WOW, this video made my day for so many reasons:
1 . Who didn’t love TWO WITHOUT HATS?? Their music was being banged at every deep house club, which leads to #2
2. Reminds me of my stomping ground – The Tunnel and many other clubs
3. The house dancing takes me back to the dancefloor.
4. That year, 1990, was an awesome year for the “Underground House ” scene. The music and clubs in New York City were thriving.
5. And last but most importantly, it reminds me of my youth. What a great time to be 19, 20, 21.
Check out this min-doc on the famous Chicago House label, Dance Mania from the 1980′s- early 90′s. They had some good deep house in the 80′s then it all went south with the “ghetto house ” sound. I read Strut will be releasing a compilation of their best releases.
Free Download of my track!
MAW in the HOUSE!
Master of the mix, DJ Tee Scott.
180 grams of deep house wax from yours truly and label mate, Stevie B, coming out soon! Preorder it now!
Doug Smith of 95 North recently dusted off his turntables and made a dope mix of some of their best releases. Classic deep, soulful house from the one of my favorite producers!
1. 95 North “Elevation (Dream Mix)” – Large
2. Johnny Corporate “In The Pocket” – 4th Floor
3. 95 North feat. Marie Tweek “Chasing My Dreams (Red Dub)” – Large
4. 95 North feat. Heather Rose “Unbelievable (Deep Dub + Unreleased Beats)” – Vinylicious
5. 95 North feat. Laura Harris “Bring Back The Love (Spaced Out Mix)” – Strictly Rhythm
6. Stephanie Cooke “Everything (Deep Jersey Mix)” – King Street
7. 95 North “Make Me Feel (Dub)” – Ascension
8. 95 North “I Need You” – Catch 22
9. Fierce “Dayz Like That (95 North Club Mix)” – WildStar
10. 95 North “Funk With Me” – Soulfuric Trax
11. 95 North “Who’s Hoo?” – Henry Street
12. Kimmie Horn “Missing You (95 North remix edit)” – Slip N’ Slide
13. DJ Oji feat. Una “We Lift Our Hands At The Sanctuary (Anniversary Dub)” – Sancsoul
14. 95 North feat. Sabrynaah Pope “My Life (Unreleased Mood Dub)” – Jellybean
The first of many Disco reuploads I have to do.. Nothing rare, just good ol’ fun, BBQ, party classics!
A classic house music video from the Chicago house pioneer, Lil’ Louis, off his amazing album.
Here’s a nice piece via Resident Advisor on one of my favorite all time, deep house music producers, Pal Joey.
Is he underrated? Not if you know your deephouse he’s not.
I always dug this Party Mix which mixed both “Reach up to Mars” and “Dance” by Earth People
UMM records out of Italy had some superb deep house in the early 90′s from Italian producers. They also licensed lots of big hits from Maw, Ralph Falcon and Todd Terry to name a few.
Here are a few of my favorites but I’m not posting my secret weapons just yet! You’ll have to do your own searching
Cool video with Tony Humphries and footage of Club Zanzibar in the early 1990′s…the best time ever for house music!
The House Conductor himself- Pal Joeeeeeeeey
House Music Labels come and go and very few have the lifespan of say Strictly Rhythm or Nervous, but in that short life span, they dropped some incredible, rare gems. One such case is Subwoofer which was the trackier label under the Freetown Inc. umbrella, another great label which left us.
Subwoofer flourished from 1994 until 1998, until the owner of both Subwoofer and Freetown unfortunately died in a car accident with WBLS Midday Mix Show DJ John Robinson. It was a tragic loss for both the world and music.
Kerri Chandler, Ron Trent, Dj Pierre, Chris Gray and Arnold Jarvis are but a few of the producers who dropped some incredible classics on this label. We’ll start with a few of my personal favorites:
KERRI CHANDLER – “Glory be to God” (Ionisphere EP) – 1 word describes this record.. MONSTROUS! Hard to find on discogs for under $40 in the USA.
RON TRENT – “Seduction” – Classic deep house a la Prescription
Paper Mache – Midnight Forever (Kerri Chandler) – Love this jam! Deep, jazzy and dirty.
There are plenty of more gems on this label, so get diggin’! Expect to pay some $$ for the good ones, I don’t expect to see these ever on digital!
Here’s a snippet circa 1994 from a Japanese film maker of The Underground Network party at Sound Factory Bar with Little Louie Vega, Don Welch, Barbara Tucker and many others. This video brings back so many magical memories of this weekly Wednesday night party, full of dancers, music lovers and music industry heads. Enjoy the film! Btw, I looked for Part II but didn’t find it.
I remember seeing Willie Ninja (R.I.P.) working the door as only he can and one of the last musical performances I saw was Michael Proctor; his voice was amazing. I was surprised to hear he sounded just as good if not better than the record :). That same night, Barbara Tucker got on the mic and asked the party people some questions, then she turned the mic on me. I don’t remember her question, nor my response, I just know she caught me off guard! haha. I think the question was along the lines of what the UN party meant to us. I gave like a one or two word answer.
DJ wise, Little Louie Vega was on top, his dj skills and mixes were fire. He rocked the crowd into a frenzy every week with his Strictly Rhythm releases like the ones with India and Barbara Tucker. This song right here sounded insane at SFB, as if her vocals floated over the system..and I was probably high as well
Being in the industry at this time, I got to meet so many great people, DJ’s, singers and performers. It was a magical time in my life that I will never forget.
We’re going way back, way back to 1991, to a record shop on Delancey Street called Bates Records & Tapes. I had just come from my girl’s house on my way to the train station, but I make my usual stop to see whats new. I immediately look up to the House Music wall section and gaze upon the labels of all the records to see any recognizable names of my favorite House producers like Roger S. I see a yellow label with 3 names in the credits that look familiar, they are the House 2 House crew from Strictly Rhythm. But this time they call themselves SPRINGBOARD. I immediately pick it up and listen..the rest is history.
A largely sought after piece of deep house history is Springboards “Make Some Noise”/ “Be My Man”, 12 inch on a little unknown label called R.J.M. Music. This record was banged everywhere from NYC to the UK. Well now, ”Make some Noise” is available on digital as part of a compilation from Poker Flat. Get .it. now.
Both sides are equally as good, here’s “Be My Man”..btw, the 12″ goes for about $50 on discogs.
One of my favorite house music videos takes us back over 20 yrs to 1991 and the peak of House Music. Filmed in California (L.A. I believe), Herb Alpert’s “North on South St.” embodied the underground scene from west to east. In fact, when I first saw this video, I thought it was filmed in NYC. It was filmed in black and white, had awesome dancers and had an underground vibe reminiscent to spots in NYC at the time.
The song itself is a touch of hip-house with jazz, as Herb Alpert’s trumpet rides over the hip hop inspired beats.
But the mix that made noise in New York City was Massive Sounds own Bobby Konders remix. The long missed producer was riding the wave with an onslaught of productions at the time including Nu Groove’s “The Poem”. Bobby Konders Late Night Remix was complimented by Herb’s Trumpet, gracefully riding over the deepness.
One of my greatest inspirations in this thing we call HOUSE MUSIC, is the late John Robinson. It was a daily ritual listening to his Midday Mix show on WBLS where he played loads of promo stuff before hitting the streets. He was my weekday savior to get my HOUSE fix until the weekend came, before heading to clubs like Sound Factory, Sound Factory Bar, Palladium, Nell’s, Emerald City and so forth.
His productions with partner Willie Wall on his own labels Black Rain and Nott-Us and remixes on Emotive, Grace Jones and Nervous to name a few, were highly sought after. Some of my favorites include Blue Moon Orchestra’s “Will You Love Me” , “Family Prayer”, and this lovely joint right here:
Tragically, John was killed in a car accident in the UK with the owner of Freetown/Subwoofer records in the late 90′s, but his memories lives on for many.. Here’s a quote from Mr.V… “I recorded him SO MANY TIMES on cassette… he was my Larry Levan before anybody in soulful house music”.
You can check out John Robinson in the Mix via Deep House Page
And join his facebook fan page
Every one is waiting with anticipation for the release of this documentary on the 1990′s House Music scene in New York City. Check out the trailer below and more info here Back In The House Documentary. Word is, the doc is already finished and awaiting distribution. Lots of familiar faces and places in this doc, including Jeremias Santiago playing records at the defunct Downtown Record Shop. Sadz
This is probably my favorite Joey Negro remix/production. This has the groove of a classic Def Mix, Red Zone (aka Dead Zone at this time) and Sound Factory floor mover.
Many may agree, that one slept on producer from the 90′s, early 2000′s is Chicagoan Chris Gray. From his early stuff on the defunct Subwoofer label to his deep house masterpieces on deep4life, the man had a signature sound.
I happen to come across one of his releases while searching youtube and decided to google him. He has a site with snippets of all his works! Peep it http://www.chrisgraydeep.com/hear.html.
Here’s a classic:
Couple of dope joints out this week, some of which were released on vinyl previously like Mike Sharon’s “In the Morning” on Traxx Underground. Other honorable mentions: Frank De Mulero “ARA” (Demarkus Lewis Remix) on Adaption Music.
This Cut gets the pick though this week, deep like a mofo.
This tune used to be hammered by Little Louie Vega
Lots of goodies from deep house to soulful house.
This Friday July 12th, will be a reunion for members of the Play It Loud crew and A Downtown Affair on 89.1 fm. Expect a show of mixed music from disco, soul and even house music. Tune in!
More info at Lets Get Serious.
[UPDATE] Here’s the recording from that night 89.1fm .
Brenda Russell “Way Back When”
Kellee Patterson “Turn On The Lights”
Eddie Henderson “Say You Will”
Brothers Johnson “Streetwave”
Stevie Wonder “As If You Read My Mind”
Grey & Hanks “Dancing”
Black Science Orchestra “Where Were You”
Richard Davis “Cold Hard Facts”
Emjay “Come ‘N Get It”
Set The Tone “Get Loose”
Kent Jordan “No Question About It”
Amnesie with The Nicolosi Family “Turas”
Take Three “Tonite (All Right)”
Sleeque “On And On”
Yvonne Cage “Garden Of Eve”
Blaze “What You Gonna Do”
Stardom Groove feat. Tonya Wynne “It’s Too Late”
Beat This “Sagitarian”
Vicky Sue Robinson “Give My Love Back”
Konk “Machina Jam”
Julius “Can’t Go This Way Again”
Pandella “Tell Me (What You Gonna Do)”
Ganyamede Ultra “Atlantis”
Romanthony presents Lifestyles “Trust”
Nu Phonic feat. Charvoni “King Street Trackin yah Dub”
Terence Parker “Love Got Me High”
Son Of Sound “Jackknife”
Brother Of Soul “Eyes Of Love”
DJ Spen “Midnight EP”
X-Ray Connection “Replay (Street Mix)”
Hugh Bullen “Alisand”
Steve Pointdexter “Happy Stick”
Steve Pointdexter “Mental Problems”
Shane Linehan “Yours Truly”
St. Ettiene “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”