Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Imagination - Changes (DJ Apt One Remix)

2008 was all about the economy going in the toilet, the bol Obama winning the presidency and it was also the year the Phillies somehow managed to win the World Series.

What will 2009 bring? I dunno but it's gonna be some whole other shit.

Changes doggie. Changes.

Imagination - Changes (DJ Apt One Remix) | Zshare | YSI | 320 kbps

Monday, December 29, 2008

No Gift Receipts / Nighttime World's Top 2008 of 2008

Just got back from New York, where I spent too much money on records, but lucky for you because Christmas is a time for giving. That being said, I still need to rip 'em, so sit tight. In the meantime, check out Nighttime World radio tonight at 10 p.m. EST on Party 934 for a rundown of some of my favorite electronic tracks from 2008.

Sneak preview: you're going to hear this. Indubitably.

Saturday, December 27, 2008


We've been busy with the holidays, but we didn't forget you. Here's one of my favorite hip-hop beats of all time...

Cypress Hill - Illusions (Q-Tip Remix Instrumental)
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Remember Electroclash???

For what it's worth, here's an excellent electroclash track Memory Boy released in 2002(?). On second thought, maybe it isn't even electroclash. It's too pleasant and beautiful to get lumped in with that shit. You be the judge...

Kap10kurt - Die Sleeping | Zshare | YSI |320 kbps

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Robotique Holiday Party This Friday - With Special Guest: Fit For Use

Attention Philly heads. This Friday, December 19 marks the second annual Robotique Holiday Party. Getting festive with us will be none other than Brooklyn's Drew Heffron, aka Fit For Use. When he is not designing logos for artists on many DBJ playlists (Holy Ghost, for example) Drew is behind the decks or in the studio, editing and remixing classics.

To celebrate his debut in Philly, Mr. Use sent me a fine edit of a Philly classic - Bell and James' "Livin' It Up (Friday Night)". Digital DBJ'ers will be banging this one for sure, just stop in on Friday and say a proper thank you to the man behind the scenes.

Bell & James - Livin' It Up (Friday Night) (Fit For Use Edit)
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As usual - $1 PBR / $2 Sparks / $2 City Wides 'til midnight. I am also gonna try to get my shit together in time to decorate and have giveaways. Roll through with your crew and you will be glad when you do!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Quick

Zulu Instrumental by The Quick has always been a staple at a Cropsy Family Gathering. Props to my Mom on this one - she has been playing this record since I can remember. The Zulu Instrumental is a great track to open up with or just play in a lounge environment. In fact I think I will give this a spin at my New Years eve gig. Enjoy!

The Quick - Zulu (Instrumental) | Zshare | YSI | 320 kbps

Monday, December 15, 2008

Kelly Marie - Don't Stop Your Love (Skinny's edit)

Kelly Marie - Don't Stop Your Love (Skinny Friedman edit)
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I’ve been meaning to do an edit on this one forever and I finally did on the train home from Baltimore today. I took out the corny sax solo at the top and made the cowbell-laden groove from the middle of the track the intro. Then I added some drums.

Family Tree

Here's a mysterious disco classic - I can't find much about it online, except that the vocalist is Sharon Brown (who happened to be a part of another recent post). Every part of this song, from the horns to the vocals to the percussion, has a very raw and soulful quality to it. I picked it up a while ago on this bootleg, which leads me to believe that this is an old DJ friendly edit. If anyone has additional info on this track, please leave a comment.

Family Tree - Family Tree | Zshare | YSI | 320 kbps

Expect to hear this & more this Thursday, when the Philadelphyinz, Billy Werner & I take over the Barbary:

Black & White

Lush, deep house from New York-based producer Bobby Konders, who is equally well-known and respected as a DJ, party promoter, radio personality and proponent of dancehall reggae. Incidentally, the phone number on the label pictured above has been disconnected.

Dub Poets - Black & White | zShare | YSI | 320 kbps

If you dig this and want to hear more deep soundz from a talented New Yorker, check out Dollar Bin Jams' own Billy Werner on Nighttime World radio, tonight at 10 pm EST on Party 934.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Zilla Rocca - Nada (DJ Apt One Remix)

I think this track will go over quite well with the DBJ family. It's a rap remix, yes, but it's got a serious classic disco twist to it with rolling pianos, muted guitar and some great vocals on the bridge. And as I'm sure you nerds are well aware, rap came from disco.

Read a review of the track and grab an exclusive download of the track at 33jones.com.

True Vibes From Monomono - 1974

Not much to say about this one. Absolutely essential Afrobeat/psych from the legendary 1974 album from Monomono, The Dawn Of Awareness. If you see this album, grab it and never let it go. This is the lead-off track and is 4+ minutes of jammy Afrocentric psychedelic truth.

Monomono - Plain Fighting
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Red Planet Will Appear Only When Your Mind Is Open

Sex in zero gravity is difficult, but it is possible with the power of techno. Eddie "Flashin" Fowlkes engineers a nice cosmic buildup on this track, in one of several contributions made to The Martian's discography by Detroit heavyweights, also including Mike Banks, Drexciya and Octave One to name a few.

The Martian - Sex In Zero Gravity | zShare | YSI | 320 kbps

Monday, December 8, 2008

Took My Love - Stainless Steele Edit

There are four different versions of this song on the vinyl 12". I chose to edit the MK What Up Dub version for this post. All of them are pretty dope and could be spun out but I think this is the most hype and sounds to me like a joint for the night's peak. I'll try to post the other cuts from the 12" and maybe even do another edit. Word Bond. Oh...btw this is from 1993 on Columbia Records.

Bizarre Inc (Stainless Steele Edit) - Took My Love
(MK What Up Dub)
| ZShare | YSI | 320 kbps

Brighter Days

Brighter days are coming. Here's proof.

Cajmere feat. Dajae - Brighter Days (Underground Goodie)
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And tune into Nighttime World radio tonight for a special live guest set from our Korea-bound bro, Dollar Bin Jams' own Chris Rogy! Show starts at 10 p.m. EST on Party 934.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

I'm So Hot For You

Please please please give these lyrics a close listen. Tracks like this are why disco is fucking cool. Also, don't forget to join our wall of Addicts and Diggers in the right column!

Bobby O - I'm So Hot For You | Zshare | YSI | 320 kbps

Thursday, December 4, 2008

RIP Party Arty

DITC - Themes, Dreams and Schemes
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Through the magic of Twitter, I just found out that DJ Premier sent out a mass e-mail announcing the death of Diggin In The Crates associate Party Arty. We almost made it through 2008 without a major death in hip-hop but in the last couple weeks, we lost both MC Breed and now PA. Kinda sad.

I might never have heard of dude had he not been on this track, "Themes, Dreams and Schemes," the b-side of a DITC record that for some reason I used to bump a lot back in 1999. It's a decent song. OC kinda sucks on it but everyone else comes correct, "everyone else" being AG, D-Flow and the homie Party Arty. D-Flow and Party Arty rolled as The Ghetto Dwellas and one can only hope they're sitting on an album of vintage beats from Showbiz and Lord Finesse with their above-average flows that will now see the light of day.

He may or may not be the same person as Stan Spit, who sounds exactly the same and had a pretty good verse on Big L's "Holdin It Down." If someone can clear that up for me, that'd be cool.

Anyways, RIP Party Arty.

More Miami

Considering when I first talked to Apt One, it was at Beautiful World and he handed me that Afro Rican 12", I thought I would continue this theme. Here's a classic I recently scored from a neighborhood thrift store. The icing on the cake is that it's the X-Rated version! Also, check out the new features in our right column. We encourage you to join our wall of Addicts & Diggers and subscribe to our posts.

MC Luscious - Boom! I Got Your Boyfriend (Shawn Ryan Edit)
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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Miami Bass

In case you were born yesterday, don't listen to any Poison Clan or Luke at work or in front of self respecting women (unless they're in the club at like 1:30 AM actin' all immoral anyways).

Poison Clan f/ Luke - Head, Head and More Head Pt. 1
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Afro Rican - Give It All You Got
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Dance To The Beat

Italo/synth classic from Starflight. Mike Tee rocked an unsuspecting Silk City audience with this one back in October. This is the Automan edit, which draws out the original 4-minute track to a more DJ-friendly length. Sleazy!

Starflight - Dance To The Beat (Automan Edit)
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

You Get A Gold Star

My good friend Ryan Nation, of Restless Leg Syndrome, just blessed us with his new mix. "You Get A Gold Star" is actually perfect to help you come down after a long night/morning of clubbing. Track by track, it unwinds from danceable disco to bedtime electronica.

01) Wide Boy Awake - Slang Teacher
02 )Toney Lee - Reach Up (Dub)
03) Runaway - Brooklyn Club Jam (Brennan Green's Version)
04) Chaz Jankel - Glad To Know You (Todd Terje Re-Edit)
05) Samos - Alpha Storm (AN-2 Remix)
06) Lullabies in the Dark - Song for Marie and Elise (Aeroplane Remix)
07) Shocking Pinks - Dressed To Please (Deepchord Remix)
08) Otherness - Chilled By Nature (Windsurf's Golden Bear Dub)

Ryan Nation - You Get A Gold Star | Zshare | YSI | 192 kbps

Monday, December 1, 2008

Geting High with Hyman

So this record is a Command piece and as a collector you see joints like this all the time, except this time Dick Hyman killed it. The track is a funky psychedelic mooged out version of  James Brown's "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose" and has become a DvC B-boy (the B-boy crew I roll with) anthem. I am always looking for an undiscovered funk gem to separate me from other cats who dj for B-boys and B-girls and this has always proven to be one. Enjoy!    

Dick Hyman - Give It Up or Turn It Loose | Zshare | YSI | 192 kbps

Just Dub It

Easily the biggest return on investment from my Tequila Sunrise fifty cent spree, here's a track from the Face It 12" by Master C & J. This minimal groove was the first release on the short-lived Chicago house label State Street Records. Also, my first vinyl rip done on my own equipment, so please comment if you notice any glaring quality issues.

Master C & J - Dub It | DivShare | YSI | 320 kbps

Fred Wesley - House Party (DJ Apt One Edit)

I randomly gripped up the 45 of House Party some time ago and it just recently came to the top of the "To Rip" pile. I know there's a 12" of this out there with a "Full Length" version on it, presumably the one that got some run at the Loft, but I decided to edit it up for my own purposes, complete with a period appropriate drum pattern and a period appropriate drum break that I laced up.

Fred Wesley - House Party (DJ Apt One Edit)
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Make sure to drop this at your next house party, because, as the song says, you might have gone to the movies, but it's hard to afford the fare.