Monday, July 7, 2014

What is The Paradise Garage?

This put a smile on my face today. I was so happy to be part of this event. Thank you Larry Levan for your beautiful spirit and legacy!

Friday, June 27, 2014

R.I.P. Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack 1944-2014

Today we mourn the passing of one of the most brilliant soul singer and songwriters of the '70s Bobby Womack. You will be missed and your legacy will live on forever. Here are some of my favorite dance floor shakers from this amazing musician. Enjoy!

Happy Pride

Happy Pride weekend! Here is an old school mix using two turntables and a mixer. I remember playing with a lot with different acapellas and experimenting throwing things together. I'm surprised how well this mix holds up to this day and I'm loving the analog quality of the sound. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Lamb

Here is a remix of John Tavener's "The Lamb", a beautiful church choir piece that was heavily featured in the Italian film La Grande Bellezza which got an Oscar for best foreign film for 2013. I gave it a very dark underground club treatment.  Enjoy

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Feast Of A Broken Heart

Here is the new one from Disco/House revivalist Hercules & Love Affair. The constant mastermind behind of this third release is Andy Butler and it's called "The Feast Of The Broken Heart". With a new rotating cast of singers featuring vocals by Kristle Warren, Rouge Mary, Gustaph and John Grant, they nailed it with some amazing well crafted floor shakers that not only evokes the best of early to mid '90s House but also adding some intriguing content that deserves a listen.  The true stand out for me here is "I Tried To Talk To You" featuring John Grant on vocals.  It's a gut wrenching and compelling song that deals with knowing you have a life threatening disease in this case HIV resonating to a beat and melody reflecting the darkest time in dance music when so many amazing people were gone reminding us this is still real. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Larry Levan Way: Paradise Garage Revisited

The famous logo!
"I Hear Music In The Street"

werking it
Yesterday was pure magic on King street as we celebrated Larry Levan's  spirit and legacy outside the building where the Paradise Garage and Levan reigned "king".  There was a petition to rename the street Larry Levan Way, a membership card photo booth where you could take a picture and also you could actually get a real membership card as a memento as well. Yes, I got mine! But it was all about the music, the people and dancing with Francois K and David De Pino doing their best to capture the spirit by playing some of the favorites that made this a place where music, dancing and freedom became one.  There was also a great performance by disco legend Jocelyn Brown belting out classics such as "I'm Caught Up", "Aint' No Mountain High", Someone Else's Guy", "It's Alright, I Feel It" and "Believe".

Jocelyn Brown giving some fierce disco to the masses
 There was also another great performance by Serious Intention's singer Anthony Malloy doing their seminal house classic "You Don't Know" as we all chanted along oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh...and a heartfelt  homage to the great Frankie Knuckles as we danced to "The Pressure". It was pure bliss, and as someone who's never got the chance to go to the actual party, it was as close as I could get to and kept wishing those garage doors would open and walk up on that famous ramp with it's blinking floor lights while hearing that thumping base getting closer and closer. I'm sure I wasn't the only one with that wish, maybe one day a part of that dream will come true. Who knows.  One thing for sure, we definitely felt Levan was watching over us.  Here are a couple of songs that captured some of that feeling. "Call Me" by Skyy and Serious Intention's "You Don't Know". Enjoy

Paradise Garage street dancing

Anthony Malloy performing "You Don't Know"

photo booth membership card

Saturday, May 10, 2014

This is Acid At The Strand of Nightmares

This is a twisted take on Maurice's anthemic house classic "This Is Acid" with Tangerine Dream's haunting "Mysterious Semblance At the Strand Of Nightmares". Enjoy!