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Updated: 2018-03-05T10:07:12.863-08:00


Grampa "I Loved You" | Madhouse


This track comes off the “A Basement, A Red Light and a Feeling EP”, which is one of the coolest titles for an EP ever. Originally out on Madhouse Records in 1992, this is a classic Kerri Chandler production, with a tough New Jersey kick drum, a bouncing bass line and smooth piano chords. But the real kicker of the track is the mostly unintelligible male vocal, which, as it turns out, was sung by Kerri’s drunken Grandfather (hence the artist name), which was something I didn’t know until Marcos Cabral imparted that information to us at a recent party (thanks, Marcos!). Anyway, here it is in all it’s glory:

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You Are My Melody


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We almost fell off our feet this weekend when we heard this gorgeous disco number drop (thanks Free Magic from Discovery for the great set!). This R&B-infused slow jam is euphoric without being too over the top, and sweetly romantic - minus that 80's cheesiness that makes you cringe. A perfect balance of funky guitar licks, infectious basslines and glittering melodies, this tune gives us all more reason to rank Change, the Italian-American disco band, high on our hot list. Until we get our hands on the original cut, we'll settle for this re-edit for download - not quite the original, but close enough.

We love Change. They make some of the smoothest, sexiest disco we've come across. Here's some more brilliant tunes for further listening:

Lost In Sound 16: DJ Dean "Sunshine" Smith


Brand new, exclusive mix all the way from the UK by DJ Dean "Sunshine" Smith. While Smith has been a staple figure in Birmingham's underground scene for over twenty years, we only discovered him this summer through his excellent deep House and edits label, Soulshare Records , which just launched this year (check out what we have to say about his first release, and why he made it to the top three tunes of October). Smith is also an essential team player behind Croatia's annual summer Garden Festival so has been playing sunset-perfect vibes for years. His sets are full of sweet love - a medley of pitched down, balearic-flavored Disco, gorgeous edits we've never heard of, and Larry Heard-esque deep House. So, if you're not ready to let go of summer just yet, tune in to this mix - it will take you back to those warm and breezy carefree nights... DJ DEAN SUNSHINE SMITH - EXCLUSIVE 'LOST IN SOUND' MIX FOR by Dean 'sunshine' SmithTracklist01.Without Love (Deep&Disco re-edit)02.Sing Hallelujah (LNTG Rework)03.Close Your Eyes(Dub) - The Legendary1979 Orchestra04.Solomun - Love Recycled 205.Mingi - Mim Suleiman06.Something Better - Jamie L (Ny_ak mix)07.Black Paint (Larry Heard's after dark mix) - MoodyManc08.Who is he & what is he to you - LEftside Wobble edit09.Love is a hurting thing - Gloria ann tay Like what you here? Learn more about Dean "Sunshine" Smith here. [...]

Who Wrote the Rules of Love?


Finally got my copy of Omar S’ latest collaboration with Detroit’s Colonel Abrams and Amp Fiddler, “Who Wrote the Rules of Love.” This is certainly one of Omar S’s finest House moments of the year – delicate and deep, this smooth number embodies the soul-centric vibes of old school House with exceptional production, complete with lovely vocals written and sung by Abrams himself. No less a must-have for soulful House heads. Here’s a little taste of the tune, remixed by Shadow Ray. A little more jacking than the original, but still just as warm and infectious. width="320" height="215" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""> Omar S is one of Detroit’s most fearless and innovative producers to emerge from the city’s second generation of House and Techno pioneers. He’s certainly made a dent in the overall sound of city, carrying on Detroit’s legacy as a nest for exceptional musical talents in the electronic field. While many of Omar S’ releases via his self-run imprint, FXHE embody the more spaced-out Techno-soul sound of the city, his endeavors into more soulful deep House are some of his best releases to date, effectively capturing the genre’s old school vibes. Below are some more of Omar S’ best House moments for your listening pleasure...MK/Omar S - Given (MK Dub) /Sarah - FXHE001 (2011)Omar S - The Maker - AOS111 (2006)Omar S - Day/Night - AOS-004 (2004)[...]

October Top 3 - Disco Goods for the Season


What’s hot this month: deep, bittersweet disco-House tunes drenched in old soul, heart-wrenching lyrics and sweet, luscious vocals. See below for our top 3 picks coming out this month. Give it up for the lovers and the broken-hearted, these ones are for you: 1. soho808 – Trouble & Strife – Mystery Meat Following the summer’s smash hit by Bicep on the elusive Mystery Meat imprint comes another excellent platter, this time brought to you by NY’s duo of the moment soho808. The A-side features a beautiful rework of Soul II Soul’s “Back To Life” R&B classic, it’s soft soul and emotive vocals accentuated in this fine cut. On the flip side is a deeper than deep edit of the one and only Suzy Q - properly funked up, soho808 style. Can’t go wrong with this one. Listen here:Trouble and StrifeSuzy's BBQ 2. Dr. Dunks – Dr. Dunks Edits – Disco Deviance Disco anthem right here by the one and only Dr. Dunks (Rub N’Tug/Keep it Cheap). This new release on the fantastic edit label, Disco Deviance stars the party-happy “Dunks Got the Answer” dance-floor bomb. This tune has all the ingredients for a disco-perfect track: smooth, funky basslines, lazy trumpets, and sultry vocals that belt out “a party…is the solution!” Yes, yes it is. And Disco is the answer. Listen to the whole release here:Dunks Got the AnswerOn Your Knees 3. Dean “Sunshine” Smith – The Sunshine Reworks 002 – Soulshare After debuting with the highly impressive rework of Hi Gloss’ 1981 hit “You’ll Never Know,” Soulshare Records is back for round two with another slate of excellent deep Disco tunes. This release no less solidifies the label as a quality edits and deep House outfit on the radar. This one offers two infectious disco-Funk selections, full of feel-goodness, stripped of orchestral cheesiness and amped up with fever-hot sexiness. No pun intended. Listen here:Love FeverLet if Flow (True Love Dub) [...]

Josh One - Contemplation (King Britt Funke Mix)


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Dusting off old, forgotten tunes is always such a thrill - every time. Here’s a classic deep House hit from ’01 by Grammy-nominated producer, Josh One from LA. While we haven’t taken this one out of it’s sleeve for some time, its still as sexy and intoxicating as ever. This tune exudes that perfect late-night deepness complete with raw grooves, trippy soundscapes, and seriously sultry vocals. Once that grossly deep bassline kicks in, there’s no escaping this track’s hypnotic allure. While Josh One’s single spawned several mixes, this one wins by far – and it’s ten minutes long, too. Pitch it down.

Further listening/recommendations:

Aaron Carl - My House (Hollis P. Monroe remix) - Ovum - an afterhour perfect track with intimate, deep vibes.

Above Smoke - Save Us - Minuendo - groovy and emotive deepness by Spain's Above Smoke. Trippy as you like.

King Britt – The Intricate Beauty – Nervous Records - Britt’s last compilation from 2010, featuring an Ableton-produced mix of original productions. Check out our interview with the man himself on this release.

Brother of Soul - Eyes of Love (Guidance)


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Originally released on Guidance (quite the label) in 1998 (quite the year), we recently found this little nugget in the dusty bins at halcyon the shop. Utilizing a winning combination of a nice, tough beat, a funky, live-sounding bassline and vintage, soulful male vocals, this one got my feet tapping and pulled at my heartstrings all at once, just like the best tracks always do. The original sample is from Vance and Suzanne's "I Can't Get Along Without You", but Brother of Soul (aka Brooklyn's own Paul Hunter) appears to have laid down his own vocals here. It's the type of deepness that's dirty and classy all at once; not an easy feat for a producer, but Paul achieves with ease. A furthering of the Guidance legacy, as well as my own collection. Can not wait to drop this properly at a party. - Nathaniel Jay

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Don Carlos - I Can Love Nobody


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Beautiful soul-infused single from '93 by Italo-House master, Don Carlos featuring singer Kevin Bryant. A leading figure of this movement, Carlos is known for his excellent jazz-washed deepness and exceptionally emotive music, and this tune certainly affirms that legacy...

Further listening:

Carlos' debut single, and a stone cold classic. That dreamy piano melody and infectious bass-heavy beat gets us every time...Tune!

A beautiful fusion of jazz and Disco-filtered House from the hard-to-find Subway Ground Master EP on Italy's leading House label, Calypso Records.

Moodymann vs. Oliver $ - Who's really Doin Ya Thing?



Moodymann - the alter go of Detroit's revered deep House maven, Kenny Dixon Jr. - makes no fuss dance music. And his latest release, Mo Moody presents Live in Seattle on his Motor City-based imprint, KDJ Records is all serious business, yet again. The big tune on this three-tracker is "Doin Ya Thang," which samples Moodymann's distinctive charismatic jabber ("Y'all having a good time?") over a lush, hypnotic loop. The engaging speech sampled was recorded live at Manchester's old school house party, Cutloose over a year ago and captures an enthusiastic, cheering crowd in the background attributing to track's live feel. The recording is now available on a limited, vinyl-only platter of previously unreleased tracks from the vaults of KDJ.

However, here's the catch: "Doin Ya Thing," was previously released earlier this year by Berlin's Oliver $ on his home imprint, Play It Down. While DJs and music lovers alike ate this track up via Beatport and Juno it still stirred a worldwide uproar from music critics and music purists, accusing Oliver $ of manipulating Moodymann by not giving him any credit for the sample speech.

Can you tell the difference between Oliver $'s "Doin Ya Thing" or KDJ's? Not really. At the end of the day, it's up to you who you decide to support. In our opinion, you get more bang for your buck with this quality deep House platter by one of Detroit's finest...

Further Listening/Reading:

Party Up! Tiki Disco - It Ain't Over Yet


Tiki Disco wins by far as the party of the summer for us. The bi-monthly boogie down takes place in the backyard of Brooklyn's hot pizza joint, Roberta's - a cozy oasis of sorts in the middle of industrial Bushwick. The party is the brainchild of local DJs Eli Escobar, Lloydski and Andy Pry - talented tastemakers in their own right, and all round fun dudes.

The last time we attended Tiki (and the first time for us, too) we splurged on rounds of sangria and frozen Pina Coladas, danced in the rain to "Erotic City" and fist-pumped in a packed out tent to soul-drenched, old school House. And then after all that we ducked inside for some gourmet, mouth-watering pizza post-dance floor action. It was a great night, and we're going to do it all over again this weekend...check it out:

This Sunday, the Tiki crew will be back at the same time and same place for a Labor Day special: "Tiki Disco - It Ain't Over Yet." It's bound to be another epic night, so get on your dancing shoes, and RSVP to

And did we mention it's free entry, too?

Too Much Light EP


New month, new season, new music....Lots of great releases to look forward to this fall, and this deep number, Too Much Light EP by Daniel Solar forthcoming on Tenth Circle is on the hot list. tenci004 - Daniel Solar - Too Much Light EP by danielsolar Solar is quite a versatile producer - he's been producing music for several years, dabbling in everything from chunky minimal Techno to funky House. However, it was roughly a year ago when the young artist really made his mark after he formed his own imprint, Dikso. Solar is especially on a role these days, with recent productions such as his Dikso 6 EP (and the aforementioned Tenth Circle release) leaning more towards deep House territory. This may be Solar's calling...keep an eye out on this guy. DIKSO006 - Daniel Solar - Retrospect EP by danielsolar Like what you hear? For further listening, check out these recommendations below (click on titles for download link): Autodeep - Colourful Love EP - UrbantorqueSolar and production partner, Andi De Luxe give this lo-fi deep House number a warm, emotive touch Nicholas/Daniel Solar - Super Sound Single Volume 2 - DiksoSlo-mo, chill out boogie. Quintessentially "Dikso". V/A - Super Sound Single Volume 4 - DiksoAnother excellent release from Dikso camp, featuring more original productions from the likes of Solar, Autodeep, soho808 and UK's Ooft. Daniel Solar - Dirtiest Clean EP - Kolour RecordingsA very sexy deep House release with a remix by Detroit's Delano Smith. [...]

"Balearic Soul from the Black County": Soulshare Records


Recently came across Soulshare Records, a new deep House and rework label recently launched by Birmingham-based DJ, Dean "Sunshine" Smith, who is part of the crew that runs the Garden Festival in Croatia. The first release, The Sunshine Reworks Vol. 1 recently hit the shelves with two warm, deep Disco House numbers. The highlight is "You'll Never Know," a rework of the 1981 Hi Gloss hit. width="400" height="345" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""> Smith jazzes up this bittersweet slow-mo tune into a dreamy deep House cut - perfect for rooftops and sunsets. Vinyl coming out soon, but in the meantime, download the release from Juno! DEAN 'SUNSHINE' SMITH - YOU'LL NEVER KNOW 2011 by Dean 'sunshine' Smith Further listening/info: Soulshare Records on FacebookDean "Sunshine" Smith on SoundcloudSoulshare Media online for radio, news and release datesSoulshare Records MP3 on Junodownload [...]

Kerri Chandler's Coast2Coast (NRK Music 2006)


The art of the mix CD is a dying craft, unfortunately fizzling out amidst the accessibility of podcasts, and free downloadable sets. Not that there is anything wrong with this, but there is just something about the overall quality of musical journeys found in CD compilations that are simply unmatchable.In the not so recent past, I got my hands on Kerri Chandler’s exclusive mix for NRK’s excellent Coast2Coast series. Released in 2006 this mix seals Chandler’s legacy as a House music King (if not the King of House). Perhaps this is a bold statement, but his productions, impeccable musical taste and exceptional approach to DJing contributed to New Jersey's reputation as a breeding ground for proper, warehouse-inspired Deep House (this was the case in the '90s, but today the state continues to be useless).The tracklist here is mouthwatering. From chord-driven, soul-soaked cuts like Trackheadz’s “Feel,” to racy, dramatically deep ones such as DJ Fudge’s infectious “Mechouga,” this Coast2Coast episode is certainly one for the heads. And out of this 14-track adventure, nothing hits the deep spot more than this nasty number… width="400" height="345" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="">Kerri Chandler’s Coast2Coast is available for digital download here. Get deep. Tracklist:01. Kerri Chandler feat. Monique Bingham / In The Morning (Raw Mix) 02. Jon Cutler & Matthias Heilbronn / 640 03. Dennis Ferrer / Underground Is My Home 04. DJ Fudge / Mechouga (DJ Spen & Karizma Mix) 05. Trackheadz / Feel (Vocal Mix) 06. Moses Mclean feat. Diamond Temple / Always (Soul Groove Mix) 07. Nu Life feat. Kenny Bobien / My Joy 08. Ron Hall & The Muthafunkers / The Way You Love Me (Original Mix) 09. Johnick Meets FTL / A Breath Of Fresh Air 10. Mike Delgado / No One Loves You Like I Do 11. Hardsoul Feat Shaun Escoffrey / No Man (Alix Alvereaz Mix) 12. Kerri Chandler / The Promise 13. Phortune / String Free 14. Phil Hooton / Epichoregeo [...]

Mark E "Call Me" (Merc)


Mark E is a respected name among Disco revivalists and slo-mo house heads, recognized as both an innovative producer and talented DJ with an extensive knowledge of old school House and classic boogie. The Birmingham-based artist is first and foremost acknowledged as a “Disco-edit king," thanks to his roster of applauded edits from Womack & Womack's "Baby I'm Scared of You" to Franck Beverly's "Joy and Pain." To his credit, he has attempted to escape this stigma by venturing into more experimental and original territory with the debut of his first full-length album, Stonebreaker on Ghostly, released earlier this year. However, we are quickly reminded of his magic touch to the ubiquitous “edit” with his forthcoming release on his label, Merc. The release, titled "Call Me" is a dark, and heavy spin-off of Diana Ross’ bittersweet classic, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” width="400" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""> The release is distinctly Mark E – a chunky, thumping pitched down number with a cosmic touch. The track was first heard on his exclusive guestmix for Beats in Space radio a year ago. Come this September, it will finally see the light of day, starring two remixes by Dixon and Tensnake. Out of the three tracks, this one takes the cake: Mark e -call me (dixon edit) by raler [...]

MELT: The Synergy of Sound and Sight


This Saturday, April 23rd, halcyon presents MELT, a performance art and music event featuring NY-based DJs Abagale Fischer and Connie, and a live art collaboration by Brian Life and Matt Phillips. MELT is not just a party. Sure, DJs will be spinning deep music to make you move and groove, but it’s so much more than that. The event, which was founded by NY-based artist, DJ, producer and dancer, Abagale Fischer, is about fusion of expression and the synergy of sight and sound. Fischer, who launched the series in 2008, started MELT after stumbling upon the hidden and mystique world of Psybient music (or the “chill sister” of Psytrance, as some may say). Psybient is an unusual strain of music. To quote Fischer herself, it's “deep melodic bass music” that stems from small subcultures spread across the world, particularly found in places like Israel, Holland, Sweden, Greece and India. It’s music that is difficult to find, and just as difficult to label. Call it “chill out,” but it has more momentum than your typical lounge-style music. Rather, Psybient is along the lines of experimental ambient and electronic music that is more emotive, creative and spiritual than your standard downtempo. Since the sound is so underground and fragmented throughout the globe, it takes years and years to dig up a sizable library. Fischer and Connie are two out of the few local DJs tapped into this musical subculture. To read more about the far out world of Psybient and this weekend’s MELT experience, check out this interesting and thorough interview with the insightful Fischer herself. [...]

Lost in Sound 16: Pets for Less


Leading up to this weekend’s Slow Disco Saturdays party at halcyon the shop, we are pleased to feature guest artists on the bill, Pets for Less for this month’s Lost in Sound episode. For the mix, the duo generously shared their latest set recorded at DC’s U-Hall spot, where they opened for the Hot Natured party with Jamie Jones and Lee Foss. In this pumping mix, they lay down an intoxicating blend of future disco beats. Tune in for some disco drenched in techy basslines, raw house grooves and electro-tinged melodies. Enjoy! Pets For Less @ Uhall (Hot Natured Party) 3-11-11 by Life Podcast So, who are these guys? Pets for Less, New York’s newest production duo to emerge in the city’s disco-house scene are not as sweet as their alias entails. Sure, they are nice guys, no doubt – the team consists of friends Alex Fish and Mike Fisher – but they’re ruthless when it comes to dropping a proper set to make you sweat. Loaded with a broad musical selection of driving dance floor burners, deeper than deep house, and punchy technosoul, it’s safe to say these guys know how to conquer the crowd. Here’s a little 101 on the team: Alex Fish, aka Holosound has been an active force in New York’s underground dance music subculture as a DJ, promotor and label owner of Holosound Theory Recordings. As an internationally recognized DJ, he’s appeared all over the world, from Tokyo to Toronto, Helsinki to London, Phuket to Estonia. Mike Fisher, the other half of Pets for Less, is a recent Brooklyn transplant hailing from Washington DC. Also a mover and shaker, he’s a founding members of MnmLife, one of the main tech-house promotion teams in the capital. As an independent DJ he has played alongside big name acts such as M.A.N.D.Y, Matt Tolfrey and Lee Foss. And, to add to his impressive resume he also boasts an esteemed background in music production having worked with the award-winning artist Deep Dish as their studio engineer for two years.So basically, these guys know what they’re doing and word is they’ve got some original music in store too. Although several artists and labels have inspired the team over the course of their careers, they give a big nod towards the Hot Natured nu disco sound. To quote the team themselves, they say the sound captures their “general love for all things funky and trouble-making.” Well that sounds fun….Like what you hear? Catch Pets for Less this weekend at Slow Disco Saturdays and Mike Fisher solo at Verboten's Visionquest party this Sunday. Looks like the city that never sleeps is in full swing...Music music, party party!! [...]

Exclusive Q & A with Visionquest's Ryan Crosson


Welcome to Like what you see and hear? Please join us on Facebook and Twitter!In anticipation of Visionquest’s New York debut at the Verboten party this Sunday, we caught up with the quartet’s Berlin-based member Ryan Crosson to get the scoop on why these guys are all the hype this year. We also interviewed Lee Curtiss, but our transcript had a tragic accident. Lesson of the day? Don’t forget to go home AND don’t forget to save your shit…(sorry Lee, it was fun chatting with you though). More event details here. Remember the first time you heard of Visionquest? Rewind back to 2009 when their remix of Kiki’s Good Voodoo dropped on Bpitch – that was one epic anthem. Yet, even after dropping a bomb like that the Visionquest crew crouched quietly under the radar, waiting for the right time to step onto the worldwide stage as a solid production team. Now with the successful launch of their label, Visionquest Records, and two top-charted releases under their belt, you could say things are off to a good start this year. In this interview we chatted with Crosson about bringing back album art, the meaning of pop music and Seth’s fiance’s Dad. You follow? Bianca M: Finally, after five years in the works, Visionquest Records is finally a reality. Congratulations. Ryan Crosson: It’s fantastic. Actually it’s been a bit difficult because there are four of us so we have four different opinions. Juggling that was a bit tough at first but now we’ve got our system set up. BM: What took you guys so long? RC: We’ve been working towards this for awhile, like getting everything in place and making sure it was the right time to do the label and not jump the gun and also not present the world or the underground dance music community with just something else that’s being done both musically and aesthetically like with the sleeves and the artwork. We didn’t see a point to do some loopy house label or some Detroit techno label that sounds like something from ten years ago or beyond. That’s been done, why reiterate that? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just for us to do. title="YouTube video player" width="480" height="390" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""> BM: Tell me more about the artwork aspect of the vinyl releases you guys are doing. That sounds interesting. RC: Right now we have just one artist doing the artwork. He’s Seth’s fiancé’s Dad. He used to do inserts for some of the old Motown records that were released in Japan. You know how the old records would get certain distributors for South America and Asia and all that? So they would put different inserts in, like Stevie Wonder records or Ray Charles records. He used to do that. He’s older now but he’s still doing it. I don’t know if we’re going to change artists like every five releases – I hope not because I really like the insert on the first one. It’s super original and not what I was expecting at all. BM: What brought about this idea? RC: Well, a lot of people aren’t buying records these days. They grew up thinking ‘oh of course you go on Beatport and get the mp3 file,’ rather than go in the record store. So maybe if we could offer something extra it could bring back that [culture] in some way or make it more collectable for people in general, even if they are not DJs. BM: So how would you describe the musical style you guys are going for? Is there any one sound? RC: It’s even tough for me to describe it in a way. A lot of this stuff is going to have a pop sensibility to it but not in a Britne[...]

Music for Mondays: Shine a Light


New track by London's The C90s duo, remixed by Flight Facilities of "Crave You" fame. Warm and dreamy, moving and a little bittersweet...

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Exclusive Q & A with JKriv (Deep&Disco)


Leading up to halcyon's Slow Disco Saturdays party this weekend, we caught up with Jkriv before his appearance at the shop. Check out details on the event here. New York’s Jkriv is knee deep in the city’s disco-house scene playing many hands as a musician, producer and DJ. We first discovered him when we came across his solid disco edits via Soundcloud and later found out he is also the bass player for the live house band, Tortured Soul and for the disco ensemble, Escort. He’s the resident DJ for the Just for Kicks party, which he runs with partner Aaron Dae and is about to launch his own label, Deep&Disco Records. Although DJing is quite “new” for Jkriv (he’s been manning the decks for roughly a year now) he’s proved pretty damn good at it and has been featured on various podcasts from Chicago to the UK. At the dawn of his appearance at halcyon’s Slow Disco Saturdays gig this weekend we caught up with Jkriv to chat about disco, disco and well, more disco...See below for music and mixes to stream and download... Bianca Merbaum: You’ve been part of Tortured Soul for the several years now. Is this solo production and your Deep&Disco project something recent or has it been in the works for some time? I also understand DJing is something kind of new for you too, is that correct? JKriv: Right, I’ve been doing Tortured Soul for the past seven years. Along the way I’ve always been working on my music of my own. Some stuff I write and bring to the band and some of it is not quite right for that. I have a lot of different things that I do but a lot of it has fallen into this disco and disco-electro sound but always with a soul edge to it. For me that’s what I dig. I like to listen to a lot of different kinds of music. I started DJing recently. And that’s why I started that Deep&Disco party at Rose Bar. Then I started trying to get out there on Soundcloud and doing disco edits and putting some of my production up there. I really haven’t gone too many places with this yet. It’s kind of the beginning of it but it’s taking a nice shape. BM: Does it matter to you that people associate you first with Tortured Soul? Or are you trying to make your own reputation as JKriv/Deep&Disco? J: No, it doesn’t bother me. I’m a lot more popular as a member of Tortured Soul than I am by myself, so just from a PR stand point I don’t mind it. And I’ don’t find it limiting because I just feel like I’ll do whatever I want and if people don’t like it, they don’t like it. But I think I’ve evolved. I just don’t care so much. I’m part of Tortured Soul and that’s part of who I am and I do other stuff too. BM: I really like your edits and the mixes you’ve been putting up. I’ve been following your Soundcloud page for a couple months now. What are your goals as far as your solo work? J: Well one thing I’m starting is Deep&Disco Records just to put out some of this stuff. The concept is to put out music that I’m doing and then include remixes by people in this scene like Matthew Kyle, guys like Blacklodge and a bunch of other people. Jody Watley - New Love (DEEP&DISCO Version) by deepanddisco BM: The Soundcloud community has become quite a phenomenon, especially among disco revivalists and edit lovers like yourself. J: Soundcloud is a really cool community and I’ve met a lot of people like that who are very like-minded, musically, who are into the same thing. I’m a little bummed because I heard that they are taking down people’s edits. A lot of people have been complainin[...]

The Daily Bump: Don't fuck with D-Town


Detroit's legendary producer, Carl Craig recently re-edited his 1995 Paperclip People classic "The Climax" and has made it available to download for FREE. Known for his old school mentality this move doesn't sound very "Carl Craig." Why the freebie then? Apparently it's his response to a recent anonymous bootleg vinyl-pressing of the original production - ripped and used as a mash up. The Planet E boss promptly took the available audio, re-appropriated the track and made it the available for the world to download before the bootleg hit the shelves. Lesson learned: don't fuck with D-town, yet again (Underground Resistance vs. Sony, anyone?).


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Lost in Sound 15: Ahmed Hashim's Sunday Morning Sounds


Welcome to Like what you see and hear? Please join us on Facebook and Twitter!We like people with good taste in music. And we especially like when those people know how to spin their music well too. That’s pretty much why we launched “Lost in Sound” – to give those out there a platform to show off their skills and style regardless if they are considered a bedroom DJ or international hot shot. It’s all about quality. For our 15th episode we reached out to NYC local, Ahmed Hashim who laid down a tasteful and feel good set of deep disco house (including some exclusive, unreleased tracks) for your aural enjoyment. Tune in…(tracklist after the jump). name="fairplayer" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" width="220" height="380" src=""> Hashim is the man behind the Indo Silver Club music blog - an online platter of aural treats, which he updates on a weekly basis. It's a place to indulge in an amass of excellent tunes that range from old disco to Detroit deep house, old school hip hop to indie rock and everything in between. “I kept it as a simple no frills music blog: an artist, a song, and a play button every couple of days,” he said of the blog’s first starts. Hashim initially launched it as a personal outlet to listen to music at work where personal libraries weren’t accessible. Since then the blog has grown to become a popular go-to spot for music junkies like ourselves and a reliable source for hearing quality music, from the present to the past. “If you go back into the archives and listen to the music I posted in the beginning and compare it to what I’m posting now you can see how my tastes have matured over time, which I think is pretty neat (albeit kind of embarrassing). Who knows, I might even incorporate it into an outlet for my own production in due time. As for the name, “Indo Silver Club:” it was the first Daft Punk (and probably dance music) song that resonated with me when I was a kid in the 90's!” When not blogging about the music that he loves Hashim pursues his own productions (one which he has included in this mix) and DJs locally as well, frequenting smaller gigs around the city from underground hot spots like Stay to more corporate events at the upscale Greenhouse. And where is he going from here? “I would love to pursue music and the arts as a full time thing. Really, I'm just trying my best to contribute back to the arts that have brought me here in the first place. If I could make one person who listens to a record I play stop and enjoy the moment they're in - I'm pretty content. As for future plans, I think Leslie Nielsen put it best: ‘like a blind man at an orgy, I'm going to have to feel my way through’.”TracklistGil Scott-Heron - Parents [XL Recordings] The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone [Motown] Moodymann - The Third Track [Planet E] Iron Curtis - Save The Night [Mule Electronic] Franc Spangler - Forever And A Day [Delusions Of Grandeur] Mystery Roar - Mayhem (Soul Clap Remix) [Unreleased] Ilija Rudman - Time And Time (Michael J Collins Remix) [Electric Minds] Wolf + Lamb - Shoeshine Boogie (Remix Of Mock & Toof) [Wolf + Lamb] Tensnake - Congolal [Endless Flight] Gunnar Wendel - 578 (Omar-S Rude Boy Warm Mix) [FXHE] Junior Boys - No Kinda Man [Get Physical] Ron's Edits - Serious [Wolf + Lamb Black] Ahmed Hashim - Worse Than Before [Unreleased] Tornado Wallace - Swimmin' [Delusions Of Grandeur] Nicolas Jaar - Can't See What Is Burning Ther[...]

Music for Mondays: Ubuntu Tutu by Babbi Peru



Weekends are fun until Monday arrives. Getting back into the groove of another week is always a little bittersweet especially when you’re still recovering from the anticlimactic afterparty hangover. That’s why we’re introducing Music for Mondays - a new series of weekly posts featuring select feel-good tracks to start your week off on the right foot. Here is our recent discovery that hits the spot - a soothing, deep house number by the elusive Babbi Peru...

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Lost in Sound 14: Deepak Sharma's "Don't Go Home on New Year's" Mix


Welcome to Like what you see and hear? Please join us on Facebook and Twitter! For the 14th episode of our Lost in Sound series we’re taking a break from disco this time around and delving deep into techno with NYC’s Deepak Sharma of Hidden Recordings. He’ll be laying down his edgy, deep grooves in style at District 36’s techno hoedown this New Years Eve (or rather, New Years Day). Not to be missed - check out more details here. Tune in for a taste of what you’re in for this weekend… name="fairplayer" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" width="220" height="380" src=""> New York’s Deepak Sharma has been a techno mainstay here in the city for years – he can tell you stories from raging at Shelter, Bugaloo and the legendary Robots party with Bill Patrick and Co. As a DJ and producer within the scene Sharma’s kept a modest profile, playing for underground crowds and managing his label, Hidden Recordings, which he founded in 2006. “Hidden” seems a fitting name for Sharma’s philosophy behind the imprint: instead of spewing out new releases on a monthly basis to stay in the spotlight he’s opted for a quality-over-quantity mantra. Over the year’s he’s collaborated with various talents from underground communities worldwide. Shortly after he launched his label Sharma joined forces with Germany’s Dieter Kruse, now his production partner in crime.Their newest release, The Great Lawn EP, catapulted Hidden Recordings from New York’s best-kept secret to international acclaim. The EP is Sharma’s and Kruse’s first remix project and features a large cast of cutting-edge talent (Ambivalent, Alexi Delano, Franklin DeCosta, to name a few). Since the Lawn hit the shelves, Sharma & Co. have been all the buzz, featured in respected music mags such as XLR8R and Big Shot. Our founder here at Home Headquarters, Bianca Von Baum even sat down with the Hidden boss earlier this year for a tête-à-tête. Check out the interview here. At the dawn of his gig this New Years Eve at District 36 he’s provided us with this exclusive mix for our 14th episode. This mix, which was recorded at his label night on Oct. 22nd at Bar 13 is a journey into sound indeed - deep, raw and rich with banging tracks drenched in heady, intoxicating melodies. This mix will surely rev you up just in time for the countdown this Friday. We hope you all have a blast this New Year’s Eve, party hard and whatever you do (or wherever you go), don’t forget to go home… [...]

Exclusive Q & A: Lee Foss


If techno and disco ever banged their kid would be Lee Foss – brainchild of the Hot Creations imprint (RA’s top 20 label of the year) and one-half of the Hot Natured duo (Rebels star Jamie Jones is the ying to his yang). Ever since the two joined forces roughly two years ago Foss and Jones have quickly garnered international applaud for their distinctive productions and signature disco sound. And when we say, “disco,” we’re not talking about the happy-go-lucky Saturday Night Fever kind of beats. We’re talking about badass disco – dark disco with a bold and edgy twist (scroll down to check out some tunes and his latest podcast). At the turn of the new year Foss has an avalanche of solo productions on his own label lined up along with a handful of remixes and edits on leading labels such as Culprit, No. 19 and Back Yard Records. Good news abounds for this hotly tipped talent (no pun intended…). Needless to say we’re happy we got a chance to interview Foss before he gets too much of a big shot for his own ego. Just hours before his gig in Bogoto, Columbia earlier this month (he was there and we were sadly bundled up in our Brooklyn headquarters) we caught up with Foss and chatted about disco (go figure), his early days gigging as a hip hop DJ and why his creations are so hot. Bianca Von Baum: You know we’ve actually met before at a Wolf + Lamb party at the Marcy Hotel a while ago. Lee Foss: Oh cool. Was I doing anything embarrassing? BVB: No. I just complimented you on your dope sunglasses. You seemed to be enjoying yourself. LF: I miss [the Marcy]. It was a time and a place. It was really exciting for everybody. BVB: Do you have any highlights from those times at the Marcy? LF: There were a lot. For me, it’s the only place I’ve ever been where everyone there trusts the DJs. That’s something you dream about but you definitely don’t see in America very often. [The Marcy] is such a small space too so you can talk to anyone. It’s like a family. BVB: I know what you mean. Good times indeed. Speaking of good times, word is that things are going quite well for you these days. Do tell. What’s new in the world of Lee Foss? LF: I’ve had a really good week. I had a lot of good news. I have a lot of projects about to come out and I found out that DJ Mag had me in their top singles of 2010. Lots of great opportunities right now too. BVB: Congratulations. So tell me, what makes your creations hot? LF: Well not everything that I make is a Hot Creations production but what makes my creations hot in general is that I’m always making sure I put out the best thing possible and if its not good enough, then its not ready.BVB: I read somewhere that you used to be a hip hop DJ in Chicago before all the Hotness started. Am I just making that up? LF: No. I’ve always been into 90s hip hop. You’re always going to love music when you came of age. So back in 2004, 2005, 2006, when I lived in Chicago I was getting gigs and opening for big artists at big clubs. But I also started to get work at local clubs. I was more across the board for those spots – but I was doing a lot of 90s R&B and hip hop nights. BVB: Hip hop and disco are such timeless musical genres. LF: Totally. Obviously the hip hop now isn’t. The disco people are playing now is really more along the lines of the ‘80s funky disco style. If you think about what music people really love universally, it pretty m[...]

Lost in Sound 13: Soho808 Mixtape Vol. 2


soho808 mixtape vol.2 by soho808Soho808 is certainly not a new name here at Home Headquarters. We gave the duo a bump when their first single, From New York with Love perked our ears earlier in the summer. Fast forward to today and the NY-based duo has continued to impress us with their tasteful blend of deep house and sultry, pitched down disco. Good news abounds for the team, with their track “Just to See” selected for Soul Clap’s forthcoming mix CD on Art Department's No. 19 Music. Also in the works is a vinyl release of their excellent Soul II Soul “Back to Life” edit scheduled to come out early next year. So stay tuned...In anticipation of Soho808’s appearance at Autobrennt’s annual Holiday Disco cocktail party this Thursday, Dec. 16th, they’ve put together a jam of a mix for us to give you a taste – just a taste – of what will go down later this week. More info on the party here. Check out their Soundcloud page for free downloads, new tracks and upcoming releases.[...]