Friday, August 30, 2013

Troubles Down the Drain: M50A

Here is a remix hot off the oven.  I have been venturing out and to some mindless clubbing lately and was dumbfound on the state of dance music nowadays.  I might be of age but my ears are not. There is nothing interesting out there and everything I heard was geared for drinking!  The best things I heard were classics late in the night so I got home and made this mix out of that frustration! It's a very simple take on Maurizio's "M05A" with some classic acapella's from Indeep's "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life" and "Club Lonely" by Lil Louis & The World sprinkled on top of it.  You can't go wrong with Maurizio's hard pounding sexy minimal and stripped down beats here.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Vivir Lo Nuestro con La India

Today I ventured out to Far Rockaway beach and later I went to have some arepas at Caracas Rockaway and heard "Vivir lo Nuestro" by India and Marc Anthony.  I haven't heard it in quite some time and was quite moved by it and of course came home and had to do a proper post on the amazing legendary woman.  Linda Viera Caballero better known as India and La Princesa de la Salsa (The Princess of Salsa) as well has many so many powerful songs both in and out of the dance floors that has defined an era and created the soundtrack for millions of people living in and out of NewYork city.   Born in Puerto Rico but soon after her birth her parents moved to the South Bronx.  In 1985 when she was 14 years old she was a founding member  of the Latin Freestyle group TKA then she was signed on Reprise/Warner Bros. Records which planned on marketing her as the Latin version of Madonna but soon after she recorded the album Breaking Night, she decided that she didn't want to take that route in her career. The rest is Salsa and House music history.  This woman has so much passion in her voice that brings chills.  As far as club music history, from her sublime 1994 club classic collaboration with River Ocean "Love & Happiness" to her collaborations with Masters At Work which released some amazing club classics such as "I Can't Get No Sleep" and"To Be In Love" this woman deserves due respect in dance music history.  I'll never forget when I just moved to this great city while living in Spanish Harlem and hearing her salsa music during the day on the streets and then during peak hours at the clubs and that is how we would be bewitched by her voice and music.  Day and night literally.  So here are some of these classics for your enjoyment.  I'm loving La India again!

During the day at the corner bodega it was: 

at the club it was:

  and peak hour at the club it was:

and the next day in the mornings during the hangover:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Radio Morocco

Here is an amazing exotic house find while rummaging through dusty record bins around the neighborhood.  "Radio Morocco" by Pulse 8. I simply love the "pulsing" house beats mixed with the ethnic sounds of Morocco.  It was released in 1989 in the UK and produced by David Harrow.  Enjoy

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Goin' Up In Smoke

Here is Disco classic by former Temptation's vocalist  Eddie Kendricks "Goin' Up In Smoke". Released 1976 this song became the second most played song at a disco or club after Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby".  I simply love the orchestration of this song with such amazing hooks, breaks and the  beautiful vocals of Mr. Kendricks.  Also, unfortunately, the message of this song couldn't be more poignant with the sad state of our world recently.  Otherwise, Enjoy!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Haiji Baba 2013

Here is a very eclectic mix with an international world vibe I did back in 2007 and re-vamped it in recently with a couple of newbies towards the end. Enjoy!