Summer is in full swing, artists are recording, pressing plants and turning out the product and labels are doing their best to get them into the right hands. The only downside is that DJ’s like myself aren’t able to make our way into the DJ booth of people filled clubs to play the music loud, but that’s ok because we’re still going to get the word out. Whether you’re reading about many of those great records here or listening to them via my streaming app, the show must go on!

Up and ready for pre-order via F-Spot Records is the upcoming Cliff Beach featuring Mestizo Beat double sider, “Confident” b/w Penny Candy. Cliff Beach has been performing live for more than 15 years in Los Angeles. This DC native teamed up with longtime friends and collaborators, Mestizo Beat, to bring you two sides of pure funk-soul goodness. Side-A features “Confident” which is a powerhouse of a tune. Produced and led by Aquiles Magaña, this collaboration draws on sounds from early 1970’s funk, soul, and R&B. Beach’s vocal reminds us of a young Stevie Wonder and it’s a perfect summertime jam. “Penny Candy” on the flip is a more swampy New Orleansinspired track. Driven by the piano sounds of Dan Hastie (Orgone) and rhythms of Agustin Magaña, this base glues the whole ensemble under Beach’s boogie funk vocal stylings, to really turn things up!