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House-tastic Volume 2… Free Download!

For your Listening Pleasure…

A little Classic, a little soulful and a little deep but a whole lotta HOUSE!

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House-tastic Volume 2 by DJBooshWheelz

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DJ BooshWheelz features on “House Of Blen- Vol. 1″

Yes my good House people…

I have had the honor of being featured on El Blen’s very unique and, dare I say, un-safe album called House Of Blen Vol. 1.

It is a culmination of El Blen’s very original Deep, Classic, and “Conditionally Cosmic” House music. House of Blen is formatted in a creative kind of story line that makes for a very interesting listen. It’s a lot more than just a compilation of tracks it’s an experience. Coming from a guy that literally has the head of a wolf I guess that wouldn’t be to hard to believe. He parades around the New York City  House music scene with a wolf mask on.

But don’t tell him that, he’ll ask you “What mask?” I have been following El Blen for quite some time and I’m glad to see that he is putting his music out for a larger audience to consume.

El Blen called me up and asked me to write a piece for a track called “Looking For A Parking Spot” so I graced him with two separate pieces, both of which actually made the album.  The song fits perfectly into the storyline.

You can find the wolf at HouseOfBlen.com

Here is a video of “My New Zoot Suit” by El Blen that was featured on my mix “House-tastic Vol. 2″… This is one of the reasons I think he is so original and worth taking a look into.


Take a listen to House of Blen

Video interview with El Blen coming soon!

 

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-BooshWheelz

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FREE DOWNLOAD! – The latest In House Mix Show with N.B 26.07.11

N.B with the In House Mix Show. An hour of House music Live in the mix from Bsides/In House’s very own N.B

N.B In House Mix Show 26th July 2011 by BsidesOnline

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The 411 in the 904

July is here and it is HOT! Along with the rise in temperature, this month brings new events to the scene here in Jax. Friday nights at The Coffee Grinder (9834 Old Baymeadows Rd.) DJ Albert Adkins and guests spin Deep and Progressive house. Catch me spinning there 07/08. Wednesday nights at Club Suite (4880 Big Island Dr, in the Town Center), in partnership with Redline Entertainment, bring Energy Wednesdays…the special shows this month include DJ Boris (Pacha, NYC) on 07/13, Cedric Gervais (Space, Miami) on 07/20 and BT on 07/27! Unwind every Sunday at the oceanfront patio of Club O (Jacksonville, Beach) for Sundaze. See Jacksonville’s best local talent serve up the tunes South Beach style.

This Saturday night, 07/09, I’ll be spinning along side Catharsis, Albert Adkins, Rob 69, Flux, Roger Lim and Phil G @ Walker’s Wine Bar (2692 Post St, Riverside) for Enclave. This is going to be one BIG party as we celebrate Catharsis’ Birthday. If you are in the area, this one is a must. You can also catch me spinning most weeknights (12A-2A EST) on JTV at www.justin.tv/jaxdjnapoleon. Until then..

 

Peace and Music.

 

 

 

House Music Gonna Set You Free…(continued)

Chicago, 1986.

By now, the movement known as House is gaining momentum with every record dropped on a slipmat. The sound, borne out of the sweaty, crowded dancefloors in New York, Detroit, and Chicago is fanning out across America, and the globe.

The irony of House is it was a music style that originated in America, heavily influenced by European music, that was heavily influenced by American music IN THE FIRST PLACE.

That ought to keep you up for a few nights trying to work that out…

House music is an odd bird. You can say where it may have started, but it always feels like it was just waiting for its time to emerge, as if it were always here to begin with. Just laying dormant beneath the veneer of cocaine and garish polyester.

Just like it had been with disco, those that exist at the margins of so-called polite society carried the torch. Black, Latino, and Gay influences abounded in House, and still do, right up to present day. The producers, the singers, the musicians, the dancers.

House also had a significant deeper meaning. With AIDS ravaging the community, House music was literally a sanctuary. It was the gospel for a forgotten tribe, the soundtrack for a misfit family. The Reagan/Thatcher years ushered in a new Puritanism. Its proponents and supporters preached that AIDS was “God’s revenge.”

House music provided an alternative message. Not without a sense of irony, House also borrowed heavily from gospel music. The call and response was lifted right out of Black American churches. When placed in juxtaposition with House, it fit seamlessly.

In a lot of ways, House music is a lot like Jeet Kune Do, the martial art developed by Bruce Lee. Yes, it is pretty badass, but that’s not quite, what I had in mind…

House music is a form without form. It can be whatever you want, and marries well with other forms and styles to create a new style. It adopts all kinds of instruments naturally.

Like a piano, for example…

In 1986, Marshall Jefferson was producing music and DJing in Chicago, like so many others. He came into contact with Larry Sherman, owner of Trax Records. He had an idea for a new House track, something completely different from the heavily synthesized, almost metronomic sound of most House at the time.

Jefferson wanted to breathe a little humanity back into the music.

He decided to use piano instead.

“Move Your Body” became the first House music track to use a piano, and the effect was seismic. People went mental for it. It became the House anthem. It seemed to perfectly encapsulate the joy of the music, and make a definitive social statement about the culture at the same time.

House music gonna set you free, indeed…

Meanwhile, similar things were happening across Lake Michigan, in Detroit, a city with it’s own storied musical legacy. The Midwest would prove to be the epicenter of a major musical revolution…

TO BE CONTINUED…

The only way is Frankie Knuckles' way, Baby...

Oscar G @ Suite – Jax, FL

Oscar rolled through last night playing an interesting set. We heard everything from electro to dirty house to Snoop Dogg (La da da da daaaa) remixes. Hell, he even hinted at a little trance. The crowd was diggin’ it, but something tells me it wasn’t his normal Terrace (Space, Miami) stuff.  He mixed all night using Traktor and the X1 Kontrol and did a lot of live remixes on the fly, looping and sampling tracks that we all knew. It was a good night…dance floor was full of sweaty, dance till you fall down type folks and I was one of them. Getting up early the next morning was pushed aside for the love of house. It’s what drives us.

 

House Music Gonna Set You Free (continued)

No one is entirely sure who coined the the term “House.” No one is entirely sure when, or where it was first used.

What we do know is it’s here, and it ain’t going nowhere.

The past lessons of Disco, New Wave, Hi-NRG, were merging and converging in various cities. The irony is that the music of Europe, in the form of bands like Kraftwerk, Yazoo, Soft Cell, Bronski Beat, and Depeche Mode, hit the shores, naturally establishing a beachhead in New York. From there, visiting DJs spread out to Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Atlanta and Miami. These songs found their way into the crates alongside Latin dance music and Italo disco. The DJs?

Larry Levan, Junior Vasquez, Frankie Knuckles, Tom Moulton, Farley Jackmaster Funk, among many others were spinning in clubs, but more importantly, they were engineers and mixers at recording studios. Well versed in the arts of making dance records, they took those finely honed talents, along with the now affordable and available synthesizers and drum machines, like the Roland 808 (as in 808 State), these DJs and studio technicians were at the centre of an all too perfect storm.

As I previously stated, this is where things get fun, but tricky. Depending on who you would ask, there are several origins that describe how House gained its moniker.

Story #1: The Warehouse in Chicago. What Mecca is to a Muslim pilgrim, the Warehouse is to House music connoisseurs. Frankie Knuckles is probably its most famous alumnus, but many of the first generation DJs have blessed the decks at one time or another. When the downtown clubs resegregated, Black, Latino, and gay clubbers found a home at the Warehouse, where the DJs would spin their home recorded dance tracks. Eventually they would manage to get a mass pressing of vinyl distributed. It would go on to be known as “Warehouse Music,” which eventually was shorthanded to…(drum roll, please!) House Music.

Story #2: South Side Chicago DJ Leonard “Remix” Roy worked old soul and R&B records into his sets. He acquired many of the records from his mother’s house, hence the term.

Story #3: Clubs in major cities always had at least one DJ who was not just playing records, they were also making records that would be, for the most part, played in that club only. Like the “house” wine or salad dressing, they would have music synonymous with that club or house.

Story # 4 : DJ Larry Heard believes the term was coined from the fact that many of the early pioneers recorded the tracks at home.

Maybe only one of them is true. Maybe none of them. I like to think they all happened around the same time. Like a virus, the idea grew and spread, until it became a concept, then a movement.

So, what was the first track?

Again, it’s tricky. Elements of house were forming as far back as 1980. Hi-NRG had some of the major components, but it was still just a diamond in the rough. Italo Disco was close, but still, no cigar. Jesse Saunders essentially laid down the true blueprint in 1984 with “On And On.” It is to house music what the wheel was to transportation.

There were others released at the same time as “On And On,” but none with as much impact.

Then a fella by the name of Marshall Jefferson came along, and changed the game….

TO BE CONTINUED…..

House in NE Florida

The scene here in sunny Jacksonville, FL is somewhat of a roller coaster ride full of ups and downs. As a DJ, I have been familiar with the goings on in the EDM crowd for the last 10 years. During the peak years of ’05-’08, the River City saw big names like Paul van Dyk, Gabriel and Dresden (thank God they’re touring together again), Sandra Collins, BT, James Holden, Satoshi Tomiie, ok, you get it. Those were great years full of great shows.  Granted, these shows weren’t going on in arenas or outdoor grounds large enough for a small town, but they did go on in small clubs and I was more than happy to go.

After ’08, I found myself having to drive to Orlando, Tampa and Miami to catch a “good” act. Lengthy drives for, if I was lucky, a 3 hour set. Don’t get me wrong, the local talent is great. Jacksonville’s own have always been at it. In coffee shops, lofts and just recently, oceanfront patios, the local stars pump out their House genre of choice. The same loyal crowds listen and dance their hearts out. It is great to see, as I am usually right there with them.

In short, the scene seems to be back on the incline part of the track…..recent shows like Sander Kleinenberg and Kimball Collins, a veteran of the FL scene, have swept through SUITE, a venue who has decided to step up and give us some much needed weekly Wednesday night HOUSE. Coming up are Oscar G, Cedric Gervais and BT. You can also catch Jacksonville’s best playing oceanfront every Sunday @ Club O in Jax Beach. More to come!

 

N.B In House Mix Show 28th June 2011

N.B with the In House Mix Show. An hour of House music Live in the mix from Bsides/In House’s very own N.B

N.B In House Mix Show 28th June 2011 by BsidesOnline

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House Music Gonna Set You Free (continued)

I blame Giorgio Moroder for all of this….

He got this wild notion in his head for Disco to sound like some space-age symphony. While everyone else was rushing to put whole orchestras on a record, the half-German, half-Italian producer went light years in the opposite direction and created an orchestra of one.

Thus Euro-Disco is born. Euro-Disco would then merge with punk and voilà, you have New Wave!

Ideas are a lot like the common cold. Once it infects others, it spreads fast. Pretty soon, everybody’s got it. That also explains some of the appalling fashion trends of the Eighties.

Disco never died. It certainly didn’t die in Chicago in 1979. Like any popular fad, it lost public interest and stayed with the people who truly cared about it. Disco was just another name for something to dance to. To that end, it then became Hi-NRG. Not much of a name. Think of it as a cultural place holder.

The pieces were slowly falling into place, though. R&B and Disco permanently bonded. D-Train came out of Brooklyn with the same drive as the subway line. You’re The One For Me wasn’t House in the purest sense, but the blueprint had been established.

As a coastal city, New York was absorbing sounds brought over from visitors and its resident club DJs making record buying forays to Europe. Heavily synthesized Italian disco fit in perfectly with the American R&B dance music. Add the Latin Influence of Salsa and Merengue music, along with powerhouse female vocalists like Jocelyn Brown, Gloria Gaynor, and Martha Wash…

You see where this is heading, don’t you?

Each music form fed of the other, influencing, imitating, and replicating, like some mutated musical fetus. A beautiful, mutated, musical fetus.

Arthur Baker was a DJ and producer from Boston who soaked up the hip and electro coming out of New York. He’d been there with Afrika Bambatta, and he made the acquaintance of three young men from Manchester who were still reeling from the loss of their lead singer. He took their lyrics and set it to a four on the floor beat.

Tell me now, how should I feel…

Actually, Baker lifted the hook from another NY producer, Bobby O, better known as Bobby Orlando. Bobby O and Arthur Baker are to house what Little Richard and Elvis were to Rock. Both men were originators and innovators. Bobby O didn’t gain as much notice because most of music was unapologetically for the gay crowd. Nevertheless, he put out music at a rate that would have scared Prince.

But all wasn’t joy in the Eighties.
AIDS was claiming a vast cross section of the people within the creative scene. Paranoia over the disease, coupled with the one-two combo of Reagan and Thatcher ushered in a new Puritanical Age. “Do It ‘Til You’re Satisfied” was replaced with “Just Say No.”

Now, here’s where things get a bit tricky…Fun, but tricky…

TO BE CONTINUED…

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