Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Spicy Sticky Mix



New mix and interview with our good friend and half of Nippon Leagues, Nick Stropko. Listen to the mix above, get some insight below, and party with us on Friday!

hallooo: Thanks for your contribution to our mix series, how did you prepare for this mix, and how would you describe the eventual result?

Nick: Thanks for having me! The mix started from a record bag I packed for one of my favorite local parties, Air A Danser. I tried to then grab some other favorites from the past six months or so. On the whole, I think the mix encapsulates some of my favorite qualities in dance music — spicy chord progressions paired with sticky melodies.

hallooo: Is there a record in the mix that you associate with a special story?

Nick: One song in the mix came to me from some of my coworkers. I work in a restaurant where the rest of the front of house staff is from Montenegro. While we’re closing up, they usually play terrible Balkan pop songs, but one night, a tune came on for about 15 seconds before they skipped it. I immediately knew that it was right in my lane, and after insisting they replay it, I took a photo and bought a copy the next day.

hallooo: Walking into a record shop can be quite a intimidate experience. Do you have a digging process and/or what kind of things do you look for in a record when you’re out digging?

Nick: The process varies from store to store — what do they specialize in? What am I looking for? But generally it’s a matter of looking for labels I don’t recognize, releases that look distinctive or like they would’ve been overlooked in their day. That, and spending quality time in the listening booth. Ultimately, you have to trust your ears.

hallooo: Is there a record, that has continued to be in your wantlist over the years?

Nick: While there are loads of records I’m always on the hunt for, ultimately, I find the chase of finding new stuff more engaging. The pleasure of dropping the needle on something that immediately grabs and stays with you is a bit more fun than finally tracking down (or, more likely, paying boatloads of money on Discogs for) an old favorite. That being said, if anyone wants to send me a copy of “Need More Time” by Nick Allen, I wouldn’t be opposed. My bootleg is terrible.

hallooo: Is it possible for you to sum up what the collection means to you in a more general sense?

Nick: It’s just an overview of the records I’ve been listening to recently — some favorite finds, some tips from friends (or coworkers) mixed together in my bedroom.

hallooo: Music bonds people together. Any local heroes/parties you would like to shout out?

Nick: Outside of the aforementioned Air A Danser and a little shameless self promotion of my Japanese mix series/party Nippon Leagues (with my mentor and perpetual inspiration Alex Tebbs Mitchell) I’d be remiss if I didn’t shout out my dear friends at Universal Cave, Extra Water, and Earth Beat.

Remember to party on Friday:



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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Matpat's Dreamin'




Matpat has a blissful dream to share with you. Preorder the vinyl from Phonica!





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Digital Deadstock 006


This month's Digital Deadstock brings back some fond memories. I remember listening to Selvagem's first Beats in Space mix with Brian Cassidy back in 2013 on a drive to Double Decker. Our minds were totally blown by their Brazilian boogie and disco selections - I don't think either of us had heard anything like it before. Since then, we have been fortunate to bring Selvagem to Medusa Lounge and to put out a 45 of their edits. We also managed to learn a little bit more about that era of MPB, in great part thanks to their mixes, Millos care packages (!!!), the hard work of a few top shelf reissue labels, and even some lucky digs in the wild. Anyway, enough about us. Here's a simple extended DJ edit of Ricardo Graça Mello's "Tempo Quente" to keep your summer vibe going as we enter the fall here in Philadelphia.




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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Soft Rock For Hard Times Vol. 5


After 5 years of HARD TIMES - and 280 DC MOTWs! - Universal Cave is back with more soft rock to get you through those hard times. Limited cassette and koozie available here!





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Jawnre with Universal Cave this Friday!



Universal Cave is proud to present Music for Robots: a Cybernetic Broadcasting System (CBS) tribute this Friday at Jawnre from 10pm til 4am. That means plenty of Electro, Italo, Techno, Detroit vibes and other Music for Robots. Our Summer 2019 CBS Top 100 list will give you an idea of what's in store. And we will announce the location on Friday!



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Monday, July 1, 2019

Digital Deadstock 004


Plush early 90s house sounds with plenty of bells, piano and shuffling snares for the dancefloor.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Digital Deadstock 003



Grab Superprince's NEW EDIT of Mata Hari's NEW BEAT chugger "Naïsha" from U Cave's Digital Deadstock series! And be sure to check out our other recent 12"s on U Cave while yr at it!

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Digital Deadstock 002



Universal Cave's Digital Deadstock: a monthly dose of goodness for USBs, Compact Discs, and the almighty Aux Cord!

FREE DOWNLOAD: https://hypeddit.com/track/u9725n

Universal Cave & Superprince Edits 12"s available now:
UC010 ∞ Juno ∞ Discogs
UC011 ∞ Discogs ∞ Juno


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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Brooklyn Saturday!

Jex Opolis, Nippon Leagues and Universal Cave at Magick City in Greenpoint. More info here.

Plus catch us at The Mixtape Shop in Bed-Stuy from 4pm til 6pm for a Record Store Day set!


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Hounds of Hell Live Set


Hounds of Hell set off a wonderful night of dancing in West Philadelphia with this crazy live set before Beautiful Swimmers took the decks & rocked it deep into the night. 100% live hardware warehouse bliss!
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Friday, April 5, 2019

Disco Dancers


All vinyl disco heat frenzy from Universal Cave's Brian Hart Cassidy. Download available at higherfrequencies.co/mixes


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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Digital Deadstock 001



We are sharing free downloads of edits from the vault, starting with an extended version of Moondata's cosmic nugget "Let The Moonshine In." Welcome to Universal Cave's Digital Deadstock: a monthly dose of goodness for USBs, Compact Discs, and the almighty Aux Cord!

FREE DOWNLOAD: hypeddit.com/track/17kayu

AVAILABLE NOW!
UC010 ∞ Universal Cave & Superprince Edits
UC011 ∞ Superprince Edits

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Funk Train DC Mix



Michael The Lion and I put together a new mix for our friends at Room in anticipation of the Funk Train arriving at Eighteenth Street Lounge. Plenty of recent productions & edits by our buds to keep you chugga chugga chugga-in and choo choo-ing into the weekend!
🖤 Yuksek - Think of You [Razor-N-Tape]
🖤 Escort - City Life (feat. Fonda Rae) [Escort Records]
🖤 Superprince - You Are Here [Razor-N-Tape]
🖤 Michael The Lion - Direction NYC [Diggin Deeper Records]
🖤 Ari Bald - First Class [Better Listen Records]
🖤 Yta Jourias - Adobe Nyueto (Bosq Remix) [HOT CASA Records]
🖤 The Patchouli Brothers - Mass Belief [Tugboat Edits]
🖤 Air Zaïre - South of Sunset [PLEASURE OF LOVE]
🖤 Satorial - Music Power [Tropical Disco Records]
🖤 Natasha Kitty Katt - Cosmic Bitch [Ghetto Disco Records]
🖤 Underground System - Just A Place (Gerd Janson Drum Remix) [Soul Clap Records]
🖤 Dan Shake - Magic Marcel [Lumberjacks in Hell]
🖤 Saucy Lady - Magic Dust (E. Live Remix) [Star Creature Universal Vibrations]
🖤 The Blackbyrds - Mysterious Vibes (Wassup Gina Edit) [Private Event Records]
🖤 MAD REY - L'anguille (Dodson Beat) [D.KO Records]
🖤 Michael The Lion - Side of Life [Soul Clap Records]
🖤 JAY AIRINESS - Disco Dance [Diggin Deeper Records]
🖤 Thelma Houston - Don't Know Why I Love You [Motown]


DC friends, catch Michael The Lion and myself on the patio at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Saturday!



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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

What Cha Been Up To?



Sideways soul for upside down love. Download available from Higher Frequencies: bit.ly/hfmixes
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Monday, January 21, 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019