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Founder of About Disco Records label, his mixes reveal essences of Jazz, Soul, Funk, Disco, Afrobeat and House. Several of his productions have been sold and downloaded in more than 50 countries in Europe, South America, Central America, North America, Africa, Asia and Oceania.
Rafael along with the About Disco Records have been supported by some of the biggest names in the scene such as: Greg Wilson, Danny Krivit, Horse Meat Disco, JKriv, Faze Action, Max Essa, Dicky Trisco, Pete Herbert , DJ Reverend P, Stéphane Deschezeaux and others.
Where are you based?:
I’m based in Sao Paulo
1) Why do you play records?
I started playing house music, and the history of house music had to Disco Music as a starting point. I got interested and researched a lot of DJs as Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Danny Krivit, which made me jump headlong into the Disco Music.
2) What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
I hope to lead the Disco Music music to different places, I want to show the world the values of this genre in Brazil as well.
3) Favorite label or artist from the past year?
My favorite label was Midnight Riot and my favorite artist was Fouk.
4) What are you looking forward to most this year?
2016 began as a very good year for me and my seal. In May I’m going to the USA to do my first international tour. This is motivating me to organize a European tour in october, and visit other countries that are in the plans as Mexico.
5) How is the disco scene in Brazil?
The Disco Music in Brazil is still a small scene, but I see good growth in through projects and parties as Mareh – BABEL, Gop Tun, Soul.Set, Selvagem, in São Paulo. There are movements, DJs and parties that has grown at a good pace also in other cities such as Curitiba, Florianopolis, Rio de Janeiro…
01 – Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper (Joey Negro Bumper To Bumper Mix)
02 – Pontchartrain – Nasty
03 – Tiger & Woods – Fox In The Box
04 – Joutro Mundo – Roller Shake (Original Mix)
05 – Crown Heights Affair – You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (DJ Vas Rework)
06 – Judy Hipps – Summertime (TZ Remix)
07 – Seamus Haji, Re-Loved – Ode to Walter
08 – Eddie C – It’s Not A Fantasy
09 – KRL – Say You Will (Henderson)
10 – Andy Hart – Keep On (Original Mix)
11 – Disco Dub Band – For The Love Of Money
12 – Marcos Valle – Estrelar
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Growing up on an eclectic diet of country music provided by his parents’ record collection, Kobalt Severa is hard to pin down musically. Inspired by his brother’s love of eclectic music and tastes, Kobalt, began making mixes as a creative outlet. It was only a few years later that Kobalt dove head first into House Music and began performing at local house parties, basements and abandoned warehouses.
Now a regular fixture of Seattle’s nightlife/club scene Kobalt has shared the stage with such well-known and beloved DJs such as Colby B, Derek Pavone, Almond Brown, Spaceotter, Brian Lyons, Karl Kamakahi, LA Kendall and Nark.
2015 looks to be a busy year for Kobalt with his first residency at local hot spot The Eagle and as he continues to work on making more music. Look for Kobalt coming to a dance floor near you soon.
Where are you based?:
Why do you play music?
It’s what my soul led me to. Once I started, I couldn’t stop.
What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
I’ve got some ideas for a night I’d like to start.
Favorite label or artist from the past year?
Cristoph has really been catching my ear lately.
What are you looking forward to most this year?
Watching Seattle’s House Music Scene come together and grow.
Olivier Giacomotto, Los Paranos – Talker (Olivier Giacomotto Mix)
Dropboxx, Guilherme R. – Sculpture
Prok & Fitch – Little Dance
Justin Martin, Ardalan – Function feat. PartyPatty
Waze & Odyssey – Everything (You’re Made Of)
Raumakustik – Raider
Trent Cantrelle – I Get A Rush
Cristoph – Reachin’
Paride Saraceni – Words
Patrick Topping – Forget
Christian Smith – The Exchange
The New Sins – Lights Down (Waze & Odyssey Remix)
Yvette, Drop Out Orchestra – I Got It (H.I.M.W.O.L Remix)
David Penn, Toni Bass, Deux – What I Like ft. Sheilah Cuffy (Dub Mix)
Argy, Mama, Argy & MamaRecluse (Hot Since 82 Remix)
Reunited – In the Music (Neo Mix)
Karl Kamakahi is one of the gold standards of house music in Seattle. Founder of Seattle’s De La Creme crew, Karl learned to DJ in 1989 in his home Pearl City, Hawaii, taught by legendary Hawaiian DJ James Coles. He began experimenting with freestyle, transitioned into techno, and eventually felt the most at home with house music in the early years of the house movement in 1992. Playing parties and residencies Minneapolis, Denver, San Francisco, Portland, Madison, and St. Paul, Karl’s latest efforts in Seattle caught the notice of Brian Lyons and Wesley Holmes of the world-renowned Flammable crew. Karl was asked to join as resident DJ several years ago, and released the first ever mix CD to represent Seattle’s flagship house music party, now the longest running house music night on the west coast, nearly 20 years of house magic.
In Seattle, Karl has played and created terrific parties in venues such as Re-bar, The Woods, The Cuff, Electric Tea Garden, Expansions on KEXP, The Underground, The Baltic Room, Havana, The Monkey Loft. In addition to Flammable Sundays at ReBar, Karl is the creator of Seattle house pillars like Proper at Baltic Room and Soft Option at Monkey Loft.
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Over the course of her 14-year career, Alinka has played alongside a wide array of artists, including: Mark Farina, Jesse Rose, Claude VonStroke, Toro Y Moi, Derrick Carter, DJ Heather, Peaches, Kim Ann Foxman, Crystal Castles and countless others. In 2013 she and Shaun J. Wright started their monthly residency Twirl at Berlin Nightclub in Chicago. The party has since featured guests such as: Derrick Carter, DJ Heather, Eli Escobar, Lauren Flax, JD Samson, and The Carry Nation. In addition Alinka is currently a resident at the successful party, Nü: The Outer Space Disco Dancing Society of Chicago at Neo.
The last two years have been particularly fruitful and rewarding for Alinka, due in large part to her friendship and musical partnership with singer, producer and DJ, Shaun J. Wright. Wright, whose rich, resonant voice has lended soul to music by Hercules and Love Affair, and Stereogamous, met Alinka in 2012 and the two instantly bonded over their love of Chicago House music. It wasn’t long before their evolving friendship resulted in what would be the first of many musical collaborations. Their first EP, “Twirl Vol.1,” was promptly signed to Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon’s esteemed house label, Classic Music Co. The EP went on to be lauded by the likes of Chris Duckenfield, Tensnake, Joyce Muniz, Hannah Holland, Doc Martin, Simon Baker, and many more. The release was followed by a 12” remix compilation with remixes from Derrick Carter, Neville Watson and Chris E. Pants. The EP’s lead single, “Love Inspired,” was featured on Defected Records Compilation “Defected Presents The Closing Party Ibiza 2013,” as well as Defected’s In The House Radio show. In addition, Alinka and Wright have collaborated on a plethora of remixes for Hi Fashion, The Carry Nation, JD Samson & MEN, and Baby Alpaca. The pair also recently completed “Twirl Vol. 2” for Classic Music Company which will be out early 2015.
Wright and Alinka recently launched their label Twirl Recordings. Their first release titled “Journey Into The Deep” features remixes by Kim Ann Foxman, and Stereogamous, and received support from a wide variety of artists including Groove Armada, Danny Tenaglia, Kenny Glasgow, Annie Mac, Robert Owens, Matt Toldfrey, and many more. The EP got DJ Mag’s approval with a 9.0 rating, and was also featured on Annie Mac’s show on BBC Radio 1 dance radio.
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DJ Chris Camplin is a resident of Handsome which is monthly party at East Bloc, London. Chris is a classically trained pianist whose stylistic roots go back to the drum and bass, garage, house & techno of the late nineties, where artists as diverse as Jeff Mills, Masters at Work, DJ Hype and Zed Bias provided the soundtrack to his formative years. During his teens Christopher was deeply involved with London’s underground club scene – where he carried out promotional work for Trade, DTPM and Nag Nag Nag. He was influenced by the disco revival as pioneered by Horse Meat Disco, and his love of house and techno matured as he travelled to Ibiza’s infamous DC10, Space, Bora Bora and Berlin’s Berghain where he heard a complexity of dance music that inspired him to become a DJ. He has now played gigs in Berlin, Spain & Italy, Secret Garden Party, LoveBox & Eastern Electrics.
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New York native Jaymz Nylon is a name that’s been in the mix for more than a couple of years. Heralded as the godfather of Afro-tech, Jaymz’ reputation as a sought-after sound designer, producer, and remixer has continued to grow since his breakout release, “Ofunwa ‘It All Begins Here’,” thrust him into the global limelight in 1993.
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Originally from Sydney and currently based in San Francisco, Goodyear has been headlining the world’s highest-profile clubs and parties for over 25 years. His style encapsulates an incredible range. During his sets he combines tech house, latin beats, dynamic disco and soulful house to create a signature style all his own. With many artists struggling to stay relevant as musical trends come and go and technology changes the playing field, Paul has shown a remarkable gift for not just staying abreast of these trends, but for contributing to them and shaping them himself.
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The Reflex is London based French DJ / Producer, Nicolas Laugier, and if you’ve been following the music scene during the last few years you are aware of the Reflex/Revision series. Nicholas is in line with other greats by keeping true to the original recording but definitely leaving his own mark, an imprint on the dance floor. His mixes are enjoyed by countless DJ’s worldwide from House to Disco.
This set was recently posted ahead of his May 25th appearance in Hackney Wick U.K. featuring the likes of Greg Wilson, Ralph Lawson (Day and Night sets), Citizen, Psychemagik and more. I Love it. Enjoy!
Pleasure – Let’s Dance (The Reflex Edit)
Los Charly’s Orchestra – All I Wanna Do (Al Kent Version/ The Reflex Edit)
Joey Negro & Sunburst Band – The Secret Life Of Us (The Reflex Re√ision)
TS Monk – Candidate For Love (Kon’s Mix)
Level 42 – Mind On You (John Morales Mix / The Reflex Edit)
Diana Ross – No One Gets The Prize (AC Re-Edit)
James Fox – How You Feeling (James Welsh Remix)
Jimmy Edgar – Hot, Raw, Sex
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A mix from London, UK’s Chris Camplin, Live at Little Gay Brother – The Slumber Party at Dalston Superstore. I’ve been hanging out with this mix a bit lately and it is SOLID. Deep, housey, and a touch of techno.
Great work, Chris! (Photo by Joseph Sinclair.)