Saturday, October 01, 2005

on decks with morgen douglas

by Brent Crampton ~ An anomaly amongst his colleagues in Des Moines, Iowa – Morgen Douglas goes for all things with soul, all melodies with jazz and all beats with funk. Having spanned genres such as jungle, hip-hip and house, his musical influences always remain within the groove.

In this edition of On Decks, Douglas is sharing with us one of his greater loves within music – house. This up and coming DJ in the Iowa area has a passion for the music, a heart for the dedication and the youth for improvement. Giving shout outs to his crews, Soul:Tribe Recordings, Treble Alliance Productions and Midwestfutureofsoulmovement, Douglas briefly explains his take on the mix.

This mix is one I quickly put together recently. The transitions have some rough edges, but so far the consensus is that the selection easily makes up for it. I was really pushing for a teched-out late-night driving feel. One you toss in the box and drive until the sun comes up. Soulful vocals open the front up, before transforming into a bouncy euro-club kinda vibe. Afterwords things get technical and my hip-hop sensibilities took over. The Jurassic 5 remix itself is pure fire - Jason Hodges is killing it this year. Near the end of the mix, I decided to take the showcase back to a grooving vibe, and took things out with a number of tech-infused tunes. Finally I dropped some smooth vibed tunes to take the mix out. The whole set is a blend of numerous influences, primarily jazz and afro-cuban themed rhythms. Hope you all enjoy it.

  1. Vibezelect - Do What You Know (Original Mix)
  2. Vibezelect - Do What You Know (Oliver Desmet and Mario Fabriani Remix)
  3. Swirl People - Play Along (Original Mix)
  4. Filthy Hotjizz (Jason Hodges) - Jurassic Filth (Original Mix) - White
  5. Destiny's Child - Soldier (Maurice's Nu-Soul Mix)
  6. Filthy Hotjizz - D-town Frontin - White
  7. Mario Fabriani - Italian Stalion EP (A2)
  8. David Garcia and Joey Mazzola - Like This (Lawnchair Generals Remix)
  9. JT Donaldson - Let It Ride (Original Mix)

shadowrunner october 2005 trance

This month I am starting to give you the info and links to some of the most vital places to go to immerse yourself in the trance culture.

Right now Trance is the dominant genre of dance music in Europe and other parts of the world. With so many various styles of trance, where in the world can a Trance addict get hooked up? is one of the foremost sources of all things Trance with interviews, articles, news, and links to all great destinations of Trance. Your subconscious will thank you.

Speaking of the subconscious, psychedelic trance, better known as Psy-Trance or Goa, is one sub-genre that could be best described as trippy, echoed out, energy driven trance. It is definitely not for the foo foo crowd. This style takes it to the far corners of dreamland and back again. One site dedicated to updating the info on Goa is It is a bare bones site that gives you just the necessities. See what they have to offer and safe journeys.

Here are my picks for the must have CDs of October.

Sarah McLachlan
If you are a fan of Sarah McLachlan check out her new CD "Bloom" the remix album of some of her latest hits. The top remixers in the business give her tracks the remixing that they deserve. Junkie XL, Thievery Corporation, Gabriel & Dresden, and Junior Boys to name a few. This one is just too smooth to pass up.
Dave Seaman

If you have never heard of Dave Seaman its time to crawl out of your cave and behold his latest effort "The Therapy Sessions". This two CD release features the efforts of Dave Seaman(of Global Underground and Renaissance's 'The Masters Series' mix fame) on disc 1, and Phil K(Australia's progressive breaks master) on disc 2. The mixing and track selections on these discs are of the forefront efforts in progressive house, trance, and breaks. Put these in your system and rock the block for hours.

Vinyl or digital, it doesn't matter, good tracks need to be brought to the masses. Here now is my picks for an Octoberfest of groove. So, grab a bratwurst with sourkraut, a stein of a german beverage, put your lederhosen on, and check out my picks for hot tracks this month.

Kosmos Epsilon - Innocent Thoughts (Stel Remix) - Heavy Rotation
Float away to a soft happy place in the clouds on this one. Hypnotic bells, strings, and synths hover over softly chugging beats. The breakdown is a long echoed dream of emotion and color. Try the flip-side for a slighty darker and more progressive entrancement.

Gaudium - Phunky People (Andromeda Remix) - Spiral Trax
Andromeda has been very very naughty. However, it will be you getting the spanking on the dancefloor when this one gets dropped. This hypno-tech tribal ass whooping will smart at first but I know you will grow to love it. The
flip is a more laid back psytrance that is a lil proggy and understated. It is good as a filler but not as the main course.

Alucard vs Team4 - Winter Soul <b:side> Overrated - Somatic Sense Future 
Sounds These two tracks are just as slick as my friend's 3 yr old who covered herself with a whole jar of vasaline jelly. This proggy driven blend of hypnotic beats are perfect for building that sexy vibe that just glides into the night and slips through the mix.

Andy Moor - Halcyon - Armind
I must warn you. This type of Epic Trance is why AVB's Label Armind is dangerous and addictive. Andy Moor uses hauntingly beautiful vocals and melodies in two strikeingly exquisite ways. The first track drives the synths and baselines hard with floating vocals that just arouse the emotions. The second track has a deeper proggy smoothness that glides through the whispy strings, thumpin low bass, and arpeggiated sexy vocals.
This S#!T is naughty.

T4L - Moonwalk <b:side> Perfect Blend -In Trance We Trust
"Perfect Blend" of daydreamer juice here. This track is one of those tracks that you can close your eyes to and let your imagination take you to wonderous places. Your spaceship is fueled and ready to go. "Moonwalk" is just a lil more epic energy with a long synthy breakdown and hellah buildup back into the body of the track.

solaris october 2005 techno

Techno DJ and Producer Solaris is back again pushing the sounds to those in the world that need it most. These are some of his favorite tracks that have pushed their way into his mind this month. Always looking for a way to expand your horizons, in the techno world, check out these tracks and reviews.

Kik Records - Finnie - KIK002
It is always nice to hear something diffrent. I have a hard time finding guitars that work in techno tracks. Other than a Chris McCormak record this is the second. I have to say while not banging it out like no tomorrow this groove has a nice feel. Not to energetic and just the right amount of spice to make the fremen nervous. Keep you ear tuned. if you dont play it wait for me to be on the decks.

Punish - Mike Humphries - PUNISH023
Mike makes a style that gets the party started here. This is slower and less banging than I am use to, but I do try to be diverse... hard techno, straight techno, and a bit of schranz to keep the diverity P.C. Dont think about going anywhere without this track. This thing gets me into the mood and mindset that I know no matter what I do that night, i am up to no good. You should be thinking it too. Without that why would you be out doing the things you do.

Incharge - Marco V - IC005
Something new and inspiring this way comes... I never am failed to be impressed with the range techno can have. This track just helps solidify my theories. Take a trance anthem, cut it , blend it a bit (not to puree, but close) and put a bit of attitude to it, and you will come out with this wax. I caution you it is great for you show the trance heads they aren't near as sexy as they think they might be.

More Punk Than Funk - Various - MPTF003
Keep yourself at the edge of your seat, this one has potential as well as a bit of flare for the eccentric taste. A great driver here! Nice breakdowns, nonsensical commentary, and then having me go on and on about it. If you listen to me, then at least you can take these beats to the masses and be seen as a visionary.

Maximum Minimum - Chris Liberator, Ant & Mcaffer - MAXMIN48I think that my last and best pick of the month is deserved by this one. The electro cut Ant and Liberator whipped out kicks enought to set a depth charge in those synapses. If that wasn't enough. Mcaffer and Liberator come out bangin' on the flip side. This wax will keep your ears warm in the coming winter, until the next month's picks.

svs october 2005 jungle / dnb

Originally from Long Island, NY, SVS has been playing around in Kansas City since mid-2000, playing different types of music over that time and finally settling on Jungle & DnB and pushing the limits of that since. Here's his picks for the month!

Rhygin / Tester – Destroy Dem / Anytime – Ten Pound Records – TPR03With Ten Pound Records third release this label us coming out swinging. Destroy Dem is as hard hitting as they come. Heavy ragga vocals and sliding snares all around on this one accompany the terror bass line. On the flip is Testers kill ’em bass track. With an evil darkstep ripping base over thick vocals and Ten Pounds choppy drum line there’s no wonder why he’s tearing up dance floors are over. Check out the Trilogy Sound Crew for more information!

Rebel MC Born again – Rich Ah Getting Richer / Just Keep Rockin – Congo Natty – CNV4I don’t know why I expected a lot out of this. I must say I was very disappointed. If I wanted to spin ‘89-’93 rap I’d get a copy of Ice Cube’s Predator album. I couldn’t even finish listening to either track. I was really interested to hear this but sad that I ever did.

Urban Takeover Presents: A History Of Urban Takeover – Urban Takeover – UTH004This five pack is truly amazing. Classic tracks repressed with out all the cheese. It’s a nice collectors piece if anything but fun to play. With track by: Mulder - Dont Believe / Mulder - Stick Up Kid / Vinyl Syndicate - Man Of Steel / Vinyl Syndicate - Breaker / Rascal & Klone - The Reprise / Rascal & Klone - Galactic Jam / Morphy - Trans Egypt Express / Morphy - Warehouse / Nicol & Majistrate - Yankee Doodle / Nicol &

Majistrate - 8th Day
The Panacea – The Bear Of Berlin / An Ounce Of Leniency – Outbreak Recordings – OUTB036The Bear Of Berlin hits as hard as the title. The loud screeching synths of Panacea overlaying the cannon sounding drum lines of the Outbreak sound files; this appears to be a great duo in the making. The flip side is a hitting hardstep track full of cuts and drum fills. I didn’t really like this one all that much but if you a fan of either of this gruesome twosome you’ll have to pick this up.

Tester – Dubplate 101 – CD – Trilogy Sound Crew
This all dubplate cd showcases some of the best ragga and ragge on the continent today. Starting off with some nice ragge by Edley Shine, Ricky General, and Bunny Ruggs mashing it up. Then it hits Testers release of War! Feat. Beenie Man and its balls to the wall hardcore ragga! This probably one of the best cd’s I have listened to in a quite some time. If you missed his appearance at Columbia’s Hurricane Benefit show this last month here is a great way to check him out. His live performance leaves something to be desired however. Check out the Trilogy Sound Crew for more information!

crampton october 2005 house

Whether it be funky and deep, bompty and quirky, or just click-click beepy – this is your monthly house music source for what’s hot and churning on the dance floors at the moment. And with the Winter Music Conference just behind us, so many great choons are now on the market.

Ion - Everything - Aroma
During my daily routine, I'm checking out (which formerly should be retitled Crackspace), and I get an email from a DJ from New Mexico, Billa (who's interview is featured in this month's issue), and he proclaims that I gotta check out the new Ion on Aroma. So I jump online to come across the first track, titled "Everything," and I hear the very track that I have been hitting the repeat button to on an old Trevor Matthews mix CD. Needless to say, I picked up the track immediately. But that's not saying much about the B side, and there is a lot to be said about what can be found there. A sample-based jazz jacker with a heavy emphasis on the funk, "Ain't Missing You" won't have the pleasure of missing my crate.

Ohmega Watts - The Find - Ubiquity
Intelligent hip-hop with soul and nu-jazz flavors. If you like your beats fresh, underexposed and hip, then hop your way over to the online Ubiquity Record online-store. Ohmega Watts has put together a 22-tracker release that is nostalgic of The Roots, De La Soul and most notably - Pete Rock - then you've got a winner. But either way, you'd be the loser not to pick this up.

Mike Dixon - Cumba - Red Hot
Take a few latin classics from the tried-and-true Verve label, add a house beat, and you have Dixon's newest and hottest number. Often times latin house tracks consist of a horn and some hand-drum percussion, but these tracks have the characteristic hallowed out base with samba and salsa flair. And from my experience, dance floors react extraordinarily well to Latin, so I expect this one to go the extra mile in record ware.

Johnny Fiasco - Klassik Fiasco Vol. 1 - Klassik Fiasco
Big ego or big star? That is the question of our good friend in house music, Johnny Fiasoco, who has arguably taken an early step into the "classic" status. Personally, I'm all for what Johnny does. In fact, he's my favorite producer. I was just a bit surprised to see a record label titled, "Klassik Fiasco." Nonetheless, the first release has some reissue's of Johnny's older work. Most of them were featured on his mix, "Cycles: A mixed retrospective." Worth picking up if you weren't around for the first wave of Fiasco's ingenuity.

Sweet Clones - Vinces Big Con - Robsoul
Classic jazz sampling on this one. With a DJ Sneak and No Assembly Required remix, it's hard to pass up. The NAR mix has a very true-to-form drum solo break down, which can be found within jazz music, but has been little explored in house. Similar to JT Donaldson's "Vanguard Night's" rolling drum build up - the quirky aquatic sounds and spoken word samples make this a funky number to check out.

Mike Monday - What Day Is it - Play Time
Overly simple, nostalgically acid & most importantly - fun. I almost glanced over this track from the start, but giving it a dose of patience, I found myself curiously entertained by the sample-based acid line that arbitrarily takes on different reverbs and effects. Reminding me of an old-school Detroit techno, the rising climax isn't about taking the track to another plateau, but more about teasing the crowd to be entertained by the hypnotic groove.

Cielo - New York City
On a recent trip up to NYC, I vowed I would make it to Cielo. With residencies held down by notables such as Louie Vega, Kevin Hedges of Blaze, Francois K., John Julius Knight and Nicolas Matar - this soulful and afro-centered house spot is where legends play during their downtime. Given that (and the fact that they have been the winner of "Best Club" in Urb Magazine), you can see why I was eager to pay the $20 cover charge. Small, intimate, lush and particular were all observations I pleasantly noted before I payed $14 for a small Red Bull vodka and a soda water. (Note - next time bring a flask). With sub woofers that looked more like a concrete institution, the sound quality was impeccable. The dress code was high, but people still got down. Oddly enough, it's the first club I've been to with house music where couple dancing was the standard, and solo dancing was for the couple-less. As for the music, John Julius Knight took it into the more glam-clubby section. While he did have flawless mixes and highly like-able tracks, I was still waiting for that Masters At Work type drum work, and the deep-toned house melodies that I've heard was played there. Not this night. I don't know if it was the vibe of the crowd, or the mood of the DJ, but I felt disappointed.

douglas october 2005 hip-hop

As Fall approaches, and mainstream rap has taken over the collective-conscious of America, most people are asking, "Where is the underground?" The answer is more simple than you may think. The underground is constantly innovating amazing hip-hop and downtempo. And as 2005 begins to end, the music seems on the path to continue long into the future. Artists are pushing the limits and lines of normal production, lyrical style, and even vocal presentation.

As a DJ it is always hard to find outstanding tracks, especially ones that maintain integrity to the music, but are solid enough to make people bob-and-weave. If you are a DJ, producer, or even just a fan, make sure to check these tracks - they are ones you are likely to hear far into the future.

Ohmega Watts - The Find LP - Ubiquity
Usually I'm not a huge fan of LPs, most lack the continuity and consistency for serious DJ play. This album is set to change the rules. This is probably the most innovative hip-hop album so far this decade. Ohmega Watts (Lightheaded, Ubiquity) finally dropped his first solo effort. This album is diversity as finest: Latin, reggae, classic hip-hop, and jazz come together on Watts' multilayered production style. Essentials: "Mind Power" and "Stay Tuned" just to name a few.

Platinum Pied Pipers f/ Jay Dee, Invincible, and Medaphor - Shotgun/Fever - UbiquityUbiquity is killing things on the hip-hop front and down tempo market this year. "Shotgun" is an old-school vibed jam with A-plus lyricism and outstanding production. Check the DJ Spinna productions on the B-side... typical precision and outstanding layered beats.

Jurassic 5 - Red Hot - Up Above Recordings
Jurassic never fails... the saga continues as the group maintains the path to elevate the mental state of hip-hop consciousness. A funk break contributes to the outstanding lyricism of Chali 2na and crew. Worth the buy, but beware the B-side.

Das Efx f/ Mobb Deep - Microphone Master - White
Mobb Deep has really gone down hill... but it's nice to know that their old stuff still holds value. Das Efx keeps the flows nice and tight while Havoc and Prodigy hold down the back end.

DJ Muggs f/ The Gza - All In Together - Up Above RecordingsCypress Hill, love them or leave them... but one thing is for sure, Muggs produces some very solid beats. Gza keeps things true to the Wu and delivers catchy, yet hard-hitting lyrics. Great for all you hardcore head-nodders.

the elevation tour

Troy Gilmore ~ Elevating dance floors throughout the United States, is something legendary San Francisco House DJ’s Mike Giannini and Bali have become notorious for. Having performed throughout the globe from Ibiza to Moscow, and currently holding residence at San Francisco’s Mega nightclub Ruby Skye, Bali and Giannini have become legends in the dance music industry. Renowned for there ability to send dancers into a frenzy with there smooth mixes and soulful San Francisco house sounds, these two musical wizards are teaming up for this monumental tour, to show the world just what San Francisco house music is all about.

Mike Giannini is recognized globally for his unique innovative blend of soulful tech and groovy house sounds, this dance music prodigy has been rocking dance floors throughout the world since the early 90’s. Revered as one of west coasts very best, Giannini has become a house music Icon throughout San Francisco, frequently working alongside many of the worlds best such as Mark Farina, Miguel Migs, and Kaskade, as well as maintaining high profile residencies at Legendary San Francisco Night Club Ruby Skye, Thump Radio(XM Satellite Radio) and others. Elevation marks another hit milestone for Giannini, who will once again be rocking dance floors from coast to coast, and showing why he is a true ambassador of San Francisco house music.

Bali, the twenty-nine year old San Francisco House Music sensation, is widely regarded as one of the west coasts hottest dance music artists. Having performed alongside many of the worlds biggest names including BT, Paul Oakenfold, Miguel Migs, Tiesto, and others, while residing at one of the nations most renowned Mega Nite Clubs; Ruby Skye(, Bali has become a true star in America’s dance music community. His innovative mixing style, and deep groovy house sounds have been as staple in nightclubs throughout the world, legitimizing Bali as a true representative of San Francisco House Music. Recently Bali, released his hit co production globally, entitled “To the Floor” with legendary producer Michael Anthony. This along with numerous other hit releases, and constant touring, ensure that Bali will continue his amazing rise as one of Americas most in demand talents.

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365 world tour

Betty Kang ~ Lee Burridge takes the globe-trotting life of a DJ one step further as he embarks on a new concept tour this year, called ‘365’. This is a completely different approach to a residency and will be a full immersion in the clubbing culture of each respective host city. Add a festival with 75,000 partygoers called Loveparade San Francisco and the release of a Sander Kleinenberg collaborated 2xCD called ‘Everybody on Tour’ (Ultra Records, October 2005) and it’s no wonder that Lee is a fast rising DJ above the horizon.
That is the life of a DJ from Dorset. A small town in the south west of England, Dorset became the training ground for Lee Burridge who has seen his twenty year career expand from being the “IT” DJ in Hong Kong into a global, jet-setting party maker. And it stands to only get better with his much anticipated ‘365’ world tour.

The ‘365’ world tour kicked off in Hong Kong, where Lee first honed his DJ career and subsequently met Sasha & Craig Richards to later become Tyrant in the UK. He just finished summer 2005 in Ibiza and now with two cities under his belt says, “During the first two 365 residencies in Hong Kong and Ibiza it has been very exciting to watch the reaction of the crowds to the music over the four parties. It was an initial aim that the music would affect people differently as they became more familiar with certain tracks and the way I DJ.”
Now the 365 World Tour makes its North American debut in New York City. Lee kicked off NYC unofficially with a secret after-hours gig at APT immediately following the Danny Howells show on Saturday, September 10th. However, the official kick-off to the NYC portion of Lee’s 365 project begins with a special launch party at Opus 22 on Thursday, September 22nd. New York’s own Robots’ Dennis Rodgers will be doing the opening set, and as usual Lee will be bringing his own special brand of twisted, funked-up, hip-shaking sounds to the tables.

"I'm really looking forward to being allowed more than the usual few hours to twist peoples heads in New York as it’s a city I really feel I have a lot more I can offer. I don't usually get the chance to play in more intimate venues but a couple of the parties are in smaller rooms and this is a very different experience, more intense as the after hours party proved. I'm also very excited about playing with Richie Hawtin who I think is one of the best DJs in the world right now. Now that’s going to be a night of incredibly twisted music!” -Lee Burridge on NYC.

For the’365’ residency-based tour, Lee will be taking one to two month-long residences in each city and collaborate with local producers and inviting local guest DJs and PA's in varied locales such as: Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Melbourne, New York, Denver, Florence & Ibiza. His experiences and collaborations will be released on vinyl throughout the year and a 2xCD compilation album alongside a full album of new, exclusive tracks from the tour will be released in June 2006.

Lee Burridge Fall Tour Dates

10.01.05 - Vinyl - Denver, CO
10.07.05 - Spirit w/ Richie Hawtin - NYC
10.08.05 - Eleven50 - Atlanta, GA
10.09.05 - Government - Toronto, ON
10.14.05 - Sound Bar - Chicago, IL
10.15.05 - Kabal Restaurant & Nightclub - Kansas City, MO


by Betty Kang ~ For People_3, D:FUSE is taking the live DJ concept to a whole new level. This new 2xCD People_3 continues the concept of "both sides of the picture" with Disc 1 ‘People_Clubbing’ (live in San Francisco): the club mix was recorded live in San Francisco @ Club Mighty on July 29, 2005 featuring D:FUSE’s new live show with a full percussion set up, including his signature mix of Electronic Congas, Bongos, Tablas, and Timbales - as well as adding Tom Tom drums, Cymbals and live filter effects. The live show also included LA-based DJ/Producer Mike Hiratzka on guitar, bass, and keyboards and Austin’s MC Flint on vocals. On the flip side, Disc 2 ‘People_Chilling’ (Live in Austin): a chill-out mix recorded live in Austin, TX at the Lift Room, providing the perfect atmospheric pre-party or after-party soundtrack.

“The energy and feel you get when musicians work together in a live setting is something you just can’t create with a computer. When the curtain went up on the recording everything meshed. I’m banging the drums like a maniac, Mike Hiratzka is bouncing up and down like a pogo stick with his guitar, and MC Flint is throwing the vocals down. The energy of the crowd that night was off the charts, and it worked through what we were doing on stage infectiously. We were very focused on bringing it for the dance floor. It was about keeping it funky, keeping it fun, and throwing in just a bit of spirituality for good measure. This is the mix CD I’ve always wanted to do.” – D:FUSE

People_3 is the third installment in D:FUSE’s popular compilation series, following ‘People’ released in February 2002 which immediately entered the CMJ Chart at number 9, followed by ‘People_2: Both Sides of the Picture’, a 2xCD mix for System Recordings in 2003.

D:FUSE began his musical career writing and performing industrial music under the name "Culture Industry" before he turned to DJing. In 1998, he was signed to then premier electronic music label Moonshine releasing three mix compilations, and selling over 80,000 mix CDs for them. In 2001, D:FUSE was picked out of the Lone Star state for his DJ skills by Paul Oakenfold to tour with him on two consecutive North American Perfecto tours with over 50 cities and many sold-out dates. Then he followed up with a double CD mix compilation for Paul Oakenfold's Perfecto Presents series, beginning the “People” series. In 2004, he was voted URB Magazine’s #2 Artist/DJ for Winter Music Conference 2004. D:FUSE released his debut artist album ‘BEGIN’ to much acclaim in 2004 on System Recordings. The album features Motorcycle vocalist JES and twelve original tracks, plus two bonus remixes, including the hit singles "Everything With You" and "Living The Dream," with licensed compilation sales reaching well over 150,000 units.

As an electronic music pioneer in alternative media outlets, D:FUSE can currently be heard on his own DJ mix show “The People’s Mix” one of America's top nationally broadcasted electronic music shows on XM Satellite Radio 80 in the primetime Saturday night spot, heard by over 150,000 "people" every week. He will be celebrating his 200th anniversary show in Fall 2005 featuring live simulcasts at clubs across the continent. D:FUSE also has a weekly Friday night show on KBIG 104.3 FM in Los Angeles and on 101X FM in Austin and is flying high on Delta Airlines in-flight music programming with his very own 45 minute ”Chill Factor” electronic channel.

D:FUSE 'People_3' Tour Dates

10.06.05 - The Granby Theater - Norfolk, VA
10.13.05 - Red Carpet - St Cloud, MN
10.21.05 - Halo - Salt Lake City, UT
10.26.05 - H20 Meta Lounge - San Antonio, TX
11.18.05 - Rise - Boston, MA
12.03.05 - Club Atlast - Memphis, TN
12.10.05 - Pala - Portland, OR
12.17.05 - Kabal Restaurant & Nightclub - Kansas City, MO

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lights out 3

Justin Kleinfeld ~ On October 4, Global Underground will release Steve Lawler’s much anticipated new mix CD, Lights Out 3. Themed around his distinct dark and dirty “twisted house” sound, Lights Out (2002) and Lights Out 2 (2003) are amongst the most popular mix compilations in the world. Lawler will support this new release with a special Lights Out 3 tour across North America this fall. As an added bonus, special limited edition versions of Lights Out 3 will feature a third bonus disc featuring an exclusive mix of tracks from Steve Lawler’s own record labels: Harlem Records, Harlem Trax and Harlem Electric.

Steve Lawler is a definitive DJ and producer, renowned as one of the hardest working in the industry with an acute ear for a tune and a technical ability that is second to none. His rise to the top has been the result of pure talent and dedication to playing and producing the finest quality house music first. It's been a steady rise from the infamous 'motorway raves' of the early ‘90s, to his legendary residency at Space in Ibiza, Harlem Nights at The End, and his Lights Out tours of North America. Lawler continues to build an ever-growing band of avid followers who pack out any venue that bills his name. He is one of the most powerful touring brands in electronic music – period.

Steve Lawler has been hailed the pioneer of twisted house. His sound has evolved through the years but the main elements remain meandering through deep, dark, chunky, driving’, sexy house tracks. The track selection on Lights Out 3 reflects this ideal, but also highlights Lawler’s love of the underground. This isn’t just another mix CD with the same old tracks you’ve heard before. This CD is full of brand new gems, unsigned tracks and Lawler’s own exclusive edits. These tracks – combined with Lawler’s unparalleled mixing abilities – equal a mix CD that truly defines what this artist is all about.

Steve Lawler is currently in the midst of the busiest time of his life. In March, Lawler took the The Winter Music Conference by storm with his remix of the Funky Green Dogs classic “Reach For Me” and recently released a remix of “The Conjure,” title track from the Universal Pictures film “The Skeleton Key.” Both tracks, along with his own new production “That Sound,” have become among the most frequently played by Radio One’s Pete Tong. In July, Lawler launched his own weekly club in Ibiza with VIVA. Moving from his Sunday residency for We Love, he’s standing alone with his own night every Thursday at the refurbished Space Ibiza venue. Joining him has been Sasha with his Fundacion concept. VIVA is Lawler’s latest musical venture, and is a name he’ll be using in the future around the world.

Still evolving, still redefining boundaries, Lawler is the stuff of legends and undoubtedly a staple diet of dance music for years to come. The culmination of his busiest summer to date, the third part of his ‘Lights Out’ trilogy is released through Global Underground on October 4 and will be accompanied by an extensive tour of North America.

Steve Lawler - Lights Out 3 Tour Dates

10.06.05 - Trinity - Seattle, WA
10.07.05 - Mezzanine - San Francisco, CA
10.08.05 - Avalon - Los Angeles, CA
10.09.05 - The Standard - Edmonton, AB
10.13.05 - The Church - Denver, CO
10.14.05 - Bloom - San Juan, PR
10.15.05 - Space - Miami, FL
10.16.05 - House of Blues - Orlando, FL
10.19.05 - The Church - Charlotte, NC
10.20.05 - Surface - Ottawa, ON
10.21.05 - Spirit - New York, NY
10.22.05 - Vision - Chicago, IL
10.27.05 - Axis - Boston, MA
10.28.05 - Nation - Washington, DC
10.29.05 - The Guvernment - Toronto, ON

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girls gone wild

Justin Kleinfeld ~ North America’s most popular female breaks DJ, Baby Anne teams up with DC-based DJ/ artist/producer Jen Lasher to deliver Assault & Battery – a death defying 2xCD DJ-mixed compilation capturing Baby Anne’s energetic brand of Florida breaks doing battle with Jen Lasher’s potent mix of electro-meets-industrial. ASSAULT & BATTERY features exclusive new tracks from Baby Anne and Jen Lasher, as well as music from Mylo, DJ Icey, Anthony Rother, The Knife, Wolfsheim, Infected Mushroom and Atomic Hooligan.

Baby Anne has dominated the US breaks scene, with numerous singles and five top-selling mix CDs. Her hi-powered sets of breaks, fused with electro and heavy doses of Miami bass have taken the Orlando-based native from DJ booth to dance floors, coast to coast, performing for her legions of dedicated fans.
With wild energetic stage presence, a funky style, solid production, and live vocals Jen Lasher's earned quite the musical name nationwide. Her mix takes it's influence from both electro and industrial music and includes her single "No More Tears".

The combination of these two DJ's styles, so different and both so edgy will surely make an impact on the world of mixed CDs as we know it. Look for DJ Baby Anne & Jen Lasher kicking ass and taking names in a town near you all Fall/Winter long in support of Assault & Battery!

Assault & Battery Tour Dates featuring Baby Anne and Jen Lasher

10.01.05 - Voodoo Lounge - Ft Lauderdale, Fl
10.08.05 - Sutra Lounge - Atlanta, GA
10.15.05 - Lizard Lounge - Dallas, TX
10.28.05 - Club Five - Washington, DC
11.12.05 - Ocean Club - Jacksonville, FL
11.13.05 - House of Blues - Orlando, FL
11.26.05 - Bicentennial Park - Miami, FL
12.03.05 - The Church - Denver, CO

Assault & Battery Track Listing
CD 1 – DJ Baby Anne
  1. Scratch D feat. Brazen – Throwdown
  2. Baby Anne – Freaks Groove (The Remix!)
  3. Product 01 – I Like It Now
  4. Baby Anne – She’s The Devil
  5. Trixie – 2 Dragons
  6. Mylo – Drop The Pressure (Future Funk Squad Remix)
  7. Malicious Mike – Ding Dong
  8. Roxiller – Fear 2
  9. Baby Anne – Dementia
  10. Jimmy Rhodes – Time Format
  11. Praise Cats – Shined on Me (Trashy Edit)
  12. Influenza – Let Me Fall
  13. Kmfx – Blaze It Up
  14. Misfilter – Want It All (Influenza Remix)
Track Listing
CD 2- Jen Lasher
  1. 1. The Knife – Heartbeats (Original Mix)
  2. Roxanne – Fashion (Extended Mix)
  3. Wolfsheim – Once In A Lifetime
  4. Danmass – Lucid (Original Mix)
  5. Psycho Radio feat. LC Anderson – Sound is Shocking
  6. DJ Mason – The Screeech
  7. Anthony Rother – Father
  8. The Glass – Hear the Music (Nick Moore vs Computer Disco Mix)
  9. Naommon – I Am Not Ashamed
  10. Phil Fuldner pres. Superfaktor – I Don’t Care (Vocal Mix)
  11. Atomic Hooligan – Spitball
  12. Infected Mushroom – Cities of the Future (Violet Vision Remix)
  13. Jen Lasher – No More Tears
  14. Covenant – Dead Stars
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Betty Kang ~ Renaissance is delighted to announce a brand new album series – ‘Frontiers’, a 2CD compilation that pits two DJs head to head with a unique, geographical twist, both are heralding from different countries. The concept breathes a welcome air of originality into the compilation market, the perfect platform to showcase DJs, artists, countries and the ever-expanding global world of dance. Renaissance MD Geoff Oakes says, “We have worked with a number of very established DJs over the years. ‘Frontiers’ will be our platform for artistes who, although a little too experienced to be classed as nu-skool, are still fresh and exciting; driving their respected genre in their own domestic scene forward and knocking down the door of the A-list.”.

No finer example could be found than our inaugural pair – Yousef and Behrouz. Yousef has become one of house music’s finest ambassadors since his Muzik Magazine breakthrough in the late nineties. Renowned for his tough, jacking style that’s always got one eye on funk and the other on the dance floor, he has established himself as the British answer to the likes of Derrick Carter and Sneak. He produces under a number of guises – Drum Bums, Harry Munroe and 10,000 BC – all of which have picked up major support. His most recent remix (under his own name) for Iain Brown is currently being heralded by Pete Tong on Radio 1, picking up the coveted ‘Essential New Tune’ award in the process. He also has an artist album in the works featuring collaborations with other luminaries such as Nic Fanciulli, Gene Farris and Paul Woolford. Over the past two years he has also found time to develop one of the UK’s most successful new club brands, Circus, in his native Liverpool; a project that truly came of age at the end of 2004 when Radio 1 listeners crowned the club the best in the UK in an independent poll.

San Francisco’s Behrouz, by contrast, provides the perfect musical foil. A masterful exponent of all things deep and hypnotic, his DJing and production has become the toast of his U.S peers, most notably Danny Tenaglia and Deep Dish, the latter of which signed him to their prestigious DJ agency and lauded record label, Yoshitoshi. Recent remixes for Narcotic Thrust and Cuba Computer are generating the kind of buzz that helped put his re-work of Narcotic’s first single, ‘Safe From Harm’ at the top of the Billboard dance chart, whilst his own productions (such as ‘Be Free’ as featured on ‘The Sound of Renaissance Vol. 2’) are met with equal anticipation. As a DJ he boasts residencies at two of the worlds best clubs, Ruby Skye in San Francisco and the excellent Red Light in Paris and also plays a major part in Yoshitoshi’s Pacha, Ibiza residence. Couple this with further guest appearances round Europe and the World, plus his American commitments to clubs such as Space, Miami and Crobar, New York and you have one of the hottest DJs on the planet. Little wonder he picked up nominations as ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ from the prestigious Dancestar organization, ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Ibizan DJ awards in 2004 and “Best Resident DJ” at the Club World Awards 2005.

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velocity code

Shelli Andranigian ~ Southern California-based Velocity Code have signed a digital distribution agreement with Proper Talent Records and System Recordings through The Greenwich Music Group, Inc. for their self-titled debut album. All of the songs from the record (including their next singles "Reality" and "Bydz") are currently available at iTunes among other Internet retail outlets. Proper Talent is the company founded by the legendary DJ Rap. A vinyl distribution deal was also signed with New York-based Topline for "Reality"/"Bydz."

Velocity Code's newest singles were featured on the soundtrack of the September Films documentary "Single In South Beach," which aired on Showtime the entire month of August 2004. "Bydz" is an upbeat trance anthem (131 bpm) that features the vocals of Shaheen Sheik, while "Reality" (130 bpm) has evoked a magical feel for some listeners, sending them into another dance realm.

Comprised of talented producer/musicians Chad Gendason and Zach Grace and accompanied by an international array of vocalists, Velocity Code made an impact in the dance music world when their first single "Beautiful Outside" went to #32 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music Club Play chart. The song also received airplay on 75 local, nationally-syndicated and satellite radio mixshows including DMX, Sirius Satellite Radio, XM and others. The song was also the "second most-added track to nightclubs in the United States" according to DJ Times (12/15/03).

The founding members of Velocity Code embrace both the dance and rock music worlds. Their self-titled CD also has a companion edition specially mixed by Leggo (aka Broken Signal). As the producer behind Broken Signal, Leggo has done production, writing and remixing for numerous artists, companies, TV shows, films and websites some of which include George Clinton, the Pharcyde, Bobo & Sen Dog (Cypress Hill), P-Nut (311), Dakah Orchestra, DJ Lethal (Limp Bizkit), Showtime Networks, MTV, ABC, NBC, The Shield, Bones (Fox), Aftermath, Mad Media Films, Big Momma's House 2 (Twentieth Century Fox), Urb Magazine, Machine Head Studios, Fox Sports Net, Rock The Vote, Comcast, Reebok and others.

System Recordings was co-founded by Eric Silver and Louis Montorio in 2001. Along with DJ Rap, they also work with Dieselboy, DJ Icey, Christopher Lawrence and Bad Boy Bill among others. According to Silver, The Greenwich Music Group, Inc. (GMG) is one of America’s fastest rising entertainment companies. "Our business consists of acquiring and releasing audio/visual intellectual property via our System Recordings and Double Blind Music labels and our Orange Sofa LTD (ASCAP) and Alpha Numeric Music (BMI) publishing companies, " he said. "(And) providing management and career direction for artists such as Dieselboy and 32 Leaves via GMG Management; and offering marketing/lifestyle consultancy services to companies seeking to reach the youth market in area of recorded music and live performance via GMG."
GMG is also signed to Bug Music, which administers the copyrights for GMG's two publishing companies; Orange Sofa LTD (ASCAP) and Alpha Numeric Music (BMI).

For more information, visit! "Reality" and "Bydz" as well as all of the songs from Velocity Code's full-length self-titled CD, are available for purchase at Systems Webstores on iTunes, emusic & Beatport.

shawn rudnick

Troy Gilmore ~ World Renowned DJ/Producer Shawn Rudnick is widely regarded as one of America’s most premier house music performers. Routinely taking his Miami style Funky House sounds to major events and venues throughout the globe, this charismatic musical prodigy is on a certain track for superstardom. Growing up in Miami, Shawn has not only increased his global DJ presence but he has also continued to be a major player in the South Florida nightlife…playing an intricate role in Miami’s club scene.

Rudnick currently holds residency or frequently performing at some of Miami’s hottest venues including the new multimillion dollar club Nocturnal, Oxygen Lounge as well as his legendary night at Amika Miami (where he also holds the role of entertainment director), which was recently rated as the #1 Miami Dance Club in the Miami New Times. Additional performances and residencies include: Crobar, Legendary Club Space(2 Year Residency), Nikki Beach, Level, Opium Garden, Shadow Lounge, Groove Jet and the Living Room South Beach. Although Shawn can regularly be found rocking Miami’s world renowned nightclubs with his unique grooving sound, he is also in high demand throughout North and South America and the world as well. Shawn has rocked the decks at nightclubs such as San Francisco’s legendary club Ruby Skye, and world renowned Bungalo 8 in the Hamptons to name a couple. These as well as regular tour performances throughout North and South America, Ibiza, and Europe, keep Shawn performing for Tens of Thousands each year.

Shawn’s numerous performances around the globe have allowed him to work with and perform alongside many leaders in the industry. Some of these include legends such as: Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Todd Terry Tony Humphries, Sasha, Sander Klienenberg, Danny Teneglia, Steve Porter, and many many others. Working alongside such tremendous talent has allowed Shawn to gain enormous amounts of experience and expand upon his already tremendous musical talents.

Making a name for himself not only as a DJ but also as a high quality producer Rudnick recently joined forces with legendary house DJ/Producer, George Morel, to launch Sound Ritual Records - the second label to come out of Morel’s Groove On Productions, Inc. With over 10 original tracks under his belt, Rudnick’s productions have graced the crates of renowned international acts and are on heavy rotation on the UK’s famous Radio One. His most recent release -“Drums” - was “Record of the Week” on Satellite Records’ chart just one week after its release.

Summer 2004 proved to be an extremely successful one for Rudnick… he headlined the Groove On Night at Privilege, Ibiza where he played for a crowd of over 3,000 people. As well as a earth shattering performances at the Winter Music Conference (Miami) made for a monumental year. In September he will kick off his US & Latin American “Made in Miami” Tour in Lima Peru in support of an upcoming release. Other productions by Rudnick include his collaboration with DJ superstar Tracy Young, the first one for Gloria Estefan’s “Wrapped” (Sony Music) which was simultaneously released in both languages in all major markets; and Madonna’s “Nothing Fails” (Maverick/Warner). This fall, he will release his solo debut album entitled Sound Ritual.

With his ongoing residencies, constant touring throughout the world and sensational productions and releases the name Shawn Rudnick will continue to resonate as a driving force in the dance music arena for years to come.

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nicholas bennison

Troy Gilmore ~ Nicholas’ popularity rose through the mid to late ‘90s after performing powerful and technically brilliant sets at hundreds of events each year and mixing two of the US’ best selling Trance Global Nation CD’s. Over the years, Nicholas has remained true to his signature blend of driving tech-trance and sleek progressive house and continues to champion cutting edge tunes lurking beneath the mainstream surface. Nicholas has played for many major production companies around the World including Clear Channel, Go Ventures, Destiny, B3 Cande, Channel 36 & Global Electro. Standout performances at major events such as Spundae, Giant, La Boom, Nocturnal Wonderland, and Together As One have solidified Nicholas’ reputation.

As a producer, Nicholas has crafted a powerful sound and his tracks are played and charted by the World‘s biggest DJ's including Sasha, Paul Van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, Seb Fontaine, Christopher Lawrence, and John 00 Fleming. Nicholas has releases on some of the World’s finest labels including Five AM (UK), Recoverworld (UK), Duty Free / Intensive (UK), Acting Out (Sweden), Screen (Italy), Source of Gravity/Gravitation (UK), & Looq (USA). Nicholas' tracks have been licensed to Ferry Corsten’s ‘Infinite Euphoria’ mix CD (Ministry of Sound), Marco V’s ‘Combi:Nations’ (Universal Music), Paul Van Dyk's "Mixmag" CD and played on BBC Radio One‘s Essential Mix (UK), Ministry Of Sound Radio (UK), Kiss FM (UK) and ID&T Radio (Holland).

Nicholas also runs and has numerous releases on his own label, Propulsion Records. Launched in 2003, the label has seen considerable success with it’s unique sound that treads the line between progressive and trance and doesn’t easily fit into either one of those categories. The label has filled the void for many of the World’s top DJs looking for a different sound who continue to champion each release week after week.
In addition to his production work, Nicholas has three officially licensed mix CD releases which have collectively sold over 50,000 units Worldwide. Nicholas was first commissioned by Arcade America to mix the second installment of their hugely successful Trance Global Nation series and skillfully mixed what went on to be one of the best selling US mix CD’s of 1999.

Based on the success of TGN2, Nicholas was invited back to mix the forth CD in the series, second time round having full control over the track selection. TGN4 was released during 2000; a tougher and intelligent album representative of Nicholas’ true underground sound. To support the CD‘s, Nicholas headlined the Trance Global Nation Tour (featuring Jerry Bonham, D:Fuse, & Doran) and visited cities throughout North & South America, Canada and Asia. Nicholas’ third CD, Crystal Vol.2, was released through AM Recordings in 2001 as another testament to his unique and uncompromising style.

Check him out at these upcoming events:

10.01.05 - Tyco - LA
11.12.05 - City in Blue - LA
11.26.05 - Tyco - LA

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transplant series part 4 - billa

by Brent Crampton ~ From acres of farmland to miles of skyscrapers - the majority of our readers lay somewhere in between. And with magazines such as XLR8R and URB talking about all the rage in London, Chicago, Miami or Germany – it makes a DJ wonder, “What if I moved to these places?” And what would happen if you moved? Would you make a name for yourself or would you just become another DJ standing in line, waiting for the next crap gig?

The Transplant mini-series will explores those concerns by asking the people who have already done it. From rural areas to citified hysteria – this interview may answer your questions.

This issue’s edition is a man who not only has jumped from city-to-city within the mainland, but has jump across continents to pursue his love of house music. With a nomadic appeal, Billa has lived in many cities, and has opened up for talent such as Derrick May, Derrick Carter, Fred Everything and Hipp-e, among many others. Currently holding down an underground house night in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Billa took the time to share his experience with traveling.

You grew up in Philadelphia, you had a residency in Prague, now you live in New Mexico. What's going on with all the traveling?

Growing up in the Philadelphia area was excellent place to learn about all kinds of music as a kid. Also having the option to hit up NYC easily has always made my passion for collecting vinyl a diggers dream.

As for the traveling, it's been way fun. The Prague deal was such an amazing experience for me, and one I'll never forget. It came to me from good friends I knew for years, who just happened to move there with the idea to open a nightclub when the government changed in the mid 90's. It took off for them overnight. They always had me play parties for them back east, so they asked me too come and be a resident for them. I had 3 nights a week in 95' and got the chance to play with cats like Derrick May, Marcello, and Dmitri to name a few. The club was called Radost FX and is still going strong today on the circuit of many big DJ's. It was way too cool to pass up and a chance of a lifetime to rock records in one of the sexiest city's of the world!

The reason for the move to New Mexico was originally a transitional point for a move to San Diego with two of my best friends from Albuquerque. The reason for the Southern California idea was because of a passionate house scene and clearly the ocean.

Though some issues came up and I never left. I don't have any regrets at all cause the city has embraced me with so much love for my talents and really helped me develop so much of myself that has never seen the light of day. I have so much respect for everyone here (New Mexico) involved in our scene for this and I will always return the love to them I have received.

Where were you living when you got the offer for Prague? What was the scene like? Did you have any hesitation before moving? If any, what was holding you back?

I was living back East outside of Philly at the time. I was way hesitant about moving my life to a country I knew nothing about and had only visited for a week to see if I could make something there. The biggest drawbacks were definitely the language barriers, transportation and food. These are things I think we take advantage of a lot here. Also being able to basically feel some acceptance there.

How has DJing over there and experiencing the culture affected you?

Musically at the time I was really into breaks and I had things that no one ever heard there before, so the peeps just freaked. It was cool cause I was opening them up too a new world of sound. Living there was tough at times with so much changing so rapidly with the government. The younger generation was very excepting but the elders didn't wanna have anything to do with any westerners, especially when it came to getting your morning loaf of bread. I had to wake up way early to score something so simple as this.

Tell me more about being a Westerner in Prague. Why was it difficult for you to get bread, and why did you have to get it in the morning? Do you have any personal stories of experiencing a prejudice projected onto you?

Being a Westerner in that country at the time was easy to live money wise, but I was frowned upon by the older generations who lived there and were having a hard time with a rapidly changing country. I received the typical forms of prejudice such as, “You don't belong here,” and “You Americans are trying to change what we always have had.” As for me, I'm not really that political so I don't really involve myself very deeply in these issues. The younger generations seemed to love the Western influences because it opened doors to things they never heard or seen before when it was still part of the iron curtain. Although, I felt for the older generations on levels of money cause now it is harder for them to survive then when everyone was the same under Communism. Shopping was hard sometimes like with food for instance. Here in the states it's insane how much choice you have. And there, you might see something once at the grocery store, and never again. Like with the bread, which is my favorite food, it was just hard to score it cause it would be very limited and elders would always up you in line. It was cool, though. I just respected them cause I was new to their world.

Did you live off of your residency, or did you have to take up another job?

I couldn't have any other job other then DJ’ing cause I didn't have a work permit. So yeah, I just lived off my residency, which was enough to live at that time there. My rent was $80 a month. You can't beat that. Everything was so cheap during those first years when the government was changing. That’s why it became such a mecca for artists and young people to explore.

Why did you move back? And where did you come back to?

Well honestly, I got sick, and our medical system was way stronger at that time. As for my return, it was back east to the outskirts of Philly, which was home to me.

What brought about the move to San Diego attracted you besides the ocean and great music scene? Did you have contacts out there? What held you back from getting out there? In retrospect, do you feel as though New Mexico was actually your intended destination?

The reason I wanted to move to San Diego was mainly a passion for California. It was a place I visited many times before, and just felt at home. Yes the house scene has a lot of talent there and respect for what it's all about, which is choice for someone like me who loves it. It was also an idea my DJ friends from here had in mind - to try and take it higher in a bigger city. Yes, we had some good contacts there who offered to help, but we were just a team and we knew what we had to do.

The reason for staying and watching my bros go is personal but I know the reason now, which I believe has been a huge development within myself and the life I'm gonna go after. New Mexico wasn't my true destination but it has been way good to me after I just let it be. Now, many dreams are just falling into place and honestly - you can't beat that!

Any advice to impart to people about letting go and just traveling to where you are being pulled?

Well this is what I was always told before: moving won't change you - you have to do it yourself. Though, I don't truly believe that now. Maybe it's really facing yourself and maybe the energy of a new place might give you that opportunity, too.

When did you start DJing? With over ten years experience, what keeps you in the game?
I came across the art of mixing back in 93' at my first ever warehouse party experience in San Francisco. It actually was a Wicked party, put on by DJ Garth and Jeno, which you couldn't ask for any better experience than this. I instantly was hooked and amazed with the music. It impressed me so much just how you could take people on a path through sound and dance for hours - if one was open to it. What keeps me still in the game? That’s easy - a true love for the music and the energy it brings.

What have been your more memorable moments with DJ'ing?

Well they’re all memorable to me when it comes down to it, but there’s three that standout. The first being my first night in Prague at the "House garden party.” They made the club into a tropical garden - which was way cool. I was so nervous and actually my back got stuck from bending over so much I couldn't stand up straight after I finished. Though it was way worth it for the love of the crowd.
The second was being a replacement DJ for Mark Farina in Albuquerque of 2000 when he couldn't make it due to weather. Talk about being nervous - that was crazy! I was so scared of losing all these peeps who came from all over, but it just went off! People here still talk about the party today.
My third wicked playing experience is none other then getting to set the stage for Derrick Carter last year! To me it's such an honor to open for the legend this man is - truly one of the best mixing nights of my life.

What's the story with the Rhythmic Soul Lounge?

Well this is the creation of my real good friend, Adam Gibbons, who is also a recent transplant from the East to the Southwest. It's based on a night he used to do back in Boston. He asked me to join as a weekly resident and collaborator of the night. We are only three months in and it has become one of Santa Fe's sickest underground hotspots, rumor has it.

You can find Billa, right here.

battle on the beach

by Chris Milbourn ~ photos by todd ~  Kansas City, MO - Beginning on the 25th of August and running every Sunday night from August 28th through September 25th, local DJ’s (some unknown and others accomplished) gathered for the sake of friendly competition taking form in a DJ battle sponsored by and hosted by Rehab Sundays at the Westport Beach Club in Kansas City’s celebrated Westport district.

Three-dollar pitchers, sand volleyball, dancing and good music made for a great atmosphere after a Chief’s game. House, Breaks, Drum & Bass and “Mix & Match” competitions were held every week, culminating in the victorious jockeys from each battle going all-out in a fifth week of “Finals”. DJ’s were graded on a scale of 1-5 by selected judges in categories such as technical, beat-matching, programming and presence.

August 28th - House - Week # 1

This first night began just before the Finals of the Miss Hawaiian Tropic Bikini contest. Mr. Nuro, Psyclone, Bucho and DJ Fool squared off on Technic’s, Pioneer CD decks, and a focal mixer. DJ Fool delivered one of the better mixes of the night, despite few vocally-driven records. Bucho kicked things in to gear with the help of some James Brown and later described “gauging” the crowd and believed his effort was very “solid”. Kansas City resident and experienced house DJ, Psyclone offered his own style that’s been heard at “almost every venue in KC at least once.”

Watching from the sidelines, Amanda, his usual partner in the tag-team DJ duo known as Jack and Jill, watched as Mr. Nuro blew the competition away in a landslide victory, while lacing Eminem and Dr. Dre’s “Forgot About Dre” into his house program. Mr. Nuro’s presence behind the decks was confident and enthusiastic. Winning the night, he will be playing an opening spot at Propaganda at Jilly’s on Broadway in the very near future.

The next weekend, Nuro would find out who his first foe in the finals would be, as he seemed to be in hawk-mode at the bar every Sunday night after his own victory.

September 4th - Breaks - Week # 2

Just John was first up for the breaks night the following week on September 4th, where a Labor Day weekend crowd treated the dance floor accordingly. He cut a lot in his mix among Audio Bully’s, Ming + FS and DJ Abstract records. John is currently working on landing a gig with a radio show in Manhattan, KS, and expressed thanks to for the exposure offered by the battle.

JD Staley ensued on the decks, playing “Auburn” by Skylab 2000 among other songs. He plays out “occasionally,” (on a number of instances spinning in excess of four hours) and opened up for superstar DJ George Acosta at the Uptown Theater earlier this summer.

Andrew Schwindt (aka DJ Schwinn) noted that some favorite tracks in his battle mix came from the Dust Brothers and Elektrobank. He remarked that the “Brothers Gonna Work It Out” mix by the Chemical Brothers was highly influential in his practices as a DJ. He said his mix “wasn’t perfect,” and added that there are a lot of variables involved in battling.

Hailing from Wichita, KS, David McGlothlin continued the trend set by Nuro, and won the breaks night in a total rout. He busted out some homemade remixes and “mashed up” a Soulstice record with “Higher State of Consciousness” by Josh Wink. When asked what he thought about his successful mix, he humbly suggested that he benefited from going on last. David ended our discussion with “My most consistent residency is my basement.” As the winner of breaks night, David McGlothlin gets fixed up for a performance at Essential Saturdays at the Grand Emporium, and a meeting with three other DJ‘s in the finals.

September 11th - Jungle / Dnb - Week # 3

The drum and bass/jungle (9-11) didn’t draw as many people as the previous two nights, but was still a lot of fun and there was even a bar-b-que prefacing the party.

The first DJ, and original member of the Goodyear Crew, Ray Pena did well considering it was his “first time spinning jungle outside.” He played all vinyl, which was a common sentiment among the DJ’s on that particular night. Pena commented on the “marriage” between MC’s and DJ’s and supplied that idea on the decks, playing Tech N9ne’s “It’s Alive” at one point. The judges didn’t think much of his mix, unfortunately.
Having played the chello and bass guitar in the past, Policy brought experience from DJing the wildest (and most infamous) parties at the Red Barn, years ago when I was still roaming the halls of my middle school. Exile and Vector Burn were among the drum and bass producers who got play in his battle mix. He’s currently working on a full length album of tech-house.

DJ Aldrin followed in suit, playing “mostly vinyl.” Fitting the evening, he finished his mix with a September 11th tribute. His favorite party that he ever attended was “Where The Wild Things Are,” back in 2000. “That was a massive party,” he said and his favorite party to have played to date was MidWest FreakFest, in Souther Illinois earlier this summer. As for his battle score, the judges appeared impressed with his programming and selection.

Pulling a high score of 86.5 for the evening, DJ Skizm worked the “up’s and down’s” in her mix, which I personally told her I believed to be a trademark of jungle. Her mix was all vinyl of course, to which she added, “I won’t even play my own music on CD,” and “I’m a turntablist!” As an old-schooler, she started listening to dnb and jungle way back in 1992.

If parties in Kansas City were to ever build off the golden era, she said “Communication between old-schoolers and nu-schoolers needs to be better.” She also gave advice to old and new partiers. “If you’re having a bad time, look within.” She was ultimately rewarded for her performance at the Beach Club with an opportunity to headline The Wednesday Perk at The Cup & Saucer.

September 18th - Mix & Match - Week # 4

So far, it was Nuro, David McGlothlin and Skizm scheduled for the finals. One more slot was left to be determined.

The “mix and match” night was held the following week, where four new DJ’s competed with their own unique styles, not necessarily sticking to any one genre.

Eclypz broke in the crowd with a real mix of what sounded like everything rolled into one, including a lot of scratching. He played some Leftfield and DJ Icey to compile one of my favorite mixes of the whole competition. He thought he did very well, despite adjusting to new equipment and playing all vinyl. He scored an 82 according to the judges.

Tony Markham (Skizm‘s husband, actually) expressed subtle frustration in missing a cue point here and there, but said he was pretty much “happy with everything.” Barbara Tucker and DJ Duke were on his “syllabus“ if you will. Drunken hoola-hooping spread like a virus throughout the dance floor.

Jon Nuskool opened with a dramatic track from a DJ Shadow side-project known as UNKLE. Jon’s “happy trance-core” style is quite eccentric, because he plays trance records at 45 speed. What comes out of that is music at a ridiculously fast pace, but he’s keen on matching the separate beats, which the judges took note of. “Not yet 30,” Jon’s been playing vinyl in some form or another since he was 15 years old. He likes playing warehouse parties and particularly enjoyed the old days at 10th and Union. He and his friends long to bring the “music” and “mystique” back to KC. He also gave big up’s to his homeboys at Deep Fix, phukbed and phocas.

The 20 year-old Andrew Northern (aka DJ Stranger) was captivated by spinning records because he related a DJ mix to a “mosaic.” He’s trained in piano and voice, and enjoyed playing at the Playboy Party in Lawrence a while back. At the moment, he is producing “lots of house tracks” and does “what he loves.”
After “mix and match” night was done, it was Tony Markham that had scored highest with an 85, just one and a half point less than his wife (Skizm) garnered the weekend before in her separate battle. But his score was still high enough to secure the win, a night at True Tuesdays at Balanca's and a ticket to the next week's events.

September 25th - Finals - Week # 5

When I first arrived to the Beach Club on finals night, I said “what’s up” to DJ Skizm, and she told me that her and Tony had been practicing on their turntables “all day“, taking turns clowning on each others mixes. Right then I had my bet on one of two.

Nuro went first, and kicked his usual funky, high-octane house stuff. David McGlothlin proceeded by wowing the judges with his beat matching. Up next, Skism, and at one point she had me thinking she may be one of the best DJ’s in the city, until her husband took the decks.

An hour later, our comedic MC, John Q. Pubic from 102.7 KISS FM announced that “Tony Markham!” had won the finals with a score of 80 points. A 2-hour photo-shoot and an opening performance for a major headliner at u:Move Saturdays at Kabal Restaurant and Night Club are his.

To be frank, opening up for a national or global superstar might phase someone else, but I doubt it would shake Tony’s nerves whatsoever. Afterall, he’s shared the stage with the likes of Frankie Bones, Trevor Lamont, Dave Angel, Derrick May, Halo, and AK1200 already. Perhaps Kansas City will soon have it’s own world-renowned house DJ. Congratulations to all the DJ’s and especially to Tony Markham.

Through all of this, resident DJs billpile and Steve Thorell listened and expressed that they were fairly impressed with the talent that had been brought through. This definitely gave them, as well as a number of other promoters and club owners and great opportunity to see and hear some of the new talent on the rise.

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And piled on a couch in this corner, is me and three of my favorite girls in a photo taken at Kabal Restaurant & Nightclub during their 3rd Annual Luau just a few weeks ago. It was great time and the place was packed, with a line out the door. That is something that is becoming a pretty frequent occurrence lately and early arrival is becoming essential to not having to wait outside.

Speaking of the world outside, my home away from home, New Orleans, became a disaster area. It was saddening and disheartening to watch as the city that plays host to one of the greatest parties of the year, Mardi Gras, slowly became submerged in flood waters. It seems that all of us knew someone who was affected and wanted to help somehow. If you're still interested in helping out, check out the ad at the top right of this page, called "Dance Community Cares". It will take you to a web site set up specifically to help coordinate the effort to raise funds through dance music events for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Another banner month for photographs, though most have been in Kansas City, as I need to stick around from week to week to run the phocas DJ Battle, told in this month's lead top story by Chris Milbourn. The photo of the cover was taken during the Breaks week of the competition, a fine week indeed. The whole 5 weeks was awesome, with a great set of talent each and every week.

The month in photos did start off with a cool little event thrown by Four Corners, called Another Late night and ended with an appearance by Paul Anthony at Jilly's on Broadway, brought to you by a new production groups in Kansas City, looking to bring a host of talent through there every Wednesday, though I think my mainstay is gonna be The Wednesday Perk at The Cup & Saucer. That place just has the perfect little vibe. Joe even tried his hand at playing out there one night a few weeks ago and received quite a reception, even being asked to come back and do it again.

The photos this month come from all over the place again. There's a really fantastic gallery contributed by Kent Frost of Springfield and SenseOne in Philly sent some stuff from the east coast.
October's looking good too. Despite the fact that two really great shows that were being planned for Kansas City Halloween, were cancelled, there's an easy alternative in Lawrence (Nightmare on Mass St), as well as the third installment of Terror at the Train Station, put on by The Bacchus Foundation. Be sure to check it out.

Long before that happens though, we're getting read to do a few events here and there. The first of which, called The Paparrazi Party, will be October 8th at Kabal Restaurant & Nightclub. We are rolling out the red carpet for you and anticipate a night of celebrity and paparazzi madness. Security will be tight for you, the best dressed and sexiest superstars of Kansas City. After passing through doors, we will welcome you to Your private party, where we'll give you the million dollar treatment. You know how we do and the cameras of will be flashing everywhere at this party!

And looking forward, we are going to have a flyer circulating soon. That's right, we're doing it again kidz and it will be every bit as good the last time, if not... better. We have definitely got a few tricks and treats stuffed up our sleeve for next month!

We"ll See Ya on Dance Floor!

october 2005 issue