As promised, I am back with a fresh selection of great tunes, just in time to lay down the soundtrack for the coming week (which hopefully will be as sunny as previous one). The 4th edition is a nice blend of soulful sounds, funky beats and warm harmonies. It includes Speech Debelle’s latest single “The Key”, two amazing tracks from Mayer Hawthorne and The County (my latest obsession “Maybe So, Maybe No” being one of them), and a mix I made of one of my favourite songs of all time, California Soul by Marlena Shaw, plus one of the best remixes I have heard of the same song (by Diplo if anybody is interested). I had some major technical difficulties making this podcast, not to mention the difficulties I had actually uploading it. However, it is now here, for all of you to enjoy. So turn up your speakers and press play, this little bad boy deserves a bit of extra volume.

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Tracklisting for OrsiiCast 4:

01. Marlena Shaw – California Soul (Orsii Mix)
02. Spanky Wilson & The Quantic Soul Orchestra – Waiting For Your Touch
03. Katalyst – Say What You Feel Feat. Stephanie McKay
04. The New Mastersounds – Hey Fela Feat. Laura Vane (Diesler Remix)
05. Blame One – Wonder Why Feat. Blu & Exile
06. Indigo Jam Unit – Back Shot
07. Nuyorican Soul – Black Gold of the Sun (4Hero Remix)
08. Quasimoto – Real Eyes
09. Dagha – She Left
10. Mayer Hawthorne and The County – When I Said Goodbye
11. Jay Dee – Think Twice
12. Erykah Badu – Back In The Day (Puff)
13. Speech Debelle – The Key
14. All Good Funk Alliance – Stilled Life
15. Mayer Hawthorne and The County – Maybe So, Maybe No

Evening! Sorry for the poor updates, but nothing is really happening in my life at the moment. At least nothing exciting worth mentioning. Oh, apart from the lovely weather we have been having. Sunshine all the way baby! I have been working on the new podcast, should be up this weekend if it all goes to plan. Although I am a bit frustrated. First of all, I have been asked to speak on them, and I don’t know whether or not that is a good idea… I mean, I am good at speaking (as some of you might know haha) but the question is, would anybody willingly listen to my randomness? Second of all, I have gotten a few obsessions music wise, only problem is, I CAN’T BLOODY FIND THEM ANYWHERE! One song that I have been listening to on repeat is Mayer Hawthorne’s latest single (that has been played on both Benji B’s 1Xtra show & Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide show) “Maybe So, Maybe No”. I have been going to his MySpace page to listen to the track, (which by the way has been on repeat for at least 2 hours every day this past week). I did find it on YouTube, but it has already been taken down due to copyright issues. Although the original from The New Holidays is good too. You can have a listen below (but it’s still not the same! I want the Mayer Hawthorne version so badly it hurts my soul!)

Another obsession (thanks to Mr. Peterson) this week has been Indigo Jam Unit,a Japanese jazz band. I have an LP from 2007 called “Demonstration”, but they have released an LP with only Common tracks, AND IT IS FUCKING AMAZING! I’ve tried buying that as well, but can only find it as a CD (I want it in mp3) on silly Japanese websites where I don’t understand the signs, on English-Japanese sites where it would cost me around 20 pounds plus shipping, OR it has been sold out/is out of stock. I feel like screaming! I did find some of the tracks on YouTube if you want to have a listen.

“Be” (from Common’s album “Be”)

If anybody can hook me up with either of these, or at least tell me where the hell I can get hold of them I would be forever grateful! It is a bit annoying having to go to MySpace or YouTube to be able to listen to the tracks, especially when I’m at work because it looks like I’m not doing any work. And also, I’d like to be able to listen to them when I’m not by my computer…

Ok, I think I have bored you enough now with my music problems. I should get on with selecting the tracks for the new podcast. Give me a shout if you want me to talk on the next one. I need to try out my crappy mic and check if it’s actually possible. Hope you have a nice Friday evening! Much love!

So I needed a day and a half to recover from the massiveness that was Saturday night. A BIG THANK YOU TO Q-TIP + MY LOVELY BROWNSWOOD FAMILY (PEGGY & SIMON FANTASTIC JOB!). I was working the guest list in the beginning of the night. Got a lot of abuse hahaha. Kind of put me in a weird mood. But then I went in to watch Q-Tips performance and I was completely blown away. Have a look:

That gave me goosebumps over my entire body and left me a bit speechless. The entire place was buzzing from start to finish. Everywhere I looked I could see hands in the air, people singing along, dancing, nodding their heads… I can’t really describe it with words, but when he started doing “Award Tour” the crowd went fucking MENTAL! I was dancing like I’ve never danced before!

To get the feel of the atmosphere, have a look at the video Lefto made from the balcony. LOOK AT THE CROWD! MASSIVE! Lefto also got some nice footage from the after party which was crazy! Warehouse basement, 700 people, absolutely mental!

Very nice to see Emily again! Haven’t seen her since I left Brownswood and I have missed her so much! Bumped into Si from Futuristica who I also havent seen for a while and it made me so happy. Adam, the tour manager of Breakestra who I met this summer at World Wide Festival also made it, and it felt nice to speak a bit of Swedish. I can’t believe he is arranging a show with Benji B in Gothenburg! Bumped into some Brownswood regulars which was nice as well, they are always so sweet and make me smile. All in all, an AMAZING night. Something I will tell my grandchildren about!