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#TBT | Shit Robot – ‘HipHouse’ Mixtape

I know I’m a like 8 hours late to the party, but that doesn’t mean #throwbackthursday is over yet! So go ahead and get your nostalgia on with this wicked HipHouse mixtape from Shit Robot.

Jam-packed with some classic hip-hop and house fusion edits, this is a bangin’ mix that will have you jacking your body!

Give it a spin:

HipHouse Mixtape

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Soulful House | Frankie Knuckles pres. Director’s Cut feat. Sybil – ‘Let Yourself Go’ (the Remixes)

206950_largeIt’s hump day, so get over the hump with some soulful house from Frankie Knuckles pres. Directors Cut. Featuring the vocals of Sybil, this soulful track titled “Let Yourself Go” is exudes love, peace, happiness, and house. :)

The original mix is ultra soulful, but the Joey Negro remix gives it a disco-house sound..and you know I love me some disco house!

Check out the preview from Nocturnal Groove.

 

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Garage House 101 | TRAXX – ‘The House That Garage Built’ [NeedWant]

In the early 80s the commercial future of house music might have been precarious, but one thing that was certain was the love, passion, and experimentation of sounds. Raging bells from disco met with tribal beats in the gritty clubs of New York and Chicago, and over in the UK the English were toying around with a new style of underground music that was started and played by NYC legends such as Junior VasquezTony Humphries and Larry Levan. While house was gaining more popularity on the East Coast and garage transitioned over to the UK, it was destined for them to intersect and create a genre that many have to come love, celebrate, and appreciate as Garage House.

When it comes to who did what, it’s often a toughie to pin down unless you were actually there. But one thing that many can confirm is that at the Paradise Garage, Larry Levan was spinning a new style of music that had more gospel-piano riffs and a distinct percussion pattern that wasn’t yet explored in most house music. House, as you know, is a large genre of music with so many variations and hybrids, but garage house became a sub-genre which allowed for the UK style of garage to marry the American vibes of classic house.

Not much a history lesson, since I’m not in connection with an of the originators of the garage house scene, but hopefully with this little bit of information you can get a sense of Garage House. And this isn’t a genre that has faded into extinction. No sir, Garage House has been steadily rising on the scene in the past few years, and NeedWant Records put together a lovely compilation that shows off some of the influences of what happens when house meets garage.

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Titled, The House That Garage Built, this compilation by TRAXX is loaded with gems of garage house that you really ought to know. Even if you didn’t know the artist or the name of the track, hopefully you’ve been exposed to some of these great songs via podcasts, mixes, or live DJ sets. Personally, I’ve heard each of the tracks on this EP in the past (and lately,) and I commend TRAXX for selecting some items that truly capture the atmosphere of garage house.

With selections from Disclosure, George Fitzgerald, The Mekanism, Huxley, and many others (a lot of UK producers, ) this EP is one that you really do Need/Want.

Give the selections a listen and give NeedWant Records a high-five for being awesome! :)

 

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#HOUSENATION | Classic House Tracks You Really Ought To Know (and appreciate)

ParadiseGarage-Nov1981DJboothI’m in such a house mood today (well, everyday.) But today, for some particular reason, I’m really amped up. Perhaps because I found out about House Dance International 2013 taking place May 24th-26th in NYC and now that I’m back on the East Coast, I plan on going; no excuse not to. I love house, house dancing, and the vibrant community.

In the spirit of house music and the community, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite classic house tracks that you really should know, appreciate, and pass along to other house junkies. Those who grew up in the early days of house will probably know most of these classics; for some it will be an introduction to the classics.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy this time machine of classic house. Got any favorites to add to the list? :)

Oh, and there are so many classics. So I will be sharing some every Monday. :) And on Twitter be sure to join the movement #HOUSENATION

Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body

Masters At Work feat. India – I Can’t Get No Sleep (KenLou mix)

This song never gets old. Love the video too!

Ten City – That’s The Way Love Is (Underground Mix)

Frankie Knuckles Presents Satoshi Tomiie – Tears

First heard this song when I was 15 and used to sing it to myself walking down the halls of school.

Kerri ‘Kaoz’ Chandler Presents Arnold Jarvis – Inspiration

Hardrive – Deep Inside 

Joe Smooth – Promise Land

India – Love & Happiness (Strictkly Rhythm 1994)

Ten City – Devotion

KC Flightt -Voices (Out Of Reach WONKA REMIX)

Tribal vibes! A few DJs have played this song and I’ve gone crazy on the dancefloor. Tribalism! 

DJ Rasoul – Feat Shanan – Let Me Love You [San Fransisco Vocal Vibe]

Jungle Brothers – I’ll House You

Eddie Amador – House Music

Aly Us – Follow Me

LNR – Work It To The Bone

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Certified Awesome | Villa – ‘Mint’ [Remixes by Punks Jump Up x Softwar]

punks-jump-upDefinitive beats and catchy vocals are exactly what Villa’s new single, “Mint,” is all about. Ghent, Belgium-based duo, Villa, have released a track that is certified awesome! Can’t help but to groove to it, and if you want to take it to the next level, then jam out to the Punks Jump Up and Softwar remixes.

The Punks Jump Up remix makes the bass deeper, which is perfect for dancing too. The remix by Softwar take the original, removes the vocals, and turns it into a soulful exploration of beats!

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Sunglass Sundays: The Pulse of the Underground House Scene in D.C.

Whew, the past few days have been hectic! Yesterday, I spent the entire day running errands and doing some much needed shopping, so I didn’t get a chance to tell y’all about my latest experience with the underground house scene in Washington, DC.

For those of you who have been reading my blog for quite some time (or personally know me,) then you know that I’m a huge house music junkie. I like it deep, I like it soulful, and I like to be all bout house! My love of house has been with me ever since I was in middle school, but now that I’m 21, about to graduate college, and live in close proximity to DC, I realized it was time to find a community of house heads. Well, I found that community…Sunglass Sundays.

In order to truly express how I ran across Sunglass Sundays, I have to mention that if it wasn’t for me going to Red Fridays @ U Street Music Hall, I wouldn’t have been so compelled to search for the underground house scene in DC. I loved the vibe on Red Fridays and the atmosphere of no drama, come as you are and enjoy the good music. House is a community…and Red Fridays is a home for house lovers.

But if Friday isn’t enough dosage of house to feed your soul, then Sunglass Sundays will give you a good fixin’ of house.

Sunglass Sundays is one of the most chill parties to check out in the city. It’s one of those chill events you go to on a lazy sunday afternoon, and get ready to immerse yourself in great drinks (peach sangria is awesome, thanks Leo,) down to earth people from all different backgrounds, and great house music from DJs that are passionate about preserving the essence of house.

Not only is the vibe very cool, but the host Leonardo aka DJ eloel surely knows how to party! He makes everyone feel so welcome, and he’s all about keeping out any drama; everyone comes for the music and to mingle. He’s one of the coolest dudes to hang around, and from having a conversation with him you can tell that he’s truly passionate about it. He’s not just throwing parties for the hell of it, but he’s throwing these events (him and his business partner host a few house nights throughout the city) to give DJs a chance to play their music in front of crowds that truly appreciate house.

On Sunday, Sunglass Sundays was truly a great experience. They brought in Sergio Santos from Boston and he killed it! He was spinning some great house tracks that had that deeper vibe. You couldn’t help but to dance to his set, but the DJs before him were also pretty good too! Indecent Exposure (YacineKarimbrought forth a nice soulful vibe, and it was also great having a chance to speak with both of them and hear how passionate they are about their music. Both of them are truly passionate about bringing forth that soulful side of house, so you can truly hear the “soul” in their sets.

Oh, and I must also mention the other DJ’s that warmed up the party and got things started. DJ Skinner and his partner Flip. Shout out to you guys! You truly got things started right and I totally look forward to seeing more of your sets. :)

I could go on and on about how awesome Sunglass Sundays is, but it’s one of those things you must truly go experience for yourself! If you’re in search of good house music, people from different backgrounds, and a place where you can just get down and dance on a “lazy” Sunday, then be sure to check out the last installment of Sunglass Sundays @ District Lounge + Grille in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC.

For more information, click the following link to visit the official FB: https://www.facebook.com/SunglassSundays

Stay tuned for more coverage of house music events in DC!