The tyranny of opening my email everyday cannot be overstated, and sadly, most of it I cannot ignore, because some crucial, or at least interesting, piece of information will be passed over if I'm not diligent. You understand, I'm sure. And here's a good example why: sandwiched between an announcement for a party in a city I no longer live in and a reminder for a film screening I decided not to attend a while ago was a release trumpeting the arrival of the first installment in The Funk Aid compilation series.
Put out by dubSpot, the NYC-based electronic music production school, Funk Aid for Africa features tracks "created" by DJ OBaH from 20 mostly dance-friendly musicians, including San Francisco's resident sonic polyglot J Boogie's Dubtronic Science, afrobeat/electronica fusion act Chico Mann, and spoken word poetess Ursula Rucker. All the proceeds for the compilation, which is available here, go to the LA-based non-profit development agency NextAid, in order to "raise awareness and much needed funds for African children orphaned by the AIDS crisis," according to the release. Which sounds like a good thing, unless, perhaps, you're reading this author. Full track list after the jump.
1. Ocote Soul Sounds - 'Contra El Sol' / ESL Records
2. The Lions - 'Jungle Struttin'' / Ubiquity Records
3. The Pimps Of Joytime - 'San Francisco Bound' (Remix By DJ OBaH) / Wonderwheel Recordings
4. DJ Kiva - 'A Walk In Broken Shade' Feat. Afra Behn
5. Dario Boente & Huge In Japan - 'Pasado Pisado'
6. Amayo's Fu-Arkist-Ra - 'Fist Of Flowers'
7. Ticklah - 'Mi Sonsito' Feat. Mayra Vega / Easy Star Records
8. Tm Juke And The Jack Baker Trio - 'Party Favours' Feat. Gecko Turner / Tru Thoughts Recordings
9. Nappy G - 'Habanaha'
10. Ursula Rucker - 'Electric Santeria' (Remix By King Britt) / Five Six Media
11. Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra - 'Sabroso' (Remix By Sabo & Zeb)
12. The Pleasuremaker Band - 'What We Came'
13. 7 Miles Per Hour Band - 'Latin Freak' / Kay-Dee Records
14. Happy Mayfield - 'Jesse James'
15. Chico Mann - 'Ease On Out'
16. J Boogie's Dubtronic Science - 'Together' Feat. Jennifer Johns / Om Records
17. Sbirrofunk - 'Nostalgicdreamsong'
18. Daisuke Naito - 'Leopard'
19. Meta & The Cornerstones - 'Hasta La Vista' / 54 Soundz Llc
20. El Pueblo - 'Ina Funky Dub'