The modern funk movement is alive and well.  There is a true renaissance right now happening in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Portland, Australia, and beyond.  As a lover of 80′s funk and a vinyl DJ this is truly exciting.  Moniquea’s follow up album Yes No Maybe is no exception and is setting the bar quite high.  I was lucky enough to be blessed with a test press by fellow funkster, producer, and proud to say homie XL Middleton.  I actually was lucky enough prior to this to hear the acetate hot off the press a while back at Footsie’s at one of their events.  It sounded amazing.  The final product is ridiculous.

The album, which is on the Los Angeles based MoFunk Records, is straight heat.  I do not say this lightly, and those who know me know I am mad picky when it comes to music.  So again, this album is straight heat.  Puro fuego.  It starts out with the track If I Let You Take My Heart, which is a smooth 96 bpm g funk laced boogie track that perfectly sets the tone of the album and lets you know you’re in for a funky musical odyssey.  The album, which was produced by XL Middleton and Eddy Funkster, is heavy on synthesizers, keys, drum machines, etc. and sounds like something from 1983 yet has a modern feel to it.  My personal favorite track is probably Cassanova.  It’s a funky 114 bpm track that will get any wallflower off the wall and on the dance floor.  Another great track is I Need It All (feat I, CED).  It’s a smooth 95 bpm two step track inspired by the WQBC song Love Me Anyway.  If you know that track you’re a true head.  Prior to the album the track I Don’t Wanna Get Used To It  was released on 45 with the b-side Not Enough.  These tracks will also tear up the dance floor and have extended mixes on the album.

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Moniquea’s soulful lyrics about love, heartbreak, and life are the perfect combination to the production of XL Middleton and Eddy Funkster.  I am proud to call these 3 friends.  Right now labels like MoFunk Records, Omega Supreme, Voltaire, etc are pushing the envelope when it comes to the modern funk movement.  If you are a funk lover, or music lover in general this album needs to be in your collection.  Kids in 20 years will be looking for it like we diggers now look for booogie records from the 80′s.  If you are in the Los Angeles area be sure to check out the record release party at Funkmosphere this Thursday Oct. 16th.  She will also be performing on Nov. 1st at the Beat Swap Meet in Santa Ana.  For more information on MoFunk Records and to purchase the album Yes No Maybe be sure to check out their website.


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We are proud to announce, Beat Swap Meet is coming to Orange County – Saturday November 1st, 2014. 

Join us for a day to evening gathering of music, friends, family, culture, & community. 

Saturday November 1, 2014

Entrance is Free w/ a Canned Good. Canned goods are donated to our Orange County homeless communities. 

B E A T 
M E E T 
Orange County – No.1

Sponsored by
East End Downtown Santa Ana

Beat Swap Meet is a Celebration of Vinyl Culture – Records, and Everything Inspired by them. A wonderful Saturday spent with your family & friends, digging through records under the California sky.

Over 40 Invited Record Collectors, Dealers, Shops, & Labels, from all over the West Coast and beyond,

Buy Sell & Trade:
Blues, Boogie, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, New Wave, Psych, Punk, Rap, Reggae, Rock, Ska, Soul, and World 12′s LP’s & 45′s on VINYL.

+ DJ’s spin rare selections from their record collections
+ B-boys & b-girls get down to their favorite breaks
+ Producer Invite & Open Cut Session
+ Artists selling their own clothing, art, & handmade jewelry
+ Live performances
+ Bring your broken turntable and watch it go home repaired!

Experience Beat Swap Meet:


DJ sets by:

Funk Freaks + many others TBA



All Hardware, No Laptops, No CD’s

Line up TBA



Enjoy a drink at the bar, while every record the DJ plays is for sale or trade.



Hosted by Jawa

Experts to beginners, pop by and get your cut on.
Free giveaways all day!



30+ Shops, Designers & Artists, and the brands that they’ve created.

Featured brands & line up or artists painting live TBA


alllll taking place…

Entrance is Free w/ Canned Good
All Ages | Casual Drinking for the 21+
Vendor Questions?

Beat Swap Meet 2014 Schedule:




Join us for an afternoon with your family & friends, diggin’ in the crates & listening to quality grooves.

Sunday afternoon,
October 26, 2014

Entrance is Free w/ Canned Good. Canned goods are donated to our local homeless communities. 

B E A T 
S W A P 
M E E T 
Chicago – No.8

Sponsored by Discogs

Beat Swap Meet is a Celebration of Vinyl Culture – Records, and Everything Inspired by them.

A handful of Invited Record Collectors & Dealers from all over Chicago,

Buy Sell & Trade:
Blues, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, New Wave, Psych, Punk, Rap, Rock, Soul, and World 12′s LP’s & 45′s on VINYL.

DJ’s sets by Fess Grandiose, Gildelgar, Jerry Reyes, Mo Manley, Rebel Betty, 671 and others TBA

All Hardware, No Laptops, No CD’s


(The Beat Bank)


(Hugo Ball Crew/Beyond Luck)

all going down…

Entrance is Free w/ Canned Good
All Ages (must be accompanied by an adult)
Casual Drinking for the 21+
Vendor Questions?

Follow us:

Beat Swap Meet 2014 Schedule:



Join us for an afternoon with your family & friends, diggin’ in the crates & listening to quality grooves.

Sunday afternoon,
October 19, 2014

B E A T 
S W A P 
M E E T 
Dallas – No.1

Sponsored by Discogs

Beat Swap Meet is a Celebration of Vinyl Culture – Records, and Everything Inspired by them.

A handful of Invited Record Collectors & Dealers from all over Dallas,

Buy Sell & Trade:
Blues, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Punk, Rap, Rock, Soul, and World 12′s LP’s & 45′s on VINYL.

DJ’s sets by TBA

all going down…

Entrance $3 w/ Canned Good
Casual drinking for 21+
Vendor Questions?


Delicious Vinyl will be dropping Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark’s collaborative LP on September 9th. We were lucky enough to get the sneak peak here at Beat Swap Meet and I must say both sides of this 45″ are DOPE!

Now this is the record you wish for as a true fan of west coast 90′s era hip hop. On this one 45″ you got Slimkid3 of the Pharcyde, DJ Nu-Mark of J5, Del of the Hieroglyphics, and Murs of the Living Legends. Cant wait for the LP!

peep the behind the scenes video found on the Delicious Vinyl site.


Originals Vinyl “The single source for all your vinyl collection needs.”

Keep your collection clean! go to for more info.


Acrylick Clothing is the new sponsor of BSM LA’s Open Cut Session.  Make sure to stop by the booth and check out the cuts.  Hosted by DJ Jawa.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings present Saun & Starr aka the Dapettes on Daptone Records.

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At first listen to “Hot Shots”, it’s obviously a genuine piece of music from the era of soul. When Saun & Starr’s voices hit your ears, it’s just confirmation. Actually, Saun & Starr are the Dapettes, the unfailing voices backing Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.

Giving away a copy of the brand new 7″ of “Hot Shot” on Beat Swap Meet Radio podcast at
Get your name placed into the raffle by listening to the show.

Winner will be announced on Tuesday morning.

Listen to “Hot Shot” here:

On September 1st, the world’s only travelling record swap will be in Oakland during Hiero Day.  That’s right. Beat Swap Meet Bay Area will be held at Hiero Day.


For those who don’t know, the city of Oakland closes down streets in the city to accomodate for this “day to celebrate independent hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics & Independent Music Everywhere!”

Beat Swap Meet is honored to be collaborating with one of our favorite and well-respected groups in Hip Hop music. Was also flattered to get a drop from “Tajai of the mighty Souls of Mischief crew” on last week’s Beat Swap Meet Radio podcast. Listen at

Performances by such purveyors of dopeness as: Goapele, Zion I & The Grouch & Eligh, Fashawn, Mystik Journeymen, Mistah FAB, etc., and not to mention a performance by the gracious hosts: Hieroglyphics themselves.





Discogs and Grimy! bring you Crate Diggers Portland this weekend. August 23rd 12pm-6pm at the White Owl Social Club to be exact.


We all know and respect Discogs for their valuable information and price regulation of the record world, but we’ve yet to see their physical presence. Wait no longer. Discogs has teamed up with Grimy! to present Crate Diggers Portland where a slew of Discogs users will be selling records. Leading up to the event Discogs has been “spotlighting some of our vendors to give you a taste of what to expect.”
See some of the featured vendors such as Cocoe, Luke Buser, Discourage Records, Jump Jump Records, Jed Bindeman, and more here:

From the fb event invite:
“If you LOVE VINYL like we do,
then you don’t want to miss this.

Crate Diggers Record Fair
Presented by Discogs & Grimy!

A beautiful daytime gathering to share our love of vinyl and music with the PDX community. Featuring over 30+ NW record vendors and music by some of Portland’s finest deejays.

(If you are interested in participating as a vendor please contact for additional information.) Spaces are limited.”

DJ Set times are as follows:
11:30-12:00 DJ Sacrilicious
12:00-12:45 Ryan Organ
12:45-1:30 Tom Mitchell
1:30-2:15 Cee White
2:15-3:00 Survival Skills
3:00-3:45 Boogie Nite
3:45-4:30 DJ Roane
4:30-5:15 Christian Science
5:15-6:00 Richie Staxx

Then stick around afterwards for the free After Party from 8pm – 2am with:
- Dam Funk
- Zernell
- Supreme La Rock
- JT Donaldson


Go dig for audio gold in the pacific northwest this weekend with Discogs.

The 80′s “Prophet of Soul” Howard Johnson keeps it movin. You know him for his classic boogie record “So Fine”.

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Since the first album featured on his discography: Niteflyte 1 in 1979, to being Vice President & Production Coordinator of Lifestyle Records with Dana Dane and Battlecat, and a load of other achievements, Howard Johnson hasn’t slowed down yet. With his most recent release Jet Black Cassanova in 2013, HoJo still tours with the best of em.

Catch him at the Funk Freaks’ I Am The Funk Tour this Thursday – Sunday.



Got beats?  Do you love rocking the mpc or sp1200?  Are you an analog girl in a digital world?  Do have a passion for music?  Of course you do.  One things that separates the Beat Swap Meet from other record shows is the producer showcase.  We’ve been blessed to have such artists as Thes One, Shafiq Husayn, Ayatolla, Dibia$e, Cazal Organism, and many others.  The other thing that makes the producer showcase unique compared to others is the fact that it is all hardware no software.  Old school son.  We are looking for the next generation of producers to participate in our producer showcase.  Kids still make beats right?  They know you can make music without a laptop right?  We have no idea.  There are a whole new generation of DJs so naturally there has to be a whole new generation of producers.  If you produce music and are 21 and under we have one spot available for the next producer showcase at the upcoming Beat Swap Meet on Sept 14th.  Send your music to  Beats must be submitted by September 3rd.





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