Jansons & Senzala 5 Tracks of the Moment

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After individually and collectively releasing tracks on Richy Ahmed’s Four Thirty Two imprint, up-and-coming London-based DJ/producer Jansons (half of LoveHrtz) and rising duo Senzala join forces once again to deliver a rousing update of the 1989 club classic “Take Me Away,” which also a boasts a nifty electro remix by LoveHrtz.

For the unfamiliar, “Take Me Away” was originally produced and performed by the musical union of Jeff Mills, Anthony Srock and Bridget Grace who went by the moniker True Faith with Final Cut.

As the buzzworthy cut rises up the house music charts, we checked in with the guys and asked them about their tracks of the moment.

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NYC Dance Music Industry Veteran Judy Russell Has Died

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New York City’s dance music community is mourning the passing of Judy Russell (pictured above left). The cause of death is not yet known.

Russell, a Bronx, NY native, was part of the inner circle and the volunteer staff at the legendary Paradise Garage. After working at now-defunct record shop Vinylmania, she went on to work at two seminal (and also now-defunct) NYC dance labels, Nu Groove and Movin’ Records.

Russell later took an influential position at Downtown 161, running the label and distribution arm of the business.

Last spring, a group of friends banded together to launch a fundraiser for Russell, who had fallen on hard times. Russell had been in and out of the hospital, became unable to work and had been struggling financially. Tony Humphries and DJ Spinna played a benefit party on April 12 at the Panther Room at Output on her behalf.

Former Vinylmania owner Charlie Grappone remembered Russell on Facebook: “We first met Judy Russell when she came into Vinylmania and bought General Johnson’s ‘Ain’t Nobody’ off the wire for $20. She bought it for Manny, who Bobby Shaw recommended for employment with us. I hired Judy later on and they were our Paradise Garage connections and brought us into the world of Larry Levan. She was a key part of Vinylmania’s success. Worked the floor, the register, mail order, the label, she did it all. Judy was with us for the births of our children and loved by our parents and families. After vinylmania, we continued working with her and Linda at Downtown 161. She was part of our lives for many years and will be greatly missed and always remembered. RIP Judy.”

Close friend and colleague Manny Lehman shared fond memories of Russell: “They say people come into your life for a reason … some people come and go and some people stay with you forever. Judy Russell came into my life like a force of nature and bought so much music, fun, life and laughter. Her passion for music was unrivaled. Her friendship unwavering. Her love of life was limitless. I will miss her tremendously and I celebrate all the wonderful moments we shared together. Our musical memories are the stuff of legend. Thank you Judy for being all you were to everyone, especially to me. You can rest now. Say hi to Larry for me! Love you forever.”

A host of industry icons and labels have also taken to social media to express their condolences.

This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn more.

Superfreak Artist Laurent Blondeau (a.k.a. Lo) Commits Suicide

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Mr. C, the legendary member of The Shamen and much-loved DJ/producer/Superfreak proprietor, has announced the passing of label artist Laurent Blondeau (a.k.a. Lo). He was 47.

According to Mr. C, Blondeau, who lived in Calais, France, committed suicide on June 29. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

In a statement Mr. C said, “I had several extended conversations with Lo over these last couple of months and although he recognized he was going through some trials and tribulations, he was always positive, which makes his passing all the more shocking as it comes right out of the blue. I, like so many others, am truly heartbroken.”

Blondeau connected with Mr. C when he regularly DJ’ed at the now-defunct End club in London. He later went on to become a resident at Superfreq club nights. Blondeau started producing music in 2010 and developed a deep, techy and dark sound. He signed music to plethora of top labels, including Superfreq, Wiggle, VeryVeryWrongIndeed and Fabric.

On July 12 the label will host a tribute record sale day “in which all proceeds from all Superfreq sales will be donated to leading mental health charity, Mind. We will also be setting up a JustGiving page, holding an auction and memorial event, details of which will be released in due course.”

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, do not leave the person alone. Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt. In the U.S., contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

Joe Corti 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Emerging London-based DJ/producer Joe Corti makes his debut this week on Melé’s Club Bad imprint with Bloodline, an EP brimming with party-perfect tracks that embrace house, techno, Italo and a host of other styles.

Corti, who has released on Better Listen, Pusic and helms the China White imprint, tailored Bloodline‘s trio of tracks to embody the vibe at Club Bad’s parties.

Ahead of the EP’s release on July 5, we caught up with the upstart and asked him to share his five tracks of the moment. Continue Reading