STORYTIME + #TBT 4 x 45s live with @mikethegaff. This Saturday, I’m playing Saskatoon (Capitol Music Club) with my brother right here — one of the deepest cats I know. Let me give you some background. We linked up in the mid-2000s, hailing from opposite coasts of this gigantic country we call Canada (Victoria <-> Halifax), and quickly realized we had very similar interests when it came to DJing. But coming from different places, we had some different perspectives and a different path that we had each taken. One thing we had in common though was the drive to DIG. He had records I didn’t, I had records he didn’t; we would put each other up on new things as well as complete missing parts of each other’s collections. We would trade records and files every time we would link and it would always be some NEXT SHIT. One day I was at his crib in Saskatoon, and he started playing me a few ideas he had featuring all-female songs & breaks. We messed around with some of those ideas and elaborated on them, and then made some more on the spot. Thinking we were onto something, we started recording, and then decided to take the project back to our home studios and work further on the concept.
Over the next two years, back-and-forth calls & e-mails brimming with over-analysis + digging in the field for all the female-driven records we could find resulted in an 80-minute mix called “Soul Sisters Stand Up”. To this day, I think it’s one of the best mixes I’ve worked on; we stayed suuuuper true to the concept (the only male voice you hear on there is Method Man on the Charmels Wu-Tang sample — and ALL the records and breakbeats used come from records featuring women) and the results were enhanced by it, as all strong concepts should be! This video (from the week we released the mix in 2012) is a live rendition of a section of the mix featuring Freda Payne, as sampled by J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E. on “Strong Island”, one of those dope old school records that was constructed completely out of samples from ONE SINGLE record. We used 4 copies here: “Unhooked Generation b/w The Easiest Way To Fall”. Links to the full routine and mix via my IG stories today! Enjoy!!