Dance music journeyman Kenny Summit has been there and done that during his storied career. From DJing at New York City dens of pleasure such as Limelight back in the day to cutting records with Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper, he’s remained true to the essence of house music.
Though he now calls Los Angeles home, Summit, who runs Good For You Records, returns to his Big Apple musical roots on “Piano on Fleek,” a ’90s flavored bomb which we’re pleased to set off. Hit play, close your eyes and allow Summit to transport you for a few moments to the type of track you’d hear on dance floors at The Shelter or Sound Factory Bar.
“I’m a child of New Jersey deep underground scene and cut my teeth at the world-famous Zanzibar,” explains Summit. “I’ve been cultivating my own style, my own sound for the past few years but always find myself going back to my roots: soulful house, real tracky stuff, lots of keys, the kind of house I grew up listening to Tony Humphries spin. The more I produce, the more I’m realizing that I have something inside of me that needs to get out. Lately, I’m even doing my own vocals in an attempt to give the crowd that same feeling I had back in the day.”
Check out Summit’s righteous jam below, and tell us if you can identify the origin of the main vocal sample.
Tributes have been pouring in since news broke that the Godfather of House Frankie Knuckles died unexpectedly on Monday. Legendary deep house DJ/producer Tony Humphries is paying tribute to his friend and colleague with a free download of “Hostile Takeover” (Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kuppers’ Director’s Cut Mix) posted earlier today on his SoundCloud page. The download will only be available for 24 hours. Likewise, Dimitri from Paris has uploaded a spectacular hour-long DJ mix honoring the Godfather.
Humphries posted a poignant reflection about Knuckles on Tony Records’ Facebook. Here it is in its unedited entirely:
Frankie Knuckles was special human being. There are so many true adjectives that come to mind, when I reflect on 30 years of knowing him. Kind, Compassionate, Generous, Supportive, Encouraging, Protective, are just a few. There was never any hidden agenda with him. Never shady. You always felt important around him. I’d learned so much about life, and business from back in the eighties to lessons learned just a week ago. He always made you feel if he could do it so could you. He was an extraordinarily calming presence while just talking for a second in a car or playing together with a thousand people on a dancefloor in front of you.
Frankie was The only person I knew that no one had any bad things to gossip about. Socially or business-wise, his reputation was impeccable. Spotless. No haters. That’s a rarity for someone of his stature.
The doors he opened for me throughout 30 years, even recent endeavors, are too many to list. The motivation I received to continue performing was priceless. To live without embarrassment or fear of judgmental people, was prophet-like.
Men aren’t supposed to cry. I’m beginning to tear-up, so I’ll concluded by saying, I miss him already, and hope I could eventually be a positive influence on others as he was to me. Thank You Frankie for everything! I will never forget your music and your heart!
Rituel is the blossoming musical collaboration between Parisians Christophe Monier (The Micronauts) and Thomas Regnault (Dew Town Mayor). This month duo will release of their second EP, aptly dubbed Deux, featuring floor burners “Club Zanzibar” and “Nirvana Dance.” We’re pleased to debut the Extended Instrumental of the former, especially because Club Zanzibar in Newark, New Jersey holds a special place in our heart — it’s the place where we popped our house music cherry way, way back in the day and got to watch legendary resident Tony Humphries work the decks on a life-changing DJ set until the wee hours of the morning.
Clocking in at nearly nine minutes, the Extended Instrumental embodies the musical essence of the famed nightspot, opening with a dark, atmospheric sonic sprawl that slowly unfurls into a tough, tribal groove that’s accentuated by a sinewy melody line. Just like every DJ who played the famed club, this jam is destined to move bodies ’til the break of dawn. Download it now and get ready to sweat.
Rituel’s Deux is released May 27 on Micronautics. Catch Rituel at Le Jane Club in Paris on May 10.