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!
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"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!