Yoncé Gives You A New Way To Turn Your Cherry Out

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Unbeknownst to too many in NYC bars catering to gay men and their inebriating allies, a memorably queer escapade usually rests on a befitting remix. Much more than vodka, music lubricates the night. It inspires that go-go boy you like to shake his booty. It convinces you to go for the gold in the NYC competitive sport that we all know to be going out drinking. Your bartenders and cab driver home certainly appreciate the tips.

If the music fails to keep you floating until last call, you might fall from the metaphorical clouds where a great evening of good-natured debauchery should keep you. (Your altitude adjustment could also come from those tequila shots). Of course, a DJ’s song choice is key; but seamless grooves can also maintain your elevated poise. Four decades ago, Tom Moulton knew that and created the first disco reel-to-reel mixes that the Sandpiper played on Fire Island. Now, Beyoncé has finally bequeathed some remixes for “Blow,” one of the many standout tracks from her game-changing, once-secret album, that can be blended into current DJ sets.

The best of the bunch by far are the extended and dub mixes by CJay Swayne, who infuses “Blow”’s sweet candy goodness with some 90’s-loving keyboards and high-hat-driven beats. (Think Hercules and Love Affair re-imagining Inner City). Unlike the other featured remixers, Swayne plays with Yoncé’s vocals to make his own audible mark. He re-envisions the track. I particularly like the effect of pitching down some of the lyrics in “Blow”’s “turn that cherry out” midsection. Plus, both the extended and dub mixes each offer a different experience: the former includes the whole song, the latter stays with its cherry flavor “for all the grown women out there,” as we may call ourselves on the dance floor. See you there.

Seth Clark Silberman (PhDJ) is a NYC DJ and writer. For almost two years, he was Sherry Vine's DJ at the now-closed DTox in the East Village. His first NYC residency was at Boys Room, where he DJ'ed for Amanda Lepore, Cazwell and Gio Black Peter. He has also spun at The Cock, Eastern Bloc, Posh, Vlada, Arrow Bar, Lucky Cheng's and Formika's F Word party when it was at Club Rebel. Seth was the first junior faculty hired to teach lesbian and gay studies at Yale University. He has been widely published on literature and popular culture. His writing about music has been include in VIBE and Paste magazines as well as Creative Loafing Atlanta. Seth also goes by his photographer alter ego, Richard Appedon. https://soundcloud.com/phdjsco

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