Thursday, May 29, 2008

Strictly Marvelous

While waiting for a taping of The Colbert Report to start at the Annenberg Center a couple weeks ago, I wandered over to The Marvelous and cleaned them out of all the Strictly Rhythm I could find, at two bucks apiece. Here's the one I got from Physique, aka Ogi B, a "Serbian composer, keyboardist and house DJ living in London," according to Discogs.

There's just one mix of the first side (which Shawn Ryan is already threatening to edit in order to cut out the vocals), and I only included the superior version from the flip.

Physique - Superman (Space Disco mix) | DivShare | YSI | 320 kbps

Physique - Such a Joy (Deep Joy Sex Ride) | DivShare | YSI | 320 kbps

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Trip To Your Mind

Mancuso played this at The Loft on Sunday and it's been stuck in my head ever since. An underrated and scarce classic.

Hudson People - Trip To Your Mind | DivShare | YSI | 192 kbps

Saturday, May 24, 2008


It's funny to think that cable tv was futuristic in 1986.

Channel One - Technicolor (Long Version)
Mediafire | YSI | 320 kbps

Friday, May 23, 2008

South Philly Beach

I finally recorded a mix. For a while now I've had at least three unfinished ones sitting in limbo, but none of them could ever hold my interest long enough for me to buckle down and just be done with them. I think the problem was that I was too concerned with trying to do everything, to turn out some kind of monster mix that summed up in 45 minutes or so exactly what I was all about as a DJ, from start to finish. Maybe that's still possible, but last Saturday afternoon I let go of the compulsiveness and cranked this out in one Brooklyn Lager-fueled take. One or two transitions I'm not entirely proud of, but as a whole I'm satisfied enough to put my name on it.

The bulk of the sequencing was taken from a set I played during my guest spot at Bang Bang last month, but since there wasn't really anyone there (j/k Dominic and Andrew, love you guys!) I figured it would still be fresh enough to transform into a mix. As for the name, it's a not-too-clever play on South Philly (my soon-to-be home) and South Beach, in honor of my inspiring experience at the Winter Music Conference this March.

In any event, here it is. Enjoy!

Dave Tat - South Philly Beach

Big thanks to Peter Dragontail for doing the amazing cover art you see above. If you want to get your hands on a limited edition physical copy of this baby, come check out Restless Leg Syndrome tonight at the M-Room, where Ryan Nation, The Outlander and I will all be giving away our respective mixes.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Under the Radar Mix from Rogue State Records


A new mix of underground hip-hop, jazz and electronica from Rogue State Records featuring Stainless Steele and DJ Image!

Under The Radar (RSR002) | Direct Link
Under The Radar MP3
Under The Radar AAC (Includes track information and markers.)

The Block Party Promo Mix

So Skinny and I are doing a new Wednesday weekly in Philly, chock full of dollar bin jams. It's an outdoor thing* on the Delaware River, styled as "Block Party Classics, Past, Present and Future." Classic disco, funk, rap, electro of course, but also the new classics and the future classics that we'll be reminiscing about years from now. We've got great guests lined up to start, including Dollar Bin Jammer Mike Tee, and more great guests throughout the summer.

Check out the rapid-fire promo mix we did, full of some dollar bin jams we all know and love:

Philadelphyinz - Block Party Promo Mix | Divshare

*- there's an indoor part too- RAIN OR SHINE!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Dream Girl

"Acid House would never have developed if the Roland 303 synthesizer (the synth of choice for acid house producers) had worked properly. Originally intended as a bass unit to provide backing for solo musicians, the 303 was crap at its job and quickly found its way into junkshops around the world, including Chicago, where it would make a massive impact on the city's burgeoning house scene."

- from the liner notes for the We Call It Acieeed! compilation

Pierre's Pfantasy Club - Dream Girl
Mediafire | YSI | 217 kbps (VBR)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Friend Zone

Super-collector Al Kent of the great Million Dollar Disco site put this track on one of his Disco Demands compilations and it stands out as one of the best of that series. Hands in the air magic, with epic soulful-as-fuck vocals, swelling strings and all the right stuff. Add the fact that the choral refrain is the last thing every dude in the club wants to hear and you have the biggest end of the night single-ladies anthem you'll ever need.

Silver, Platinum & Gold - Just Friends | DivShare | YSI | 320 kbps

Speaking of dudes in the club, ladies and hands in the air, Philly heads need to roll through this Friday's edition of Robotique and catch up on our recent Dollar Bin (and pricey bin) finds of the disco and boogie variety. Strong songs as usual. Come check it.

Sunday, May 11, 2008


Security was produced by Ony Rodriguez in 1988. The chilly vocalist is Mireya Valls, Ony's wife. They're from Miami, though the success of this single led them to the UK.

The Beat Club - Security (Club Mix) | Mediafire | YSI | 320 kbps

Thursday, May 8, 2008

How To Make Killa Lipstick 101

Summer Ziti:

1. Put grill (not your face) on sidewalk outside crib.
2. Grab 40.
3. Place turkey wings on grill.
4. Sit on stoop.
5. Holla at a shorty.

Faze-O - Riding High | DivShare | YSI | 320 kbps

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Scating? Beatboxing? Gibberish!

Marshall Jefferson - Ride the Rhythm - Instrumental
(Frankie Knuckles Remix)
| Mediafire | YSI | 320 kbps

Equation - Domm Domm - Yeah, Mm Hmm
Mediafire | YSI | 320 kbps

J.P.'s Force - Time To Throw Down

In Philadelphia, we are being blessed with summer weather all week. It's time to ease into block party season and what better way to do that than with a hefty slice of 1980's R&B?

Strap on your shell toes, grab a burger and a 40 oz. and nod your head to "Time To Throw Down"; an obscure boogie record by Washington D.C.'s J.P.'s Force. This track had a limited regional release in the mid-late 1980's but didn't get much further than the Potomac. The "J.P." stands for Joe Phillips, one of the founding members of the The Winstons who you may know for the landmark breakbeat/rare groove anthem "Amen, Brother". Yes, this is the same dude that inadvertently created Jungle. Small world.

J.P.'s Force - Time To Throw Down | DivShare | YSI | 320 kbps

Friday, May 2, 2008

Movin' To Brass Construction

That L.T.G. Exchange record I shared a couple of days ago opened up the funk floodgates here at Chez Billy. Let's jump back into it with Brooklyn's Brass Construction. "Movin'" is probably the band's most celebrated single and the lead-off track of their nearly flawless self-titled debut full length. The horns and rhythm section do their thing, of course, but when the synth lead comes in and compliments the obsessively whispered "Don't stop... c'mon" the dance floor will be ready to jump out of its skin. It clocks in at nearly 9 minutes and every last second is perfection. Believe the hype.

Brass Construction - Movin' | DivShare | YSI | 320 kbps