It looks like 2009 is coming to a close, it came so fast, I really can’t believe it. It’s been a great year of digging, traveling, and making moves here at FMF. From the killer Asbury Park 45 Sessions with the AP 45 Crew, to record digging in the UK with DJ Andy Smith, drinking whiskey with the legendary Keb Darge, doing a 4 turntable, no practice, 4 hour show with DJ Un-G here in AP, opening up for the Budos Band in BK and Joss Stone here in AP, the all 45 gig at the Ace Hotel in NYC, hanging with really cool peeps like photographer Eilon Paz and one of the best collectors around Pat James Longo (who spun at the 45 Sessions and killed it!), to meeting a ton of new faces on here and out at live shows. I’m proud at what Flea Market Funk has become. It’s unbelievable that we’re approaching our third anniversary here in March, but we are. So, in honor of a good year, I figured why the hell not put out a mix as a tribute to 2009. You’ll notice that the cover is a dilapidated building. In fact, it’s one of my favorite buildings in Asbury Park. It’s been abandoned for years, and is now slated to get razed any day. It’s one of the remaining original downtown buildings in the center of town on Cookman Avenue. It’s been many things throughout the years, but has always stuck in my mind as a bar because of the giant LIQUOR sign up top. The photo reminds me of how these records can be abandoned and forgotten just like this building. It’s up the you and I to keep this music alive, ya dig? This mix has a bunch of stuff I dug up in the UK and in Asbury Park, at the Spot, and a few reissues and redits that I really enjoy and haven’t included on a mix yet. The mix starts off with a Modern Funk monster from Australia, and has everything from UK Library music, Disco Soul, Northern Soul, gritty Funk, and some Sweet Soul to round it off. You may recognize some voices on there as well in between tracks, I dug up a few oldies from some guest mixes I did years ago. Please enjoy this mix, and if you dig it, pass it on. It clocks in around 42 minutes.
FMF Vol. 35: Downtown: Raw Funk & Soul 45’s Tracklist
The Putbacks – Diamond Cutter/ Hope Street
Albert Jones – Vida Blue/ Tri-City Recording Company
Eddie Bo – If It’s Good To You (It’s Good For You)/ Scram
Jo Ann Garrett – I’m A Now Girl (Do It Now)/ Duo Records
Little Carl Carlton – Competition Ain’t Nothin’/ Back Beat
Herbie Hancock – Bringing Down the Birds (B-Boy Edit)/ MGM
Studio G’s Beat Group – Movin’/ Licorice Soul
LJ Waiters & the Electrifiers – If You Ain’t Gettin’ Your Thing/ La Shawn
Barbara St. Clair – Teacherman/ Soul 7
Willie Gresham and the Free Food Ticket – Step By Step/ Majesty
Sarah Webster Fabio – Sweet Songs/ Tramp Records
The Highlighters – Lulu/ Chess
Mayer Hawthorne and the County – Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out/ Stones Throw
The Messengers – California Soul/ Soul
Outro by Mike G of the Jungle Brothers
Download or Listen to FMF Vol. 35: Downtown: Raw Funk & Soul 45’s
Thank You for all your support of Flea Market Funk in 2009, and I’ll be back in 2010 even better. Most importantly, Keep Diggin’!
THANKS!!! This is a brilliant mix! I love the site!