The year according to DJ Joe Nice
"For 2005, I've felt most strongly about my disdain for our president, George Bush."
"I dont understand how one man could single-handedly ruin a nation, but it seems that GW has achieved the impossible. He's snatched the 2000 election from Al Gore and 250 million Americans (and more worldwide) groaned when his 2004 re-election was executed over 12 months ago. I would like to know why we are still fighting a war in Iraq. I would like to know why his response to the people of New Orleans has been slow and why Americans were suffering with no food and no water for a week. I hope to have the answers to these questions... one day. Sooner... rather than later."
TOP TEN SOUNDS
1. Augustus Pablo "King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown."
I'm not sure dub gets any better than this.
2. Stevie Wonder "Songs in the Key of Life"
3. King Tubby "Dance Hall Dub"
4. Anything by Luther Vandross.
His death on July 1, 2005 might be the saddest personal event for me this calendar year.
5. Alicia Keys "Unbreakable."
The lyrics to this tune are poetry.
6. Prince "Small Club."
It's a bootleg 2CD set of an aftershow in The Hague, Netherlands; Aug, 18, 1988. It's the way I believe live performances should be. Creative. Intimate. Personal. Spontaneous. It's Prince at the absolute height of his powers.
7. DanGee & JohnAsk "Live @ Sonar mix."
I will continue to beat the drum for these guys...even when they seem to prefer to remain obscure. They played the lounge at Sonar (a club in Baltimore) for the evening and as usual, I was armed with the mini-disc recorder. I've heard them do their thing before, but August 20, 2005 was different. They were magical... and I was happy to be there for the whole evening... front and center.
Hear the mixes here: HOUSE, DUB and BEATS
8. Godfather Sage "June 11, 2005."
Kian, aka Godfather Sage threw down the best d&b set I've heard in a long time... maybe ever. Another magical performance. This mix will stand the test of time.
9. Digital Mystikz "Officer."
Years from now, people from all walks of life, will be playing this tune.
10. Fertile Ground "Black Is..."
They're the next big name in acid/contemporary jazz. And... they're local. I'm so proud of them.
Check Joe Nice's DJs sets in a club 2006 or listen to his radio show on www.gourmetbeats.com. Go Team Nice!