|Diana Ross boogies her way into 1978 at Studio 54|
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Last day of 2014! It has been a great year with some ups and downs but for the most part a great one. I decided not to do the best of 2014 this year so instead I pretty much will leave you with an amazing 1997 British House anthem "Fly Life" by Brixton's own Basement Jaxx which brings back memories of celebrating New Years at Twilo. Basement Jaxx was named after a club night they created there in during the late '80s and it consist of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe, these guys have now become pioneers of the whole British House movement which is making formidable resurgence recently by some recent releases and re-works. Here is the original and the sublime "Fly Life Extra" which is always perfect for a big room event. Wishing you all Disco Monks a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. Here is to 2015! Enjoy
Friday, December 19, 2014
Here is some sweet Donna Summer to warm you up during the cold winter nights! I'm missing this lady around this time of year. Wishing everyone a very joyous and happy of holidays filled with kindness and peace. Much love!
Disco Monk/Dj Glamjack
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Here is a very intriguing world where music, art and fashion meet. Vivienne Westwood, a true genius and my favorite designers of all times! Learn it/Live it because no ones like that anymore!
I could listen to her forever! Brilliant!
and here is the amazing video by Bow Wow Wow! Enjoy
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Here are two versions of a huge house classic "Shake Your Body" by Jeanette "JT" Thomas to get your Saturday groove going. It was produced and mixed by legendary Mitchbal at Time Zone Studio in Chicago. This song pretty much epitomizes the brilliance of Chicago house music. I'm including Timmy Regisford's daring edit as well. It is a slightly different take than the originally, longer with heavier bass breaks and some nice conga riffs sprinkled to heighten the vibe. Nothing beats the original but it still holds up pretty well and still sounds daringly amazing to this day! Enjoy
Sunday, November 30, 2014
|Nile Rogers, Tony Thompson, Bernard Edwards|
Here is a beautiful photo of the men of Chic and a great song to go along with it! Hope everyone had a happy holiday this weekend. Enjoy
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Happy Sunday. Here is the break from house and voguing classic "In The Mix" by Mix Masters from DJ International channeling back the days of nyc's Sound Factory circa 1990 with DJ Junior Vazquez! Enjoy!
|Derrick Magnifique, 1989|
Saturday, November 8, 2014
New remix hot off the press! Here is crazy mashup using one Brazil's most beloved songs "Manhã de Carnaval" featured on one of my favorite Brazilian films Black Orpheus with DIII's insane house anthem "Pressure Cooker".
Friday, November 7, 2014
Recently released, this amazing compilation celebrating the legacy and work of one of the greats of dance, experimental, classical and folk, Arthur Russell delivered by the Red Hot Organization, a not for profit international organization dedicated to fighting AIDS through pop culture. This offering titled Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell is a very nice hefty catalogue consisting of 26 well crafted re-interpretations, interludes and covers ranging from Hot Chip, Robyn, Sufjan Stevens, Scissor Sisters and Davendra Banhart to name a few showcasing the genius, depth and prolific nature of his music which is still clearly showing some rippling effects in today's music. Standouts are Jose Gonzale's interpretation of "This is How We Walk The Moon" and Blood Orange's seamless mash-up of "It's All Over Your Face and Tower Of Meaning". Honorable mention goes to Hot Chip's cover of dance classic"Go Bang" which manages to capture the fun and weirdness of the original. There are a few near misses but for the most part is well edited with some interesting takes making this a must have for fans of Arthur Russell. Enjoy!
Thursday, November 6, 2014
This acoustic instrument creates sounds like a digital synthesizer!
The Yabahar is a new acoustic instrument designed by Istanbul based musician Gorkem Sen. The Yabahar can be played many different ways using mallets or with a bow with a combination of two drum like membranes, long springs and a tall fretted neck to create beautiful music. You can find out more via The Creators Project. Enjoy
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
The fabulous Horse Meat Disco DJ collective comprised of James Hillard, Jam Stanton, Luke Howard and Severino Panzetta turned 11 yesterday with a bang. I got to witness their magic at Output with Luke Howard manning the turntables while the other celebration took hold at the Eagle in London. It was a nice affair full of disco magic with thumping cosmic madness and some rare rhythm & blues gospel infused disco. I had an amazing time dancing until the early hours with my dear friend Matthew Reynolds who was visiting from Houston, Texas. Here is Whirpool Productions "From Disco to Disco" which sums up the experience. Enjoy and congratulations HMD for eleven years of disco bliss!
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Here is a new mix of some of my recent favorites of now, '80s synth and post punk, '80's Chicago House, Disco, '60's and some latin rarities. It includes wide eclectic mix of some recent vinyl acquisitions as previously promised on a previous posting. Oh and there are a lot of acapellas and spoken word for added effects by the likes of Greta Garbo, Rockers Revenge and Instant Funk. Enjoy!
Clarian - Ma Shiva with Greta (Invisible Conga People Remix)
Willie Colon/Ruben Blades - Maria Lionza
Terre Thaemlitz - Raw Through A Straw
Bow Bow Bow - I Want Candy
E.O. Crew - Love Turntable
Caribou - Our Love
Chicago House Lab - House Nation
Lil Louis & The World - It's The Only Thing
Keisza - Hideaway
Rene And His Pachanga Orchestra - Lola Catula
Visage - We Move (Dance Mix)
Zero 7 - Own My Own
The Orb - Little Fluffy Clouds (Cumulonimbus Mix)
Big Audio Dynamite- Badrock City
First Choice - The Player (Acapella Dub Beat Mix)
Culue De Song - No Contest (Culoe Guitar Edit)
Richard Harris - MacArthu Park
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Related postings: Who Loves You, Street Talk
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Mix Coming soon!
|Rene and his Pachanga Orchestra|
|Erotic Drum Machine|
|Big Audio Dynamite|
|Willie Color & Ruben Blades|
Bow Wow Wow
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
|Terra Perma, Lake Green|
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
|A typical weekly flyer which are now collectable items.|
Here is a homage to the last and real best NYC Club experience of the last century, Jackie 60. It was begun in 1990 by local night life royalty Chi Chi Valenti and Johnny Dynell, choreographer Richard Move and fashion designer Kitty Boots. The club was heavy on the performance element with weekly original themes with a strict dress code and incredible MC's. It was located in the Meat Packing District when it was still seedy and fabulous then later it became MOTHER. I was lucky to experience this incredible club to the fullest from the mid '90s until it's sad closing in 1999. Every Tuesday night was devoted to Jackie 60 delivering a wide spectrum of memorable, visceral and mesmerizing performances making a scene where the lines between guests and performers were blurred both on and off stage. To celebrate this golden age of clubbing here is "The Jackie Hustle" (Johnny D's Duelling MC Mix) featuring the vocals by one of it's fabulous resident MC Paul Alexander and music by the legendary Johnny Dynell. "Legends Know No Code" Enjoy!
Monday, July 7, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
|Bobby Womack 1944-2014|
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
Saturday, June 7, 2014
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
|The famous logo!|
|"I Hear Music In The Street"|
|Jocelyn Brown giving some fierce disco to the masses|
|Paradise Garage street dancing|
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Recently I have been tirelessly listening to this amazing dance track "Forever More" from Moloko. The song was released in 2003 from their last album Statues. Moloko was the duo consisting of Mark Brydon and Irish dance music vocalist Roisin Murphy sprouting some incredible eclectic music encompassing a freewheeling mix of dance, pop and rock from 1995 through 2003. Their song "Sing It Back" is indisputably one of the must endearing of club anthems. This album reflected their break up both as a couple and music collaborators. It has been a little over ten years this was released and I must say that sounds is still amazing. Here is the stunning acoustic version, the original heart pounding version and a great Balearic take on it. Oh and the Francois K and Eric Kupper take is stunning. Enjoy!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
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
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