You are browsing the archive for Blaze.

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 [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!

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.

Abstract Jazz Journey: Mixed & Selected by Kyoto Jazz Massive

April 2, 2014 in Aaron Ross, Bah Samba, Barbara Tucker, Blaze, Carolyn Harding, Ceybil Jefferies, Cookie Monsterz, diephuis, Ezel, Fanatix, Groove Assassin, Han Litz, Jennifer Morrison, Josh Milan, Kenny Bobien, Kerri Chandler, KT Brooks, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Lady Alma Project, Michelle Weeks, Namy, Neil Pierce, Reelsoul, Richard Earnshaw, Roland Clark, Sean McCabe, Steal Vybe, Stephanie Cooke, Terry Hunter, Troyetta Knox, UDAUFL, Ultra Nate, Urban Soul

Title: Abstract Jazz Journey: Mixed & Selected by Kyoto Jazz Massive
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: March 31, 2014
Label: Nite Grooves
Cat#: KSD 249

Available at Beatport

The Hype:

Okino brothers Shuya & Yoshihiro, started out as DJs in the 80′s, then began producing in the 90′s and in the early 2000′s their careers took off when hailed by noted DJ & renowned BBC Radio 1 on-air personality Giles Peterson. Meet Kyoto Jazz Massive. They’ve seen works signed to Composte, Yellow Productions, Toshiba EMI, and many others, with over 84 remixes under their belt, appearing on over 64 compilations, and lending their name to even more production credits. For Nite Groves they were most known for their exceptionally eccentric and esoteric remix of Ananda Project‘s “Bahia” 10″ single off their acclaimed Morning Light album. Here they come back to King Street / Nite Grooves and show a deeper side on the latest Abstract Jazz Journey compilation. Jazzy House Master Rainer Truby (of Truby Trio) compiled and mixed the first one back in 2005 and we felt it was time to bring it back to feature some more great talent, namely KJM. Eighteen House-based songs with sprinkles of Jazz, Afro, Latin and Deep flavors are all thrown in the mix. It starts off with a beautiful exclusive version of Lady Alma Project‘s “Dreams,” and the lovely melodies don’t stop. It continues on with tunes like their own Shuya Okino feat. N’Dea Davenport‘s “Look Ahead” (Kyoto Jazz Massive Recreated Mix), Bah Samba feat. Anna Cavazos‘ “Lost Without  You,” Namy feat. Josh MilanFrom Now On,” Groove AssassinAfrik Bounce,” Kerri Chandler feat. Jennifer MorrisonLet Him In,” and many more. It also includes the Terry Hunter Bang Jazz Main Mix of the recent  Top 10 Billboard Club Hit Namy & Barbara TuckerI Can’t Wait.” All of these and more are here for you to get your mixed bag of grooves on.  Buy the whole comp and get the 76+ minute continuous mix as a free bonus!

Soulful House Journey: Mixed & Selected by Reelsoul

January 15, 2014 in Ananda Project, Blaze, Carolyn Harding, Chris Brann, Cookie Monsterz, Dawn Tallman, Dennis Ferrer, dj spen, Fabio Aurea, Frankie Feliciano, Groovebox, Joi Cardwell, Jovonn, Kerri Chandler, Kimara Lovelace, King Street Sounds, Louie Vega, Lukez, Michelle Weeks, Monique Bingham, Mood II Swing, Mr.V, Prosix, Reelsoul, Roland Clark, Sean McCabe, Souldynamic, Stephanie Cooke, Studio Apartment, Sydney, The MuthaFunkaz, UDAUFL, Urban Soul, Yass

Title: Soulful House Journey: Mixed & Selected by Reelsoul
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: January 13, 2014
Label: King Street Sounds
Cat#: KSD 243

Available at Beatport

The Hype:

Part of the beloved Sole Channel music camp, spearheaded by the renowned Mr. V, West Coast House producer William “Reelsoul” Rodriguez has already seen a fair share of remixes for us at King Street. From Kimara Lovelace‘s “How Much I Love You,” to Urban Soul‘s “Love Is So Nice” to Ananda Project‘s “A Second,” to jams like Stephanie Cooke‘s “It’s Like Nothing,” and Cookie Monsters ft Michelle Weeks‘ “Spread Love” and more, his mixes have all hit the global soulful dance floors with great appeal. He now brings some of his sweet flavor to the East Coast with his first full length mixed comp. Now fifth in line following past compilers Frankie Feliciano, Hector Romero, Groove Assassin and Sean McCabe, Reelsoul seamlessly blends over 2 dozen cuts to bring you the latest installment of Soulful House Journey. On it you’ll hear the above-mentioned Bonus Cuts and deep-in-the-well tunes like Groove Box‘s “The More You Want,” Mood II Swing feat. Carol SylvanCloser,” LY‘s “Back 2 Zanzibar,” and Kimara Lovelace‘s “Misery,” to the more recent Prosix‘s “My Deep Dream,”Yass & Fabio Aurea‘s “Popovka Morning,” Sydney & Lukez‘s “The Only Thing We Are” and others. He caresses the hearing with melodic peaks and rhythmic valleys far and near on this deep and soulful 80 minute journey. Of course it wouldn’t be a King St comp if it didn’t include a track by Kerri Chandler, Dennis Ferrer, Blaze & Joi Cardwell, or Studio Apt ft Monique Bingham, but he does his due soulful diligence to include them all here. Mr Reelsoul weaves all of these eras and styles into his rich musical tapestry with ease, keeping an even flow and a beautiful energy throughout. Strap yourselves in but not too tight; You’ll need some room to wiggle.

Abstract Afro Vibes (Nite Grooves 20 Years Essentials)

January 8, 2014 in Ananda Project, Basil, Blaze, Chris Brann, Dennis Ferrer, DJ Hiro, DJ Oji, DJ Romain, Esteban, Groove Assassin, Jephte Guillaume, Joe Claussell, Kerri Chandler, Kiko Navarro, Lips, Masabumi Kikuchi, Mateo and Matos, Matt Keyz Echols, Matthias Heilbronn, New African Orchestra, Nite Grooves, Palmer Brown, Peven Everett, Romatt, Ron Trent, Samble Orchestra, The II Deep Allstars, Tuccillo

Title: Abstract Afro Vibes (Nite Grooves 20 Years Essentials)
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: January 6, 2014
Label: Nite Grooves
Cat#: KSD 242

Available at Beatport

The Hype:

Paying homage to the influences that sounds from mother Africa has had on Dance music, Nite Grooves is releasing a special 20-year essential volume of the Abstract Afro Vibes series. Twenty of the most hypnotic 4/4, melodic & conga-driven cuts culled from deep in the vault have come together with a purpose; to embark the listener on a native-beat-filled journey. From New African Orchestra‘s “Village Dance” (USG Village Dance Mix) to Romatt presents Afro Centric Vibe‘s “Deep In Africa” and “Let’s Be Free” to Blaze & Palmer BrownJump 4 Luv,” Mateo & Matos‘ “Deep Afro Roots,” Dennis Ferrer‘s “Dem People Go!Samble OrchestraInner Spirit” (Love Spirits Mix – Afro Lounge) Tet Kale Orkestra‘s “Kouzen” and many many more. Kupata tayari kwa jasho (that’s Swahili for Get ready to sweat!).

Soulful House Journey: Reelsoul Sampler EP

December 18, 2013 in Blaze, DJ Roland Clark presents Urban Soul, Fabio Aurea, Frankie Feliciano, Joi Cardwell, King Street Sounds, Monique Bingham, Mr.V, Prosix, Reelsoul, Souldynamic, Studio Apartment, UDAUFL, Yass

Title: Soulful House Journey: Reelsoul Sampler EP
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: December 16, 2013
Label: King Street Sounds
Cat#: KSS 1433

Available at Traxsource

The Hype:

No soulful house journey should be taken lightly, which is why we here at King Street only ask the “best of the best” to compile and mix some of the most influential soulful house out there. The man taking control of our next “Soulful House Journey” edition is both a fixture and game changer in the genre. A natural born musician since the early 80s, Los Angeles based Reelsoul has been DJing and producing music for the likes of such legendary labels as Ricanstruction, Sole Channel, and Home Recordings. With that type of experience, this Soulful House Journey will be one for the books with all Six tracks being brand new or unreleased mixes! Blaze aka Kevin Hedge & Josh Milan and vocalist Joi Cardwell start the momentum off right with “Be Yourself“. Reelsoul continues by breathing some new life into the classic track “Flight” from Studio Apartment. Bucharest based Prosix stretches his vocal sampling chops with “My Deep Dream“.  Delivering and un-released original mix, Souldynamic brings the groove with this soulful, dance floor crusher. DJ Roland Clark had huge success this year with his original mix “Have a Good Time“. Mr. V and Reelsoul revisited the hit for their “5 beats mute pass” rework. Finally, our favorite Frenchman, Yass and Fabio Aurea combine forces for their club hit “Popovka Morning“.

King Street Sounds Reformed Classics 2013

December 4, 2013 in Alessandro Bacci, Alex Kenji, Ananda Project, Barbara Tucker, Blaze, Carol Sylvan, Cevin Fisher, Chris Brann, Claude Monnet, Crazibiza, Danell Dixon, Dennis Ferrer, DJ E-Clyps, DJ Mes, DJ Pierre, DJ Roland Clark presents Urban Soul, DJ Romain, DJ Slider, Frankie Feliciano, IlySantana, Jeannie Hopper, Jihad Muhammed, jOHNNYDANGEROUs, Jon Cutler, Julius Papp, Kenny Bobien, Kerri Chandler, Kiko Navarro, KT Brooks, Less Hate, Louie Gorbea, Martin Solveig, Metodi Hristov, MINDSKAP, Miss Patty, Monday Michiru, Mood II Swing, Mr.V, Nick Jones, Phillip Damien, Robosonic, Romanthony, Sasha, Satoshi Fumi, Sean McCabe, Silver City, Stephanie Cooke, Street King, Suges, Sunshine Jones, Supernova, Technique, Terrance Downs, Tiger Stripes, UDAUFL, Ultra Nate, Will Monotone

Title: King Street Sounds Reformed Classics 2013
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: December 2, 2013
Label: Street King
Cat#: KSD 238

Available at Beatport

The Hype:

For the past 20 years King Street Sounds has worked with some of the world’s most respected producers and released some of the most historic dance floor House Music smashers to ever come out of club stacks. On this 3rd volume of the Reformed Classics collection, we’ve taken many of those classics and soon-to-be-classics and re-worked, re-tweeked and re-rubbed them onto one cohesive comp. Twenty seven smokin’ tunes like the house-y DJ Slider remix of Dennis Ferrer feat. K.T. Brooks‘ “How Do I Let Go,” DJ Pierre feat. Felicia‘s “Come Together” (What Is House?) with supreme house mix by Supernova, Nick Jones Experience feat. Colonel Abrams’As I Take You Back” with 4/4 classic house mix by US producer DJ E-Clyps, Ananda Project‘s renowned “Falling For You” with a mind-blowing digital house interpretation by one of Portugal’s finest producers, Mindskap, and finally Big Moses feat. Michelle Ayers’s classic “Joy” with smoothy vibey remix by serious Deep House producer, Suges. jOHNNYDANGEROUs‘ “Beat That Bitch” with funky darker mix by Italian producers Less Hate, Mood 2 Swing‘s “Closer” with low down remix by tech house producer Andre Laos, Ananda Project‘s renowned “Falling For You” with tech mix by US producer Will Monotone and lastly Dubtribe front man Sunshine Jones’ “If You Wouldn’t Mind” with tech house mix by EU producer Metodi Hristov Remix and many, many more. A great throwback to future sounds.

Amsterdam 2013

October 30, 2013 in Aaron Ross, Aki Bergen, Alex Ander, Alex Gomez, Ananda Project, Benjamin Shock, Blaze, Byron Stingily, Cash Back, Cevin Fisher, Chris Brann, Conga Squad, Craig Stewart, Criminal Vibes, Dainty Doll, Daniel Jaze, Danny Clark, David Labeij, Demarkus Lewis, DJ PP, DJ Spinna, Fabio Aurea, Fabio Ricciuti, Gabriel Rocha, Gary Caos, Groovebox, Jacek Janiki, Juan Pacifico, Kai Martin, Kasbah Zoo, Kathy Brown, Kenny Dope, Kerri Chandler, Kimara Lovelace, Less Hate, Level Groove, Love & Logic, Marcelo Vak, Mikee, Milty Evans, Mr. Kavalicious, Namy, Neverdogs, Nicko Vee, Oscar Barila, P'Taah, Piem, Qubiko, Raul Sanchez, Real Nice, riCkY inCh, Roland Nights, Street King, Supernova, Tiombe Lockhart, UDAUFL, Valentina Black, Vanilla Ace, Vidaloca, Yass

Title: Amsterdam 2013
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: October 28, 2013
Label: Street King
Cat#: KSD 235

Available at Beatport

The Hype:

We’d like to dedicate this comp to the European city that’s not only known for its progressive coffee shops, windmills, and red light district, but one that’s been the home of ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event) for a few years now. This consistently sold-out dance music conference is where the industry and artists from all over the world come to meet, exchange music and ideas, and showcase well known or amazing upcoming talent – and its only gotten better as years have passed. Here we have a great number of EU artists that have produced, remixed or written these 35 tracks. Some brand new and unreleased like Real Nice & Cash BackReal Nice Get Cash Back,” NeverdogsDauphiness World,” Aninha vs. Antonela Giampietro Le Poeme Pt. 1” (Wonderklubb Remix), Craig StewartEta Corvi,” and Yass & Fabio AureaZ Tribute,” to more recent releases Aaron RossNo More Lies” (Stars On King Street Mix), Conga SquadTech Vibes,” DJ PP, Gabriel RochaAl Capone” (Original Mix), Kasbah ZooDance Alone” (Original Mix) and Juan PacificoStay Tonight” (Alex Ander Remix), to more choice classic catalog cuts given a modern twist like Blaze feat. Byron StingilySpread Love” (riCkY inCh Trumpy Mix), Kimara LovelaceThese Times” (Danny Clark Solid Ground Mix), Kerri ChandlerHallelujah” (Demarkus Lewis Remix), P’taahDance Until We Die” (DJ Spinna Re-Edit of Kenny Dope), and many more. Be sure to catch the conference if you can and don’t forget to bring along this special comp to get you in the festive mood!

Mix The Vibe: Danny Krivit

October 23, 2013 in Ananda Project, Arnold Jarvis, Basil, Blaze, Carlton, Chris Brann, Danny Krivit, DJ Hiro, DJ Roland Clark presents Urban Soul, Eric Kupper, Frankie Feliciano, Harry Choo Choo Romero, Joe Claussell, Kenny Bobien, Kerri Chandler, Kimara Lovelace, King Street Classics, Masabumi Kikuchi, Mood II Swing, Nick Jones, Romatt Project, Soul Movement, Stephanie Cooke, Terrance Downs, Timmy Regisford

Title: Mix the Vibe: Danny Krivit
Artist: Various Artists
Release Date: October 21, 2013
Label: King Street Classics
Cat#: KSD 234

Available at Beatport

The Hype:

Danny Krivit, best known for his world-renowned parties Body & Soul and 718 Sessions, is also “a teacher, a musicologist, and real special person” as said by Kevin Hedge, whose own part in the brilliant production duo Blaze lends a credible weight to those words. “Music Is My Sanctuary”, the title of this collection, aptly reflects Danny’s enduring love of music.  The two smooth-as-butter continuous mixes include a brilliant selection of tracks from the King Street / Nite Grooves catalog which range from the sensual Latin percussion of “Passions” (Romatt Project) to the classic garage vocals of “Heal My Heart” (Kerri Chandler featuring Treasa “Diva” Fennie), and from the lush jazzy flavor of “Everything(Stephanie Cooke, remixed by 95 North) to the gorgeous smooth vocal house track “When Can Our Love Begin” (Kimara Lovelace, remixed by Timmy Regisford), as well as from the glorious vocal track “Special Kind Of Love” (Arnold Jarvis, remixed by Ben Candelario) to one of the vocal house master pieces “What Do I Gotta Do” (Roland Clark presents Urban Soul, remixed by Eric Kupper).