Philadelphia has always been a hotbed of soul, funk and disco artists. Some of the most notables being The Trammps, Gamble & Huff and McFadden & Whitehead. DJ Apt One is yet another artist from Philly who will soon be ranked up there with the more recognizable names.
DJ Apt One first came to our attention as a contributor to one of the more popular music blogs Dollar Bin Jams. We had the luxury of hosting him in Seattle at JACK at Seattle Eagle this past summer. We then coaxed him into making an exclusive mix for Bottom Forty which you can check out right here!
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Hailing from Bridgeport, Connecticut, Juan Ramos grew up in a Puerto Rican household where his family nurtured him on a healthy diet of Latin Jazz, Hip-Hop, and early crossover dance music. His fascination with music grew with age as he experimented with making electronic music and later on joining various local bands from his home state. At the age of 19 Juan started to experiment with laptop DJ’ing but quickly bored and transitioned to vinyl for a more challenging approach.
As the story goes, after a holiday to Berlin in 2012, he felt the pull of a place that could provide more than his small rural hometown. Resident now since summer ’13, Juan has devoted his daily life entirely to crafting his music, centering loosely around a house format that caters for references to the rich palette of influences which have fueled his path through music. His first release “The Mariner” released with San Francisco based label Friends With Benefits garnered positive reviews and featured on XLR8R.
His texturally rich and eclectic selection has gained him the support and attention of some of Berlin’s more interesting circles and 2015 looks to be a fruitful year for the young talent.
A while back we asked one of our favorite selectors Eugene Tambourine to edit Lyn Collins’ Rock Me Again and he exceeded all of our expectations. We’ve been sitting on this edit for a while and have occasionally dropped it as our last track of the night. Judging by the reaction on the dance floor, ET has nailed this one.
The original track is about 3.5 minutes but 2.5 into it, the song abruptly ends with a boing sound then restarts. It’s an odd production that really disrupts the energy of the track. ET thankfully removed that strange interruption and extended the track in a true to the sound fashion. Here for the first time is an exlusive download of ET’s edit, please enjoy!
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Oh, and here’s the original..
You know I’m a sucker for raw soul and cover songs. But put them together and you get Spanky Wilson doing Sunshine of Your Love in 1969. Originally performed by Cream in 1967.
And here’s an honest edit of the track courtesy of Chezz via SoundClouds.
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Fewer moments are greater than stumbling across a rare soul track where you drop everything and say “OMG, I MUST have this now!” This is one such track that I heard while listening to a Scratchandsniff mix this weekend. This track was reissued on Fryers Records last year as a very limited 45 pressing.
Luckily, there have been a few soul compilations that have included both the original and disco versions. It was the original version I heard on Scratchandsniff’s mix, starting off with a heart-felt confession from Barbara about a regretful relationship decision. The disco version skips past the confessional dialog and right into the stomping beat, infectious hooks and the goose-bump inducing vocals. Which is your favorite version?
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Barbara King – What I Did In The Street (Original Version)
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Barbara King – What I Did In The Street (Disco Version)
06. What I Did in the Street – Barbara King
Remember the days when hip-hop wasn’t pop? Yeah, if you’re young enough, you probably don’t. So let Berlin deep house producer Alex Agore takes us back to the days when hip-hop had more in common with underground soul, jazz, ethereal samples and delicious grooves than gangsters or commercial bullshit. I was talking to Flammable’s Karl Kamakahi today about missing some proper soul and this one popped up in my SoundCloud feed and straight knocked us both flat. Check it:
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An Influential DJ and promoter since before he was legally allowed to enter clubs, Victor Rodriguez has been a part of building the LA club scene since the late 80’s and early 90’s through his association with such legendary clubs as White Chocolate, Plastic Passion, and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. In the late 90’s he teamed up with Billy Erb in bringing the legendary NYC party “Beige” to Los Angeles. It was a huge success that lasted 11 years and set a new standard that is still trying to be duplicated to this day.
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And now for something new, well not completely new. V (aka Valique) who’s real name is Valentine Golovachev, hails from Moscow, Russia. He’s been turning out rock-solid and tight as hipster jeans edits for quite a while. His 5th volume of edits was recently released, and I must say it’s his best effort so far.
Bottom Forty’s own spaceotter turned me onto Valique last year when we were throwing our weekly party at The Cuff. He dropped V’s edit of Betty Wright‘s “Slip And Do It” which immediately sent me running up to the booth to find out who was behind this masterful edit. The original is an absolute classic, but Valique added his razor-sharp touches and extended all the right parts to make one of the best soul edits ever made.
You might be familiar with Tammi Terrell from her collaborations with Marvin Gaye on hits like “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Unfortunately she was take from this world too soon at the tender age of 24. The year before she succumbed to brain cancer, she released a phenomenal soul record called Irresistible.
I was fortunate enough to find a copy while digging a few weekends back and wanted to share a cut from the album. While every track is worthy of praise, “What A Good Man He Is” happens to stand out as one of the highlights on the album. And while I’m on the topic of Soul music, I’ll be starting a new monthly this Thursday at my favorite little neighborhood bar, The Bus Stop. It’s called “Salon” and it’ll be a 4 hour tribute to all the soul musicians, known and not so known. Come by to hear some gems like this and other not so familiar hits from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. And if you want to make any requests ahead of time, please do so on the Facebook event here.
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Tammi Terrell – What A Good Man He Is
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Came across Washington D.C.’s Misun via Nacey, who produces and plays in the band. This three piece group is also comprised of Misun Wojcik (vocals) and William DeVon. Love the vibes here; Misun has a retro feel with a modern twist that’s very ideal to my ears. “Battlefields” is my favorite track from the band so far, with “Harlot” being a close second. These along with “Darkroom” and “Sharpshooter” are clues into their upcoming album, which has no release date announced. This new release will follow their The Sea EP, put out by T&A Records in July 2012.
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