DAVI 5 Tracks of the Moment

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A regular contributor to Crosstown Rebels and sister label Rebellion, Los Angeles-based producer David “DAVI” Khanjian – who we’ve been covering on this very site since 2014 – is back with melodic house gem “Lie Machine.”

What’s notable about DAVI’s latest and greatest is that his new single is his first foray into crafting a full-on vocal tune.

Bathed in percolating pads and smoldering percussion, “Lie Machine” is an impressive career milestone. What’s more is that red-hot duo North London Gorgon City handle remix duties for the track that’s out on December 6.

Ahead of the release of “Lie Machine” we connected with Davi and asked him to share his five tracks of the moment. Continue Reading

Remembering Judson Kilpatrick, A Music Writer With An Unquenchable Thirst For His Subject

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Tonight I was talking with my wife at dinner, and Judson Kilpatrick’s name popped into my mind. I have no idea why.

When I was the editor and publisher of Mixer, a monthly DJ/club culture magazine that ran from 1996 to 2003, Judson regularly contributed music reviews.

I pulled out my phone to look him up, only to learn that Justin had passed away on May 25, 2019. He was 55.

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Judson Kilpatrick

Needless to say I was shocked and saddened by the news.

While I hadn’t spoken with Judson in more than a decade, I am compelled to share my experience working with him.

Long before writers became “brands” and shilled for influence on social media, Judson was cranking out music reviews for scores of music magazines like Mixer. He did so during his downtime – nights, weekends, lunch breaks – while working a corporate job.

While Justin was contributing to much larger magazines with proper editorial budgets, I don’t think he ever asked to be paid for his work in all of the time he wrote for me.

Judson labored over albums for the purest reason of all: he was obsessed with music, and he wanted to share his opinion with you.

Tonight I pulled out a few copies of Mixer, and sure enough each issue was packed with Judson’s insightful reviews.

In his review of Nikka Costa’s 2001 debut, Everybody Got Their Something, he quite rightly opined that the album “has something for almost everybody, but today’s music scene is so fragmented, she may end up reaching hardly anybody.”

Knowledgable about hip-hop to house, Justin put albums from K.Hand to Mad Professor through their paces with no-nonsense precision, offering readers sound advice on their music-purchasing decisions.

Judson is survived by his wife, Beverley Kilpatrick, and daughter, Courtney Kilpatrick, as well as by his parents, Jeremy and Carlene Kilpatrick, of Athens, GA, and brother, Bart Kilpatrick, of Portland, OR.

My sincere condolences to his family on their loss.

Rasmus Faber 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Swedish DJ/producer/musician Rasmus Faber has released well over 100 releases during his two-decade career behind the boards. Though he is widely known for his deep-house signature and affinity for jazz, he was a devotee of two-step and UK Garage back in the day. Another fun fact is that he’s collaborated with the likes of Kaskade, deadmau5, Pete Tong and Axwell.

Faber recently released his excellent third full-length, Two Left Feet (Farplane Records). The album is a stylistic mix of house, Afro, and assorted genres. The LP features a slew of fantastic collabs, including “Shut Down” featuring pop artist Maia Hirasawa.

We connected with the Stockholm maestro and asked him to share five dance floor tracks he’s currently living for. Continue Reading

Ugh. New Tenants of Former Output Space Removed Club’s $1.5 Million Funktion-One System

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When the building housing now-defunct Brooklyn house/techno oasis Output was sold for $7.4 million in 2014, clubbers knew it was only a matter of time before the club – which opened in 2013 – would be gone from gentrifying Williamburg. So when the legendary venue eventually closed its doors on January 1, 2019, speculation was rampant about what would replace the hallowed nightspot.

This month it was revealed that the former site of Output on Wythe Avenue is being converted into an 18,000-square-foot event space and Japanese bar/restaurant.

The space will include a 772-person capacity ballroom, 70-person capacity cocktail bar and a 300-person capacity rooftop terrace that has a retractable roof, according to Joshua Kaiser, a representative of building owner Zach Weinberg, who spoke before Community Board 1 on October 10.

“The former tenant was not popular for their sounds,” Kaiser reportedly said to the community board during his presentation.

Now, here comes the hard part for anyone who appreciates a good sound system – especially one created by Funktion-One, one of the world’s leading purveyors of club systems: “We have taken out a $1.5 million sound system. We’re replacing it, and have full intention to have largely ambient sound projected in all of these rooms. These are meant to be events that you can attend and have a conversation and be heard when you speak.”

Community board members were told that the space is expected to open the space in late February or early March 2020.

The reps from the as yet unnamed venue, who are currently doing business as Space Factory Williamsburg, told the board that it intends to hire locally and offer the space to nonprofits to host fundraising events.

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