Category Archives: Dance Music Articles
1. A Guy Called Gerald – Emotions Electric (Strange Fruit)
2. Mr Fingers – What About This Love (ffrr)
3. The Night Writers – Let The Music Use You ((Dancia Records)
4. The Underground Solution – Love Dancing (Strictly Rhythm)
5. Frankie Knuckles / Satoshi Tomie – Tears (Essential)
6. Neil Howard – To Be Or Not To Be
7. Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray (Deconstruction)
8. Forgemasters – Track With No Name (Warp)
9. The Beat Club – Security (Atlantic)
10. Inner City – Pennies From Heaven (Virgin)
11. Ten City – That’s The Way Love Is (Atlantic)
A lot has been said about Acid House. For those of us too young to have been there it remains in our psyche as a fabled era. Many claims have been made that all that is outstanding in today’s dance music culture was created back then, in the short time period of roughly only 4 years. Habituate OC has a primary source from an Englishman who now resides in Huntington Beach, CA. Martin Worster a.k.a. Han the DJ, puts together a fresh mix of the records he collected from ’89 to ’92 and lets us know about how he viewed the days of ACID HOUSE.
Habituate OC keeps on the lookout for close to home happenings and have come across the Love528 crew in Long Beach. They engineer warm, low-key events with quality DJs and a proper atmosphere. If you are a Long Beach resident you know full well that the average nightlife experience consists of bar hopping on 4th St. or 2nd St., typical downtown clubs, the highly commercialized Pike, and your random dive bars. All of which close at 2am and truly do not accommodate the inspired late night party goer. Love528 is currently the only event where late night extended DJ sets happen, the night carries on until 5 in the morning.
Melissa Cotugno, originally from the East Coast, is re-emerging in the house music scene and is the creator of the Long Beach event. When asked about her inspiration she says,
“I was inspired to create this event with the desire to invite music lovers to experience quality sound and top-notch DJs in an intimate setting.”
Within the Southern California area, house music is very much a family affair. Melissa talks about how she came across one such affair and the impact it had on creating Love528,
“My inspiration was spawned by a private party in LA called Voodoo hosted by Eduardo Castillo. This party has all the elements! Voodoo is all heart and you really experience that there.”
Melissa has future plans that include bringing in more local talent and more unknown talent from abroad, she has a simple outlook for the success of the events,
“It’s for the love of music and friendship, no politics and no agendas! I believe wholeheartedly that when one decides to show up with an amazing spirit that it becomes co-creation!”
Love528 kicked things off with Doc Martin, and on Saturday April, 14th are flying Jay Tripwire out to headline alongside LA’s Ben Annand, Sergio V and Melissa herself.
For more info on the event visit Miso Productions.
A highly under appreciated moment in night life is the walk to the venue. It’s where one has a chance to reflect alone, with a date/lover, or with a few intimate friends. It’s where the character of a party is developed; the surrounding neighborhood says a lot about a perspective night out. A city at sleep, an industrious work horse at rest, or a desolate back alley in darkness brings out the creeper. The creeper is the social context of a night of dancing. Are the party goers marginalized subcategories in need of release or are they status-quo in decay? Are they youth in search of absurdity or are they veterans of a scene guarding the gates to their paradise? Perhaps they are over stimulated youngsters who gained access to a hyper specific identity through the internet, there to spectate but hardly participate. Whatever it may be, when you walk the night, it’s always something to remember.
Have a listen to the original 1979 version by the Skatt Brothers and the 2012 remake by The Phenomenal Handclap Band. Also included is a mix by Frankie Knuckles that opens with “Walk the Night,” at none other but the birth place of house music, The Warehouse.
Skatt Bros – Walk the Night (1979)
The Phenomenal Handclap Band & Peaches – Walk The Night (2012)
Frankie Knuckles live @ The Warehouse 1981
Skatt Bros. – Walk The Night
Giorgio Moroder – I Wanna Rock You
Debbie Jacobs – Don’t You Want My Love
Modern Romance – Salsa Rappsody
Dynasty – I’ve Just Begun To Love You
New Birth – Deeper (Instrumental)
Ashford & Simpson – It Seems To Hang On
Geraldine Hunt – It Doesn’t Only Happen at Night
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“Stomp your feet” certainly is a message that would make sense in dance music so it’s no wonder it found its way into these three tracks. The original is a 1977 soul/funk tune that really jams out. The sample later found its way into Mateo & Matos’ “Stomp Your Feet” and much more recently in Julio Bashmore’s “Battle For Middle You.” You got to love a sample that has come all the way from ’77 to kick your ass on the dance-floor.
Julio Bashmore – Battle For Middle You (2010)
Mateo & Matos – Stomp Your Feet (1999)
Mass Production – “People Get Up” (1977)
I’ve run into the problem of accurately describing to people what exactly I mean when I say I play disco music. I can describe my dilemma by looking back to 1976, a pinnacle year for mainstream disco, the top selling singles were songs like “Shake, Shake, Shake” by KC & The Sunshine band, “Boogie Fever” by the Sylvers, and “You Should Be Dancing” by the Bee Gees. All quality and iconic pieces of music in their own right but also, sadly, the basis for pigeon holing all other disco music.
To really understand the drastic variation I now look at another single released that same year by Patrick Adams’ and Peter Brown’s collaboration, Cloud One. Their production “Atmosphere Strut Pt.1 & Pt.2″ is roughly ten minutes of raw electronic soul, heavy head music that rips to shreds the glittery gold of the televised disco-pop and brings in the true grit that is a late night, substance fueled party. In my opinion Cloud One’s productions showcase the redeeming values and persisting elements of disco that are still found in quality dance music today and throughout it’s evolution. Extended rhythm, squelching electronic synthesizers, and a raw instrumental back-beat. It’s the stuff pure magic is made of. It’s the matter that fuels late night dance floors, it fueled it in the days of Cloud One, it fuels it now and as far as I’m concerned it will fuel the floors forever.
Here are 3 Cloud One productions that can not be missed.
“Atmosphere Strut” (1976) (My favorite by far)
“Music Funk” (1977)
“Patty Duke” (1979)
Next up in the series is a 33.3 RPM version of Trouble Men’s “Raw”. When normally played this track has a garagey feel to it, but when slowed down to 33.3 has a liquid funk slick to it. The track is really long especially when slowed down, I don’t play out the entire track in my mixes but rather sneak it in for a while. It has a great build to it and the beat hits just how like.
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