Some New York City house & techno headed Seattle’s way tonight at Rebar’s place! I took the time to listen up on some mixes and wanted to share what I heard.
Levon has been hanging out in Seattle this past week, gaining inspiration for some new music from our town. To quote Decibel’s/High&Tight’s Cody Morrison, “Levon was the buyer for Halcyon records in NY for many years before he left to make and play music full time. He’s a risk taker in sets [and] kind of a throw back in terms of mixing style.” His Resident Advisor mix is dark, full of unusual textures…definitely not a sound we get a lot of:
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Bulgarian producer, remixer, and DJ KiNK (aka Strahil Velchev) has been on the radar for a while to many of us in the know. After recent performances at Decibel 2013, VIA 2013, Honey Soundsystem’s NYE party in 2012, it’s been great to have more United States audiences in the fold to his fantastic productions. His music features odd, trippy experimental textures and lo-fi percussion with house, techno and psychedelic edges. read more …
The year was 1990 and house music was thriving. Occasionally a midst all the Top 40 house mixes generated by the big labels, we DJ’s got the obscure small indie release, Dee Dee Brave’s “My My Lover” was in the later. Going to the Record Pool once a week was a real treat as you never knew what was going to be in your box.
This unreleased instrumental mix is one of those underground web downloads that we all need to have in our library, generously shared by Kerri Chandler. House DJ’s worldwide have been known to drop this in their sets. There’s a bit of a Liz Torres feel to this record in the vocal version and her sultry cry for, My My Lover.
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This is a track I’ve been obsessed about for a while now…a glorious 90’s house record with an ethereal sample from Freddie Hubbard’s “Little Sunflower.” When I found that the item was vinyl only, and Discogs was listing copies going for $70-105 each! OW! So after whining about it on Facebook, my friend Mark O’Brien from San Francisco sent me his record as a way to extend the Burning Man concept of unexpected gifting! And big thanks to Chris Savenetti as well for the vinyl rip…feel the love? I do. Let me pay the love forward with you too…
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03 Cagean Sea (Original Mix)
Normally when I’m rummaging through releases online, I’ll pick out one or two songs that really work to me. Those couple of tracks from a release or an artists discography will end up in my sets. Every once in a while, I find something that is very solid as a whole and end up grabbing many or all the tracks. The other day, as I was preparing for a 4 hour set at The Eagle, I found Destinations Vol. 2 put out by Hot N Heavy Recordings. I was super impressed by this showcase of up-n-coming talent, and bought 7 out of the 14 tracks with great satisfaction. One favorite is Corporal F’s “What I Think (Original)”, super smooth and effortless. Jake Wiltshire warmed my heart with “It’s Alright (Original)”. I was correct in guessing this is also J. Wiltshire, whose How It Is EP I wrote about on B40 a bit ago.
A quick, not all-inclusive preview of what looks to be a gonzo weekend in Seattle. We’ve got visiting Chicago legends, Burning Man all-stars, queer west coast bitch house & techno upstarts at leather bars, pop stars turned DJs, parties in warehouses and on train cars…and that doesn’t even include the big downtown venues or most of our fabulously talented local resident DJ nights, or Flammable’s guest whom I don’t even know yet. Really Seattle? What are you trying to do to me? Really?
Seattle nightlife gets sold short at times, but there’s an underground buffet of sound waiting for those who go out. Tonight (Wednesday, March 13th), I spent some time at two of our deepest haunts, Q for “Shelter” with San Proper (Perlon/Rush Hour), Tyler Morrison and DJ Trench, and at Electric Tea Garden for “Passage” with Jaymz Nylon (Nylon Trax, Brooklyn NY) and Joey Web (Housemen, SF). Here’s what I heard.