Monday Disco Mix: Body Music: NYC Disco & Early House Tribute Mix by Phil Toke / Soul Of Sydney


 

Soul of Sydney Block Party Radio #33: ‘Body Music’ : An excursion in NYC Disco & Early House Vibes mixed by Phil Toke (Our House Sydney) & Soul Of Sydney.

 

Style: New York Disco, Garage & Funky House Classics.
Time: 1 Hr 20 Mins
Recorded: Winter 2008
DJ’s: Phil Toke / Soul of Sydney

 

About the Mix:
This is a little Our House winter promo mix from the archives, I think this was the first mix we actually put out, way back in winter 2008 as a couple music heads frustrated not enough DISCO was being played in Sydney.

 

This one is still a sentimental favorite for us, it features a few personal edits put together just for the mix & some of the NEW YORK DISCO & SOULFUL HOUSE sounds we knew definitely weren’t getting played enough in Sydney.

 

TRACKLIST:

 

-The Originals- Down To Love Town (Dims special re edit) / Todd Terry-Acapella (Soul of Sydney EDIT)
-Roy Ayers- Running
-The Strikers- Body Music
-Sam-Jam – Dance N Chant (Todd Terje re edit)
-Stephanie Mills- Put Your Body In It
-Geraldine Hunt- Cant Fake The Feeling
-First Choice – Let No Man Put Asunder
-Loleatta Holloway – Love Sensation
-Sylvester – I Need You (Dim’s secret re edit)
-MAW- Expensive Shit (acapella)
-Blaze- My Beat (S.U.M.O. Rebounce / Soul of Sydney EDIT)
-Kerri Chandler- Coro (‘Kaoz 6:23’ Dark Mix)
-Neil Armstrong Moon Landing
-Harry Choo Choo Romero- Mongobonix (From Beneath The Earth’s Crust)
-Marc Evans – Reach Out For Love
-Stevie Wonder- Another Star (Knee Deep Remix)
-Rhythm Republic ft Peyton- Never Give Up
-Matt Caseli & Aston Martinez- Gonzalo’s Guestlist

 

————BLOCK PARTY INFO————-
Catch Marcel Vogel Playing @ Spirit of House Disco Block Party Special – Sunday Sept 29
for us in a fresh in a secret DISCO oasis in Sydney.

 

Strictly invite only jam, RSVP soulofsydney@gmail.com for updates on the jam.

 

Check www.soulofsydney.org for info on the jam.

 

Your good friends at Our House Sydney & Soul of Sydney proudly present;

 

Soul of Sydney: ‘Disco Boogie Block Party Special’ : An afternoon DISCO, FUNK & BOOGIE throw-down paying special tribute to the Disco & Funk era.

 

Feat. MARCEL VOGEL (Lumberjacks in Hell, Intimate Friends)
+ Local Support by Soul of Sydney DJ’s & Friends (TBA)

 

Music: Strictly Soul, Funk, Disco, 80’s Boogie Grooves, Garage, Early House vibes & beyond.

 

Afternoon Jam – Sunday – Sept 29 – 1pm

 

Throwing it down in a fresh secret inner-city Oasis (limited to 150 funk heads) RSVPsoulofsydney@gmail.com for early bird tickets & info.

 

We are proud to be hosting a very special afternoon with Amsterdam’s infamous underground disco edit maestro & label don Marcel Vogel (Lumberjacks in Hell, Intimate Friends) who heads to Sydney for the first time as part of an Aus tour. Marcel is one of the craftiest disco selectors around, known globablly for his creativity effortlessly blending everything from Soul, Funk, Disco, Boogie & Garage vibes into his sets like it aisnt no thing. always with the freshest rare mixes and edits no one else can get their hands on, his sets mixes are highly regarded, weaving rare and choice cuts flawlessly.

 

His label ‘Lumberjacks in Hell’ is a driving force in the new school disco scene, championing old school infections Funk, Disco & Boogie grooves with a stack of the dopest disco edits around, including releases from the likes of; DJ Rahaan, Jamie 3:26,Hugo H.

 

Marcel’s label has put ut that much solid disco fire that ‘5 Magazine’ described the label as ‘the best Chicago label not physically located in Chicago’… As a DJ he always has the freshest rare selections of remixes, edits and underrgoudn releases that no one else gets their hands on for ages, expect an enjoy trip in body music.. taking inspiration from early house pioneers like Ron Hardy.. we can expect a very special set from the man known for his creativity and DJ talent.

your disco needs you

your disco needs you (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Disco Edit: The Rolling Stones – Miss You (Marcel Vogel / Em Vee Edit) | deep house disco sydney, lumberjacks in hell


Marcel Vogel at it again with this killer remix of Rolling Stones classic – ‘Miss You’, rearranged just for DISCO dance-floors in mind.. talk about HYPE.. this is one groundbreaking mix that has been killing it around the world in the hottest underrgound dancefloors, clubs and warehouse spaces.

Watch here

 Our House Sydney & Soul Of Sydney are blessed to present a very special September party featuring Amsterdam’s underground DISCO DON, DJ, Producer & label owner DJ MARCEL VOGEL (Lumberjacks in Hell, Intimate Friends, Amsterdam) along with Sydney’s own ‘Mr Disco’ STEPHEN ALLKINS [Love Tattoo] (Special Birthday Set)

Spirit of House: Disco, Boogie Block Party Special:
An afternoon tribute to 30+ years of house music & its disco funk & boogie roots.

Sun Sept 29. @ Secret Disco Oasis

DJ Marcel Vogel (Lumberjacks in Hell, Intimate Friends, Amsterdam)
Stephen Allkins (Love Tattoo) (Special Birthday Set)
Soul of Sydney DJ’s Friends.
Phil Toke
Michael Zac
Eadie Ramia

Music: Strictly Soul, Funk, Disco, Boogie, Garage, Early House vibes & beyond.

Location: Throwing it down in a fresh secret inner-city DISCO Oasis (limited to 150 funk heads) – Email us at soulofsydney@gmail.com for info.

Tickets: RSVP soulofsydney@gmail.com for early bird tickets & info.

Facebook Event / Tickets

www.facebook.com/events/266675866807357/?fref=ts

www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?509514

We are proud to be hosting a very special afternoon with Amsterdam’s infamous underground disco edit maestro & label don Marcel Vogel (Lumberjacks in Hell, Intimate Friends) who heads to Sydney for the first time as part of an Aus tour. Marcel is one of the craftiest disco selectors around, known globally for his creativity effortlessly blending everything from Soul, Funk, Disco, Boogie & Garage vibes into his sets like it aint no thing. always with the freshest rare mixes and edits no one else can get their hands on, his sets mixes are highly regarded, weaving rare and choice cuts flawlessly.

His label ‘Lumberjacks in Hell’ is a driving force in the new school disco scene, championing old school infections Funk, Disco & Boogie grooves with a stack of the dopest disco edits around, including releases from the likes of; DJ Rahaan, Jamie 3:26,Hugo H just to name a few.

Marcel’s label has put out that much solid disco fire that ‘5 Magazine’ described the label as ‘the best Chicago label not physically located in Chicago’… As a DJ he always has the freshest rare selections of remixes, edits and underground releases that no one else gets their hands on for ages, expect an enjoy trip in body music.. taking inspiration from early house pioneers like Ron Hardy.. we can expect a very special set from the man known for his creativity and DJ talent.

STEPHEN ALLKINS [LOVE-TATTOO]

”New York had Larry Levan, Chicago had Ron Hardy, Sydney had Stephen Allkins..”

We are excited to be also be hosting another very rare afternoon set from Sydney’s own home legendary DJ & Producer Mr Stephen Allkins.

Being one of the true pioneers of dance music in Sydney & playing the the very first disco clubs & warehouse parties from 1978, it is safe to say that Stephen Allkins aka [love] tattoo could rightly claim the trademark of “Mr.Disco”, his extensive record collection & his infamous sets over the years and legacy is also a testament to that.

He first started DJing in the late 70’s and has inspired a whole generation of DJ’s through his infamous sets at warehouse parties, raves and clubs over the years and some absolutely blissful production as [Love-Tattoo]

Expect a very special journey through the disco, funk & early house sounds that matter from the original DJ’s DJ who has seen it and done it all.

Please Note: Our last 6 parties have completely sold out so be sure to lock in a spot on the dancefloor early for this special show.

Email soulofsydney@gmail.com for updates and event info.

PLEASE NOTE:
– We have a fresh new secret oasis location that is strictly limited numbers
– Our last 6 parties completely sold-out so if you are keen to come down be sure to get the pre-sale tix as we dont do door sales if sold out.

Email us at soulofsydney@gmail.com for any info.

Snap up the last few discounted tickets here –>https://www.facebook.com/events/266675866807357/?fref=ts

Facebook Event –> www.facebook.com/events/266675866807357/?fref=ts

LINKS:

www.soulofsydney.org
www.ourhousesydney.com
www.spiritofhouse.com.au
www.soundcloud.com/soulofsydney

SOUL OF SYDNEY | SPIRIT OF HOUSE |MARCEL VOGEL MIXTAPES:

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Past EVENTS!

 

Soul of Sydney & Our House Pres: SPIRIT OF HOUSE BLOCK PARTY feat. MARCEL VOGEL (Lumberjacks in Hell, Amsterdam) + Stephen Allkins (Love Tattoo) – | deep house funk, disco boogie afro soulful


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GET TICKETS HERE

 


$10 – SOLD OUT
$15 – ON SALE NOW (Very Limited
$20 – ON SALE SOON (Very limited)

 Our House Sydney & Soul Of Sydney are blessed to present a very special September party featuring Amsterdam’s underground DISCO DON, DJ, Producer & label owner DJ MARCEL VOGEL (Lumberjacks in Hell, Intimate Friends, Amsterdam) along with Sydney’s own ‘Mr Disco’ STEPHEN ALLKINS [Love Tattoo] (Special Birthday Set)

Spirit of House: Disco, Boogie Block Party Special:
An afternoon tribute to 30+ years of house music & its disco funk & boogie roots.

Sun Sept 29. @ Secret Disco Oasis

DJ Marcel Vogel (Lumberjacks in Hell, Intimate Friends, Amsterdam)
Stephen Allkins (Love Tattoo) (Special Birthday Set)
Soul of Sydney DJ’s Friends.
Phil Toke
Michael Zac
Eadie Ramia

Music: Strictly Soul, Funk, Disco, Boogie, Garage, Early House vibes & beyond.

Location: Throwing it down in a fresh secret inner-city DISCO Oasis (limited to 150 funk heads) – Email us at soulofsydney@gmail.com for info.

Tickets: RSVP soulofsydney@gmail.com for early bird tickets & info.

Facebook Event / Tickets

www.facebook.com/events/266675866807357/?fref=ts

GET TICKETS HERE

We are proud to be hosting a very special afternoon with Amsterdam’s infamous underground disco edit maestro & label don Marcel Vogel (Lumberjacks in Hell, Intimate Friends) who heads to Sydney for the first time as part of an Aus tour. Marcel is one of the craftiest disco selectors around, known globally for his creativity effortlessly blending everything from Soul, Funk, Disco, Boogie & Garage vibes into his sets like it aint no thing. always with the freshest rare mixes and edits no one else can get their hands on, his sets mixes are highly regarded, weaving rare and choice cuts flawlessly.

His label ‘Lumberjacks in Hell’ is a driving force in the new school disco scene, championing old school infections Funk, Disco & Boogie grooves with a stack of the dopest disco edits around, including releases from the likes of; DJ Rahaan, Jamie 3:26,Hugo H just to name a few.

Marcel’s label has put out that much solid disco fire that ‘5 Magazine’ described the label as ‘the best Chicago label not physically located in Chicago’… As a DJ he always has the freshest rare selections of remixes, edits and underground releases that no one else gets their hands on for ages, expect an enjoy trip in body music.. taking inspiration from early house pioneers like Ron Hardy.. we can expect a very special set from the man known for his creativity and DJ talent.

STEPHEN ALLKINS [LOVE-TATTOO]

”New York had Larry Levan, Chicago had Ron Hardy, Sydney had Stephen Allkins..”

We are excited to be also be hosting another very rare afternoon set from Sydney’s own home legendary DJ & Producer Mr Stephen Allkins.

Being one of the true pioneers of dance music in Sydney & playing the the very first disco clubs & warehouse parties from 1978, it is safe to say that Stephen Allkins aka [love] tattoo could rightly claim the trademark of “Mr.Disco”, his extensive record collection & his infamous sets over the years and legacy is also a testament to that.

He first started DJing in the late 70’s and has inspired a whole generation of DJ’s through his infamous sets at warehouse parties, raves and clubs over the years and some absolutely blissful production as [Love-Tattoo]

Expect a very special journey through the disco, funk & early house sounds that matter from the original DJ’s DJ who has seen it and done it all.

Please Note: Our last 6 parties have completely sold out so be sure to lock in a spot on the dancefloor early for this special show.

Email soulofsydney@gmail.com for updates and event info.

PLEASE NOTE:
– We have a fresh new secret oasis location that is strictly limited numbers
– Our last 6 parties completely sold-out so if you are keen to come down be sure to get the pre-sale tix as we dont do door sales if sold out.

Email us at soulofsydney@gmail.com for any info.

Snap up the last few discounted tickets here –>https://www.facebook.com/events/266675866807357/?fref=ts

Facebook Event –> www.facebook.com/events/266675866807357/?fref=ts

GET TICKETS HERE

 

LINKS:

www.soulofsydney.org
www.ourhousesydney.com
www.spiritofhouse.com.au
www.soundcloud.com/soulofsydney

SOUL OF SYDNEY | SPIRIT OF HOUSE |MARCEL VOGEL MIXTAPES:

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Past EVENTS!

Sunday Disco & Funk Mix: Lumberjacks ft. Rahaan & Marcel Vogel @ Red Light Radio (Amsterdam)


 

For lovers of dance-floor funk & disco.. check this mix out as a little warm up to a special afternoon funk and disco jam we have with legendary Chicago disco cat DJ RAHAAN. Nothing but 100% express yourself music on a Sunday afternoon in March with local support including super rare disco and boogie sets from Gian Aprino, Shan Frenzie, Phil Toke, Soul of Sydney DJ’s & Friends. (email us at soulofsydney for very limited early bird tix)

DJ RAHAAN (CHICAGO) – SUN MARCH 24 (AFTERNOON SET)

DISCO – FUNK – EARLY HOUSE VIBES

Our House Sydney & Soul Of Sydney are proud and excited to present renowned Chicago DJ, Rahaan. Having been inspired by Chicago dance pioneers such as Ron Hardy, Farley Jackmaster Funk, and The Hot Mix 5, Rahaan has been playing music spanning everything from DEEP HOUSE, DISCO, BOOGIE & FUNK since the 80’s & is the dopest DISCO DJ around if your ask us.

His fearsome talent behind the decks has led to a fanatical worldwide following while his mixes are highly regarded, weaving rare and choice cuts flawlessly.

Rahaan has released numerous tracks through music labels JiscoMusic, Stilove4music, KAT and was a producer on Peven Everett’s “Sexy One” on Unified Records. His performances have spanned the globe and included famed parties such as the Southport Weekender, Northern Soul and Bring The Heat.

Local support includes Frenzie (Groove Therapy Radio), Gian Arpino (Tan Crackers Soul Club) Phil Toke, Michael Zac, Eadie Ramia and Soul Of Sydney DJ’s

First release $15+BF Pre-sale tickets are available from http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?447318

SOUL OF SYDNEY : SECRET NEW AUSTRALIA DAY LONG WEEKEND BLOCK PARTY SPECIAL

Soul of Sydney & Our House Sydney proudly present:

SPIRIT OF HOUSE SECRET BLOCKPARTY (AUSTRALIA DAY LONG WEEKEND)

An afternoon tribute to 30+ years of House music & its Funk & Disco roots.

MUSIC: Strictly Early Chicago House, New York Disco, Garage, Soul & Funk Vibes.

DATE: AUSTRALIA DAY LONG WEEKEND – 1pm-8pm

DJ’S: Soul of Sydney DJ’s & Friends, Phil Toke, Michael Zac, Nick Vidal, Danny De Sousa, Ian Lavelle

LOCATION: Secret innercity dance floor oasis (near surry hills)

TICKETS: Limited early pre-sale tickets by RSVP available from via soulofsydney@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE:

– This is a very special limited capacity  ticketed event
– Our last two events completely sold out & we had to turn back 100+ people from each one so please lock in you spot on the dancefloor early for this one.
– Venue details will only be released to ticket holders
– There will be NO DOOR SALES or Guest-list if we sell out again.
-Feel free to email us at soulofsydney@gmail.com if any questions etc
– we are doing this strictly for the LOVE of good music & amazing people, please feel free to spread the word to any of our friends who you think might dig the idea,
:)

ABOUT SPIRIT OF HOUSE?
Spirit Of House is a secret afternoon party collaboration between Soul of Sydney & Our House put on every couple of months to pay homage to the last 30+ years of House music & its Disco-Funk roots in unique & interesting locations. We make a special point pay tribute to the DJ’s, Producers and iconic clubs who have helped create and shape House music over the last three decades. Figures & Clubs such as Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Ron Hardy, Glenn Underground, John Morales, Kerri Chandler, Ron Trent, Joey Negro, Joe Claussell, Danny Krivit, Kenny Dixon Jr, Theo Parrish, Norman Jay, Lil Louis Masters At Work The Warehouse, Zanzibar, The Musik Box and The Paradise Garage.

Our House Sydney & Soul-Of Sydney, bringing you that BODY MUSIC!

 

MONDAY MORNING FUNK & DISCO MIX: DJ RAHAAN RED LIGHT RADIO LIVE MIX FROM AMSTERDAM


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Good Morning!! Just to help you ease into your working week, here is another mix from the mighty DJ RAHAAN on your Monday morning. This one was recorded for Red Light Radio right out of the red light district of Amsterdam.

It is another fine section of infections funk grooves & hand made disco edit goodness. Nothing but 100% express yourself music!

The discounted Pre-Sale allocation for the DJ Rahaan gig are moving very quick & its looking like another sell out party. If your keen to come & check out one of the true champions of the DISCO & Early House sound playing a very special afternoon set for us be sure to get in soon as lock in your space on our dance-floor.

Spirit of House Block Party feat. DJ RAHAAN (JiscoMusic|Stilove4music|Chicago)

An afternoon tribute to 30+ years of House Music & Its Disco & Funk Roots

Sunday March 24 – 1pm-9pm Local Support: Frenzie (Groove Therapy Radio), Gian Arpino (Tan Crackers Soul Club), Phil Toke (Soul of Sydney), Soul Of Sydney DJ’s & Friends
Tickets: $10-20 Pre-sale on sale at Resident Advisor (http://www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty)

Music: Strictly, Afternoon Soul, Funk, Disco & Early Chicago House Flavors.

Our House Sydney & Soul Of Sydney are proud to be presenting another Sunday afternoon SPIRIT OF HOUSE event featuring one of the true champions of DISCO & EARLY HOUSE sound. We are delighted to have renowned Chicago DJ & Producer, DJ Rahaan gracing the turntables in March.

Rahaan has been playing everything from DISCO, BOOGIE & FUNK & EARLY CHICAGO HOUSE since the 1980’s & comes to Sydney to play a very special Sunday afternoon set where he will be paying special tribute to the SOUL, FUNK, DISCO, CHICAGO HOUSE musical roots & inspirations that have shaped him as a DJ & Producer.

Local support include;
Frenzie (Groove Therapy Radio),
Gian Arpino (Tan Crackers Soul Club)
Phil Toke (Soul of Sydney)
Soul Of Sydney DJ’s

Venue: Unused Indoor/Outdoor Disco Oasis

Pre Sale Tix: $10|$15|$20 currently are available at Resident Advisor

Tickets: www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?447318

Facebook Event : https://www.facebook.com/events/481585635234185/

Mixtapes/Info: http://www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty

ABOUT SPIRIT OF HOUSE?
Spirit Of House is a secret afternoon party collaboration between Soul of Sydney & Our House put on every couple of months to pay homage to the last 30+ years of House music & its Disco-Funk roots in unique & interesting locations. We make a special point pay tribute to the DJ’s, Producers and iconic clubs who have helped create and shape House music over the last three decades. Figures & Clubs such as Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Ron Hardy, Glenn Underground, John Morales, Kerri Chandler, Ron Trent, Joey Negro, Joe Claussell, Danny Krivit, Kenny Dixon Jr, Theo Parrish, Norman Jay, Lil Louis Masters At Work The Warehouse, Zanzibar, The Musik Box and The Paradise Garage.

CLASSIC HOUSE MIX: Frankie Knuckles – Live At The Gallery 21 (Chicago / 1987)


shot in chicago

shot in chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

45mn oldschool session live from Chicago.

01. K.I.D. – Hupendi Muziki Wangu? ! (You Don’t Like My Music)
02. James Wells – True Love Is My Destiny
03. Exodus – Together Forever
04. Change – Glow Of Love
05. Ian DurySpasticus Autisticus
06. Mike T – Do It Anyway You Wanna
07. Don Ray – Standing In The Rain
08. General Johnson – Can’t Nobody Love Me Like You Do
09. Trussel – Love Injection

Thanks to Lobbykiller, ALX & Jacob for completing the playlist and bozman for sharing.

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Cajmere feat Dajae – BRIGHTER DAYS (Underground Goodie Mix)


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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.

Early years

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.[1] 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”[citation needed] 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[citation needed] into the Underground Goodies EP, his first release as Cajmere (the CAJ as in Curtis A. Jones[2]) put out in 1991 on his own recently started Cajual label.[1] 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,[1] 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,”[1] 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,[3] 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.[citation needed]); “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,[1] 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.

Recent projects

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,[3] 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.

Jones has remixed artists such as Madonna, Orgy and Basement Jaxx.

Discography

Compilations

Album releases as Green Velvet

Full albums

  • 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)