Monday, January 30, 2012

2011 Highlights

Dance music's eternal momentum did not falter in 2011. It was another excellent year for tracks, and this is a snapshot of some of our favorites:

I re-uploaded the whole mix series to You can download all of them at the link below...

Shawn Ryan & Ed Blammo - 2011 Highlights • 75 minutes

01. Poolside - Do You Believe? [Future Classic]
02. Hidden Fees - Sale Away [Solei'd Music Group]
03. Jeremy Glenn - New Life
     (Perseus Summer of 83 Remix) [Future Classic]
04. Escort - Cocaine Blues (Extended) [Nang Records]
05. Penguin Prison - Don't Fuck With My Money [Downtown Records]
06. Pumpkin Patch - Blueberry Jam [Young Robots]
07. Name In Lights - Ur Oskunni [The Wurst Music Co.]
08. PBR Streetgang - J2ThaB [Ism Recordings]
09. Beautiful Swimmers - Excited [Permanent Vacation]
10. Storm Queen - It Goes On (Vox) [Environ]
11. Cut Copy - Need You Now [Modular]
12. Nicos Gun - Dirty Girl [Self Released]
13. Gustaph - Same Thing (Vintage Mix) [Regalia Records]
14. Breakbot - Shades Of Black [Ed Banger]
15. Fifteenth - Tomorrow [Fool's Gold]
16. Crazy P - Open For Service [2020Vision]
17. Metronomy - Everything Goes My Way
      (Psychemagik Remix) [Big Beat]
18. Scuba - Everywhere [Hotflush Recordings]
19. L-Vis 1990 - Lost In Love (Neon Dreams Club Mix) [PMR Records]
20. Rogerseventytwo - You Take Me Higher [Fool's Gold]
21. Butch - Drummers Drama [Rekids]
22. Vybz Kartel - Half On A Baby (Mosca Remix) [Mixpak Records]
23. Eli Escobar - Desire (Eli's Re-Work) [Plant Music]
24. Benoit & Sergio - Walk And Talk [DFA]
25. Steffi - Yours (ft. Virginia) [Ostgut Ton]
26. Julio Bashmore - Battle For Middle You [PMR]
27. Peter Dragontail - Crazy Bout You
      (Ft. Maggie Horn) [Young Robots]
28. Jamie xx - Far Nearer [Number]
29. Django Django - Waveforms [Because Music]
30. Little Dragon - Ritual Union [Peacefrog Records]
31. Frank Ocean - Swim Good [Self Released]

Ed Blammo is releasing a new mix each month in 2012 and this is the first. For future months, check For past Highlights mixes, take a ride in the Wayback Machine and check out 2010 Highlights here and 2009 Highlights here.

February Haçeteria Mix

Here's a new mix of resurrected techno & house jams from San Francisco's Tristes Tropiques. If you're in SF on Saturday, be sure to check out Haçeteria at Deco Lounge. Get the details here.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

See The Signal

Instamatic just released a new 3 song EP, See The Signal. The lead track is a collaborative effort, featuring Sweatheart's Rose Luardo on vocals and writing by Memory Tapes' Dayve Hawk. Be sure to listen to Creep Hours, my favorite cut, and let the mega smooth synth signals control you. Catch them live on February 4th at Milk Boy and February 18th at Level Room. Download See The Signal from the band's Bandcamp:

Friday: Dollar Bin Jams Presents DC

DC, are you ever in luck. This Friday, Dollar Bin Jams' own Deep Sang and yours truly, with support from the wonderful Ex Ex Ex will be taking over 930 Club Backbar for a night of House, Disco, Funk and More. The night is a one-off, and Deep Sang and I figured it was only fitting if we do it up in a DBJ stylee!

Orlando Johnson - Chocolate City
Mediafire | 320 kbps

Join us!

Friday, January 27th
Dollar Bin Jams presents
House.Disco.Funk.Soul w/

DJ Apt One (Young Robots/Dollar Bin Jams/Philly)
Deep Sang (Sol Power/Dollar Bin Jams/DC)
Ex Ex Ex (Golden Scissors/DC)

Friday, January 27th at the 930 Club Back Bar
815 V Street NWDC, $5

Daddy Bear


RVNG hooked it up! The embedded player doesn't clearly show it, but you can grab a free download of Wine from their Soundcloud page. Pick up the entire release here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Billy W World Takeover

Billy W - Times In My Life (Underwater Mix) from Daniella Sansotta.

Robotique's Billy W is plowing into 2012 with a pair of new releases and a video. First up is U Just Don't Know, which features two original late night weapons & a stripped down remix by Sean Thomas. Check out the samples on Soundcloud & grab the files at Beatport.

Next up, there's a track on the new Hamilton Dance Records 12". Times In My Life is a top shelf slow burner -  give it a listen & watch the video by Oro Solido above. The vinyl will be available at Juno this week and a digital release through Juno Download is on the horizon.

And if you're in New York on Friday, the release party is going down at Cameo in Williamsburg:

Thursday, January 19, 2012


This Chinese New Year Chris Rogy is bringing in the Dragon with a boom...
Those of you that know me, know I had a long stint in Southeast Asia. In that time, the sounds of 60s and 70s funk and soul grew on me fondly and I began to collect some of those sweet digs. In fact, way back when, in April of 2010, I posted on DBJ just before moving from Bangkok to Phnom Penh. In that post, I referenced Peter Doolan's Monrakplengthai blog. What you don't know, is when I contacted Peter - who I thought was in Boston at the time - I discovered he lived in my neighborhood in Bangkok, good ol' Ratchada Soi 3!
Shortly after, Peter and I got together and went digging for records in Chinatown before my flee. I gotta say, it was a very fruitful experience. With his knowledge of labels and producers we were able to come out with some serious dollar bin jams, only every jam there was a dollar, 'cause that's what a record costs.
Now, nearly 2 years later, Peter and I both live in Brooklyn and we've teamed up again, this time with vinyl connoisseur, Thai Beat/Khmer Psyche Rock enthusiast, Michael Martin (who recently came to visit me in Cambodia) to bring one of the most original soul nights Brooklyn's seen in a long while: BOOM BOOM.
- Chris Rogy
Boom Boom will premier at the Veronica People's Club in Brooklyn this Monday! For more info, check out the FB event here.

Listen to the BOOM BOOM Launch Party Mix Tape below...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Philly Int'l Re-Edits Release

This Friday, I am very proud to present to the world the Philly International Records 40th Anniversary Re-Edits and Remixes compilation. It's a comp available only in Europe, part of a series of 14 CDs of retrospective and new material from one of Philly's great cultural institutions.

I have a remix of one of my favorite songs of all time, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody" on this comp, and it is a top 10 selling R&B record on Amazon UK. Harmless Records, BBC and Philly International were great to ask me to participate in this project and I'm very glad that as the only participant in the remix project from Philadelphia, I have the privilege of presenting it to you. This is the only place in North America you can get this CD (provided all the international shipping comes in on time!).

Furthermore, I am so pleased that we have Del, a great DJ and a great lover of Philly Disco with us to guest, and this also marks the grand debut of the newest resident at The Ball, DJ BRUCE!! We're gonna show you why disco and house music are the best to sweat to!

If you are in the Philly area, please drop by!


PBR, Harmless Records / BBC, Young Robots and DJ Apt One Present:


Philly International 40th Anniversary Re-Edits and Remixes
The Philly Sound and The Disco and House Music It Inspired w/


Kung Fu Necktie, Front & Thompson Streets

$6 Advance tickets from
$8 Day of Show

Limited 40th Anniversary Import CDs on Hand


Here are some tunes to get you in the mood!

Wake Up Everybody (DJ Apt One Edit) by DJ Apt One

Best of Philly Disco Vol. 1 by DJ Apt One

Best of Philly Disco Vol. 2 by DJ Apt One

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


CSLSX is kicking off 2012 with a free download of their new track, Aeromancer. Sit back, relax and imagine you're flying over the Himalayas...

R.I.P Jimmy Castor

June 23, 1947 – January 16, 2012. Rest In Peace E-Man!

Jimmy Castor - E-Man Boogie '82 | Mediafire | YSI | 320 kbps

New Matpat 12"

Philadelphia's Matpat is celebrating his new release on London's Strobelight Honey by giving away a free download of his new George Benson rework. The originals on the 12", as well as the freebie, are all funky house cuts with strong drums & artfully flipped samples. The vinyl also features a remix by LA's NYCPARTYINFO. For some insight into Matpat's influences (and for some free music), checkout his Househeads blog series.

George Benson - Give me the Night (Matpat's 909 Edit) Free DL by matpat

Preview the 12" below & pick up a copy from Juno or Piccadilly Records.

SLH120004 by Strobelight Honey

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dim The Lights

For Ruxbin's Mixedtape Exchange this year, I thought I'd make some sense of some of my vintage house 12"s. I included a couple recent cuts, but the majority of the soaring synths & warm basslines are from late 80s to mid 90s. 100% vinyl, featuring tracks from Cajual, Nu Groove, Shelter, Henry Street, Planet E, TBD Sounds & more!

Dim The Lights by Shawn Ryan

El Chiflado

Here's a little Peruvian gem Platurn recently unearthed...

One of the scores down in Lima over the holidays (was pretty beat -- cleaned it up as best as possible). Don't know anything about its origins but Chic is spelled Chick and it's obviously a cover albeit the music is very close to the original, sens the lazy drawl of the female vocals which is all kinds of awesome.

Despite its overpopularity, i've always been a fan of this song and I love hearing alternates done in other countries (put a Cantonese? one on the OZ mix from last year -- check 47:50 right here.

You find these types of disco covers quite frequently when abroad and I dig 'em every time. Tells you a lot about the quality/equipment that specific countries adhered to at the time and it's always interesting to trip off of which songs they chose to cover (always great when it's something super random that was never even popular in the states).

More to come including a mini mix soon! Stay tuned and enjoy.

Chick -- El Chiflado by platurn

Monday, January 9, 2012

Respect to Snikars

This mix by L.I.E.S. mastermind Ron Morelli has been on heavy rotation for the past few months, so I thought I'd share. It was recorded for the Noise In My Head radio show & most of the records were purchased at Snikars Records in Stockholm. I gotta book a flight to Sweden soon!

Respect to Snikars-Ron Morelli mix for Noise in My Head, Australia by L.I.E.S.

she was a beeetch
happy alone
say a prayer for the morning
rough relations
a nice ass
out in public
with a sweet funky
thats' racist!
full of passion
stay high
annoying male vocal
way better than before
and even better
in the roadhouse
danger little stranger
subdued disco drama
some nihilist shit
america #1 everyone else #1000
slanted and enchanted
how much low can you get?