• “Living legend” Green Velvet delivers an intense, long over-due Essential Mix
• Boys Noize and Chilly Gonzales release the first single for their collaborative project, Octave Minds
• J Dilla‘s MPC and Moog Synthesizer to Be Displayed in the Smithsonian
“Living legend” Green Velvet delivers an intense, long over-due Essential Mix
Curtis Alan Jones, the house and techno veteran known variously as Green Velvet and Cajmere, has been in the game for 23 years now, clocking up 11 albums, more than 30 12-inches and a well-earned reputation as one of dance music’s most enigmatic and innovative figures, from his finely-crafted futuristic sets to his sunglasses-clad android stillness behind the decks.
Up until now, though, Jones has never put his mark on the illustrious Essential Mix, an oversight that Pete Tong rectified this past weekend, saying, “Everything about this guy is unique: his music, his voice, his DJing, and not least, his green hair. He’s been responsible for some of house music’s most unique moments, like these…” Cue snippets of Cajmere’s 2001 hit La La Land, 1996’s It’s Time For The Percolator and last year’s club anthem Bigger Than Prince.
Jones intros his mix with an in-character surreal, robotic intro over the pounding drums of Sidney Charles’s 303 Love Story (“Tonight I’m gonna take you on a tour of the Essential Mix, where all the bad little DJs go, and try to leave their bodies”), before launching straight into a peak-time back-to-back selection of tech-house stompers from Maceo Plex, Trus’Me, Claude VonStroke and more.
From there the energy stays red-lining, as Jones moves into pounding techno from Wink, DJ Rush, Nicole Moudaber, Fred Hush and many more, drawing out each mix and dropping in a few of his own Green Velvet productions at periodic intervals, from 2011’s Free Yourself to the loopy madness of Nathan Barato’s Bigger Than Prince remix. Steel yourself and enter the zone below.
Sidney Charles – 303 Love Story (Patrick Topping Remix) (feat. Hector Moralez) (Avotre)
GusGus – Crossfade (Maceo Plex Remix) (Kompakt)
Trus’Me – I Want You (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix) (Prime Numbers)
Carisma – Talento Matemático (Comeme)
Bimas – Robbing Banks (Rawthentic Music)
Claude VonStroke – EYE I EYE (Dirtybird Records)
Chambray – Ghetto Giants (Ultramajic)
L-Vis 1990 Presents Dance System – No More (Clone Jack For Daze Serie)
Wink – Are You There (Ben Klock Remix) (Ovum Recordings)
DJ Rush – I Like It Like This (Kne’Deep)
Stefano Kosa – Last One (Alberto Ruiz Remix) (Audiojah)
Green Velvet – Free Yourself (PK Recordings)
Monika Kruse – Retox (Terminal M)
Floorplan – Never Grow Old (Re-Plant) (M-Plant)
Literon – Freak Funktion (Clone Basement Series)
Pirupa – Get Lost Vs What’s So Funny (Laughapella) (Snatch! Records/King Street Sounds)
Green Velvet – Bigger Than Prince (Nathan Barato Remix) (Relief Records)
Skiver – The Void (Relief Records)
Gene Farris – Can U Dig It (Relief Records)
Nicole Moudaber – I Know Where I’ve Been Vs Shake It (Drumcode/Relief Records)
Eric Sneo – Bongofreak (Tronic)
Fred Hush – Frogs (Relief Records)
Jewel Kid – Armor (Suara)
Popof – Serenity (re:mount)
Owen Sands – The Great Houdini (Ill Bomb Records)
Federico Locchi – Odyssey (Noir Music)
Green Velvet – Stronger (Relief Records)
Barnt – Tunsten (Cómeme)
Boys Noize and Chilly Gonzales release the first single for their collaborative project, Octave Minds
The first single from the collaborative project of Boys Noize and Chilly Gonzales is available for free.
Working under the moniker Octave Minds, ‘In Silence’ is the first insight to their debut album together, which is expected to drop in September.
As the Boysnoize Records boss tweeted, the melancholic track certainly is “something you wouldn’t really expect”.
It’s not the first time the two have crossed paths as Boys Noize produced the Canadian singer’s 2010 album ‘Ivory Tower’.
Listen to ‘In Silence’ below and download it for free here.
J Dilla’s MPC and Moog Synthesizer to Be Displayed in the Smithsonian
The enduring legacy of J Dilla has been further reinforced today with news that the pioneering hip-hop producer’s MPC and Moog synthesizer (one specifically made by Robert Moog for the beatmaker) will be displayed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.Okayplayer reports that the visionary artist’s production tools will be on display at the Smithsonian’s forthcoming Museum of African American History and Culture, which is set to be completed by late 2015/early 2016. Few further details are available at this time, but the touching announcement from Dilla’s mother, Ma Dukes (who continues to run theJ Dilla Foundation in her late son’s honor), and the Smithsonian can be watched below.