Schoolly D

DJ Code Money & Schoolly D Emerging from the ice-cold wastelands of the mid-1980s with partner-in-crime DJ Code Money on the wheels of steel, Schoolly D was larger than life. Spiking his rhymes with casual violence and more than a little criminal intent, he often gets the credit for inventing gangsta rap. Indeed, no less … Continue reading Schoolly D

Club Cannibal

Have You Seen The Stars Tonite Back from the red light disco and lost in the Lakeside Discothèque, where the pulse moves rhythms like packets across radio waves, Reese & Santonio records blurred in the sun-glazed mirages of dusty El Cajon heat. Flowing down the slipstream from progressive Detroit and the days when Ken Collier … Continue reading Club Cannibal

Japan – Adolescent Sex

Japan Adolescent Sex Ariola Hansa 1978 You must've known this one was coming! I can think of no album that more perfectly encapsulates the entire slow-dissolving red light sleazy glamour of gutter funk disco than Japan's debut album. Lumped in at the time with the tail end of glam rock — which was by then well past … Continue reading Japan – Adolescent Sex

Sun-Glazed Solina

ARP Solina String Ensemble A sound as indelible as the 303 or the electric guitar. While we're on the topic of gutbucket dancefloor funk, time well spent down at the red light disco, it's as good a time as any to sing the praises of that little magic box: the ARP Solina String Ensemble. Oftentimes … Continue reading Sun-Glazed Solina

Dâm-Funk

Damon G. Riddick: L.A.'s Laidback Ambassador Of Machine Soul I'm in Texas this weekend, which is strangely enough an ideal time and place to talk about the machine soul exploits of one Damon Riddick, aka Dâm-Funk. Ideal because of that Houston connection — UGK, DJ Screw, E.S.G., Fat Pat et. al. — and its strange affinity with L.A.'s sprawling … Continue reading Dâm-Funk

Students Of The Future

The Bay.. The Bowl... The Universe This time of year — when late autumn begins giving way to the dawning chill of winter — often takes me back to the year 2001, when I spent my days going to community college out in Grossmont and shelving books at the Clairemont Library to make a little money. Then, I'd spend … Continue reading Students Of The Future