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Forgot the word…. but not the music

January 31st, 2009

The real deal

I have heard about a release party for a new album by a new artist for me: “Forgot the word” by Markey Funk. I started digging and it brought back all those memories; Digging up records with DJ Premier,The magnificent House of Oldies on Carmine st NYC, anticipation for a new album to come out, funk black pop psychedelic , George Clinton at the Palladium in New York New Year`s of 1990 party. I don’t know where to start but when black and white unite things go wild. Usually the most interesting music comes out from blacks that are mixing R&B, funk, and soul music with what the whites were doing: pop and psychedelia, to a wild awesome result, Hendrix guitars, Bootsy`s bass lines, Clinton`s vocals, Sly`s sound and so many others. I went to the release party of “Forgot the word” or a psychedelic party, the way he had named it and loved the music and sound. His myspace says that it all started from the White album ( he heard through his parents ), and then Russian underground music (through sister ), then some Nirvana, Goldie, Portishead, Aphex twin and so on…
Markey Funk is all over the place: DJing on both 106`s -Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, constantly doing studio work; remixing, producing, writing, doing soundtrack work, sharing stage on various occasions with bands like The Apples, Coolooloosh, Kutiman….
His playlists on 106FM tell the story: Vanilla fudge, Funkadelic, Sly, Erika Badu, Chubby Checker..
It seems this guy has it all together, meaning the concept, the sound, even the graphic design.I have seen posters, ads, promos and album cover by him. It all fits together and yesterday I was introduced to another Vinyl digger named Andy Votel who was DJing with Mark. These guys remind me of guys like J Dilla, DJ Scientist, DJ Shadow, but  I think they are more musical. Their music roots run wider. Maybe they let the musical idea take center stage again and don’t rely on just a groove . I want to add some links that you`ll be able to listen to some of the things I am talking about ..

Markey`s Myspace
Markey`s site
Markey`s on Imeem
Markey`s Icast
Markey on Kol Hakampus
Andy Votel`s Myspace
Andy Votel`s record business

Highly recommended!!!!

A Boris Galperin photo 

January 28th – Lofiles day

January 28th, 2009


Naiïve???? Maybe, but that`s me.
One purpose of this musical blog, in case you didnt know is to expose indie indie artists to a wider audience. The way alternative music is promoted these days has completely changed. Musical blogs  play real important roll in promoting alternative music. Let`s unite and show major labels that we could get results without spending tons of money as they do by ripping off major acts and overcharging you.

Let`s call it  “Lofiles day” – January 28th



January 22nd, 2009

A 5 min trailer from Africa

January 22nd, 2009

“Take Me Away Fast” Trailer from Leigh Iacobucci on Vimeo.

Film maker Leigh Iacobucci has just uploaded a longer trailer for her forthcoming documentary onto Vimeo. The quality is much nicer than on the old YouTube clip. If you can’t see the embedded video above, go watch it on Vimeo instead: Take Me Away Fast
Post production will probably take a lot of time… this will be released sometime next year.


January 21st, 2009

Producer Bill Lasswell creates heavenly ambient soundscapes behind the genius playing of Miles Davis accompanied by some great names: John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, and Chick Corea on this magical record: Panthalassa.
The label on the disc says: a modern mix translation and reconstruction in sound conceived by producer Bill Lasswell. Featurs newly restored performances and never before heard extended themes from Miles Davis`s “In a silent way”, “On the corner”, and “Get up with it”, all taken from the original multi-track tapes.

A must hear

Lizzy Mercier Descloux

January 21st, 2009

This is one of the songs she had sent me: Wawa

This is a special post dedicated to a dear friend: Lizzy Mercier Descloux
Lizzy Mercier Descloux was born in 1956 in Les Halles, in the center of Paris. After some time at The Beaux Arts, she left for New York in 1975, where she contributed in the creation of the French magazine “Rock News” with Michel Esteban, and in so doing, became part of the New York’s underground scene. It was the beginning of a long love story with New York. She published a collection of poems and photographs, “Desiderata”, prefaced and illustrated by her friend Patti Smith, with contributions by Richard Hell. In 1976, she decided to move to New York. She bought a Fender Jazzmaster guitar and began the rounds of the Soho galleries and Lower East side clubs in duo. In 1978 under the name of Rosa Yemen, she recorded a first six titles LP, on the now cult label, ZE Records, launched by Michael Zilkha and Michel Esteban.

 She became involved in the birth of the City’s “New Cinema” acting in a number of short films including Amos Poe’s “Blank Generation”. She also wrote an ode to Andreas Baader for the music of Diego Cortez’ film “Grutzy Elvis”. In 1979, she released her first album ?Press Color” recorded in New York, on ZE Records. It was at this time that she met Jean Michel Basquiat, in whom she found a kindred spirit. In 1981, she recorded her second album “Mambo Nassau”, at Compass Point Studio in Nassau, Bahamas.

Track 01

It was to be the start of a deep relationship with Africa. In 1982 she went on a promo tour in Asia, via Bangkok, Hong Kong, Macao, Seoul and Japan. Back to Paris where she signed two Singles with CBS: “Mister Soweto /Don’t you try to stop me”, and her first in French: “Maita /Les Baisers d’amants”. In 1983 she set off for Africa on the tracks of Rimbaud. She went, via Ethiopia, all the way to South Africa which was in full apartheid. Here she recorded the album : “Mais o? sont pass?es les gazelles”. Back to New York, she acted in a short film by Seth Tillett with Arto Linsay. In 1984 she made a second trip to Africa, where she gave a concert at The Pelican, the largest undercover club of Soweto and she shot a music video of “Gazelles” which became the most unexpected hit, in France, of the summer of 84… The rock critics went mad and voted it “best rock album of the year” : “Bus d’acier 84”, trophy was presented to her by the previous winner, Alain Bashung…. She went back to New York, in September, to prepare her new album which she planned to record in New Orleans. Her big dream was to try to bring together South African musicians and Cajun/Zydeco on the same album. What she had forgotten was the power of the South African authorities who refused to give out visas to the musicians. In 1985 she left for Rio to record “One for The Soul”. Here she met Chet Baker at the RIO Jazz Festival who ended up playing on five tracks of her album. An album of the soul, for the soul. Lizzy, forever nomadic, spent the rest of the year in the warmth of Ceylon / Sri Lanka, and began the writing of her novel “Buenaventura”. 1986 back in Paris again. Then in London she recorded her last album “Suspense” with Mark Cunningham, the trumpet player in Mars. It was the first album not to involve her old partern in crime, Michel Esteban. Lizzy began painting again, but still contributed to various film score projects and she recorded an album in 1995 in the USA which was never released.


She then moved to the West Indies where she threw herself into her painting until she came back to France setting up base in Corsica at the beginning of the new Millennium. It was on her return from a visit to New York in April 2003 that she was diagnosed with Cancer. Lizzy died this month, in April 2004, right by the sea in the tiny port of Saint Florent in Corsica where she had chosen to end her days. Her ashes, according to her wishes, were scattered at sea, her second home. Hard to believe as it is, two dolphins appeared near the boat and accompanied her ashes, mingled with the petals of wild flower, far out to sea, as far as where the dividing currents part ways to Spain and Italy. She rarely dropped anchor in life and now, at last, she is sailing free forever. “Pourquoi vivre ? terre, quand le reste du ciel s’ultramarine et rien ne sert ? rien sauf le d?sir”. Cape Desire. LMD “Why live down on earth when the sky is so vast and so blue and all is pointless but desire”. Cape Desire. LMD
Lizzy was my spiritual mother and dear dear friend.The wisest person I have known. Few years ago she had sent me a postcard saying she was dying of cancer. We spoke over the phone, mostly crying, both of us. Then I couldn’t contact her anymore, couldn’t face saying goodbye, the desease and death. I feel guilty about that and think about her all the time, the fact I couldn’t say to her everything I wanted, without saying proper goodbye. This is my goodbye to you, Dear Lizzy. Rest in piece. I hope you are surrounded by wise creative souls like yourself. Kisses…

New broadcast section for the Lofiles site

January 21st, 2009


Congrats!!! We have started the Locast series – a broadcast of the best of our site on the Locasts Menu. Listen to Locast # 1 and hope you`ll enjoy this amazing collection of artists and songs.

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Theeee funk

January 21st, 2009

As you can see the last posts have been all West Africa. I guess it all started for me after listening to the incredible Nigeria special compilation that had opened a new direction for me. Coming from hardcore east coast funk rooted hip hop background, and with the help of Frank & Film maker Leigh Iacobucci I got to hear those wonderful tracks…   Root of evil

Soul explosion Africa funk top 5

January 20th, 2009

                                                              Top 5 West African funk pop 

Voodoo Funk part 2

January 20th, 2009


In 1996 I founded the infamous NYC sleazefest Vampyros Lesbos at Bar XVI in the East Village that lasted for 4 years until I moved back to Berlin where I launched the Soul Explosion, a night fueled by hard-hitting Funk 45s that soon became the best and the busiest Deep Funk party on the European mainland. In 2005 I turned the Soul Explosion over to my friend King Dynamite who to this day continues this heafy Funk night in Berlin.

Jumy of 2005, I moved to Guinea in West Africa in July 2005 and spent 3 years on an intense record digging road trip all over Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Benin. I found thousands of rare and astonishing records from the 1970s. Not only did I uncover uncountable Afrobeat and African Funk records but also loads of smoking Afro Latin and some blistering Nigerian Disco. August 2008, I returned from West Africa to NYC . – Frank

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