Fresh Meat Danceteria
From Chicago with Love
Fresh Meat Danceteria 41 Loves - Blue J Disco Love Affair
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?
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.
Subscribe to this Podcast