Thursday, October 30, 2008


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Photo courtesy of Cashion.

Broad Street was beautiful last night. Just thought I'd remind everyone of Apt One's foresight back in August.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Steppin It Hotter This Year

This track appeared on my Hip-Hop mix a month ago and heads were feeling it, so here it is. I bought this record when I was 12 years old and it's still dope 13 years later. Hope you enjoy!

Ini Kamoze - Hotter This Year | Zshare | YSI | 320 kbps

RFTW - Oh Sheila (DJ Apt One Remix)

OK here's my take on one of the Dollar Bin classics, complete with all the dirty ass vinyl crackles from the a capella.

You’ll notice it’s somewhat different than the version that appeared on the Bell Ringers mix, more synths for your ass.

Some fun samples in there for you nerds, too.

Ready For The World - Oh Sheila (DJ Apt One Remix)
Zshare | YSI | 320 kbps

Monday, October 27, 2008

DARKLORD Presenta - Il Suono Scuro

The first of what I hope to be a series of soundtrack mixes. Being October and all, I opted to leave out a stack of my funkier records and instead concentrate on the dark and dissonant sounds of the silver screen. A few classics (Flashing, Baseball Furies Chase), a few weird unknowns (Alien Earth, One Foot In Heaven) an original and an edit help to keep things a bit more interesting than the typical Halloween-time jock jams mix. At least, I think so...

The mix is also available in a physical format, CD to be specific, with really handsome artwork designed by Megan Mitchell. If anyone is interested, please send me a message (either here or on myspace) with your address and I will mail you a copy for FREE!

Big ups to Shawn Ryan for helping me turn a pile of moldy records into a veritable, balanced mix.


DARKLORD Presenta - Il Suono Scuro | Direct Link | 192 kbps

Michel Rubini & Denny Jaeger - Beach House (The Hunger, 1983)
Simonetti, Morante & Pignatelli - Flashing (Tenebrae, 1982)
Tangerine Dream - Between Realities (Firestarter, 1984)
Barry De Vorzon - Baseball Furies Chase (The Warriors, 1979)
John Carpenter - The Bank Robbery (Escape From New York, 1981)
Synergy - Alien Earth (The Jupiter Menace, 1982)
Gary Scott - The Chase (Final Exam, 1981)
Giorgio Moroder - Valley of the Dolls (Foxes, 1980)
DARKLORD - Legends (2006)
Goblin - Buio Omega (Buio Omega, 1979)
Pino Donaggio - Mannequins (Tourist Trap, 1979)
SSQ - Trash's Theme (Return of the Living Dead, 1985)
John Carpenter - Street Thunder (Assault on Precinct 13, 1976)
John Harrison - The Dead Suite (DARKLORD edit, 2008)
Jack Nitzsche - Jenny Shot (Starman, 1984)
The Edge - One Foot In Heaven (Captive, 1987)

My Cousin Roy Interview


This Saturday at Hurrah, we are excited to host NYC's My Cousin Roy. His label, Wurst Edits, has been releasing creative new takes on vintage dance music for the past couple years. Not a typical disco edit label, Wurst uncovers and updates dance music from across genres. In addition to his own releases, Wurst has worked with Runaway, Lee Douglas & Eamon Harkin. This week Dollar Bin Jams conducted the following interview with Roy. Also, we have one of his edits below for your listening pleasure. See you Saturday!

When did you first start DJing, and how did you get into it?

1996, following a semester abroad in London. Fell in love with clubbing in the Summer and Fall of '95, and started collecting dance music 12s shortly that Fall. Had been a big music head since my uncle gave me his old turntable when I was just 5 and spent my weekly allowance on LPs, and then eventually cassette tapes, throughout my childhood.

How did you end up collaborating with the group Mathematics in 2004 and 2005?

I was a drum & bass DJ/producer and one of the members of Mathematics in a former life. Left the "group" in 2004 in favor of playing my record collection instead of just one tempo/style.

Aside from the obvious play on words, is there any other meaning behind the name Wurst Edits?

Does there need to be? Heh. Just thought it was a funny and clever name, and yes, I'm a fan of ground meat squeezed into casings. Mmmmm, sausage.

What motivates you to do edits? What elements in the music do you hope to emphasize or eliminate through the process?

It all started with this Ruts DC jam I loved, but it was too short to play out. I went into the studio with the intention of extending all of the best bits and then had a lot of fun making little loops. Next thing I knew I was doing this to all of these songs I found that I wanted to put my personal stamp on, and Wurst Edits was born. I think the edits thing has gone a bit overboard, with too many folks editing the same songs, or those that just don't need editing. I only want to put edits out that bring something new to the table, whether it's Marcos and Jacques from Runaway adding instrumentation of their own, or Doug chopping things up a significant amount, or Eamon locking in on his favorite grooves within the broader context of a song. Wow, I really went overboard on that question, didn't I?

What is your favorite city to play in and why?

New York, New York. Nothing like the energy of a party going off here. Horsemeat Disco in London, the I'm A Cliché night in Paris, Too Much Joy in Minneapolis, and the Gomma night at Erste Liga in Munich were all pretty slammin'.

What new releases have you been enjoying recently?

Terje's mix of Jose Gonzelez is beautiful. Gorgeous, in fact. Laughing Light of Plenty's "The Rose" is incredible as well. Go Thom!

What can we expect from you and Wurst iin the future?

The triumphant return of Runaway in a few weeks! "Use Me" and "Just Got Paid" are the boy's finest work to date, in my extremely biased opinion. Doug (Lee Douglas/Douglas Sound) is working on some new ones as is Eamon and some other buds of mine.

What's the best dollar bin jam you've ever scored?

Robert Gorl: Darling Don't Leave Me - several times over. I always pick it up when I see it to give to friends. Also gotta mention Miss Nicky Trax: Acid In The House, but that was 99¢.

My Cousin Roy - In For It | Zshare | YSI | 128 kbps

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Love So Deep

Toney Lee instrumentals rule. Further evidence can be found here.

Toney Lee - Love So Deep (Instrumental) | Zshare | YSI | 320 kbps

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Forever More

It's nearly impossible to pick a favorite Francois K. mix, but I have to say that his rework of Moloko's "Forever More" is easily towards the top of my own list. The source material helps; Roisin Murphy's untouchable vocals are placed front and center in a lush and breezy backdrop by Mr. K and some additional keyboard flares from another studio veteran; Eric Kupper. In a word, this is flawless pop music for the dancefloor.

I've posted the 7 minute version of the track, but the 12"es that host this tune (there are a few) have a 10 minute version that extends the intro and some of the breaks halfway through. Vinyl hounds be forewarned: it took me months to track this record down. I can't say why for sure, but I finally nabbed it from a dealer on Right place, right time I guess.

Moloko - Forever More (FKEK Vocal Mix) | ZShare | YSI | 192 kbps

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Shinehead was known for his reggae covers of contemporary pop hits. He did Englishman in New York too.

Shinehead - Billie Jean (7")
Zshare | YSI | 320 kbps

A lotta love for this Philly-Pittsburgh hybrid. This record was actually a birthday present years and years ago.

Doin' It also features a great cover of Light My Fire and the crucial Don't Mess With Bill.

Spanky Wilson - Sunshine of Your Love
Zshare | YSI | 320 kbps

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Drum Tool

Haven't posted something like this in a while. I love this Brother Brown track released on Yoshitoshi in 2001. Effected drums for days. Good sample material or simply a tailor made break for your house set.

Brother Brown - Wake Up Beats | DivShare | YSI | 320 kbps

Monday, October 20, 2008

Baby Baba Boogie

I grabbed a promo of this tune a while ago for $2 or $3. The Gap Band successfully executes the Sangria Beat vibe I dig so much. Pool party music for grown folks going to the bathroom 5-at-a-time. Unfortunately, all I have handy on my hard drive is the 4+ minute version. The 12" mix is about 3 minutes longer (though it doesn't change too much from what you are hearing here), so get inspired to hit some dusty bins for those few additional minutes. You'll be grateful you did when some crazy sleazy Euro-chick starts rubbing against you in the booth.

Speaking of Sangria Beats - myself, Mike Tee and Philly up-and-comer Diamond Girl will be rocking this vibe every first and fourth Friday at the brand new (and absolutely stunning) Apothecary Lounge in downtown Philadelphia. We kick things off this week on the 24th. See you there.

The Gap Band - Baby Baba Boogie | ZShare | YSI | 320 kbps

Sunday, October 19, 2008

B.W.H. vs. Putsch '79

In 2004, Finnish production duo Putsch '79 remixed this Italo classic from B.W.H. A great rework of an infectious classic.

B.W.H. - Livin' Up (Putsch '79 Remix) | ZShare | YSI | 320 kbps

Saturday, October 18, 2008

New Baby Ford Edit

This track is a buffet of sick synth work. This version embraces acid über alles.

Baby Ford - Beach Bump (Shawn Ryan Edit)
Zshare | YSI | 320 kbps

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Dead Suite

I just helped my friend Ryan Todd with a soundtrack edit. Here is what he has to say about the project:

I entered the world of dance music from a strange route. Before I knew Larry Levan, I knew Goblin. Before I knew Moroder, I knew John Carpenter. I would drive around the dark roads of rural Connecticut listening to horror soundtrack mixtapes and spooky cassette recordings I made using a Moog Rogue and a reverb unit. It's appropriate that my first DARKLORD edit be of John Harrison's "The Dead Suite," because it's the first time I really dreamed about a song having a structure of my choosing. "Oh, if only that middle section looped a few times longer. Oh, if only the fat were trimmed a bit", etc. Finally, after a few years of DJing and record digging, I stumbled upon the "Day of the Dead OST," and in good shape! Here was my chance to reassemble the song in the way I had always wanted to hear it; not necessarily for the dancefloor, but dark and driving enough for my own amusement and satisfaction. A little esoteric, but enjoy!

John Harrison - The Dead Suite (Darklord Edit)
Zshare | YSI | 320 kbps

Expect more themes of horror and suspense soon...

Keep On Floppin' in the Free World

Don't ask.

Floppy Sounds - Entertainment (Dub) | DivShare | YSI | 192 kbps

further flopping: Alex Picone - Floppy

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Goin' To See My Baby

This record always seems to keep people dancing. "Goin To See My Baby" is my favorite Fatback track, with it's smooth bassline and dubbed out lyrics. This song is ill.
Fatback Band - Goin' To See My Baby | Zshare |YSI | 192 kbps

bohdan dude

Last week I found out a co-worker of mine is getting into post-punk stuff, so I decided to put a mix together for him. By no means definitive, I was just hoping to fill a few gaps in his collection. This mix was recorded in one take using vinyl and Serato.

Shawn Ryan - bohdan dude | Zshare | Mediafire Re-up

01) Gramme - Like You (1999)
02) Gina X Performance - No G.D.M. (1979)
03) The Jellies - Jive Baby on a Saturday Night (Betty Botox Edit) (1981)
04) Raw Sex, Pure Energy - Stop The War (Shawn Ryan Edit) (1982)
05) Maximum Joy - White & Green Place (Extraterrestrial Mix) (1982)
06) Chaz Jankel - 3,000,000 Synths (1981)
07) Fad Gadget - Collapsing New People (Berlin Mix) ( 1984)
08) Los Microwaves - TV In My Eye (1982)
09) Crash Course in Science - Flying Turns (1981)
10) Perfect Zebras - In for the Kill (My Cousin Roy Edit) (1982)
11) Pigbag - Hit the 'O' Deck (1983)
12) Pulsallama - The Devil Lives In My Husband's Body (1982)
13) Casino Music - Viol AF 015 (1979)
14) Minimal Compact - Statik Dancin' (1981)
15) APB - Shoot You Down (1981)
16) Delta 5 - Mind Your Own Business (1979)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Let's Get Epic!

My favorite track off of the "A Whiter Shade of Pale" LP.

Munich Machine - La Nuit Blanche | Zshare | YSI | 320 kbps

Funky Times

With the economy in shambles and the mere existence of Sarah Palin, we are in the midst of some funky times. Time to neutralize the negativity with the other kind of funk.

To kick things off, we've got the title track of Pleasure's 1977 album, Joyous. Then get ready for a Loft-style workout courtesy of Brazilian jazz-funk band Azymuth.

Pleasure - Joyous | ZShare | YSI | 320 kbps

Azymuth - Jazz Carnival | ZShare | YSI | 320 kbps

Thursday, October 2, 2008

New Peter Dragontail!!!

Mr. Dragontail's newest original seems to welcome the onset of fall in Philadelphia. It's skeletal beat, melodic keys, and chilly vocoder work must be the result of early sunsets and long nights in.

Peter Dragontail - Perfect Machine | Divshare | YSI | 320 kbps

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Vitamin C

Last week I had a caffeine fueled conversation with Mike C. where he mentioned his love of Erasure, which prompted me to post my favorite track of theirs. This will probably not set off your dance party, but it still rules.

Erasure - Vitamin C | Zshare | YSI | 320 kbps