Last night, I’m at the Disco 3000 party at Ben’s Tune-Up in Asheville. I discovered this party online. When I moved to Asheville on January 28th of this year, I immediately started looking for the house music spots. At first, I didn’t find much. But after digging a bit deeper, I stumbled upon Nighttimeswerve aka Adam Thome who is a member of the Earthtone Sound System crew with Josh Hughey. They’ve created for themselves quite a following as Earthtone Sound System, which was born in Atlanta, but has since relocated to Asheville. Along with DJ Trevor Baker, they created the Disco 3000 party, which currently occupies the outdoor space at Ben’s Tune-Up, a local Asheville restaurant/bar, weather permitting. On cold or rainy nights, they bring it indoors.
ETSS and Trevor are focused on playing a blend of indie dance, nu disco, breaks, house and tech house. It’s really about whatever is funky and gets the crowd going. They vibe off each other and switch off, preferring blending with Serato then using Traktor with the dreaded sync button (which I actually do rely on – I have no shame!). They surely had a dance floor moving last night. Now, I’m a sucker for these emo style house and tech house songs that feature singer/songwriters, rock vocalists or unexpected soul samples. So, to close out the night, Trevor ran this amazing song “So Good To Me” by New Jersey’s Chris Malinchak, which samples “If This World Were Mine” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. The song went to number 2 in the U.K.
I was in the middle of a conversation with Adam when Trevor dropped eased out of the current track and brought this one in. I immediately cut-off Adam (sorry, dude!) and said, “what the f*** is this?” It was beautiful, but then again, anything that brings a deep house sound together with the legendary vocals of Marvin Gaye and Temmi Terrell should stop a conversation dead in its tracks. And, that’s what it did. So, without further adieu, here is the SoundCloud and official YouTube video below for your listening enjoyment.
If you’re looking for a hot remix, check out MK’s reworking of this instant classic. I love both versions. Depending on the vibe of the party, you can rock either one and get a groove going.
Mark Kinchen, known around the world simply as MK, has been producing dance music since the early ’90s. MK is responsible for three incredible house music classics, including “For You” under the pseudonym 4th Measure Men, “Love Changes as MK featuring Alana,” and the legendary record by Nightcrawlers called, “Push The Feeling On.”
I first learned about MK when I heard this record, “Somebody New” (which I still have on vinyl!) on KMS Records in 1989. KMS was Kevin Saunderson’s label out of Detroit. One could argue that while we attribute tech-house to German producers like Terry Lee Brown Jr, MK was really one of the early pioneers of tech house – the blending of techno and house. And, it’s clearly apparent on this record as well as the “For You” release.
According to his Wikipedia entry, his discography stops short in the late ’90s and doesn’t pick back up again until 2009. But in an interview with PublicSF, MK mentions doing two or three remixes a month after the Nightcrawlers record. A quick check over on Discogs and you can see that MK has credits on 435 remixes at the time of this writing. That’s pretty incredible, as I personally had no idea he had done that much work. I guess someone has to get started correcting the Wikipedia entry! It’s a huge body of work and maybe it’s time to go back and revisit many of these mixes. Well, that’s when I have some time, because that’s a lot of stuff to wade through.
Since we’re not going backwards but forwards, here are two recent MK mixes that I really loved. The first is a remix of Duke Dumont’s hit, “I Got You,” which is also available on Beatport as a download.
This one, Wankelmut feat. Emma Louis, “My Head Is a Jungle,” was one of the top tracks on Beatport’s Deep House and Tech House charts. MK took a crack at this one and the results are here on Netmix. We love this mix and we hope you do too!
We’ve been listening to phenomenal music this week. Coldplay’s new album, Ghost Stories, hit the store on May 19th. When we were scoping out Moby’s latest release, Almost Home, we discovered that the same DJ/Producer, Sebastien remixed that record and this one too! Of course, we had to just jump on the Sebastien bandwagon and get this one onto the blog as well. Okay…so we’re a little late to the game on this Sebastien dude. He seems to be scoring a few points with choice artists who make incredible music. Could Sebastien be the next Calvin Harris? It looks like he’s working his way down that road, for sure.
Here’s the original official Coldplay video for single, “Magic.” The song is about a love somehow broken. By whom it doesn’t say, but the memories of that love still persist and while the relationship fades from view, it was still like magic, even if it’s now no longer together.
Here is the Sebastien remix of Coldplay “Magic” we discovered on SoundCloud. He gives this record a nice bottom end deep house flavor with simple piano chords throughout that keep this song grounded near the original. Simple, emotive and effective.
Not sure yet where to buy this remix as the download has yet to make itself available. Hopefully, we’ll see it soon.
If you’re looking for more of an electronic dance music remix, the legendary Giorgio Moroder gives this one a spin as well. You can hear the difference in the more polished sound of the experienced dance music veteran in the complex synth and drum patterns. This is available now for download through iTunes.
Moby’s new album, “Innocents” is out now and this song, Almost Home, features the American singer-songwriter, Damien Jurado on vocals. It’s an emotive and sensitive downtempo number with a sweeping hook and long synth pad washing underneath. Very ethereal and though provoking. Classic Moby in his ability to find and work with interesting vocalists flying under the mainstream radar, but popular in their own right.
You can hear more of Damien Jurado’s folk sound and singer/songwriter abilities on his website.
Here is the official YouTube video for Almost Home.
If that’s a bit too downtempo for you, here is a remix from Hamburg, Germany based DJ/Producer, Sebastien. This guy is definitely someone to watch for his ability to work with strong vocals. Maybe a German version of Calvin Harris? We’ll see!
Buy this release on Beatport
Since Frankie Knuckles’ untimely passing this week, there have been many Internet messages and tributes to Frankie Knuckles in words and images, but it’s important to hear the music of the man who created the genre we know as house music. Here are three Frankie Knuckles Tribute Mixes. The first is from America’s number 1 mix-show DJ, Riddler (@djriddler) for 103.5 WKTU.
This mix is by Frankie’s long time friend and production partner, DJ/producer David Morales. Both Frankie and David have been part of the Def Mix production and management company helmed by Judy Weinstein.
This mix is from DJ/producer, Dmitri from Paris.