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Frankie Knuckles showed me that a dance floor can be transcendent, that there’s real drama in extending and rearranging a song that’s layered over and reshaped by a persistently soulful groove. Frankie knew the operatic seduction of anticipation. A ten-minute remix of his could start off with seven of intro and leave you aquiver with the song’s delayed opening line. A Frankie set wove moments like this together to showcase the passion, disappointment and joy of everyday living.
The library should not only be open but its walls should also throb from the whip of a deep bass line and the snap of a sassy high-hat. This combination catalogs any worthy “bitch track.” The best of the classic ones from the 1990s by Roxy, Franklin Fuentes and others had you both laughing at their clever lyrical reads and duck walking to the driving house music beat.
Lately, I cannot stop playing the sinewy grooves on Neneh Cherry’s new album, Blank Project. They often growl with a distorted thump while she sings so frankly about her life that they’ll stop you in your tracks.
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
Nile Rodgers’ Chic and Giorgio Moroder are teaming up for a bill showcasing the ongoing love affair between contemporary producers and the vibes of vintage dance music. Younger electronic acts including Oliver, Tensnake and Hard’s Gary Richards (in his Destructo alias) will open the night.
So I ran into the adorable DJ Kindbud the other night at House of “O” and he told me about his new track popping off this week, Now seeing the video and hearing the track I realize how cute it really, really is; and I concur, TRULY , getcha damn hands off me. Get Into it!
It’s the city that gave birth to disco, house music and hip hop, the home of iconic, seminal clubs like The Loft, Studio 54, Paradise Garage and the Sound Factory. If you were going to pick one city on earth where you could track the history of dance music through a series of classic sets, then New York would be it.
DJ Guy Ruben is hands down my favorite DJ of the moment. I have had his mixes on repeat for the last three weeks. Bouncing from house to Eighties Remixes and throwing down pure party music with a great vibe and soul he has been keeping me going throughout this summer and providing a soundtrack to live a better life. NYC and the country should take note of this San Francisco based DJ and import him to your city – stat.
MoMA PS1 presents Warm Up 2013, beginning June 29 and taking place every Saturday this summer through September 7.
The man, the myth, the legend: The one and only Giorgio Moroder with his US DJ debut, captured live at Deep Space in NYC. We feel love!