STRICTLY RHYTHM IS BACK!!
Think soul, think Motown. Think jazz, think Blue Note. Think house, think Strictly Rhythm. Strictly Rhythm, the world’s most celebrated house music label, is back and that means both classic and new releases!
Strictly Rhythm has a vibrant history and has had a major influence on the development of house music and the careers of world famous artists such as Erick Morillo, Roger Sanchez, Armand Van Helden, Kenny Dope, Todd Terry, Louie Vega and Josh Wink – who are still known today as the elite of house music.
Strictly is amped to do what they do best, which is to get new exhilarating tracks out to house music fans. Their first all-new release features several of the label’s cherished old friends – Todd Terry, Kenny Dope and DJ Sneak, who have combined as the Todd Terry All Stars for the irresistibly catchy “Get Down” featuring the talented Tara McDonald on vocals. Strictly also has the single, “April” and album, “Beyond Elements” from the one and only Osunlade. The label is also thrilled to be teaming up with one of the brightest new talents in dance music, Quentin Harris, who’s creating a new EP and album for Strictly.
Masters at Work, better known as MAW to their mass of devoted fans, consists of world famous duo Louie Vega and Kenny Dope. Both originating from New York, the duo’s remix discography is an incredible catalogue of work, including mainstream artists from Madonna to Michael Jackson. As key producers of Strictly Rhythm, the duo underwent tough calls to select absolutely essential tracks for the compilation, including Barbara Tucker’s ‘I get lifted’ and ‘Beautiful People’. The most sought after duo came together to produce one unforgettable project.
Generating support from those at the very top of the DJ food chain, Marlon D introduces three tracks strong enough to warrant a solo release. The irreverent 'Jesus Creates Sound' is a drum lead affair, incorporating frenetic hi-hats and cymbal clashes, eerie effects and resulting in a heads-down stomper of a track. 'Deep Spiritual Journey' is, as the name suggests, deep, deep, deep. 'Dance 2 Da Beat' is without a doubt the most upbeat of the trio and has already proved to be a hit amongst the big name DJ's. With a bouncin' bass line and an equally bouncy vocal, this is set to prove that Marlon D is certainly one to watch.
Tiefschwarz, the uber-cool German producer DJs, are famed for their innovative productions and their ability to bring cutting edge electronic music to the mainstream without compromising their integrity. Alexander and Sebastian Schwarz, brothers and music lovers, dug deep to contribute gritty, electronic, stripped-down-sound tracks for the compilation. Their addiction to deep House is apparent in their selections. Opening with a sinister sounding ‘This Beat is Over’ while the mix goes on to highlight The Untouchables ‘Dance to the Rhythm’ and ‘Trippin’. Also includes Hardrive’s ‘Deep Inside’ and Aly-Us’ “Follow Me.’
UK SOUL BAND THABANI MAKE THEIR FIRST US APPEARANCE
Hailing from West London, Thabani, the Roots-Soul collective combine Soul, Afro and Groove influences to their potent mix of brilliant front line tunes with a modern contemporary edge.
Led by charismatic Zimbabwean singer and songwriter Tee Nyoni, together with a tight musical ensemble of brass, guitar, drums, African percussion and backing vocals, Thabani produce a classic 'Soulful Wall Of Sound.” Nyoni combines the energy of a young James Brown, the voice of Marvin Gaye and the songwriting influences of Curtis Mayfield and Fela Kuti!
Thabani is about to kick off their first tour of the US with four sets in New York City!!
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
OCT 18, 2007 Brooklyn, NY Black Betty’s
OCT 19, 2007 Brooklyn, NY Five Spot Soul Food
OCT 20, 2007 New York, NY Club Groove
NECTAR VOL. 2 | AGAVE RECORDS | RELEASED: OCTOBER 16, 2007
A rising house label, Agave Records, born out of the depths of the breaks capital of the world, Orlando, Florida, has stepped up to the plate with Chicago legend house DJ Johnny Fiasco to produce what is to be this year’s premier house compilation, Nectar Vol. 2. Referred to by many in the House community as a “DJ of DJ’s,” Johnny Fiasco’s new album, Nectar Vol. 2, is filled with fresh, sexy grooves and cool, subtle Latin jazz beats that will rock the house party or the iPod.
For Nectar Vol. 2, careful selection and tedious mixing have brought about a technical marvel sure to please club heads and professionals alike. Johnny Fiasco sat down with Agave’s A&R team to devise a track listing for Nectar Vol. 2 that serves both the chug and the bump. Artists such as Ian Pooley, The Sound Republic, Inland Knights, Joey Youngman and Vernon & Decosta have all found their way onto the second Nectar. Mix after mix passed over both their desks before finally agreeing on what is to be another quality project in this promising young Agave Records series.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
OCT 26, 2007 Denver, CO Vinyl
NOV 02, 2007 Honolulu, HI SoundBar
NOV 09, 2007 Miami, FL Laundry Bar
DEC 22, 2007 Chicago, IL Smartbar
LIVE AT THE PLAYBOY MANSION | DEFECTED RECORDS | RELEASED: OCTOBER 23, 2007
Silk smoking jacket and monogrammed slippers at the ready! The Playboy Playmates have arrived, the place is swarming with sexy Bunnies, and it’s time to party along to a package of the sexiest dance music since disco was invented. Bob Sinclar is playing live at the Playboy Mansion.
Aaaah, Bob Sinclar *strokes white cat on lap*… The man’s resume is impeccable with now legendary residencies at Paris’ Les Bains Douches and Le Palace kicking off a truly glittering career in which he has taken dance music to the very pinnacle of sophistication. Why else would he be chosen to set the world’s most famous pleasure dome on fire?
And Bob Sinclar, with his international ladies’ man reputation, fits in perfectly at that Playboy Mansion. His real name may be Christophe Le Friant, but – when he’s not deep undercover as Bob Sinclar – he’s known as Chris the French Kiss, a veritable Hugh Hefner of the decks with his devilish good looks, his way of winning over whole roomfuls of pretty people and his status as an after-dark superstar and spinner of glamorous dreams.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
NOV 03, 2007 Los Angeles, CA Vanguard
WEAPONS OF TOMORROW | MOIST MUSIC | OCTOBER 23, 2007
Fresh off the biggest Drum and Bass tour in America, Planet of the Drums, AK1200 will terrorize dance floors worldwide with the release of “Weapons of Tomorrow.” Dave Minner, crowned AK1200 by a local DJ for going “so fast it’s like an AK-47 on the 1200's”, is one of the pioneers of the Drum n Bass sound in the U.S.
As AK1200’s first actual concept CD, “Weapons of Tomorrow” exclusively features artists from all around the world who for the most part have been left undiscovered. Handpicking twenty tracks, worthy of carrying the DnB torch, from over three hundred submissions AK1200 produces an absolute thrill ride from start to finish.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
OCT 25, 2007 Las Vegas, NV Alexis Park Resort Hotel
OCT 27, 2007 Denver, CO Hallow Freak’n Ween
NOV 08, 2007 Baltimore, MD Mosaic
NOV 21, 2007 Brooklyn, NY The Hook
NOV 23, 2007 Dallas, TX Lizard Lounge
DEC 31, 2007 Los Angeles, CA LA Sports Arena
JIMMY VAN M
BALANCE 10.1 | EQ RECORDINGS | RELEASED: NOVEMBER 6, 2007
Yes, Jimmy Van M is back! After his epic 3CD effort that journeyed its way through a wide spectrum of genres and styles, Jimmy Van M increases the energy of the previous release with tunes from his favorite producers The mix starts off in style with an ambient intro written by Russian artists Moonbeam setting the mood in preparation for a journey through deep and haunting sounds, and highlighted by the Radioslave remix of Unkle’s “Burn My Shadow”. From here everything starts to take shape with more energy and atmosphere once Stephen Bodzin’s neo-trancer “Cucuma” bursts into the mix. Other highlights on the disc include Smith & Selway’s driving remix of Mauro Picotto and the stunning Moonbeam remix of Steve T’s “There were Lights” all transpiring into a selection of music that will appeal to all fans of upfront club music mixed to perfection.
Jimmy Van M has built a reputation on being among the most patient and sophisticated DJ's to be found globally. His ability to deliver music ranging from the deepest of early morning sessions to the most banging and driving peak-hour main-room affairs has kept him in place as one of the most urbane and global performers.
FLOW MOTION | KIITE RECORDS | RELEASED: NOVEMBER 6, 2007
Kiite Records will release for world-wide distribution Eccotonic’s debut CD Flow Motion. This is a down tempo electronica studio project by noted film composer and recording artist Cato. Based in Los Angeles with its incredible variety of human culture, Eccotonic aka Cato still retains a Scandinavian and Middle European artistic sensibility, and his background includes numerous solo electronica concerts, DJ-gigs and scoring cutting edge, European award-winning television shows. Mixing an eclectic palette of organic and electronic sounds, the music of Eccotonic represents the culmination of a body of work by Cato and his collaborators that spreads over the past several years. It is also a natural extension of his film scoring work, including the track “Cache” that incorporates musical elements from the award-winning film of the same name (Sundance Film Festival, 1998).
‘LITTLE’ LOUIE VEGA
BACK IN THE BOX | NRK RECORDS | RELEASED: NOVEMBER 13, 2007
Grammy Award winning, Masters At Work main man and house pioneer, ‘Little’ Louie Vega, steps up to the platters to mix the second installment of NRK’s Back In The Box series. Honing his skills on the NY club circuit in the mid-80s, Vega collaborated with Kenny “Dope” Gonzales for the Masters At Work project that has since gone on to spawn countless dance music “moments” (“I Can’t Get No Sleep”, “Work”, “To Be In Love”), and helped create and shape the house music sound as we know it. Quite simply, Vega has earned his stripes, and continues to win Grammy Awards, produce club hits, multi-instrumentation album projects, and DJ the world over.
Vega lays down a memory evoking 2 ½ hour mix over two CDs, giving stone cold classics a chance to shoulders rub with those tracks that worked it for Vega back in the day, but didn't necessarily break through to "classic" status. The track list reads like a "who's who" of dance history; Todd Terry, Blaze, Black Science Orchestra, Eric Kupper, Romanthony, Ralphie Rosario, Michael Watford....even Norman Cook makes a surprise entry under his Mighty Dub Katz guise!
So sit back and enjoy this romp down memory lane...