Inspiration: Museum of Love

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Museum of Love is an artful New York City-based dance-rock duo comprised of LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney and Dennis McNany. The duo came out swinging in 2013 with a one-two punch of singles — “Down South” and “Monotronic” — that set the stage for a brilliant full-length issued on DFA in 2014.

Seven years later, they’ve dropped a wonderful, wildly eclectic full-length exhibition album, Life Of Mammals (Skint Records). Mixed by LCD’s James Murphy, their second album is a sonic document of their musical maturation.

We checked in with Pat and Dennis and asked them to share a few tracks that have inspired them. Continue Reading

Kevin Hedge Shares His Musical Inspirations

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New York City-based DJ/producer Kevin Hedge has helped play a big role in pushing house music forward as half of the songwriting/production team Blaze. Together with partner Josh Milan, they’ve written dance floor gems such as De’Lacy’s “Hideaway,” collaborated with Louie Vega, Barbara Tucker and Jody Watley, and remixed Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson and Beyoncé.

Hedge is formidable behind the decks, playing alongside Timmy Regisford at Club Shelter NYC and helming the ROOTS NYC parties at meatpacking club Cielo alongside Vega back when those influential clubs were open.

After taking a 10-year hiatus from producing, Hedge, who became president and co-owner of West End Records in 2002, returned last month with “Reach For The Stars,” a soulful, uplifting collaboration with Rick Galactik for Quantize Recordings. With hopefully more new music on the horizon, we checked in with Hedge to learn about his vast musical inspirations. Continue Reading

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

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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.

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“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

Biscits 5 Tracks Of The Moment

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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