Chicago House music pioneer; Larry Heard aka Mr. Fingers, discusses synthesizers, drum machines, playing at Larry Levan’s residency Paradise Garage in the late 80’s, personal gratification from not ‘relying solely’ on sampling when creating his own music & avoiding getting ‘underfoot’ of DJ’s ‘while they work behind the booth’ when in a club setting. Very good piece on the ‘legend’, conducted by: Nightflight (Dublin).
**Click on picture above, to view the interview**
also: best Dam Funk does the most incredible Larry Heard sets.
Nitro Deluxe: This Brutal House
Recent discogs purchase. This record is so far out. Mid tempo House that doesn’t involve being spacy/bearded/or balearic. Definitely a heavy influence on Baltimore Club.
Recommended Listening / DJ Mixtape
Oh man. This is the first time I am posting anything from the friend of a friend DJ Anonymous, but I have been following what he does for some time now. In my eyes, dude can do no wrong. This mix proves that. Solid deep house mix with enough jack in it, but not over the top. When I hear a set from Anonymous all I can think of is how much Soul this dude has and knows. He doesn’t come off as contrived and is a genuine music lover and it just sets the vibe so nice. You can’t fake that shit.
Recommended Listening / Dj Mixtape / House
Woke up to another surprise in my inbox this morning. A NEW DJ 7L MIXTAPE!!!
7L (@BLADERUNNER7L), as you should definitely know by now, is 1/3 of The Bladerunners and 1/2 of 7L & Esoteric. One of the illest DJs I know and his replies to texts are off the chain (Let’s just say a lot of emoticons).
Catch The Groove is filled with new house cuts that are “non blog or ironic” says the man. 7 made the mix to launch both his and Beyonder’s (another 3rd of The Bladerunners) new websites.
As always the selections are tasteful, have shelf life, and are not at all trying to be snotty about it. Just good music from good people.
The cover was designed by their dude Oz & he did a dope graffiti roll call with a lot of the homies on there. Did you make the cut?
1. Booker T - Everlasting Pictures
2. Deep Sensation - Better Love
3. Kenny Dope - Runnin Around
4. Todd Edwards - Love Will Make Things Better
5. Filthy Rich - I Refuse
6. Roach Motel - Movin On
7. Todd Edwards - The Praise
8. Todd Edwards - Saved My Life
9. Garvin Bros - I Want It I Need It
10. Louie ‘Balo’ Guzman - Don’t Shut Me Out
11. RIP - Love Is What We Need
12. Black Magic - Freedom
13. Bizarre Inc. - Took My Love (MK What Up Dub)
14. George Morel - Bouncing Sax
15. Strictly Rhythm Test
16. Virtual Soul - Luvin’
17. Grant Nelson - In My Soul
18. Grant Nelson - All Nighter
19. Mother Of Pearl - Your Heaven (I Can Feel It) (Soulfuric Dub)
20. Logic - Blues For You (vocal)
I spent my Monday evening with a couple of friends and we ventured uptown to see the Martinez Brothers DJ. When I first learned of young Djs I was very skeptical and more so thinking I wasn’t into what they would play. Never seeing them in person, but catching mixes and videos online started to make me think otherwise.
Fully witnessing them play in their environment with people that were in it to dance and appreciate the music was such a refreshing feeling. Granted there were some moments I wasn’t into, the facts are they are great DJs and know how to program a set.
This is the New York I am looking for. The dancers, the spirituality, the genuine love.
Masters At Work feat La India - To Be In Love (original mix)
Recommended Listening / Moombahton
Fully Fitted’s Ghostdad finished up a new remix that went on the deeper side of Moombahton. Taking Larry Heard’s Fingers Inc and adding a minimal touch of some moombahton goodness, you get a whole new feel to the tune.
You can thank me for the artwork later.
The System - You’re In My System (Kerri Chandler Remix)
Classic Classic Classic house remix of one of my favorite boogie/ electro funk tunes ever.