Michael Zac & Conny: Michael Zac (Soul of Sydney) & Conny make their long-awaited BBRS guest appearance as they join Eddie Mac for a fun afternoon with some amazing jazz,bossa nova,soul,boogie and disco tunes.
SOUL OF SYDNEY #230: LARRY LEVAN LIVE AT SOUND FACTORY | MAR 1991
Here is a little recorded treat to help you through your work week. The legendary Larry Levan doing his thing live in he mix at Sound Factory NY. Recorded back in March 1991. T
Mix: Larry Levan live at Sound Factory | 1991
Recorded- March 22nd 1991
Run Time; 75mins approx
Style: Garage, Disco, Hip-House & more.
1. Summer Madness by Kool & Gang
2. Jazz Thing by Rick Clarke
3. Jeffrey Osborne – If My Brother’s In Trouble (Dub Mix)
5. C & C Music Factory Feat. Freedom Williams – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
6. Grandmas Party by Monie Love
7. You Don’t Know by Serious Intention
8. Ping Pong by Espresso
9. Groove Me by Seduction
10. Black Betty by Ram Jam (Rough ‘N Ready Remix)
11. Can’t Get Enough by Liz Torres (Spanish)
12. Face It (12” Dub Mix) by Master C&J feat. Liz Torres
13. Gipsy Woman by Chrystal Waters
14. Michael McDonald – All We Got (Never Enough) (Shep Pettibone Remix)
If you are digging the vibe be sure to check out our next jam on Sunday July 19 |
SOUL OF SYDNEY LARRY LEVAN BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE – JULY 19 2015.
An afternoon of New York DISCO, Roller BOOGIE & beyond from the PARADISE GARAGE era.
Feat. Sydney Disco Godfather
STEPHEN ALLKINS [love tattoo]
Plus DJ Support from
SOUL OF SYDNEY DJ’s & Friends.
PHIL TOKE (Soul of Sydney, Spirit of House)
BOOGIE MONSTER (Alex Dimitriades)
JIM POE (Bondi Beach Radio)
DANNY DE SOUSA
+ more tba.
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Videos, Info & Mixtapes at www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty
Friday soundtrack courtesy of Sydney House Queen KATE MUNROE and SOUL OF SYDNEY’s PHIL TOKE warming this up for the STRICTLY SOUL club night happening THIS SATURDAY NIGHT.
Check out some of the hands in the air DISCO, GARAGE, GOSPEL & SOULFUL HOUSE HEAT you can expect to hear at this infamous club night.
This Saturday ! Soul Of Sydney’s own DJ Phil Toke will be warming things up at ANDREW BUKENYA’s infamous STRICTLY SOUL club night along side SYDNEY HOUSE QUEEN & local legends DJ KATE MUNROE and the mighty GARRY TEE.
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A special night DANCE FLOOR HEAT we recommend for anybody looking to get down to serious quality black music VIBES. You can expect everything from Gospel House, New York Disco, Funk, Garage, 90’s House vibes, Afro-Latin Jams & and beyond.
This Saturday Feb 14 2015 | 9pm – 3am at Oxford Hotel
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This was such an enjoyable set from NYD, Sydney underground legend DJ SIMON CALDWELL working his magic throwing down the early house disco and garage vibes at 11pm in our main room on NYD 2015.
Our good friends over at Lioness will host another legendary warehouse jam featuring underground house don Kid Sublime direct from Amsterdam with local support from Edseven, Inkswell, Fred Tectonic, Henry Compton. Happening tomorrow night in a fresh inner city warehouse space.
BYO party situation with maximum underground vibes, well recommended.
10pm / BYO
Tickets via www.lioness.net.au
Fill the smoke machine and reach for the lazer, Lioness is back for a proper warehouse party.
We are stoked to announce that on Saturday 26th July ‘Kid Sublime’ (Rush Hour/Dopeness Galore) will be joining us in Sydney, all the way from Amsterdam.
Anyone that caught him in 2011 at Mad Racket will be familiar with his deep and soulful selection style. 70’s Disco, US Garage, Detroit Techno and plenty of his own productions twist and turn dancers on a joyful journey.
As a founding member of the Rednose Distrikt collective, his ear for a sample and innovative approach to production can be heard throughout his broad range of releases. From the Deep House series ‘Basement Works’ (Rush Hour) to the soul inspired ‘Basement Soul’ album (Kindred Spirits). He lands in Australia fresh from a Japanese tour to mark the release of his latest album ‘Hot Water Music’ (Teppen).
But that’s not all….
Original Lioness family ‘Inkswel’ (Rush Hour/Hot Shot) is also on the bill, a DJ that holds the torch for those who cannot be pigeon holed.
A flurry of recent releases has seen the hype for Inkswel rise over the last 12 months. His Cloudeaters EP (Hot Shot) topping both Juno and Rush Hour charts and featured as vinyl release of the week by fact Magazine. This will be Inkswels’ last Sydney date before his upcoming European tour that sees him jumping boarders from London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Moscow and beyond.
Lioness residents Edseven, Henry Compton and Fred Tectonic join the dots and fill in the gaps.
10pm / BYO
Tickets via www.lioness.net.au
Tonight we dance, in memory of one of the godfathers of house music who sadly passed way last week. Goodgod is the space where you will find us on the floor for a night of garage, chicago house and beyond with Sydney’s undergroudn house masters:
Simon Caldwell (Mad Racket), Magda Bytnerowicz (4our), Matt Vaughan (Loose Ends), Long John Saliva & Love’s Disciple (Paradise Lost) & Pelvis
New York’s DJ Joey Llanos of legendary Paradise Garage night club put together this Disco, Garage & House Mix as a little tribute for ‘Larry Levan Month’ in July 2013.
Who needs a DJ when you have such talent in the building, big ups to Ben who sent us this one.
- Davos – Jazzy Ja= m
- NJoi – Anthem
- Rhythm is Rhythm – Strings of Life
- Let Me Be Your Fantasy – Baby D
- You’re gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone -Turntable Orchestra
- Jinny – Keep Me Warm
- Electric Choc – Shock the Beat
- Soft House Company – What You Need
- Sterling Void – Runaway Girl mashed with
- K-Klass – Show Me love
- Prodigy – Your Love
- Selector – Move Your Body mashed
- Kaos – Definition of Love
In what was a pretty special day for us as we teamed up with our good friends at Our House Sydney to bring Sydney its first in a series of “Spirit Of House” Block Parties, where we will be paying special tribute to 30+ years of House music and its Funk & Disco roots in FREE family friendly & PEOPLE FRIENDLY out-door locations including car parks, lane-ways, parks, roof-tops and warehouse spaces around town.
The Venue: As you can probably see in the picture we didn’t end up in the park for House Picnic as we originally intended due to some ominous cloud and some pretty temperamental Sydney weather. We did however set up our Sound in this dope inner-city Car Park location smack bang between a Chinese Temple and 3 buildings.
One for the House faithful for sure! Thank you for the support kids and look out for us doing it all again very very soon! Big luv to everyone who came down and especially the DJ’s who donated their time like true blue champions!
Look out for them playing around town; Phil Toke (Our House Sydney), James Scott (Co-Op), Phil Hudson, Agey, Ronie Farah (Shicago Bar) & Queen Shirene D’silva (Everywhere they play good music !)
The Mix Tape: Our House presents Spirit of House – Part 1 – Phil Hudson Live in the Mix @ the Car Park.
Including; DEEP HOUSE, GOSPEL, & DISCO
Track Listing: (coming soon)
Always warms the floor hearing this one out, – BRIGHTER DAYS (Underground Goodie Mix).
Wiki Info on Cajmere
Curtis Alan Jones (born April 26, 1967, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American electronica and house music singer, songwriter and producer. His style of house music has been compared and inspired by the likes of Kraftwerk, Prince, Gary Numan, and Nitzer Ebb.
Jones is also known as Cajmere, Geo Vogt, Green Velvet, Half Pint, Curan Stone, and Gino Vittori.
Before becoming a professional musician, Jones studied chemical engineering at the University of Illinois. In 1991, he left a Master’s program at UC-Berkeley to move back to Chicago, releasing his first song (“Coffee Pot” on ClubHouse Records) the same year. Up until this point, music had been a hobby fueled by cobbling together tracks on his “sixty-buck keyboard, a cheap four-track and a cheap drum machine” set-up while still an undergraduate at the University of Illinois. This DIY method of production was never taken seriously, and when childhood plans to become a doctor were shelved, Jones was firmly committed to a career as a chemical engineer. His father was an occasional DJ and eventually became a budding musician. As time went on, Jones discovered what was his innate love and understanding for house music, a sound that had grown throughout the mid-1980s out of Chicago’s deep-rooted house music scene. As a child he was into sci-fi movies and time-travel TV shows like Doctor Who and playing video games like Tetris and Galaga, and would spend hours pondering over the possibilities that this would open up. He played the saxophone at school and had a talent for trying to play with a keyboard but remained largely un-interested in what he saw as his father’s passion. It was this cut-up and tacky production style of the early house sound that Jones absorbed and translated into the Underground Goodies EP, his first release as Cajmere (the CAJ as in Curtis A. Jones) put out in 1991 on his own recently started Cajual label. A year later he had his first massive hit as Cajmere with the house tune “Coffee Pot (It’s Time for the Percolator),” which was also released on Cajual. He then teamed up with Chicago-based vocalist Dajae for “Brighter Days,” which entered #2 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play, a high-impact and mellower house tune that was released on Emotive Records.
Green Velvet transformation
Interested in making something totally different from his Cajmere moniker and other stuff, Curtis created Relief as an offshoot to his Cajual records in 1993. The first Relief release was also his first Green Velvet production, 1993’s “Velvet Tracks,” which came from a name given to him by a girlfriend’s dad, emerged as the flamboyant, neon-haired electro punk, although in interviews he denied being linked to the Punk lifestyle and fashion, as he was more inspired by the likes of David Bowie and Sly and the Family Stone, he created excellent mid-1990s hits such as “Preacher Man,” on which a Moral Majority-type of preacher spoke (the Reverend Clarence LaVaughn Franklin – father of Aretha Franklin and ally of Martin Luther King, Jr.); “Answering Machine,” a darkly funny house track consisting of taped messages from an answering machine, including a bad news message from a girlfriend and a noise complaint message from his landlord—all made with Jones’s voice; and “Flash,” which was a #1 US dance hit in 1995 and was included on many DJ-mixed compilation albums. After DJing under both of his now infamous monikers, he released his first album, Constant Chaos, with Belgian Music label Music Man in 1999, which showed Green Velvet’s style of house progress into styles similar to Prince and Kraftwerk, his spoken-word monologues also took a bizarre turn. In Abduction he spoke about little green men turning up while washing dishes.
The Whatever era
By the time Constant Chaos was released, Jones had temporarily halted activity on his labels for almost a year. Still DJing as Cajmere he’d narrowed the Green Velvet persona down to live performances only, taking time out to re-group and work out what to do next. During 2000, Jones was briefly signed to Warner Bros. Records‘ short-lived F-111 imprint, where he released his second compilation album, the self-titled Green Velvet, which contained the double-A-sided single “Flash” backed with “Answering Machine.” During this time he gave Velvet a new hairstyle—from spiked, green foam nodules to yellow mohawk. Next, in 2001, he unleashed his second album, the dark Whatever, which was a step away from his Kraftwerk-inspired sound (although Sleepwalking had a similar style) to a darker, more political Punk-esque style. On the album he tackled such issues as racism (highlighted on the song When?), drug use (highlighted on Genedefekt and La La Land), alienation (highlighted on Sleepwalking), and being told what to wear and do by the system (highlighted on the heavily punk-inspired track Gat). The more punk-oriented songs on the album apparently came from hours spent listening to industrial bands such as Nitzer Ebb and Liaisons Dangerous, and lots of “underground American industrial stuff.” He released the single La La Land in 2001, originally designed as a wake-up call for clubbers to the dangers of pill-taking it became one of his most popular tunes. This was followed by Genedefekt. His live act had now became more like a rock band also, with the Curtis playing a keytar, and two other musicians (aptly named Nazuk and Spaceboy) backing him, playing heavily distorted synths. Initially Jones, as both Cajmere and Green Velvet, was receiving more attention in Europe than he did in the USA, playing a Radio One live session on the Jo Whiley show and playing a host of festivals.
After appearing under a host of different names for his various remixing and side projects, Green Velvet released his third album, Walk In Love, in 2005. This album had a more house music-oriented style to it, but the odd Prince- and Punk-sounding tracks still remained, as Curtis actually got a live guitarist to play on “Come Back” and the closing track “Pin-Up Girl” had a similarity to New York-based Electroclash group Fischerspooner. After Walk In Love, Green Velvet produced and remixed releases for fellow Relief Records artists and himself, and played a host of DJ session live shows in 2006.
In a shocking turn, after staying quiet in the music scene, Green Velvet revealed in 2006 he had become a born-again Christian after a serious overdose of a mixture of Magic Mushrooms, Marijuana and (allegedly) GHB, and promised to turn his life around after this incident. His latest release, the single “Shake and Pop”, is a departure from the recent darker electronica style, as he claims he has found a brighter future since converting. In 2007, he released the online-only track “Love Peace, Not War”, a short ditty in response to the United States’ war in Iraq.
Album releases as Green Velvet
- The Many Shades of Cajual
- Techno Funk
- House Music All Night Long
12″ singles and EPS
Release title / Record label / year
- Underground Goodies Vol. I (Clubhouse Records, 1991) *2 versions
- Cajmere Featuring Nané – Keep Movin’ 12″ (Clubhouse Records, 1991)
- Under Ground Goodies Vol. II 12″ (Clubhouse Records, 1992)
- Chit Chat (The Remixes) / Coffee Pot (Cajual Records, 1992) *2 versions
- Cajmere Featuring Dajae* – Brighter Days (Cajual Records, 1992) *15 versions
- Underground Goodies Vol. 4 (Cajual Records, 1992) *6 versions
- Cajmere Featuring Derrick Carter – Dreaming EP (Clubhouse Records, 1992) *3 versions
- Underground Goodies Vol. 3 12″ (Out, 1992)
- Let Me Be 12″ (Af-Ryth-Mix Sounds, Clubhouse Records, Clubhouse Entertainment, 1993)
- Underground Goodies EP (Cajual Records, 1994)
- Feelin’ Kinda High (Cajual Records, 1994) *2 versions
- Underground Goodies Vol. VI (Cajual Records 1994 *2 versions
- Underground Goodies Vol V 12″ Cajual Records 1995
- Horny (Remixes) Cajual Records 1995 *3 versions
- Get Up Off Me (12″) Cajual Records 1996
- Only 4 U Rhythm Republic 1996 *3 versions
- Only 4 U / It’s Time For The (Percolator) (CD, Maxi-single, Live, 1997)
- Lookin’ For A Man (12″) (Live, 1998)
- Feelin’ (12″) (Live, 2001)
- Nasty (12″) (Cajual Records, 2002)
- Cajmere Presents Walter Phillips – Sometimes I Do 12″ (Cajual Records, 2004)
- Cajmere Featuring Dajae* – I Need U 12″ (GEM, 2004)
- Nude 12″ (GEM, 2004)
- Powered 12″ (GEM, 2004)
- House-Werk 12″ (Relief Records, 2004)
- Cajmere featuring Walter Phillips – Midnight (Remixes) 12″ (Cajual Records, 2004)
- Come 12″ (Cajual Records, 2004)
- Say U Will (Cajual Records, 2005) *9 versions
- I Need U (Remixes) 12″ (Cajual Records, 2005)
- Percolator – Special Edition (Dirtybird/Cajual, 2010) *2 versions
- Cajmere & Gene Farris – New Gotham EP – digital EP (Cajual Records, 2010)