So I’ve been on a holiday from the blog for two days and I get crazy threats already! Well, I seem to have no choice but to get back to postin’. The other day, my friend DDD reminded me of an old swedish joint as he posted an old mix. Years ago I started to look for exclusive swede mixes when roaming the shelves in stockholm dusty stores and found many treasures as remix culture was big there. Most of the time the mixes were just edits, sometimes great sometime just serviceable, but occasionally, you’d get prime nuggets such as this Stonebridge one of Paris Grey‘s “Don’t make me jack“.
Sten Olof Hallström AKA Stonebridge is a swedish producer and mostly remixer who’s produced hundreds of hits and remixes as well as launching the great SweMix remix service. It’s well worth checking his discography for unknown dance floor gems as he’s proven great skills in making tracks becoming “Tracks!”
Hmmm… Alright, I guess we still want to jack despite the saturday morningness. Well, I’m sure we’re all gonna jack tonight at the Violence FM show at the Nouveau Casino in Paris, so here’s a few teasers!
Violence FM is one of the most interesting french dance music producer, thriving in analog sounds, Detroit, Chicago and EBM roots, he’s graced a few 12″s on Jamal Moss‘ Mathematics label, but the true gems of his discography lay on his Premier Sang EP and his upcoming Skylax release (check Confusion, genius!). Enjoy!
And here he takes us on a journey :
People familiar with my sets will probably recognize this. When I first discovered this some years ago, I couldn’t believe this wasn’t considered a classic, but I made my peace, played the shit out of it, and it now seems to have gained some new attention in this past year. Mark Imperial is a special case, a business man with a strong musical vision, at least for acid house : he got the basic structure pretty fluently, but what sets him apart from other acid knoblers is he indeed got a more musical sensibility with that then most. Probably more famous for his Laurent X‘s Machines and his 1985 hit “J’Adore Danser“, the cherry over the cake is this incredibly poetic track, a “She Ain’t Nuthin But A Hoe” that subtly makes the acid line run and turn every corner possible in the book, a thing of beauty with an infectious groove that possibly sounds even more relevant now than it did some 25 years ago!
Another classic acid line. Eh… It’s actually more of a great 808 bass line, but who cares when it’s such a great track! Few people know of this since it’s one of the more elusive Chicago 12″s, one that will cost you serious dough if you wanna include it to your bag. Code 3 is a weird little unit responsible for three cool little tracks between 1987 and 1989 (1996 also saw an unlikely resurgence, but it is far from noteworthy), and apart from the somewhat famous Duane Thamm Jr. (countless collaborations with the likes of Denise Motto, Chip E, House Master Baldwin, Crystalite, etc, and his glorious Knight Action project), you won’t find anyone there that did anything beyond this project. And that is sad because Antonio Suarez Jr, Yolanda Colon & S. Jammin-Lee have become heroes of mine, understanding so well the fundamentals of chi house and providing a coupla timeless underground classics that always manages to take the spotlight in my DJ sets.
Not acid but nevertheless balls :
Antonio Suarez JR also is responsible for the little nugget that Lisa Perez‘s “It’s Hot” is