October 25, 2012
Here's an edit me & Sleazy Mcqueen did actually like 2 years ago, recently I put it up on Soundcloud for free downloads! It's been some pretty good responses and loads of DLs, and I recommend you check it out and play it out if you have not yet. It's from the classic "Chains" song from Bionic Boogie, which featured a young Luther Vandross on the original album. Again much props to Sleazy for working on this with me, and I highly recommend you check out his various edits available on vinyl & digital!
All we ask is if you like to chart it, and if you got a blog to let your readers know about it!
If you do blog it leave a comment with the link, thanks!
"A dancefloor classic! The album's the second by Gregg Diamond's Bionic Boogie, and head and shoulders above the rest – a sublime blend of soul and club that's hardly been matched again! Diamond manages to make things groove, but never loses sight of the soulful styles that make the record so great – and works here with key contributions from a young Luther Vandross, who gives the album some of the same strong vocal arrangements he brought to his own first two albums on Atlantic! Luther sings lead on the album's legendary track "Hot Butterfly", and works in a group with Cissy Houston on other tracks – sweetly soaring with vocals that go far beyond most disco efforts of the time. Simply sublime, and with classics that include "Hot Butterfly", "Paradise", "Cream (Always Rises To The Top)", "Chains", and "When The Sh*t Hits The Fan (Rocket Pocket)". Includes 4 bonus cuts too – "Hot Butterfly (Jim Burgess disco rmx)", "Chains (Gregg Diamond spectacular rmx)", "Fess Up To The Boogie (Gregg Diamond disco rmx)", and "Chains (Jim Burgess disco rmx)".
Some of you may remember this old zine I produced back in the early 90s in Orlando, Fl. & Gainesville, Fl. It was a zine mainly on the topic of deep house music during that era when Raves were on the rise. During that time in Central Florida breaks were the popular sound at many Raves, and undergrounds. I was mainly into house music in that time, but I would also mix it up with breaks here & there w/acid house. I felt a need back then to get the word out on this sound that was being over looked down South. Many labels come to mind when looking back on those times like Emotive, Murk, Nervous, Strictly Rhythm, Nu Groove, Polar, Cardiac, Cajual, Eightball, Vibe, Miami Soul, Big Beat, Wheel, Fader, Citi, 111 East, Minimal, Jo-Jo, Shelter, Su-bur-ban, One, Pow Wow, Mirage, AC&S, UMM, Maxi.. It was a time when the sound was real fresh here in the Central Florida area, and even down south in Miami. Much of the printing in the beginning I did in Orlando, Fl. and Miami, Fl. since I was going back and forth around that time. If you notice in the first issue there are a lot of biblical quotes in there, most of that was a result of my own spiritual journey I was going through at that time. To me back then there was this connection in soulful house with the holy spirit that some claim they get by going to Orthodox Church. To me the Church was the people on the dancefloor grooving to that universal house music sound. The spirit is always present when the people are in unison in some sort of telelpathic communion, which makes the community. Today (2012) it's a lil rare to see that happen sice the quality of music being played in many clubs has degraded to more of a marketing tool to sell more VIP Tables & tickets. Gone are the days when huge groups of people came with open minds & hearts to hear the music not so much the Stellar Line Up. In that era locals got just as big, and most often an even bigger support at gatherings. It's very common these days to see venues go through residents like dirty underwear, meaning they could not keep up with the demand of table service.
So as I look back and see the amount of time I put into this magazine, its like this era was a dream. Only the ones that lived it will know, and see how far we have come to basically fall short of our expectaions of a PLUR Society. PLUR meaning Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect, was all this futile I ask myse;f at times? Where are we today as I look back, more wars, more drama, very lil respect for the craft & music in the nightlife, and a retreat back into smaller spaces that barely can keep business. What happened? Many will say well Joe its not so bad, but what I am talking about is the amount of drama amongst many of my own friends, and peers that were present in that Golden Era of Rave. Was it the amount of drugs that eventually tweeked everyone out into some sort of Speed Monster? Perhaps it was all that money made at the big events that we all ended up partying away anyways. This all leading to over doses and drama that caught the eyes of Big Brother here in the USA. In pondering all of these scenarios I see that this is nothing than another repeat cycle of Human Interaction on the planet devoid of any mythological rite of passage. These kind of counter-sub-cultures tend to rise when a society has totally dis-connected itself from the Earth and its understanding of the natural cosmic cycles that happen each moment. The outcasts, orphans, mutants, undesirables, free thinkers, non conformists, heretics join together in unison to express this insanity that the status quo cannot tolerate. It is these outcasts that are considered the weak link cause they are the ones expressing the insanity of the Family Tree. They can see where others dare not look, in this seeing is much pain hence the term "self medication" that is popular in these circles of poets & carnies. Welcome to the Carnival it only gets more weird from here on!
Check out the last issue of e909st online here
Ill post more of the older issues soon..
October 19, 2012
Starting up a new monthly in St. Petersburg, Fl. (USA) over at Caseys Pub for every third Saturday of the month! Diggin deep in the crates for all the sounds from 79, 89, 99, and into the present moment that make you wanna go to a disco in 2099! Expect a fun night of good tunes to groove, and slam your head to! For more info Like the Fanpage at: Clash The Party!
Check out this mix to get the sounds of the night..
October 18, 2012
Friday October 19th Ill be playng in Orlando for this Cancer Benefit at The Social with djs & good friends Q Burns Abstarct Message and Sleazy Mcqueen! Sounds like a great event if yhou love art and vinyl! The black gold will be re-manipulated in all kinds of artisitc ways for auctioning, plus Ill be spinning an all vinyl set in tribute to the dust & groove! Get there early to buy some great art, and join the auction. All the money for the sales goes to the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute! Lets party for a grear cause for Cancer Awareness Month! Check out Spin On Cancer's website for more details!
"Spin On Cancer is a grassroots movement to recycle vinyl records into cancer fighting dollars. Artists are donating their time to turn records into Art which are then sold: 100% of the sale is going to cancer research.
It is our hope that the art then becomes a conversation piece to keep the dialogue going because everyone is affected by cancer in some way. Join us to help put a "Spin On Cancer"
donate here: www.myfhfoundation.com/spinoncancer
October 8, 2012
D' Angelo twisted and flipped by James Blake, and it sounds oh so awesome! Who is this James Blake?
"James Blake is an English electronic music producer and singer-songwriter from London. On 6 January 2011, Blake was announced as runner-up in BBC's Sound of 2011 poll. His eponymous debut album was released in the United Kingdom on 7 February 2011.
James Blake is the son of James Litherland.
On 19 July 2011, he was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize 2011 for his self-titled debut album."
Diggin the grooves from Dharma label, like this one straight for the chillout crate! Amazing swirling melodies and voices on the Baleric Tip. Smooth, groovy, psychedelic, organic vibes that remind one of all the elements found in the earth on a nice sunny day by a secluded oasis.
Get ready to get housed up, with this deep raw track from Roman Strange & Craig Kuna! The key stabs bring out that feeling as the gurning bassline gets the head a tweeking! And it goes a lil something like this..
Handmade Recordings’ next release “You’ll House Me?” is the latest production from the prolific San Francisco duo of Roman Stange andCraig Kuna. Together Stange and Kuna have worked on remixes for releases on Blipswitch Digital and Claude Von Stroke’s Mothership imprint, while Stange has produced material on his own for the Auralism label and Kuna regularly collaborates with renowned bay area techno party [KONTROL]. On “You’ll House Me?” Stange and Kuna reach back to their influences while keeping their feet firmly planted within today’s house music sound. The track opens with tough a four-on-the-floor kick as well as reversed strings and vocals. This develops into a deep, bassy monster with snares and toms that roll and swing, accompanied by metallic chords. Fragmented samples from the acappellas to Rhythm Controll’s “My House” and The NYC Peech Boys’ “Life Is Something Special” wheel around in the mix creating a swirling narrative on house music’s former glories as well as dance floor triumphs yet to come. Next, a remix of “You’ll House Me?” is provided by German producer Franklin De Costa (Resolute / Curle) who takes the rolling drums and places a low-slung, understated bass line under them. He adds delayed chords that are woven with the vocal sample, layering the concoction over the bass and drum spine. This all propels the remix towards a gorgeous mid-track breakdown that should lift the dance floor to another level in the early AM. Both cuts’ seamless mix of retro and modern house music sounds should give “You’ll House Me?” a prime place in the virtual crate for quite a while … dig in.
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Looking for a bad ass mixtape to jam for Halloween? Drop this bangin recording by Curtis Vodka! Its got all kinds of beats, sounds, and classics all mashed up seamlessly together to make Dracula dance in the Sun! Its got all kind of Halloween inspired hits from old rock bands, to rare covers from some not so obvious artists. It definitely bridges all the generations when it comes to the style of the mix, even Gramps will dig this on Halloween!
September 17, 2012
Awesome new music from Norway's Lindstrom! Here's a sample of the upcoming album!!
Lindstrøm - Smalhans (album sampler) (Smalltown Supersound)
September 15, 2012
This Saturday Sept. 15th at Caseys Pub in St Pete, Fl. I'll be throwing down a 80s party! Taking it back to a time when Pop Music was about fun and synths! Last one was lots of fun in a dive bar setting where many came out in their favorite 80s costume. Last time we even had Pac Man games going for drinks! Free entry, $1 drafts all night starts at 7pm-3am!
Notice starting next month I will be starting a new monthly called Clash!, rooted in 80s, 90s, late 70s and New Music with retro grooves. Taking place every third Saturday of the month at Caseys Pub!
$50 Casey's Cash for Best Dressed!
Check out this 80s mix below!
August 29, 2012
Really nice selections of chill out and groovy tropical feeling house.
"Sr Mandril was born in 2000 when Germán González and Ramsés Ramírez decided to merge their musical ideas. The resulting sound was electronic undertones mixed with organic instruments creating a sonic image of colors, sounds and influences that go from indie-dance to acid jazz and ambient all with that Latin feel. Sr. Mandril spend a lot of time on the road playing live at various festivals and venues around South America. This release from Three Sixty Tunes, the new dance floor division of veteran San Francisco leftfield imprint Three Sixty Records, showcases a diverse set of remixes of tracks from this exciting Latin American electronic act."
Sr Mandril - Remixed Vol. 2 (Three Sixty Tunes)
March 16, 2012
Here's an extended edit I did of the 90's Classic Murk (Ralph Falcon & Oscar G) remix of Deee-lite's "Pussycat Meow." The original bonus beat I took it out from was very short like 1:53! Always loved the bonus beat, but had to quickly get out of the mix or rock 2 copies to extend it. But now with the magic of digital editing tools I finally after all these years made a edit long enough to make a dub out of it. Extended the beats & breaks added some Deelite drops and bam it's chugging along. Raw & simple it does the job in the mix, hey I got some good feedback on it from Doc Martin himself on Facebook, guess its not that bad.
Who was Deee-lite you ask? Why would you be asking?
Beware of glass tables at afterhours! There's always that one person that thinks they are small enough to fall through the glass table! Don't be one of them! Unless your name is Alice and you've been chasing a White Rabbit! It's a mix that starts off with a word from Alice herself and then goes into a long journey down the rabbit hole of sonic bass &beats!
Download here: Glass Tables
"Soon her eye fell on a little glass box that was lying under the table: she opened it, and found in it a very small cake, on which the words `EAT ME' were beautifully marked in currants. `Well, I'll eat it,' said Alice, `and if it makes me grow larger, I can reach the key; and if it makes me grow smaller, I can creep under the door; so either way I'll get into the garden, and I don't care which happens!' Alice In Wonderland
Well it's that time of the year again for Winter Music Conference in Miami 2012, here are 2 spots I'm playing at this week. Was not so much planning on going, but got some offers to play this year so why not, and I get to see my family while I'm down there. Lots of cool events as always, but of course you have to filter out many of the repeat lineup ones. Lots of events but seems that every year the lineups get smaller and smaller as far as variety, since most of the promoters, labels, djs doing the events are into similar sounds. Lots of boat parties, villa parties, pool parties, and of course after-hours which is in the Downtown Area of Miami. For a full comprehensive list go here: WMC List
Here's also a music mix I made for my road trip to Miami..
Sweet new single from DJ Cam! Love the video!
Parisian abstract maestro DJ Cam is well known for his radical reinventions, a life-long musician who's groundbreaking work established him as a pioneer in the worlds of underground hip-hop, trip-hop, and the dance scenes stretching from New York to Paris to Tokyo and beyond.
Drawing inspiration from the hypnotic trance of voodoo culture, Public Enemy, dub and easy-listening jazz, Cam's style assumes a new identity with each and every project since he first hit the scene in 1994 with his debut Underground Vibes and continues to redefine many of the sounds he had a hand in creating throughout his career.
2011 & 2012 promises big things for DJ Cam as he returns this August with Seven, a new album linking themusical styles of Radiohead and Massive Attack and his first album since 2002's Soulshine. Cam will also be hitting the road as a DJ early on in the year and then featuring his new live project come spring. Redefinition once again.
More about DJ Cam : http://inflamable.com/
March 6, 2012
Burial is back with Four Tet with a the deep dub stylings we all love from him, very nice composition of haunting sounds. The vocals are deep and the beats are more on the 4/4 scale of beats, which crosses over even into house music territory. It's always a breath of fresh air when a producer breaks the mold of what he is known for, and breaks out of the box the press & fans have branded him with.
March 10th The Gasparilla Music Festival debuts in Tampa, Fl. outdoors at Curtis Hixon Park Downtown.
This has to be Downtown Tampa's first outdoor music festival with three stages of live music! From Ra Ra Riot, Deertick, Le Spam All Stars, Tortured Soul, Infinite Groove All Stars, and more it's looking to be the most organized event of this nature to hit Tampa in a very long time. Myself (Selekta Chang), and Blenda will be djing in the VIP tent sponsored by Red Bull in between bands the whole day! For more info on tickets, lineup, and times hit the Gasparilla Music Festival website!
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March 3, 2012
I recently uploaded a old mixtape I did back in 1997, mainly 90s House Music in content. This was originally on a cassette as you will notice on the quality. Listening to this again brings back alot of memories especially the days when I used to be the resident at Simons back from 1993-2000. All I can say is alot of these old house tracks still sound good to this day, man I got to get some these tracks out of storage! Sorry no tracklist cause I cant remember half of the music I mixed on it.
Here's the download link: Sea Creatures 1997 Mixtape!
Diggin this new release from Whisky Pickle, a nice variety of disco indie infused dance grooves that will lift the soul. Im especially crating the Walter Jone's remix of "Broken," with its lush synths & cosmic disco groove, and "Skrewhead" with it's big room drive! Look out for it!
Coming Soon From Whiskey Pickle
2. Broken (Walter Jones Remix)
Johnny Blackouts’ Boozehound EP is an orchestral stupor through dark city streets. It’s an ivory-suited John Travolta stepping out with his Saturday night swagger and a pocketful of psychedelic fever for the disco. Colors change with every footfall. Unsuspecting horns blare out of alleyways. Crumpled men nestled betwixt rusty trash cans raise their heads momentarily, spurting out humanity’s wrongdoings. But the walk continues just as it started - easy, undisturbed, embracing adventure around every corner. Johnny Blackouts’ Boozehound EP is flawlessly structured to complement a rich and heavy population of sounds, generating the bloodline of an animated metropolis.
Elevating in effect, "Broken" harmonizes organic, woody sounds with the whizzes and whirs of the future. Blackouts’ track is headstrong and undeniably rousing - an ideal accompaniment for the journey outward.
Walter Jones knows you want more woodblock. In his take of "Broken," the DFA recording artist adds a sprinkle of boom-snap, neatly reigning the cornucopia of the original into a candy-covered Tootsie Roll center. Grand sweeps and key-filled crescendos heighten the Jones’ experience.
In "Topshelf," red and blue lasers turn away from each other, slicing through the fog. There are ripped t-shirts and flashes of patent leather canvas purple eye shadows and hot pink cheek streaks. The white-clad outsider wipes the whiskey from the corners of his mouth, as a malformed David Lynch character does a sideways tip-toe across the room, and a saxophone laments in the distance. Chained together by a golden thread, "Topshelf" is a cinema of soundscapes.
Johnny Blackouts spares no expense when it comes to cerebral coitus. Laden with jarring samples and a frenzied tempo, "Skrewhead" ties up the Boozehound EP nicely. The peppy stroll around the way peaks with an intoxicating tempest of sounds..
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February 27, 2012
It's that time again for the release of Red Bull Music Academy's Various Assets CD, this time from 2011's Madrid RBMA Sessions! Remember you still got time to apply for this years Academy in NYC till April 2nd get your application here: http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/ fill it out you never know you may be one of the lucky few who get picked to go on a all expense paid trip to make music!
'Various Assets - Not For Sale 2011' is a collection of some of the music that was made during the Red Bull Music Academy during four autumn weeks in Madrid last year. The double CD contains 35 tracks composed, improvised and discovered by the 60 international participants and ten studio team members, who all got their fingers dirty on synths, Mellotrons, vibraphones, drum machines and anything else they could lay their hands on.
The compilation was recently released on physical format (last Friday to be exact) and is released digitally as of today, February 27. Please feel free to spread the download link throughout your networks - and continue to encourage musicians, producers, singers, DJs, and beatmakers of all stripes to apply for Red Bull Music Academy's 2012 edition in New York City.
Applications can be found at redbullmusicacademy.com and the period to apply closes April 2. Enjoy!
February 9, 2012
Their name says it all - Masters At Work. 'Little' Louie Vega and Kenny 'Dope' Gonzalez celebrate 20 years together, channeling dance music down new paths with their inventive production style and imaginative feel for different musical forms. The two native New Yorkers have amassed an overwhelming body of work including hundreds of original productions and defiantly mix everything they can find - house, hip hop, funk, disco, Latin, African and jazz - into a universal groove. XLR8R's Shawn Reynaldo sits down with them on the couch during Red Bull Music Academy's 'New York City to SF Bay' lecture series in San Francisco to discuss the start of their careers and dissolving the barriers between genres.
Masters at Work talk at The Red Bull Music Academy Mr. X national meetup 2012 in San Francisco!! Interviewed by XLR8R Magazine they drop some knowledge on music, history, and producing. Toward the end of of the video I ask the last question of the lecture! Later that night I got to see them jam live together at 1015 Folsom for my b-day!