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Fresh Meat Danceteria 50 - Hausick - Gospel DJ Mix
July 18, 2013 12:15 PM PDT
There is little we know about Tunisian artist Mahdi Machfar. He, as yet, has not released many tracks, appearing on small independent labels from the UK and his native Tunisia. We received his demo under the pseudonym Hausick a few months back and fell for the originals found on his "Gospel EP" released earlier this month on Fresh Meat. Mahdi writes no bullshit deep House. His three originals on "Gospel" are restrained and unpretentious. This music is meant to be mixed live, for selectors who specialize in long blends. His EP is about the girls and guys who remix live using turntables. The title track, Gospel, evokes Kung Fu movies and the "lonely traveller going from town to town…" A voice yells, "Learn how to spin!" A direct enough manifesto. Space Between Us and Empty Without You are both sparse and emotive tunes. They are the kind of tracks that pull dual duty - they pound in a sweltering club and sound smooth and light as air at home. To help promote Mahdi's talents and his new EP we asked him to put together a DJ mix for FMD and he has delivered a beautiful one hour long set filled with smoky raw house music.Fresh Meat Danceteria 49 - Fish Go Deep - Meat and Two Fish DJ Mix
May 06, 2013 06:30 PM PDT
Greg Dowling and Shane Johnson have been playing records in public since the late 1980s. Their residency at Ireland's longest running and best known house night, Sweat at Sir Henry's in Cork, spanned more than a decade and influenced a generation of Irish clubbers and DJs. Since finishing Sweat in 2001, Fish Go Deep's travels have taken them to clubs across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and throughout the US and Canada. During that time, they have been busy creating original House music in an emotive and signature style. Fish Go Deep releases have appeared on labels like Brique Rouge, Chez Music, Defected, NRK, Innervisions, Strictly Rhythm and Gourmet Recordings. Fish Go Deep released two EPs on Gourmet. As neither project is available any longer we thought this was the ideal time to put together our favorite tracks from those EPs. We reached out to Greg and Shane and successfully licensed four tracks from the Gourmet EPs for an outing on Fresh Meat. The newly remastered versions of "Music's Got Me", "Music's Dubbed Me", "Follow", and "2 Dings" have been compiled and released as the "Meat and Two Fish" EP. All four tracks are prime examples of Fish Go Deep's timeless production style. In contrast to so many overwrought and quickly outdated tracks, these have remained as alive and vital as the day they were penned. To celebrate this release we present a one hour long DJ mix by Shane and Greg where the gents go through a host of their favorite cuts from the near past. Enjoy.Fresh Meat Danceteria 48 - Brodanse Become Someone DJ Mix
February 22, 2013 09:50 AM PST
Brodanse is the musical partnership of brothers Austen and Scott Smart. This DJ mix is to celebrate their upcoming "Become Someone" EP forthcoming on Fresh Meat Records. Their first EP for Fresh Meat comes on the heels of their mood heavy "Fire Night" track which appeared on "When Bad People Cook Good Food Volume 3" out in January of this year. The two originals on "Become Someone" were deemed dance floor gold by FMR staff on first listen. The groove oriented soundscapes of "Become Someone" and "Around Us" sound modern yet informed by a house tapestry that runs decades deep. For two young gentlemen just getting started, Scott and Austen know their house music idioms. There is an assured cadence to the music of Brodanse, conveyed in part by a burly barrage of kicks, compressed snares and insistent basslines. Fresh Meat recruited a hard working young DJ in the Chicago scene, Max Jacobson, to remix "Become Someone" and after weeks of diligent work Max turned in what we feel is some of his best work. His thick, punchy version is built on a foundation of intricately swinging percussion, layered angular basslines, sprightly effects and swathes of subtle atmosphere. Enjoy this mix and look out for "Become Someone".Fresh Meat Danceteria 47 - Mark Almaria
November 30, 2012 02:51 PM PST
This episode of FMD presents the entirety of one our favorite house mix tapes. At some point in the mid 90s (maybe 1995) one of our closest friends Mark Almaria put this meticulous set of blends together. This mix is live, all vinyl and with no edits. Mark's method at the time was such that if he made the slightest mistake he would stop the recording and start again from the top. We're not sure how many takes this mix took or if it was captured in one shot but we do know it has only gotten better with age. In fact, currently trending deep house is trying like hell to capture the vibe of many of the songs on this tape. Savor the real thing right here. Temperatures rising!FM Danceteria 46 Savile Live at Smart Bar
August 16, 2012 07:03 PM PDT
Presented here is a live recording of Savile djing live at Chicago's Smart Bar on January 20, 2012. I was in the audience that night and just had to share the mix with the Danceteria. The floor vibe was deep and thick and the rich sounds coming out of the system had us in a trance dance. Savile is a Chicago dj and producer with sincerity and a deep devotion to house music. His productions are dense aural affairs, appearing on labels like, Southern Fried, Ninja Tune, and Wazi Wazi music. Look out for Savile's forthcoming release on Hypertone.
1. Mood 2 Swing - State Of Trance
August 01, 2012 09:37 PM PDT
Next up, a vinyl mix by Shred One recorded live at CHANGES on June 1, 2012. Since arriving from L.A., Shred has been playing her mix of funk, soul, and boogie all over Chicago; from her residency at the Whistler to fine parties like ours. She part of the highly respected Sweater Funk Crew and is one of our favorite DJs.
CHANGES is held the first Friday of each month at Beauty Bar in Chicago. www.changesparty.blogspot.comFresh Meat Danceteria 44 Climate - Giovanni Damico
July 20, 2012 11:10 AM PDT
Episode 44 of Fresh Meat Danceteria features an earthy deep house mix by Italian musician Giovanni Damico. Giovanni is in love with music. His raw sound is a combination of influences accumulated during his 24 year existence. A child raised on a steady diet of art, Giovanni started DJing very early on, almost immediately with a desire to create his own compositions. At the age of 15 he wrote his first track and has since continually written and produced new music. His DJ career has steadily grown in parallel to his production prowess. Giovanni has released music on Fresh Meat Records, on his own White Rabbit Recordings, on Movida Recordings from Frankfurt and a few other quality imprints, receiving critical acclaim and support from a wide array of international DJs.
For his FM Danceteria debut Giovanni has blended together a set of melodically rich, immersive sounds that tug at the heart, mind and ass in equal parts. Get dancing!
March 30, 2012 07:39 PM PDT
This episode of Loves is a mix by Specter live from the inaugural “Changes” party in Chicago on March 2, 2012. Changes is a new monthly dance music event created and hosted by Samone Roberts of Loves Records. The party is about dance music of the past and present with a focus on the art of mixing, Chicago’s unique heritage of eclectic DJ programming and uniting the many amazing artists spread throughout Chicago’s diasporic dance music scene. Specter is a Chicagoan known for his deeply-rooted vinyl sets and earthy machine music. He has released music on labels such as Tetrode (which he runs with Damon Lamar) and Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature. Specter’s talent for merging the old and new while playing across styles is just our thing! We hope that you enjoy this set as much as we did the first time around.
The next Changes party is Friday, April 6th at Beauty Bar Chicago.
January 08, 2012 03:54 PM PST
Sassmouth is a good friend of ours and a phenomenal DJ. We asked her many moons ago for a mix for Fresh Meat Danceteria and she has delivered a beautiful exclusive for our podcast. Her set here is representative of how she plays live, moving effortlessly through time, genre and temperament. This is a talent we feel you should know more about so we’ve quoted a line here from her biography that exemplifies her approach and perspective, ”...using her musical training and diverse experience performing live as both a member of string quartets and punk bands, she has aggressively attacked the techno question throughout the first decade of the millennium. Sam’s DJ sets reflect her love of dialectics - a tribute to her early explorations into musical yin and yang. Stripped down sounds mutate into jacking funky house, punchy techno, and beautiful sub bass lines and melodies.” Amen!
December 02, 2011 11:35 AM PST
Josh Zeitler aka Blue J is a Chicago House compadre of ours. Blue J works at the best dance vinyl shop in the city, Gramaphone Records, and is resident of the Acid Test monthly at Smart Bar. According to the Acid Test credo, “...absolutely no CD's or laptops are permitted in our mixes. We are vinyl addicts bringing it back to the basics playing what we love most.” Blue J exemplifies this ethos spending hours digging through the shop to find vinyl gems for his collection. His mix for this Loves edition of Fresh Meat Danceteria is no exception. Here he puts together over one hour of deep psychedelic House grooves and disco influenced cut ups. This is modern music with an old soul filtered through the discerning mind of a Chicago audio gourmet.
Recorded 03/31/11 - Live unedited vinyl mixFresh Meat Danceteria 40 "Out of Print - Tyrel Williams @ dotbleep"
November 11, 2011 10:07 AM PST
This is Tyrel Williams’ second DJ mix for FM Danceteria. Tyrel has been a mainstay of Chicago’s underground House scene for years. He began mixing records in 1999. Soon after he landed a job at Gramaphone Records where he spent the last decade building a mighty collection of 12” dance records. He spent 2010 and 2011 building his Acid Test residency at Smart Bar, which is an ongoing all vinyl House / Techno weekly dedicated to the true art form of DJing. Guests included Miles Maeda, Joshua (IZ), Derrick Carter and Tevo Howard. Tyrel has recently moved to San Francisco.
This episode of Out of Print highlights over 1 hour of Tyrel’s last set at the legendary and didactic dotbleep monthly at Smart Bar. Justin Long, the purveyor of dotbleep, has been a big supporter of Tyrel through the years. We here in Chicago are upset that SF has lured away yet another of our talented DJ luminaries. We already miss the man...but at least we have his music.
This is Tyrel Williams. This is acid. This is House.Fresh Meat Danceteria 39 "Climate - Mazi Fall Blend"
September 15, 2011 03:18 PM PDT
I mixed these thirteen songs together in my living room. That’s where the turntables, mixer, Yamaha amp and Technics ghetto blaster speakers are set up. I started with one of my favorite MK dub’s - the one for Bizarre Inc’s “Love In Motion”. The loosely glued together rough arrangement of MK’s Dub, peppered with outtakes from vocalist Yvonne Yanney, always surprises me with it’s contours even though I’ve heard it dozens of times. The first blend was into the Two Armadillos Remix of Jovonn’s “A Definition Of A Track”. I couldn’t envision a better way to get the blood flowing. Smith and Dawson have struck such an intense and emotional groove with Two Armadillos that I am nearly a dogmatic follower of their music at this point. From track 3 to 13 my cerebral cortex, more or less, switched off. Things just naturally happened. New tracks played nice with older ones; songs about luv called to the dance floor, exhalations echoed and bit by bit came chirps, twangs, bumps, breezes, strings, pianos, bass, drums and studio magic. The atmosphere got colder outside and I sweat in the living room, headphones on, dancing as beats melted together.
1. Bizarre Inc - Love In Motion (MK Dub) - Columbia
August 10, 2011 01:52 PM PDT
This episode of Loves is all music from 1984. It is a special live vinyl mix by Chicago's Nathan Drew Larsen that he recorded as a promotion for the A.D. (After Disco) party at SubT in Chicago on Friday, August 12. For details about the party, visit www.afterdisco.com. Here's what Nathan has to say about the mix:
1984 is an amazing year in music. At the time, "house" was still a colloquialism for the music played by Frankie Knuckles at the Warehouse. House was not yet a music form in its own right. "Fresh," on Vince Vince Lawrence’s fledgling label Precision, is the only house qua house track on the mix. The other tunes are properly considered proto-house -- the music which formed the milieu of dance music which we now describe as:
*Electro (e.g., Solo – “Girls, Girls” produced by John Robbie; JellyBean – “The Mexican”);
This music from 1984 is ‘proto’ in the sense that it was establishing the necessary elements of house – e.g., instruments (drum machines, synths, samplers) – but was also different from house. For example, the songs are still songs. Only the dubs incorporate starker more house-like arrangements.
Although much of the music was released on small independents and remained quite underground, there were major successes for dance music at the time and investment in dance music by major labels. There was A&R structure at all record labels and some radio play. "Trapped" (1985) by Colonel Abrams sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Earon’s “Land of Hunger” hit the top 40 on the soul singles chart. John “JellyBean” Benitez placed nine songs in the Top Ten of the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
The democratizing force that would be house music had not been fully realized. It was still expensive to make dance music. For example, most of the tracks on the mix feature vocalists, session players or a full band. Although the epic ensembles of the disco era had long passed in fashion and economic viability, dance records were still recorded in professional studios and engineered by individuals like Bob Blank and Herb Powers. The E-max Sampler hit the market in 1984, but the studio standard were samplers like the Fairlight and Synclavier (more than $100,000), each of which were prohibitively expensive for use by most musician/producers.
By 1984 the relatively inexpensive Roland gear was just finding its way into the hands of Chicago, Detroit and New York’s new roots musicians. A year before, Larry Sherman acquired Musical Product’s pressing plant, the only one in Chicago. Ron Hardy was playing "Penthouse and Pavement" by Heaven 17 and "DumDum" at the Music Box. Dance music was about to fall off the edge, for better and for worse.
Please check out the other A.D. mixes on their Soundcloud (http://soundcloud.com/afterdiscochicago/after-disco-005-nathan-drew), including 1982 by Danceteria regular Samone Roberts(http://soundcloud.com/afterdiscochicago/after-disco-003-samone-roberts).
1984 Track List:
1. Citispeak Featuring Jeanne Harris – I Don't Need Your Handouts (Inst.) – Partytime Records
July 14, 2011 01:07 PM PDT
September of 2010 Marc Cotterell booked me to play at Touch Supper Club in Cleveland. While having dinner, before the gig, we talked quite a bit about music. We talked about the 90s House music we love. The good meal and nostalgic conversation caused me to play quite a few of my favorite classics while playing that night; accompanied by tracks from now that echo the raw energy of those older songs. Here is a little less than one hour of the set.
1. Abe Duque - What Happened? - Abe Duque Records
June 24, 2011 05:52 PM PDT
The latest Danceteria is a new all-vinyl mix by Chicago's Nathan Drew
"I recorded this all vinyl mix one night on the fly a few weeks ago
1. Metro – Brownstone Express (New Groove Records) 1990
June 15, 2011 09:40 PM PDT
Starting with this episode of FMD we’ve swapped our Dance Music show for a new series called Loves. This new venture celebrates our vinyl only label of same name. For the inaugural Loves outing we’re excited to welcome on board Lono Brazil of Cottage Groove fame. Lono is curator of the tasteful Disco Unusual Social Club events and clothing line. What exactly is DUSC? It is a rare state of mind; it is a way of life. And Mr. Brazil, the maestro behind DUSC, is truly a man of musical mystery and intrigue. For this “UNLIMITEDITions” set Lono lets loose with a series of his signature Disco edits dripping with the glam and timeless aesthetic of the late 70s and early 80s. Coincidentally, the second slab of vinyl on our Loves imprint just happens to feature three edits by Mr. Brazil - get it now at your favorite record shop. This is dance music we love, full of emotion and joy that brings people the world over back to the disco.
Chicago - 2011Fresh Meat Danceteria 34 "Let's Go Swimming - Studio Nova in Dub"
May 29, 2011 09:02 PM PDT
Sometimes belief becomes stronger knowing what you believe in isn’t really there.
April 20, 2011 07:56 PM PDT
Sheila (aka Shred One) is relatively new to Chicago by way of San Francisco. This West Coast native has been warming up local dance floors with disco, funk and boogie, and I knew a podcast from her would be a nice compliment to the Fresh Meat Danceteria Dance Music show. Shred One has a unique style of mixing that draws influence from both hip hop and funk, using scratches and cuts to augment her creative mixing. Shred has been invited to play such notable parties as the Root Down and Funkmosphere, as well as being a member of RRS Feed. The Fresh Meat family is pleased to welcome her talent to our city and the show! Enjoy!
1. 2 Win U Back -the Jones Girls
March 27, 2011 05:08 PM PDT
FM Danceteria turns 30 with a freeform blend of music celebrating Spring and the hustle it brings back to the streets of the Second City. This is the soundtrack playing in my headphones as I walk through Humboldt Park wrapped in an audio cocoon of favorite songs. When does the bus get to North and Kedzie?
February 21, 2011 07:36 PM PST
This past Valentine's Day I was reflecting on the human experience of
Intro by Sydney Omarr Astro Records 1969
February 05, 2011 06:15 PM PST
The idea came to me around 1995 to do a 12 volume mix tape series and call it ‘Opiate’. I would gradually addict an audience to the music I made and played. By number 12 in the series I imagined I would have a large group of people into what I was doing. I planned on doing one mix a month - so after one year the addiction would be complete.
It took 4 years to do the series. The experiment was somewhat of a success although a number of my audience have since been to rehab. This is volume 5 of that series.Fresh Meat Danceteria 26 - Let's Go Swimming with Karl Meier
January 27, 2011 12:42 PM PST
This very special “Let’s Go Swimming” is a live mix by Chicago’s Karl Meier. We originally decided to go with the “Let’s Go Swimming” format in honor of Karl’s amazing eclectic dj sets. Although Karl is known for being an excellent techno dj, he is also greatly respected for his knowledge of modern electronic music generally and for performing esoteric sets like the one presented here. Karl recently played with Silent Servant and DVS1 and will be djing with Surgeon in March at Smart Bar. He has a release forthcoming on Remnant records (feat. a remix by Monolake) and currently manages Saki, a record store in Logan Square.
1. YELLO "Great Mission" (Stiff/Vertigo, 1983)
January 21, 2011 06:54 AM PST
Two ways to take this week’s episode of Fresh Meat Danceteria. Either you can think of it as a purist ‘David Mancuso’ style set with no beat matching, songs played mostly from beginning to end and at the original tempo they were recorded in; tracks included purely for their message, mood and atmosphere. Or you can think of me as a lazy DJ who wanted to play some of his favorite tracks back to back and share them with you not having to wrestle with the technical details of beat matching, sound effecting and post production editing. This exercise reminded me of mix tapes I made for friends back in grade school.
1. Curtis Mayfield - Sweet Exorcist - Curtom Records
January 14, 2011 09:54 AM PST
This week's Danceteria is an "Out of Print" vinyl mix recorded by Mazi in 1998 at his apartment on Hoyne in Wicker Park, Chicago. "Opiate 3" was the 3rd installment of a seminal mix tape series that Mazi did in the 1990's. Enjoy!Fresh Meat Danceteria 23 - Let's Go Swimming In the Dub With Jason Patrick
January 07, 2011 08:51 AM PST
Fresh Meat Danceteria’s latest Let’s Go Swimming is by Chicago’s Jason Patrick. Jason is known for playing a heady mix of techno and house, but he took a break from the floor to record this mix of dub music for the Danceteria. Here Jason explores connections between the techno of his hometown Detroit and early dub experiments in sound, especially the creative use of reverb and echo. Enjoy this wicked selection of tunes mixed with overdub effects in the dub style!
1. King Tubby - Country Gal Dub
December 17, 2010 08:06 AM PST
I attended a fantastic Christmas party at Smart Bar this past Wednesday and it put me in a friendly mood. Mixing this set last night for Fresh Meat Danceteria I wanted only to play music by people I know and love. As is always the case, a couple tunes jumped into the mix from individuals who I frankly have never met. I rationalized playing these ‘tracks by strangers’ thusly: either they were written by people who I’m sure I’d get along with famously or in a style fitting the friends I already hold dear. Either way, here is an hour long mix inspired by a night of food, drink, music, atmosphere and close friends. Hope it keeps you warm through these Winter days.
1. Nick Harris - BizzaRIO (Restless Natives Rework) - Fresh Meat Records
December 10, 2010 09:21 PM PST
This week’s Dance Music, “Hard Times,” is another wicked live disco mix from Chicago native Samone Roberts, Fresh Meat's resident Disco DJ. Here is what Samone has to say about the mix:
This mix is a collection of songs that address the sometimes difficult issues in life: work, money and love. It’s about getting over, getting through and moving on. The past few years have been a difficult journey for a lot of people including myself, my family and friends. I hoped this mix would provide a sentimental reflection of 2010, while looking towards the future and all of the possibilities it holds. So here’s my toast to new beginnings and opportunities in the universal language of disco and funk.
1. Afro Cuban Band - Something's Got To Give (Todd Terje Rekutt) 2010 White Label
December 03, 2010 10:34 AM PST
This is a DJ mix I recorded in 1994 at a loft I lived in at 120 North Green Street here in Chicago. My roommates were Jon, Mani, Roxanna, Farrah and Evrim. Before we moved in the name of the place was Red Nail and a few other DJ friends lived there. Our neighbors, in adjoining lofts, were musicians and DJs too or just the type of people who slept little and listened to loud rhythmic music at all hours. This was the period at which I decided to make a living from DJing and writing music alone. The walls to our rooms did not go high enough to meet the ceiling. My bedroom opened into a freight elevator. It was a naïve and wonderful time.Fresh Meat Danceteria 17 - "Out of Print - Phillip Stone Funky MIx"
November 04, 2010 08:57 AM PDT
Phillip Stone is one of our friends, a Chicago native and a damn fine DJ. He mixed the very first episode of Fresh Meat Danceteria and we're pleased to have him back for episode 17. Here Phil gets deep and funky.
1. Almost live but definitely plugged (move d rmx)
October 28, 2010 04:39 AM PDT
Whale Time is the imagined way in which a massive ocean mammal, like a humpback whale, hears or makes music and sound; a detour in perception attempted by slowing down time far enough to change the texture of auditory information. Male humpback whales sing songs that, much like classical music, consist of various themes developing and building over the span of their lives. The idea arose to slow down certain songs like Sun Ra's "The Sun Myth", Martin Hannett and Vini Reilly's "Second Aspect of the Same Thing" or my own "Dig Up" and mix them with human-time tracks of a certain matching character. The result seems to have plunged the human tracks into oceanic chasms sometimes full of emotion and other times murky enough to be eerie. I peppered the mix with jazz (melodic and atonal), a touch of dub, one honest to goodness funk classic and some electronic creations that stretch like phantasms into the outer reaches of sound design. I included a few tracks like Sun Palace's "Rude Movements" and Miles Davis' "Yesterdays" as life rafts to help get our heads above water for a breath before diving back in. Some of these moments are fierce with energy and top heavy with chaos; entropy as a natural byproduct of elemental forces crashing against one another. Hopefully this experiment resonates with enough life to echo the phrasing of our largest mammal brothers.
1. Martin Hannett - Second Aspect of the Same Thing (Whale Time) - Unreleased
October 21, 2010 07:16 PM PDT
This week's deep mix for the Danceteria is by Chicago's The Cushion. Here is what he has to say about the mix:
First off, I am honored to have this mix selected by Fresh Meat for their podcast series. Its the first mix I've recorded in some time and I really wanted to put something together that was as much for me as anyone else. I wanted to select tracks that didn't sound dated but reminded me of the sounds I heard bouncing off the cement walls in Detroit factories in the early & mid 90's. Its my goal to always play music that has a timeless quality, and is simply good for being good and with that in mind while making the mix I wanted to give the tracks time to breathe and develop in order to portray the producer(s) full thoughts and ideas. Too many DJs these days are using a quick mixing style that supports and nutures their audiences short attention spans by trying to cram as many tracks as they can into one hour and 20 minutes. While that style may have a place, I believe in music and its ability to overcome a short attention span with a solid soulful groove, intriguing movements and absorbing sounds. As far as programming goes, I wanted what I always want which is to take the dancer/listener on a journey. I always want my sets/mixes to be something where the listener finds themselves lost in the music with no concept of the passing time or of the shifting of energy between the tracks. Hopefully this mix accomplishes all of that in a fun and interesting way, but I guess you get to be the judge of that.
I make and play music that both hits your soul and moves your feet.
My mixes are always done live, by hand using vinyl records and/or vinyl control records and Serato Scratch Live. The only post production added are drops and mastering. NOTHING IS EDITED OR PIECED TOGETHER. What you hear is what you get if you come see me play.
I want people to dance because they FEEL the music again, not just because they hear it and think they should be dancing.
1. Be - When You Left - Prime Numbers
Fresh Meat Danceteria is an episodic podcast put together by Fresh Meat Records from Chicago. Nathan Drew Larsen, Mazi and friends put together sets of music from the label and like minded musicians.
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