Thursday, February 19, 2009

TVD's Alternative Ulcer

My friend DJ Busca is a bike courier by day and a spinner of records by night. Those two things, coupled with the fact that he's dating a dear dear friend of mine, make him awesome. I asked him to share with TVD readers what makes vinyl so special to him, and he replied that it's all about the 45s:

"Few other man-made objects package Joy quite like the 45 rpm record. Lightweight, portable, and crucially free of moving parts, the 45 delivers a universe of sound in just 6 7/8 inches of pressed vinyl. The labels are the icing on the cake; even the boring ones manage to satisfy a basic sense of aesthetics. Many genres of music have been released on 45 but reggae and funk are responsible for many of the format's classics. I would add salsa to the list to complete my own personal trilogy, although those specimens are considerably rarer.

Many, many tunes have been cut on the Stalag riddim but few I've heard strip it down as raw as General Echo's "Arleen." The drum and bass hit the listener right where it counts. Say what you will about the sax-lead subgenre of funk but the drum break at the beginning of Monk Higgin's "Gotta Be Funky" is pretty damn, well, funky. Although the body of their work is just as much rock as funk, on "The Message" Cymande demonstrates their singular touch, warm vibes and relentless grooviness. There's nothing like a rough and ready 70s salsa cut and "El Yerbero Del Barrio" by Robert y Su Nuevo Montuno is a great example. The lyrics probably mean exactly what they say but I'd like to think there's a double meaning there."

You can catch DJ Busca TONIGHT at the Reef's Lush Lounge in Adam's Morgan. I know I'll be there enjoying their excellent beer selection and trying to shake this week off while listening to the funky yet comforting sounds of DJ Busca. If you can't wait till then, he's giving you a taste via the songs he's described above to get you through your Thursday.

Cymande - The Message (Mp3)
Monk Higgins and the Specialities - Gotta Be Funky (Mp3)
General Echo - Arleen (Mp3)
Roberto y Su Nuevo Montuno - El Yerbero Del Barrio (Mp3)

1 comment:

Brad said...

I'll have to download these tracks and assess Mr. Busca's tastes.

Mmmm... salsa... tasty.