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We’re very happy to be back at it again in 2018 with this lovely mix and Q&A from Honey Disco’s, Hristo. I’ve been fortunate enough to play with him on two occasions and aside from being a wonderful host, he is a very talented DJ with a deep breadth of musical knowledge and a hell of a nice guy, to boot. So enjoy this mix and interview and stay tuned for more. Will be rolling them out as they come in this year. As always, will focus on quality over quantity. : )

Unity Gain Q&A:

1) Tell us a bit about yourself. Where you’re from, where you’ve been and where are you now?

I was born in the old Bulgarian Capital over 37 years ago. I grew up surrounded by my dad’s collection of records, record players, tape decks and an always-changing assortment of audiophile gear.

2) How do you feel this has influenced you musically and as a person?

They say the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, and that is very much true in my case. I learned about the “cosmic sound” from my dad and also some of the clues on how to search for more of what excites me.

3) What was the first record you ever bought and what was the first dance 12” or album?

My dad used to take me with him to music stores when I was a toddler just as I sometimes do with my son. I sure did try to tell him which records were good, just like my son does now ☺

I bought my first stack of records with my own money when I was 16 or 17 in the city of Burgas in Bulgaria. Me and some friends escaped summer camp and went there for the day and I picked up a Frank Zappa’s “Joe’s Garage” as I loved the tune “Lucille” on it. I can’t remember the other records that I got back then, I was not into dance records at that time.

My first 12” was by The Jones Girls – You Gonna Make Love Somebody Else

4) What was the first party you ever went to? Where was it? Who was playing and what do you remember about it?

I started going to rock and blues band parties from a very early age, but the first DJ focused dance party was one of the Metropolis parties in Bulgaria in the late 90’s in Plovdiv. It was Frank Muller from Berlin I believe. That changed everything for me, a new direction was set in my life. I don’t really listen or play music like that but the feeling of being surrounded by 5000 happy people was something much needed in Eastern Europe at that time.

5) What was the last party you went to? Where was it? Who was playing and what do you remember about it?

The last party I went to was at Copper Owl in Victoria, where I played alongside the one and only DJ Trever and Andrew Allsgood. We played African music the whole night. I remember the whole night and I feel super lucky to be playing music alongside such talented DJs.

6) Name one record that you lost, gave away, broke or got rid of that you wish you could have back.

There isn’t a single record I have given away that I would wish to get back I may end up buying it again, but I would never want to have it returned. I do however want to open up the dead space in the floors near the sound board at the Victoria event centre one day. I played a gig there years ago and a whole bunch of records ended up slipping through the cracks. Luckily, I don’t remember which ones they were, so I am ok ☺
7) Tell us a bit about this mix. Where was it recorded? What was your set-up? What was your state of mind?

This vinyl-only mix was recorded at my home in Victoria.  I didn’t really plan to record a mix, but someone that I am so crazy about bought a record a few days earlier by Yvonne Elliman that had a version of the Attitudes – In a Stranger’s Arms. It made me want to dig out the edit that I had and record it, and ended up with this recording. I’ve wanted to do a mix for Unity Gain for over a year now and I guess I needed the inspiration. I am super glad I finally found it. The last tune on the record was a gift from the very same close to my heart very special person as well, so most of the credit for this mix goes there if not all. ☺

This mix actually means a lot to me. I always need a real-life event to inspire me to do anything and I have been really inspired lately ☺
8) What was the last song or track you listened to?

At the time of writing this, I can tell you that the record on my turntable from last night is Mr. President – Hips Shaking. I can also tell you that there is a memory of a magical dinner and an almost empty bottle of red wine on the counter with two glasses beside it, and a big smile on my face and so much love in my heart………………..

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Unity Gain 013-Eduardo Turbo

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This week’s contribution comes to us all the way from Singapore and fine gentleman by the name of Eduardo Turbo. We met recently through our mutual love of music, writing, and rotary mixers and Ed ended up purchasing my Urei 1620 (which sadly, was damaged in shipping but that’s another story). Needless to say, we’ve become fast friends and I was happy to asked Ed to submit a mix for this series. Truth be told, I’ve been sitting on this one for a while so it is maybe more of a peak summer kind of mix but that’s my bad for not getting it up sooner. Enjoy!

1) Tell us a bit about yourself. Where you’re from, where’ve you’ve been and where are you now?

I grew up in a town called Warrington in the northwest of England, twenty miles either side you’ve got Liverpool to the West and Manchester to the East. I spent a couple of summers in Chicago in my late teens, my university years in Birmingham before moving to Japan for 5 years. I moved back to the UK, a few years back in the north and then 12 years in London. I just moved to Singapore last year.

2) How do you feel this has influenced you musically and as a person?

My mum had the radio on all the time when we were kids, and so I’ve got really strong memories of pop music and disco growing up. I was in high school when the wave of Manchester bands were starting out so I was really into guitar based stuff then, although I always liked the synth bands and the early house records. I can remember hearing Lil Louis ‘French Kiss’ on a proper system at an under 16’s disco when it came out and it blew my mind. I got the bug for rave and house from my friend Gerry in 92 in Chicago and did a lot of clubbing in Birmingham at two nights called Crunch and Wobble and back in Warrington at ‘The World’ and I think these places really influenced how I DJ. Warrington brought a strong black music influence from a DJ called Barry May. In Birmingham Jon Hollis, Mark Jarman and Phil Gifford used to play really eclectic sets of house, but you’d hear the odd bit of disco or soul, synth or hip hop and so I still always look to avoid sticking rigidly to one genre or even one era. It’s all dance music. I survived on a load of tapes people used to send me and imported CD’s when I moved to Tokyo and then hit on a total treasure chest of house vinyl in this tiny country town in Japan before I left and that was when I got my first DJ gig.

I thought I was getting a bit old for going out, when my mate Danny moved to London and started asking me to go to nights with him. Before I knew it he was promoting events and there were a big group of us going out together to Buzzin Fly, 2020 parties and ‘A Love from Outer Space’ with Andy Weatherall and Sean Johnston and putting on nights and heading to Croatia and Ibiza. Guess it’s in the blood. I still love it.

4) What was the first party you ever went to? Where was it? Who was playing and what do you remember about it?

My grandpa was an audiophile, he had this record player with an old 70’s amp and some massive bakelite earphones (one for the kids that!) and some vinyl from the late 60’s early 70’s, The Beatles, Beach Boys, The Animals. He used to play them every Sunday and me and my brothers would go apeshit to them to the point where we’d be so hot and over excited we’d get timed out. Not much has changed apart from my energy levels!

5) What was the last party you went to? Where was it?

I’ve just got back from a week in Ibiza, saw Leon Vynehall playing at Pikes. Before that is was Danny Krivit in London.

6) Name one record that you lost, gave away, broke or got rid of that you wish you could have back.

My first ever single Madness ‘Baggy Trousers’. I had a small collection of 45’s from when I was a kid that disappeared when my parents moved house. So that box with all those in.

7) Tell us a bit about this mix. Where was it recorded? What was your set-up? What was your state of mind?

Recorded in our apartment in Singapore on Technics 1200 mk 5’s and Pioneer CDJs an old Gemini mixer. It’s the kind of mix that would go down well on a terrace in summer, upfront ecstatic dance music. I mainly do warm up, downtempo sets these days but this one builds and builds. It’s full of bittersweet positivity, that’s what house (and disco) is about for me. Rare I go above 120bpm these days, but I enjoyed doing this. Thanks for having me, I’m really honoured.

8 What was the last song or track you listened to? Can I have two?!

Mr Bird ft Greg Blackman – Over and Over Again (Ashley Beedle’s North Street remix) – great vocalist, nice bit of modern soul.

https://m.soundcloud.com/bbemusic/mr-bird-feat-greg-blackman-over-again-ashley-beedles-north-street-mix

And

Alice Coltrane – Journey into Satchidananda

https://youtu.be/TQtEFdyhgdE

Been listening to a lot of jazz recently, this is so HEAVY the air seems to thicken when you listen to it.

Tracklist

Terrence McKenna The Secret (spoken)
Michael Chapman Lescudjack (Lexx edit)
LTJ Xperience You Will Know
Terrence McKenna No matter how weird (Spoken)
Lovebirds National
Cisco Cisco Jazzy Days (Ron Basejam remix)
Discotron Slicker Than Your Average (original mix)
Nitro DeLuxe Let’s Get Brutal (Brutal House Mix)
Lovebirds with Ste Downes Love’s Like Dancin
Ron and Neil Tears (Original Mix)
Reverso 68 Piece Together Part 1
78 Edits Wanting You (78s Faraway dub)
Dino Lenny and Doorly The Magic Room (Dino Lenny & Seth Troxler Re edit)
Alkalino Suspicious Mind
Jay Shepheard and Pete Herbert Parador
Terrence McKenna Taboo (Spoken)
Sunscreem Perfect Motion (Boys Own Mix)
Lindstrøm Closing Shot
The Units Tight Fit (Klein MBO remix)
Juliet Sikora Larrys Garage
Fatback Band Spanish Hustle
Jean Carne Was That All It Was (John Morales M&M mix)

Karl Spackler & DJ ShmeeJay-Ain’t No Big Thing

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No show this week but I’m happy to share this mix by your’s truly and my main man, DJ ShmeeJay.

We met years ago in the early days of Soundcloud and bonded over the fact that we both posted mixes for the summer Solstice and our shared, northern heritage with him hailing from Sweden and me, from the Yukon. Fast forward a couple years later and we found ourselves together in Seattle, having an absolute blinder of a weekend at the city’s Decibel Festival.

Needless to say, we’re friends to this day and I was more than happy to make this mix for his long-running show, Ain’t No Big Thing on Box Frequency FM.

Hope you enjoy it – KS

Ain’t No Big Thing Radio Show

 

Unity Gain 012 – Chrisulloa

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This week’s selection comes to us from down the Pacific Coast. San Diego and Pacific Beach Vinyl to be precise and is put together by a young DJ named, Chrisulloa who I came across when he was warming up a live stream for Tiago last year. It’s a nice little trip back through some late 90’s house before switching into a bit of disco and tripped out goodness.

As always, here’s a bit more about the man in his own words:

1) I’m a southern California native, grew up in the desert but now living in San Diego. I spend my free time collecting records and doing programming projects. Usually scout thrift stores, record stores, and discogs for my music.

2) I grew up listening to dance music. Kept it mostly to myself until I came to San Diego and met likeminded folks. I started helping out at Pacific Beach Vinyl and grew into all this disco I had never been exposed to before. Also spend a lot of time at M-Theory records picking up whatever Detroit records I can find.

3) First record I ever bought was Soichi Terada – Sunshower. He’s been a big influence on what I listen to now.

4) First party I ever went to was Todd Edwards in downtown LA. I remember some guy tripping on acid in the middle of the dance floor and a lot of great music from all the djs.

5) I saw Shanti Celeste & Invisible City on a rooftop in downtown LA. It was a strange crowd with a lot of shirtless people but that just means I had a great time.

6) Haven’t lost anything valuable yet. Though I’ve only been collecting for 5 years.

7) This was recorded in my bedroom on a Denon mixer and two 1200s. The mix is a collection of things I’ve been picking up around town and online. I had spent the morning baking in the sun, took a nap, and decided I’d make a mix. I think it came out alright hope you enjoy!

8) Last song I listened to Tomorrow’s People on Open Soul

Tracklist:

  1. Solid Gold Playaz – Shhh…(Quiet) [Silver Network] 0:00-5:30
  2. Charly Brown – The Sub Club Pt.1 [Guidance Recordings] 5:30-13:00
  3. Masters at Work – Moonshine [MAW Records] 13:00-17:30
  4. Mood II Swing – Call Me [Music For Your Ears] 17:30-21:00
  5. Marcus Turcotte – Sax Appeal [DNH Records] 21:00-25:30
  6. Josh Brent – Heaven [Peacefrog] 25:30-29:30
  7. Isis – In Essense [Kool Groove Records] 29:30-35:00
  8. Faze Action – Original Disco Motion [Nuphonic] 35:00-40:00
  9. Cerrone – Give Me Love [Atlantic] 40:00-47:00
  10. Bjørn Torske – Brus [Smalltown Super Sound] 47:00-49:30
  11. Larry Joseph & Science – You Turn Me On [Smokin’] 49:30-54:00
  12. The Wizard and the Prince – The Wiz is a Genius [City Limits] 54:30-57:30
  13. Verb & Brother Marquis – Where Da’ Party At (Instrumental) [Lil’ Joe Records’] 57:30-1:01:00

Unity Gain 011-Omar Santis

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Well, after a brief hiatus, we’re happy to be back with this mix from Stockholm’s, Omar Santis. Subtle and understated, this one just sort of cruises along at a nice, smooth chug. Have a listen and read below for a bit about the man in his own words:

1) Tell us a bit about yourself. Where you’re from, where’ve you’ve been and where you are now?

I’m Omar Santis, Aka: O-Boogie born in Chile and now living in Stockholm.

2) How do you feel this has influenced you musically and as a person?

I guess that because of the financial stability our family found here in Sweden, my parents could afford to buy me records and tapes. In Chile, it was hard just making money for food. And I don’t know what my music taste would be like if I’d stayed there, I’m not really into latin music.

I was a big fan of YO! MTV Raps when I was a kid, that molded me for better or worse 🙂

3) What was the first record you ever bought and what was the first dance 12” or album?

It was Naughty By Nature – Uptown anthem 12″ from Pitch Control, then the first Cypress Hill album on CD, but i think the very first might have been Madonna’s first record, i got that when my parents got our first CD-player

4) What was the first party you ever went to? Where was it? Who was playing and what do you remember about it?

My homeys Flaco’s birthday party, we had some Public Enemy tapes and tried to breakdance. Probably did the Lambada too.

5) What was the last party you went to? Where was it? Who was playing and what do you remember about it?

It was Bastuklubben (Saunaclub) in Stockholm, a party in an old gymnastics hall. I remember it was fun but too drunk to remember anything else that was going on.
I think Mr Top Hat was playing in the small room and there was pain-in-the-ass Gabba music in the main room.

6) Name one record that you lost, gave away, broke or got rid of that you wish you could have back.

My first 12″ Naughty By Nature – Uptown Anthem,

7) Tell us a bit about this mix. Where was it recorded? What was your set-up? What was your state of mind?

It’s mixed on a pair of cdjs. My needles are wack and I have to buy new ones so I just did a digital thing with old smooth tracks. I was relaxed in my underwear, it was raining outside and I was snacking on a chicken salad.

8) What was the last song or track you listened to?

I started my day at the office with Mobb Deep – Shook Ones pt. II
It’s better then coffee in the morning,
Makes you wanna punch your boss in the face type stuff 🙂

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Long Weekend Madness

No show this week but enjoy this awesome selection of chordy bangers from my friend, compadre, and old-time music partner, Nick Redway. Serious business.

Have a Happy Canada Day if you’re into that and if not, have an awesome weekend!

 

One to Ten: In The Bag…

Well, after ten shows, I have to say that I’m pretty happy with the way this has gone so far. Although my primary motivation was the somewhat selfish one of just collecting mixes from my favourite people and DJs and keeping them in one easily accessible location, I think it’s gone beyond that and has helped to broaden my (and hopefully your) musical horizons. We’re going to tread some housier ground for the next few. Hope you enjoy them

Excelsior!

KS

Unity Gain 010 – Los Porcos

 

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As someone who once loved, but also sort of loathes the slavish monotony of continuous DJ mixes, it’s nice to get the occasional submission that does like Barry White says and just lets the music play. It also doesn’t hurt when said music is, generally speaking, excellent. This selection from mysterious Adriatic Chill-Masters, Los Porcos, is one of those submissions.

Although I only discovered Los Porcos after their 2014 release on Is It Balearic? front-man, Timm Sure’s sub-label, UBER, it’s safe to say they’ve rapidly become one of my go-to’s for proper chill vibes with a sound that floats languidly between Lucio Battisti and vintage Cafe Del Mar.

So without further ado, please enjoy this lovely “Adriatic” mix from Los Porcos, our 10th installment and a family favourite around the Boland/Spackler household or as my daughter likes to call it, “that mix with the Spanish guitar.”

And as always, you can read a little more about the man in his own words here:

1) Tell us a bit about yourself. Where you’re from, where you’ve been, and where are you now?

My name is Porco Mio. I live in New Pork City but originally am from a small island in the Adriatic Sea.

2) How do you feel this has influenced you musically and as a person?

I have an island mentality. Sometimes I fly back to my home to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.

3) What was the first record you ever bought and what was the first dance 12” or album?

The first record I ever bought was Memoires D’Elephant, a compilation by Cracki records.

4) What was the first party you ever went to? Where was it? Who was playing and what do you remember about it?

The first party I went to was tequila shots with the pigs in Elephant and Castle, London.

5) What was the last party you went to? Where was it? Who was playing and what do you remember about it?

I went to see Omar S last month at Hidden in Manchester, seamless mixing!

6) Tell us a bit about this mix. Where was it recorded? What was your set-up? What was your state of mind?

This mix was recorded at our studio with two laptops into a Numark` mixer. The last mix we made was “Approaching Isla de Los Porcos” so this mix was made as an early evening on the island…

8) What was the last song or track you listened to?

Transfer Station Blue by Michael Schreive, span by Annabelle Fraser at Soup Kitchen.

 

So there you have it.  Check out Los Porcos, Jesus Luvs U Baby on UBER here:

 

And their new jam, Endless Summer is AMAZING!!! Check it here:

 

And follow here:

 

Unity Gain 009 – Peter Croce

 

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I came across Peter Croce in about the most organic and yet, technological way possible. I heard a track on a mix and immediately hunted it down. The track was Ice Accountant by Man vs. Indian Man and the mix was the Winter Fever Mix by Chicago’s Marty Mars (all worth checking out) which was on a little label from Detroit called, Rock Steady Disco  and although I didn’t know it at the time, it was helmed by none other than, you guessed it, Peter Croce.

Peter describes himself as one of the next generation of DJs in Detroit that are working to continue the fabled city’s, rich musical legacy and although he’s only been collecting records for four years, he gets it. Now living in Chicago, I have no doubt he’s doing his best to soak up all that city has to offer as well.

So enjoy Peter’s mix here:

 

And as always, here’s a bit more about the man in his own words.

Links and tracklist below interview.

1) Tell us a bit about yourself. Where you’re from, where’ve you’ve been and where are you now?

Hey! Thanks for having me through the Unity Gain mix series. The name’s Peter Croce, aka Mr. PC. I’m from Detroit, which will forever be my spirit home. Currently residing in Chicago due to some life circumstances that are out of my control.

2) How do you feel this has influenced you musically and as a person?

Detroit is the most musical city in the world. People in our industry tend to pigeonhole it as a “Techno City” but that’s BS. Detroit has been cranking out some of the greatest musicians, producers, and DJs for almost a century now. Living in Detroit taught me that good music is good music. It taught me not to get pigeonholed into a scene or a sound. It taught me to take some risks and reach out to your heroes. For example, I ended the mix with an official edit I did of Jean-Luc Ponty’s “Dance Of The Spirits”, coming out the end of this month on MotorCity Wine Recordings. I was playing my edit of it on a thumbstick at MotorCity Wine one night, and Derrick May came up to me to trainspot it. He knew the track, but he was wondering who did the edit. When I told him that I did it, he told me to email Ponty to see if he’d want to put it out. Ponty and his agent bit!

Detroit also taught me to not wait for anyone to come along and help you— do it yourself or, better yet, do it together. You definitely don’t have to ask for permission, just go for it.

Also, being one of the younger cats in the scene, it has continued to have an impression on me by forcing me to dig for new stuff continually. I have fond memories of some older heads laughing at me for playing Kerri Chandler’s “Rain” or MAW’s “Diamond Life”. Of course, those songs are great, but they said something along the lines of, “Oh yeah we used to dance to this a lot… 15 years ago!”

3) What was the first record you ever bought and what was the first dance 12” or album?

I’m having a hard time recalling the first ever record I bought but I know it was at Car City, formerly in Harper Woods, MI (RIP). It was probably Led Zeppelin or Allman Brothers or something like that. First dance 12” was Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5’s “The Message”. Still got that copy.

4) What was the first party you ever went to? Where was it? Who was playing and what do you remember about it?

Well, being younger, my whole introduction to the party scene was quite different from most. I got into electronic music because at my middle school and high school dances the “deejays” (I use this term lightly here) would have “the techno part” of their set, where they would play Daft Punk, “Sandstorm”, some stuff like that. When I went off to college I started listening to a lot of Rinse FM, and finally, I found a weekly party in Lansing, MI called Neon Tuesdays at Mac’s Bar. This was back when Electro House (or I think some people call it Blog House?) was pretty big and the vibes weren’t always right, but the guy who taught me to mix records (AKDJ) would play there from time to time. He was really the only cat playing records and starting at one tempo and ending at another, and beatjuggling, and generally just giving a shit about what he was playing.

The first memories I have of dancing my ass off to some real-deal house music was at MotorCity Wine back in 2013. I know— not that long ago! It was Jit Wiggins’s birthday party, and he had a ton of DJs come throw down like 30-45 min sets. That’s when I was introduced to Shelter stuff (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uIdG4824CI), Joey Negro (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43EysDtRMVk), and stuff like that. I have the most ridiculously fond memories of that night.

5) What was the last party you went to? Where was it? Who was playing and what do you remember about it?

Ron Trent was throwing a party at Cerise, the rooftop of the Virgin Hotel here in Chicago just last Saturday. He had Duane Powell and Kwest with him too. It was a Sunday evening, it was 90º with a breeze, and the soundsystem was sounding really nice. Even though there’s not a huge dance floor up there people were getting down. Ron is a consummate professional, and always plays with his soul no matter the venue. I got to hang out with Robert Williams that night, and show him how to add me on Facebook on his phone haha. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

6) Name one record that you lost, gave away, broke or got rid of that you wish you could have back.

This is totally a lame answer but I’ve only been collecting records for about 4 years, and I’ve barely sold any. So I don’t have many regrets on that front. I did have a copy of Theo Parrish’s remix of LCD Soundsystem’s “45:33” warp on me before my eyes because I was playing outside without a tent, but I just bought a new copy. I wish I held onto more copies of my label’s Pontchartrain’s Hard Love Edits [RSD-SE01]. I have 2 left unplayed. Rookie move.

7) Tell us a bit about this mix. Where was it recorded? What was your set-up? What was your state of mind?

I went for some pretty crucial Loft vibes on this one. I finally got my custom Condesa in the mail after waiting 11 months the day before I recorded it, so suffice to say I was hyped to bang. That being said, I kept the banging for the second half of the set. I recorded it right after waking up on a Sunday afternoon. The first half is pretty much exclusively beautiful esoteric loft style cuts that I’ve always wanted to play in a mix, before using Blair French’s “Standing Still Is An Illusion” [RSD006] to segue from loft/jazz cuts to more housey cuts. I wanted to keep it palatable at 60 minutes, but wanted to hit some breadth and depth too. It definitely leans more towards listening than dance though, unless you play it through the right sound system. 😉

It was recorded at my apartment on the west side of Chicago. I recorded it with two Technics 1200mk2 and my custom Condesa. The very first full track was played from my phone (lol) because it only got a digital release. Every other cut (including the intro) is on vinyl.

😎 What was the last song or track you listened to?

Lee Ritenour’s “Countdown (Captain Fingers)”. Ron Trent played it at his Ticket To The Warehouse party in Detroit a couple weekends ago, and I can’t stop listening to it.

Tacklist:

Nois Land – Big Kahuna OUTRO [Fat Finger Cosmic]
Auntie Flo & Esa – Mother Theresa [Highlife World Series]
Jim Morrison – Oh Great Creator [Dedikate Edits]
Steps Ahead – Old Town [Elektra Musician]
Cassandra Wilson – Voodoo Reprise (Joe Claussell Remix) [Blue Note]
Rick Wilhite – Saldubsa [Stilove4music]
Blair French – Standing Still Is An Illusion [Rocksteady Disco]
Trinidadian Deep – Native Bush [Perpetual Rhythms]
Young Wolf – Kabuki [Themes For Great Cities]
Jean-Luc Ponty – Dance of the Spirits (Peter Croce Re-Edit) [MotorCity Wine Recordings] Nois Land – Big Kahuna OUTRO [Fat Finger Cosmic]

Be sure to follow Peter at:

https://www.petercroce.com

https://rocksteadydisco.bandcamp.com

Unity Gain 008 – Randal

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We’re picking up the pace again here as we board the rave train to trip town with this mix from my long-time friend and neighbour, Randal Duplantis. A devotee of Jeno, The Wicked Crew, and the Void school, Randal’s sets are all about the “journey” and this mix is no exception. Packed with outdoor party tracks and rave trippers, the first half reminds me of some of the sounds I was hearing when I first started going to parties in the mid-late 90’s, whereas the second gradually settles into a somewhat softer groove. Having first met Randal when he played an outdoor Solstice party that my wife and I threw on Vancouver Island back in 1999, it’s been a pleasure to get to know him since and enjoy his music over the years, just as it’s a pleasure to host his mix today.

 

Here’s a bit more about Randal in his own words:

1) Tell us a bit about yourself. Where you from, where’ve you been and where are you now?

My name is Randal. I was born in Montreal, raised in Ottawa, and have lived in Vancouver for 18years .

2) How do you feel this has influenced you musically and as a person?

Musically, I would say I used this opportunity (thank you btw) to compile some of my favourite records that were exposed to me, by some of my biggest influences, and salt n peeper a little current music in there for good measure. Personally, I’d say this helped me work on finding a way to tell a more abbreviated tale (I tend to be partial to extended sets) with music.

3) What was the first record you ever bought and what was the first dance 12” or album?

I grew up in a very musical family. I have been surrounded by LP’s on vinyl for as long as I can remember. The first thing from the disco era that got me really excited was Bony M’s ‘night flight to venus” I was just a little kid. My brother was six years older, and we collected all kinds of rock, heavy metal, and some pop like Prince and MJ, I still have some of those records in my collection. The first records I bought for myself were during my adolescent Punk Rock years.

4) What was the first party you ever went to? Where was it? Who was playing and what do you remember about it?

As a member of a family of three drummers as well as other musicians, I have been attending live music events and helping schlep gear since I was a wee lad. The fist proper rave I went to was in 1994 at a ski resort just outside of Ottawa.

5) What was the last party you went to? Where was it? Who was playing and what do you remember about it?

I try my best to get out and support the local scene in Vancouver as much as I can. As a family person, it can be difficult to attend everything, so I try to support friends and make an effort when someone I like comes through town. The last proper rave I went to was Wicked’s 25th anniversary in San Fransisco last summer. Best thing (DJ) Iv’e seen since then was Kenny Dope playing an all 7″set a few months ago.

6) Name one record that you lost, gave away, broke or got rid of that you wish you could have back.

Too many records! If there was one, I’m I sure I can let it go at this stage in my life.

7) Tell us a bit about this mix. Where was it recorded? What was your set-up? What was your state of mind?

This is an all Vinyl compilation, as some of these records have heavy thumping kick drums, it will be best enjoyed on a pair of decent speakers or quality headphones. I recorded it in my home studio space, I use 2 technics 1200 mk2’s, a Rane MP2014 rotary mixer, out to zoom’s H4N handy recorder. My state of mind was what it always is, to have fun, be grateful and honour the artists who’s music I chose to share, to be grateful and respect the other DJ’s and friends in my life who helped me discover some of this music, and hope that someone else out there might feel what I felt the first time I heard some of these beats.

8) What was the last song or track you listened to?

Was listening to Rodriguez earlier

 

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