Earful: Playin 4 The City, Trinidadian Deep, Integrity, From P60, Mark Grant, Blaze..
Music Update: March 11th, 2010
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.
That's the sound that can be heard resonating around the world as the Artists, Labels and Dancers who are headed to the WMC are counting down the final two weeks to South Beach. We'll be down there sharing in the revelry all day and night as we peer out over the ocean on the rooftop of the Clevelander Thursday, March 25th. Jay-J and Friends will be doing his 8-piece live ensemble during the day, and Sonny Fodera, Tommy Largo, Mark Grant and others will be holding it down at night. RSVP for free entry to both events, and be sure to get there early as there is limited capacity: Day Party and Night Party .
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featured: artist. Rodney Hunter / label. Straight Up
PLAYIN 4 THE CITY. A name associated with a class of deep house where just seeing that name on a record sleeve made you instantly pick it up and throw it in your 'Buy' pile. Their latest digital reissue is the timeless "Phase Two", which today still evokes that same reaction of knowing that the music stands out amongst its peers. Aqua Sol debuts with elegant Soul Full house from CASSIO entitled "I Love You", which gets the deep house treatment from TRINIDADIAN DEEP, STEVE RIGMAIDEN and BRADFORD JAMES; it's "Complicated" for SOUL DEEP COLLECTIVE's new release for Integrity which also has BRAZILIAN SOUL CREW remixes; FROM P60 get deep on Irma with "Over the Sea"; "We Are One" from BLAZE gets reworked by KIKO NAVARRO for King Street; THE BRUNCH CLUB's jazzy "Lost In Creation" is the first release for new label Scenic Music; LOGICAL FUNKSTERS remix MR XS's "Believe in Yourself" for Chosen; "Forgotten Moments" from MORNING FACTORY is the latest from a mainstay of raw, deep house, Yore; house legend TODD TERRY takes us back over 20 years with his rerelease of "Warlock" with BLACK RIOT; THE SOUND SOLDIERS enlist the vocals of LORENA for "My Love" on Spirit Sound; lush afro vibes for JUAN FIERRO's "A Naga Tropical" on Nu Deep; "Do the Right Thing" is QUENTIN HARRIS' latest EP on Strictly Rhythm featuring the definitive voice of INAYA DAY; MARK GRANT is on the "Get Up" for Hi Life, along with a FLOYD PATTERSON & WAINE P remix; and RANDOM SOUL launch their new label of the same name with "Its What You Got", featuring Grammy-nominated JAY-J working out his Shifted remixes.
Staff Picks of the Week for Soul Full
featured: artist. Jorge Watts / label. Music 101
We don't know which one is FRIES and which one is BRIDGES, but HECTOR MORALEZ and PHIL WEEKS are currently traveling the world on their Uprock 3000 Wold Tour, and still dropping Jack bombs on their labels while on the road--first "Switch Stance" for Phil's Robsoul, and then "Forever This" for Hector's label, The Factory. JR FROM DALLAS is "So Happy" on Big Wheel, along with COMBINED, URIAH WEST, ANDY TAYLOR and others who did the remixes; SPECIAL INTEREST offer up "The Hang" on their Phobic label; JUNIA OVADOSE has "2 for 5's" on Meltin Funk, along with ZACK MEADS and ERIK BO remixes; LLOYD KENNY remixes "Coast 2 Coast" for Forrest Avery's Serial Sickness; don't sleep on "Funktron", the b-side to XRS LAND on Tupy; CHEMARS, SOUL DE MARIN and ARCO remix "Can Read Ur Mind" from the production duo of GROOVE FEDERATION; JUS JASON drops "Day and Night" on his Tight label; Hub City release their "2010 Spring Sampler", which features a nice selection of four tracks from their artists; Blockhead keeps up their pace of solid releases with MANUEL SAHAGUN's "Alpha Whore"; and the latest EP from our San Francisco neighbors, Yerba Buena Discos, is "Reaching For You" from HOMERO EXPINOSA, and features remixes from ALEXANDER EAST, CUBASE DAN, and ANTHONY MANSFIELD.
Staff Picks of the Week for The Funk
featured: artist. Mike Monday / label. Delusions of Grandeur
Wolf + Lamb is an institution in NYC, and in recent years their unique style of Moody, Deep house has extended worldwide with critical acclaim and accolades. It all started in GADI MIZRAHI's loft in Thanksgiving of 2002, and this week Gadi releases the stunning solo EP titled "I Can Never Get Enough" for the Tek label at the top of its class, Spectral Sound. Responsible for signing and breaking in new artists for years, the man pulling the strings behind NRK, NICK HARRIS, steps to the forefront and puts out his first EP for the label, "In The Shadows of Simian"; after a couple remixes for Trapez, Dirtybird resident CHRISTIAN MARTIN is back with his own EP "Ghosts"; fellow Bird Worthy's Anabatic label drops "Brass My Ass" from LORCAN MAK; PROMPT's "Addiction" on Highgrade is a habit we don't mind keeping; JOSH WINK's "When A Banana..." album gets the full remix treatment from the likes of JIMPSTER, D'JULZ, DJ SNEAK and RADIO SLAVE; 8bit's latest minimal banger is "Piano Hispano" from PABLO CAHN & HECTOR; ANTHONY COLLINS invites you to "Come On Over" to his Freak N Chic EP; Sonido is the latest label that M.IN appears on, remixing "Smile" from TIMOS; two outstanding releases from Resopal Schallware--first up MRI's album "Heroes", and then topping it off with MANUEL ARANEDA's magnificent "Insomnio" EP; TERRY LEE BROWN and DIRT CREW remix "My Pink Motor Boat" for Highway; ACID PAULI drops "Smaul09"; and one of the latest new additions to Stompy is GUY GERBER's strongly praised Supplement Facts .
Staff Picks of the Week for Tek
featured: artist. The Dynamics / label. Maxi Discs
Seminal Disco label DFA throw two releases into the ring--S*HIT ROBOT's "I Got A Feeling", as well as the "Split Single" from FRIENDLY FIRE and HOLY GHOST; LY SANDER & MICHAEL J COLLINS wish "You Were There" on London's party rockers Electric Minds; PRESTO drops some chilled out beats for Bastard Jazz on "Illustrations"; MR DAY's "Small Fry" gets the PATCHWORKS disco treatment on Favorite; KAHUUN acts like a "Drunken Sailor", covering downtempo, disco and even electro for Bagpak; HIP KID gets it going with "21st Century Disco"; Italo disco vibes on Permanent Vacation's "Flawless"; PSYCHONAUTS "Take Control" on DJ HELL's International Deejay Gigolo; THE UNDERBELLY "Keeps Heading On" with their smoking release on Record Kicks; and the peerless disco kings PRINS THOMAS and the IDJUT BOYS give their masterful reworks of "Baby Can't Stop" for Smalltown Supersoound.
Staff Picks of the Week for Down-N-Out
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