Posts Tagged: DJ

Album of the Week: Harriet Brown’s Contact

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Hailing from the Bay Area and now based in Los Angeles, Harriet Brown is the self-proclaimed champion of “romantic funk,” a realm where Prince is king and Sade is queen. His debut Contact, just released by Innovative Leisure, is “a concept album about communication and the contact we purposely, accidentally and inherently struggle to make between friends, lovers and strangers, be them human or otherwise.”

Drawing inspiration from the late 1980s American funk and early 1990s British R&B, Brown composed, arranged, co-produced, and performed all the album’s tracks without any sense of nostalgia, updating familiar sounds to fit with the current cultural climate, “sexual and sensitive, ambiguous and androgynous.”

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The Rise of Flex

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The Brooklyn-based genre of dance music that has thrived since the ’90s is beginning to reach far beyond the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, which has housed dance competitions in the genre for years, and is breaking through to much larger audiences. Pitchfork has chronicled the history of flex music and its dancers, the “Volume” riddim and lazer effects that characterize its sound, and the growing number of hip-hop fixtures who originated in the scene (such as Boof, Nicki Minaj’s DJ).

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Frankie Knuckles Collection Joining Stony Island Arts Bank

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Legendary Chicago DJ Frankie Knuckles passed away in March of 2014, leaving behind a legacy as “the Godfather of house music” and a massive vinyl collection to match it. Recently announced, his library will be installed in the new Stony Island Arts Bank, developed by local artist Theaster Gates.

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