Category Archives: House

MEGA JAWNS-TEN LETTERS FROM HOME.

MEGA JAWNS-TEN LETTERS FROM HOME. From the day Bernie Lowe and Karl Mann founded Cameo Records in 1956, Philadelphia was on its way to becoming one of America’s musical capitals. Throughout the sixties, Philly’s reputation as a musical centre of excellence grew. This was in part down to a trio of songwriters and producers, known …

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HARDCORE TRAXX: DANCE MANIA RECORDS 1986-1997.

HARDCORE TRAXX: DANCE MANIA RECORDS 1986-1997. Whilst Traxx and DJ International dominated Chicago house in the mid-eighties, a whole host of smaller labels were being founded. Some of these labels were releasing innovative and influential music. One of these labels was Dance Mania Records. It was founded in 1986 by Ray Barney and offered an …

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THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 3.

THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 3. RODDY WOOMBLE-LISTEN TO KEEP. Back in 2006, when Roddy Woomble, the lead singer of Idlewild, released his debut album My Secret Is My Silenced, Idlewild had just enjoyed the most successful period of their career. Their third album, 2000s 100 Broken Windows was certified silver, while 2002s The …

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YOU TOOK IT ALL FEATURING YAZMINE AZAIEZ-NUTRITIOUS DELICIOUS REMIX.

YOU TOOK IT ALL FEATURING YAZMINE AZAIEZ-NUTRITIOUS DELICIOUS REMIX. Over the last few years, Nutritious has forged a reputation as one of the best remixers and producers in New York. Considering the fierce competition, that’s quite an achievement. Anyone who heard Nutritious’ remixes or productions will know that he’s got a big future ahead of …

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OMAR SOULEYMAN-WENU WENU.

OMAR SOULEYMAN-WENU WENU. Prolific. That’s a good way to describe Omar Souleyman. After all, how many artists have released over 550 albums? However, not all that glitters is gold. Many of these albums are recordings of Omar singing at weddings. They’re sold at kiosks in Omar’s native Syria. That’s where his nickname The Wedding Singer …

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GHOSTCHANT-LAID TO REST.

GHOSTCHANT-LAID TO REST. GhostChant’s Laid To Rest E.P. is a tantalising taste of his debut album Sincerity, which will be released in the spring of 2014. Laid To Rest  is also a showcase for one of Britain’s best up-and-coming producers, GhostChant. Joe Cornell, man behind GhostChant, is a remixer and producer whose production skills are …

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SANO-SANO.

SANO-SANO. One of the most anticipated releases of 2013 is Columbian Wunderkind Sano’s eponymous debut album. Sano, which will be released on Matias Aguayo’s Comeme label on 28th October 2013, has been described as sleazy house at its best. I’d go further and say that Sano is a delicious fusion of musical influences. There’s everything …

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PAL JOEY PRESENTS HOT MUSIC.

PAL JOEY PRESENTS HOT MUSIC. There aren’t many producers that have enjoyed the longevity that Joey Luongo has. As Pal Joey, he’s been producing cutting-edge, innovative music since 1989. That’s quite a feat. After all, Pal Joey has had to keep ahead of the musical curve. He’s succeeded in doing that producing music that’s unique and …

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JEROME DERRADJ PRESENTS: BANG THE BOX! THE (LOST) STORY OF AKA DANCE MUSIC, CHICAGO 1987-88.

JEROME DERRADJ PRESENTS: BANG THE BOX! THE (LOST) STORY OF AKA DANCE MUSIC, CHICAGO 1987-88. Having cofounded Sunset Records in Chicago, in 1985, Matt Warren spent the next two years transforming the label into one of Chicago house’s most progressive and innovative labels. Then in 1987, Matt decided to part company with Sunset Records. A …

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TRAX BOX.

TRAX BOX. There are some labels whose music epitomizes everything that’s good about a musical genre. Think of Stax Records and Southern Soul, Blue Note and jazz, Chess Records and Chicago blues, Salsoul Records and disco or between 1972 and 1975, Philadelphia International Records and Philly Soul. Each of these labels produced some of the …

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ANERAH YASOLE-IDENTIFICATION E.P.

ANERAH YASOLE-IDENTIFICATION E.P. It’s been a while since we last heard from Offering Recordings. At last, the wait is over. They return with one of their best releases so far, Anerah Yasole’s debut E.P. Identification which will be released soon. Identification is a seven-track E.P. This includes six versions of Fazer Amor, which features the …

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JERROME DERRADJI PRESENTS: KILL YOURSELF DANCING-THE STORY OF SUNSET RECORDS INC.1985-1988.

JERROME DERRADJI PRESENTS: KILL YOURSELF DANCING-THE STORY OF SUNSET RECORDS INC.1985-1988. Lately, there’s been a renaissance in compilations of early Chicago house music. That’s no surprise. After all, house music is nearly thirty years old. While not quite heading into its middle age, many people who were around at the birth of Chicago house are. …

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ACID RAIN: DEFINITIVE ORIGINAL ACID AND DEEP HOUSE 1985-1991.

ACID RAIN: DEFINITIVE ORIGINAL ACID AND DEEP HOUSE 1985-1991. For those of us of a certain vintage, the music on Harmless Records’ forthcoming box-set Acid Rain: Definitive Original Acid and Deep House 1985-1991, provided the soundtrack to our lives, over a six year period. These six years were the golden days of house music. Born …

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KON-ON MY WAY.

KON-ON MY WAY. For self-confessed crate-digger Kon, his raison d’etre is the pursuit of music with the perfect beat or break. He’ll leave no stone unearthed in his search for vinyl. He’s searched dusty basements, backstreet record shops, flea markets, charity shops and nowadays, online auctions looking for vinyl. They’re among his favorite haunts in his …

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BANG-MIXED AND COMPILED BY TERRY HUNTER.

BANG-MIXED AND COMPILED BY TERRY HUNTER. Some singles are destined to be commercially successful and referred to as a “classic.” It’s as if it’s written in the stars. That was the case withTerry Hunter’s 2007 single Wonderful, which featured the soulful strains of Terisa Griffin. This was the start of another chapter in Terry Hunter’s …

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THE DJOON EXPERIENCE.

THE DJOON EXPERIENCE. Ideally situated in the vibrant Eastern quarter of Paris, the Djoon Club has gained a reputation as one of Paris’ leading clubs. DJ and dancers alike, make a pilgrimage to Djoon. Indeed, some of the biggest names in music have headed to Djoon. However, it’s not just a stopover for superstar DJs. …

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ERRORS-HAVE SOME FAITH IN MAGIC.

ERRORS-HAVE SOME FAITH IN MAGIC. Since their 2006 debut album, How Clean Is Your Acid House, Errors have come a long way. Having started their career gigging around Glasgow and the west of Scotland, seven years and three albums later, rather than playing Paisley, Kilmarnock and Hamilton, Errors are venturing much further afield. This includes …

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MIAOUX MIAOUX-LIGHT OF THE NORTH.

MIAOUX MIAOUX-LIGHT OF THE NORTH. When the long-list for 2012s Scottish Album Of The Year was announced, this celebration of Scottish music, demonstrated just how eclectic the music Scotland’s musicians have been producing. The twenty albums featured everything from indie rock, pop, electronica, folk, jazz, dance and R&B. One album incorporated not just variety of …

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PAUL RANDOLPH-SOLDIER.

PAUL RANDOLPH-SOLDIER. For many people, the first time they heard of Paul Randolph, was when they heard his track Soldier on the eight-track Offering Recordings Ade Sampler 2012. Paul Randolph was in good company, given the artists that featured on Offering Recordings Ade Sampler 2012. Idrissa Sissoko, Ade Alafia Adio, Sage Monk, Mammy Wata and …

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THE MUGGSY STORY.

THE MUGGSY STORY. Although Johnny De Mairo’s name is synonymous with Henry Street Records, the label he founded with Tommy Musto in 1993, that wasn’t the only label he founded. Not at all. Once Henry Street Records was an established label, and had forged a reputation as one of the most innovative and influential labels …

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