Yes, honey…WERK IT! Omg, this mix is pure fire. I just want to start voguing, sashaying across the room, and throwing some fierce shade.
Yes boo boo, this track is one for the voguers! I mean, even if you don’t vogue, you can still house to it; but a fierce Ninja style vogue is more appropriate.
From the moment the intro comes in, I’m already jumping out of my seat. This is a MASSIVE NYC CLUB MIX!!!!! If you hear this track and aren’t jamming to it, then clearly something must be wrong with you. :p
P.S. Nicholas is from Italy.
As a lover of house music, it’s imperative that you study the history of the music you’ve come to love. Forme, my relationship with house has always been one driven by the past. When I first fell in love with the sounds of house, I made sure to study the history, the evolution, and develop a fondess for the classics.
In the midst of my constant research and development of comprehending why house music is so amazing, I’ve come to watch three documentaries that have provided thought-provoking insight into the evolution of house and club culture.
The three documentaries that I highly recommend you watch (and read about on my blog) are: Pump Up the Volume (history of house music), Paris is Burning (a film about vogue culture), and my latest discovery, a riveting 2003 British documentary, MAESTRO.
MAESTRO is a film I stumbled upon about a few days ago in the midst of a search about the house music scene in San Francisco. I’m planning on checking out the scene, and if things can fall into place, maybe leave Los Angeles and move up to SF. More on that later. But yes, as I was saying, I discovered this insatiable documentary and watched the entire film on YouTube.
Now I know that I mentioned I was doing a search about the scene in San Francisco, but the film is actually about the evolution of the “underground” house music scene and club culture in New York City during the late 70s and 80s. My fellow house junkies and dance music lovers know what I’m talking about; Larry Levan‘s presence at the Paradise Garage and David Mancuso‘s The Loft.
I’m not going to spoil every moment of the film, so you should watch the entire film (uploaded by We Mean Disco) for yourself. It’s a powerful documentary that shows the influence of the legend himself, Larry Levan. And it also shows the influence of David Mancuso, another great legend who pioneered “invitation-only” parties in NYC, which helped cultivate the club scene. Both of the men are legends, along with Frankie Knuckles.
The film has rare footage of Levan spinning, Mancuso, and it features great commentary that truly reminds me why I love house music and the club culture. House is a universal language that has a way of uniting everyone, especially those who are in the struggle and just need a release. Without Paradise Garage and The Loft, house wouldn’t have held the impact it does today within the “underground” club culture.
As I always like to quote, Eddie Amador’s famous lyrics, ”not everyone understands house music, it’s a spiritual thing, a body thing, a soul thing…” And my theory on that statement is simply this, in order to truly understand house music, you have to allow yourself to gain a fundamental appreciation of disco, classic house, and fall in love with the evolution of the genre I’ve come to declare a lifestyle.
House music: it’s a way of life, an atmospheric experience of beats and a community of unity.
If you’re a house junkie and you don’t know who Barbara Tucker is, then you should really slap yourself in the face. Not just a typically old movie slap, but a 1970s back-hand pimp slap. Seriously, Barbara Tucker is a legend when it comes to providing vocals for classic house, and she is one of the Queen’s of house, well in my opinion.
Her most well-known hit is “Most Precious Love” and if you haven’t watched the Willie Ninja tribute featuring that song, then you should check it out on YouTube. But she also did a lot of other classics, including my favorites, “Beautiful People” and “Stop Playing With My Mind.”
So let’s get down to business, I’m talking about ’96 Bulls remix of Barbara Tucker’s classic hit “Stop Playing With My Mind.” The remix was released on Strictly Rhythm Vol. 9 and the remix not only pays homage to the classic, but gives it a nice fresh house edit.
Check out the mix below, as well as the original by the lovely Barbara Tucker.
Man! You ever just have one of those tracks that speaks to you on all levels? I’m talking about the type of track that whenever you heart it, you just get lost in the song and forget about reality. Nothing matters except for the beats and the adrenaline rush creeping into your veins.
Well, a track that has always done that to me is the timeless 1987 Ralphi Rosario & Xaviera Gold track “You Used To Hold Me.” That track is such a powerful dosage of classic Chicago house, and the lyrics are filled with so much sass! I especially love the section of the song around the 3 minute marker when the vocalist starts dissing this other female and begins talking about how nobody can satisfy her man but her…he’s hers, all hers.
The track will always remain one of my favorites and of course, a highlight in the career of Chicago DJ Ralphi Rosario. But in the tradition of what makes music awesome, we have been served up with a new remix.
Yesterday while listening to an SS Radio UK podcast, I heard the new remix of the classic Ralphi Rosario track “You Used To Hold Me.” The remix comes from Spiritchaser and it was recently released on Cha Cha Boom! Recordings.
A few remixes were released, including the Stephan Grondin remix & the Alain Jackinksy remix. But by far, the Spiritchaser Vocal Mix happens to the best. It’s a superb fusion of soul, bass, and sexy vocals that made the original such a hot sound.
Peep the remix Spiritchaser remix below and if you’d like, download it (it’s not free) from Traxsource.