Big Shot Guest Mix 352: DJ Dobrel

DJ Dobrel Big Shot Guest Mix 352

With summer on the horizon and better times ahead of us, Dublin-based DJ/producer DJ Dobrel steps up to take control of Big Shot Guest Mix 352. After releasing his “So Far Away” collaboration with Szaby and Robbie Rosen released in March, he’s coming in h-o-t.

For his 14-track mix session, DJ Dobrel plunges into the deep end of house music’s vast ocean and navigates himself through a current of choice cuts by T.Markakis, Yotto, VIGI, Saison, Sebb Junior and Gorge.

“For this mix,” he tells us, “I went for a deep-in-the-summer feeling that takes me back to that lounge club we all love so much and desperately want to be back at.”

Hit the play button below and enjoy!

Big Shot Guest Mix 352: DJ Dobrel
1. Nic Joseph – All I Feel
2. Yotto – Another Riff For the Good Times
3. VIGI – Spontaneous Desires
4. DJ Dobrel – Tonight
5. Saison – Want You
6. Sebb Junior – My Luv 4 U
7. T.Markakis – That Jazz Feeling
8. Jess Bays – Every Little Thing
9. DJ Dobrel – The Way I Feel About You
10. Morris – Paris (DJ Dobrel Remix)
11. Prunk – Dreams
12. Love in Colour – Insecure World
13. Gorge – Erotic Soul (2020 Rework)
14. Gorge – Escape (Mihai Popuviciu Remix)

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A Conversation With House Music Pioneer Lil’ Louis [1995]

lil louis interview

Chicago DJ/producer Lil’ Louis isn’t one to do many interviews. However, in 1995 I was granted an audience with the trailblazing house music pioneer. At the time, Louis was living in Manhattan, and I spent a few hours with him at his studio on West 52nd Street. During our conversation, he recalled how he got into DJing, used his musical abilities to become a producer and how he came up with his classic 1989 track, “French Kiss.” The interview was published in issue 47 of Generator, a long-defunct British dance music magazine.

Images by Kevin Knight

“They used to laugh at me, but I saw the future…” – Lil’ Louis, ”New Dance Beat”

Mark Twain once said that a classic book is one which we’ve heard about, but never actually read. While that theory might be true in the world of literature, it doesn’t hold a drop of water in clubland. We all know that a classic track has the power to fire our imaginations, time and time again.

Lil’ Louis (real name: Marvin Burns) knows a thing or two about crafting effortless, left-of-center house music which has withstood the rigors of time. Where many producers regularly pay lip service to the ideals of avoiding formula and pushing the self-inflicted boundaries of popular music, Lil’ Louis has quietly let his work do the talking. Continue Reading

Soul Clap Launch Back 2 Love Collaboration Beer With Finback Brewery

SoulClap Back 2 Love Finback

Not only is April 22 Earth Day but it is also the release date for Soul Clap’s long-awaited new album, WTF (World Transformation Force), a sprawling 15-song affair featuring collaborations with Nona Hendryx, Desmond ‘DSP’ Powell, Harry Dennis, Rich Medina, Tra’zae Clinton and more.

To commemorate the album’s launch, Soul Clap’s Eli Goldstein and Charles Levine have collaborated with revered New York City craft brewery Finback on a limited-edition beer.

Named after one of Soul Clap’s new songs, Back 2 Love is a sour ale brewed with rhubarb and ruby red grapefruit. The brew clocks in at a quaffable 6 percent. Finback’s sours are as funky as Soul Clap’s music, so this is a match made in heaven.

On Earth Day, Finback’s Brooklyn studio will be livestreaming the release party for WTF with sets at 4 PM, 6 PM and 9 PM.

Proceeds from sales of the beer will go to Climate Justice Alliance.

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Biscits 5 Tracks Of The Moment

Biscits

Dance floors are a vital testing ground for DJs to debut unreleased tracks, see what works and make tweaks back in the studio. This invaluable real-time research has been helping mixmasters refine productions and remixes since the days of reel-to-reel machines.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic shut clubs and festivals in March 2020, U.K.-based DJ/producer Luke Jones (a.k.a Biscits) was able to road test the pair of brawny house tracks that comprise his upcoming Jungle Sounds EP out April 30 on Sola Records. It’s evident when you listen to the title track’s finely tuned big-room vibes and swinging beat of the tough-as-nails rager “Drum.”

Below Jones shares five tracks he can’t wait to drop once lockdown ends. Continue Reading