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.)
Bio: The son of a jazz musician and artist in Chicago, Vagabond Superstar [VS] was immersed in music from an early age, and started his own musical journey in grade school playing trumpet for the school band. Over the years VS would learn about traditional forms of music such as classical and jazz, as well as Hip-Hop and Chicago house music, but it was in junior high school when DJing caught his attention. Crediting his initial draw to the art of DJing to hearing DJ Scratch (EPMD) cut up the break on the group’s single “So Whatcha Sayin” during music class, he admits that once he heard that break he knew that he wanted to be a DJ.
VS took his first DJ gig in high school at a basement party and hasn’t looked back since. He graduated from basement parties in high school to clubs in college, and it wouldn’t be long before VS started doing bigger shows and opening for R&B and Hip Hop acts like Wu-Tang (NYC), Def Jam’s “The Show” tour, Afrika Bambaataa, and soon after sharing stages with house music heavyweights like Mark Farina, Giom, Lisa Shaw, and more.
Known for his out of the box style of play and music selection, VS has a knack for keeping his ﬁnger on the pulse of dancers and fans alike all while staying one step ahead of the curve. It’s also his ﬂair for keeping party goers (and peers) on their toes musically that earned him the loving label of being “a dj’s dj”.
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So much underground talent in Seattle, and our local treasures are many. One of the shiniest is DJ Hyasynth, member of the De La Creme posse and frequent guest at Flammable Sundays, Q, Electric Tea Garden, and anywhere else where house music is played. A dancer and instructor, her sense of music is natural and seemingly effortless, and her mixing is always en pointe.
Hyasynth, aka Karen, is respected as headliner and style maker, bringing a unique voice to house music. Here’s a set she did for Robby Clark’s Emerald City Brunch internet radio show, which recently accompanied me on a desert journey, but is at home pretty much anywhere:
And another mix on Soundcloud (free download) from last summer, which we loved so much we played it in our Burning Man camp even in her absence. That last track, “Gain on Top” just gives me the shivers.
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Look for an exclusive Hyasynth B40 podcast coming in the near future…I am excited!!