Iconic House Producer Boyd Jarvis Has Passed Away

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Legendary house music producer/songwriter/musician Boyd Jarvis has passed away, according to reports on social media. He’s thought to have been 59 or 60.

Jarvis, whose amazing career extended three decades, was best known for Visual’s “The Music Got Me,” a song he co-wrote with Jason Smith, released in 1983 on Prelude Records. He famously co-hosted WBLS’ Saturday Night Dance Party with the Shelter’s Timmy Regisford, whom he frequently worked with on a variety of projects and labels.

Among his many credits, Jarvis collaborated with DJ/producers including Joe Claussell, Louie Vega, François Kevorkian, David Morales, John “Jellybean” Benitez, and Merlin Bobb as well as who’s who of artists Herbie Hancock, La Toya Jackson, Prince, Madonna and Johnny Kemp. He recorded for a spate of dance labels including King Street, Trax, Wave Music, Movin’ and Dance Tracks.

Jarvis is also said to have discovered the house music singer Colonel Abrams, who died in 2016.

In 2016, Boyd was diagnosed with cancer and underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

We’ll have more on this breaking story.

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The Music’s Got Me.. @boydjarvis#RIP lots of love, rest in power. @LSL_NYC Radio 7pm tonight 99.5fm @WBAIhttps://t.co/gIaJmvuJWK Today still uncomfortably numb from the news, more to come. pic.twitter.com/9xcuEvQoPR

RIP Boyd Jarvis. Thank you for laying the groundwork for us all. https://t.co/g1JDGWXnHV

Rest in power Boyd H. Jarvis – thank you for your immeasurable contribution to dance music culture ♡

‘Inside Out’ Aims to Blur the Line Between Album and DJ Mix

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As pied pipers of their respective dance floors, DJs lead their faithful flocks. But when it comes to DJ mix compilations, their musical vision sometimes doesn’t become a reality due to budget constraints, licensing issues or a multitude of other reasons.

Aus Music label head and DJ-Kicks curator Will Saul has come up with a concept he believes will reduce friction and truly empower DJs to create transformative mixes. Enter Inside Out, a new series on Saul’s imprint established to give DJs total control by incorporating all-new, unrelased tracks cut by the producer or their peers. Inside Out will be available digitally and on CD, while a selection of the tracks will be pressed on double gatefold vinyl.

Saul is at the helm of the series’ innaugural release on March 30. His mix features tracks by homies including Pearson Sound, Move D, Gerd, Youandewan, Martyn, Falty DL, Appleblim and Marquis Hawkes.

Obligatory press release gush from Saul on the idea behind his new endeavor: “I wanted to try and recreate the feeling I used to get in the 90’s when you went clubbing and heard your favorite DJ play but had never heard the vast majority of the tracks he/she was playing. Your mind would be constantly blown by hearing totally new music for the first time. We’ve pretty much lost this with the proliferation of online mixes, Shazam, early EP premieres and free streams.”

Larry Heard Announces First Mr. Fingers LP in Almost 25 Years

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Here’s some exciting news: Chicago house music icon Larry Heard, who is known for producing now-classic productions including “Can You Feel It?”, “Bring Down the Walls” featuring. Robert Owens, “Mystery of Love” and “Washing Machine,” will release the first album under his Mr. Fingers alias in almost 25 years.

Heard will unveil Cerebral Hemispheres on April 13 via his own label, Alleviated Records. The 18-track full-length is said to feature a range of styles, running the gamut of “shimmering ambience to deep soul to psychotropic electronics.”

Today Heard, who is based in Memphis, Tennessee, revealed the first track from the album “Electron” on SoundCloud, which can be streamed below. Heard has also booked a series of club and festival gigs to promote the LP. News on forthcoming singles and remixes will be announced shortly.

Cerebral Hemispheres Tracklisting

  1. Full Moon
  2. City Streets
  3. Urbane Sunset
  4. Sands of Aruba
  5. Tiger Lounge
  6. A Day In Portugal
  7. Sao Paulo
  8. Crying Over You
  9. Cerebral Hemispheres
  10. Electron
  11. Outer Acid
  12. Inner Acid
  13. Spy
  14. Stratusfly
  15. Nodyahed
  16. Quazars
  17. Aether
  18. Praise To The Vibes

Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson Dead at 48

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Sad news to report. Icelandic composer/musician Jóhann Jóhannsson died yesterday in Berlin. He was just 48. News of his death was confirmed by his manager Tim Husom. “I’m so very sad,” said Husom in a press statement. “Today, I lost my friend who was one of the most talented musicians and intelligent people I knew. We came a long way together.”

The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency provided the following statement: “We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our client and dear friend Jóhann Jóhannsson, whose great talent, humility and kindness enriched our lives immeasurably. His music has inspired many new generations of filmmakers and composers. He will be so greatly missed by his Gorfaine/Schwartz family as well as the entire film music community.”

During his career Jóhannsson won a Golden Globe and received BAFTA and Grammy nominations for his work.

Jóhannsson composed music for theater, dance and television. His released his first solo album, Englabörn, in 2002. He later went on to release Virðulegu Forsetar in 2004, Fordlândia in 2008, IBM 1401 – A User’s Manual in 2006, The Miners’ Hymns in 2010 and Orphée in 2016. In 2015, Drone Mass, Jóhannsson’s piece for a string quartet, electronics and vocal ensemble, premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

We’ll have more on this developing story.

Best Buy Pulling CDs on July 1

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As vinyl enjoys a renaissance in markets all over the world, the future of the compact disc isn’t looking bright in America.

According to Billboard, consumer electronics giant Best Buy will cease carrying CDs on July 1.

Before the rise of streaming services and digital retailers, music sales were a thriving part of the retailer’s business. Labels looking to promote new releases would pay handsomely for promotions and preferred positioning. But now the company’s CD business is only generating about a paltry $40 million annually, making the format a moot point to the store’s bottom line.

Best Buy will continue to carry vinyl for the next two years, keeping a commitment it made to vendors. Sources say vinyl releases will now be sold alongside turntables.

In related news, big box retailer Target wants to change its current arrangement with music distributors to what amounts as selling music on a consignment basis. In other words, the labels have everything to lose once their releases hit the store’s shelves. Sources say labels have until April 1 or May to accept the new terms.

Vinyl came back because of its superior sound and the tactile experience it provides, but will the general public be as nostalgic for CDs if the format goes away? Currently not a consideration for most in this digital age, the fate of the CD could be decided this year by these two retailers.

Deetron ‘DJ-Kicks’ Out in March


Swiss DJ/producer Sam Geiser — better known as Deetron — has mixed the first DJ-Kicks of 2018. Due out on March 3, the expansive 34-track DJ mix contains an exclusive solo track as well as exclusive collaborations with Steve Spacek, Jinadu and Jamie Lidell, alongside two unreleased tracks from DJ Bone.

The sprawling 80-minute sessions features tracks by Carl Craig, Mr. Fingers feat. Ovasoul, DJ Koze, Ron Trent & Chez Damier and Black Dog Productions. Deetron will embark on a two-month club tour supporting the release beginning on February 2 at Vent in Tokyo and concluding on April 7 at CTEMF in Johannesburg.

Obligatory press release gush from the ever-eclectic Deetron: “Over the years I have worked on bringing techno and soulful vocals together and I wanted to represent that in the mix. On the technical side of things, the mix represents my work as a producer and remixer as well as my aim to recreate tracks using three decks when deejaying. A large part of the mix was recorded using three decks but I also included a section which I approached more like a production or remix.” Continue Reading