Got a tip off on a strong label and party series Shadow City out of the city of Birmingham, England when perusing a new shipment from H-Track at the record store a couple weeks back. A modest record stood out with a mysterious little car on the label that my heart soon swooned for after the reinterpretation of Sade's 'Hang on to your Love' seduced my ears with it's undeniable disco business. Harry Parsons along with a handful of other producers in Shadow City Soundsystem have served up these remarkable disco oriented sizzlers so far to keep your dancefloor HOT with two releases under their belt and another out next weekish. Peep their SoundCloud for a taste (even a freebie or two in there) but be sure you've got some water on hand. My faves are Harry Parson's 'You've Got Me' and 'Love Flow.'
In other news, our buddy Peter Croce has been uploading the back catalog of Stilove4music onto Bandcamp this week and it's chocked full of even more dang fire flames previously only available on wax. These started rolling out in the mid 2000's and are more than worthy of a brush through when you get some time away from looking at memes or quick and easy dinner video tutorials. Peter's got a hot release on Razor-N-Tape that's soon to drop too that ya boy will grab up with the swiftness so be on the look out in good record retailers online in the coming month.
Gonna leave you guys with a couple great reissues from the Mango label of Affinity's "Don't Go Away" & David Joseph's "You Can't Hide (Your Love From Me) (Larry Levan Mix)" available on Downtown304 while supplies last. Until next week peeps!
Sometimes you just want the filth, and the drug chug of Anteria from Cheap Present has dirt in spades (heh). There's a massive sparkly groove on its way from Aarmstrong, who releases Hold Tight on Solid State soon. Super fun for parties, and in a similar vein, you shoudl get all 'Slow & Salty' with Miguel Migs on this deep beast. Alright, one more (sorry i'm hungover) and it's 'For The Muchachos', showing why it's ok to forgive Sneak some of his bombast, when he's good, he's amazing, check out this collab with Demuir nowish.
Gotta start this weeks list of star stuff off with one from the land where it all began. That's right, it's the ole familiar story of amazing, hard to find music from Africa getting reissued, this time it's Thami Mdluli, also known as Professor Rhythm, and Mr. Bongo is doing the pressing. Mr. Mdluli was quite prolific during the 80s and 90s, producing, arranging, and playing on many different South African releases. Bafana Bafana itself is very much inspired by classic 90s house music, but there are plenty of other influences thrown in as well. Listen to and buy that one over here if ya like. No musical education would be complete without some history, and this week, I was lucky enough to come across an article about Medusa, a Chicago club I'd never heard of before. Primarily active in the 80s/90s, it was a teen club and juice bar that acted as a major hub for pretty much any form of counterculture at the time, with anything from post-punk, to RnB, to funk being played by the resident DJs. The article, put out by Chicago Mag, includes interviews from seemingly everyone involved with the place, the founder, employees, patrons, even the former Mayor and a police officer. I'm not going to lie, I got a little sad reading this article, as I didn't even know a teen club was a thing until recently, and couldn't help but think how different my life might be if I discovered the love for dancing in my teen years. But alas, no sad from me anymore, just hope you get a little inspired from reading it like I did, read that piece over here. That'll do it for me this week, other than that, I've been getting mentally prepped for the mind bender that Lindstrøm and Peter Croce have in store for us at Smartbar this weekend. I'm beyond excited to be able to get back up to Chicago, even though my bank account will be hating me after I leave Gramaphone. Rock over London, rock on, Chicago, and stay positive.