Thursday, November 30, 2006

event photos nov.06

Flyers for events photographed in November 2006 appear below.

A link to the associated photo album appears beneath that.

Paul Anthony, Greg "2 Hype", Zeek
Dante's Nightclub
St Louis, MO
photos by brian

Blackliquid, Jon NuSkool, Shadowrunner
Grand Emporium
Kansas City, MO
photos by todd, aaron, joe, shaun

Mayhem, E-Dub, J.Fortune, cQuence & Mike Conway w/ MC Alaska, Spider Bigger
Kansas City, MO
photos by aaron

Steve Thorell & Eric Sheridan
Grand Emporium
Kansas City, MO
photos by eric

Jimmy van M, Paul DeMatteo, Ataxic
Kansas City, MO

Charles Levi, Starscream, Greg 2 Hype, Zeek, Reece, Eded Flux
Madison Event Hall
St Louis, MO
photos by brian

Steve Thorell & Eric Sheridan
Grand Emporium
Kansas City, MO
photos by todd & eric

Pat Nice, Robsoul, MDotRoss, Ataxic, Clockwerk, Bucho
Kansas City, MO

DJ Dan & Jeff Hopkins
Dante's Nightclub
St Louis, MO
photos by brian

~ that's it for the month ~

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

shadowrunner trance in your pants

I've been away too long and I'm glad to be back in time to be here for our change into autumn. The weather might be cooling off but the decks are remaining hot as ever. The electronic music culture is out there waiting to welcome you to a brave new world if, your up for a little excitement. Let me show you a few places that I know that can get you started in the right direction. Whether it is the music or the culture, TUNE IN, TURN ON, AND DROP VINYL!!!! Welcome to Candyland for the soul.

Home (Vocal Mix) - E-Craig - Reset Records

Massive driving trance that breaks down into a ENYA vocal, and then right back at it again. Absolutely, F@cking genius!!!! If you don't know Enya's breathy celtic singing style, you are lost in a bad place with little hope of redemption. The cast of the Lord of the Rings will have to take on another quest to save your ass from the darkness which has beset you.

Direct Dizko (Sander Van Doorn Remix) - Unknown - Konverted

Agressive pounding drums with a piercing alarm like synth baseline. This is the release you've been waiting for. Dance and release all the pent up energy and stress. Let loose the demons on the dancefloor. People need to let the most primal parts of themselves run free sometimes and cause just a little havoc. Enjoy the chaos!

Summerfish (Scandall Sunset On Ibiza Mix) - Leonid Rudenko - Bestboy Media

This proggy thumper breaks into one of the phattest sounding piano tracks in a while. Imagine yourself on the beach at sunset in Ibiza with a few hundred partiers starting a nightlong revelry of with some pretty tracks. This one is prefect for a beautiful moment. Just make sure that you share it with friends.

Perfect Blend - T4L - In Trance We Trust

If your thing is reaching the outer planes of existance with a lil help from a good track or two, drop this one when you want to have an etherial moment amoungst the chaos. this one flies low and fast underneath the radar carrying a devistating payload of deep floaty synths and pads. You want to be at ground zero when all matter of wonderous havoc is released.

Ghost In The Machine feat. Colleen Riley (Abbott& Chambers Remix) - Kenneth Thomas - Alter Ego Records

This track sends me back about ten years and reminds me of pounding vocal trance tracks with much so much emotion and pain. The only difference is that the quality of this production is just a little higher than those of the past. So if you are a fan of quality female vocal tracks from artists such as Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, and Jan Johnston, this one belongs in your collection. Haunting vocals and driving synths, NUFF SAID!!!

... and on the web ...

ENTV - I was a little skeptical of the nice e-flyer that I got, then I logged on. Sensation White 2006 was playing. 60,000 partiers dressed in white getting down to the likes of Sander Kleinenberg and other famous djs. They have a whole line-up from around the globe daily. See some of the best dance videos, parties, and DJs from across the globe.

Sensation White World Tour - The world's leading dance event is travelling the globe in 2006 and 2007. This extravigant production of artists, performers, and DJs is set to travel the globe and wow audiences in Europe, Asia, and America. Ill be there when they hit New York in 2007.

mega scum

Justin Kleinfeld ~ Novermber 21, 2006 - Fresh off his killer run as the mastermind behind the critically acclaimed DJs ARE ALIVE project, DJ / Producer The Scumfrog will soon release his long awaited new mix CD – “Mega Scum.” This album is an attempt to inject a feeling of freshness and fun into the increasingly stale DJ Mix market. From the outrageous – if not scary – cover art to the spanking new and exclusive tracks, Mega Scum is a whole lot of fun from top to bottom.

“Mega Scum” is packed to the hilt with a number of exclusive tracks, including The Scumfrog’s own "Durty Extra" and his remix of The Simple Minds new single “Different World” (not available commercially in the US) Another MEGA exclusive is White Leppard’s “Come Save Me;” the hot collaboration between influential members of the NYC nightlife scene (including Gaby Dershin from Astro & Glyde, Swamy - the modern day version of Michael Alig - and The Scumfrog). A true exclusive, the White Leppard boys are keeping this track for their own live gigs and this compilation!

The official record release party of Mega Scum will be held in Second Life! For those who don't know Second Life, go check it out (a bit of a 3D MySpace Virtual World) The Scumfrog will open a club in Second Life shortly after the record release party, so if you make sure you're on my MySpace page ( you will be kept up to date about everything!

On the production front, the always busy Scumfrog recently had his 10th number 1 club record with a remix of Paris Hilton’s “Stars Are Blind” and is currently finishing the new Scumfrog single "Secret" with Sarah Tancer. Stay tuned for news on other brand new productions and the return of DJs ARE ALIVE!
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choose noise

Justin Kleinfeld ~ November 21, 2006 - NYC - Hybrid need little introduction in the world of electronic dance music; Mike Truman and Chris Healings have been writing, producing, touring and DJing all over the globe for the best part of a decade and have amassed nearly 250 productions to date. However, you really haven’t heard anything yet! Brace yourself for I Choose Noise, Hybrid’s third and most complete artist album to date.

Nothing quite matches up to the sheer beauty and complexity of Hybrid’s I Choose Noise. Healings and Truman have long been known as one of the most technically adept production outfits in the industry and it’s personified on the new record. A heavy breakbeat backbone is supported by sublime sounds of the 36-piece Seattle Orchestra and a score co-written by white hot Hollywood composer Harry Gregson-Williams. Rock legend Perry Farrell stopped by and lent his voice to the epic “Dogstar,” and even brought his Porno For Pyros mate Peter Distephano along to drop some guitar licks throughout the album. Elsewhere, vocal contributions come from sirens Judie Tzuke and Kirsty Hawkshaw; and John Graham, best known for his productions under the Quiver moniker. Just to make sure this record sounded as good as it needed to be; Hybrid mastered the album with famed engineer John Dent (PJ Harvey, Kasabian, Kylie Minogue) at his custom built studio.

Preceding I Choose Noise was 1999’s Wide Angle and 2003’s Morning Scifi. Both released on their long standing record label, Distinct'ive Records, worldwide sales on these albums stands at over 170,000. The recording session of Wide Angle took Chris and Mike to Moscow to record with the 85 piece Russian Federal Orchestra at MOS Film Studios, to New York to record David Lynch's chanteus Julie Cruise and to Paris to record with Parisian rapper E MC. The LP was a blend of widescreen cinematic reference mixed with the throb of the newly forming break beat culture that was germinating in London. Subsequently from the release in the US on Warner's Kinetic Records, the duo were hand picked by Moby to support him on his 2000 North American tour which covered 43 dates over 56 days, from LA to New York.

The second LP¸ Morning Scifi, was debuted at Miami's WMC festival, Ultra and another bus tour of North America kept them on the road throughout the autumn of 2003. Morning Sci-Fi's more fragile and darker sound featuring the 24 piece St Petersburg Hermitage Orchestra led them to getting involved in scoring for film and the duo worked with Harry Gregson Williams in January 2004 on Tony Scott's Man On Fire. They were involved in the production of the score for Ridley Scott's Kingdom Of Heaven and the latest Tony Scott film, Domino and have recently completed their first solo score for Twisted Pictures newest production, Catacombs. During their album sessions and touring dates, Mike and Chris have remixed a vast array of artists, now totalling over 120, including Alanis Morrisette, Future Sound Of London, Jean Michelle Jarre, UNKLE, Radiohead, REM, Moby, Carl Cox, Crystal Method, BT, Sarah McLachlen and The Orb to name only a few.

The coming months will be non-stop for Hybrid. They’ve co-wrote three tracks for Perry Farrell’s much anticipated Satellite Party CD, including a completely different version of their own track “Dogstar.” Hybrid are also providing additional music and sound design for Harry Gregson-William’s score of Déjà vu, a new film from Director Tony Scott, and continue their global live and DJ dates in Australia, USA, Asia and the top festivals across Europe and the UK. The duo also holds US residencies for Liquified at 1150 in Atlanta and at Avalon in Hollywood.

For more information on Hybrid visit or

halliwell air

Mike Zelazek ~ A stroll down the Queensway from the gleaming Bullring and fire-bombed Dubliner bar will lead you to one of Birmingham, England’s, greasier superclubs—Air.

On a typical Saturday day eve, the queue starts growing beneath the Industrial Revolution era arches and squishy, chip-littered sidewalks much later than an anticipated Eddie Halliwell night. In preparation for the new national hero of hard house and hard dance, club-goers in Birmingham must squeeze by Air’s edgy security staff into an Amazonian atmosphere with steam machines creating rain clouds on the lower level.

By the 1:30 a.m. headliner set, everyone in the club is moist to some degree. While the comparative lateness makes Plump DJs after party less attractive to a foreigner, the group attitude and energy is evocative of advice avidly taken from the Human Traffic “screaming kettle” pep talk.

Upon the national brand of the weekend warrior ethos, Halliwell has increased the brightness of his own spotlight especially over the last three years. His sizable following of nutters live for his exhausting performances. “Jenny,” one such groupie (and self-proclaimed lesbian love child of Paris Hilton and Kate Moss) traveled with her mates from Liverpool on this weekend to Birmingham (Brum) to round out their summer trek across the UK to see the man noting Global Gathering and Creamfields as other highlights. While the faux-hawked, furry-booted crowd feigned Tylor Leigh’s vinyl-less set as amusing with classics from the last few months, they expressed their want for the pixie DJ to vacate the stage and allow Eddie take to charge and put the club into full-on Bosh mode.

When the main man did take the stage, his reliable smile quickly turned fierce as the plug was mistakenly pulled on one of his signature intros. His momentary Milli Vanilli-ish paralysis caused his entourage to scramble and adoring fans to sweat, but once repowered, the beginning of the night’s pounding began and let up only for only a few trancy highs amidst some revved up Prydz and cross-Channel beats from Marcel Woods.

In all its slick, split-level glory, Air can deliver on a tidy weeknight-er out in Birmingham. But how does the place compare to Broad Street clubs? Space is at a premium in any of the Digbeth neighborhood clubs including Air, and depending on your comfort in being groped by strangers several hundred occasions per night, it may not be the ideal scene. Godskitchen usually has a strangle-hold on the best performers, so it leaves little choice for the time being. And dependent on your preference, the £25.00+ cover for next month’s O’Bir and Tiësto gig, might lead you choose to a venue with more freedom, and yes, air.

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cerrone by bob sinclar

Justin Kleinfeld ~ From behind his drum set, he set the disco beat in America and Europe, becoming the first French disco superstar and giving rise to Modern-day artists like Daft Punk, Groove Armada and Bob Sinclar – all who have sampled his work. We now present you with Cerrone’s greatest tracks mixed together by one of today’s hottest dance music talents.

New York – French Producer Cerrone is one of the originators of disco. In 1976, his epic “Love In C Minor” became a breakout hit, selling more than 3 million copies worldwide. His follow-up release “Supernature” was another smash and went on to sell 8 million copies. In total, Cerrone has sold over 30 million records worldwide. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Cerrone’s top productions and his role in igniting the global dance phenomenon, Recall Records will reissue this artists most celebrated albums – “Love In C Minor,” “The Golden Touch,” “Cerrone’s Paradise,” “Cerrone 3” and “Hysteria.” In addition to these vital reissues, Recall will also release – for the first time in North America - “Cerrone By Bob Sinclar;” a wonderful introduction to Cerrone’s body of work and the perfect way to connect the dots between classic disco and today’s dance music. This historical release has already sold over one million copies in Europe.

“Cerrone By Bob Sinclar” is more than a retrospective of Cerrone’s career or a remix project. Although some of the tracks here have benefited from a slight facelift (“Major Sea,” ”Striptease,” Love Is The Answer” and “Rollercoaster”), Most of them are actually presented in their original version. Spanning Cerrone’s three most creative years, between 1976’s “Love In C Minor” and 1979’s “Angelina,” this album is a refreshing look back at some of the most exciting disco tracks ever released. Highlights include the beautiful “Love In C Minor,” “Cerrone’s Paradise,” “Living On Love,” “Look For Love” and “Supernature.”
With this album, Bob Sinclar pays a flamboyant homage to the man who has been one of the main sources of inspiration for him over the years. In fact, it’s likely that without Cerrone there wouldn’t be a Bob Sinclar today. This rings true for other artists Cerrone has inspired including Daft Punk , Groove Armada and Modjo, to name a few.

In addition to his productions, Cerrone also produces some of the largest dance events in the world and draws hundreds of thousands of fans at a time. This fall, Cerrone will celebrate his 30-year anniversary with a party and live performance at a major New York City venue. This precedes a mega dance party to be produced by Cerrone and Nile Rodgers (in conjunction with NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg), scheduled for fall 2007.

Cerrone is the recipient of 1 Golden Globe as Best producer and 5 Billboard Golden Awards and has worked with artists as diverse as Lionel Richie, Paul McCartney, Donna Summer, Armand Van Helden, Frankie Knuckles and Danny Tenaglia.

For more information on Cerrone please visit or

biscayne bay bang

Betty Kang ~ November 11, 2006 - Miami - The Southeast's newest diverse music event-returns to Miami's Bicentennial Park Saturday, November 11. The event's promoters Haddad Productions are pleased to announce Duran Duran, Daft Punk, Tiesto, Gnarls Barkley, Modest Mouse, Common, Thievery Corporation, Kinky, Los Amigos Invisiblies and more than 50 bands and DJs on 5 different stages for the day-long fete.

The U.K. mega-group Duran Duran's appearance at BANG! is a special live-performance engagement they are making in the midst of recording a new album. Duran Duran is one of the most successful British bands with a career celebrating 25 years of continuous chart success and more than 70 million records sold.
French electronica duo Daft Punk's stunning new live show-cum-space ship has been hailed as the must-see act of the year after their first US appearance in eight years at Coachella 2006.

Other new additions to BANG! include: Common, Roger Sanchez, Kinky, George Acosta, Christopher Lawrence, Markus Schultz, DJ Icey, Yerba Buena, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Cedric Gervais, Ivano Bellini, Hyper, Misstress Barbara, Baby Anne, Truth, Edgar V, Spacemen, 4 Strings, Kevens, Filo & Peri, Austin Leeds, Jen Lasher, Speechless and Devine & emilyPLAY. The full line-up will be announced at a later date.

The BANG! Music Festival will be spread out over 30-acres of lush landscape on the waterfront of Biscayne Bay with three outdoor stages and two massive tent stages, plus five VIP areas with preferred viewing and bottle service. The sound for each area will be provided by V-dosc, Turbo or Nexxo, three of the world's best sound systems so festival goers will be privy to the ultimate sound quality available. The event will also have mist tents, Port-o-lets, food concessions of various fare, clothing and jewelry vendors, bleachers for general admission guests, an eco-village, onsite ATMs and an 'urban village' with an MC battle, turntabilist battle, break-dancers, graffiti artists and more.

A portion of the proceeds for the BANG! Music Festival will go to Cure The Planet, A fledgling non-profit organization that focuses on saving the planet’s precious eco-system by recycling and creative ways to keep the planet pure.

For more information on Bang Music Festival’s artist line-up, ticket pricing and travel info, please visit: or

hypnotic africa hi-fi

Brent Crampton ~ Interview with Sonia Hassan & Ron Trenty ~ Club culture beyond the cocktail: Africa Hi-Fi "This music is a higher form of communication; when it is channeled and used properly, when the sound is correct and the energies (of the people) in the room are vibrating together . . . that's when it all happens."

This is music according to Ron Trent, co-creator and resident DJ at Africa Hi-Fi.

"Yes," replied Sonia Hassan, the 'harmonious' host and fellow co-creator of the night. "Emitting that energy, the DJ has it, and they're spreading it - that's the vibration bringing all into one."
Relating the DJ and dancers as the priest and congregation, while sitting in a high-rise apartment in downtown Chicago, Trent went on to say, "That's why the DJ as god thing is garbage, because we (the DJ) are connected to that dancefloor."

Hassan and Trent: two people with a clear purpose, coming together to make a difference. Rather than providing a club-clichÈ space to drink and socialize, these two promoters are deliberately changing a dancefloor into a sacred, rhythmic sanctuary. For them, that difference takes place once a month at Sonotheque in Chicago during a monthly event titled Africa Hi-Fi.

The motherland; the hot bed of creation and creativity - Africa is the soil with which the roots of music are bound. To honor this, pay homage and "present an open forum that will tap into the creative energy of Africa to help elevate the consciousness of people," said Hassan, Africa Hi-Fi ultimately "fuses music and social consciousness with art and dance."

As the sound protruded from the pristine Function One system during their August 11 two-year anniversary event, what I heard Trent mix was a story-line of musical messages. Fela Kuti, founder of afro-beat, vinyl-atticly fueled the airwaves with his politically challenging message. Then matching the drum rhythms of the non-quantized track, Trent blended in an atmospheric, celestially induced house track with a breathy afro-Cuban flair. Half an hour later - James Brown, after that - A Tribe Called Quest, after that, a future soul, funk, jazz musical onslaught.

The people, some 200 of them during the peak, are moving. Some heads bowed, swaying to the sound, feeling their memories of when they first heard Trent's Manu Dibango selection, or creating new memories when they hear an Osunlade track for the first time. Some were ecstatically absorbing the pulsating groove and shaking their bodies as if awakening something ancient. Some leaning against the bar, saying to me, they wish this night happened more than just once a month.

Each generation of music came from its predecessors. While the tracks Trent plays comes shrink-wrapped in different music categories, span many decades and continents, the drumbeat is the cohesion and the ancestral lineage leading back to Africa is the message.

Record label owner, international DJ and producer, Trent was there to lay the foundation for what we know as the Chicago house music scene. But to say Trent is a 'house DJ' is too limiting, as he boldly says. "To be honest with you, house music is dead. When they formulate it and put it in a box, it's a done deal. But the roots and elements live on forever."

And it's those roots and elements that Trent has continued to pull upon with his music selections at their night.

As the DJ booth at Sonotheque is lined records, Trent's rhythmic library spans house, jazz, soul, funk, hip hop, afro-beat, afro-Cuban and Brazilian sound-scapes - old and new.

"Each song has a program like a computer chip," explained Trent. "My thing is to put together a program that will evoke a lot of different emotions. I want to take you on a journey of past memory, of future memory; the places you are going that your body already knows."

And while Trent and Hassan's story may sound foreign to the culture and structure we attribute to dance music, all it takes is a look into past memory to see that they're carrying the torch set a blaze before them.
Indeed, since the beginning, music has been a tool of communication to gods and spirits, and a sacred expression of the human condition. For as Alvin Ailey, American Dance Theater Director, said in a National Geographic article, dance is "as close to God as you are going to get without words."

But even more recent, when you look back to the root of club culture, you find an interesting upbringing...
David Mancuso is accredited with laying the foundations for modern club culture with his legendary Loft parties in NYC during the '70s. Pioneers for dance music such as Larry Levan (Paradise Garage) and Frankie Knuckles (Warehouse) regularly attended and were inspired by these parties. But what started it all was a very organic progression.

Mancuso often conversed and attended gatherings by pop-icon, Timothy Leary. Through their association, Mancuso was inspired to host small gatherings of people where LSD would be consumed, and various activities, such as transcendental mediation, would take place, according to Trent. To accompany the psychedelic process, Mancuso constructed music tapes to play throughout the trip. Dancing naturally began to take place more frequently until he decided to throw a large event solely geared towards LSD consumption and dancing, which eventually led to the historical plaque known as the Loft parties.

Mancuso speaks of the "third ear" when he was selecting the music in Tim Lawrence’s Love Saves The Day. "There was neither the DJ nor the dancer. Someone would approach me to play a record and I would already have it in my hand... It got very psychic because we knew we were following a sonic trail."

And as that trail led on, it paved a template and served as an aspiration for thousands. From humble beginnings in an NYC loft space while indulging in LSD-induced meditation and musical experiences to what music has become today, there are still many using music and dance as a sacred and spiritual path.
I'm talking about Deep: Where House Lives in LA with Marques Wyatt; former night, Body and Soul in NYC with Danny Krivit, Joe Claussell and Francois K., Soul Revival in Boston with Adam Gibbons and KC Hallett. There are club nights, DJs, promoters - people from all over the world who are elevating club music a bit beyond the cocktail. Rather than just a four-to-the-floor beat going on in the background while jager bombs are being shot, people are using this music as a tool for social progression, for spiritual outlet, for fellowship - for many things.

With infinite stories to tell, I've chosen one to tell now, and it goes by the name of Africa Hi-Fi...
"This music is unity music," said Trent. "Where it was played, how it came about."
"The number one goal is to unite no matter what the fuck you are," said Hassan.
The night is based on vibrational energy. "Why do people dance?" Hassan asked rhetorically. "Certain frequencies can change your vibrations, and most of our music is based on a positive frequency."

With 'master resident dee-jay selector' Ron Trent, the positive frequencies of the night have featured past guests including Francois K., Rich Medina, Derrick May, Jody Watley and various dance acts ranging from Capoeira, tribal belly and carnivale dancers. They've featured visual artists to take command of the flat screens, or conduct live paintings. Beyond entertainment, they support and spread literature on Amnesty International and - both non-profits that serve needs in Africa. In addition, Hassan has made a point of making the Africa Hi-Fi flyers and posters pieces of art in themselves. Their Africa Hi-Fi boombox branding has been widely recognized around Chicago and artfully respected, created by Cody Hudson. After Hudson went on to other major projects, Rob Hamilton took over designing the art and posters, and recently, Adam Gibbons. As Hassan likes to say, she's "incorporating entertainment with consciousness."

To check out more info on this night, go to MySpace, or their forthcoming website at

"We are energetically connected, but people don't realize that, so they end up not caring about what else is going on in the world," said Hassan. "Africa Hi-Fi is a hypnotic way of bringing people together through music, letting them realize we are all connected, and healing them in the process."

soul aid soul system

Brent Crampton ~ November 11 - 2006 - Omaha, NE - Within a single generation AIDS has reached pandemic proportions globally. There are now over 40 million people living with AIDS. Of the 13.2 million children who have been left behind in the wake of AIDS, 95% are in Africa alone, and every 14 seconds another child is faced with losing his or her parent and taking on adult responsibilities because of AIDS.
In response to this, is on a soul mission as we present, Soul Aid: A Benefit, which will take place on Nov. 11th, from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. at The Omaha Press Club (scroll down for directions and parking info).

A celebration of culture for a cause, Soul Aid will feature live saxophone, percussion, keys and dee jay combined in the national headlining jazz-house ensemble known as Soul System ( Opening act will be Brent Crampton, alongside a rare appearance by LJ Munz, with host Jay 'Rhythm Souldier' Kline.

Proceeds will be donated to and as a further contribution, we'll be hosting a donation dinner from 7-9 pm, where contributors can make a minimum donation of $30 for a full course dinner (this fee includes ticket price as well). RSVP must be received by by Nov. 8th.

Flickering city skyline view, 22-floors up and right in the middle of Omaha’s downtown business district is The Press Club. A private member-based bar and dining club that has previously never been open to club culture, The Press Club offers a high-rise view of the city that extends unto the horizon.

What is NextAid?

NextAid is a Los Angeles based non-profit organization dedicated to creating sustainable solutions for African children orphaned as a result of AIDS. NextAid actively links artists, musicians and the global community with some of the most impoverished and vulnerable children on the planet. By partnering with various organizations in the production of music events and other awareness raising activities, NextAid channels emergency and long-term aid to African children in need.
NextAid is committed to represent the international dance community in its effective and practical response to the AIDS pandemic. Having worked with top DJ's such as Carl Cox, Miguel Migs, DJ Dan, John Digweed, and organized events in New York, Chicago, LA and Spain, NextAid is an international organization relevant to today's club culture.


(Originally published in the "on decks" column of the December 2005 issue of Scroll down, read and listen.)

Hailing from London, Iheanyi (Ike) Ngwaba aka Blackliquid, came to Los Angeles armed with 16 years DJ experience and 12 years of production. His intention was to spend as much time with the best of the best talent in the United States writing, producing and DJing. After a quick six years, he accomplished that goal and established a solid reputation as a one of LA's best House DJs, Entertainers & Producers, playing right alongside of the biggest names in the industry.

Only recently, he finished a remix for DJ Colette's "Hypnotized" and I had the rare opportunity to preview that track. It is definitely hot! It just so happens that this particular track has also been released on the new compilation CD, "Femme Fatales". In addition,he has new EP, entitled "The BlackLiquid EP" that is very near release on Magnify Music, though no date has been given.

Originally mixed for last December's "on decks" column, we thought it would be good to pull it out of the vault again so you can have a little taste of what's in store for Friday, November 10, 2006 at the Grand Emporium when phocas presents... Blackliquid at 10 pm.

All tracks are written, produced and remixed by Blackliquid. Hope you enjoy! For more information, visit
  1. Tump - Original jam from the BL vault
  2. Keepin Up - Original house jam from the BL vault!
  3. Havin Sex - One of Blackliquid's fun remixes. Having sex vocals courtesy of La Tour track 'People Are Still Havin Sex'
  4. Sex Healin (BL 05 remix) - slightly more bumpy version of the classic Marvin Gaye hit 'Sexual Healin' remixed by Blackliquid
  5. Track Me Down - Original jam from the BL vault.(Imagine searching for the mischievous and mysterious piccolo whilst grooving in a club with your friends.)
  6. Spaced Invader (BL 05 remix) - After jamming the original mix some years ago the 'Liquid Invasion' mix was created for the soul driven house dance floor.
  7. Don't Believe The Hype (BL 05 remix) - Public Enemy are a
    favorite of Blackliquid. This is a ethnic percussive house bump remix made strictly for the dance floor.
  8. Come Enjoy - An original funky groove based soulful house jam. Produced for the London (UK) club night 'Got To Go' as seen on DSI

november 2006 editor note

Somehow, somewhere along the way, this page got lost.  Should anyone find this lost page archived anywhere on the internet, please return to sender.

... phocas

november 2006 issue