The Panther Dance – THePETEBOX vs. Free My Soul – Dub FX

The art of beatboxing is perhaps one of the most underrated and underrepresented musical genres in the world. However, taking a plunge into the YouTube rabbit hole will amaze you with endless street performers, buskers, Ted Talkers, living room legends, and mouth-percussion magicians. You will soon realize that this style is alive and well, hidden in plain view. I just went deep into that hole and I’m having a hard time deciding what to show you cats today, so I’ll just provide you with an onslaught of videos to tickle your fancy with! I have included two tracks from my two personal favourite beatboxers, and I absolutely encourage dipping your toes into others. Actually just skip the toes and go straight to full body submersion!

Peace & Love – Keto 🙂

Pete’s website : http://www.thepetebox.com/about/

Pete’s TedX : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZzRRE6BOuo

Dub FX’s site: https://dubfx.com

Tom Thum’s TedX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNZBSZD16cY

Sonny Boy Williamson’s Bye Bye Bird: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSdwhnsV4Go

Human Beatbox : https://www.humanbeatbox.com

Another semi-unrelated yet incredibly awesome youtube clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcKSFEtwyLw

Groovin’ – Bellaire

Bellaire is a fresh 19 year old producer from France who is straight killin’ it these days. He plays house/disco/jazz under the Bellaire monicker and then switches gears to instrumental hip hop/trip hop under another name (Boubou). CHECK THEM BOTH OUT. From his cloud bio: “I  love music, people, coffee and sunsets.” Once again, simplicity and balance are a few keys to happiness, and that’s just how his music will make you feel. It may also make you feel like WTF was I doing when I was 19!? Have a gander 🙂

• Keto

Shambhala 2017 Mix – JPOD (the Beat Chef)

Oh my god, it’s JPOD! This has got to be one of the happiest, bounciest, and most positive humans on this planet. He’s been in the ghetto funk scene since its inception and never disappoints with his distinct wompy synths, groovy soulful remixes and energetic stage presence. I mean, the guy dances harder than a lot of the people who go to his shows, and I’ve always loved seeing somebody truly enjoy what they do – it’s a special and beautiful thing. If you’ve been to Shamb or Basscoast, you may have seen this guy rolling around on his off-road motorized skateboard or hamming it up with the legendary Stickybuds. JPOD is the epitome of a good time – always smiling, always stoked, and always throwing down some tasty tracks in his well rounded and well grounded mixes. From bangin’ original beats to reworks of notable artists like Al Green, Nappy Roots, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Stevie Wonder, and Sublime, JPOD consistently fills the dance floor and gets the good vibes flowing. If you’re feeling zesty, head on over to his YouTube channel and fill your auditory canals with his Mambo & Motown as well as the Blues & Bebop mixes from 2 and 3 years ago. I can personally guarantee you will not be disappointed. Happy Monday, and may the funk be with you!

• Keto

Sunny – Sir Sway (Featurecast Remix)

Featurecast is a long standing legend in the world of electronic music. He has played all over the world and released tunage on numerous labels, growing and harvesting his funkified genre-blending style over the past decade. He’s most certainly a treat to see live, and you should keep an eye on his tour dates because he doesn’t shy away from small clubs either.

Sir Sway on the other hand is someone I don’t know much about, but judging by a quick scan at his Soundcloud bio, the guy’s a total boss. He opts to sum it up in one phrase: “Happy Music for Happy People.” Now that’s a motto I can get behind. Himself and DJ Incontrol run an events coordinating crew called BepobSwing – “As organisers, Sir Sway and Incontrol focus their attention on the expectations of the public, creating a subtle blend of sounds from jazz, electro-swing, funk, disco, with the Roaring Twenties aesthetics, the unexpected neo-burlesque And contemporary dynamics.” They also run electro-swing.com. , which is worth more than just a casual check out. Electro-Swing is alive and kicking hard my wonderful humans!

The track sampled by Sir Sway and Featurecast was sung by James Brown, the Godfather of Funk. However, the original cut was created by Bobby Hebb, and you can listen to live version here. I can’t help but smile and sing along – it has a contagious energy surrounding every note. This song is easily one of the most covered tracks in the history of modern music, with versions done by such artists as: Ray Connie, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Cher, Tom Jones, Jamiroquai, Del Shannon, Dusty Springfield, Frank Sinatra, Herb Alpert, Mark Ronson…the list is endless!

Ok. Enough writing for today…tune in and jam on to this little diddy. Just make sure to clear some space on the floor and watch your elbows on the fine china PRE-flail.

🙂 Keto

Kicky – Chet Atkins (Senor Griff Remix)

There’s something beautiful about simplicity, and in the context of this song I mean the kick, snare, and hi-hat. Now I am kinda biased because I do play drums and I’m a sucker for groovy beats such as this, but you gotta admit that the breakbeat, stop-and-start playfulness of the track gets your foot stomping immediately. Aaaand if it doesn’t, please check your pulse 😉

This remix is a very small departure from the original song, with a slightly faster tempo and a crunchy snap from the drums. Atkins is something of a guilty pleasure in my record collection, alongside other country/folk/bluegrass legends such as Les Paul, Jerry Reed, Hank Williams, and Django Reinhardt. Chet really was a legend – the guy’s nickname was literally Mr. Guitar and he ended up getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. My favourite fun fact about the man: as a child Chet suffered from severe asthma and thus slept in a chair to breath properly…he would play his guitar until he fell asleep each night, still grasping the instrument in his hands. No wonder he could play so flawlessly.

Lest we forget the genius behind this track – Señor Griff. From his soundcloud BIO: “Long time collaborator and resident DJ of the UKs longest running club funk and soul promoters, Jelly Jazz. Also exploring new style of clubbing with Rambunctious Social Club project in the southwest of Britain. Recently returned from 16 months in latin America traveling with my wife and collecting sounds as I go with a Sony PCM D50 handheld field recorder. We made a baby in Peru who was born back in England last June…a daughter! So time is short now…I’ll be fitting music whenever I can.”

Awesome human, wicked musical taste, check him out!

• Keto 🙂