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Mix The Vibe: DJ Spinna Eclectic Mindset

October 15, 2014 in Ananda Project, Blaze, Chris Brann, DJ Spinna, Heather Johnson, jOHNNYDANGEROUs, Kenny Dope, King Street Classics, Louie Vega, Mood II Swing, Ron Trent, Stephanie Cooke, YMC

Title: Mix The Vibe: DJ Spinna Eclectic Mindset
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: October 13, 2014
Label: King Street Classics
Cat#: KSD 269

Available at Beatport

The Hype:

Much has been written and said about King Street Sounds but the highest praise must be reserved for their catalogue, which reveals the label’s intense commitment to an enormous plexus of creative music in New York. This is the eleventh release in King Street’s successful and popular MIX THE VIBE series. Varied and deep enough so that almost a dozen talented DJs have been able to re-interpret it without sounding the same. For this special excursion we have a DJ (Spinna) who is known more for his work as a hip-hop producer / DJ / beat maker than he is forhouse music. Naturally his take is different to those established house DJs. Spinna works to this highpoint on the mix in different way. In his soulful selecting process he reveals the connections between house music and R&B like Stephanie Cooke’s “Everything“. He also shows us audibly that the beats in house and hip-hop aren’t that far away, such as King Britt’s Scuba mix of Ananda Project’s “Expand Your Mind“; and being an adventurous individual Spinna’s not afraid to take a mad yet inspired side-route, i.e., the Isolee remix of Snooze. As if all these highlights weren’t enough, we’re also treated to a special intro cut and Spinna exploring his own infectious infatuation with the music of Fela Kuti on his previously released 12″ cut for King StreetDeep Rooted“. This mix shows once again hip-hop and house aren’t that far away from each other. With mixes like this I think not. Hip-hop and house co-exist organically in NYC, their worlds connecting through genuine headz like Spinna. It’s by understanding how music relates to our historical evolution that we understand how our lives connect and how important these connections are. We all need to start valuing creative music like this more. Stay connected. Feel the vibe.

20 Years of Nite Grooves [Beatport Edition]

September 24, 2014 in Alan Carter, Ananda Project, Cevin Fisher, Chris Brann, DJ Romain, Dominic Dawson, G.IL.V., Grace Ashaye, Groove Box, Guy Gerber, Harry Choo Choo Romero, jOHNNYDANGEROUs, Kerri Chandler, Kruse and Nuernberg, Larry Levan, Less Hate, Louie Vega, Luigi Rocca, Mat.Joe, Mia Tuttavilla, Mood II Swing, Nathan Barato, Nite Grooves, Seb Zito, Solumun, Sunshine Jones, The WIG, Tiger Stripes, Whim-ee, YMC

Title: 20 Years of Nite Grooves [Beatport Edition]
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: September 22, 2014
Label: Nite Grooves
Cat#: KSD 265

Available at Beatport

The Hype:

The year was 1994. Brand new House Music label King Street Sounds had just been born the year before and just like NYC‘s club scene, it was truly thriving. King Street had been built on relative traditional House sounds, being named after the street location of the legendary Paradise Garage. Founder and Owner Hisa Ishioka wanted to create yet another offshoot label, one that was more cutting edge, consisting of non-conforming musical compositions, and thus Nite Grooves Recordings was born. It dipped into a different well of talent and appealed to an audience that craved more underground tracks. We like to say its the darker, offbeat Yin to the Vocal House Yang. Early releases by producers now considered legends like Mood II Swing, Cevin Fisher, Louie Vega, and Kenny Dope (MAW), jOHNNYDANGEROUs, DJ Pierre, Ron TrentRalphi Rosario, Kerri Chandler, Joe Claussell, Francois K, Roy Davis, Jr., and many many more were among the first to be included. In the year 2000, Nite Grooves launched the acclaimed Release album by Ananda Project which at the time had demonstrated a burgeoning new direction in Dance Music. A full 2 decades later the label is still flourishing, despite the trials and tribulations the music industry has faced in recent times. To commemorate, we’ve dug deep into the catalog to bring you a very special collection. On this whopping 20-tune commemorative 20 Years of Nite Grooves comp, we see many producers of yesteryear like some of the mentioned above including Solomun, Nathan Barato, Seb Zito, Tiger Stripes, Mat & Joe, Guy Gerber, Less Hate, Idjut Boys, Kruse & Nuernberg, Luigi Rocca and more! To top it off, one of NYC’s hottest upcoming DJ/Producers, The WIG, blends the compilation together into one continuous historical mixNite Grooves continues on its quest to bring you some of the best home-bred talent as well as discover the hottest up & comers from around the globe… and many more are on their way. Here’s to another 20 Groovy years!

20 Years of Nite Grooves [Traxsource Edition]

September 24, 2014 in Ananda Project, Blaze, Danny Krivit, David Harness Project, David Morales, Dennis Ferrer, Dimitri From Paris, DJ Romain, Frankie Feliciano, Jon Cutler, Kerri Chandler, Kiko Navarro, Lenny Fontana, Louie Vega, Mateo and Matos, Mr.V, Nite Grooves, Quentin Harris, Rancido, Sunshine Jones, Supernova, The WIG, Tiger Stripes

Title: 20 Years of Nite Grooves [Traxsource Edition]
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: September 22, 2014
Label: Nite Grooves
Cat#: KSD 266

Available at Traxsource

The Hype:

The year was 1994. Brand new House Music label King Street Sounds had just been born the year before and just like NYC’s club scene, it was truly thriving. King Street had been built on relative traditional House sounds, being named after the street location of the legendary Paradise Garage. Founder and Owner Hisa Ishioka wanted to create yet another offshoot label, one that was more cutting edge, consisting of non-conforming musical compositions, and thus Nite Grooves Recordings was born. It dipped into a different well of talent and appealed to an audience that craved more underground tracks. We like to say its the darker, offbeat Yin to the Vocal House Yang. Early releases by producers now considered legends like Mood II Swing, Cevin Fisher, Louie Vega, and Kenny Dope (MAW), jOHNNYDANGEROUs, DJ Pierre, Ron Trent,  Ralphi Rosario, Kerri Chandler, Joe Claussell, Francois K, Roy Davis, Jr., and many many more were among the first to be included. In the year 2000, Nite Grooves launched the acclaimed Release album by Ananda Project which at the time had demonstrated a burgeoning new direction in Dance Music. A full 2 decades later the label is still flourishing, despite the trials and tribulations the music industry has faced in recent times. To commemorate, we’ve dug deep into the catalog to bring you a very special collection. On this whopping 20-tune commemorative 20 Years of Nite Grooves comp, we see many producers of yesteryear like some of the mentioned above including  Denis Ferrer, Groove Box (Louie Vega), 95 North, Sunshine Jones (of DubTribe Sound System), Brooklyn Friends (David Morales), Dimitri From Paris, Mateo & Matos, Quentin Harris and more! To top it off, one of NYC’s hottest upcoming DJ/Producers, The WIG, blends the compilation together into one continuous historical mix!  Nite Grooves continues on its quest to bring you some of the best home-bred talent as well as discover the hottest up & comers from around the globe… and many more are on their way. Here’s to another 20 Groovy years!

Kings On King Street Vol. 2

August 20, 2014 in Ananda Project, Basil, Bassmental, Benedetto & Farina, Big Moses, Cevin Fisher, Chris Brann, Claude Monnet, Dennis Ferrer, Diamond Temple, Dima Studitsky, Dinky, DJ Roland Clark presents Urban Soul, dj spen, Domscott, Groove Assassin, Hubert Street, Jalley, Jihad Muhammed, jOHNNYDANGEROUs, Josh Milan, Kenny McNeil, Kerri Chandler, King Street Sounds, Kruse and Nuernberg, Mark Di Meo, Mind Street, N'dinga Gaba, Namy, Nick Jones Experience, Pasta Boys, Peven Everett, Quentin Harris, Sascha Dive, Scott Wozniak, Soundealers, Studio Apartment, Sunshine Jones, Terrance Downs, Tony Loreto

Title: Kings On King Street Vol. 2
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: August 18, 2014
Label: King Street Sounds
Cat#: KSD 262

Available at Beatport & Traxsource

The Hype:

How can we name legends of clubland like Basil, Big Moses, Cevin Fisher, Kerri Chandler, DJ Roland Clark presents Urban Soul, Scott Wozniak, Quentin Harris, Nick Jones Experience feat. Colonel Abrams, and put them together with their contemporaries Terrence Downs, Dennis Ferrer, Sunshine Jones, Pasta Boys, Soundealers, Kruse & Nuernberg, Hubert Street, Claude Monnet and Benedetto & Farina? Simply put, all of these amazing artists have at one point or another walked through the doors of the King Street offices, and delivered a masterful future classic piece of musical craftsmanship. Presenting the second volume of Kings on King St; the male version of the Divas on King St collection. With this all male superstar vocalist compilation, showcasing the legendary talent in its two decade-plus long existence, the King St brand has been tearing up floors with styles of varying House Music. The consistency and high quality of producers who’ve contributed to the catalog have stood the test of time. Songs like “Blue Skies,” “Change The World,” “Only Yourself,” and “Lift Him Up” have all put these producers on the map. With this assemblage, the roots of past House will bring into the present what will be heard for future generations of heads to appreciate. Listen and see.

Mix The Vibe: Lord G – Tribal Journey

August 6, 2014 in Ananda Project, Cevin Fisher, Chris Brann, Danny Tenaglia, David Morales, Divas of Color, DJ Roland Clark presents Urban Soul, Jason Nevins, Johnny Vicious, Kimara Lovelace, King Street Classics, Level 9, Lord G, Mike Ski, Pump Friction, Ralphi Rosario, Satoshi Tomiie, Shunji Moriwaki, Ultra Nate

Title: Mix The Vibe: Lord G – Tribal Journey
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: August 4, 2014
Label: King Street Classics
Cat#: KSD 261

Available at Beatport & Traxsource

The Hype:

Mix The Vibe: Lord GTribal Journey” is the latest full-length, continuously mixed CD from Nite GroovesLord G spins weekly on New York radio station WKTU 103.5Lord G is a member of the prestigious production group Def Mix which has two Grammy Award winning producer / remixers in the form of Frankie Knuckles and David Morales.  “Tribal Journey” features 18 cutting edge dance songs from top dance producers Masters At Work, Cevin Fisher, Ralphie Rosario, Danny Teaglia and many more.  Lord G magically blends the latin, tribal sounds of New York and the energy of a night’s club journey into one power-packed CD.  Mix The Vibe: Lord GTribal Journey” is by far one of the hottest full length dance CD’s around.  Don’t miss out, be apart of it, pick it up today.

Abstract Latin Vibes (Nite Grooves 20 Years Essentials)

July 30, 2014 in Alessandro Bacci, Alex Kenji, Ananda Project, Chris Brann, Dennis Ferrer, Frankie Feliciano, Hanna Hais, Harry Choo Choo Romero, Jihad Muhammed, Jopas, Julius Papp, Kerri Chandler, Kiko Navarro, Louie Vega, Malena, Mateo and Matos, Meaux, Nacho Marco, Nick Jones Experience, Nite Grooves, Paul Hardcastle Jr., Second Floor Collective, Shakima Moore, Soulstar Syndicate, Stephanie Cooke, Supernova, Tier-Ra-Nichi, Tiger Stripes, Tuccillo

Title: Abstract Latin Vibes (Nite Grooves 20 Years Essentials)
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Label: Nite Grooves
Cat#: KSD 260

Available at Beatport & Traxsource

The Hype:

It’s been 20 years since we have been compiling incredible music for our “Abstract Latin Vibes” series here on Nite Grooves. After that copious amount of time, this year will be no different as we are happy to showcase our new collection of Latin infused dance music in “Abstract Latin Vibes (Nite Grooves 20 Years Essentials)”! In the mood for some funky latin rhythms with just the right amount of smoothness around the edges? Make sure to check out Nacho Marco & Paul Hardcastle Jr. – “Callisto (Original Mix)“, Tiger Stripes feat. Hanna Haïs  – “Consecration (Original Mix)“, Kerri Chandler – “The Sun’s Coming Up“, and Dennis Ferrer – “Reach 4 Freedom (DF’s Vocal Mix)” amongst others! Needing your jazz fix but yearn for that jumpy tech house feel? Make sure to check out Supernova – “Maraná (Original Mix)“, Soulstar Syndicate and Meaux – “It’s My Time (Jopas Instrumental Mix)“, and Mateo & Matos – “That Latin Rhythm“. Finally, the end of the night has come and peak time is upon us! Make sure to turn to these bangers to take it to the next level, Malena – “Amame“, Harry “Choo-Choo” Romero – “Mongobonix (Damien J. Carter Remix)“, and Tuccillo & Kiko Navarro – “Auris (Canto a Obatala)“.

Ananda Project – Cascades of Colour / Where the Music Takes You

July 9, 2014 in Ananda Project, Chris Brann, Leon (Italy), Nite Grooves, Volkoder

Title: Cascades of Colour / Where the Music Takes You
Artist: Ananda Project
Release Date: July 7, 2014
Label: Nite Grooves
Cat#: KNG 509

Available at Beatport

The Hype:

Ananda Project’s “Cascades of Colour / Where the Music Takes You” are two quintessential tracks that will live the test of time in the dance music world. We here at Nite Grooves would not only like to pay homage to these two pieces of music, but also offer up 3 brand new remixes from two of the very best in the dance music world of now! Kicking things off, with current releases on Viva Music and Cocoon, and support from DJs Steve Lawler, Ricardo Villalobos, and Tiefschwarz, Italian DJ/Producer Leon drops both his “Paradise Remix” and “Leon Mura Dub Mix” of “Cascades of Colour”. Both mixes are packed with an incredibly deep bass line complimented by airy synths and the gorgeous original snippets of Ananda Project. Finally, Brazilian deep house whiz Volkoder drops his super hip and groovy remix of “Where the Music Takes You”!

A Long Hot Summer: Mixed & Selected by Julius Papp

July 2, 2014 in Ak, Ananda Project, Blaze, Chieko Kinbara, Chris Brann, Danny Krivit, Dazzle Drums, Dennis Ferrer, Dominic Dawson, Frankie Feliciano, Josh Milan, Julius Papp, Kerri Chandler, Kiko Navarro, Kruse and Nuernberg, Kulintronica, linda clifford, Lisa Shaw, Mia Tuttavilla, Nite Grooves, Osunlade, Ralphi Rosario, Reformed, Roberto Palmero, Robosonic, Souldynamic, Tuccillo, UDAUFL

Title: A Long Hot Summer: Mixed & Selected by Julius Papp
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: June 30, 2014
Label: Nite Grooves
Cat#: KSD 258

Available at Beatport & Traxsource

The Hype:

When you think of prolific producers to come out of San Francisco and the Bay Area, names like Miguel Migs, Mark Farina, Jay-J, Fred Everything come to mind. There’s one more that should be added to that list, namely DJ/Producer, Julius Papp. From his very first gig in 1987 to touring with Migs at the famed Salted parties, to countless releases on many labels including King Street and his own NeoDisco imprint, he now returns to us on this fourth installment of A Long Hot Summer. With the first being compiled and mixed by Balaeric producer Kiko Navarro and subsequent yearly comps by Chris Brann (Ananda Project, Wamdue Project, P’Taah) and Brazilian DJ Meme, Julius Papp comes on to seamlessly blend twenty of the most beautiful tunes in the catalog to create a lush and sensuously rhythmic journey for the long hot days ahead. Tunes like Frankie Feliciano presents Real Thing, “Stalker Track,” Dennis Ferrer feat. Bola BeloDem People Go!” (Kruse & Nuernberg Remix), From P60 with Lisa ShawMagic”(Jarred Gallo Remix), Chieko Kinbara feat. Josh MilanJust Like Love” (Charles Webster Main Remix) and “Higher Love” (Souldynamic Vocal Dub), Kerri ChandlerHallelujah” (Robosonic Remix), Tuccillo & Kiko Navarro feat. AmorLovery” (Yoruba Soul Mix), Ananda Project feat. AKHeaven Is Right Here” (Danny Krivit & Dazzle Drums Mix) and his own cuts, “Groove Asylum,” “Round In My Mind,” “Your Life 2013” and others will help get your summer groove on. As quoted in Resident Advisor Julius states, “When I DJ, I like to go on a ride. I don’t like to stay in one groove for too long. I like to be eclectic in my musical selection, incorporating various styles.” With this eclectic culmination in mind, he developed a smoother edge, a deep soulful style of House that continues to define the San Francisco sound.”… and he does that oh so well on this stunning new comp.

King Street Sounds Acappellas 4

June 25, 2014 in Aaron Ross, Alan Carter, Alex Ander, Ananda Project, Bad Zuke, Bunte Bummler, Carolyn Harding, Chieko Kinbara, Chris Brann, Chris Forman, Colonel Abrams, Dennis Ferrer, Dimi Stuff, DJ Roland Clark presents Urban Soul, Eppu, Grace Ashaye, Inaya Day, Josh Milan, King Street Sounds, Less Hate, Logistix, Lydia Scarfo, Marta Gazman, Max Noize, Monique Bingham, Nick Jones Experience, RaShaan Houston, Sexy Sound Ladies, Studio Apartment, Sunshine Jones, Terrance Downs, Vanilla Ace, Yass

Title: King Street Sounds Acappellas 4
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: June 23, 2014
Label: King Street Sounds
Cat#: KSD 257

Available at Beatport

The Hype:

Twenty of the most well known and never-before-offered a cappellas of some of the hottest tunes from the King Street/Nite Grooves/Street King vault are presented in the 4th digital collection of voices only. A great DJ tool, imagine throwing such vocals of classics like Dennis Ferrer’s “Dem People Go”, Urban SoulMy Urban Soul”, Ananda Project feat. Marta GazmanBeautiful Searching”, Nick Jones Experience feat. Colonel AbramsAs I Take You Back”, and Sunshine JonesWhile You Were Sleeping” over your favorite track! For a touch of our newer catalogue make sure to check out, Vanilla AceYou’re Not Mine”, Bunte BummlerReal to Real”, Less Hate; Alan Carter; Grace AshayeI Feel Your Heart”, and Bad Zuke feat. RaShaan HoustonGet You Back”. The inventive possibilities are endless for creating sure-fire mash ups to make for quite a memorable evening!

House Legends: Eric Kupper

June 4, 2014 in Ananda Project, Directors Cut, DJ Roland Clark presents Urban Soul, DJ Vivona, Eric Kupper, Frankie Knuckles, Heather Johnson, Jackie Cohen, Jamico, Joi Cardwell, Kathy Brown, Namy, Orienta Rhythm, PRT Stacho, Stephanie Cooke, Studio Apartment, Terrance Downs, Underset

Title: House Legends: Eric Kupper
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: June 2, 2014
Label: King Street Classics
Cat#: KSD 255

Available at Beatport

The Hype:

With over 25 years of House Music production, Eric Kupper joins the many producers that are classified as a true Legends. King Street pays homage to this man who has remixed 2 songs that have received the “Dance Record of the YearGrammy award as well as having worked on literally dozens of #1 Billboard Hot Dance Music Club Play dance records. On the King Street House Legends series, he finds himself in great company, with other greats such as Kerri Chandler, DJ Roland Clark presents Urban Soul, Mood II Swing, and Blaze on previous comps in the series. Eric Kupper wrote “The Whistle Song,” with former Director’s Cut partner and House King Frankie Knuckles‘ (RIP) most famous tune and it’s no wonder this master musical craftsman had been called on to remix Usher, Alicia Keyes, BT, Goldfrapp, Cher, Enrique Iglesias, Sheryl Crow, Korn, Moloko, Smash Mouth, New Order, Yoko Ono, Curtis Mayfield, Brand New Heavies, Afrika Bambaata & Soulsonic Force, Kate Bush, 808 State, Anastacia, Donna Summer, PM Dawn, and many others. His massive discography is derived from his work as a studio musician as well as a remixer. His work as a multi-instrumentalist and arranger has helped sell over 50 million records for artists such as Anastacia, Marc Anthony, Celine Dion, Jessica Simpson, and Jennifer Lopez. In the role of “additional production and keyboardsEric has worked with Madonna, Celine Dion, Destiny’s Child, Britney Spears, LCD Soundsystem, Coldplay, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Anastacia, Seal, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Toni Braxton, Kelis, Jamiroquai, Depeche Mode, Eric Clapton, Everything But The Girl, Björk, and David Bowie. As his productions are already championed by DJ’s all over the world including Louie Vega, Andy Caldwell, Kaskade, among many others, this is further proof this master of sounds can turn anything he touches to pure dancefloor gold. On this 20-song comp we pull together remixes he’s done for King St, such as STUDIO APARTMENT feat. Stephanie CookeOne True Love,” Ananda Project feat. Heather Johnson & Terrance DownsKiss Kiss Kiss,” Jamico feat. Jackie CohenSometimes,” and Urban SoulWhat Do I Gotta Do.” We also see choice cuts from his revered Electrikiss album released in 2009 like “Star Light” and “Stargazer” as well as the renowned production styles he lent to remixes with Frankie Knuckles as Director’s Cut like Namy & Kathy BrownNot This Time” and DJ Vivona feat. Joi CardwellReturn to the Love.” One thing’s for sure, DJ sets and dancefloors worldwide have been made better because of men like Eric Kupper; forever a class act.