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!
I finally got around to uploading my set from the epic RUN VDG carnaval party at Alto Vidigal here in Rio de Janeiro! This is one of my favorite places to play in the whole world...the vibe, the people and that VIEW! When the sun comes up over the Atlantic ocean, spilling it's purple and orange hues over Leblon and Ipanema beach, there is no better place to be in the world!
The set features deep, blissed-out house vibes....some more spacey, some more chunky, swirling melodies, pianos and even some pretty vocals. Enjoy the set and spread the music, spread the love!
*UPDATE* you can now download the whole set here!
Before leaving London last week, I decided at the last minute to visit my dear friend and old partner in 2 Block Radius (along with my other dear friend, Tom Cloutman), Nicole Maison. We ended up setting up his decks and unpacking boxes of records that had not been played since he lived in San Francisco many years ago. These boxes were like a deep house time capsule, containing classic pieces of wax from the early to mid 90's. Nick began selecting the cuts and I began to play them, having not played vinyl in over three years. Seeing him again and playing these tunes both seemed like the last time was only yesterday. This is the result. Our love is deep.
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