Last spring, Rare Essence tried to present a contemporary take on go-go with mixed results on Turn It Up. The album opens on a strong note with “V.I.P.,” which features the signature elements of the Washington D.C.-based funk sound—heavy, nimble percussion, call-and-response vocals, and a rolling groove that could go on for 20 minutes or the three and a half on the album.
My Spilt Milk picks the week's highlights, including a birthday bash from DJ Soul Sister, cello grooves from Ben Sollee, Americana great Lucinda Williams, the hip-hop sounds of Gramatik, and the Timecode:NOLA Film Festival.
DJ Soul Sister has become an empire. Not one that pays well enough that she doesn't need a day job, but one that establishes her as a presence around town. She does her Saturday night radio show on WWOZ.
Friday: Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars, 8 p.m., Rock 'n' Bowl:Roddie Romero, Eric Adcock and company have been working for a while now on the follow-up to their excellent La Louisianne Sessions. They incorporate a broad swath of Louisiana's musical history, always performed as if they thought of it the first time.
Producer, musician and DJ Dam-Funk is Los Angeles' "Ambassador of Boogie Funk," and he'll play Tipitina's on September 16 at DJ Soul Sister's Birthday Jam. Today he released a new track, "Happy," which is online now on Soundcloud, where you can other three more unreleased tracks from the last month for download.