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Circle Research
Nu Era Funk
Take 2 Hip-Hop aficionados that live, eat, and breathe music, mix with equal parts talent and drive to push the sound to the next level, and you get Circle Research, Astro & Nix...
Circle Research presents: Nu Era Funk
"Bringing you Funk for the 21st century, one track at a time..."

 


DJ Bio:

Take two hip hop aficionados that live, eat, and breathe music, mix with equal parts talent and drive to push the sound to the next level, and you get Circle Research. Astro the Guillotine and Nix the Finger Prince embarked on their mission to spread Hip-Hop love many, many moons ago when practicing scratches and beat juggling for their high school breakdancing crew. Obsessive about classic Hip-Hop, jazz, funk, soul, and all fusions in between, the duo began throwing parties around Toronto in 1992. Armed with six turntables, a slew of emcees, and enough wax to keep the party bumping for days on end, Circle Research caught the attention of Hip-Hop heads all over the city. Soon enough they were playing shows with legendary Toronto crews like the Oddities, Cryptic Souls, the Quartertones, Abs and Fase, and DJ Serious, and getting busy onstage with Jungle Brothers, Del, Dan the Automator, Rahzel, Casual, and Aceyalone, among others.

Of course, when you spin other people's music, soon enough you get the itch to create some beats yourself. Nix and Astro began amassing various bits of gear and started beat construction in 1994. Honing their technique through experimentation with samples and original composition, their first 12" release "Speak n Read" (2002) cemented its place as a bonafied classic the moment needles dropped onto its grooves. With side A featuring a stripped down beat peppered with Speak n Read vocals and back-n-forth rhyming by Abdominal and Nix, and side B featuring a jazz swing lick with Psy of the Oddities weaving tales, the 12" cleared record store shelves across Canada, England and the US, and collected impressive reviews from fellow producers and the underground music press.

When not producing beats or rocking parties, you can find Nix and Astro on the radio waves. Tune into the "Circle Research Show" Wednesdays 2-4 AM EST on CKLN 88.1 FM in Toronto www.ckln.fm

Download the full 45 minute version of Nu Era Funk for FREE here. Visit Circle Research on myspace here.

Full Tracklisting:

1) Lee Fields and the Expressions – My World
2) The Poets of Rhythm – Smilin' While You're Crying
3) Nostalgia 77 f/Alice Russell – 7 Nation Army
4) The Loosen Ups f/Miss Ray T – Pay To Move On
5) The Bamboos – Head In the Clouds f/Tyra Hammond
6) The Lions f/Noelle – "Think" (About It)
7) Speedometer f/Ria Currie – Am I Your Woman?

8) Poets of Rhythm – Flight To St. Vincent
9) The Polyversal Souls – Sad Nile
10) Antibalas – Family Affair
11) Speedometer – The Best You Can
12) The Snugs – Strugglin'
13) The Haggis Horns f/John McCallum – Got To Lose Your Way
14) Open Souls, The Tornados & Tyra Hammond – You Got Me Thinkin'
15) Funk Shone – Purification Pt. 1

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