Photo by Masashi Fujumura
Interviewee – Elbin Reyes
Interviewer – Sean Bee
Beats & BBQ to Celebrate its Fourth Year of Soulful Dance Music, BBQ and You !
On Monday, May 30, 2011 from 3-10 pm at LP& Harmony (683 Grand Street), Beats & BBQ will kick off its fourth season providing the Williamsburg, Brooklyn community its successful combination of “Soulful Dance Music, BBQ and You”. With each beverage purchase, patrons are entitled to a plate of free bbq, expertly grilled by Dustin Smallheer of Daddy’s Little Grill. Music is provided by DJs Jose G (Pre Party Radio), Ali Coleman (Voice of Voices NYC), Siren (Save the Robots), Kyle McNeil (Art for Progress / WBAI 99.5 FM), Dawn Anesta (Soul Fire), Ruby Red(Velvet Factory Productions), and Go Kiryu (Lion One Music).
Since 2007, Beats & BBQ has been a grassroots event that takes place on the holidays of the summer season (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day). It is a co-production by Deepdance Promotions and LP & Harmony bar. We produce this event to promote community and togetherness through good food, good dance music, and good cheer from our patrons. Fusicology is a proud media sponsor of this event. For additional info email firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Live Radio Shows
Wednesday: A-1 Record @ 9:30pm~11:30pm
Wednesday: Shake Down @ 12:00am~4:00am
Thursday: Bless Up @ 6pm~9pm
Monophonics – Like Yesterday 7” Single
April 19th, 2011
A. Monophonics – “Like Yesterday”
A simply killer 45 from the bay area’s finest funk band, Monophonics. “Like Yesterday” is a monster A-side, which was recorded at the legendary Killion Studios in LA. While the B-Side, “Freedom” by Destruments is a beautifully soulful instrumental track.
Over the past five years, Monophonics have staked their claim as the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier funk/soul band. Raised amid the city’s rich musical culture, these young musicians proudly carry on the tradition of music native to their hometown.
Monophonics were formed in 2005; originally an instrumental ensemble comprised of guitarist Ian McDonald, bassist Myles O’Mahony, saxophonist Alex Baky, trumpeter Ryan Scott, and drummer Austin Bohlman, the band has recently added the dynamic soul vocals of keyboardist Kelly Finnigan. The result is psychedelic soul & heavy duty funk, which harks back to the stylings of the late 60’s and early 70’s, all while keeping its feet planted in the present.
As a mainstay of San Francisco venues such as the Boom Boom Room and the Independent, the Monophonics have created a national buzz and fervent local following, sharing the stage & bill with such names as Soulive, Macy Gray, Budos Band, George Porter, Archie Bell, Blues Traveler, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dumpstafunk, Idris Muhammad and many more. Their recording credits include tracks with the The New Mastersounds and Karl Denson (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Grey Boy All-Stars) who’s also featured on their latest release and second album, Into the Infrasounds. The album also includes musical guests Mic Gillete of Tower of Power & Jonathan Korty of Vinyl. Their touring schedule has brought their signature rowdy, hard-hitting live set to over 400 dates from California to Mississippi, as well as major music festivals including High Sierra, Joshua Tree and Las Tortugas. Additionally, the ensemble has established itself as yearly residents at the legendary New Orleans Jazz Festival. They have been featured in various magazines including Relix’s “On the Rise” section, and in 2007, were awarded best Funk/Soul/R&B band in SF Weekly’s “Best of the Bay Awards.”
In early 2011, the group will showcase their new sound with the release of a 7” entitled “Like Yesterday,” for Colemine Records. The record will feature members of the Los Angeles based funk group Orgone, and will be distributed across the United States, Europe and Japan. Also in 2011, Monophonics will complete their third album to date, lacing the sounds of early 70’s and late 60’s soul with fuzzy guitars, freaky synthesizers, hard- driving horns and gritty vocals, a sonic testimony to the evolution of this six-piece unit.
Mixed By DJ Alfreako
01. J-Live – Them That’s Not
02. EDOT aka Erldotcom – Radio
03. Massinfluence – Analyze
04. Dilated Peoples – The Platform
05. M-Boogie feat. buckshot – The Real
06.Soulaive – Bridge To Dama ( Dirty )
07. Sylvia Striplin – Give Me Your Love
08. Rocket – Come Together
09. Sinnamon – Thanks To You
10. Kenix feat. Bobbyyoungblood – There’s Never Been ( No One Like You – Long ver. )
Mixed by Jkriv, Son Of Sound
JKriv (Jason Kriveloff) is a man of many musical hats. As a founding member, bass-player, and co-songwriter/producer for the live-house band Tortured Soul, he has toured the world and contributed to staples of the 2000-something deep house oevre. Lately he’s been collecting his forays into the world of DJing and production under the moniker DEEP&DISCO, which aptly describes the sound and style that informs his musical approach. Having amassed a sizeable following of discophiles around the globe through his signature-crafted Disco edits (yes, those!), 2011 will see the launch of Deep&Disco Recordings, a home for both his original productions and contributions from Lou Teti, Blacklodge, Sleazy McQueen, Space Ranger and more. Additionally, J is a lover of small animals, fountain cokes, and long walks through rat-infested, trash-covered Brooklyn streets.
Son Of Sound (Speak Recordings | NYC)
If creative synergy can be traced to a specific time and place, New York during the turn of the ’80s would be the influential epicenter for producer/DJ Henry Maldonado aka Son of Sound. Born into a social and economically turbulent, Disco crazed New York City in July of ’71, Henry’s early musical influence would come in the form of house parties. His father, Enrique Maldonado, a Latin percussionist with an eclectic record collection was the maestro in charge of programming a steady diet of Disco, Soul and of course Latin.Henry’s prominent experiences would derive from the Post-Disco/pre-Hip-Hop, generation-X epoch of the early ’80s. Hip-Hop had spread beyond the Bronx and into the remaining boroughs. Disco was fighting for its survival, fusing with Punk Rock, Salsa, Electro and Rap. Electro pioneers such as Kraftwerk, Man Parrish and Arthur Baker laid the template for electronic dance music. Radio mix-show DJ’s such as John “Jelly Bean” Benitez, Red Alert, Latin Rascals and Tony Humphries would serve as Henry’s mentors in the art of the mix.
In the coming weeks, we will be continuing our interviews with all of the major contributors to underground music in New York City in an effort to gauge the current state of the music scene here. At the end of production, we hope to have a comprehensive collection of viewpoints that collectively expresses this. We will be uploading a new interview every few weeks so check back often to see the latest additions to this series! If you have a unique opinion on the current state of NYC’s music scene and want to be involved, email us!
Mixed by Taimur Agha (BLK|Market Membership/halcyon) & Clockwork(Hot Creations/Life & Death Brooklyn)
Clockwork (Hot Creations / Life & Death Brooklyn)
Francesco Leali and Federico Maccherone aka Clockwork met at the age of 15 both growing up in the suburbs of Milan. Francesco’s music interests and qualifications range from twelve years studying percussion at the Milanese conservatory, to a degree in music marketing and artist promotion. Federico on the other hand started as a label founder, later deciding to follow his true passion moving to New York to start playing in underground clubs immediately making a name for himself. Their music is driven by anything varying from ’80s Disco music to chugging Techno. Their sound is mainly characterized by bouncy and decisive analog bass lines combined to rhythmic drum patterns, all mainly inspired by music from the ’60s ’70s and ’80s.
The Bandwagon is halcyon’s All New Old-Timey Record Review and Talent Show! Each and every Two hour ride on The Bandwagon begins with halcyon the shoppe’s own high-flying Techno honcho in a poncho… the mysterious and often delirious Taimur Agha of BLK|Market Membership! Thrill to Taimur’s death-defying DJ feats as he balances beats live without a net on the www in his round up of the latest and greatest ear-catching, ground-shaking musical marvels from the far corners of the globe. Then, turn your attention to the center ring for The Bandwagon’s main attraction!… Direct from the far off nether regions of Brooklyn we bring you an astonishing cavalcade of talent never before assembled on one program – musical magicians, masterful minstrels and mystifying midi-freaks alike will be unveiled to your shock and awe with in-depth interviews and exclusive featured performances.
Photo by Miwa Hirakuri
Upcoming Live Radio Shows
Friday: Goodrecord NYC @ 8pm~10pm
Friday: Wepa @ 10pm~12am
Monday: Funkyslice @ 8pm~10pm
Tuesday: Zakka @ 4pm~6pm
Tuesday: Vinylmania @ 8:30pm~10:30pm
Mixed by DJ Monchan
01. The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
02. The Beatles – Come Together
03. Jimi Hedrix – Crosstown Traffic
04. David Bowie – Lady Stardust
05. The Velvet Underground – Rock & Roll
06. The Police – Hole In My Life
07. Recloose – Insomnia In Dub
08. Jimpster – Alsace & Lorraine (Ripperton Remix)
09. 8 Channels – Jazzatron
10. Deepak Sharma + Dieter Krause – Wolkreise (Dj Qu Remix)
Mixed by Ali Coleman (Voice of Voice)
01. Hosana Littlebird – Rain Dancer
02. Guti – Every Cow Has A Bird
03. Dj Eff Feat.Mili – Nawe (The Wizard Brian Coxx)
04. Monique Bingham – You, Me, World
05. Rasmus Faber Feat. Dyanna Fearon– Give It Time
06. Justin Martin – Night Owl
07. Mark Dimeo – Deepest Dub Inst.(S.W.O)
08. Moba Sound Feat. Lucy May – Lasttime
09. Infinite Boys – Marimba Soul(Afrotechmix)
10. Gibson Brothers – What A Life
Photo by Streetsy
Upcoming Live Radio Shows
Thursday: Bless Up @ 6pm~9pm
Friday: Goodrecord NYC @ 8pm~10pm
Mixed by Earl Broclo Esq
01. Billy Preston – Outa Space
02. Stevie Wonder – Superstition
03. The Brothers Johnson – Get The Funk Out Ma Face
04. The Temptations – I Need You
05. Grover Washington Jr. – Maeterpiece
06. Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – A Lovely Day
07. Donald Byrd – I Love The Girl
08. Richard “Groove” Hoimes – How Insensitive
09. Frankline Ajaye – Don’t Smoke Dope, Fry Your Hair!
10. James Brown – I Got to Move
New release from L.I.E.S.(LONG ISLAND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS)
A1. Zero-Point Field
Here is the 2nd release.
Mixed by Beg To Differ (aka My Cousin Roy and Nick Chacona), Matthew Moffe
My Cousin Roy (The Wurst Music Co.)
Roy Dank (aka My Cousin Roy) is the mind behind the “Wurst Edits,” imprint. The New York label, which launched in 2006 boasted radical reworkings of yesteryear’s clandestine disco by the likes of label head Roy Dank aka My Cousin Roy and his talented friends, including Runaway, who went on to produced acclaimed releases for DFA and Rekids; the multi-talented producer, DJ and illustrator Doug Lee aka Lee Douglas, Douglas Sound and one-half of TBD (with Justin Vandervolgen) and Stallions (with Lovefingers); and Eamon Harkin, part of the NYC party juggernaut that is Sunday Best and Mister Saturday Night. The edits received support from esteemed DJs as far as wide as 2ManyDJs, Carl Craig, Harvey, Erol Alkan, James Murphy, Simian Mobile Disco, and Tim Sweeney, amongst many others. In early 2009, Roy teamed up with designers Josh Clancy and Travis Stearns to take the label’s visual aeshetic to the proverbial next level. Come July of that year, the label evolved into The Wurst Music Co with the release of Brennan Green’s My First House, quite possibly the cult producer’s most dance floor savvy work to date. Wurst has gone from strength to strength since with releases from Neurotic Drum Band, Reade Truth, Great Weekend, and Ulysses. The Wurst Has Yet To Come…
Nick Chacona (Hector Works)
Nick Chacona is one of New York’s disco-house mainstays and over the course of his 15-year career as a DJ and producer has become one of the city’s most respected underground talents within its vibrant dance music scene. In a DJ capacity, Nick is as versatile as you will find. He began spinning over 15 years ago, strictly playing reggae but shortly thereafter fell in love with House & Disco. Never one to let the crowd down, Nick’s sets are filled with energy, finesse, and diversity flowing from Nu Disco, House, Techno, Italo and classics—whatever is required in the moment. He has played across the US from NY to San Francisco, as well as Brazil, Germany, Spain, Poland, Romania, Belgium, Sweden, Serbia, Holland, and the UK. His production skills are just as dynamic as his style behind the decks and over the course of his career has spread his skills far and wide and garnered a lengthy discography under his belt. Over the years his productions have grown to encompass elements of sound from across the world of dance music, melding the arpeggiated sounds of Rimini, the trackiness of Chicago, minimalism of Berlin, and dubbed out vibes of Kingston, Jamaica sometimes in the same track. He began producing in 1999 under the Version Eternal moniker for NY label Homestyle Cooking. Since that time Nick has gone on to release tracks on renowned labels Mood Music, 2020 Vision, Ben Watt’s Buzzin Fly, Saw, Dogtown, Bearfunk, and the inaugural release for Prins Thomas’s Internasjonal.
Matthew Moffre (Drrtyhaze)
Matthew Moffre, a former (and self-acclaimed) “Shelter head” has been a staple on the scene as a DJ for roughly 18 years. Best known as one-half of the Drrtyhaze duo, Moffre, alongside his production partner have been actively producing since 2006, currently boasting a lengthy discography of original productions and remixes. At the turn of the New Year the team has a slew of exciting new releases on respected international labels such as UK’s Redux and Under the Shade as well as Germany’s Tirk and Redux imprints. In addition to their avid music making the two are frequent guests at parties such as the legendary classic school house-based Play It Loud series. When running solo Moffre goes under the Love Tempo moniker, which he also dubs his monthly party now nearing its one-year mark. His tracks and mixes can be found onwww.beatsandwords.com.