My old buddy from my days working for the Hardkiss and Sunburn labels, Lee Howard, hit me up recently about some remix work for a new project he was producing. Lee, the man behind Infinite Posse in the late 90's, has been living up in Portland and working with new artist, Condition White, on some forward thinking r & b tracks. Their new EP that this track is taken from, Slow Burn, is available now and definitely worth a listen!
I really dug the track he sent me so Schnezzy and I went in the studio and gave it the 2 Block Radius treatment. The result is a mid tempo house number that takes elements of the original and arranges them overtop a 4/4 beat, adding some chords and filtered percussion. You can hear the original version of Honest Man here but we're giving away our remix for a limited time for free on soundcloud! Hope you enjoy.
It had been a long time since I made music with my old San Francisco crew, 2 Block Radius, but after getting back together a while back, I'm very happy to announce the release of our new 12"single on Uncut Records, "Take You Back"! The heavy weight vinyl was pressed up in a limited, gold numbered edition from the pros at Furnace Manufacturing and includes artwork form The Hydrilla, a digital download code and a smoking remix from Horse Meat Disco player, Severino Panzetta!
You can purchase it online in the US from Amoeba Records or from Juno Records in the UK and Europe.
Here's the rundown...
Severino Remix (Severino Panzetta)
Skipping drums bring the swagger to Severino's take on the original, where subtle acid tweaks offset warm key stabs to create a strong groove. A clever breakdown takes things in a deeper direction, with swirling strings and some beefy 303 added in for good measure.
Messing With It Mix (Schnez
Late night, locked-in dancefloors will have plenty to lose themselves in with the hypnotic groove of the Messing With It mix, where a subtle percussive strut weaves its way across some sparingly deployed and downright trippy FX and that voice promising to take you back. Timeless house music.
Sine Qua Non mix
Launching straight in with a businesslike bassline, Tee Cardaci's mix smoothes into a more RnB-feeling break before reloading the thumping 4/4. The keys make a welcome reappearance in a call-and-answer with the bassline while a bit of Brasilian percussion percolates through, making for a multi-tiered track that keeps the interest to the end.
I'm embarrassed! What else can I say after neglecting my blog for months except life on the road gets crazy. Anyways, with this past summer's European tour behind me, I can focus on other things again... like this little blog. And, damn, do I have some things to blog about! Expect stories from the tour along with a recap, info on my new 12" that just came out as part of 2 Block Radius and lot's more mixes and edits to post!
Below is a set from the first gig of this summers tour and one of my faves year in and year out, Body & Soul outside of Dublin, Ireland! This year, I had the pleasure to perform three completely different sets on all three days and in three different areas of the festival. This set is was recorded the first night as I opened the main dance tent, the Midnight Circus, ahead of James Murphy (DFA/LCD Sound System). What an honor, what a vibe and what a treat to hear these tunes on that massive Funktion One rig! BOOM! Although it won't quite be the same, I hope you can still enjoy the tunes on your personal sound system of choice. Boogie on!
When I first moved to San Francisco in 1997, one of the first of many amazing people I met that would illuminate my path there was Ursua Young. She was a fixture in my new found hood, The Lower Haight, a neighbourhood overflowing with talented artists, djs and producers (not too mention a few crack dealers and junkies as well. we called them 'rent control'). Even in this mecca of talent, Ursi stood out; creating her art for shows as well as local record labels, manning the door at our local dj bar, The Top, and generally being an ambassador for the Lower Haight...the defacto queen/den mother of our Lower Haight Posse.
It has been a real pleasure over the years to watch her style develop as our friendship continued to grow. I've attended countless numbers of her openings, sometimes having the privilege of djing for them, often alongside her future husband and my old production partner from 2 Block Radius, Tom Cloutman (aka Schnezzy).
Eventually we both would move on from The City but we still maintained a tight connection, reuniting often in far flung locals such as Laos, Brazil and Grass Valley ;) As a friend and fan of Ursula the person and the artist, it gives me great pleasure to share with you this promo clip for her newest show, Voyage into a Parallel Universe, where the line dividing fantasy and reality is as thin as the wings of a fairy. Her work evokes an urban fantasy world inhabited by wide-eyed nymphs and architectural sketches reminiscent of the places she has called home, most notably, San Francisco.
If you are in the Bay Area from March 17 to April 23, do yourself a favour and make your way down to Fabric8 Gallery in the Mission District and take in the wonders contained in her works. I also suggest you bring a bit of cash so that you can take some of this beauty back to your own fantasy world/home.
[ music is by Ursula's husband and one of my best friends, Schnezzy from 2 Block Radius ]
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