Sam’s Jams: Charles Trees, “Acja” featuring Marcus Elliot

From the new album on Portage Garage Sounds titled 2019

Check out our Sam’s Jams playlist below and listen to CultureShift weekdays from noon. to 2 p.m. on WDET 101.9FM.

Meta Stange/WDET
Meta Stange/WDET


Hamtramck record label, Portage Garage Sounds, has made their catalogue availably digitally through streaming platforms. Their latest release titled 2019 by Charles Trees is an album that blends different genres of electronic music into one project, creating a deep sound perfect for late nights in Detroit. The song “Acja” featuring saxophonist Marcus Elliot is modern dancefloor track with soaring saxophone licks over a creeping acid line, while driving drums and warm pads effortlessly take you to the sound of Detroit.


Sam’s Jams is the weekly song selection of WDET’s creative producer Sam Beaubien, a longtime Detroit musician who also helms the soul-funk band Will Sessions.

From 70 years ago to contemporary releases today, Sam’s Jams is the musical equivalent of digging for hours in dusty record store bins to find forgotten-but-should-be-remembered deep cuts pulled from the genres of funk, jazz and soul genres.

The Sam’s Jams Spotify playlist will update with a new song on Mondays after airing on CultureShift, so bookmark this page to find your new favorite song each week.


  • Sam Beaubien
    Sam Beaubien is a musician, composer, producer, and educator in Detroit. He is also the founder and leader of the acclaimed ensemble, Will Sessions.