Mixin’ With Akron/Family
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In honor of their gig tonight at the Echo in Los Angeles, Miles Seaton from Akron/Family has given us his “More Music From Hot Places” mixtape, featuring tunes by Miles Davis, Sly and the Family Stone, Geto Boys and more. I’ll let Miles take it from here: “I love the idea of a central theme in a mix – though at the time that I was asked to make this, most of what I was listening to were long form abstract compositions from a friends amazing collection of new age cassettes – so a 10 song mix would have been an all night commitment. But as the northeast winter wore on, I started to get more and more restless with the subtle shifts of the crystal vibrations collection…I started to ache for a beat and bass line. Which led me back to the slinky sweaty dream of summer. From free jazz jungle calls all the way to the big easy via Soweto, Ghana, NYC, LA (what what?!), and even a little stop off in Trenchtown, this is my tonic for the hinterlands.” Check out the mix and Akron’s complete tour dates after the jump. For more info about tonight’s show, click here.
Akron/Family’s More Music From Hot Places:
1. PHAROAH SANDERS – BAILOPHONE DANCE
I had to put this track up top. The animal calls always crack me up but the conviction with which this music is played is astounding
2. HALLELUJAH CHICKEN RUN BAND – GORE IRO
This was my introduction to the music of Zimbabwe. Every part of this song feels like it’s singing. When i worked at a coffee shop, every time I played this music everyone that came in would just smile, little kids wanna dance to it, I wanna dance to it!
3. AFRICAN BROTHERS DANCE BAND – MMOMBROWA
The lazy clave in this jam just KILLS me. So laid back, I instantly want to be wherever these dudes are singing to me from. The harmony is just beautiful.
4. MILES DAVIS – BLACK SATIN
Ok. Back to the street. The weird tape cut from the tablas and sitar into one of the most muscular grooves on earth, the jingle bells the (possibly coke fueled) overt aggression that always makes me walk with a little more swagger when it’s on my headphones. This music has a sense of danger that most bands these days just avoid even considering…. but these dudes can PLAY.
5. ESG- COME AWAY
Where my girls at? I know that LA has mad love for these Bronx sisters..as do I. the beat and the almost deceptively simple playing had me at hello – a perfect cure anyone in a hyper cerebral phase of their life.. remember that ass of yours? shake it!
6. GETO BOYS – MIND PLAYIN TRICKS ON ME
Long before I had ever moved to new york, I heard this song on rap attack! A late night rap show on what is now KEXP in seattle I have always loved this song, but someone put it on after we played one night in Knoxville Tennessee and I was shocked to discover that I knew all the words.. I love the lack of chorus, and the noir theme, it’s like Poe for Bushwick before anyone you knew besides your dealer lived there.
7. SUSAN CADOGAN – FEVER
I’m just gonna say it, I think Lee Perry may have been the greatest reggae producer of all time. This particular track just ooze summer to me. The sexy lyrics really take on a new urgency under the care of Susan Cadogan, I can see her swaying to the gritty beat, maybe closing her eyes..
8. SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE – JUST LIKE A BABY
There is only one thing that this song means when I comes on at our house. Hands down one of the sexiest recordings of all time. Sly is in such top form here. The bass is way too high for any commercial mix the spooky organ in the back. This is hottness defined. It’s what i don’t or wont say here that made me choose this song. This entire album (there’s a riot goin on) is one of the best albums of all time.
9. GUILDED SPLINTERS- I WALK ON
Finally we land in New Orleans. Dr. John is one of those artists that I didn’t really discover until I was mid 20’s because I had only heard some radio hit that betrayed is utterly inventive psychedelic nature. When I heard this record (Gris Gris), I was blown away. The entire thing feels like a film the background singers the eerie sax melody.. this is what New Orleans feels like to me. Ghosts every where, mist and vines hanging across the streets.. voodoo, or magic if you are looking for safety..
Akron/Family Tour Dates
Apr 6 Echo Los Angeles, CA
Apr 7 Soho Restaurant and Music Club Santa Barbara, Ca
Apr 8 Independent San Francisco, CA
May 16 Paradiso Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
May 17 Le Botanique Bruxelles, BELGIUM
May 20 Café De La Danse Paris, FRANCE
May 21 Le Rockstore Montpellier, FRANCE
May 29 Brudenell Social Club Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM
May 30 Bush Hall London, UNITED KINGDOM
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