Greg Wilson takes a 2005 deep house release from Nick Chacona & Anthony Mansfield and shows us why he's been in the game for over 20 years. Mr. 'Credit to the Edit' slows it down and strips it bare. The result is a chugging, retro house bomb. Is it 2008 or 1978?
Oh Snap! (Greg Wilson remix) / Nick Chacona & Anthony Mansfield - EXPIRED
Holiday parties are killing me. I've been drunk & stoned for the past two weeks straight. Yikes. Last night I was out at the club with some friends – Sunday nights in the Heights son! My elvish ears perked when this jam was played...
It's For You / Out Hud - EXPIRED
A great tune from a band that is sadly no longer with us. Tear. Out Hud disbanded in 2005 with members focusing on other projects; most notably LCD Soundsystem and !!!. The band did manage to put out two full length albums and remix a slew of artists over the course of ten years. The It's For You maxi CD came with this stripped down remix from NYC disco duo Rub N' Tug. A super solid release.
It's For You (Rub N' Tug's Panarava Mix) / Out Hud - EXPIRED
I have no clue as to why I bought this record. But does one really need an explanation to get down with the Cookie Monster?
I've been meaning to rip this record to mp3 for years, and now I can finally share it. My copy is a 2003 re-release from Ninja Tune, but the original tracks were released as a promo 12" on Sesame Street's Children's Records of America label in 1978 to accompany the Sesame Street Fever LP. There are two versions of C is for Cookie – the track posted below is the 'Funky Version' – and it was Larry Levan's first mix. Ever. How random is that??!!
The flip side of the Ninja Tune release is The Pointer Sister's Pinball Number Count. A true children's television classic. The track is actually a composite of numbers 2 thru 12 of the Pinball Number Count animations (number 1 was never created for some odd reason) and had never been released before.
Memory Lane here we come.
C is for Cookie - Funky Version (Special Disco Mix by Larry Levan) / Cookie Monster and The Girls - EXPIRED
Pinball Number Count (DJ Food Re-edit) / The Pointer Sisters - EXPIRED
I thought it would never happen, but I've finally come out of my turkey induced coma and I'm ready to get this weekend started. Who's with me?!?!
Tonight I'm playing a reunion gig.
Yes. A reunion gig.
MisterBradleyP and I are getting the Dandylion crew back together for one last hurrah tonight at Touch Supper Club in Ohio City. Should be rowdy. Cleveland people come out and get buck. I will definitely be dropping this jam around 1am...
Start Something / Morten Sorenson - EXPIRED
Dude, what is in the water in Norway? These dudes just continue to pump out ridiculous tracks. Here's a snippet from Morten's bio on the Tirk website...
"Hailing from a small mackerel fishing village in southern Norway, 22 year-old Morten Sorenson enjoyed a ten year spell in New York whilst his dad worked for the UN's International Maritime Commission, developing a love of dusty old NY disco that was to irrevocably shape his future".
I spent part of today transferring vinyl to digital. With the advent of Serato, this is a relatively new hobby for me. Yes. I said hobby. There's no better way to spend a rainy day than going through forgotten stacks of records and rediscovering why you bought the 12" in the first place.
I ripped a bunch of old and new and everything in-between records. But one rip that I am super pumped on is a dollar bin find from last week. The gem is from Afro Cuban Bandand it's the b side that's the standout track. I mean come on! The bass workout near the tail end of Baila is worth every penny spent on this brilliant Arista release.
Baila / Afro Cuban Band - EXPIRED
Something's Gotta Give (Todd Terje Re-Kutt) / Afro Cuban Band - EXPIRED
In Flagranti are everywhere these days. And for good reason. These two Swiss gents relocated to Brooklyn in '96 and have been pumping out tracks on their very own Codek label ever since. They've definitely worked hard and deserve much of the hype they've been generating. A quick Google search will turn up countless hits for official remixes, obscure edits and original productions. The blog world is in love with these dudes too; and like most hyped acts, every single blog posts the same "hot" track....snoozer. Now don't get me wrong – I love the Golden Bug remix and the Holy Ghost! cover – but if I visit one more blog that posts either I will destroy the internet.
So here's the In Flagranti edit of The Rolling Stones' Emotional Rescue that came out on Mindless Boogie about a year ago (oh no!). A killer tune that is guaranteed to pack floors with the most jaded of hipsters, coked out frat boys and top 40 tramps. It's like the tri-fecta jam!
Emotional R / In Flagranti - EXPIRED
BTW...these dude's videos and album sleeves are outta control. Do your libido a favor and chek 'em out on youtube.
I've got a monthly starting up in December. First Fridays takes place on, you guessed it, the first Friday of the month at The Matinee. I'm still developing the party – guess you could call it a work in progress(yikes!). But one thing I know for sure is it will serve as an outlet for me to play leftfield jams like this cover of The Beatles' Drive My Car; one of the many gems found on ZE Record's Mutant Disco Voumel 1.
I guess I'm playing out more and more these days, cause I completely forgot about a gig I have tonight. I get a text this afternoon from my buddy looking forward to seeing me tonight at his club and suddenly it dawns on me...SHIT! I'm playing the Cleveland Matinee!
Good news for me is it's gonna be a super laid back vibe. I'm actually starting a monthly at the club (more on that later) and November is kinda like a soft release to get things rolling. So Cleveland poeples – come out and shake yer butts! Or at least do a shot with me.
btw, Santos – this one is for you.
I Got Stoned and I Missed It / Shel Silverstein - EXPIRED
I just picked up a pretty cool compilation (I'm compilation cccrazy these days) tittled Milky Disco. A tracklisting with the likes of Daniel Wang, The Emperor Machine, Quiet Village, and In Flagranti meant this disc was a must purchase.
Sometimes when I want to post on my blog, but am not inspired to do so, I'll do a word search on my hard drive and see what comes up. Tonight I typed in "space". Two tracks caught my eye – Johan Agebjorn and Sally Shapiro's Italo-inspired Spacer Woman From Mars and Spacer Woman from certified Italo darling Charlie.
The Agebjorn/Shapiro joint is kinda like a tribute or something??!! It sounds and feels soo much like the Charlie track...am I cccrazy or what?
Spacer Woman From Mars / Johan Agebjorn featuring Sally Shapiro - EXPIRED
Last night was amazing. Mr. Obama's speech to the quarter million!! people at Grant Park was truly an inspiring moment for me. I am at a loss for words...so let's have some music do the talking!
And what's more appropriate than a track with Jesse Jackson's famous I - Am Somebody poem recited live at the Wattstax Concert in '72 over some Sister Sledge's Lost In Music?
I'll tell you what's more appropriate. Nothing.
"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer" – Barack Obama
It's finally here. By far the best holiday. Halloween. And it's looking like we're in for some amazing weather in Cleveland...forecast calls for 64 and sunny. And it's Friday! Doesn't get much better than that kids.
Tonight I'm playing a party at Ohio City hotspot Luxe. Cleveland corpses come thru and get freaky on the floor. Should be a blast.
I've had a lot of requests to post individual tracks from my Halloween mix, (which btw was featured on one of my favorite blogs - Slutty Fringe) so I figured this post would satiate the ghosts and goblins out there. Below you'll find a couple of tracks from my mix, along with some essential creepy jams for any satanic dance seance.
Today's the first day off I've had in a loooong time. Feels great. It's an amazingly beautiful fall day and tomorrow is Halloween. Huge.
My costume rules by the way. I'm a Hot Topic® goth.
The boogie collective known as Soft Rocks are ruling right now. They just released a 12" with tons of great edits, have been racking up some pretty tight DJ gigs and have been on official remix duties for some pretty insane artists as of late.
Keeping in step with my Halloween mode, I've chosen to post a track off Soft Rock's 2006 release Disco Power Play II.
I've been away with alot of design work (good). A stomach flu (bad). And a couple of dj gigs (good). It's been a rollercoaster of a month kids. I also wanted to leave my Halloween mix up for a minute – check it out if you haven't already.
Some of my links were busted after zshare crashed last week, but now all active links should be fixed.
It's the weekend! And it's gonna be a fun one too. Tonight I'm playing at 806 Wine & Martini Bar and tomorrow I've got the B Side's Five Year Anniversary Party. The B Side party should be bonkers. Really looking forward to it. I'm posting a track that I will no doubt play tomorrow night – a classic cut with timeless appeal. It's nutz to think that this track has been killing dance floors for close to thirty years.
I'm putting together a Halloween mix and going through all sorts of random music tonight. I've pretty much got the set list - a quick 10 to 12 tracks through some weird and creepy shit. I don't wanna put too much thought or effort into it; because then all that happens is I labor over tracks and mixing (yes, I do it live – no ableton for mixes – well, at least not ones I'm doing for fun ; 0) and then its like October 30th and I still don't have the "perfect mix". Fuck that. It's all about making mixes like this in the moment. And I'm almost there.
So over the course of the next few days, I plan on posting a couple of the tracks that didn't quite make the cut. And tonight we've got reject number one*.
Phantasm (Disco Remix) / Captain Zorro - EXPIRED
*Now don't get me wrong – I dig this song. I mean, there's a reason I'm taking the time to post. It just didn't work with the flow of the mix.
I will be playing this party with a slew of other DJ's next Saturday. My boy MisterBradleyP has been killin' the Cleveland party scene for years now - and this one is not to be missed. RSVP early to attend the private pre-party with complimentary food and drinks courtesy of Boulevard Blue, Crop Bistro, Touch Supper Club, Paladar and Three Olives Vodka.
The lil' music stork just dropped the newest DFA effort at the cabin today. The tiny label that could continues to dominate 2008 by dropping a compilation on it's newest sub-label Death From Abroad. According to James Murphy and crew, the label was "born from the frustration of not being able to obtain certain records from overseas, non US-based artists...the focus is squarely on new talent from outside the US and across the world".
Death From Above Presents Supersoul Recordings: Nobody Knows Anything was compiled by Supersoul Recordings head honcho Xaver Naudascher and is a collection of 12" only releases from his German label. Featuring artists like Plastique De Reve, Skatebard and Xaver himself; the nineteen track compilation ranges from deep to minimal to left field. I've chosen to post one of the more dance floor friendly jams from New Orleans based (wha?) disco house producer Walter M. Jones. The track is actually an edit by none other than Supersoul's Xaver Naudascher and it's a stormer. Super deep and super funky - but with a real nice retro feel. Download and dance peoples!
A.I.P. (XLN's Maison Vumbi edit) / Walter Jones - EXPIRED
I went to an Obama fundraiser. Really good stuff. The "Obama Wheel" raised $790 by midnight. Our host Jim made the dontation online as all us party people watched and raised our glasses to the future. It was awesome. And it made me feel good about being an American. Magical moment #1.
After the party, I hit White Castle and began my ride home. Magical moment #2.
Magical moment #3 came when I dropped in the soundtrack to the ride home, Lindstrom's latest Where You Go I Go Too. This album is amazing. Kids, take $20 from your mom's purse and buy this record. I found it at Bent Crayon. Pretty nice little record store on the near Westside.
Where You Go I Go Too stretches three tracks over fifty-five minutes. The title track runs just under thirty minutes. The excessive length kinda put me off at first. I mean, who does this guy think he is anyways?
I've posted the Prins Thomas edit of the album's second and more classicist disco work Grand Ideas. Lindstrom gave the MP3 away for free earlier this month to those in select countries via Myspace. Turns out I know somebody who knows somebody who lives in Poland. Dziekuja dziewczyna.
Grand Ideas (Prins Thomas edit) / Lindstrom - EXPIRED
The wonderful world wide web introduced me to Cole Medina. And oddly enough, it was that same digital abyss that led me back to him. I dug up Cole's myspzzz page and hit him up. I am seriously obsessed with his refix of the Bee Gees track Love You Inside Out. And I told him just that. I also shamelessly plugged this blog and asked if I could post a track from his label House Arrest. Cole was kind enough to forward me said track I had been obsessing over - and in 320bit glory no less. Release is scheduled soon - and I'll be sure to announce when it drops - but for respect of the label releasing the jam, Cole asked me to post the 128bit version. Hope you enjoy this track as much as I do. Cop the release! Support artists. Vote. For Obama. Ok, that's enough. I'm done.
Thank you Cole Medina!
Love You Inside Out (The Pinches Remix) / Cole Medina - EXPIRED
Just got my hands on another amazing edit from an equally amazing dude. Fans of the Eskimo Recordings label may know him as Reverso 68. He also goes by L.S.B. when producing and re-editing. The whole "multiple aliases" schtick soooo many artists have these days leaves me with mixed emotions. But when you've got it you've got it - no matter what your damn name is.
Looking though my music tonite, I found a record(s) that I played the hell out of in 2004 - and kinda forgot about it - until now. It's an Eskimo Recordings comp with all sorts of movers. You could seriously just show up to a gig and play both records front/back and have the club going bonkers. All kinds of hits from the likes of Tiga, Mylo, Tomboy and Chromeo. As mentioned above, I pretty much played this compilation into the ground about four years ago; and its become one of those "forgotten about albums that had its day in the sun but now resides at the back of the bin" kinda thing.
But man am I glad I decided to look through some older records tonite! I uncovered two ridiculous tracks. One ridiculously good. The other ridiculously bad. Both amazing.
Fast & Delirious (Spencer Filipsson edit) / Hans Peter Lindstrom - EXPIRED
Jungle Jezebel / Divine* - EXPIRED
*yep, it's thatDivine. I have no clue as to why this track appears on the comp - but I do know that it was part of a 6 track LP that was produced by Bobby Orlando. Instant gold.
Cosmo Vitelli. Wow. Great name*. This french go-getter has been grinding out productions, remixes and edits for the past 12 years. He is constantly teaming up with equally amazing artists and labels to bring the hits year after year. And dude even finds time to run his own label I'm a Cliche. His latest effort is Cliche Breaks - a 3 track ep of some seriously amazing edits. The original tracks were released in the late70's/early80's, and to be honest with you, I haven't heard a single uno. But that's probably what makes these signature Cosmo Vitelli edits soo damn good.
My Time, Your Time (Cosmo Vitelli edit) / Straight Shooter - EXPIRED
Groove Me (Cosmo Vitelli edit) / Fern Kinney - EXPIRED
That Thing (Cosmo Vitelli edit) / That Thing - EXPIRED
*The mighty Discogs tells me that Cosmo Vitelli is the name of the character played by Ben Gazzara in John Cassavetes' Killing of a Chinese Bookie.
Well, I thought it koo-koo-krazy that PleasureCrusin' invited me back so soon. Usually, I am used to folks rejecting me after one post...this PleasureCruise fella is giving TWO bites at the apple. Holy hot bat-shit!
Some of you may already know this toon, but there are just as many that do not--and should. This hot mover is brought to us by Tommy 'Apache' Seebach. The first thing that strikes a listener it not the music, it is Tommy's outrageously furry moustache. And, I will also admit Tommy does resemble an auto mechanic that is working off some debt, or something.
Although little known outside of Western Europe, Tommy Seebach looms large on the Danish pop landscape, enjoying massive chart success for over a quarter century. Born Thomas Seebach Mortensen in Copehagen on September 14, 1949, he studied piano as a child and at 14 formed his first band.
After more than a decade with a proper band, Seebach mounted a solo career in 1976 and a year later, he issued the best-selling Tommygun (what a wicked-sweet name, right?) In 1979, Seebach won the Danish Melodi Grand Prix with Disco Tango. The song was a blockbuster throughout much of Western Europe.
After a long struggle with alcoholism, Seebach died of a heart attack in 2003.