Daz-I-Kue 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Daz-I-Kue (a.k.a. BB Boogie) helped make an indelible mark on dance music during his tenure with revered U.K. broken beat crew Bugz In The Attic. Now based in America, he’s continued to innovate as a producer, musician and songwriter, collaborating with supremely talented artists including Kenya, Donnie, Trina Broussard, Anthony David, Avery Sunshine, Kai Alce and DJ Kemit.

Currently dividing his time between Atlanta and Nashville, Daz-I-Kue just dropped “Goddess Deluxe,” a soulful disco-fueled romp with Kavita on International Women’s Day on his I-Kue Recordings.

We checked in with the man himself to find out which five tracks are currently in heavy rotation.

1. Kavita – Goddess Deluxe (BB Boogie Original Mix)
Kavita has one of those ethereal voices that just hits your spirit, giving love and light to all the everyday goddesses that support us in our daily lives. It was a pleasure to work on this funky disco stomper in which Kavita’s voice fitted like a glove.

2. Ezel ft Rona Ray – Hard To Stay Away (Original Mix)
The Dominican Republic-based producer just keeps getting better and better with each release and this tune just shows his production, musicianship and mixing skills to the max. A multifaceted talent who will survive this game of music for sho.

3. Daniel March – All Is Not Lost
Daniel is a young Australian singer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter who I had the pleasure to work with and will be working with again in the future. He just exudes deep soulfulness, be it on an uptempo track, or in this case, a beautiful guitar-laden acoustic vibe.

4 Reel People ft Eric Roberson – Save A Lil Love (Terry Hunter Remix)
Reel People never disappoint and always keep in step with the current vibes without being cheesy and always with integrity. For me, they always bring it with the musicality and the songwriting. This release is no exception. Plus, add to that the great Eric Roberson on the vocal/writing duties and Terry Hunter on the remix, this is pure FIRE.

5. Marc Mac – Brudda Fela
As well as being into the soulful, I’m also partial to some b-line business. And this Bruk goodness from 4 Hero’s pioneer Marc Mac’s Ah-Free-Ka EP, is a fine example of what gets me shuffling like a mad nutter on the dance floor (or at the moment, the front room… hehe!).

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Read a Lost 1995 Interview With NYC House Music DJ/Producer Angel Moraes

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New York City DJ/producer/label and club owner Angel Moraes passed away suddenly on February 27, 2021. Since his death, there’s been an outpouring of love and appreciation for Angel’s contribution to global club culture.

As my way of paying tribute to him, here’s an interview I conducted ith Angel that was published in the July 1995 issue of Muzik, a now-defunct monthly dance U.K. music magazine.

I interviewed Angel several times over the years. This particular interview happened while his profile was soaring internationally due to the success of his edgy productions on his Hot’N’Spycy label.

Read on to learn about Angel’s days clubbing at the Paradise Garage, how he laughs about trainspotting David Morales back in the day at the Ozone Layer in Brooklyn and the joy he had watching his track “Welcome to the Factory” make Junior Vasquez smile.

RIP, Angel.

Image by Michael Wong

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Sync 24 Recalls Last DJ Gig Before COVID-19 Lockdown

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Throughout our Last DJ Set series, we’ve asked a range of artists — AlinkaDavid MoralesAlan OldhamSpencer Parker and Julia Bondar — to recall their last gig before government-ordered lockdowns and travel bans went into effect in March, forcing clubs and festivals to close.

As we inch closer toward the re-opening of clubs and festivals, we asked electro explorer Phil Bolland (a.k.a. Sync 24) of Cultivated Electronics to recall his last gig before lockdown. Continue Reading

Ken Ishii Pairs Producing Techno With Brewing Craft Beer

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Ken Ishii is one of techno’s most unassuming and talented influencers. He’s an innovator whose contribution to the genre as a DJ and producer is far-reaching.

A student of the musical curriculum taught by Detroit’s techno godfathers in the ‘80s, Ishii is an artist in flux. He’s a gifted creator with a singular sound. In a world of fleeting trends and fads, the secret of his longevity is his creative focus and diligence.

Throughout his catalog of enduring singles, EPs and full-length albums (fun fact: Ishii composed the music for the opening ceremonies to the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan) issued since 1993, he’s fluidly explored a wide swath of styles — everything from funky, breakbeat-infused tracks to auspicious, ambient-bathed explorations.

Ishii closed out 2020 with “Bionic Jellyfish,” a crushing, no-nonsense single for Electropical Records. It’s tailor-made for whenever we can have raucous warehouse parties again. The enthralling release includes bristling remixes by Drunken Kong and Luca Morris & Mozzy Rekorder.

We spoke with the Tokyo-based techno titan shortly after the single’s release to discuss “Bionic Jellyfish” and his passion for brewing craft beer. Continue Reading