061 Robot 84 – Live Set from Pikes Hotel Ibiza

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We recently hosted a party at the legendary Pikes Hotel in Ibiza. Here’s a chance to hear one of the sets from the night. There’s some great new Robot 84 music due this Summer, so watch this space.

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060 Phil Mison – Balearic Interpretations

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060 Phil Mison – Balearic Interpretations
Another quality mix from the sketches on an island blog, run by International Feel Records.
Phil Mison helped to define the balearic sound when he was invited to DJ at the legendary Cafe Del Mar, by none other than Jose Padilla himself. More recently he’s joined the Test Pressing team and co-presents the Test Pressing radio show.

[Courtesy of International Feel Records / Sketches from an island]

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058 Mark Barrott – Balearic Interpretations

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058 Mark Barrott Internatioal Feel – Balearic Interpretations
This is one of a series of mixes from International Feel’s Sketches from an Island Blog.
Label Boss Mark Barrott with his take on the chill/balearic sound.

[Courtesy of International Feel Records / Sketches from an island]

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Nightmares On Wax – ‘N.O.W IS THE TIME’

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Nightmares on Wax has shared a retrospective documentary directed by Rollo Jackson, giving insight into Nightmares on Wax’s long-standing career and 25 years of music history in anticipation of the ‘N.O.W IS THE TIME’ compilation out next month.

The Nightmares on Wax story is one that spans decades and genres. Evelyn (also known as DJ E.A.S.E) came up in the 80s UK B-Boy and graffiti scene enamored with New York hip-hop and was an innovator in merging those sounds and feelings with the popular sounds of the UK at that time to pioneer what became dubbed “trip-hop.” Releasing classic albums such as Smokers Delight and Carboot Soul and working with the likes of De La Soul and Roots Manuva established NOW as one of the definitive purveyors of hip-hop, funk, dub and soul. 25 years on, his fanbase is still growing.

“The real heartwarming sort of thing about doing this project, and celebrating this project, is that everybody I asked to do a remix was honoured to do it. This is what this has been about is really, really getting back to why you even make music, what is this relationship to music. Because it is fun and I love it. Full Stop.” – George Evelyn (Nightmares on Wax)

Jose Padilla – Top 10 June 2014

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Jose Padilla – June 2014

01. Jose Padilla & Chris Zippel – Akamundo [Secret Life Music]
02. Pacific State – Coming Home [London Records]
03. Warp – Lo Edit [PIE]
04. Niccolo Cupo – Trinitas 1 [Panta Rhei]
05. No Logo feat Ashibah – Forever [Subatomic]
06. Mark Barratt – Baby Come home [International Feel]
07. New York Edits – Volume 1 [White label]
08. Osunlade – What Gets You High [Yoruba]
09. I GAXX – Permanent Vacation [Altz Musica]
10. Various Artists – Drive – Soundtrack [?]

RBMA FESTIVAL NEW YORK Pres. Larry Levan Street Party

 

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Through his legendary residency at New York’s Paradise Garage, Larry Levan elevated DJing to an artform and provided the soundtrack to one of the most fertile moments in the history of dance music. Levan’s sessions throughout the ’80s at the Garage were dubbed “Saturday Mass,” an acknowledgement that – to many – going to the club was a weekly ritual of the upmost importance.

As part of the local initiative to rename King Street Larry Levan Way, the Red Bull Music Academy paid tribute to the legacy of Levan on May 11th, 2014 with a larger-than-life block party. Shutting down the street section between Varick and Hudson, thousands flocked to gather in front of the former Paradise Garage building for a day-long celebration that made waves across the globe. Thousands more followed the live stream online, as long-standing Levan associates François Kevorkian, David DePino and Joey Llanos (with a special guest performance from Jocelyn Brown) guided the masses through an afternoon of pioneering house music, and shared and imagined memories of an unforgettable night club and its one true maestro.

Visit larrylevanway.org to find out more about the party on May 11.

The petition to co-name a part of King Street Larry Levan Way is still in full swing and can be signed here. Make it last forever!

The archive of Paradise Garage membership cards – old and new – that were scanned at the Larry Levan Street Party on May 11th can be found here.

For an overview of all Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York events, as well as info on ticketing, visit: http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/nyc