Jam of the Century – Disc Jock B Hill on Chances With Wolves!

One of the coolest crew moves of all time happened this week when Chances With Wolves put up episode number 408 featuring our bud B Hill!

He texted after it came out to share the hype, and hadn’t said a word about it (to me) leading up. Just let it drop and humbly repped an incredible mix for the crew/WORLD. I texted back wishing I could have told myself this was going to happen 10 years ago…

This got me thinking… what other stuff has happened in life that I’d want to share with myself ten years ago? I know I’d tell myself about my wife (who I was with then but didn’t realize our relationship could ever be this dope), our animals, my job (and hella uncharted path to get here), putting out music on a favorite record label with my best bud, Count Bass D performing at my friends’ underground venue, ThinkTank!!

That’s a bit of what I’d put on my personal list, how about you?

Maybe its not 100% hype. Could be hard stuff you’ve been through and learned from too. Anything surprising is probably fair game.

B Hill X Chances With Wolves is such a perfect example. We’ve looked up to them and listened to them for years (thank you Mars T). And B Hill took that inspo, did his thing for a decade, digging for better records, practicing his craft, and most importantly – being a chiller people love to be around. This combo is destined for the greatness of meeting incredible DJs – why not some we put in the Michael Jordan category?

Maybe we can use this hype for what’s next – what can happen ten years from now based on the work you’re doing today. As our 10 years ago list proves – we can add milestones that we might not even think are possible. Maybe even hide your future list away in a google doc and give yourself a notification to open it in 2029.

If you find it hard to come up with things you’d like to tell your younger self, that might be a good sign to focus on uppercutting the future. A good sign to look ahead at what’s possible, and start doing the small stuff to get there now.

If you’re superstitious is this a bad omen, cart before the horse type of sich? Or is it just adding some amazing things to the back of our minds that we might slowly be working towards right now? I’m hoping for the latter and putting some crazy things in my digi google doc time capsule rn 🙂

Be you – Do you 🧡💙

New jazz

2018 Best Albums KMHD

One of my favorite things about the new year is this amazing list of new jazz. It’s changed the way I live life in that I open up a soundtrack to my days and nights I always knew existed but never really knew where to look for it.

NEW jazz. Rad new jazz created by young and old artists reflecting the times and sparking back with incredible vibes. Hope you dig <3

Jams of the Week 64 & 65 & 66: Frenz & Strangerz & Myrrh

Welcome to the happiest 4 seconds of music I can think of – on repeat. 

Ever since revisiting Friends by Whoodini all these cuts moved in my head (again).

First was DOOM’s Deep Fried Frenz off the MM..Food LP (just listened to this podcast w DOOM yesterday – so good, so inspiring!) – then after playing that and the inster for it (also included here) for days I got back into the og sample: Ronnie Laws Friends and Strangers.

I had a tape with a live version of the Ronnie Laws cut back in the day… It eventually died from overplaying. Second jam of the week from that tap actually – here’s the first. Not sure there’s a happier tune/loop and so nice to hear DOOM riff it.

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Orange heart/Blue heart

Jam of the Week #63: Grant Green

Grant Green ft. Charles Bradly by Mr. Jukes off the 2017 God First LP

I had this song in my head for weeks after hearing on The Morning Session with Derek Smith on KMHD (weekday mornings from 7-10am PST) – such a dope show btw!

Anyways I couldn’t place the song… I just kept singing “YOU” in my head so I wouldn’t forget it.

Today I finally called Derek Smith on the studio line and sung him my best rendition over the phone. He was so hyped! He knew the track right away and instantly dropped a bunch of knowledge about where it was from (totally a Grant Green sample which STLB3 later pointed out as Aint’ it Funky Now ) and that this was one of Charles Bradley’s last songs…

Then he played the track for today’s 8 o’clock eye opener – basically a Jam of the Week that happens every day, not just whenever he gets around to posting.

Max respect Derek – Max respect crew! Max respect YOU!

🧡💙🧡💙

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Jams of the Week #61 & 62: Powder & Lil Mofo

Wanted to share 2 mixes that have been hyping me up lately – Powder’s set on Beats in Space radio and Lil Mofo on RA. Lil Mofo’s is faster/crazier, where Powder stays more in a dancey house world. Totally love em both!

They take me into a cool alternate universe of partying to some rad techno while doing work – sometimes to the point where I laugh a bit at whats pouring in through the headphones while emailing folks from a chill tea shop. Hope you dig!! 🧡💙

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Jam of the Week #58: Celestial Blues

More trippy and simultaneously literal awesomeness thanks to listening to records with my bud STLB3… Also heard recently on Liquid Beat Radio 👌

Andy Bey – Celestial Blues from the 1974 Experience and Judgement LP

We must get closer to the essence of life
But be aware that it takes courage and strife
Expand your mind, don’t let it wither and die
You’ll find that it lifts your spirits high to the sky, high
So c’mon, meditate

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Jam of the Week #57: Shut Up

Shut Up by Stormzy

One of the ultimate crew jams right here. Stormzy is essentially just spitting killer brag raps the whole time, hyping himself up (in the literal sense of the lyrics). But we feel a crew anthem. The video takes this way over the top but even listening to the cut without visuals – you can feel it is more than a self-indulgent brag fest.

He’s giving anyone down, anyone crew – from his buds in the video to some little London kiddo to (maybe even) me jamming this about 2 million times in Tucson, Arizona – the chance to feel this good. He’s passing his confidence on through song and empowering you to step up, shut the bull shit up, and do you 100%.

And this is really hard to do! How many raps songs have you heard where a dude is talking about how great he is? And how many of them fall totally flat on that and feel like someone who is completing faking the cool routine and unfortunately totally showing it?

Maybe Stomzy is providing some killer Hip-Hop in the most classic sense. Early rap songs where super braggadocio – and they gave the community something to vibe on. This HAS to be the goal of a good MC, unless you’re someone like Percee P who just slays the mic so hard you get blown away just listening. Anyone else. Any rapper or artist of any type (and to be straight Percee P KILLS this vibe too) – MUST focus on the communal vibe if they want more listens/shares/views/praise than their immediate fam/friends. If they want their art to matter, they’ll take the time to give you these feelings. If not, it’s sometimes fun to listen to people brag over nice beats but it doesn’t last.

100% love vibe you me we  🧡💙

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Jam of the Week #56: Audio Champion (and the power of radio!)

This might be a bit on the mellow/trippy side but hearing it gave me some of the coolest feelings of my week.

Audio Champion by Isotope 217 from the 1999 Utonian_Automatic LP

I heard Audio Champion while listening to KMHD Jazz Radio a couple days ago. Such a great station btw, way beyond standards, tons of hype tunes and great DJs. Anyways it completely blew my mind open/apart. Here’s why: I’ve listened to Audio Champion on a cassette I dubbed of a trip-hop show from a college radio station in St Cloud, MN (KVSC) thousands of times!! It was right where the tape flipped and restarted so I never knew who made the track.

So the other night it honestly felt like they were playing my dubbed tape on the radio! The one I made by stringing speaker cords for antennas down the side of my house to get good enough reception to make!

19 years later I’m on my couch and Tucson and it comes on… this time including an interview with the artist. Randomly or just because this track SLAYS, Audio Champion is what they lead into the interview with. If they hadn’t played it I still wouldn’t know.

This the power of radio. Showing you anything is possible. Another means to the hype. Radio gets me hyped because I get to share the hype from DJs worldwide. The vibes they put into their show get transmitted to me and even when its an internet stream VS terrestrial radio (am/fm)… that hype bliss comes out every time. 

Hope you dig!

Here are the links to the Jam of the Week archived playlists on Spotify & YouTube

And here’s list of radio shows and stations I love to get you started with some radio hype. Please send your fav radio shows my way too. 🧡💙

chanceswithwolves.com

xray.fm

kmhd.org

https://xray.fm/shows/the-impact-sound

https://xray.fm/shows/galaxy-my-dear

https://xray.fm/shows/optic-echo-presents

https://xray.fm/shows/nightschool

https://xray.fm/shows/searchingforthesound

Jam of the Week #55: Aint No Half-Steppin’

Can’t believe it took 55 weeks to get to this super jam of feeling great and conquering any and all BS!

^This is the un-cut album version which has one more verse than the vid… 

Big Daddy Kane – Ain’t No Half-Steppin’  off the 1988 Long Live The Kane

I’m down to say you can do anything while pumping this song and feel amazing. He made a soundtrack for us by hyping up himself! Legit. We’ve all heard bragging-ass rappers brag and it sound so tired and lame. This track is 100% Kane repping his greatness, but in such an honest and proven way it brings in the listener to his hype vibes. Like a confident painter sharing their work, he broke through this invisible space by creating timeless art that looses zero effectiveness with every listen – and trust me I’ve put this track on repeat!!

Hope this hypes you up for the week, the year, the infinity.

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Jam of the Week #54: Diaspora

I love how this track by Christain Scott seems to usher in heavy vibes with a sense of uplift. It builds and builds and eventually feels like the music and thus the good vibes win. It’s the intro to this amazing record – but peep all 3 in the Centennial Trilogy too!

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Jam of the Week #53: Number One

My Tuxedo tape has fully come back into the rotation at home… such good vibes off this record from 2 hella hard-working artists, Jake One & Mayer Hawthorne.

“We always wondered what the original sample was for “Ain’t No Fun.” Since we couldn’t figure it out, we decided we would make it.”

Also turns out they got Snoop’s blessing for this rework and Nate Dogg tribute.

Mas Jams are avail and archived on Spotify & YouTube

 

 

Jam of the Week #52: 17 Days

Woke up with this in my head the other day and been having the best days from it! I think it’s from listening to my dub of the Rev Shines & All Night Tong Prince tribute show they did on XRAY.fm…

Digging into the lyrics at first glance feels pretty heavy and sad – going through a breakup and being lonely. But it starts to feel more like a vibe of acceptance. Bring on these feelings. Meet them head on and go through it, not hiding or being afraid to walk into some pain, knowing there’s some light ahead.

Crazy this is #52! A full year of Jams of the Week are avail on Spotify & YouTube

Massive hearts and hype to anybody jamming and sharing the vibes 🧡💙

Jam of the Week #51: the year I became a mutherfuckin’ G

Busdriver – the year I became a mutherfuckin’ G from the 2018 Electricity is on our Side LP

I almost feel like I have to post this to move past it living in my head 24/7. I LOVE this track, the vibe, the literal hype shit, the harder-to-figure-out raps, the guest spots that feel like people really trying to make a dope song together and not just emailing verses around, and that it feels like Busdriver shooting for something new in his art.

Hope you dig 🧡💙

Archived Jam of the Week playlists are avail on Spotify & YouTube

I can do anything when I’m focused
I can do anything when I’m focused
These out-of-towners are so bogus
When they come through
(I can do anything)
(I can do anything)

Jam of the Week #50: I Dream Too Much

Sun Ra Arkestra – I Dream Too Much from the 1987 Reflection in Blue LP

Jam #50 – selected by my dreamiest brother – STLB3

He brought the record down over the weekend and we sat and listened to the track a few times exploring what it might be about.

Sun Ra didn’t write the song and I imagine Jerome Kern who did intended it as a love ballad. In the hands of Sun Ra, it turns into a haunty space orchestra jam that could be about love or dreaming your way into the galaxies.

Dreams are what fuels us to do more in life – but they can only go so far if they stay inside, aren’t shared with friends or fam, and aren’t offered to collaborators who could make them even better.

“I’ll build a world of abstract dreams and wait for you.” – Sun Ra 

🧡☁️💙

Archived Jam of the Week playlists are avail on Spotify & YouTube

Jam of the Week #49: Amsterdam

Peter Bjorn John – Amsterdam from the 2006 album Writer’s Block

Might be getting got by the light whistling and cool tones of this pop song but I totally dig it! Heard it about a month ago on one of my favorite XRAY.fm shows Welcome To Your Good Day with DJ Chancie Chance

It brings up some funny questions in my head – esp while I type this listening to some crazy techno. Is it ok to like this song? These are good moments – when you’re wondering if something’s legit for you but are drawn to it anyways. It probably means it’s challenging something inside me and that can only = growth 🌱 📈

Have any songs that hit you with these vibes? Holler: 🧡

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