< Adam Bainbridge (dude behind Kindness) has the right idea, his band name says it all and the title of their LP World You Need A Change of Mind reinforces their socially responsible mentality. Besides having a tender outlook, Kindness’ album is REALLY good. Female Energy/ Polydor released it back in March and it’s been getting some serious buzzing since then. This one is highly recommended … MORE
I love emails like this:
“Hey Laura — was down in Miami and caught your show, great stuff. So happy to hear good jamz on the radio among all the crap.”
I especially love messages like that when I’m already a fan of the person writing it. This email came from Free Magic and JKriv who we’ve posted about in the past and repeatedly rocked on your local dance floors. The guys are working on some great stuff, primarily on vinyl but you can preview it on their soundcloud page. I also LOVE the image they sent above to use for the post, they claim it’s their spirit animal. I naturally asked them for a bio but we had a lot more fun with a quick and basic Q & A which I will share with you now:
After meeting Joakim last night at the Pickle and having a conversation about disco and music in general we both agreed the genre will never die. Yes, the kids are all over deep house these days (we like it as well) but those of us rooted in disco will never treat it as as a trend. It’s refreshing to hear quality acts keeping the genre alive. One group I’m really digging is Midnight Runners … MORE
Joakim‘s “Teenage Kiss” off of Kitsune’s 2004 compilation X was one of the first songs I ever played on Vamos a La Playa, I’ve been a fan for a bit. Dude’s released a shit ton of new material since then that sounds nothing like that track but is still as awesome (if not more awesome). “Forever Young” and “Find A Way” were great singles and his last full LP Nothing Gold is also noteworthy. His latest EP “Labyrinth” includes remixes from the likes of Todd Terje and Le Loup, good stuff … MORE
Leo Zero is a man of many hats and all his hats well developed and truly sophisticated. He’s a graphic designer, art director, sound designer, producer, DJ, and live artist. His client list includes Junior Boys, Sony, Florence & The Machine, Metronomy, Everything But the Girl, Lou Reed & David Bowie, Badly Drawn Boy, Basement Jaxx, Virgin, Ford, Nintendo, Microsoft and the list goes on and on as you read about each of his disciplines. He’s also collaborated on a few live projects in the past such as Chicane, Dab Hands, and A Mountain of One.
I personally love that he’s been around for ages and is currently helping bring the acid vibe back. I think people are ranting and raving about deep house lately but lets not forget all the other awesome classic dance sub-genres that got house music to where it is today. His latest LP Acid Life reps the 90s, house, disco, pop, and everything else we remember dancing to in junior high.
Good new promos are always delightful especially when the release is Midas touched by producers we already enjoy. This one immediately caught my eye for a few reasons: it’s from Discotexas, Zimmer features Jeremy Glenn on a track, and it includes remixes by Lou Teti, Moon Boots, Xinobi, Moulinex, Mercury, and Broke One. Yum.
More on Zimmer:
Zimmer’s music is a feel good, body-warming and enthusiastic wave that goes straight to the heart and stays until the end of the night. Growing up between France and California, this young producer is a smooth combination of both worlds: west coast carefree attitude with a twist of Parisian chic.
Blending 70s Disco, 80s Funk and 90s House, his influences range from George Benson to Crystal Waters. His favorite contemporary producers include Aeroplane, Moullinex and Azari & III.
When not producing, he also DJs in low-ceiling clubs and fancy parties, making sure the crowd always has a good time. He cultivates the art of mixing à la Larry Levan, playing from 100 to 125 bpm.
Zimmer – Cruisin’ (Original Mix) FREE DOWNLOAD
Zimmer – Slave To Your Heart (feat. Jeremy Glenn) (Mercury Remix)
Zimmer – Bay Bridge (Moon Boots Remix)
Zimmer – Cruisin’ (Lou Teti Remix)
I was lucky enough to open for Crystal Fighters at our Kitsune Club night party during WMC. My computer was set up at the DJ booth behind the band’s gear and I stepped out for a minute to get a bite to eat. When I came back the Crystal Fighters guys asked if Gigamesh was doing the opening DJ set, I said no, told them I was, and asked why they thought that. They explained that they were looking at my playlists and noticed Moon Boots and some other rare newbies. They said they never imagined local Miami DJs played that type of stuff. I had to explain we DEFINITELY play that stuff and that Gigamesh actually used to be a local DJ down here.
Ok so now some info from Moon Boots on Moon Boots: (FROM HIS FACEBOOK PAGE)
Moon Boots entered the world in the mid-1980s via Cape Canaveral. After years of service as the preferred footwear of celebrity astronauts (notably Tom Hanks), Moon Boots came to life during a classified experiment aboard the International Space Station. Little is known of what actually transpired aboard the shuttle, but in short, Moon Boots became a sentient creature, equipped with reason, intuition, and groove. Before long, he grew tired of working for the space-military-industrial complex and found solace in the soothing sounds of underground disco and R&B boogie records. He knew it was only of matter of time before he was hung up like so many boots before him. He abandoned the program and used his savings to build a music-production studio in an unnamed U.S. location, where he is currently working.
He has already been playlisted worldwide by the likes of Aeroplane and the Magician, and hit the #2 spot on the Beatport Indie Dance / Nu Disco chart. With a slew of originals and remixes on the way for 2012, the future looks bright for Moon Boots.
In 2007 Chromatics released an album titled NIGHT DRIVE, that’s not really where we got our name but it’s a good start to this article.
Stereogum and Prefix claim Kill for Love is the best album release this week and we don’t think they’re too far off. As expected, the new album is comprised of a bunch down-tempo synth pop ballads however there are a few tracks that will get your head bopping. We’re just happy they’ve finally come out with a new LP after 5 long years.
We’ve been waiting to post about these guys, but since they’re spinning at our NIGHTDRIVE 3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY tonight at CHALK we figured today is the perfect day to cover them.
“PillowTalk is Sammy D, Ryan Williams and Michael Tello. Based out of the famous Lower Haight District in San Francisco, PillowTalk’s music fuses classic R&B, boogie and disco with underground house and techno with an original feel. With releases out on Visionquest, Life & Death and Wolf + Lamb, 2012 is shaping up to be a huge year!”
Tonight they’re closing the party. I really can’t wait as every time I listed to them I find myself uncontrollably shoulder shimmying…oh and remember the party is FREE
Please see our flyer below for the entire lineup
TONIGHT FOR FREE!!!!!!!!! (grab set times here)
Throughout the last few years of running this blog and working on the radio I’ve done tons of artist interviews. The interview below is my favorite so far. Kim Ann Foxman seems like a genuinely humble, gentle, and down to earth person which is most valued in my book and always very much appreciated in this industry. In our conversation she touches on how she began DJing, growing up in Hawaii, her involvement & detachment from Hercules & Love Affair, some personal tastes, and thoughts on being a female DJ ( which I couldn’t agree with more).
We booked Kim Ann to DJ at our Nightdrive 3 Year Anniversary this Wednesday at Chalk because we wanted to bring you an exclusive act; someone original, with a true understanding of house music, and with a DJ practice that will blow your mind. We’re also really looking forward to the rest of the all-star lineup:
THE PARTY IS FREE!!!
Q & A with KIM ANN:
You were born and raised in Hawaii, land of Luau, Hula, and Happa Haole. Was there a dance music scene there while growing up and if so how did you first get involved?
I was born in Hawaii! i loved growing up there. There was a dance music scene there, but it was very small being that Hawaii is so far away from everything. But we did have raves and a few club options. I used to work in a little club there in high school. It was one of the ways my mom let me stay out late- cuz i was “working”. I worked behind the bar, serving non alcoholic beverages and making energy drinks. The club had cool people come through, like Deee- Lite played live and there was some good djs that came through as well. It was really special when people came all the way to Hawaii to play because we didn’t have as much access to things as easily. so we were really excited when good music came our way.
What extracurricular activities were you involved in as a young child?
I was always at the beach. I loved boogie boarding, or we call it body boarding. I loved hiking especially to arrive to a waterfall. I was very active as a kid. I also played basketball after school, but every single weekend was at the beach. I even went to the beach before school sometimes occasionally really early in the morning. I love the beach and I love nature.
What was your first step in becoming a professional DJ/ musician? Did you decide to go out and buy turntables one day, had you been collecting music for years and it seemed like the next logical move, or did you start DJing out of circumstance…?
I had been really collecting dance music records for probably 7 years, I always wanted turntables, but I never had a proper DJ set up of my own. when I moved to New York, I got asked to DJ a couple parties for friends- which I did. And then I decided I wanted to get turntables so I can practice and get into it. I bought used turntables from a friend and I borrowed crappy dj mixers till l i could get one of my own.
Can you tell us about your first public DJ appearance?
Sure my first gig was in NYC for a party called La Boom in Brooklyn, in 2002. It was a friend’s party. i was really nervous. I wasn’t that good at the time, but luckily it went over well.
Lots of folks recognize you as a member of Hercules & Love Affair, I know a million people have probably asked you this, but how did you link up with that crew? What’s been the most memorable experience with them?
Technically I was a member of Hercules and Love Affair for a long time, recently I have moved on to new adventures. But I’m happy to tell u how it all came about. I was really good friends with Andrew Butler and was working with him just for fun at his house long before there was a Hercules and Love Affair- sometimes I’d be just around him while he was making music, sometimes we would make tracks to DJ out together, and one day I turned into his guinea pig to test out vocals on some proper songs he did. That’s how i came to be on the record. One of those songs was Athene, I didn’t even know I’d be in a band. It was all happening naturally, out of fun we were having for years before there was any record deal or any band. I do feel really lucky for that- that I got the opportunity in such a natural way. so many talented people struggle to get heard. so I feel fortunate to have experienced being in an international touring band.
So many great memories. One of my most favorite memories is when we were in Australia doing festivals.. and the crowd, they love to throw things there. Well, mid singing, mic in my right hand, I caught a size 12 timberland boot in once hand, effortlessly in my left hand. the crowd was so shocked – and so was the band, and so was I actually but then again, I do have a strange talent for catching things. Anyway, I caught it, and I threw it back into the crowd. And that same show, I crowd surfed afterward for my first time. it was a blast! so many great shows, so many wonderful places we went to. So many funny stories, crazy shows.
I was with the band for a long time, but now I have decided to concentrate on my own music, and on my own collaborations. H&LA was an amazing journey for me, so much great experience and memories and growth but its time for me is done now. i just feel its was time to choose my own adventure. I think change is good and change is sexy. I needed it, and I’m really excited and this year I’m working a lot on music and I’m Djing like crazy. Almost every weekend flying to around- mostly to Europe. Ive been pretty busy. ill have some releases in the near future, both solo and collaborations. Iv’e had a great year so far, and there is so much more to come.
What new collaborations are you working on?
I have done several. Im not sure I can say yet or not whose albums I will appear on this year. but you will find out soon enough. I’ve had so much fun collaborating with artists I admire.
You seem to be a connoisseur of classic and Chicago house music, what are 5 albums from either sub-genre you couldn’t live without?
I am a fan of classic house, chicago house, acid house, and Im also a huge fan of classic techno and detroit techno as well.
Where do you think the disco/ deep house scene is headed? What’s the next hot shit?
I think a lot of people are getting into house music that weren’t so into it before, and I think a lot of artists are making some good deep house right now, also making more classic references as well. I think there is a lot of good new stuff out right now. I don’t know what the next hot shit is. Azari & iii are really hot now, they r great live. Im not sure what is coming next, but Im sure well see some great stuff!
Aside from music, what else are you super passionate about? If you wouldn’t have chosen to take this career path what do you think you’d be doing today?
I’ve always been into design, I had a line of jewels for a while. I like designing things. I like accessories. I also love film and video. I would have loved to get into film or video if i wasn’t doing music. I’ve never seriously tried though, but I’ve made some very silly videos that I used to play at my parties that i really had fun making.
As a female DJ I get this question all the time… sorry to pawn it off on you but I’m curious as to how someone else would answer: What challenges or benefits have you encountered being a female DJ in a male-dominated industry?
As a female DJ, I get both challenges and benefits. challenges are, people don’t take u seriously sometimes. Also, having been connected with a band, sometimes people think Im just a personality or a celebrity DJ rather than a proper one. once I had a guy tried to show me how a mixer works as if I never touched on in my life- he was teaching a “girl” how to use one obviously. But then after he felt pretty stupid after I played I think. haha. It is such a male dominated industry- but there are loads of amazing female Djs out there too! In the past few years there have been more and more. I feel really supported by both men and women, and its great. Benefits are, sometimes I think its refreshing for people to have a female DJ play. in a way, there is a novelty edge to it for some people. I don’t usually think about though to be honest.
What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think of Miami?
Lastly, what’s next for Kim Ann Foxman? ( please say a full length album plus some more amazing music videos
YES- i will put out a few 12″s first of my own, and collaborations as well, while I’m working on my full length! and you can def be sure to see more amazing videos! please keep posted!
A Saturday in November (Dub) – KiNK & Neville Watson feat. Kim Ann Foxman
River Seine (Kim Ann Foxman Remix) - International