Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Humpday Funk: 'Get Cozy' with DJ Cozy Shawn

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 10:12 AM

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My only dream in life is to own a pimped-out black-on-black 1970 Cadillac hearse with nothing but the funk bumpin' out the back. So far the closest I've been able to get is this new Cozy Shawn mix. And that's damn close.

If you ever stepped foot inside the MJQ café (aka the back room) back in the day, you're already hip to DJ Cozy Shawn's type of get-down. His latest residency, so to speak, happens online every week at SoulandJazz.com, where he cues up an endless stream of classic ’70s grooves and funk. He kicked off his March 13 debut episode with Willie Hutch's oft-sampled 1973 joint "Tell Me, Why Has Our Love Turned Cold." Need I say more?

New "Get Cozy" podcast mixes drop every Tuesday, with complete tracklists, and previous episodes are available for download. This week's edition is a family affair; a jazzy, soulful mix (featuring Earth Wind & Fire, M.F.S.B., Lonnie Liston Smith, and plenty more) Shawn calls The Austin Family Edition: Vol. 1 and dedicates to his parents and NYC birthplace:

My parents will always be the coolest, hippest & smartest people I know. Their taste in groovy music continues to be the backbone of my sound as a DJ & tastemaker of cool & funky grooves. Growing up in the NYC Metro area in the 1970’s, 80’s, & early 90’s provided the perfect backdrop for them to enjoy all that the NYC nightlife had to offer in their leisure time — being original patrons of Studio 54 & well versed in the uptown & downtown Manhattan’s hip scene throughout the 70’s & 80’s! They are what you would say….a jazzy couple, exposing my sister & myself to all of the coolest of hip sounds. This then is an episode of Get Cozy that’s an example of the soulful, jazzy & funky sounds that my parents use to rock on vinyl at the crib.

Download/stream that.

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