New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with DJ Spinna

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DJ Spinna What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I'm gonna give away a little b-boy secret...this record by Cerrone, 'Look For Love,' is a very popular b-boy break," says DJ Spinna of the 7" released by the Cotillion label. But be careful, he warns us, sometimes they edit the breaks out of the singles. The accomplished and much sought after DJ was recently at Amoeba Hollywood, giving away some great record collecting advice and offering up killer recommendations.

Wonder-full LABrooklyn-born hip-hop producer DJ Spinna is a genre-bender whose work dabbles in rap, soul, funk, electronica, and jazz. He first came to prominence in the late '90s underground hip-hop scene thanks to his work with The Jigmastas. He has produced and remixed tracks for some of the biggest names in the contemporary music scene, including Mary J. Blige, Nightmares on Wax, Guru, J-Live, De La Soul, Eminem, Stevie Wonder, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Roy Ayers, and many more.

Spinna's first studio album, Heavy Beats Vol 1, arrived on the scene in 1999. He has released a steady stream of LPs, compilations, singles, and EPs ever since, with his Compositions 4 as his most recent offering. He tours regularly and has performed on-stage along with DJ Scratch, DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, Gilles Peterson, Questlove, Jazzanova, Q-Tip, Jazzy Jeff, and Dimitri from Paris. Don't miss his annual Stevie Wonder tribute night, Wonder-Full, this Friday, Sept 23 at The Echoplex in Los Angeles. The night is 21+ and tickets for the event are on sale now at Amoeba Hollywood

First up in this episode, Spinna picks out Funkadelic's The Electric Spanking Of War Babies, whose track "Brettino's Bounce" is "quite electronic for a Funkadelic, P-funk, George Clinton production." Next up is Gary Clark Jr.'s latest LP, The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim. Having spun between Clark Jr. and Stevie Wonder at the Super Bowl a few years back, Spinna says of the blues guitarist, "he's definitely a prodigy, and I don't think he gets as much credit as he should as a musician."

Spinna is a big fan of the Daptone Records label, and he had to grab Look Closer, the album by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' backup singers Saun & Starr, whose title track is "one of the most deep funk/soul records, newly recorded but sounding vintage, that I've heard in a long time." He also grabbed a couple of 7" box sets, including the Brunswick Soul Box. Included in the set are some records that would make other b-boys envious, like Boobie Knight's "The Lovomaniacs," which was never originally released as a 7" and the Chi-Lites' "Are You My Woman, Tell Me So," which was sampled on Beyonce's "Crazy In Love."

But which record does DJ Spinna buy every time he sees it? And what Michael Jackson track was never commercially released as a 12" single? You'll have to watch the video to find out:

DJ Spinna - What's In My Bag?
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