Episode 74: Phil’s BBQ Mix aka Dancing In The Rain

So on our latest trip to Chicago we were lucky enough to get picked up at the airport in a cherry red ’61 Chevy Impala convertible (thanks Maryrose & Elena). It’s definitely the coolest car either of us have ever been in, but what’s a cool car without a cool soundtrack?! Luckily our girls were bumping a brand new live recording of our favorite Chi-Town mixmaster, Phil Stone. If you’ve been paying attention then you know that Phil Is Ill and once again he has absolutely blasted our minds. Apparently the story is that Phil recorded this mix on a cloudy after(party)noon and when the skys opened up everyone ran outside and started dancing in the rain. For us, this beautiful blend of laid back disco grooves is absolutely perfect for all your summertime needs, especially BBQs and beaches, but most importantly a sweaty summertime bedroom! Enjoy…

Almost forgot. Since Phil is so awesome he’s once again given us one of his masterful edits to give away for free to you so click here to download.

Tracklist:
1. Dexter Wansel “The Sweetest Pain” (OOFT! Edit)
2. SOS Band “High Hopes” (Touchsoul Edit/OOFT! Rmx)
3. Cottam (Cottam 001)
4. Mark E “RnB Drunkie”
5. Janet Jackson “What Have U Done 4 Me Lately…”
6. Mr. Scruff feat. Danny Breaks “Get on down”
7. The Revenge “Music”
8. Toby Tobias “Macasu” (MCDE Rmx)
9. Mark E “One way your way”
10. The Revenge “Looking Up To You”
11. Mc Edits
12. Barry White “It’s Ecstasy When U Lay Down Next to Me..”
13. SuperValueEdits
14. Prince and Sheila E. “Love Bizarre” (Edit)
15. Robert Palmer “Dirty Girty” (Edit)
16. Fatback Band “Backstrokin”
17. Grace Jones “Pull Up to The Bumper”
18. INOJ “I Want 2 B Your Lady Baby”
19. Bill Withers “Who is he” (Henrik Schwarz Edit)

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Episode 62: Phil Is Ill


During our recent visit to the homeland Chicago to play Noe & Fred’s Souvenir party we finally got a chance to hang with Phillip Stone. Many of you may already have this guy’s stuff, just check your iTunes and search for “Phil Edit” or “Phil’s Dub”, that’s where we first saw his name. For year’s Phil has built a name for himself getting his super-DJ-friendly edits of new heat and classic cuts (which he makes with Audacity!!! go figure) into the right hands. Plus with advanced mixing skill, extraordinary programing ability and a slew of high profile DJ gigs opening for the big boys in his home town, it is commonly noted that Phil Stone is Chicago’s best DJ. We’re real pumped to have his contribution to the Adventures of Soul Clap Podcast and seems very fitting to have Phil close out one hell of an amazing year! Closer was a hoserrrrrr 😉

Tracklist:
Patchworks – Panama’s Break
Patchworks – Labroke Grove
Shenoda – Do What U Wanna
MarcAshken & Matt Tolfrey – Babygirl (Daniel Sanchez’s 13 mins of Love Rmx)
Chris Lattner – Deep as Hell (Pezzners Sub Floor Dub Mix)
Ryo Murakami – Lost it
Rene Breitbarth – More Doris
Unknown – Feel Love (Bel Ti Caf Edit)
Unreleased
Dj Yellow presents Mindz Kontrol Ultra – No Way You Can Sleep
Unreleased
Motor City Drum Ensemble – Raw Cuts #2
Jef and Chris – Fever (unreleased)
Unreleased (edit of mine)
Nite People (Garage Mix)
Yannah/Eddy – No One’s Gonna Love You (Ilija Rudman Rmx)

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Hot Chocolate – Cadillac (Phils Dub Edit) DOWNLOAD

Episode 34: Sassmouth Is The Afterparty

I first encountered Sassmouth at an afterhours party at DEMF this year at a crazy place called Bert’s On Broadway (at first I thought was called Burst On Broadway because some Deee-troit Basketball fans were yelling the name after the Oslo party got broken up because of a drive-by outside). It was probably like 8am and the party was definitely dieing down, until bam, Sassmouth & Punisher get on the decks and proceed to keep it going for like 2 more hours. While, Punisher beat it as usual, it was Sassmouth who really impressed with her banging, but simultaneously funky drum style of techno/house. The next day I ran into her at the festival and the rest is history. Now we’ve hit the jackpot and she’s blessed us with a spectacularly dope mix of all her favorite sounds of now (which btw are also some of my favs). As I write this she’s being a hippie and playing at Camp Bisco, but we’ll forgive her for that and because she’s coming to play at Midweek Techno soon, so watch out or you may get sassed.

Tracklist
1. Two Armadillos – Hamlin (Sascha Dive’s Secret Dub Mix)- Dessous Recordings
2. The Per Eckbo Orchestra – Beat Bravo – Oslo
3. Sety – Mogane (Guillaume and the Coutu Dumont’s Remix) – Circus Company
4. Kerri Chandler – Kong – Deeply Rooted House
5. Tigerskin, Dave DK – Volar (Miss Jools and Renrew Remix) – Mood Music Records
6. It – Woman in Toilet (Stefan Goldmann Macro Version) – Electrochoc
7. Punisher – The Escape Hatch – Hej Records
8. Polder – 11th Floor – Intacto
9. Brian Sanhaji – Kappa Effect – Sonata
10. Green Velvet – It’s Time 2 Jack – Cajual
11. Akiko Kiyama – Ant – District of Corruption
12. Digitaline – Hum Hum – gs-zurich
13. Adam Beyer, Agaric – California Gold – Mad Eye
14. Josh Surma – GooseEgg (Stare5 remix) Klectik
15. Deadset – god (mango re-fiddle) – god
16. Azid Child, Karlos Phazer, Soulrack – Go Hamilton (Microfunk remix) – Cray1 LabWorks
17. Josh Wink – Stay Out All Night – Ovum

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Ron Carroll (R&F-014)

Ron Carroll My Prayer Vinyl

So the first time I heard “Walking Down The Street (The N Song)” (the song from the video below) was when Mr. Carroll himself dropped it poolside at last year’s WMC. After that, I basically obsessively searched for it for like 6 months and could not find it anywhere, so at some point late last year I gave up/forgot about it all together. Then boom, all of a sudden I noticed a Count & Sinden remix charted on these guys myspace page (which you can listen to on this blog) and was reminded of how psyched I had been when I heard first heard that signature line and couldn’t get it out of my head. A little interweb research later and bang, you’re looking at the official video.


But the story doesn’t end here (and you know that we would never just post a video on Soul Clap without at least a little context for it). More surprising to me than finding the track was who had charted it. J.O.T.S. make and play “electro” music (the international misnomer for hipster’s current dance party music of choice) and Ron Carroll has made his name in the world of soulful Chicago house music. In fact, RC is one of my favorite house vocalists and a solid producer and songwriter to boot. So before this track blows up (which it will, because it’s already been licensed to 3 labels (including international cheesy disco house rulers Hed Kandi and Sinden & The Count played their version on Essential Mix last month) I think it’s important to give all the kids a little history lesson, Soul Clap style.

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Ron Carroll – My Prayer (H&F Underground Dub) [Af-Ryth-Mix Sounds 0001 – 1993]
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This was the first release on Chicago’s Af-Ryth-Mix Sounds, which was one of many labels M&Ded by 90’s Chicago house stalwart Clubhouse Entertainment. Af-Ryth-Mix only had twelve release and all of them were at least partially produced or remixed by Hula (except ARM-0007) who was also one of the members of The Outhere Brothers of ’90s dance hit “Boom Boom Boom” fame. This particular record happens to be Ron Carroll’s first and with six mixes to choose from it covers a wide range of early ’90s house styles. From the Original Mix’s uplifting Gospel workout, to the NYC vibed King Street Mix (can’t figure out who did this, maybe something to do with the label of the same name), to Ron Trent‘s chopped up Detroit house sounding Hymn Mix and finally to this here dub version. H&F would be none other than Hula & K. Fingers, who along with future grammy winner Maurice Joshua and fellow Outhere Brother Martell formed acid house supergroup Da Posse in the late ’80s. The two also had a grip of house remixes for Jive from ’90-’94 and Fingers aka Craig Simpkins was a member of successful deep house team Blak Beat Niks. I know, I’ve been babbling, and call me a nerd, but all these connections are what make up the roots of the music we hear today.

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Ron Carroll – Natural (RC Grooves Big Room Dub) [Music 101 005 – 2002]
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Let’s keep this one simple. This track is a weird stompy, drummy workout that RC produced, but didn’t do the vocals on. It’s def not his most famous work, but we hammered it when it was released and even put it on a mix. Another remix on the record is by the aforementioned Blak Beat Niks, but I don’t like that one as much.

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Hardsoul ft. Ron Carroll – Back Together (Classic Main Mix) [Soulfuric 0021 – 2003]
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This is one of my absolute favorite house tracks of the early ’00s and Dutch brother team Hardsoul are some of the best producers of this style So emotional, so powerful, so dancefloor. Before the soulful sound starting coming back this year, I would put this track on to pull me out of the dark place that techno can leave me sometimes. If you like this style of “funky” house and you have never heard of Soulfuric, do yourself a favor and go check there depth of dopeness over at Traxsource. Pure class.

THE NINETIES 8: Relief Records pt. 1

Green Velvet in Muzik Magazine from 1997
Green Velvet in UK’s now defunct Muzik Mag in 1997

Awhile back we posted one of our favorite tracks ever on Relief Records. It was DJ Sneak’s banging remix Green Velvet’s most famous song Flash and it was thrown in as a footnote to our report on DOTC4 & U.B.H/T.W. because it totally re-captured the energy of that party/week (aka the energy of mid 90’s rave parties). Looking back now I realize that that track and the amazing label it’s on can never really be a footnote to anything and seeing as December’s O.P.P. edition of 90’s Jam is tonight and we haven’t done a proper post in months, it’s probably as good a time as any to begin our series on Curtis Jones’ (aka Green Velvet aka Cajmere) legendary Chicago house/techno stable.

While some of the releases on Mr. Jones’ first label Cajual Records (which launched in 1992 with seminal house classic “Brighter Days” featuring Dajae) were bigger house hits, it was Relief (launched in 1993 with “Preacher Man”) that fostered Chicago’s second wave of young producers and took the tracky Chicago house sound in down new and distinctly techno influenced path that is still being explored today. This split make sense if you’re familiar with the 2 sides of Mr. Jones himself, as Cajmere he releases his vocal and housey productions on Cajual, while as Green Velvet, he drops tripped out techno creepers on Relief. As you can see I can go on about these labels forever and that’s why we’re doing a multi-part series on each label starting with Relief, because even though Cajual came first, we’ve been ripping and playing a ton of old Relief tunes lately. Enjoy.

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DJ Sneak – The Lights part II (RR707 – 1994) DOWNLOAD
Let me start our reviews wit a disclaimer: unfortunately, we don’t have every release on Relief Records. We wish we did, but given that we didn’t start buying records until after Relief was born it’s damn near impossible to find alot of the early stuff, we may never actually complete the collection. Second most important fact: RR701, Green Velvet’s “Preacher Man” is necessary listening for sure, and you’ve probably heard the track with the evangelist preaching to his congregation about the dangers of “playing house” before, but if you haven’t, go buy it here. So back to this release. It’s one of DJ Sneak‘s really early ones and is totally insane looped out techno music. By 1995 Sneak had gone much more in the disco house direction so it’s a pleasure to here his early experimentations. To hear “The Lights part I” goto Corporate Bloggin’s great Sneak post from a couple months back and read it too if you can read french!

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GU – Smok’en Indo (RR714 – 1994) DOWNLOAD
Here’s another early track from a producer that became very important. GU aka Glenn Underground is often credited for carrying Larry Heard‘s torch through the 90’s with his new brand of disco and soul sample laden deep house, which would be the blueprint for Chicago’s sound in the late 90’s on labels like Guidance and Large. But, back up for a second, because like “The Lights”, “Smok’en Indo” is a crazy techno monkey that makes you do wierd dances and illustrates how important Relief was in the early development of these young producers.

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Green Velvet – Explorer (RR730 – 1995) DOWNLOAD
Alright so this is on the Portamento Tracks EP which also included the more known “Flash” and “I Want To Leave My Body” so it’s pretty much overlooked, which is a HUGE mistake. While the beat is similar to “Flash” Velvet laces explorer with much more aggressive synths that rip open your ears while he talks about the king of the jungle. Wierd, but true.

Oh yeah and if you didn’t know: after a brief hiatus from ’98-’00, Relief is still alive and kicking. You can check ’em on myspace and also purchase many releases on their website. So make sure to support the roots and the future of our dance music!

Episode 22: Don’t Be Chi Aaron Dae

Aaron Dae is a Monkey Man

We met Aaron from Dae Recordings for the first time on one of his killer WMC boat cruises a few years back. When I say these parties were off the charts I mean it, three floors of music, top shelf open bar, the whole nine. At the time Aaron lived in Philly, had just started his label and was releasing and playing dope funky, bumpy, house jackers. Fast forward to now and our man has relocating to the house mecca Chi-town and has refocused his sound around deep soulfulness, while maintaining his signature funk and for Episode 22 he has blessed us with a mix of pure house bliss PLUS a super exclusive interview and charts to match. From the future soul of the opening track to the classic amazingness of alltime Soulclap favs Hallelujah and The Pressure we’re sure you’ll love this one as much as we do!

Tracklist
01. Amp Fiddler – Ridin’ (Carl Craig 12″ Edit) – Genuine Records
02. Jersey Street – Born Again – (Vocal Mix) – Glasgow Underground
03. Matthias Heilbronn – Brown James (Matty’s Soulflower Mix) – King Street
04. Freedom Soundz – Say Yeah (Sat & Lite Remix) – White Label
05. Kerri “Kaoz 6:23” Chandler – Hallelujah (Kaoz Club Mix) – King Street
06. VMC – To The Rock (Spiritually Sound Dub) – Hustle Music
07. Sounds Of Blackness – The Pressure (U.B.P. Classic Club Mix) – AM:PM
08. Ann Nesby – Can I Get A Witness (Mousse T’s Garage Mix) – Perspective
09. Deep Swing Pres. Xavior – Shelter (Louis Benedetti’s Dub) – Soulshine
10. Masters At Work Feat. India – Backfired (Joey Negro Dubfired) – suSU
11. David Morales & Albert Cabrerra present Moca (Feat. Deanna) – Higher (Dub Mix) – Azuli
12. Beatconductor – Give It Up (Extended) – Nitevibes
The accapella entitled: Steven Mestre & Wilson Santos Presents Judgements & Misconceptions which appears on Defected Accapellas Volume 2 Preachers was used throughout this mix. Mastering of this mix was done by Marcus Aurelius.

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Aaron Dae – Don’t Be Chi
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AND HERE’S THE INTERVIEW

Where you from?
I was born in Ft. Lauderdale, FL but grew up in Brooklyn, NY.

Where you at?
I am currently residing in Chicago after doing a long stint in Philly.

2 truths and a lie
I love animals. I like to eat ice cream just about every day. Pimpin’ ain’t easy.

What music are you into/producer/spin/release?
Right now, I guess I would classify what I’m into as Deep House with a decent amount of vocals to it. It’s soulful but not sleepy and has some funk to it. It’s funny because I used to dislike this kind of sound! I was more into the funky jackin’ stuff that I usually put out on Dae Recordings. This is really why I’m launching my new sub-label: Dae Deep. It’ll give me an opportunity to put out a sound that I’m really into these days. It’s where my heart & soul are! As far as producers go, I’m pretty keen on people like Joey Negro, Masters At Work, Phil Asher, Restless Soul, Fanatix, Ralf Gum, Jon Cutler, Spen & Karizma, Simon Gray, Richard Earnshaw, The Jinks, Liquid People, Reel People, Knee Deep, Fudge, The Sole Channel guys (Mr. V, Alix Alvarez, Will “Reelsoul” Rodriguez), Bobby & Steve, and Copyright. I also play a mixture of stuff from the whole crew of Nottingham guys: Schmoov! (who runs and owns Winding Road Records), Crazy P, Hot Toddy, Ron Basejam, Office Gossip, and Rhythm Plate. They have a real distinct sound that I feel is really all their own. I have been into that kind of spacey / disco-ish / funk / house sound for a bit now and actually just released an EP (Flash It Out) from Schmoov! on my Dae Recordings imprint.

What was the first records you ever bought?
Well, early on when I was first starting to play records in the mid 90’s I was really into Funky Breakbeats and I primarily liked the stuff coming out of Florida. I think the first record I ever bought was called Beats-A-Rockin by DJ Icee on Zone Records. I still actually have it! It was an easy record to learn how to beat match with. I also picked up some Bassbin Twins stuff around the same time.

Your most treasured record?
Hmmmmmm. . .I love so many of my records, but I only have doubles of one and it never ever leaves my bag. I guess that would constitute my most treasured record! It’s called Shelter and is by Deep Swing Pres. Xavior (Soulshine Records). However, the Louis Benedetti (one of my all time favorite producers & owner of Soulshine) Dub didn’t appear on the original version of the record nor did it appear on a repress they did with a different track on the B side. People often say I have that, but I don’t have that version. I guess with the whole digital wave though, no record can be that treasured anymore!

What was the first rave/club/party you went too?
Amazingly, I remember this just like it was yesterday. Many moons ago in NYC, I was very big into rollerblading/skateboarding and just so happened to meet another skater by the name of Ani (from Dee-Lite). He told me how he was a DJ and plays at these “rave” parties. I had never been to one and he kept informing and keeping me up to date on his gigs one of which was at this party called The Living Room (3rd St. between Ave. B & C – shit’s engrained in my mind). Around the same time, my Brooklyn Russian skate buddies told me about this “rave” called Maskarave that they had gone to and the way they described it was fucking nuts! I had to go! So, I convinced one of the skater guys to take me there and I had this elaborate scheme to tell my parents about me sleeping over there and us working on editing some skate video stuff. Everything was a GO and all set up until I got to my buddies house and he said “sorry man I can’t go tonight because my parents are home”. I was about crushed as I had been anticipating this moment for weeks! I begged, pleaded, guilted, and eventually hatched another scheme to get us out without him getting in trouble. It basically consisted of a tall tale about how another skate buddy had “run away” from home and his mother called us asking for help finding him etc etc. He took the preverbal bait and we were on our way to my first “rave” – The Living Room! We got there and I remember there being no sound bleeding through to the street and just a building with a bunch of metal roll down gates. Apparently, there was “knock on the second gate three times” system and out came a burly security guard who then let us into an alley where we waited to get searched. We then entered through another set of doors into an area with a ticket booth and none other than DJ Db working the counter. I walked up to the window and he said “oh sorry man no shorts”. I couldn’t believe I had made it all this way to be turned away because of my baggy Planet Earth skate shorts. I said to Db “please man you don’t know what I went through to get here” and he replied “ok well maybe if you pull them down a little bit so they look more like pants”. I quickly agreed and began to adjust them when he exclaimed “APRIL FOOLS! get on in there”. I think I laughed, gave him a couple choice words and was on my way in through yet another set of doors. Once inside the “main room” I was dazzled by the strobe light/blaring music sensory mindfuck! It was all over then as I said ” I don’t know how on earth I’m going to get here next week, but I WILL BE HERE” and the rest is one for the “rave” history books! Here I am about 12-15 years for later still involved with electronic music. CRAZY!!!!!

Most embarrassing rave movement?
Ha Ha! Must I pick one of the many? I guess I would have to say the most embarresing moment took place while living in Orlando, FL. I was super “candy raved” out back then. I mean bleach blonde hair, platform shoes, book-bag, glow stars on my face, and the whole shebang! Anyways, I was going to be moving back to NYC and was attending one final huge rave in Orlando. I was so amped up and was insistent on taking all these great pictures to take back and show everyone in New York. I had my camera all set and ready to GO! This girl I was dating at the time and myself made one stop before the party to hang with some other friends. Everything was great and there was plenty of excitement in the air as we prepared to roll out to the “rave” (Energy 2 @ The Edge). I was actually underage at the time so we had to sneak in through the back. The plan was successful and we were in! The party was packed and the music was pumpin’. One small problem, I forgot the damn camera. Now mind you, there was and maybe still is a twelve o’clock curfew in downtown Orlando for all kids under eighteen years of age. I had already gotten caught once and got away with a warning. So me being so insistent on taking these damn pictures decided we had to leave, go back to our friends house, get the camera, and come back. Sounded good at the time right? Wrong! We came out of the club and there were police all over. As we made our way towards the car, I noticed a large group of “ravers” along a wall and a policemen on the other side of the sidewalk. They had all been stopped, detained, and awaited transport to the police station. We just tried to “be cool” and walk right by which almost worked. However, some girl that I knew was one of the kids up against the wall and shouted out “Hey Aaron” and it was all over. The cop started yelling “Hey you two come over here. I need to see some ID”. We tried to keep walking, but he wasn’t having it. . Once he stopped us, I tried to explain that I “left my ID in the car” and that we had been in the club already. I even showed him the re-entry wrist band that we got on the way out and informed him that the door guy could vouch for us. No dice! So up against the wall we went and then into a cruiser headed for the station. We ended up in some sort of late night court and I waited for my name to be called. Sure enough, my prior run-in with the curfew had come back to haunt me! I sat there all decked out in the holy grail of “candy rave” getups and watched as each and everyone got a warning for their 1st offense. Eventually, I was left there with glow stars on my face sitting next to some people who had committed some real crimes. Off to jail I went and the whole nine (photo, fingerprints, etc) was given to me. My Dad had to come pick me up and didn’t do so till the following morning. Now that was an embarrassing moment for the “rave” history books!

What was the best place you ever played?
I would really have to say at Sundae in Philadelphia. It’s the party that was started by Lee Jones, Dj Dirty (1/2 of the Housing Project) and myself (other 1/2 of the Housing Project). I’ve played a decent amount of places stateside and beyond, but there is just something about the vibe at this event. It’s so damn thick! I’m actually in Philadelphia right now as I’m playing the party this Sunday.

What was the wierdest place you ever played?
I would have to say Pittsburgh, PA. It could also double as the worst place I ever played. I think this place was a coffee house or something where that had shows so underage kids could attend. Something was just plain bizarre about it and it was a pretty empty gig. I think it was one of those surreal moments where you ask yourself “why on earth am I here”.

Proudest musical accomplishment
I would say that I’m most proud of 2 things.

One is an event I did two years in a row called Floatin’ which took place in South Beach Miami on a huge 3 level luxury yacht. It was the biggest scale event I have ever coordinated. The total cost for the yacht rental including top-shelf open bar for 4hrs for 400 people was $30,000.00. It was really daunting and had so many more variables and room for error than a normal size event. I was a bit nervous about it all, but I put my mind to it and made it a success both years. Some of the people on the bill were: Questlove (from the Roots), J-Boogie, Andy Caldwell, Onionz, MFR, SS & Shy Fx, Grooverider, and Fabio.

The second thing I’m most proud of is my label: Dae Recordings. It really weirds me out when people from all over the globe tell me that they know and really like the label. I’m just glad to still be around after watching so many labels fall by the wayside. We are about to put out our nineteenth release (Johnny Fiasco & Joshua Heath – Half & Half EP).

Vinyl or digital?
Well, up until recently I was very much all vinyl. However, the rapidly rising cost of vinyl and the lack of vinyl release availability from the labels I like (some of them are not even doing vinyl anymore – ex. MN2S) is turning me into a Digital guy. I wish it wasn’t that way, but. . .
A. I can’t get the music I want on vinyl.
B. I can pay $65.00 and get 6 pieces of vinyl (if that) or get 25-30 tracks digitally.
C. I can and will be getting Serato where I can have the best of both worlds (playing digital tracks in a vinly format)
YOU DO THE MATH!

Episode 21: Little White Guestcast

Little White Earbuds

If you care at all about blogs about electronic music then you probably already know about Little White Earbuds. Apart from posting mp3s, reviews and charts of great music since 2005, Stevie Buds also features some of the weirdest pictures you’ve ever seen at the top of his posts and he also has the dream job of reviewing and interviewing for RA so you know he has some serious exclus. For T.A.O.S.C. 21 we have the honor of welcoming the Mister Buds himself for a super special guest mix, but before that I caught up with him while he was taking a break from filling your brain with insanity.

Why did you start it, why do you do it?
I started LWE to cure the boredom of spending winter break in the suburbs of Chicago. I continue to publish because I love sharing music with people as well as spreading a bit more awareness of artists/labels/tunes. Talking with readers who have rushed out to buy a release I’ve featured is a fantastic feeling. Yay capitalism!

How’s Chicago?
Chicago is a wonderful place. Despite the fact that dance music has a much smaller following than it did when, well, a lot of modern dance music was first created here, we still see a number of the better DJs/producers rolling through. We also have the best damn pizza, for real. So if you’re looking for cheap rent and don’t mind a totally corrupt city gov’t, rising taxes, and one of the worst managed public transit systems in the nation, look up your boy in the Chi.

What’s your top 3 favorite posts you’ve ever done?
I am really proud of my interview with Mark August, my “throwing down the gauntlet” post decrying the state of mp3-posting blogs, and my review of one of Matthew Dear’s first live performances with a band (in America, at least).

If you were a techno which would you be?
I would be a cross between ambient techno and dub techno. Big, dubby chords over static rhythms and lots of colorful melodies.

Where do you get all those fresh pics?
Initially I would search Google for images matching my posts’ subjects, but now I just collect pictures I find in my Internet travels. Perhaps the best (and most NSFW) place would be pockyway.com, which is a continuation of the fabled Space Ghetto LiveJournal community. Sounds nerdy (and it is), but I’ve seen some of the coolest pictures in my whole life there. You just have to sort through pages of tits to find it.

Tracklist
The Youngsters, “Third Knife” [20:20 Vision]
Naughty, “World Of a Woman” [Moodmusic]
Carsten Jost, “Love” [Dial]
Redshape, “Pink Dust” [Styrax Leaves]
False, “Face the Rain” [M_nus]
Osborne, “Outta Sight” [Spectral Sound]
Arto Mwambe, “Noh Ngamebo” [Brontosaurus]
Jesse Rose & Rob Mello, “Do You Wanna” [Front Room Recordings]
Prosumer & Murat Tepeli, “What Makes You Go For It” [Ostgut Tonträger]
Chelonis R. Jones & Marc Romboy, “Helen Cornell” (Stefan Goldmann Macro Version) [Systematic]
Kissogram, “My Friend Is A Seahorse” (James Priestley & Dan Berkson’s ‘Bariz E Syntho’ Remix) [defDrive]
Siobhan Donaghy, “Don’t Give It Up” (Carl Craig Dub Remix) [Parlophone]

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