The Solid 100 - #1-25

These songs  laid the foundation for Solid state and Made Solid. All are part of the Solid Collection and have a defined history. They've been, and will always be, on regular rotation. Please enjoy. Many, many more to come.

Young Disciples - Freedom Suite: Freedom / Wanting / To Be Free
Cannonball Adderly - Down In Black Bottom
Horace Solver Quintet - Song For My Father
Skatemaster Tate - Joe's Jam
Julius Papp - Blue Light Special
The Brand New Heavies - Gimmie On of Those
Jimmy Smith - Root Down
Five Corners Quintet - Trading Eights
Jimmy McGriff - Fat Cakes
Ramsey Lewis - Uhuru
Earth Wind and Fire - Bad Tune
Kool & The Gang - Dujii
Brian Auger - Voices of Other Times
The Main Ingredient - California My Way
The Four Seasons - Beggin
Curtis Knight and Jimi Hendrix - Fool For You Baby
Nancy Wilson - Sunshine
Johnny Hammond Smith - Tell Me What To Do
Quantic - Life in the Rain
Nobukazu Takemura - Let My Fish Loose
Jaffa - Lazywalker
Astrud Gilberto - Stay
Rein Ne Va Plus - Funk Factory
Cymande - Bird
Jamiroquai - Blow Your Mind




Catch Action Record Release Sheridan House DJ Sureshot and Ubiquity at Funkmosphere

Funkmo is always hot but the invasion by DJ Sureshot and the Ubiquity Records crew turned it up even more. They celebrated Sureshot's hard earned compilation of Kent Harris' Sheridan House Label boogie/funk tracks. Mr. Harris was on hand along with a few of his original singers. No one knew what they were about to throw down. The live performance was unplanned.

Full Funkmosphere DJ crew was there of course (minus Dam who is travelling/performing as he does). Notable appearances by DJ Manwell, Shred One of Cherries Records and Teeko of 4onefunk - very unexpected... Cheers and congratulations to my friends Sureshot, and Kei and Enrique of Ubiquity.

Iceplant Inspiration

These well worn paths through seas of iceplant line the bluffs of North San Diego County. Pictured here is the well known spot just south of the Carlsbad power plant. With aunts, uncles and cousins from Encinitas to Oceanside, I can't tell how many times we passed through the unofficial trails on our way to the water - going back 30+ years...
These greens and yellows, along with the ocean's deep blue, find their way onto Made Solid's current set of hand-dyed nesting boxes.

Find the set in our shop here.
 

A Solid Set Podcast

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Playlist:

Labrat - Fuse
Rufus Thomas - Fried Chicken (Slynk Remix)
Sticky Buds - Big Mouth
Afrodisiac Soundsystem - Afrodisiac Beat
Hoggar - El Fen
Late Nite Tuff Guy - Pull Us Apart
Bob James - Westchester Lady (Max Quick Edit)
Umbo & Balatz - Play Button
Zeus & Apollo - The Violet Sequence (winter beard dub)
Funk Ferret - Disco Special
Womack & Womack - MPB (Alkalino rework)
George McCrae - I Got Lifted (Mischief Brew  Re-edit)
Mark Ronson/Amy Winehouse/Riddem Method Mashups - I Want You Back Valerie
Efemdzemov - Jammin The Candy Dufler
Waggles - El Pescador
Me&You - Even Vulcans Cry
Zilverzurf feat. Desmond Foster - The Moment Is Gone (7 Samurai dub + disco-reggae mix)
Chronixx - Selassie Souljahz (feat. Sizzla Kalonji, Protoje & Kabaka Pyramid)
Addis Pablo & The Suns of Dub - Selassie Souljahz (Melodica Version)

 

 

Ras Michael in Los Angeles

I was honored to spend a day hanging out and shooting with famed Jamaican musician and Rastafarian Elder Ras Michael at his longtime South LA home. He is prepping for video revival of his Lion of Judah Time radio program that began in 1967.

Lion of Judah Time was to air live last Sunday and word was that about 2000 Jamaicans had gathered and were waiting to watch. Some technical difficulties prevented the live broadcast but it's said the kinks are now worked out. I guess someone owes Jamaica an apology!
Catch it here. Live Sundays at 2pm PST.

Ras Michael is the first Rasta to have hosted a radio show in Jamaica and has influenced countless Jamaicans through the program. He has moved a worldwide audience through his music, playing with many of the greats up to and including Lee Perry and Bob Marley... What can you say! Solid!
Full Gallery here.





Luv N' Haight x SSLA

New t-shirt collaboration with Ubiquity/Luv N' Haight for soul legend Darondo.
Excited to put something out with a label I was excited to even know about years ago...

I first heard of Ubiquity in the early 90's through an old Droors clothing yellow promo cassette mixtape that Greyboy did (think it was Greyboy at least). It featured a lot of the original sample cuts used on his Freestylin' and Greybreaks releases but also a bunch of rare groove that seemed so deep back then.  During that time I stayed with my friends Jennifer and Susannah on Baker and Fulton in The City. They heard the tape and told me about a new label connected to Ubiquity called Luv N' Haight that was to be "all the old stuff". Of course, I was gobbling up all of the old stuff I could find and went on to get all of the original Luv N' Haight releases.

Fast forward about 20 years and I decide not to miss a rare chance to catch Darondo, backed by The Park, out in Venice at The Del Monte Speakeasy (shout to Carlos Nino). Current Ubiquity Art Director and friend Kei Abe was doing a podcast for me at the time (listen here) so I needed to shoot him for that cover as well. I went and shot the images below.

Major shout to the whole crew over at Ubiquity/LuvNHaight for running with my Darondo images for recent adds in Wax Poetics Magazine and now with this tee. Honored guys.

Get the tee through Ubiquity. I'll be making a small run of the photos available shortly. For now, enjoy what's here:



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