D’Angelo finally releases new album!

By December 15, 2014 Music, Orsi recommends

I woke up super ill with a bad cold and sore throat, but the news of this album has totally made my day/week/month/year*!

(*select however you feel fit – me and many others have waited 14 years for this!)

D’Angelo has finally released his new album, Black Messiah, and if you have any sense – you’ll go and have a listen to it!

I would assume that there’s a lot of pressure releasing new material, especially after so much time and people’s high expectations.

But so far I’m feeling it, so let’s hope that lasts  throughout the entire album.

Happy Monday!

A Love Supreme at 50 – A Tribute to John Coltrane by Black Classical

By December 11, 2014 Mixes, Music, Orsi recommends

‘A Love Supreme’ was recorded in one session on December 9, 1964 in Van Gelder studio and released on Impulse! Records the following year. Ever since, this phenomenal LP has had a lasting influence on the contemporary Jazz landscape, with many artists and musicians citing both the album and the artist as an important influence.

To mark the 50th anniversary of ‘A Love Supreme’, my good friend Black Classical has put together a two hour tribute for The Jazz Meet featuring an amazing selection of tunes, all picked from across the Jazz spectrum and unquestionably bearing a mark of Coltrane’s teachings.

So if you want to treat yourself to 120 minutes of pure musical bliss, then make sure you listen to the mix below, it really is mindblowingly good!

I survived!

By December 2, 2014 Life

Hello my friends!

By some strange miracle I managed to survive last week as well :)

Cata got back from Amsterdam late Thursday evening and we had some nice food and bubbly to celebrate her return.

Friday was her birthday and we spent the morning and half of the afternoon together – apart from a few hours in the middle when she had to go out and take care of some business and the moving company came to pick up her things (to move them over to the dam).

My new glasses arrived (yay!) and after work I went in to central London to pick up some christmas gifts and have dinner with Sam.

Then Saturday arrived and we had two important birthdays to attend! First up was my friend Candie’s daughters first birthday and we had bought her a #pinkpositive present in the shape of a pink fake fur (as you do haha).

Esme turns one

Not sure if the big smile on my face gives it away, but we loved every second of that party and felt very grateful to be invited to share such a special occasion with close family and friends. And as you can see below, Miss E really does pull off the pink fur like no other one year old!! <3

Once we’ve literally eaten half the food and drunk half the wine (Im sorry C but we couldn’t help it! The food was simply amazing!) we rushed off to catch a train out of the depths of South London to attends Cata’s birthday drinks.

Cata and Orsi at Cata's 28th bday!

At a fully packed pub close to London Bridge we carried on drinking and caught up with friends that we hadn’t seen in a while, including Dave and Adri who we really should see more often (!!)

Dave & Adri at Cata's 28th bday

And we carried on drinking and chatting until they threw us out and we wondered off into the night to some obscure cocktail place in a basement close to Tower Bridge.

Orsi and Sam at Catas 28th Bday

And I’m not sure what happened after (apart from having one weird cocktail & discussing playing the saxophone with Cata’s friend Ed) but at some point we left because Cata was convinced there was a train at 01:06am (there wasn’t…) so we got a cab and realised we didn’t have enough cash…

Cata was not feeling her best so we dropped her and Dave off at home, went to the station to take out more money, then went to the chicken shop to grab some food (bad idea!) and I got pissed off because Sam didn’t want to eat his chips walking home (don’t ask me why…).

All in all a great day and I was very surprised that my hangover wasn’t *that bad* when I woke up – and what a great Sunday it turned out to be as well!

Decorating the tree!
We had a nice brunch/lunch and then brought up all the Christmas decorations and our little Christmas tree! The boys went to the shop and got us all some mulled wine and nibbles, and once the decorations were all up, we cuddled up  on the sofa, had the warm mulled wine and watched the second Hobbit film.

Christmas tree 2014
Then Cata and Dave had to leave to get back to Amsterdam and Didcot, and once it became dark we lit some candles, I prepared a roast dinner and Sam put up our pictures on the wall (we had to rearrange them because our new windows are so good they are creating a lot of condensation on our outside walls).

Pictures up on the wall!
It really was a fantastic weekend and a lovely first advent. Sadly no time for radio though and I’m struggling to see where I could squeeze in some time for it, but something will give one way or another Im sure.

Hope you all had a great weekend too!

Oh and what about that manic week…?

By November 25, 2014 Life

Trying out new glasses

Well I really should sort out the two FEVER radio shows that Im very much behind with due to two sets of flu in October and a two week trip to Jamaica…!!!

But that equals almost 4 hours of music, which is about 10 hours worth of work for me at least, and im not sure where to find those 10 spare hours, but Im working on it…!

Even though I started the week with great optimism, it has turned into another crazy one on the work front (won’t bore you with details but MY GOD!) and if that wasn’t enough, I had 3 mini crisis to deal with today that have left me totally drained.

It’s also my best friend Cata’s birthday this week, which means she will be coming back to visit (yaaaay!) but it also means I want to spend time with her and not work late (which is a conflict of interest in my head and heart).

So that, coupled with another birthday party on Saturday day-time, and Christmas decorating the flat Sunday – I feel like I might be stretching myself a bit thin…

But I keep telling myself it will be alright, so I will try to take it one day at the time and hopefully I will be able to keep my head above water all week!

(Rant over – what you think of the glasses?)

Busy weekend turns in to manic week with no rest in sight!

By November 25, 2014 Event, Life, Music, Orsi recommends

Hello my friends!

Im still recovering from the weekend and pinching myself to make sure that it wasn’t all a dream.

What is wrong with Groovin' 22nd Nov at the Alibi

First off – THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of you who made it down to the Alibi this past Saturday! I still can’t get my head around the fact that so many people showed up!

Jazzman Gerald djing at alibi

Gerald was late (surprise surprise!) but when he showed up, he did so with an entire suitcase (!!) full of records – mainly 45s to be exact .

Orsii djing at alibi

Since me and Dom only had singles with us as well it turned into a 45s ONLY affair and we played all the bangers we possibly could, had a few drinks, quite a few laughs, and we even squeezed in some dancing before it got too crowded on the dancefloor.

So if you didn’t come down, you totally missed out on all the fun and simply HAVE TO COME to the next one – pinky promise me that!

jdanna performing

Sunday evening we went back to Dalston to attend a private performance by the incredibly talented South London artist J’Danna.

If that name sounds familiar it’s because I wrote about her back in 2012 when she performed this Gil Scott-Heron tribute, Winter in America, at Worldwide Awards:

This was her 19th birthday celebration and she kindly gifted us with a fantastic evening that consisted of her showcasing her new material with a live band, including this banger by Julio Bashmore where she provides the lead vocals:

Safe to say I cried at least 3 times because she has blossomed into such a talented young woman :’) And to make it even better, after the show she was presented with a big cake which was made by my friend Candice – what a small world ey!?

 jdanna bday cake

The cake was sooo yummy that I had to lick my napkin clean to get all the frosting off haha. Im not a big cake person overall, so for me to do that is a big deal ;)

Eating some of jdannas bday cakeAll in all it was an amazing weekend – a bit hectic and I was very worried about how the event would go down – but you what? When my head hit the pillow late Sunday night, all I could feel was how thankful I am to be able to work and do what I love, it’s a blessing even though it makes a tough life from time to time.