Shigeto Eyes Dance Floor on ‘The New Monday’

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After recently announcing his ZGTO collaboration with fellow Detroiter and emerging Bruiser Brigade member ZelooperZ, Shigeto (a.k.a. Zach Saginaw) has announced the upcoming release of his next full-length solo album, The New Monday.

Set for release on October 6, the LP finds the Motor City musician veering toward the dance floor.

Today Shigeto revealed the video for the first track “Detroit Part II.” It’s a black and white clip influenced by the ’90s sounds he was weened on as well as his recent move back to the city after living in Brooklyn for a number of years.

In October Shigeto will embark o a two-month tour dubbed MMXVII.

Purple Pantone Shade Honors Prince

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Here’s a collaboration we can get behind: Prince’s estate has partnered with the Pantone Color Institute to create a standardized custom color to honor Prince, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 57.

According to a missive, the (naturally) purple hue, represented by his “Love Symbol #2” was inspired by his custom-made Yamaha purple piano, which was originally scheduled to go on tour with the performer before his untimely death.

Related: Read an Interview With Prince Conducted at Paisley Park in 1999

“The color purple was synonymous with who Prince was and will always be. This is an incredible way for his legacy to live on forever,” said Troy Carter, Entertainment Advisor to Prince’s Estate.
Obligatory press release gush from Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute: “We are honored to have worked on the development of Love Symbol #2, a distinctive new purple shade created in memory of Prince, ‘the purple one.’ A musical icon known for his artistic brilliance, Love Symbol #2 is emblematic of Prince’s distinctive style. Long associated with the purple family, Love Symbol #2 enables Prince’s unique purple shade to be consistently replicated and maintain the same iconic status as the man himself.”

The Estate is speaking with various partners about collaboration on products that incorporate the custom The Prince Estate and Pantone Unveil Love Symbol #2 logo color.

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Francis Harris Goes Beyond Clubland With Kingdoms

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When Brooklyn-based Francis Harris splashed upon the global dance scene under his Adultnapper alias a handful of years ago, his unique sound and musical sensibility caught the attention of ‘heads in the know. One release led to another, and before long the Las Vegas native soon began traveling the world as his profile rose. He released his debut album, Leland, in 2012. Before long he was in a coveted position to take center stage. Along the way, Harris took a purposeful turn off a path that was leading him to DJ superstardom.

Harris ditched his production moniker and began exploring musical styles that go beyond the dance floor. He started Scissor & Thread with French DJ Anthony Collins, Output co-owner/Halcyon shop owner Shawn Schwartz and Atlanta’s Soco Audio boss Michael Scott. The imprint was “cut from a different cloth than your average label.”

His reinvention didn’t stop there. This month he announced the launch of Kingdoms, a new label endeavor not directly tied to releasing music for the dance floor. Though it’s early days, Kingdoms will serve as a platform to release everything from ambient to heady electronic music.

The fall will see Kingdom’s first release in the form of Swan & Odette, a new album from Aris Kindt. The project is comprised of Harris and longtime collaborator Gabriel Hedrick. The full-length is due out October 20 and picks up where 2015’s Floods on Scissor and Thread left off.

Francis Harris is perched at an interesting crossroads in his career. We connected with him via email to discuss Kingdoms and the upcoming LP by Aris Kindt.

What led you to launch Kingdoms?
Francis Harris: I suppose as you get older, you get more stubborn. Partnering up with someone with A&R (Scissor and Thread) is a great experience, but it’s always somewhat of a compromise. I wanted the opportunity to explore the music closest to my own tastes in a way that is completely unhinged from a process of mutual agreement. Kingdoms will be as pure of an expression of my musical tastes as I’ve ever produced. Whether or not my tastes translate into record sales remains to be seen!

Did you bring any specific learnings from running Scissor & Thread to Kingdoms?
Scissor and Thread evolved into more of a club label, mostly because my partner Anthony Collins and I were touring so heavily as a deep-house act. Naturally the records were a reflection of our sets. Circumstances have now changed, and I want an opportunity to have a label that is not tied necessarily to clubland (although some records may still have club leanings). Rather, I want to just release records that are not a reflection of anything but a passion for the music.

“I’d like to leave success out of the picture with Kingdoms. Success is metric best suited for reducing desire to the metrics of capital.”

You’ve worked as Aris Kindt before but how did his new LP come to be the first release for Kingdoms?
In a lot of ways, Aris Kindt was never meant for Scissor and Thread. I felt it fell mostly fell to periphery given it was out of context with the rest of the catalogue. The dreamy, shoe gazey wall of noise seems an ideal fit of the adventurous nature of Kingdoms.

Where do you hope Kingdoms will be in a year? What will be your personal metric of success?
I’d like to leave success out of the picture with Kingdoms. Success is metric best suited for reducing desire to the metrics of capital. My hope is that Kingdoms continues to explore the beauty of music as pure mode of expression.

Dany Rodriguez August 2017 Chart

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  1. Ben Long – “Open Doors” (EPMmusic)
  2. DJ Surgeles – “Men In Black” (Axis)
  3. Dany Rodriguez – “D-Funk” (RMR)
  4. Mark Broom – “LX” (EPMmusic)
  5. Robert Hood – “Unix (S-File Remix)” (unreleased)
  6. Avision – “Excess” (Beard Man)
  7. Dany Rodriguez – “D’Visions” (RMR)
  8. Ben Long – “Open Doors (Chris McChormack Remix)” (EPMmusic)
  9. David Carretta – “Never Control” (GND)
  10. Dany Rodriguez – “Expo 97” (RMR)

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish.

Premiere: Secluded – Do It Right

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Glasgow-based techno troubadour Secluded (pictured above) is the eponymous artist and label project from Stephen Gorrie, who is known to many as Hans Bouffmyhre, the owner of the influential Sleaze Records.

After dropping the riveting Beyond Thunder EP in March featuring remixes by Roberto and Bleak, Bouffmyhre strikes again with his hard-hitting Do It Right EP, wielding interpretations by the aforementioned Roberto and Xpansul.

We’re extremely pleased to world premiere the title track, an unrelenting peak-hour Detroit style romp that won’t techno for an answer.

“‘Do It Right’ is a track which perfectly demonstrates my Secluded sound,” he says of the track. “It’s a heavy number with plenty of groove, two catchy chord sequences perfectly overlapping and a vocal stab. It has a bit of an intense party vibe and has been having a great impact in my sets during the peak moments.”

Listen below and check the full release on August 14.

Trailblazing Circuit DJ Wendy Hunt Commits Suicide

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Wendy Hunt, a club DJ who broke ground in the male-dominated circuit party scene in the disco era, has died at the age of 64, according to a Facebook post from her sister, Kavita Hunt. Hunt died on August 7 not long after creating a Sundown mix for 102.7 The Beach Miami.

“With a broken heart, we share with you that Wendy Hunt – known in her beloved world of music as DJ Wendy Hunt, or Wendella Blendella, or the Queen Mother of Disco – left this world on August 7. For all of us, this is a tremendous loss. Beyond words.

“Wendy was an exceptional DJ whose keen ear and skillful hands brought forth music that packed dance floors and delighted flaggers from Boston to Florida and across the US. She was passionate about her craft, and was never more content than when mixing music – live, or on media – from 1974 ’till just this past Sunday afternoon on the Sundown mix. Expressing her vast creativity through the medium of music, sharing her passion with dancers and flaggers, Wendy brought joy and transcendent experiences to us all.”

Her sister added that Wendy had fought her demons courageously for many years. “Behind the public eye, Wendy often walked a delicate balance between living and dying. In recovery from cocaine and alcohol addictions, wrestling with the rigors of bi-polar disorder and post-traumatic stress, Wendy did what was within her power to wake up each morning and see the day through. After decades of struggle and suffering – some shared publicly, though most she endured privately – Wendy took her own life.”

Hunt was born in Glendale, CA and was raised in Marblehead, MA. After high school she moved to Boston and began DJing in the early 1970s, a time when DJing was evolving as an art form and dominated by men. Her time behind the decks spinning disco at the 1270 club in Boston is legendary. She was also a regular at Boston’s Avalon nightclub.

“In 1974, I was a ‘novelty’ as a female DJ,” she said in an interview. “In addition, I was considered one of the best DJ’s in the Boston nightclub industry. If I was known for anything, it would be my smooth transitions from one song to another and my ability to know what my crowd wanted, in some cases, before they did! A big part of DJ’ing is a ‘head’ thing… you have to read your crowd and cater to them.”

Hunt’s disco sets were also popular at South Beach clubs and events like Winter Party and White Party.

Hunt’s sister has set up a YouCaring page in order to pay for final arrangements. “Many of Wendy’s friends have asked if they can help in any way. As Wendy was of few means at this stage in her life, we would be most grateful for financial assistance with her cremation and memorial arrangements, and otherwise concluding her final affairs. Thank you for any support you can offer. It means more than you can imagine.”