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 Vasquez, Tony 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.
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!
He’s a French guy living in Spain, but another thing you should know about Sebb Aston is that he’s also a Deep House/House producer.
With steady years of production behind him, Aston is starting to gain more recognition and has released his EP sampler for his new release, Just A Dream.
If you love deep house, then you’ll surely groove to his tracks “Just A Dream” and “”Ain’t No Miracles.”
Give the EP sampler a listen and if you love what you’re hearing, pick up the release on Maestrilab Records.
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Normally, I blog about an event the day after, but I partied last weekend at Deep Sugar till 5 in the morning; slept most of the day and Monday was an exceptionally lazy day. By no means am I a slacker, but as a freelance writer/artist, I make my own schedule. So you know what that means? I can live it up on the weekends (and weekdays if I want) with no regret, but I must say, there is nothing like a night/morning at Deep Sugar.
I hadn’t been to Deep Sugar in quite some time, considering I had moved to Los Angeles, and prior to my move, I was living all the way in Germantown (crazy far from Baltimore.) But I knew that since I had moved back to Maryland and had already had my night of dancing at U Street Music Hall’s Red Fridays, I would have to venture to downtown Baltimore and get in my monthly fix of Deep Sugar. And boy, did I ever!
Bringing my mom with me for the first time (we had never been out dancing together, it was a new experience) we made the 15 minute drive to the Paradox. My mom, being cautious of finding parking, decided we should get there right at 11pm. And…we did. Normally I don’t go early unless I have to, but it was nice seeing Lisa Moody already getting warmed up. Shortly after some great funky tracks, the room began to slowly fill as people from all different backgrounds, ages, sizes, and even fashion choices made their way onto the dance floor.
Let me tell you, Deep Sugar is truly an experience! You can try to be a wallflower and bop your head to the music, but trust me, you’re gonna wanna dance. Sweat, sweat, sweat! I can’t even tell you how soaked my shirt was. It was so wet, I had to take it off and wear my tank while jumping up and down, smiling, and getting lost in the infectious house.
From classics to tribal to soulful to deep to tech to gospel, Lisa and Nate played all types of house!
If you’re looking for some pure house and you happen to be in the vicinity of the DMV (DC.MD.VA,) then you need to check out Deep Sugar. Held at Baltimore’s legendary nightclub The Paradox on the second Saturdays of every month, Deep Sugar is a fabulous event hosted by the Deep Sugar Family. It’s a big family, but the lovely Girl Squad Ultra Nate and Lisa Moody hold it down in the main room.
Not only did I have such an amazing time (as usual,) but I met some cool people (lots of dancers) and passionate house junkies. Everyone comes with a vibe that is just all about the music. Every now and then you might sense an attitude, but once a certain track comes on, someone’s frown is turn upside down into a joyous smile. It’s hard to be upset when you get lost in the spirit of house. My mom and I even shed a few tears while dancing and getting lost in the spirit of some of our favorite gospel house tracks.
So, with all that being said (sorry for the lengthiness,) I must say that if you want to experience house music on the East Coast and don’t want to make a trek to New York, then check out Deep Sugar @ The Paradox. From 11pm to 6am the morning, come early and till dawn (like I did,) or come whenever you want and still dance till dawn. Haha, you can’t resist the enigmatic atmosphere of the dancefloor chanting your name.
Hope to see you next month at Deep Sugar. Save the date: Saturday, May 11th, 2013 with OSUNLADE. Yes, Osunlade. I can’t wait!
It’s been a few days since I’ve actually been able to enjoy some new music, sit down, and share it with you on this blog. I literally just drove all the way across country; Los Angeles to Baltimore, Maryland….and now I’m on this journey of self discovery, trying to make my dreams as a writer come true and moving to New York (or staying here in DC and making life epic). Hey, I just graduated college, so I have the right to be a nomad and figure life out!
Everything I mentioned above probably deserves another post, but I can say I’m happy to be back on the East Coast and I’m anxious to go dancing! Speaking of dancing, French Horn Rebellion’s single “Girls” is such a great track to dance to, but the Chicago-based production from Rogue Vogue is truly one for the voguers.
Honey, if you love to vogue, shake your butt, and vogue some more, then you’ll love this track! The cover photo is so 80s, and the chords truly reminds me of an 80s jam. But you know what? It’s fabulous! So honey, you bettah work!!!!
Sometimes a remix can take a song to beautiful new heights, and Krystal Klear’s remix of Sky Ferreira’s “Everything is Embarrassing” is a mind-blowing house touch that is dreamy, steamy, and ready for disco-ball grooving.
It’s one of those remixes that is just so perfect for when the disco-ball comes down, lights are flashing all over the place, and your at the ecstatic prime.
Grab a sexy stranger, hold them close, dance the night away to this beautiful dreamy remix. I’m not near a dance floor right now (of course,) but I’m loving this track. It’s giving me the best daydreams of romance, housing, and tender kisses from a potential lover…
There is nothing I hate worse than a cold night, and these past few weeks these cold Los Angeles nights have been pissing me off! But my friends in New York City tell me it’s been crazy cold there and apparently Brooklyn duo, Chordashian, must be feeling that cold, considering they just dropped their new single “Cold Nights.”
Using samples of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness,” Chordashian’s new single is an upbeat pop-ish electro track that you can dance your heart out to. It’s a great remedy for those cold nights; get up, dance, and get all sweaty! Or you can just call up a friend and snuggle all night long.
Warm up ya life, warm up ya night…we all need those “Cold Nights.”
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Y’all know that I love me some house music, but I’m into all types of music, especially if it’s good music. When it comes to hip-hop, I’m really into thought provoking revolutionary lyrics, and when I’m in revolutionary mindset, I’m vibin’ to the lyrics of Napoleon Da Legend (NDL).
It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted some music from my friend NDL, but today I’ve got quite a treat for everyone. New video from NDL x new music. He’s been mad busy on his grind in New York, but that’s a good thing! I expect that 2013 will be a huge year for him, so I’m excited to see what is next.
Watch the new video for “My Life” directed by Crazy Al Cayne. This video x song is reality rap!!
New music from NDL featuring Sean Price