In The Spot Tonite – Demarkus Lewis Blues In A Rose (Original ) – Homero Espinosa Rather Be (Frankie C & Dirty) – Clean Bandit Rather Be (Frankie C & Dirty) – Clean Bandit Body 2 Body (Stanny Abram Remix) – Superfunk feat. Jameisha Trice Body 2 Body ( Rubb Sound Synstem Remix) – Superfunk…… Continue Reading
It Was Our – Leftwing & Kody I Know – Leftwing & Kody Shamen (Original Mix) – My Digital Enemy Your Love (Original Club Mix) – Mark Knight Let It Go (Reelsoul Vocal Remix) – Vick Lavender / Pirahna Head feat. Divinity My Bassline Friend (Original Mix) – Simone Vitullo Waiting For (Original Mix) –…… Continue Reading
Hypnotic Tango (Tonka Edit and Manuel Baccanno Remix) – My Mine Good Lif (Feelin’ Good Remix) – Inner City Finally (Sir Piers Amp Funk Curious Deep Mix) – Kings of Tomorrow Haven’t You Yeard (Dynamite Remix) – Patrice Rushen Doctor Love (Bobby Spice Edit) – First Choice I Was Born This Way – Carl Bean…… Continue Reading
People Hold On (Rob Hayes Remix) – Lisa Stansfield Strobelite Honey (Def Mix) – Black Sheep I Need A Rhythm – The 28th Street Crew This Is Acid – Maurice Can Your Party (Todd Terry Tribute) Uh Uh Ooh Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes) (Steve Hurley’s Mix) – Roberta Flack Get Busy – Mr.…… Continue Reading
You’re A Winner(Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix) – Sharon Redd Can You Handle It? (Disco Push Dub Edit) – DNA featuring Sharon Redd Beat The Street – Sharon Redd You’re The One For Me – D Train Skip To The Lou – Finis Henderson Disco Nights – GQ Deputy Of Love – Don Armando Last Night…… Continue Reading
Uncomplicated (Alix Ali Dub) – Geneva Chanson du Soleil Rogerio – DJ Meme Hollen – Movement Man With The Red Face (Hardwell Remix) – Mark Knight & Funkagenda Hold On To My Love – Scott Ducey Deep Inside – Hard Drive I’m Every Woman (DJ Meme’s Tribute to Frankie Knuckles Mix) – Chaka Khan The…… Continue Reading
Mayamero (Mojitos Mix) – Ray Manteca People Lovin’ People (Original Mix) – David Penn feat. Robert Owens It’s On (Mateo & Matos Remix) – Keith Thompson, Scott Wozniak Strings Of Life (Danny Krvit Extended Edit) – Soul Central Fade (Shane D’s Ode to Grant Nelson Remix) – You Can’t Hide – Teddy Pendergrass Get On…… Continue Reading
The End – Change Can’t Believe (12 Inch Mix) – Nancy Martinez Single Girl – Knight Action Shame (You Were The Big Sensation) (Swedish Re-Edit) – B. Blase How About It (12 Inch Mix) – MDMC Hypnotic Tango (Tonka Edit) – My Mine Tittle Tattle – Baricentro Feel The Drive – Doctor’s Cat Call Me…… Continue Reading
Angel In My Pocket (Fatneck Edit) – Change feat. Jocelyn Brown Billie Jean (Schmolli vs Ben Jay Edit) – Michael Jackson Another One Bites The Dust – Queen You Move Me – Gino Soccio Happy Days – Northend feat. Michelle Wallce Smack Dab In The Middle – Janice McClain Groovin’ You – Harvey Mason The…… Continue Reading
Pharaoh Of King Street (Kenny’s Paradise Garage Mix) – Kenny Summit Taking Over (Original Mix) – Calippo Need A Friend (Original Mix) – Calippo Basement Stomp (Vocal Mix) – Dazzle Drums, Rescue Poetix Pope City (Soulful Mix) – The Pimp Forever Together (Grant Nelson Remix) – Raven Maize Dark Beat (Addicted To Drums) (Feat. Oba…… Continue Reading
Fake (DJ Ds Fake House 2014 Rework) – Alexander O’Neal Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Secret Sun Edit) – Inner Life Found A Cure – Ashford and Simpson Nite and Day (Redondo Amp Sideburn Remix) – Al B. Sure Street Player (Classic Club Mix Promo) – Chicago Dance With You – Carrie Lucas I Want…… Continue Reading
Can You Feel It (Supernova Remix) – Chez Damier I Surrender (Main Mix) – Kemal feat. Maiya Knuckles Gruve (Change Mix) – House N’ HD Amour Est Libre (Main Mix) – DJ Mes Afrika vs. NYS – Marlon D Power Of The Drum (Marlon D’s Deep Tribal Mix) – Marlon D, Boddhi Satva At The…… Continue Reading
Tony’s Theme – Giorgio Moroder So Lonley – Gino Soccio I Ran (KS Mixdown) – Flock Of Seagulls Don’t You (Forget About Me) (12 Inch Promo Version) – Simple Minds Soul Kiss – Olivia Newton John Genius Of Love – Tom Tom Club World In My Eyes (Ultimix Remix) – Depeche Mode Boy (Original Mix)…… Continue Reading
Giving Up Giving In (DiscoSocks Re-Edit) The Three Degrees It Ain’t Reggae But It’s Funky (The Groovin Beats Ensemble ReWork) – Instant Funk Fly Me To The Moon Keep On Dancing – Gary’s Gang Boys Will Be Boys (Gascon Re-Edit) – The Duncan Sisters Harmony (Re-Edit) – Suzy Lane Angel Eyes (Re-Edit) – Lime Right…… Continue Reading
I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel) (Baggi’s Hand Bag House Mix) – Jennifer Hudson Alright (95 North Club Vocal) – Mijan Pump (Claude Monnet Remix) – Claude Monnet Can’t Make It Thru Another Day (Grant Nelson Remix) – Timmy Vegas & The Universe Band Presents Jennifer Wallace Sometimes I Feel (Groove Assassin Instrumental) –…… Continue Reading
Been Collecting his tracks for years… Beautiful, Lush and Full Produced Music… All Classic now… He will be missed The Whistle Song (Supernova Remix) – Frankie Knuckles presents Director’s Cut Tears (Russ Richardson Remix) – Frankie Knuckles presents Sotoshi Tomiie Blind (Frankie Knuckles Vocal) – Hercules Hot Stuff (Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper Director’s Cut…… Continue Reading
Well It’s Here! JJs Friday 80s Throwback Accelerate – Friday, March 7th… Hope music people of all kinds from St. Louis comes out to this event remembering a time in the City where this music ruled and the clubs who were leading the way… from Faces, Upside, Nites, Magnolias and Zebra… this music was THE…… Continue Reading
Walter Thompson III Drops Weak (James Hall Remix) – Farrow Aw Shucks (Original Mix) – City Soul Project Sing It Back (Coqui Selection Rework) – Moloko Give Yourself (Original Mix) – Sasha Carassi and Jay Lumen Jazz Club (Original Mix) – Shur-I-Kan Everything You Never Had (Club Version) – Breach Silk Road – Harvey…… Continue Reading
Swan Lake / Walter Thompson III Mashup Silk Road (Original Mix) – Harvey McKay When They Tell You – Walter Thompson III Floor 122 (Sante Sidney Warehouse Dub) – Darln Vlys Testify (Soul Minority Deep Mix) – HouseRiders & Maske Translation (Original Mix) – Timothee Milton Ignore Me (Portofino-Sunrise Remix) – Felipe L Chord…… Continue Reading
Double Cross (RLP’s Double Time Re-Vision) – First Choice One Of Those Nights You Feel Like Getting Down (Will & Al B Re-Edit) – Billy Ocean Say Yeah (Re-edit Unknown) – The Limit Bourgie Bourgie – John Davis with The Monster Orchestra The Music’s Got Me – Visual Off The Wall (Audio Jacker Remix)…… Continue Reading
Feels So Right (WhiteNoize Remix) – Solution Feels So Right (Lars Vegas Remix) – Solution Mr Brown (Original Mix) – Gary Caos, Absolut Groovers Hush (Catz ‘n Dogz Remix) – Thomas Schumacher Say What – Kinky Movement Want to Be (Chez Damier Dub One) – James Barnsley I Won’t Give Up (Samir Maslo Remix) –…… Continue Reading
Don’t Wait (Topo Remix) – Alex Niggemann The Sun Rising (Shur-I-Kan Vocal) – The Normalites You Need It (Detroit Swindle Never Enough Interpretation) – Deep Future Deep South West (Original Mix) _ Fynn Callum Deep In (Original Mix) – Miquel Garcia Deep December (Original Mix) – Adam Marry Eternally (Original Mix) – Mauro B. and…… Continue Reading
“This is the best damn city in America,” a passerby exclaimed outside a jam-packed music festival this weekend, just before his friend tried to hustle someone for their ticket. That alleged best city? Detroit, and the music festival is Movement, which draws thousands of visitors from all over the globe each year to see some of the best acts in electronic music.
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Movement takes over Hart Plaza, a concrete park on the waterfront downtown, each Memorial Day Weekend. It might not have as much name recognition as electronic dance music fests like Electric Zoo in New York or Ultra in Miami, and it might not have the most mainstream headliners or celebrity guests, but that doesn’t keep it from being a crazy — and underrated — festival.
Photo by Douglas Wojciechowski
Here’s why Movement is a must destination for electronic music fans: 1. Detroit is the birthplace of techno. Back in the late ’70s and early ’80s, Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson were just three high school kids in a small town outside of Detroit. In the next few years, they’d get to Detroit and experiment with making electronic music before developing the style that came to be known as techno — and they’d come to be known as the Belleville Three and the new music style’s founders. Atkins, performing under the name Cybotron, released “Techno City” in 1984: But Detroit’s not just a techno destination for the history buffs — the scene is still going strong. 2. The Movement lineup is long, and pretty incredible. This year’s lineup included Action Bronson, Mike Huckaby, Underground Resistance, Kevin Saunderson, Carl Craig, Flosstradamus, Boys Noize, Ryan Hemsworth, Bicep, DJ Godfather, Eddie Fowlkes, Heathered Pearls, Jeff Mills, Miguel Migs, Richie Hawtin, Simian Mobile Disco, and more than 100 other acts. And with five stages all close together, you can actually manage to make it to more than one if your two favorite artists are performing at the same time.
Photo by Joe Gall.
3. And there’s something for everyone. Movement stays true to its Detroit roots. With local underground artists and international acts coming in each year, there’s plenty of music for the heads and the purists, says local DJ Conor Mendenhall, who goes by Con Man. But there’s also electronic music of different genres, whether you’re really just there to hear DJ Snake’s “Turn Down for What” or you’re a teenage raver hooked into the popular electronic dance music scene (no Skrillex, though). There’s also great crossover acts, Mendenhall says, for “non-techno-savvy ears,” like this year’s performers Los Hermanos, with a full live band; Amp Fiddler, with soul and R&B roots; and UR presents Timeline, a live ensemble Mendenhall describes as high-tech jazz.
Photo by Bryan Mitchell.
4. Afterparties, afterparties, afterparties. Techno spills out of Movement for even more parties and DJ sets across the city. With pre-parties the week before, official afterparties, all-night raves, DIY parties, house parties, and even the after-after-after parties that start at 6 or 7 a.m. the next day, it seems like the whole city is taken over by electronic music. It’s a great chance to check out underground acts that don’t fit on the main billing for cheap — and if you can stay awake for it, you could probably literally be dancing for 72 hours straight. 5. They keep it weird. This year’s Movement had a bonus “stage”: a silent disco where the festival-goers couldn’t hear the DJ’s set until they put on supplied headphones. Dozens of people dancing to no music was a funny sight — until you put the headphones on yourself.
Photo by Bryan Mitchell.
6. The festival site is an otherworldly setting to listen to music. Hart Plaza is bordered by downtown skyscrapers on one side and a calming waterfront with a view of Canada on the other. Designed in the ’70s, it’s an urban concrete jungle gym with underground stages that have a dark, otherworldly atmosphere, even at noon, and plenty of nooks to find when you need to chill.
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7. You get all kinds at Movement. The festival draws an international crowd but there’s plenty of local diehards who are there year after year. Parents bring their babies, 14-year-olds rock out with the 60 + age group. The VIP area is full of music heads standing alone and listening with their arms folded; ravers decked out in furry boots and barely-there neon outfits are sprawled all over the grass; impossibly tall and sleekly-dressed Europeans wander around the festival grounds; bohemian girls in long skirts draw peace and love messages on the concrete walls. And of course, the stage areas are packed with dancers from all walks of life.
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8. Detroit loves techno, and Detroit loves you. You never know who you’ll meet at Movement — it’s a friendly crowd, whether you’re roaming alone or in a huge pack. And it’s hard to find a more welcoming bunch than Detroiters — trust us.
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Time to start planning for next year’s Memorial Day weekend!
About a month before thousands chanted “Disco sucks!” at Chicago’s Comiskey Park, Gino Soccio was ensconced in his Montreal studio, sipping coffee with cognac and laying down tracks for his second LP. Leaning against a twenty-four-channel mixing desk, Soccio spoke like a disco evangelist during a June 1979 interview with the Canadian Press: “Disco is more than just music. It’s a social movement, and I’m not jiving you when I say it’s spreading to epidemic proportions. It fills a demand for people who want to blow their minds dancing.
Soccio had been blowing plenty of minds over the past year. His debut LP’s lead single, “Dancer,” had topped the Billboard disco charts for six weeks, propelling his LP Outline onto more than a million turntables globally. Slim and wide-eyed with a handlebar moustache and mane of dark hair, Soccio was immediately hailed as a disco auteur and a synth wizard. Trained in classical orchestration, Soccio created music that mixed the glamour of European disco with the gritty bottom-end of American R&B.
From 1978 to 1985, he released music at a blistering rate: four full-length albums and a clutch of 12-inches under his own name; singles and EPs under different monikers; production and writing for other artists; a motion picture soundtrack.
But shortly after a 1984 alleged Montreal police-brutality incident, Soccio vanished. There were rumors: He had lost his mind. He’d become a vagrant. He’d become a reclusive shut-in. While many believe Soccio is another disco-inferno-turned-dance-floor burnout, the untold truth about why one of the era’s singular talents abandoned his career is a tale of ego, conspiracy, and betrayal.
An open letter to the electronic music community, penned by Seth Troxler himself. This article was originally published on THUMP UK.
The current state of dance music is crazy. It’s so flooded. Everywhere you look, there’s a new festival and a new party. I lived in New York City for four months recently, and there were about 50 Resident Advisor parties on one weekend. I mean, what the fuck? It’s the same with festivals now, too. Everyone is going into the boutique festival game and whilst I think it’s cool that people are going out and enjoying themselves, where do we draw that line over quality?
In light of this craziness, here’s my take on festivals, clubbing, and not being a cunt.
FIRST OFF, GOING TO DANCE FESTIVALS IS NOTHING LIKE GOING CLUBBING
I was in Switzerland recently, and a promoter complained to me that there’s a big problem in the country’s club scene because of how many festivals happen around Switzerland. He said that in the summer, it’s hard to get people to come to your club. People would rather spend their money going to festivals abroad, than going to clubs in their home cities.
But that dude missed something: dance festivals and dance clubs are not the same. At all. This new generation care much more for the festival experience than the club experience. Kids who like dance music now have grown up with no first hand experience of original club culture; techno, house, even rave in the 90s. Festivals are their “dance music experience” now. Festivals are fucking holidays.
“Some of your friends are probably already this fucked.”
That’s how Steve Albini concluded “The Problem with Music”, his famous essay breaking down the malevolent economics of the music industry. It analyzed with mathematical precision how a moderately successful rock band could generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in profit for various industry middlemen, while the musicians themselves worked for sub-minimum wages. The article was a sensation and was reprinted hundreds of times in the 1990s.
There’s no money in selling music anymore, people say. What they really mean is there’s no money in it for YOU, the artist.
The promise was that digital distribution would bypass Albini’s greedy middlemen, the agents and lawyers and landlords who owned warehouses and pressing plants and advertising agencies. It’s true: many of those people aren’t in business anymore. But they’ve been replaced by another strata of middlemen, each sinking their teeth into the artist’s neck for another little sip until he collapses, drained white from a thousand pricks.
But hey: there’s more people releasing more music than ever before, so it must be profitable if it’s done RIGHT. Right?
Let’s walk through the process of releasing digital music today – a process designed to enrich people every step of the way who have only one thing in common: they’re not you.