Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Larry Levan homage in Williamsburg

What a nice surprise to find this Larry Levan homage while walking in the neighborhood! This is actually an ad for an block party that will be held on May 11th on King Street as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival and also a petition to rename that street Larry Levan. For more info on the event click here.
Here is a dance classic that pretty much revolutionized the idea that a dance song does not have to be least 120 BPM to groove on.  Taana Gardner's brilliant "Heartbeat" was seminal on many levels.  During one his legendary nights at the Garage,  when he played it for the first time the dance floor was cleared, then he played it again and people went wild.   This is taken from the vinyl version of The Limited Edition Larry Levan's Classic West End Records Remixes. A must have for any DJ.  Enjoy?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

House Music Forever!

Here is a great video featuring Frankie Knuckles during the opening of the Power House in Chicago in 1986.


and here is the "Fierce Mix" of J.M Silk's Standing In The Shadow Of Your Love which is also featured in this video. Enjoy!

Standing In The Shadow of Your Love (Fierce Mix) - J.M. Silk - DJ International

Lansana's Priestess

I'm still reeling from the loss of Frankie Knuckles.  I have been reading countless of great homages  honoring Mr. Knuckles. One of then stand out and it was written by the great DJ/Producer Nicky Siano,  and it inspired me post this amazing song by '70s Jazz/Funk/Disco legend Donald Byrd.  There is nice section in it where he describes how Siano played this song as a warm up for one of his nights at the Gallery and Frankie was already passionately dancing. Very sweet! Here is the link to this beautiful time of capturing their friendship. "Frankie was One of the Kindest, Gentlest People I've Ever Known".  There is also a petition to put Frankie on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Here is the link:  Put Frankie Knuckles on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

R.I.P. Godfather of House: Frankie Knuckles

R.I.P. Frankie Knuckles 1955-2014
I'm devastated with the sad news of Frankie Knuckle's passing. The first time I heard this genius live was at the Sound Factory Bar on a Friday in 1995. I couldn't believe the power of every song that would come out of those speakers. The sound was uplifting, generous, humble, spiritual and emotional and it reflected the personality of this music visionary and pioneer. The last time I was fortunate to hear him play live was four years ago at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in the West Village where he played music for the Bear gay community. It was a very intimate, real and beautiful evening where this classy man played as if he was at one of the most grandest of venues ending the evening with his own version of First Choice's "Let No Man Put Asunder". I was happy to see that nothing has changed since that first Friday at the Sound Factory Bar in 1995 and I was nearly in tears on that dance floor. Here is one that pretty much sums up house music, a seminal sound that still sounds as fresh. The original 1987 "Your Love" with Jamie Principle on vocals. Then there is the brilliant remix of Jago's "I'm Going To Go" from 1985. The beautiful "What Do You Want From Me" featuring Adeva. The weirdly and hideously yet beautiful heart pounding "I Want A Dog" by the Pet Shop Boys. His collaborations with Robert Owen were brilliant and here is "Far Away" to prove it. What he did to Michael Jackson's already brilliant music was pure magic and here is "Rock With You" as he transformed it yet keeping the purity of the original. There are so many more dear to my heart and I hope these capture the joy and drama this legendary DJ and producer served on the dance floors. You will be missed and your contribution to music and the dance floors will live on forever!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Ms. Ross!

Happy Birthday to the legendary Detroit native, Ms. Diana Ross. Here is one the many dance floor classics by this iconic lady of soul and disco. "It's My House" was released in 1979 from her amazing LP The Boss. The song was written by Ashford and Simpson and it's pure magic, specially as a warm up to a great party due to it's slow BPM. Enjoy and to many more years of "The Boss". 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine

Here is a brilliant remix by Godfather of House Frankie Knuckles of Lou Rawls' "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine".  It has been extracted from a live mix he did at the Boiler Room  last year.  It's nothing short of a brilliant treatment he did to this disco classic.  This remix has been circulating heavily on the internet and whether it will have a proper release I'm not certain. One thing for sure is that this remix it's a testament of Mr. Knuckles longevity and brilliance as a DJ/Producer. Enjoy!

You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (Frankie Knuckles live at the Boiler Room, 2013) - Lou Rawls

and here is the 60 minutes live mix as well:

....and here is Tom Moulton amazing treatment of it for your listening pleasure:

Saturday, March 15, 2014

No Scrubs

Here is a very sweet re-work of TLC's "No Scrubs" by Drop Out Orchestra to start your Saturday. I love the disco/soul interpretation of this 1999 classic from their third album FanMail.  No need to go into detail about this amazing trio of girls who have become one of the all time best selling R&B, Hip Pop, Soul and Funk.   Also, the controversial history of this group, whether it was with their label, financial, personal and last with the sad and tragic death of member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez, has never hindered the amazing talent of this Atlanta group which is ranked as the best selling female group of all time with records sold more than 65 million world wide.  Enjoy!

and of course here is the original: