DanUbe Productions is a fully equipped analog and digital music production company located in Topanga Canyon, California helmed by producer, composer, multi-Instrumentalist and record collector/DJ Dan Ubick. DanUbe Productions (including songs by groups Connie Price & The Keystones, The Lions, Night Owls, The Mad Geezers and singer Eamon) have been used in advertising campaigns, television series' and station promo, video games, major and independent films and been heralded by taste making radio stations like KCRW, NPR, the BBC and KEXP.
DanUbe Productions have been used in advertising campaigns, television series' and station promo, video games and major and independent films including the following;
NBC's "The Blacklist" with James Spader // ABC's "The Rookie" // CBS' "Bull" Season 5 // Netflix's "Raising Dion" // NBC's "Suits" // ABC's "Black-ish" // AMC's "Breaking Bad" // HBO's "Eastbound & Down" // CBS' "NCIS" // E!'s "Expensive Taste" official brand spot (Co-produced w Matt Fife and Until The Ribbon Breaks) // Fox's "House M.D." // Fox's "Green It. Mean It" Earth Day Campaign (three straight years) // NBC's "Friday Night Lights" // USA's "Burn Notice" // NBC's "MotorClub" Season 2 // "Adult Swim" (Various shows) // MTV's "Living Lahaina", "Fast Incorporated" // PBS' "History Detectives" // National Geographic's "Nazi Hunters" // Paramount's "Scrappers" // Cinemax's "The Girls Guide To Depravity"
Warner Brothers "Ocean's 8" w/ Cate Blanchett, Rhianna and Helena Bonham Carter // Paramount's "Young Adult" w/ Charlize Theron // 20th Century Fox's "This Means War" w/ Reese Witherspoon // Focus Features' "Seeking A Friend (For The End Of The World)" w/ Steve Carrell and Keira Knightly // Fox Searchlights' "Ruby Sparks" w/ Paul Dano & Zoe Kazan // Samuel Goldwyn Films' "London" w/ Jessica Biel // "I'm Through With White Girls" written by Courtney Lilly // MGM's "Young Keislowski" // Summit Entertainment's "A Better Life"
Lincoln Navigator Black Label Chalet 2021-22 feat. Britni Sumida // Apple's "Shot On iPhone 6" Campaign & iPad Pro Promo 2018 // Addidas "Originals Collectors Project" // Promo Campaign for Fox's "24" // Vans "Classic Tales" with Christian Hosoi, Vans China & Vans Liam Turner Series
Tony Hawk's "Pro Skater 5" // Activision's "DJ Hero" // PlayStation 2's "NBA Street 4"
Producer/Composer/Multi-Instrumentalist Dan Ubick grew up with music- his father Richard played jazz bass, his mom listened to the Beatles and classical music while designing jewelry while Dan's older brother and sisters listened to Bowie, Traffic, Yes, Genesis, T. Rex and Zeppelin.
However, it was Dan's little sister who turned him onto rap music in the late 80's through to the early 90's; Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, ATCQ, B.D.P. and Big Daddy Kane created endless possibilities. Soul, jazz, rock, country, funk and reggae all melded together perfectly.
Later on Dan's friend Miles Tackett asked him to play guitar in the Breakestra which he did for six years traveling to Europe, Canada, the States and Japan backing everyone from Jurassic 5, Black Eyed Peas and Dilated Peoples to Quannum, Wu-Tang and Freestyle Fellowship. Dan got to play on Breakestra's Live Mix Part 2.
Dan absorbed all kinds of music - from Little Feat to Lalo Schifrin, Fela Kuti to Cymande, Jorge Ben to The Band and The Mighty Diamonds to the Roots Radics. As his record collection grew so did his interest in making records of his own in an attempt to add something new and different to this incredible legacy that he grew up on.
Motivated, Dan built his own Lion's Den studio piece by piece, mic by mic and reel to reel, began to practice other instruments more and collaborated with Blood Of Abraham and Will.I.Am, then Madlib and Macy Gray. Dan started writing and putting out his own material, first as Connie Price and the Keystones (Now Again Records & Ubiquity), then with The Lions (first on Ubiquity, now on Stones Throw) while concurrently producing for television, film, gaming and advertising.
As a studio and live musician Dan has played guitar behind Lily Allen, Joey Altruda's Crucial Riddims, Mulatu Astatke, the Beat Junkies (DJ Babu, JRocc & Rhettmatic), the Beatnuts, Big Daddy Kane, John Bingham, Biz Markie, Aloe Blacc, Black Eyed Peas, Black Shakespeare, Blood Of Abraham, Blue States, Eddie Bo, Brand Nubian, Breakestra feat. James Gadson, Brother J (X Clan), Busta Rhymes, Colbie Caillat with The Transcenders, Novena Carmel, Common, Hollie Cook, Craig G, De La Soul, Dilated Peoples, Chris Dowd, Eamon, EPMD, Kelly Finnigan, DJ Format, Ghostface Killah, Macy Gray, DJ Greyboy, Leroy Sibbles & Barry Llewellyn (the Heptones), Durand Jones, Sharon Jones, Lonnie Jordan (War), Jungle Fire, Jurassic 5, Kurtis Blow, Talib Kweli, Lady Of Rage, Barrington Levy, The Lions, The Mad Geezers, Madlib's Sound Directions, Masta Ace, Method Man, M.O.P., Keyboard Money Mark, The Monophonics, Kendra Morris, Mos Def, Jeremy Sole's Musaics, Myron & E, Night Owls, DJ Numark, Ohmega Watts, Orgone, Percee P, The Pharcyde, Rakim, Rapsody, Redman, The Rhythm Roots All Stars, Sixto "Searching For Sugar Man" Rodriguez, Sa-Ra, Sandy Gold, Noelle Scaggs, Slick Rick, Snoop Lion, Ta'raach, Too $hort, Jade Vincent, Wildchild, Wu Tang Clan and many more.
"With this new LP, The Lions really all came into the studio with something to prove and collectively blended our soul and reggae influences seamlessly while remaining truly original. The rhythm section was on fire, every horn line and solo sticks in your head and Alex, Malik, Deston and Shakespeare all put every ounce of blood, sweat and tears (pun intended) they had into all their vocal performances, ping-ponging back and forth the way Sly & The Family Stone or The Temptations used to. Plus we also lucked out and got Myron Glasper (Myron & E) on one track and it's just beautiful, part Motown, part Treasure Isle." - Dan Ubick (producer/guitarist)
The Lions' "This Generation" album gets the dub treatment by Dub Club. 8 heavy tracks dubbed straight to tape by Tom Chasteen. Describing the process, Chasteen says, "The mixing was done rapid fire, bringing up each track on the mixing board, dialing in the sounds and then dubbing it live in real time while it's fresh. This record is not 'remixed' in the modern sense, but 'dubbed' in the classic Jamaican manner: adding some percussion and vocals, but basically leaving the tracks as they are and deconstructing them with echo and reverb."
"All the guys in The Lions grew up on classic Jamaican records so since we began we have wanted to give our records that same edge and roughness that we grew up hearing on LPs by The Upsetters, Soul Syndicate, The Rockers Band and Roots Radics. The rhythm section was all recorded to tape, the Hammond buzzed a little, fuses blew and good mistakes were left in. We basically made the dusty reggae soul LP WE have been wanting to hear for years." - Dan Ubick (producer)
The Lions is a unique Jamaican-inspired outfit, the result of an impromptu recording session by members of Breakestra, Connie Price and the Keystones, Rhythm Roots All-Stars, Orgone, Sound Directions, Plant Life, Poetics and Macy Gray (to name a few). Gathering at Orgone's Killion Studios, in Los Angeles during the Fall of 2006, they created grooves that went beyond the Reggae spectrum by combining new and traditional rhythms, and dub mixing mastery with the global sounds of Ethiopia, Colombia and Africa. The Lions also added a healthy dose of American-style soul, jazz, and funk to create an album that's both a nod to the funky exploits of reggae acts like Byron Lee and the Dragonaires and Boris Gardner, and a mash of contemporary sound stylings.
Blowing in like a cool breeze on a sultry Caribbean evening, LA reggae veterans the Lions drop by Names You Can Trust with a perfectly timed sentimental summer blast. Lovingly taken for another dance by the west coast crew, the Derrick Harriott 1967 rock steady classic "The Loser" is canon, a masterpiece of Jamaican sweet soul instantly identifiable from its first chiming piano notes. In a nod to the "disco mix" DJ versions pioneered by Harriott, the Lions mic man Black Shakespeare provides a period-perfect chat backdrop to the Impressions-istic harmonies of the band, giving the tune an au courant spin while staying wide of heavy-handed faux ragga. All said, we wouldn't have felt right about releasing this without running things by the family, so we consulted Duane Harriott who approvingly called it "a brilliant take on one of the best rock steady songs of all time! Not an easy one to cover well and the Lions smash it out the park."
Jungle Struttin' b/w Ethio-Steppers (Wilderstyle Dub)
The Lions "Magnificent Dance"
"LIVE FROM W.L.I.O.N." Hosted by Black Shakespeare. Selections by Connie Price and Man Like Devin. Produced by Dan "Connie Price" Ubick. Mixed by Steve "Curly Locks" Kaye
"LIVE FROM W.L.I.O.N." Hosted by Alex Desert & Black Shakespeare. Selections by Connie Price and DJ Donovan. Produced by Connie Price. Mixed by Steve "Curly Locks" Kaye
LUCAS HIGH pays homage to DOUG LUCAS, a forgotten jazz-funk pioneer from the 1960s and 70s (Mombasa, JJ Band, Plus, Chakachas) whose songs have been sampled by hip hop luminaries including Busta Rhymes and Nas. Dan Ubick, aka Connie Price (Breakestra, The Lions) and co-producer and Executive Producer Matt Fife bring together sampled elements from Doug's catalogue with new production, arrangements, lyrics and sounds. The record also celebrates hip hop's "Golden Age" with an all-star roster of musical titans spanning from the East Coast to the West Coast to Jamaica, including Big Daddy Kane, MOP, Grammy Winner Macy Gray, Talib Kweli, Brand Nubian, Rapsody, Lady of Rage, Brother J of X-Clan, Imani and Brown of The Pharcyde, Soup and Marc 7 of Jurassic 5, Wildchild of Lootpack, Guilty Simpson, Percee P, Jovi Rockwell of Major Lazer, and featuring scratches by the DJ Rhettmatic of the legendary Beat Junkies. Zach Lucas, who was only a teenager when his father, Doug Lucas, passed away from Leukemia over two decades ago, joins Connie Price & the Keystones on these historic LUCAS HIGH sessions, creating a lost musical conversation between a late father and his son.
Connie Price and the Keystones are the Los Angeles musical group whose 7" releases kick started the Now-Again label way back in 2002 - and whose Wildflowers album was the first full length release by a new band on the label. Way back then we called it "cinematic soul" and wouldn't you know it - the originator of the style, Lalo Schifrin, himself agreed. Seriously. Read the quote. It's real. ("Connie Price and the Keystones are to be praised for their originality and brilliance." - Lalo Schifrin).
Wildflowers contained contributions by the Heliocentrics' producer/drummer Malcolm Catto, original Funk Inc. organist Bobby Watley and Poets of Rhythm/Whitefield Brothers/Karl Hector & The Malcouns founder/guitarist Jay Whitefield. Now that Now-Again is the home to the previous ensembles and more (artist albums by Seu Jorge and Fabiano do Nascimento have come out on the label), it seemed fitting to revisit where it all started, with an expanded version of the album that kick started it all. Includes previously unreleased Malcolm Catto tracks and tracks previously only available on out of print vinyl.
The follow-up to their "Now-Again/Stones Throw" album is a heavyweight dynamic soundtrack inspired hip-hop effort. While their debut was instrumental, this one is the opposite, featuring a marquee-filling list of quality MCs such as Big Daddy Kane, Percee P, Wildchild from the Lootpack, Ohmega Watts, Soup from Jurassic 5, Blood Of Abraham, Mykah 9 from the Freestyle Fellowship and Project Blowed, plus vocalist Aloe Blacc.
"Sticks and Stones" from the Wildflowers album is presented here in its original, and exclusive dub form. Also included is "I'm Inside Out", a progressive funk piece unavailable elsewhere. Two live covers, "Raga Doll" and "Afro Som", round out this EP.
The debut album by Connie Price and the Keystones, featuring Malcolm Catto, the Poets of Rhythm/Whitefield Brothers/Karl Hector & The Malcouns' mastermind JJ Whitefiled, members of the legendary funk band L.A. Carnival and key members of Los Angeles funk revivalists Breakestra.
Title track and lead single off the debut album by Connie Price and the Keystones
"Heavyweight Gambit, No Holds Barred" is the 11th compilation coming out on the Paris DJs label, and the second one digging into Funk & Soul music for the Paris DJs Soundsystem crew. The selection gathers psychedelic funk, soul for freaks, foot stomping beats, heavyweight breaks, thrilling grooves, hip hop coolness, fuzzy sounds and more... This music is good for you. Featuring Connie Price and the Keystones' track "El Nino"
2010 single which also featured Connie Price and The Keystones
12" collaboration features funk revivalists Connie Price and the Keystones and emcees Big Daddy Kane and Percee P. The two Golden Era rappers take the lead on separate sides, Kane updating his "Give a Demonstration" and P blessing "Thunder Sounds".
Featuring Blue States' "Golden Touch" (Connie Price and The Keystones Mix)
Featuring "The Turning Point" (Connie Price and The Keystones Remix)
Selections from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Bloods Haul. Recorded by The Keystones featuring none other than the drummer/leader of The Heliocentrics, Malcolm Catto.
(Donovan Cover) feat. Chris Manak
b/w Time to Kill
b/w "Sweet Soul Music"
When looking for classic soul cuts to revamp it was only a matter of time until Night Owls turned their attention to fellow Angeleno Shuggie Otis. This brand new 45 kicks off with a punch launching you straight into an irie dub infused version of Shuggie's "Aht Uh Mi Hed" featuring Fishbone veteran John Arthur Bigham (Fishbone, The Soul of John Black) on lead vocals. Taking Otis's lyrical poetry to new heights, Bigham delivers a performance that unearths the deep underbelly of the original while Night Owls fill a sonic landscape of whirling organs, skank guitar, heavy bass, and tingly dubbed out percussion to match. On Side-B we find a reggae-fied version of Gene Harris and The Three Sounds instrumental "Put On Train" which many from our generation know from The Beastie Boys' "What Comes Around" from Paul's Boutique. A slightly grittier and more upbeat take than the original, this Night Owls signature version is complete with its standout "moo maker" honk and New Orleans inspired elements lead by Roger Rivas on acoustic piano. This cut will hit hard on the dance floor and is surely one to leave a smile on your face.
Los Angeles' Night Owls are back once again with two more soul classics flipped in the bands signature Jamaican style fronted by two more of L.A's top soul singers. Side A features Sy Smith, a staple and cultivator of L.A's nu-soul scene, covering Miami First Lady of Soul Helene Smith's "You Got To Be A Man". Smith's gritty performance and soulful tone match the energy of the original and with Night Owls' funky groove bubbling up behind her it's a cut that could easily be mistaken for a lost gem from the 1960's. On Side B Night Owls recruit longtime friend Chris Dowd of L.A. soul-ska kingpins Fishbone to take the lead on the Brenton Wood hit "Gimme Little Sign." A classic that's been covered a few times over the years, Dowd's take along with Night Owls' unique and upbeat twist is surely a fresh approach and one you'll spin over and over again.
Another Night Owls 45 fresh off the press! To round out the year, this 7" features their take on the classic Young Rascals original Groovin', flipped in true Night Owls fashion. This homage, based off the Willie Mitchell rendition (with a nod to the Wu-Tang sample) features SoCal's very own soul master Jamie Allensworth (Jungle Fire) on lead vocals, backed with Night Owls' signature Jamaican stylings. Taking the feel up in tempo along with the solid one drop of drummer Blake Colie and bubbly organ rhythms from Roger Rivas, all held together by Dave Wilder on bass and maestro Dan Ubick on guitar and percussion, this rendition is surely one to lift spirits and what we all need right now. The Side-B features an instrumental of Side-A, but different in it's own right with Roger Rivas taking the lead on organ and showcasing the great songwriting elements this tune holds.
Night Owls hit the decks once more with another grooving filled 45 of classic soul tunes flipped with the reggae rhythms by Los Angeles's best in the game. This production team comprised of Dan Ubick (The Lions, Connie Price and the Keystones) on Guitar, Blake Colie (Arise Roots, The Lions) on Drum Kit , Dave Wilder (The Lions) on Bass, and Roger Rivas (The Aggrolites, Jason Mraz) on Organ and Piano, is an all-star cast that speaks for itself. Side-A features the Cyril Neville/Leo Nocentelli classic "Gossip" featuring Malik "The Freq" Moore (The Lions) on lead vocals and maestro Elgin Park (Greyboy Allstars) on the infamous coral Sitar part, which plays homage to the original but with a true Night Owls Jamaican twist. Side-B we find a more mid-tempo jam, The Dramatics "Whatcha See is Whatcha Get" featuring the vocal blend of Alex Desert (The Lions, Hepcat), Jesse Wagner (The Aggrolites), and Malik Moore. Another all-star blend of So Cal's finest that elevates this tune to a whole other level and freshness to the ears. Both tunes, brought to you by DanUbe Productions, recorded and mixed to perfection at The Lion's Den, are a must have and sure to get the dance floor going strong!
NIGHT OWLS first offering brings a unique take on two classic soul hits but with a Jamaican twist that is fresh yet true to the original intent. Part of F-Spot Records "Homage Series" Side A keeps the uptempo groove alive on the Betty Harris / Allen Toussaint classic "There's A Break In The Road" featuring L.A's own soul belter Afrodyete (Breakestra) on vocals. Side B is a more moody but uptempo dub-infused rendition of Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" lead by Terin Ector (Orgone, Moswen, Soluzion) whose whirling vocals will keep you wanting more.
Straight from The Lion's Den, is a special limited edition 45 that continues what NIGHT OWLS do best, bringing their classic Soul Jamaican twist to some familiar (or not) classics we've all grown to love. "This Christmas" is their take on the Donny Hathaway classic and whom better to fill Donny's shoes than one of today's leading soul singers, Durand Jones.
A perfect jam to have on deck during the holiday season. Side B features an instrumental version, where the funky and grooving organ stylings of Roger Rivas keep the tune alive, to be played on the dance floor year round. Sure to sell out, this 45 is not one to sleep on! Recorded, engineered and mixed by Dan Ubick (The Lions, Mad Geezers, Keystones) at The Lion's Den, Topanga, CA. Produced by Dan Ubick and Night Owls.
Names You Can Trust's long-running Swing-A-Ling party in Brooklyn has become an epic warm weather celebration of all classic styles of Jamaican sound system music on vinyl. The party itself, set in the deepest crevices of BK's Caribbean community, has been known to stretch for 12+ hours each session, serving non-stop musical entertainment and buckets of jerk chicken & curry goat to an adoring crowd of all ages, young and old. The event has also been the occasion of some extremely limited edition record presses that have come to embody both the ethos of the party and the NYCT label. The second in the series of the playfully titled Swing-A-Ling NOW SOUNDS is a new entry in modern reggae production from The Mad Geezers. Like the party's signature sound, the tunes on this double-sided single are timeless, intriguingly left-of-center, and most importantly in deep homage of the vast influences and inspirations that have been carved to vinyl throughout Jamaican recorded history. Elements of rock steady, dub, soul and middle eastern snake charmer sounds all find their way through the hands of the Geezers' skilled musicians and the resulting 45 record is sure to be another sneaky staple in sound systems all over.
THE MAD GEEZERS are not just a band of seasoned veteran musicians, they are a concept; what would it sound like if Booker T & The MG's were on tour in Jamaica in the late 60's, decided to extend their stay and ended up soaking up the atmosphere and recording at Studio One? "Hip Hug-Her" b/w "Girl of My Dreams" frames that scenario perfectly adding Jamaican flavor to a Booker T & The MG's classic while the B-side sounds like a long lost Sly & Robbie instrumental from a Gregory Isaacs session. THE MAD GEEZERS' producer and guitar player DAN UBICK pulled in long time friends DAVE WILDER (Macy Gray, Ziggy Marley, The Lions) on bass and drummer OLIVER CHARLES and organist JASON YATES from Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals to form a rock solid, funky and cinematic combo that brings together elements of American soul music with Jamaican reggae and dub flavors seamlessly.
The Rhythm Roots All-Stars are a collection of long-time LA session players and members of Breakestra.
feat. Connie Price on Hammond B3 & violao
feat. Connie Price on organ & guitar
After a decade-long hiatus, Eamon (pronounced Aim-in), the R&B singer and songwriter behind the hit single, F*k It (I Don't Want You Back) returns with a fiery collection of new material, an album soaked in soul that plays like a modern soundtrack to a bygone era of music making. After selling millions of records worldwide and hitting #1 on the charts in over 40 countries, Eamon returns with a renewed passion on his new full-length LP, 'Golden Rail Motel.' The LP not only signifies a return of one of R&B's most powerful voices, but also serves as a new chapter for Eamon, both personally and professionally. An early onslaught of fame, money, and all the trappings of instantaneous, worldwide success led to hardships and struggles for the young Eamon, and his demons almost derailed his very promising career and life-a journey that is captured in several songs on the album. The track "You And Only You" was featured in the blockbuster film Oceans 8.
The first ever live funk/breaks mix collection recorded by Breakestra.
The first Breakestra 12" on Stones Throw, the follow up to their Deep Funk classic 7" "Getcho Soul Togetha." Two edits of tunes from their mixtape formatted album: a medley of Tony Alvon and The Bel Aire's "Sexy Coffee Pot" and James Brown's "Honky Tonk Popcorn" b/w Miles' rousing rendition of Sly and The Family Stones' "Remember Who You Are" done in A Tribe Called Quest fashion.
Live Mix, Part 2 reverberates with the spontaneity that only a live band can create, as segues shift with just a quick drum break or brass stab. While trainspotting sample hounds will get a kick out of Breakestra, you don't need prior knowledge of the samples to enjoy the album. No matter what, Breakestra guarantee a funkin' good time.
Leroy & The Drivers original recording from 1967 b/w Breakestra's version from 2001
Kelly Finnigan's debut solo album for Colemine Records represents the culmination of his 15 years of experience - in the studio as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer - and touring the US and Europe as a singer, musician, and band-leader. The content within reflects his dedication to expression through the rich American music traditions of soul, gospel, doo-wop, and R&B. Dan plays on the track "Freedom"
Instrumental version of The Tales People Tell, showcasing Kelly's superior production and arrangement talents. Kelly Finnigan's debut solo album for Colemine Records represents the culmination of his 15 years of experience - in the studio as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer - and touring the US and Europe as a singer, musician, and band-leader. The content within reflects his dedication to expression through the rich American music traditions of soul, gospel, doo-wop, and R&B. Dan plays on the track "Freedom"
Method Man (Wu-Tang Clan) & DJ Nu-Mark (Jurassic 5) team up on Zodiac Killah. Dan plays guitar, bass, percussion and Wurlitzer alongside Keyboard Money Mark on Hammond organ.
Beyond The Sun is the most complete fulfilment of Orgone's full spectrum of sound, ranging from the in-the-pocket funk of Don't Push Your Luck to the evocative balladry of No Pain to the clubby-jam of the title track and the scorching instrumental workouts on Meat Machine and Sabi. Dan plays on and wrote the song "No Pain"
The Los-Angeles-based band's reputation amongst the funk and soul fraternity is backed-up by an impressive and quickly growing resume that is expanding their reach. Members of Orgone also feature in the make-up of Ubiquity acts Connie Price and Breakestra. Dan plays on and co-wrote the song "Justice League"
Reincarnated is the twelfth studio album by Snoop Dogg. It is his first and so far only release under his reggae persona Snoop Lion. Dan plays on the track "So Long" alongside Police drummer Stewart Copeland.
King Of Diggin'
Villa Manifesto is the sixth studio album by Detroit hip hop group Slum Village. Dan's song "Doubledutch" by Connie Price and The Keystones was sampled on the track "Da Night"
A "best of" which includes previously unreleased materials, hard to find mixes, and the tracks which made Greyboy famous as the originator of a new laid back, sunny, jazz and soul-inflicted West Coast sound.
"Littlest Things" is a song by English singer Lily Allen from her debut studio album "Alright, Still". Dan's production of "Get Thy Bearings" (Donovan) by The Sandollars was sampled on the track "U Killed It"
The Funky Side of Life is a jazz album released by Madlib's Jazz project under the alias of Sound Directions.
Keep It Solid Steel Volume 1 is Mr. Scruff's first DJ mix album, recorded for Ninja Tune's Solid Steel series.
Much like the first volume of Duck Season, Babu corralled some of the best underground hip-hop around and served it up mix-tape style.
Shades of Blue is a remix album by American hip hop musician Madlib over the archives of Blue Note Records.
An EP by Yesterday's New Quintet / Breakestra / Mr. Dibbs.
Deep Funk Main Man Keb Darge Presents this collection of Deep Butter Funk Action.
Eyedollartree is the second album by rap duo Blood of Abraham. will.i.am, Kool Keith and Divine Styler made guest appearances.
The debut studio album by American singer and songwriter Macy Gray. Dan plays on the track "Rather Hazy"
Dan grew up with records around the house... his dad's jazz records, his mom's Beatles and classical records, his oldest sisters Bowie and Traffic records, his brother Yes LP's and his little sisters rap records (well, she had cassette's!). Dan comes from a long line of obsessive collectors ("some might say pack rats") and loves digging for new music... it keeps him going.
Dan learned a TON about records while playing in Breakestra with his good friends (and avid collectors) Miles Tackett and Mixmaster Wolf and from the many stellar DJ/collectors in the L.A. scene ("I have been lucky to have been surrounded by some the deepest collectors here in L.A. like Miles and Wolf, JRocc, Rhettmatic, Babu, Z Trip, NuMark, Cut Chemist, Marvski, Hymnal, Egon, Octavio, Madlib, Clifton Weaver, Danny Holloway, Adam Hayden, Hector Waluyo, Jeremy Sole, Garth Trinidad, Eric Coleman, Peanut Butter Wolf, Dennis Owens, etc... .through the years these guys have turned me onto so much great music").
At the same time Dan was also collaborating with Benyad and Mazik (Blood Of Abraham) and Will.I.Am for BofA's sophomore LP "Eye$Tree". Ben and Will were huge record collectors, Will turning Dan onto the Fela & Ginger Baker LP and Ben, Jorge Ben's "A Tabua Du Esmeralda" and many incredible soundtracks and Jamaican records.
Years later when Dan backed up long time musical inspirations De La Soul, The Beatnuts, Big Daddy Kane, EPMD, The Pharcyde and others (as a guitarist with his group Connie Price and The Keystones or with Rhythm Roots All Stars) Dan got to talk records directly with musicologists like Maceo, Juju, Diamond D and Kane who turned many onto so many amazing LP's through sampling them in their music. Dan feels ever grateful and have learned so much from all these heavy musical guru's.
As a DJ and a collector himself Dan loves finding new and inspiring music, is on the hunt constantly and loves spinning his favorite tracks for people at bars and clubs like Funky Sole, Dub Club, Good Foot, Love Song Bar at The Regent, The Virgil, The Townhouse, The Standard and General Lee's here in LA as well as private parties and events. Dan's collection includes everything from 50's Rock 'N' Roll & Rhythm & Blues, late 60's- early 70's soundtracks, rock, "golden era" rap, jazz, soul, soul jazz, breaks and funk to Jamaican, Brazilian and African music and everything in between.
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