Monday, November 8, 2010

Remembering A Legend: Larry Levan

Larry Levan at Paradise Garage

Today marks the 18th year of legendary Dj Larry Levan's passing.  He revolutionized dance music and the art of mixing records.  Larry introduced the dub aesthetic into dance music.   He experimented with drum machines and synthesizers in his productions and live sets, ushering in an electronic, post-disco sound that presage the ascendancy of house music.  His sets were never short of drama and took the dancer on a emotional journey rightly described as "Saturday Mass".  All of his sets during the legendary decade long residency at the New York City night club Paradise Garage told a story and took the dancers on a sonic journey filled with bliss,  joy and redemption.  Also,  his productions and remixes were filled with his magical genius touch that changed dance music forever. There has never been anyone of his caliber and he is truly missed!  Here is a favorite among the many of his incredible remixes.  Mann Friday's gorgeous "Love Honey, Love Heartache".  Simply brilliant!  Enjoy

Love Honey, Love Heartache (Larry Levan's Vocal Mix) - Man Friday - Vinylmania

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