend Ralph Falcon. This was House music coming out of Miami in 1992. It was moody and sultry.
Oscar G & Ralph Falcon - Dark Beat
To me this is the quintessential Miami House record. I was probably around 16 years old when I first heard this record. It was a Space anthem and it is still a record I play til this day.
Trick Daddy - Shut Up
First time I heard Trick was on Uncle Luke's 'Scarred' and I remember him having one of the most unique flows I had heard at the time. Trick Daddy had a very successful run of hits afterwards, this being one of them. He also gave us Trina who is the baddest bitch.
Luke ft. Trick Daddy - Scarred
Well now I have to include this. Two of the most Miami dudes of all time…nuff said.
Rick Ross - Hustlin
The Teflon Don aka Rozay aka Big Meech. We had a void for a few years after Trick Daddy then along came Rick Ross. He is still holding it down and has had some major hits under his belt all while repping Carol City and Miami.
Kodak Black - Skrilla
Kodak Black is technically from the 1800 block in Pompano Beach but I like to think most of South Florida is part of the greater Miami area. His career is still young but he's already making some moves. Kodak was recently named one of XXL Magazine's Top 10 Freshman List.
Quintessential Summer Records - 06.23.16
By: Eyal Agai
I look forward to summer all year long. In Miami, it means less tourists, less traffic, incredible deals at the city’s best bars and restaurants, and yes, that suffocating, ubiquitous heat. But I dig it. There’s no Basel just around the corner, the beast that is MMW is in our rearview –for now – and it affords some down time to chill and reflect.
It makes me think of how we consume music most of the year with such high speed and fleeting shelf life. DJing emphasizes this for me, as I find myself constantly scanning through a never ending spectrum of songs err, “tracks.” But summer is the time to turn the shuffle off and let your dearest long players ride from start to finish. In that spirit, here are a few of my ‘quintessential summer albums’ for these glorious dog days ahead.
Hooverphonic – A New Stereo Sound Spectacular (1996) – Columbia Records
This came up recently in an old high school playlist and instantly flooded me with memories of summer of 2004 in Boston. Was a special summer cuz I was 17 and at music camp with friends, and 3,000 miles away from our folks. This record at full blast spawned many screaming matches with next door neighbors. Good times.
St. Germain – Tourist (1999) – Parlophone / WMG
“I want ya to get together” Damn this record is timeless. Chill out, house, jazz, it’s all there. Entire album written, composed, arranged, produced, AND conducted by the master himself St. Germaine aka Ludovic Navarre.
The Strokes – Is This It (2001) – Sony Music
Was having the nicest charred octopus at Gigi the other night with a fellow musician, when out of nowhere he says to me: “I hate the sound of guitars right now.” I put down the chopsticks and a heated but formidable debate ensued. I love guitars right now, always have, always will, I’m a guitar player. Since that chat I’ve been craving guitar heavy tunes. If you’re trying to get down with six strings this summer, look no further than The Strokes classic debut: “Is This It”-full of Albert and Nicholas’ raunchy riffs- to provide your fix.
Fatboy Slim – Live at Brighton Beach- Big Beach Boutique II. (2002)
In July of 2002, while I was finishing up my freshmen year of high school, Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim was spinning a rave on the beach in Brighton in front of 250,000 people (double the population of Brighton at the time.) Talk about decades of experience. Looking back, this record was a huge influence for me and pretty much introduced me to house. It was all filmed, this is one of those youtube rarities you can just watch all the way through…some beautiful soul named Pleasure has also uploaded it in all of its HD / Re mastered glory. Perfect day drinking music.
Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book (2016)
Last but certainly not least, this year feels like The Summer of Chance. Chance the Rapper, dropped his latest Album/ Mixtape “Coloring Book” a few weeks back and already it’s become one of my fave of the season. I think of music in colors, it just happens. This is such a colorful record (obvious album title aside) and something I think Chance does better than most in the genre. His songs are actually musical, and the instrumentation is wide open. Cellos, pianos, electric guitar, choirs, and those trumpets! Tow this one out to the beach immediately.
Hear You Go
By: David Sinopoli
Five tracks that will help you start your week and/or a website
I started out in this music industry writing.
Just posting tracks I loved that were new or somewhat unknown.
Did it consistently for a few years before I got my first job in booking music that I cared about.
So what better way to come back to posting music that I care about then for Bardot's new website.
The place where I started my career.
For this first post, here (hear) are the five tracks that I am listening to right now.
James Blake- Radio Silence
Jamie xx & DJ Kosi Kos (DJ Koze)
Kaytranada- Bus Ride
Acid Pauli- Nana
Bonus throwback track that has moved back into my rotation as of late
Balam Acab- See Birds