Things have been a bit moribund on the site but I recently had an idea to liven things up this winter. I am inviting over to therecordgame.com lab collectors of vinyl to make a mix of their choosing. It can be a good ole fashioned DJ mix or it can be some out there platters that they’re currently grooving on (the choice is yours!). The collector lays down the mix and I upload to it here for all to enjoy.
First up is movie sound track, hardcore, and house music collector Ryan Johnson. An all around good dude with damn good taste in music. He brought a heavy crate of House over to the house and mixed it up. Unfortunately, somewhere, somehow, the mix got cut 2/3 of the way through; but luckily that first 2/3 is all killer and no filler. He will have to come back to drop some more chunes (maybe I can entice a soundtrack mix out of him).
While packing for a trip I was throwing on records to nice up the vibes and to have a mix to listen to while traveling. It is mostly newish R&B, Funky House type stuff. I recall jotting down the tracks, to really up the multi-tasking game, I guess. But paper is nowhere to be found, so there may or may not be an update. There is always Shazaam.
So things got a little broken down around here. I broke fingers, my computer broke, causing my posting to breakdown. Now its a new year – same hand, same computer, but improved vibes!
I plan on update frequently, adding new angles to what I’m doing here, and getting some new looks, too. Until that all kicks off I made a mix to commemorate the year gone by. These are my favorite dance / house songs that I bought in 2014. I can’t say that these are exclusively the best burners from the past year, but I can say they are the best burners I got.
Caribou- can’t do with out you / Chez Damier & Ralph Lawson- a dedication to Joss / Eli Escobar- ny so h.i. / DJ Dodger Stadium- one who lost / Crowdpleaser- nenckri crowdpleaser dub / Noema- the shake / Social Disco Club- man of magic / Kinetic Electronic- astral kin / Leo Zero- feel it / Cities Aviv- perpetuate the real / Joakim- three laser fingers / Marquis Hawkes- can’t find the reason why / Genius of Time- juno jam / Gunnar Haslam- anatolia / Glacher Lustwerk- fate / Steve Summers- the outer maze / Gusto- circulation / Laurent Garnier- beat (da box) / Pittsburgh Track Authority- pitfalls / baking soda, I GOT BAKING SODA!
As always, all vinyl. Mixed live straight from the mixer.
I often overlook dollar bins but there can be records in there that are worth the digging. DMC Limited was a DJ subscription service where dance singles and mixes were sent out to DJs. The DMC records have been largely relegated to the ignominy of the land of dollar recs. For a dollar or two you can get three or four house singles on one record. I’ve been able to come across some really random tracks on the DMC records too, like a medley of the songs from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. There are also DMC records that are side long mixes by DJs for, I guess, a DJ to take a pee break during their set.
The second side of the December ’91 release, “Paradise Peaks ’91″ mixed by Steve Anderson, is one that is right in my wheelhouse. A mix that features Little Louie Vega, and Joey Negro is going in the correct direction from jump. The A side I’m a little less enthusiastic about but it is a snapshot of the time.
The DMC subscription service was started by Tony Prince, who is on of those Forrest Gump type guys in the music industry who has been around for everything and met everyone. He started off in a band in the early 1960′s to then move onto being a pirate radio Dj, tv presenter and running a label. In the early 1980′s he played DJ mixes on his radio show and started the subscription service in 1983. He started Mixmag at that time also. Clearly the dude had some passion and energy. DMC is still going strong and Prince is still up on the latest in music.