Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Double Exposure / Salsoul Orchestra, The – My Love Is Free / It Don't Have To Be Funky
Label: Salsoul Records – 12D-2016
Format: Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Genre: Funk / Soul
Posted by mi theaki at 19:33
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
City Centre Offices – BLOCK 015
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
Style:Run-out A - Sam says it's one for stargazers...
Run-out B - ... Merlin agrees and starts dancing.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
At the tender age of 6, Danilo Plessow`s path in music started with playing drums. With his engagement in a school big band in Schwäbisch Gmünd (near Stuttgart/Germany) he found his love for jazz – and from 11 years of age on he started working on his own music using a computer and samples. Being influenced by Jazz, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop and House music, the first results were already released 5 years later -at the age of 15/ 16 ! -on Stuttgarts Pulver Records. Together with Joachim Tobias, Danilo had formed the House/Broken Beat project “Inverse Cinematics” (http://www.myspace.com/inversecinematics): Seven 12” Records, the highly acclaimed album "Passin’ through" and many remixes and compilation appearances followed. The project was and still is a favorite of some of the world’s most influential leftfield DJs such as Gilles Peterson, Rainer Trüby (with whom Danilo actually proves a productive collaboration), Michael Rütten or Benji B. After several other co-operations and solo projects in the Nujazz vein ('Hipster Wonkaz' with P.Valentino for Ubiquity Records or solo as 'Aphro Pzyko' for Raw Fusion), Danilo went back to his House music roots with the “Motor City Drum Ensemble” (MCDE).
This artist moniker refers to his home town Stuttgart, the world's cradle of the automobile and Germany’s very own motor city (w. Mercedes-Benz / Porsche / Bosch a. o.) and obviously is a link to Detroit as well. Taking influences from Soul, Disco and Detroit/Chicago 90`s House, the new moniker soon became his best known: He released five 12” in 2008, and especially his “Raw Cuts” series made him a shooting star in the Deep House scene, highlighted by the internet house/techno bible “Resident Advisor” for whom he did a mix-tape that is soon regarded as one of the best mixes of this significant podcast.
Having blown the world away with his ‘Raw Cuts’ series, released on his own label “MCDE” (run together with Pablo Valentino), Danilo has made an enormous impact on House and Techno. On ‘Juno Records’ all three 12" of the cult series are meanwhile charted within the top 8 of the all time 'Deep House' bestsellers and undoubtedly they are still belonging to the most played tracks on the dance-floors!
His other own label “Four Roses Recordings” has been doing also very good.
Thanks to his remarkable musical talent and overflowing creativity, Danilo has become a sought after and very successful re-mixer as well. With just 25 years of age and including all his projects he has already released on more than 25 labels.
Posted by mi theaki at 15:59
Friday, June 15, 2012
Though electronica has always been a producer's medium (and the few vocalists keeping their head above water are usually women), Robert Owens became one of the figures most associated with the late-'80s golden era of Chicago house. Born in Ohio in 1961, he grew up singing in the church, but was working as a DJ when he met pioneering Chicago producer Larry Heard in 1985. The pair formed Fingers Inc. with Ron Wilson, and released a few excellent singles ("You're Mine," "It's Over") and the 1988 full-length "Another Side" .The group dissolved soon after, though, as Heard's burgeoning solo-production career (as Mr. Fingers) took over.
Owens had already released tracks on his own - "Bring Down the Walls" and "I'm Strong" for Alleviated, with production from Heard - and he signed a solo contract with 4th & Broadway. His 1990 LP "Rhythms in Me" was a solid effort, though it soon disappeared within the quickly disintegrating Chicago house scene. (One of his best-known features of the late '80s, the epic house moment "Tears," appeared under the names of Frankie Knuckles and producer Satoshi Tomiie.)
Owens had basically retired from music by the early '90s, preferring instead to run his own Christian bookstore. By 1996, he'd returned to dance music with "Ordinary People", a two-part EP for Musical Directions. He teamed up with Tomiie and Cevin Fisher for a track from Tomiie's "Full Lick" LP in 1999, and one year later Owens appeared on the Photek smash "Mine to Give".
Posted by mi theaki at 11:28
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Added on board the Chicago house production team Phuture, as a replacement for DJ Pierre, Roy Davis Jr. later followed his mentor to New York and worked at Strictly Rhythm, recording his own singles for Force Inc., Big Big Trax and Power Music. Originally born in California, Davis moved to Chicago's south side early in his childhood. After being turned on by legendary acid-house pioneers like Phuture and Lil' Louis, he became a DJ and began producing as well, with his first single, "20 Below," recorded for the Jack Trax label.
Posted by mi theaki at 16:05
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
UK based DJ and Producer.
Cottam has been spinning other peoples records from the age of 14 - after ‘borrowing’ his brothers 80s soul and early hip hop he discovered house music and was hooked. Clubbing in the north through his teens, as acid became rave became progressive DJs like Dave Clarke introduced him to harder techno and electro, a love that still lasts to this day with DJs like Surgeon and the black country crew introducing dubstep into their sets.
After so long loving the music and tinkering with his own ideas, 2009 saw his first house experiments emerge, often re-working soul and hip hop tracks.
Posted by mi theaki at 13:46
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Zoran Relic emerged as a electronic outcome of a logic consequence from the urban mentality which floated by air channels as notes from London, Berlin and Detroit. He is trying to develop his own style by experimenting and even thinking about unlogic assets and using uncconventional methods, so that he could try to figure the other side of the sound objects that consead that point of gas in space called sound...
Posted by mi theaki at 10:53
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Perhaps one of Beethoven's most popular pieces-"Fur Elise" (translated into For Elise). The picture is one of Beethoven when he was a middle-age man (fairly old, but nowhere close to done as far as musical accomplishments are concerned). Thank you for watching.
Posted by mi theaki at 16:27
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Theo Parrish was born in Washington D.C. in 1972 and raised in Chicago, IL where his passion for music developed. MIles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, George Gershwin, Bob Marley, as well as his uncle, jazz musician Dexter Sims, all had strong influences on Theo's early musical life. Chicago's radio influences and House artists such as Ron Hardy , Larry Heard, Lil Louis, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Gene Hunt , Mike Dunn, Frankie Knuckles , Walter Get Down Brown and Andre Hatchett, helped to spawn Mr. Parrish's early career.
He began spinning and producing tracks in 1986, at the age of thirteen... After graduating from the Academy for the Arts, he recieved a scholarship to the Kansas City Art Institute where his interest in music was taken to a new level through his study of sculpture. In 1994, he recieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from KCAI with a concentration in Sound Sculpture, a form of orchestrationusing live instruments, looped recordings, the human voice, and numerous other sound generating devices. While in Kansas CIty, Theo continued to impact and be impacted by dance music, helping to bring a dormant underground music scene to life. In 1994, Theo Parrish moved to Michigan where he became heavily involved in Detroit's underground music scene. Producing music and delivering his unique and dynamic sets in venues throughout the Detroit and surrounding areas, as well as abroad he has gained the attention and respect of dj's, producers, listeners and dnancers worldwide.
Posted by mi theaki at 11:11
Monday, May 14, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Chicago-based record producer, remixer & DJ.
Braxton Holmes – 12 Inches Of Pleasure
Executive Producer – Hula & K. Fingers
Producer – Braxton Holmes, Ron Trent
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Few artists in the music business reach the level of accomplishment and status that Kerri Chandler has achieved. He is known throughout the universe as one of the original creators of the deep house sound and his "basslines" are now legendary.
Kerri grew up in the New Jersey area during the days of the infamous Zanzibar club with resident DJ Tony Humpries. Kerri's father was a DJ as well, which gave Kerri a rich background in the origins of the New York Underground Sound (known also as "Garage" music). He made his DJ debut at the Rally Record Club in East Orange, New Jersey at the tender age of Thirteen.
Kerri eventually found himself intrigued with the production element in dance music and soon began to create his own grooves on his one man label, Express Records. In 1991, Atlantic Records signed his debut single, "SuperLover/Get It Off" and the rest is house music history. Despite his success, Kerri Chandler has always remained true to the spirit of the underground. When listening to tracks such as the "Atmosphere EP" on Shelter Records and the seminal, "A Basement, Redlight and A Feeling" album on Madhouse, one has to marvel at Kerri's ability to not compromise his unique sound for commercial gain.
Kerri Chandler is a vortex where tradition and innovation meet. Tradition as in the soulful roots of Jersey house, innovation as in the streamlined, sparse arrangements and shrewd use of technology. Kerri masters rhythm and space.
Kerri injects his free spirit into his productions. With a solid education in Garage grooves, Kerri takes vocals, rhythms and instruments and with uncanny precision pieces them together, delivering beautiful, monster jams. In the expanses of his breaks the odd counter rhythm will inexplicably appear for a second and then disappear, creating fleshy excitement, not mechanical repetition. His basslines go from heavy and heady to playful and quirky -- always deliriously intoxicating. His hooks are loving details like horn hits, washes of synthesizer or catchy choruses that emerge to create songs from a maddening bulldozer of brutal drive. Here the dreamer takes hold, transporting us into a dimension of seemingly endless travel...
Kerri is sure to continue to startle us as he has from the very beginning as with his first remix, the now-classic scratch on "Get It Off". His fusions, clamped to the beat of his unique, thundering kick drum, redefine house music at every turn.
Posted by mi theaki at 22:45
Friday, May 4, 2012
Benedikt Frey – Fairytale
Label: Mule Electronic – mule electronic 86
Format: Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Released: Jan 2012
Style: Acid House, Deep House
a1 Fairytale Featuring – Chris Cox
a2 Sensual Seduction Featuring – Simon Mager
b1 Blue Train
b2 Light My Soul
Posted by mi theaki at 22:19
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
It’s difficult to summarize Jay Haze’s ten-year musical career, but in concentrated form: producer, DJ and record label owner. Whether working in the studio or behind the decks in the club, he is a pro at getting people to react. Jay left Philadelphia in the early 00s and is now based in Berlin, also home of his house/techno record labels TuningSpork and Contexterrior. He DJs several times per year in the city’s famed Watergate club, and also holds a quarterly residency at Fabric, London – in addition to his stops throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America.
Jay has also released tracks and remixes on literally dozens of other labels, often under a variety of pseudonyms, such as Fuckpony (for BPitch, Get Physical and Cocoon) and Sub Version (for Soul Jazz). Apart from his solo work, Jay has collaborated with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos and Samim, and has remixed numerous other artists such as DJ Hell & P. Diddy, Gui Boratto and even Yann Tiersen’s theme from Amelie, which became a crossover hit. Haze’s productions constantly find their way into the sets of top-tier DJs like Richie Hawtin and M.A.N.D.Y.
Starting with his debut full-length Love for a Strange World (Kitty-Yo, 2005) and continuing with Love & Beyond (TuningSpork, 2008), Jay stepped outside of dance music into other realms such as pop, hip-hop and dubstep. His adventurous mix compilation Fabric47 (2009) brought immense praise, and it also launched his new campaign DJs for DRC to help victims in the war-torn Congo: he donated all his money from the CD sales toward the charity Merlin, and having encouraged a number of other DJs to donate money from gigs, aims to travel to the Congo to shoot a documentary and raise awareness. Still active on the music front, of course, Jay has just released the second Fuckpony album and has been focusing on crafting new sounds for other vocalists.
Posted by mi theaki at 23:35
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Andy Vaz hails from Düsseldorf, Germany, the breeding ground of Kraftwerk. Since 1997, Andy manages and curates Background Recordings, internationally acclaimed as being one of the most instrumental labels to concentrate on what people refer to as: minimal techno.
Long before Minimal Techno turned into a genre, and subgenre after subgenre were invented, Andy has already been concentrating on providing a cultural conduit for more minimal electronic music, between Düsseldorf, San Francisco, Detroit, Montreal, Toronto, London, Chicago, South Africa, Monterrey, Perth and countless other cities around the world. Some of the most influential international musicians of the minimal electronic music movement had their works presented on his Background Imprint. Artists such as: Sutekh, Jan Jelinek, Todd Sines, Terrence Dixon, Jeff Milligan, Akufen, Submania, Dean DeCosta, Rhythm Maker, Kit Clayton, Ectomorph, Deadbeat, Baby Ford, Stewart Walker, Donnacha Costello, Geoff White, Smyglyssna, Portable, Antiguo Automata Mexicano, Oliver Hacke, Frivolous and many others have graced the Background stage. The Label has been a major force in the presentation of minimal techno, introducing and educating the world to the geographic variable influences that exist within the genre.
As the years have passed, house music and techno have fused, segregated, split and recombined in countless ways. Both techno and house have drawn influences from one another to create hybrids that have changed the face of music as we know it. Andy could not ignore his undeniable appreciation for the house movement and therefore, decided to start a second label in order to help facilitate the growing relationship between global deep house and minimal techno: "A touch of Class / ATC" was born.
In 2000, Andy Vaz has released his own material. At first he started his Sound Variation [---] series. A set of 10 conceptual releases where as the sound can be defined by the criteria of one's imagination constrained only by the definition of it being 4/4 based electronic music without following any clearly defined linear sound aesthetic or concept. All works simply defined by the criteria of re-use, recycling of same instrumentations, within the context of boundless compositional approaches.
Next to the series Andy Vaz also started putting out minimal techno dance material recently. Music, that is focused on the Groove and is based on his rich experiences as an internationally rewarded Live Act. Apart from having played countless clubs,festivals and venues, he’s done everything from the legendary “Liquid Room” in Tokyo to the Mutek Festival in Mexico. Andy has build up an excellent reputation as a crowd shaking and unique sounding live act. Known for extended two hour dance live-sets to more abstract listening performances Andy proves to be diverse and suitable in various musical contexts.
In March 2007 Vaz launched a new label called “YORE”, which will focus on the authentic old school Detroit & Chicago House Sound with original artists such as Detroit’s Rick Wade, Terrence Dixon, Todd Sines among others just to name a few, presenting a new platform for these artists as well as for himself, which will help spread his musical visions further to new audiences.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Ichisan is the moniker of Igor Skafar, a Slovenian photographer whose relationship with music began by playing the guitar in various bands, which later developed into a preference for electronic music. In 2008 he released his first solo international 12" on London's Airtight Recordings. 'Global Pillage' and 'Tips & Tricks' were very positively received and accumulated a number of favorable reviews, including a four star review from iDj magazine and praise from many illustrious names in the music industry such as Bjorn Torske, Pete Herbert, Prins Thomas and others... Ichisan has also contributed a track "Radar Pulse is Sent", to the Eskimo recordings compilation "Cosmic Balearic Beats Vol. 1" and it is released on Airtight recordings, Solardisco, Rare Wiri and Under The Shade/Jiscomusic; including a remix for the legendary band "Space", which was released on Nang records in November last year. Together with Ule Nakova he is working on a project named Ichisan&Nakova. Their first album Yugo Tempo is released on the Nang records.
Posted by mi theaki at 14:08
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Moodymann is the nom de disc of Detroit native Kenny Dixon, Jr. An iconoclast with a funkdafied hairdo, Moodymann has built up a devoted listenership over the past two decades with his unique, mutant productions. Often pitched between high-fidelity and infidelity, Moodymann tracks are for those moments when hitting the dancefloor feels the same as rustling the sheets. Purveyor of the label Mahogani Music, Moodymann now connects with Scion A/V to deliver Picture This, eight exclusive tracks of Motor City magic. Dig it!
Scion Audio Visual
Mahogani Music Website
Posted by mi theaki at 13:47
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Anton Zap was born in Moscow in 1979 . He studied Chinese for 7 years and then embarked on a 2 year sound engineering course . He started collecting wax from a very young age and in the mid 90’s he joined Moscow’s underground lounge group , Tetris , led by Vlad Lozinsky .
He was resident dj at one of Moscow’s leading clubs, Propaganda from 1997-2005 . He later started his own band,Papaztrio alongside Pavel Hotin and Yuriy Shulgin .
He hooked up with Edward Mckeithen aka Dj Jus Ed via myspace and that led to releases on Underground Quality which brought him to the attention of the record buyers , press and record shops alike.
This in turn led to releases on Dubby man’s Deep Explorer imprint as well as noted releases on Quintessentials . More releases are planned on the much loved Millions of Moments label as well as on danish imprint , Kontra Musik and a storming remix for an upcoming benjamin Brunn & workshop’s wunderkind , Even Tuell on Uzuri Recordings .
He made his dj debut outside of Russia @ Berlin’s revered dance institution , Panorama bar on the 17th January 2009 .
Posted by mi theaki at 14:33
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Ron Trent Feat. Robert Owens – Deep Down (Including Mr. Fingers Remix)
Label: Foliage Records – FOLIAGE021
Format: Vinyl, 12"
Released: Feb 2012
Style: Deep House
A1: Deep Down (Ron Trent Main Mix)
AA1: Deep Down (Mr. Fingers Remix)
Remix – Mr. Fingers
Pressed By – MPO
Artwork [Cover] – Paulo Arraiano
Co-producer – Jeremy Newall, Simbad
Executive Producer – Pete Henry
Mixed By – Ron Trent
Producer – Ron Trent
Producer [Additional Production] – Larry Heard (tracks: AA1)
Producer [Assisted Developments] – Bernard Badie (tracks: AA1)
Remix – Larry Heard (tracks: AA1)
Written-by [Lyrics] – Robert Owens, Ron Trent, Simbad
Posted by mi theaki at 12:56
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Marvin Belton is a native of Detroit, Michigan. Marvin’s association with the Wyandotte band PSYFUNK (1996 - Present) resulted in the release of two albums FRESH DEAD FISH (released 1997) and Psyfunk (released in 1999). While in Psyfunk, Marvin performed in many Detroit area musical venues, such as, THE MAJIC BAG(Ferndale MI), LILLIE’S and MOTOR LOUNGE(Hamtramck, MI), HOCKEY TOWN and TOWN PUMP, TESTFEST (Detroit), MEMPHIS SMOKE, FIFTH AVENUE, WOODY’S(Royal Oak, MI), ARTS, BEATS AND EATS(Pontiac, MI) and the 1997 TORONTO MUSIC CONFERENCE in CANADA, as well as, performing live on radio programs, such as THE MITCH ALBOM SHOW, THE JUDY ADAMS SHOW both on local Detroit station WDET. Psyfunk broke apart in 1999, but In 2007, Marvin united with members of Psyfunk to perform for A Concert for Noah to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The band still comes together once a year for this event.
In the fall of 2001, while at a party in WINDSOR, ONTARIO, MARVIN met SCOTT FERGUSON. Where the two enjoying a bottle of malted scotch whiskey and participated in a philosophical conversation about music and other matters. SCOTT invited MARVIN to come check out some of the music he was working on and planning to release on a new label he started called FERRISPARK Records. MARVIN agreed and met with SCOTT at his then studio, in HIGHLAND PARK, MI. It was during that visit, Marvin being a writer, as well as, a vocalist was enlisted to write and perform in with Scott Ferguson. Their first FERRISPARK published work was “BLEED TO BE FREE” and”FEELIN GOOD”. This EP labeled number 6 was released in 2003 to positive reviews. In fact, “BLEED TO BE FREE” which theme is about tolerance continues to gain worldwide attention and has been reviewed in magazines such as URB and over the net.
In 2003, Marvin lent his vocals label to DYNAMITE SOUL’s to “BACK IN THE MIDDLE”, which he sings with female vocalist MIYON BRYANT. “BACK IN THE MIDDLE” is written by MONICA LOCKETT, who goes under the name DJ GENESIS. MARVIN performed “BACK IN THE MIDDLE” with MYION BRYANT at 2003 DEMF TECHNO-FEST and in 2004 THE MOVEMENT in DETROIT.
In 2004, MARVIN worked with THEO PARRISH lending his voice to MR. PARRISH’S single on the SOUND SIGNATURE Label entitled “NATRALLY,” which is featured on his album “THE ROTATION ASSEMBLY.”
In 2005, FERRISPARK released FPR “ANY DAY NOW ” Ep.
Marvin toured Europe with Scott Ferguson to promote FERRISPARK RECORDS in 2007.
Summer of 2007, Deep Explorer a label out of Spain released Ep entitled “Deep Explorer 007” with artist ABOVE THE SMOKE featuring side a1 “SWEET IS THE LOVE” lyrics and vocals by Mr. Belton and a2 remix (of same title) by Ferrispark Records producer Mr. Scott Ferguson.
Spring of 2009, teams up with James Thomas and Vincent Halliburton to form JOY OF SOUND PRODUCTIONS. See the JOS website: www.joyofsoundproductions.net
2009 Ferrispark Records re-issues FPR-006 “Bleed to Be Free”.
February 2010 Ferrispark releases FPR-027 “The Letter”.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Glenn Underground is the founding member of the Strictly Jaz Unit. He was raised on disco classics and freeform jazz in Chicago's Southside, the place where house music was born. Taking inspiration from Chicago's original pioneers, Larry Heard, Ron Hardy, Lil' Louis, and the like, Glenn has produced some of the most well respected deep house music of the past five years. His releases for Cajual, Prescription Guidance and Peacefrog have set the standard for sophisticated dance music. He is one of the few DJ's who can walk the line between deep jazz house, disco influenced house, and the kind of classics featured at the legendary parties of late 70's Chicago.
Posted by mi theaki at 11:20
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Boof – Joi Is Smiling
Label: Running Back – RB029
Format: Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Released: 24 Oct 2011
Producer, Written-By, Arranged By – Maurice Fulton(Boof).
Aliases: Boof, Dr. Scratch, Eddie & The Eggs, Equal People, Javen Souls, Ladyvipb, Noize Boyz, The, Orphies, Sticky People, Stress.
Maurice Fulton is one of house music’s true originals, an eccentric ex-pat American (currently living in Melbourne) DJ and producer who never fails to surprise and delight his listeners. His first album since the leftfield Stories Of A Broken Heart And Recovering which he recorded as Ladyvipb (for Nuphonic) is an altogether more accessible and dancefloor friendly affair... Maurice Fulton has been round the block in more ways than one, not only did he have a hand in producing Gypsy Woman by Crystal Waters, one of the most successful house tunes of the early ‘90s; he is the darling of both the underground house and leftfield scenes with an enviable back catalogue, he also has a capacity for landing himself ‘in the soup’. Maurice is one of those hapless individuals to which trouble swarms like wasps to a honey pot. His most recent ‘situation’ saw him arrive home to find his record collection had been sold by his jealous girlfriend who, after discovering an unsolicited e-mail from a lady fan, suspected him of playing away from home. If it’s going to happen to someone, it’s going to happen to Maurice Fulton.
Posted by mi theaki at 11:34
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Rndm is alias for Oliver Kargl.
Around 1996 the austrian Oliver Kargl aka RNDM started djing in a small club in the western part of Austria called Stone Club. Having a reputation in electronic music for more than 20 years the sound of Stone Club was mainly Detroit and Chicago techno.
Coming from an indie and punk background he found his way into house and techno through the sound of Detroit and Chicago.
After his move to vienna in the late 90 s he was highly influenced by the sound of the city at that time. Labels like Cheap, Grow, Central and the rather weird and experimental sounds of Mego led him to a more abstract approach and later to minimal techno.
During this time he first studied with austrian sound artist Bernhard Leitner for three years to intensify his interest in sound art minimal music and later with contemporary sculptor Erwin Wurm.
2004 he started working together with Phillip Sollmann aka Efdemin. They stuck together into endless live recording sessions in the studio while always pushing the borders of their analog foccused live set which represents an contemporary approach to classical house and techno.
In 2007 he moved to berlin to work together with Efdemin in their new studio. Their collaboration is called Pigon.
Being one of the few to get on the tight knit Dial records roster he soon began to play with the likes of Lawrence, Carsten jost, Pantha du Prince and Efdemin all over Europe and since then produced several highly acclaimed house flavoured minimal techno Eps on Dial Record the Hamburg techno imprint.
Posted by mi theaki at 14:39
Friday, March 23, 2012
Delano Smith was one of the first ‘mobile DJs’ in a city that embraced DJ culture early on, before Music Stores sold more turntables than guitars. Emerging as one of the top progressive DJs in Detroit during the 80s, alongside the legendary Ken Collier (RIP), Smith mastered the art form while playing the underground and club parties that set the stage for today’s global party circuit.
After taking time off from Djing in the 90s to pursue personal interests, Smith began playing events again after receiving numerous requests from promoters. Smith began producing music in 2002 and released his first track, “Tribunal of Souls” on Psychostasia Recordings. Later that year, his successful contribution to the internationally recognized Detroit Beatdown Vol. 1 on Third Ear Recordings inspired him to launch his own label to bring his music, along with other artists, to the global house community.
Posted by mi theaki at 11:12
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Keith Edward Elam - Guru, was an American rapper/producer and a founding member of Gang Starr. He was of Trinidadian descent and was born on July 17, 1961 in Boston, Massachusetts. His stage name Guru is an acronym for "Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal."
On April 19th 2010 - Guru passed away at the age of 48.
Posted by mi theaki at 15:09
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Gamat 3000 are :Daniel Scholz, Matthias Tanzmann.
Gamat 3000 are Daniel Scholz and Matthias Tanzmann. For a few years they produced various electronic tracks, published under different synonyms. In Daniel's early days he got a lot of publicity for his remix for the Swiss pop duo Yello.
For the last two years Gamat 3000 have been publishing sweet, deep and sensible house music and electronic tracks on the German record labels Freude Am Tanzen, Dessous Rec., Lo-Fi Stereo and FM Recordings. "Feeling Love" on Freude Am Tanzen got a real club hit and was licensed for various compilations like "Für Dich" on Kompakt (by Tobias Thomas). Don't forget the two electronic tracks on C-Rock's "Stereography" - Sampler (Lo-Fi) and the two erotic deep house tracks on Steve Bug's "Erotic Moments In House" - Compilation (Dessous).
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Genre: House / Tech House / Deep House
Hometown: Frankfurt Am Main
Record label: Baile Musik / Apparel / Escapism Musique
Lucien See Why was born in Split, Croatia 28.11.1986. At the age of 14 Luka starts to get interest in music, especially in electronic music. While he was listening his cds and dj sets on them Luka very quickly figures what kind of electronic music he likes and gives accent to techno and house music. By the years Luka explored Croatian electronic scene and figured that techouse and house style is his style. Few months later his first remixes are out and that fact gives him a big support. At the age of 18 Luka started with home djing and production learning. Then production was so complicated that he oriented on dj sets but after 2 years Luka gets more and more interest in production and he tried learning a lot. for more learning and production. As the time was passing Luka was so occupied with production and step by step he was going forward. After some time first EP is coming out than one of the biggest Croatian djs and promoters Pero Fullhouse puts his track on Aquarius Records "Muzika Na Struju" mix cd. From that time Luka just goes up and up with production and every ep was better.
In 2008 and 2009 See Why is going step forward in production but in djing by playing in lot of clubs in Croatia coast and in Germany. Also visiting Frankfurt scene and at most clubs like Robert Johnson, Cocoon Club and King Kamehameha had a big influence of See Why's music style and his production. In the summer of 2009 Mare Loco EP was out and one of remixes form that Ep was even played by Minus superstar Richie Hawtin. The end of summer 2009 was big for See Why. He signed his first vinyl 12" release for German DAMM RECORDS and tracks from that vinyl are supported by big names like Richie Hawtin, Oliver Ho, The Advent, Mihalis Safras, Chris Fortier and Hologi Star and also „Strange Discokeks EP“ was great rade by Raveline Magazine and DeBug Magazine. See Why also has opened digital and vinyl brand label called Baile Musik. In 2010 Luka goes few steps away and he is signing for big Apparel Music and Frankfurt based vinyl label Houseworx. Till now Luka get gigs in clubs like Airport Club (Würzburg), Mellow Club (Bad Kissingen), Tanzhaus West Club (Frankfurt), Gambrinus Club (Bad Homburg), Porat Club (with Richie Hawtin), Sirup Club (Zagreb), Masters Club (Split) etc...
Sirup Club (Zagreb) described See Why as : One of the most prominent Croatian stars on sky of world electronic music is See Why. Based in Split / Croatia he is part of electronic music industry from age of 14 and top of his success is the moment when Mr. Richie Hawtin includes See Why's tracks in his set in summer 2009. That summer brings See Why exclusive contract with German vinyl label Damm Records and in the same time running personal brand Baile Musik. See Why is producer and performer whose acts we'll definitly see only in big clubs and big festivals...
PROMOS ONLY : firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by mi theaki at 00:05
Monday, March 19, 2012
Toby Tobias – Space Shuffle
Style: Leftfield, Deep House, Tech House, Disco
Toby Tobias has been with Rekids since its inception in 2006. His initial release on Rekids, 'A Close Shave', was a great hit and went some way in establishing the label as a fresh, eclectic musical venture in its early days. Prior to this, Toby had of course already been honing his production skills since the turn of the millennium. By the time he released on Rekids, Toby's work was already of a high calibre - seeing releases on Low Pressings, Bearfunk, Odori and Hi-Phen. After the tremendous success of 'A Close Shave', the remix requests started to flood in - this resulting in Toby releasing on labels such as Beat Freeze Records, Bent, Bloop Recordings and Dialect Recordings. Following this, Toby released his second single on Rekids, 'Dave's Sex Bits', remixed by Quiet Village. This cemented Toby's position as one of the pioneers of the modern disco renaissance .
2008 brought another milestone, with Toby releasing his debut album 'Space Shuffle' on Rekids, to wide critical acclaim - receiving 4.5/5 from Resident Advisor and 5/5 from iDJ. The album features 15 tracks of disco influenced gems with a truly contemporary edge. Discoid anthem 'The Feeling', featuring the silky smooth vocals of Kathy Diamond, was released as a single including remixes from John Daly and I:Cube. Again, this received massive praise and global support from DJ's across the board. Further remixes from Dave Ellesmere, Tensnake and James Teej helped propel the 'Space Shuffle' sound to the forefront of pioneering dance music at the time.
At present, Toby has been busier with his own labels ( Tracky Bottoms and LateNightAudio ) . 2010 saw the release of his Macasu EP, featuring the almost ubiquitous Motor City Drum Ensemble remix. Toby also remixed fellow Rekids pal James Teej for his 'Space Oddity' release on My Favorite Robot Records, garnering thumbs up from the likes of Robert Owens, Jamie Jones, Thomas Schumacher and Wolf & Lamb. Look out for forthcoming remixes of Phreek Plus Featuring Mr White and Toro Y Moi , plus an exciting new venture with a blue eyed soul singer .
Toby's most recent release on Rekids came last year, in the form of his 'You Know EP' - featuring 3 house -to -disco- to -detroit dance-floor hits with another guest appearance from Kathy Diamond. Toby's music is truly unique - in a genre now saturated with generic, formulaic music, Toby is one of the few who can claim to have his own sound. This year we look forward to more of the same, in the form of the long awaited second album for Rekids !
Friday, March 16, 2012
Release:Title: Sinking With The Fall EP
Artist: From P60
Label: Nite Grooves
Catalog: KNG 270
Format: Vinyl, 12", EP
Released: Apr 2007
Style: House, Deep House
In the begining of the 90th Z. met with electronic music in Simon Angel's Party Zone. From the first moment he felt in this music's heights and feelings. In 1999 he met with the Hungarian Le Garage band, who teached Z. the secrets of electronic music making. Next 2-3 years they went together to concerts, while Z. made his musics at home. The result of this work is the release at Rhythmic NYC in New York, that came out in 2004.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Style: Downtempo, Deep House
Label: Deep Explorer
Profile: Deep House and beatdown label based in Spain owned by Dubbyman and his brother Above Smoke.
Sublabels: Deep Explorer Digital, Sybaris Rec
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Carl Craig was a key player in Detroit techno's second wave, following the futuristic lead of originators Derrick May and Juan Atkins, and eventually collaborating with May. He began recording at the turn of the 1990's, using a number of aliases to release innovative ambient, techno, breakbeat and future jazz sounds.
“My livelihood is making music that I can perform, whether I’m doing orchestral
production or modular strangeness or generating club music. I don’t restrict
myself,” said Craig. “I defined myself by being who I am. The ultimate self respect
is when you say you’re going to do something and you go and do it to the best of
Posted by mi theaki at 13:31
Monday, March 12, 2012
Tevo Howard, Tyrez, The Black Electro Orchestra, Flo Crew (For Lovers Only)
I started to DJ at roughly thirteen or fourteen years old, putting us back to about 1987. After a knee injury in a skateboard accident (I wiped out) in 1987, I found myself sitting at home, bored, and with little interests other than skateboarding and music. With skateboarding out of the picture, I could only gather to mess around with the turntables that sat in the room my brothers and I all shared. I remember thinking that being a DJ was a hobby that wasn’t either illegal, or dangerous, and that it would be fun to DJ my own music as opposed to my brother’s music. I walked down to Gramaphone Records, which was about 10 blocks away, and bought one record. I had no idea what was about to happen.
Needless to say, it became an addiction. At 14 I had the goal of one crate. My brother had already collected ten crates, and I was determined. I found myself at Gramaphone and Wax Trax picking up current day gems with my lunch money. It became one record a day. I am grateful to have Grown up in the Chicago record scene, because it provided a medium to apply my curious mind as a young musician.
Musicianship has always been something I’ve loved, or that is, I’ve been truly in love with instrumentation since the violin at age 7. Instrumentation, in fact, has never left my life. Today, my instrument is the bass guitar, because it is the instrument that I am most skilled at playing.
Although, I studied a total of ten years in college, only three and a half of those years were in music. Just out of high school in 1992, I studied at Columbia College in Chicago with the intention of getting a Bachelors in music, bass guitar studies. I usually don’t consider the year and a half that I studied at Columbia for two main reasons: first, I was just out of high school and, in my opinion, very uneducated about, even, the mere etiquette of college life (at the time Chicago educational facilities had been considered the worst circuit in the United States); and second, looking back I did not believe in Columbia’s teaching philosophies.
I transfered to the City Colleges of Chicago in 1994. It was then that I met two good teachers that taught based on two concepts: First, if you jump in, you’ll probably learn to swim; and second, if you try hard, you’ll probably swim well. Michael Holian, the dean of music at the time, informed me after my first couple of classes that I would be playing contra-bass (Upright Bass) in the college orchestra. Those were my favorite days as a student.
I took a break from all music application from 1997 through 2004. Circa 2004 and 2005, I entered Law School, and as well began to DJ on the turntables that I had never sold (They were then almost 20 years old). As I studied an array of subjects and pursued several degees before my full return to music (this includes a B.A. in International Studies at DePaul University), I found myself one day in 2006, headed to class to get the rest of my M.A. in Writing at DePaul, and yet, unable to get out of my car. I remember reaching for the latch several times, but ultimately deeming that I did not believe in the teaching philosophy of Depaul’s M.A. in Writing program. So, I started the car again, and went home. It was that day that I began to build my studio, Beautiful Granville Studios.”
Deep inside, I know well that I am only at the beginning of my career.
Posted by mi theaki at 15:15
Friday, March 2, 2012
"Tighten Up" was a 1968 song by Houston, Texas based R&B vocal group Archie Bell & the Drells. It reached #1 on both the Billboard R&B and pop charts in the spring of 1968. It is ranked #265 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of "the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" and is one of the earliest funk hits in music history.
"Tighten Up" was written by Archie Bell and Billy Buttier. It was one of the first songs that Archie Bell & the Drells recorded, in a session in 1967, along with a number of songs including "She's My Woman". Soon afterwards Bell was drafted into the U.S. Army and began serving in Vietnam. The song became a hit in Houston, and was picked up by Atlantic Records for distribution in April 1968. By the summer it topped both the Billboard R&B and pop charts. It also sold a million copies by May 1968, gaining an R.I.A.A. gold disc. The line in "Tighten Up", "we dance just as good as we walk" was a little ironic, given that Bell had been shot in the leg and was consigned to a military hospital bed at the time.
The introduction features Bell introducing himself as being from Houston, Texas. According to the Billboard Book of Number One Hits by Fred Bronson, Bell heard a comment after the Kennedy assassination in Dallas, that "nothing good ever came out of Texas." Bell wanted his listeners to know "we were from Texas and we were good."
The song described an accompanying dance that the band had invented, also called the "Tighten Up"; this dance became popular concurrently with the song.
The phenomenal success of the single prompted the band to rush out an album, despite their incapacitated leader. In 1969 the group recorded their first full album with Gamble and Huff, I Can't Stop Dancing, which reached number 28 on the R&B chart.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Training to become a pianist Terje enrolled at a local music school, but to his disappointment there wasn’t much jazz being taught there. Gradually leaving the musical career path, he later moved on to studying physics at the University of Oslo. Although not longer aspiring to become a pianist, he was by no means over music. In 2001 Terje got in touch with Prins Thomas, who was at the time working at HS Records in Oslo. Thomas soon recognized his potential, and helped pushing Terje in the right directions. Oslo is a small place where like minded folks tend to join forces, and with his thorough musical understanding and nerdy like interest in old and new records spanning from that new Idjut Boys 12” to experimental synth bands very few of us have ever heard of, he soon became one of the key players on the Oslo electronic disco scene. Besides working on his own projects, Terje’s played on some of Prins Thomas’ tracks, and not to mention his remix of the Lindstrøm 12” “Another Station”.
Posted by mi theaki at 17:24
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Fred P. - Real Name: Fred Peterkin
Aliases: Black Jazz Consortium, Fred Peterkin
Fred P has truly captivated the house fraternity of late with his deep as the ocean house cuts on his very own Soul People Music as well as on Underground Quality . The word deep has recently been used to a point of overkill but one man that word applies to in his character as well as the music he makes is Fred . Fred is no new comer either . He has been carving and working on music for the past 20 years, so there is knowledge and skill there !!!
Fred , Jus Ed , Dj Qu & Levon Vincent became much more than just New York dj’s and producers , they truly captivated and captured audiences from all over the place with their highly intoxicating take on house music. Articles and heavy features came from the likes of Resident Advisor , Xlr8 and many more but Fred & the rest of the crew remain focused and truly humble.
Posted by mi theaki at 13:18
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Detroiter Patrice Scott has been spinning records since the 80's. Influenced by pioneers such as Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Larry Heard, Ron Hardy and many others, Patrice Scott developed his own distinct taste and style of DJing, which later evolving into production. Evolving further as a producer, Patrice Scott been lately releasing music on his own label Sistrum Recordings.
Label: Dial – dialrec 55
Format: Vinyl, 12"
Released: Dec 2010
Style: Deep House, Downtempo, Tech House
Friday, February 17, 2012
One of the leading figures on the French electro scene, Ludovic Navarre – aka St Germain – has forged an international reputation for his cutting- edge fusions of jazz, African rhythms and dance beats. St Germain's second album, "Tourist", proved to be a phenomenal hit worldwide and helped put the "French Touch" movement firmly on the musical map.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Born in 1946 in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.A.
She was active all through the 70's but with not consistent discography.
Her biggest hits are "Precious, Precious" (1970), "Sweet Charlie Baby" (1973) and "This Time Baby" (1979).
One of her last hits is her 1982 duet with Wilson Pickett, "Seconds".
Posted by mi theaki at 12:49
Monday, February 13, 2012
Release: Donato Dozzy - Acid Test 03
Label: Absurd Recordings, Acid Test
Catalog#: ASD017, Acid Test 03
Format: Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Released: 27 Apr 2011
Style: Acid House, Abstract, Techno
A1 In Bed
B1 In Bed (Tin Man Remix)
Release on Discogs
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Death of the Diggers 2
Artist: Scott Ferguson
C&P 2010 Ferrispark Records & Publishing
Scott Ferguson returns(2010) to the production fold with a disco-flecked EP that retains the deepness and emotion anything associated with his Ferrispark imprint demands. "Merano Disco" is characterised by an immeasurably pleasing vocal plucked from a West End classic, complemented by a hip shaking low slung bassline and funkafied riff, while "Flying Trapeze Disco" sees haunting strings and raw drums combining to cinematic effect. The B-Side is adorned with "SF Estilo Disco", a slow-jam chugger with sliced up male/female vocal grunts, and "Sole Disco", which sees the unmistakable vocal of Kenny Dixon Jnr come to the fore, with the Detroit producer's legendary croaky voice sampled from a recent interview.
Posted by mi theaki at 19:04
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
James Dewitt Yancey (1974 – 2006), better known by the stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee, was an American record producer who emerged from the mid-1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. According to his obituary at NPR.org, he "was one of the music industry's most influential hip-hop artists, working for big-name acts like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes and Common."
Posted by mi theaki at 17:28
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Glasgow's Ooft! are definitely on to a winner in their disco-reviving love of sample-tastic house music, not least with 12"s released for the excellent Instruments of Rapture and Wolf Music stables. They're back on the case with this sleek two- tracker for their own Foto Recordings, and it's a game of two distinct halves. "Memories" serves as a functional tech-house number, but the real treat is in the filtered, looped vocal hooks and drawn out build-ups on the flip. The chord change on "Billy" is a timely move to lift the track out of the fog, creating a genuine slice of easy-grooving euphoria along the way.
Posted by mi theaki at 21:45
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Four Tet is the name used by Kieran Hebden (born 1980 in Putney, London, UK) for his experimental electronic music-oriented solo efforts, to differentiate from his work with post-rock band Fridge.
Hebden’s solo work typically utilises samples lifted from various sources including hip-hop, electronica, techno, jazz, and folk mixed with his own guitar playing. Four Tet shares some stylistic similarities with other musicians, such as Prefuse 73, who use computer editing techniques that give the music a staccato, cut-up feel. Hebden’s music is notable for its rich, organic sounds and harmonious melodies as well as for eschewing the traditional pop-song format in favour of a more abstract approach.
Kieran Hebden began releasing material as Four Tet in 1998 with the 36 minute and 25 second single “Thirtysixtwentyfive” on Trevor Jackson’s Output Recordings label. Later that year, he released a second single, the jazz-influenced “Misnomer”. 1999’s “Dialogue”, again on Output, was Four Tet’s first full-length album release and fused hip-hop drum lines with dissonant jazz samples. This was followed by the double A-side single “Glasshead”/”Calamine”, which was to be Four Tet’s last release on Output.
In late 1999, Warp Records released a tenth-anniversary compilation of remixes of Warp tracks; Hebden contributed a remix of “Cliffs”, the opening track of Aphex Twin’s “Selected Ambient Works, Vol. II”. This relatively high profile exposure attracted a lot of new interest in Four Tet from fans of electronica and IDM, genres in which the Warp brand had a preeminent status.
In 2001, Four Tet’s second album “Pause” was released on Domino and found Hebden using more folk and electronic samples, which was quickly dubbed “folktronica” by the media & press in an attempt to label the style (often also applied to artists such as Isan, Gravenhurst and some of Canabrism’s later work). The acoustic guitar track “Everything Is Alright” is the theme music for the National Public Radio talk show On Point, produced at WBUR in Boston, Massachusetts; it was also featured in a US Nike commercial in 2001-2002 and in the Sony Bravia commercial in 2005.
“Rounds” was released in May 2003. It was Hebden’s most ambitious album to date, incorporating diverse samples such as the mandolin on “Spirit Fingers”, and even a rubber duck on the closing track “Slow Jam”. Three singles were released from the album: “She Moves She”, “As Serious as Your Life”, and “My Angel Rocks Back and Forth”. This last single was released as an EP featuring remixes by electronica duo Icarus and Isambard Khroustaliov along with additional Four Tet tracks “I’ve Got Viking in Me” and “All the Chimers”. An accompanying DVD featured all of Four Tet’s videos to date.
At the beginning of 2003, Four Tet opened for Radiohead on their European tour. A remix of the song Scatterbrain from Radiohead’s latest album “Hail to the Thief” was included on their 2004 EP “COM LAG (2plus2isfive)”.
A live album named “Live in Copenhagen 30th March 2004” was released in April 2004 as a limited edition, available only through the Domino Records website.
In March and April of 2005, Four Tet performed two shows of improvisational music, in collaboration with jazz drummer Steve Reid, in Paris and London. He also appears on Steve Reid Ensemble 2005 album “Spirit Walk”. This collaboration was extended into a series of international tours, and the release of two albums, “The Exchange Session Vol. 1” and “The Exchange Session Vol. 2” over the course of 2005 and 2006.
His fourth studio album “Everything Ecstatic” was released on Domino on 23 May 2005. The video for the lead single, “Smile Around the Face”, features actor Mark Heap. The album brought with it another shift in style, leaving behind the breezy “folktronica” of “Pause” and “Rounds” for a darker, more complex sound. On 7 November 2005, Domino has released a DVD version of “Everything Ecstatic” featuring video clips for each track of the album plus a CD with new material.
Posted by mi theaki at 14:07
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Cajual Records – CAJ 270
Format: Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Posted by mi theaki at 16:56
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
Hot Chocolate formed in Brixton, London, England. Members of the group around Errol Brown included Tony Connor, Larry Ferguson, Harvey Hinsley, Derek Lewis, Pat Olive and Tony Wilson.
In 1969 while demoing a slight reggae version of the John Lennon song "Give Peace A Chance" with a group of friends, Errol Brown changed the lyrics of the number but he was informed that he could not change Lennon's song without his permission! So a copy of the demo was sent to the Beatles record label, 'Apple', with fingers crossed. Amazingly John Lennon loved the version and it was released on the 'Apple' label. Errol and his friends were given the name, 'The Hot Chocolate Band', a name thought up by a secretary at the company but which the band later changed to 'Hot Chocolate'.
Towards the end of 1969 Mickie Most signed Errol and the cofounder of the group, Tony Wilson as writers and recorded their songs with Mary Hopkins, Julie Felix and Herman's Hermits before encouraging them to come up with a song for themselves. In 1970 'Hot Chocolate', with Errol Brown as lead singer released their first record entitled, "Love Is Life" which reached number 6 in the charts. This was the start of a fifteen year career for the group who amassed a total of over 30 hits and also became the only group in the UK to have a hit for fifteen consecutive years. Brown's bald headed charismatic image and unique voice being the central focus of the group along with a great song writing talent that saw him pen such pop classics as, "It Started With A Kiss","You Sexy Thing" and "Every 1's A Winner".
In 1981 'Hot Chocolate' had the honour of being invited by Prince Charles and Lady Diana at their pre-wedding reception at Buckingham Palace which was attended by heads of Government and many members of European Royalty.
In 1985 Errol left the band and took time out to spend more time with his wife and then young children, resurfacing in 1990 and 1993 to embark on successful solo tours of the UK. He helped with the promotion of the classic single "You Sexy Thing" which was featured in the movie 'The Full Monty' and re-released by EMI Records in 1997. A new Hot Chocolate 'Greatest Hits' compilation released in October 1997 reached number 10 in the album charts the next month. Errol also performed live on 'Top Of The Pops' as the single reached the number 6 position. Hot Chocolate hit the charts again in February 1998 when EMI reissued the single, "It Started With A Kiss" and appeared on TOTP again.
The same year Errol completed a sell out 58 date UK tour, which included an outstanding performance at the London Palladium in May. July 98 saw Errol on an extensive promotion tour of concerts, television/radio and media appearances throughout Germany having topped the bill at The Frankfurt Festival where he played to an audience of over 300,000. In 1999 Errol embarked on a very successful tour across the UK of 69 concerts. In the Queen's birthday honours list of June 2003 Errol was awarded an MBE by the Queen for "services to popular music". The investiture took place on Nov 27th 2003.
Errol stated - "I would like to say how very proud and moved I was to be honoured with an MBE". In 2004 Errol received the Ivor Novello award.
Posted by mi theaki at 16:33
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Mildred "Millie" Jackson (born July 15, 1944) is an American R&B/soul singer-songwriter and comedienne. Three of her albums have been certified gold by the RIAA for over 500,000 copies.
Her vocal performances are often distinguished by long, humorous, and explicit spoken sections in her music, which she started doing on stage to get the attention of the audience. She has also recorded songs in a disco or dance music style and even some country styled songs. She is the mother of contemporary R&B singer, Keisha Jackson.
Posted by mi theaki at 18:24
Monday, January 9, 2012
W. Michael Lewis & Laurin Rinder arranged and produced this innovative sounding studio disco group (they also wrote for many other artists on the Avi and Butterfly labels). Most of their recordings are extremely good disco tracks and well worth owning. Rinder and Lewis gave El Coco a truly unique and unmistakeable sound.
Their first album includes the tracks "Caravan" and "Zanzibar", which are a taste of things to come. A rather ridiculous cover version of "Brazil" (also covered by The Ritchie Family) and the magical chill-out track "Masquerade" are other highlights of the album.
The title track of "Mondo Disco" is noteable for its funky, overlapping wah-wah rhythm guitars and groovy bassline. Listen also for the jazzy "Put on your jeans", the catchy "Love vaccine", and the absurd "The Count of Monte Disco".
These two formative albums paved the way for the 1976 underground disco smash hit "Let's get it together", now a rare groove classic. Difficult to find as a 12" single, its insistent wah-wah guitar, yet 1920's styled horn stabbing are just the right combination. Other tracks on this album to listen for include "Fait le chat", "Gimmie some", and the rather burlesque "Mr. Lucky".
"Cocomotion" is perhaps Rinder and Lewis's finest hour and presents the most driving, bouncy bassline to date. Even reaching the UK charts, it was a dance favourite throughout the remainder of the 1970's, and a new version was remixed in 1979. "I'm mad as hell" is another wah-wah guitar classic, and the vocals are based on the movie "Network".
The follow up hit to "Cocomotion" was "Dancing in Paradise", written to the same funky, irregular chord-changing formula. A formula which works very well, and is continued in tracks such as "Afrodesia" and "It's your last chance". Finally, listen out for "Coco Kane" - and make of it what you will.
Posted by mi theaki at 22:03
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Mike Huckaby has become the busiest remixer from Detroit in the past few years.
Mike has been busy producing music on his 2 labels, Deep Transportation and S Y N T H, which are well known amongst underground djs worldwide.
With highly acclaimed deep house productions and remixes for Deepchord, Juan Atkins, Vladislav Delay, Pole, Loco Dice, and Pacou,
(just to name a few ) Mike sees no end in the near future. Furthermore, Mike Huckaby has been touring, djing, and teaching music production around the globe extensively.
Mike brings the Detroit sound of deep house and techno with him. He knows the balance between deep house and techno like no other.
Promoters know that they can put Mike Huckaby in any room !
Posted by mi theaki at 11:40
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Label: Sccucci Manucci – SCCUCCI 002
Format: Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP
Released: 30 Aug 2011
Style: Deep House, Disco
Posted by mi theaki at 22:25
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Osunlade is an artist who personifies art. His music as well as his being creates unified melodies manifested with balance, life and wisdom. Hailing from St. Louis Missouri, a place known for pioneering jazz, blues as well, innovative artists like Miles Davis. At age seven Osunlade discovered the piano and the vision of his life’s destiny was born. By the age twelve he found an interest in creating and producing songs of his own, he formed a local band, taught himself several other instruments and studied further the development of his unique sound.
His professional journey began in 1987, at age seventeen during a visit to Hollywood. He quickly caught the ear of choreographer/performer Toni “Mickey” Basil. Offering him a role in the development of musical pieces for several projects including the children’s television series Sesame Street. With her encouragement he quickly moved to Los Angeles and began what would become a long history of music production. A few years later he would produce the very first album for the then independent Interscope Records. The artist was Gerardo, a long time friend and aspiring actor/dancer. “Rico Suave” one of the very first Latin pop songs and novelty catch phrases to date was born. Now with a multi-platinum album and four gold singles to his name, it wasn’t long before he was afforded many opportunities to master his craft.
Within the next ten years and over twenty albums credited, Osunlade felt the pressures and practices of the music business overshadowed his passion of music. Deciding he would no longer work under the influences of corporate ideals and demands, he chose to quiet himself, find spiritual solace and honor his soul. This led him to Ifa, a naturalist ancestral culture based on nature, deriving from the Yoruba tribes of Africa and practiced by the slaves during the Diaspora to America.
In 1999, Osunlade would embark on what is now his dream come true. The founding of Yoruba Records. Recognized as one of the most important dance music labels worldwide, Yoruba Records is purely a source of music created to elevate the spirit.
As the success of the label grew, so did the demand for Osunlade to expand. In 2001 he released his debut album on the respected Soul Jazz Records label. “Paradigm” quickly became on of the biggest house albums that year and dubbed him the messiah of ancestral house music. With the support of dj’s worldwide and his music now introduced to a wider spectrum of listeners, this veteran musician/composer/producer becoming the artist finally achieved balance within.
Although his demand for production and remixes from labels and artists worldwide, his passion is in Yoruba Records maintaining its reputation of its unparallel quality in music. With its own family of talented producers and artists developing and bridging sound and cultures, the labels’ evolution is endless and bright.
As he embarks on what has been his personal aspiration to date, Osunlade has evolved and is currently sharing his vision of photography to the world. A novice for over 7 years, Osunlade has discovered sight to counter his melody.
His first exhibit, embarks on the Burning Man festival. These images portray hazy dust storms and freedom abound.
Osunlade’s vision admits to sharp, lit contrasts of nature’s meeting of the real life Mad Max experience. Featuring compositions of sun, limestone, people, imagination, music, community and the expansion of oneself with nature. This exhibit invites the complete exploration of your freedom. “Welcome Home”
Posted by mi theaki at 14:10
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Artist: DOUBLE HILL & JEROME C
Title: I Need Love EP
Label: DOUBLE STANDARD RECORDS
Genre: House , Funky, Deep Tech
Further proof, if it was needed, that Israel is one of dance music's most intriguing hotspots. Anyone whose been clubbing in Tel Aviv or Haifa will know the febrile atmosphere that living in that part of the world generates, especially among its young people. The nightlife really is everything there. But while Israeli producers like Chaim and Guy Gerber inhabit the darker end of the tech house spectrum, Double Hill and Jerome C evidently take inspiration from the warm eastern Mediterranean sunshine, with this EP of laidback house and twisted neo-funk.
Released on Gadi Mizrahi's vinyl-only Double Standard imprint, the title track of the I Need Love EP ties clipped guitar work to St Germain-style vocal soundbites, G-Funk handclaps and a lolloping soulful rhythm. "Blue Sky Holiday" marries the clack of wood blocks to shiney pads, banks of warm Rhodes organs and stoned female vocals. "A Little More" is a less than subtle but still enjoyable take on Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas' class-leading cosmic disco sound. Tying up proceedings with some élan on this eclectic package, the duo shoot off into Wamdue Project-style deep house territory with the atmospheric dubtronics of "This Pain." A sinuous bassline wraps itself around emotive string pads, crunching 808 handclaps and a doleful, repetitive synth note. Soul, with an Israeli accent.
Posted by mi theaki at 23:48