“This mix is made up of tunes that are the musical lineage or the musical forbears of the Michael The Lion persona. Over the years I have produced tons of tracks and edits as DJ Apt One and with my group RCMP – many of which came to ultimately make up the basis of the Michael The Lion sound. These are those tunes, combined with some Michael The Lion songs, including Funk Train.”
I’m very happy to finally announce the new single from my funky alter-ego Michael The Lion – a vinyl-only joint on Soul Clap called “Funk Train.” This one has been in the works for a while, but it’s well worth the wait. Heavy bass-driven funk with the amazing Amy Douglas on vocals and yours truly playing a whole buncha instruments including the guitar he got for his Bar Mitzvah back in 1996. Mixing by the singular mister Sammy Bananas.
When we last checked in with Michael The Lion, he was remixing Todd Edwards and Robert Lux on Young Robots, so the bar was kind of high for the next release. Enter Soul Clap, some of the globe-trottinest, funk-lovinest, beard-havinest dudes. Amy had worked with them before, my sometime collaborators FSQ had worked with them before, so this one comes fully out of their “Crew Love” concept. My tune (and the A-side, a sublime cut by Juice Belushi) were staples on the Crew Love summer tour, and the boys graciously asked me to lend my cut to this 12″. Really, really, very truly honored to be a part of the fam.
In a strange twist – this record actually came out in early October … and SOLD OUT on presales alone, so we shelved the advertising push until we had a record to sell. So I’d suggest that you cop this record ASAP, because if it sold out once with no advertising, who knows about the second time around!
Many thanks for all the support as always!
Soul Clap’s Summer Jamz
Michael The Lion f/ Amy Douglas “Funk Train”
Juice Belushi f/ Nephrok “Paradise”
BUY:Juno / Crew Love Store
This past summer I played the almighty P Show with my man DJ Soulist in Paris. Shoutouts to Le Mellotron radio for having me – their studio is in the pilot’s house of a river boat moored on the Seine. Really awesome place to hang out and play some tunes. The recording was just posted. Have a listen. Lots of unreleased goodies.
Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser – Ringsad El Magad No.2
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Amerie – One Thing [Organ] Edit by Mr K]
Mary J Sly – Everyday People (DJ Apt One Edit)
Stetsasonic – dbc let the music play instrumental
Kool & The Gang – Take The Weight (Nick Bike Edit)
Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – What Can You Bring Me?
Quantic vs. Sunshine Anderson – Heard It All Before (Platurn Edit)
Eddie Kendricks – He’s A Friend (Dimitri from Paris Super Disco Blend)
AM-FM – You are the one
Michael The Lion – XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra feat. Bosq – Only Now (Bosq Remix)
Isaac Hayes – Run Fay Run
China Burton – You Don’t Care (About Our Love) 12″
Coke Escovedo – I Wouldn’t Change A Thing
The Spinners – I’ll Be Around (DJ Apt One Edit)
MFSB – TSOP (BREAK IF YOU WANT EDIT)
Rufus Thomas – Sophisticated Sissy (DJ Apt One Edit)
Jungle Fire – CHALUPA
The Sol Power All-Stars – Afrika Afrika
Michael The Lion feat. Amy Douglas – Funk Train
Bohannon – Let’s Start The Dance (Deep Sang Edit)
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A few Euro shows/events this week. First, this afternoon at 4PM Paris time (10AM EST) I’ll be on The P Show with DJ Soulist. We’ll be broadcasting live on lemellotron.com as we DJ on a boat (yes a boat) on The Seine. You can live stream our DJ sets at lemellotron.com or catch them later as they are posted in the site’s archive.
Friday, I will be playing an all-nighter at Le Dandy for La Belle Amie’s closing party. Joining me will be my good buddy DeeDeeHey from Venice Beach. Expect lots of new, unreleased jams from my Michael The Lion project, including my new single on Soul Clap Records.
Friday, June 27, 11:55 PM
26 rue Pierre-Fontaine, 75009 Paris, France
Hittin’ up the motherland this Friday for the new Cantina Gold Series. Great lineup at that spot this summer – Diamond D, Grandmaster Flash, Stretch Armstrong, Brenmar, Rich Medina and yours truly. Really excited to rock with my brother Edgar Um as well.
Happy to be able to share a live recording of my super late, super deep, super fun set at Hot Mass in Pittsburgh a few months back. This was a truly great and amazing party and I played lots of new Michael The Lion material and old RCMP material.
The Hood Internet & DJ Apt One official press photo
I’m gonna be hitting the road with all my rowdy friends from ye olde Hood Internet this weekend. Friday I will be in Boston at The Sinclair, Saturday back in Philly at Johnny Brendas. These are early shows – doors at 8ish. Get tickets at their site – thehoodinternet.com
This is a big record for me for a few reasons – first, it is the debut of my new alter-ego “Michael The Lion,” who you will be hearing a lot more from in the near future. Second, it’s a really great record by a great duo – Robert Lux and Todd Edwards. Third, it is an absolutely devastating remix lineup – Pat Lok and Pittsburgh Track Authority are both shooting stars in their respective lanes. It doesn’t get much better!
The original and the Pat Lok remixes are both free – take a listen, buy a copy and support independent music!