Last month I had the honor of rocking with one of my favorite DJs, the one and only Matthew Law. I would say that Matt (formerly known as DJ PHSH) is one of the best of the new-blood DJs around, but honestly confining him to that little group does him a disservice. My dude is immensely talented, super focus, and an amazing example of people who are carrying the torch for the grand Philly DJ tradition. He’s a DJ who understands what that lineage means – he has respect for what has come before him, both with the music and the DJs who’ve played it, and at the same time he’s ready and able to push boundaries and seek out “the new”, not allowing himself to get pigeonholed into only playing the safe classics. Matthew Law is the REAL DEAL.
My dude Matthew Law is wildly talented and he’s been proving that in the battlegrounds of the Philly club scene – and continued to do so when he was crowned the Red Bull Thre3Style East Coast Champion of 2013, and on a personal note I knew I liked Thee Gawd when he opened up his Thre3Style set with the Blow The Bird Whistle Bootleg created by yours truly haha. Anyway, aside from me now being roster-mates with the homie (more on that later), I definitely look forward to working together with this brother in the future. We had a great time two nights in a row – first in Brooklyn and then in Philly – and it was recorded so check out the mix. We just had fun and rocked out and enjoyed playing records for some great crowds! So hope you enjoy the mix just as much as we enjoyed making it! And shout out to Tim “Shots Fired” Blackwell for taking the great party photos that you see below, and check out the full galleries from BROOKLYN and PHILLY.
Today is a great day because a great human being and great DJ was birthed on this day. Big shout out to my brother from another mother Thee Mike B who graced the universe with his presence many moons ago this morning. The world is so much better because you’re here!
Mike is my dude of dudes of course, but on top of that he’s a stellar DJ. Multi-genre purist. Champion of archaic esoteria. And yes, he does things… Forilla! To be honest there’s not a finer human being that I’ve crossed paths with in this short life of mine, a true mensch, and I am so grateful to call him a friend, but also to have heard him rock the turntables, to play alongside him, spent late nights Simpsons watching episodes, in-depth discussions about Daft Punk and 90s indie NYC rap, afternoons at Russian banyas, good late night steaks, having seen multiple continents with him – I think I’ve been on more tropical vacations with him that anyone else in my life (yes, we were just discussing this the other day.)
My second ever Do Over appearance was on May 17th, 2009. Mike has the honor and tradition of always being one of the DJs for opening day of the season. In 2009 he in invited me to rock alongside him on a 2+ hour 2X4 set which was one of the most fun times I ever had DJing. So here’s that mix for all your enjoyment (streaming via Mixcloud – but also download link in the description) – enjoy!
All the way live from the 215, this past Friday night before my Get Lifted monthly with Rich Medina & DJ Mike Nyce, I had the honor of dropping by Eavesdrop Radio hosted by my homies Junior & Lil’ Dave, on the legendary WKDU Philadelphia 91.7 FM. Unfortunately the night before, my laptop started to go on the fritz and in order to get it back in working order, I had to do the full-on “clean erase & install” jazz that sometimes is the thing that has to happen. So I did what any DJ worth their salt would do – I packed two bags of vinyl (one with 12″s and one with 45s) and I headed out and played an impromptu all vinyl set. I think I’m gonna have to start to talk about vinyl, why I love it, and why it is still very important. But this latest episode of The Walking Dead is about to set off so I promise to revisit this topic soon. In the meantime, thanks to Junior & Lil Dave for having me, for Chris for helping set this up and big up to WKDU for being the shit for as long as I can remember.
Cosmo Baker ALL 45s Mix | Eavesdrop Radio 02/27/15
Bernard Herrmann – “Diary Of A Taxi Driver”
Beethoven – “The Funky Devastate Pt. 2 (DJ Format Remix)
DJ Spinna – “Dillagence feat. Phonte”
Slimkid 3 & DJ Nu-Mark – “Bom Bom Fiya”
Blue Boy – “Remember Me (Jim Sharp Edit)”
Jan Hammer Group – “Don’t You Know”
Surprise – “Sweet Love”
Bobby Franklin’s Insanity – “Bring It On Down To Me”
Big Daddy Kane – “Extra Raw (Monk One BDK Vs Greedy G Edit)”
B.Cause – “In The Sea”
James Brown – “Funky Drummer (Jorun Bombay Make Me Sweat Edit)”
Freqnik & WDRE – “Pass The Peas”
Take 6 – “Spread More Love (DJ Shepdog’s 45 King Re-Touch)”
Unknown Artist – “Rigor Mortis”
Sunlight Square – “I Believe In Miracles”
The Jackson 5 – “Dancing Machine (Big Trudy’s DOmecracker Dub)”
Sandra Richardson – “I Feel A Song (In My Heart)”
Jesse Anderson – “Swing Too High”
Rimshot – “Dance Girl”
Maggie Threatt – “Soupy”
King Coleman – “The Boo Boo Song”
The Diplomats – “I Can Give You Love”
Dee Edwards – “Why Can’t There Be Love”
Orgone – “Funky Nassau”
Orchestre Du Bawobab – “Kelen Ati Len”
Gwen McCrae – “90% Of Me Is You”
Welcome to Songs We Listened To A Lot In 2014. Another year, another soundtrack.
As you may know by now, this mix and series is different. It’s a snapshot of the year, but from a different perspective than your typical year end mix or list. It is not a definitive list of the biggest tunes that came out in 2014, yet our goal is similar – move the listener (whether it’s your heart or your ass), and tell a complete story.
It’s a story of how music that we all listen to becomes this intangible soundtrack to the experiences of the lives we lead. The same way certain smells trigger memories, songs serve the same purpose. And those songs are not bound by release schedules or media exposure. They hit us when they hit us, and become ours. This mix is about THAT.
Listening to music is catharsis. It’s something we need and that we take for granted. We love music, what it means to us, what it does for us, how it makes us feel. This mix is a true labor of love – we hope you enjoy it!
Skratch Bastid & Cosmo Baker Present Songs We Listened To A Lot In 2014
Willie Colon & Ruben Blades – Maria Lionza
Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You) (BADBADNOTGOOD Reinterpretation)
Childish Gambino – Sober
Pharrell f/ Daft Punk – Gust of Wind
Sade – Nothing Can Come Between Us (Pomo Edit)
D’Angelo – The Charade
Caribou – Can’t Do Without You
Gorgon City f/ MNEK – Ready For Your Love
Vic Mensa – Down On My Luck
Shiba San – Okay (Interlude)
Schoolboy Q – Man Of The Year
E-40 – Choices (Yup)
Popcaan – Everything Nice
American Royalty – Mariah (Kaytranada Remix)
Kelis – Runnin’ (Machinedrum Remix)
Run The Jewels – Blockbuster Night Pt. 1
Vince Staples – Blue Suede
Dej Loaf – Try Me
Chronixx – Here Comes Trouble
John Holt (RIP) – Police in Helicopter
Junior Murvin (RIP) – Cool Out Son
Boogaloo Assassins – No No No
Jose Feliciano – Golden Lady
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – Bacao Suave
Cormega – Industry
Slim Kid Tre & DJ Nu-Mark – Bom Bom Fiya
Dayne Jordan & DJ Jazzy Jeff – Play Dat!!!
Myron & E – Do It Do It Disco (Tom Noble Remix)
The Whispers – Keep On Lovin Me (80’s Child Edit)
Alex Metric f/ Oliver – Galaxy
Change – Paradise
Next Movement – All I Do
Kid Sister – Higher
Duke Dumont – I Got You
Nina Simone – It Be’s That Way Sometimes
Roberto Roeno – Shades Of Time
Big K.R.I.T. f/ A$AP Ferg – Lac Lac
DJ Quik f/ Rob “Fonksta” Bacon – Bacon’s Groove
Aaron Neville – The Greatest Love
Desi Young – I Don’t Know Why I Love you
Penny & The Quarters – You & Me