Some friends and I got together in Gainesville and created a new music night. I'm pretty stoked because I'm playing music I love instead of playing bullshit music that I might like 10% of. Here I actually like everything being played Wednesday night.
My friend Matthew who owns a clothing store called Wolfgang, my friend Vishal who works for Grooveshark (an online music streaming database) and my fellow DJ friend Ernie, run the night at a place called Lux. Lux is one of the nicer bars in town. You could dress up or dress down.
We start the night off with some nice Disco/House and work our way into B-more and Dubstep as the night gets more intense. If you know my sets, you know when I've had a few drinks, I like to play rowdier shit. No difference here. I'm just keeping it a little classier.
I'm going to put a few tracks here that'll I'll must likely play tomorrow but who knows. Maybe I'll find some tracks in the next few minutes that I like better.
The first group is The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band from NYC, based out of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. It's a 8 piece collective or DJ's/artists/musicians who got bored and needed an outlet of disco and psych-rock. When I first read their name, I had already fallen in love. The sarcasm and fun related to their name is just the kind of stuff I look for in music. The band seem like a bunch of hip ass kids from the city who know classic music/modern music but still have a pretty good time.
NPR says this about them. 'The Phenomenal Handclap Band fills venues with a mesmerizing sound and eight-person stage presence. The band is equal parts psychedelia, proto-disco, heavy rock ‘n’ roll, ‘60s soul and hip-hop – what NPR Music calls “a perfect mix of everything from the past 40 years of popular music.'- NPR ‘All Songs Considered’
PHCB is also on tour right now with Simian Mobile Disco. Check the dates out.
The next producer I want to write about is Loco Dice. He is a German electronic producer/DJ. He actually use to be a hip-hop DJ/Rapper. He opened up for Usher, Snoop Dog, R. Kelly and Ice Cube. Now he makes minimal-house with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos. This track I'm going to post is actually from 2006 but I just heard it again and fell in love. This song's more on the tech-house side, but still excellent. Loco Dice is known also as a talented Tribal-house DJ and the sound comes out in his producing. Listen to the shakers and congas. They're barley audible but I think that makes the song so much deeper.
If you see a photo of this guy, he looks hard as fuck. Looks like he'd kill you, full sleeves and all.
Still Going is one of the newer DFA additions and are a lot of fun to play out. They're like a playful disco treat. That's 2 playful disco tracks in one blog. Maybe I'm depressed and the only way out is silly disco tracks. I really hope not.
I've only gotten to hear 3 songs from the duo out of NYC, Still Going but I'm really excited for the full length. If you like what you hear, they just did a DJ podcast for Resident Advisor. Click the link the hear it.