Monday, December 19, 2016

Michael The Lion's Funk Train - LA Edition - December 29th

Get on the Funk Train! The party that brings the disco heat is pulling into third US city - Los Angeles. It's a family affair as we bring POOLS, Dino Soccio and Dirty Dave together for two rooms of disco, house and classics at Los Globos on Thursday the 29th. Shoutout to BasslineLA, Prism Sound, Razor-N-Tape, Soul Clap, Rogue Agency and Los Globos for helping to pull this all together!

Excited to bring the Philly sound to the left coast and get some sun!

Michael The Lion's Funk Train (LA Edition)

Michael The Lion (Soul Clap Records, Razor-N-Tape, Philadelphia)
POOLS (Razor-N-Tape - LA)
Dino Soccio (Only Children, Razor-N-Tape - Chicago)
Dirty Dave (Dublab - LA)

at Los Globos (In Two Rooms!)
3040 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, California

Dec. 29th, 9PM-2AM
$10 advance tickets, $15 at the door

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hooked Late Night

We teamed up with 52hz for a very special late night event, with Micheal The Lion, Del and myself playing music for you til daybreak. More info here.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Michael The Lion Live on WKDU FM

For the third straight year I was asked to play during WKDU 91.7's Electronic Music Marathon. This year, the marathon raised money for Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. Shoutout to my two cats, Fela and Ladybird!

I'm really happy with the set - it's made up of lots of forthcoming original material and some simple edits that I've made for my own DJ sets. Pretty much what you can expect when you hear me playing live.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Killer Moon

In early November, we were up in Brooklyn for a night at Kinfolk 90. We had the best time DJing and dancing all night with so many good friends. After a few hours of sleep and some inspirational public-access cooking tips, we stopped by The Lot Radio for a session. We went all in on this one, focusing on some oddball favorites from across the spectrum, so hopefully you enjoy the listen.

Thanks to Kinfolk and The Lot for having us!

Universal Cave

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Michael The Lion & Jay Airiness Split 12"

New 12" of edits out now on Diggin Deeper France! Many thanks to my good friend Jay Airiness for putting this out and for tossing two of his edit gems on the B-side as well. Happy to be splitting an EP with him after all these years.

This record is pressed in limited quantities, so get it while it's hot!  It's arriving at more retailers each day, so I'll try to keep this updated.  For now it's not being sold at US outlets - Juno has the cheapest Trans-Atlantic shipping.

 Michael The Lion / Jay Airiness - Keep On Hangin On

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Naw Naw Naw

Do you like volcanos? cartoons? pixel art? how about serpent babes??? If so, you should watch Peter Dragontail's new video. He animated it himself and it is awesome.

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Michael The Lion featuring Amy Douglas - Get It On

"Positivity, tolerance and love are in short supply right now. When Amy sang this song, she was going through a really tough time. The creation of this song was a therapeutic process. It has served that purpose several times. The first time we performed it live, during a Pride-related event, unbeknownst to us, the Orlando nightclub massacre was taking place across the country. The next day I thought about that moment and listened back to the song and wondered where to find hope.

This song was supposed to come out several months from now but Eli [from Soul Clap] contacted me on Wednesday morning and we agreed, we need to share our therapy with you sooner, rather than later. In Amy's words, "for all of the songs that have come before, begging and pleading with our humanity to be better to each other, it would seem it's not enough, so we wrote one more."

- Michael The Lion

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Universal Cave Kinfolk Takeover

Brooklyn friends, Universal Cave is taking over Kinfolk in Brooklyn this Friday from 10pm til 4am, then playing The Lot Radio on Saturday from 6pm til 8pm. Let's do this!

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fall 2016 Cave Jams

Some recent favorites you might here when Universal Cave takes over Kinfolk in Brooklyn on Friday, November 11th! 

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Fall Fusion Mix

Some jazz fusion favorites from U Cave's own Brian Hart Cassidy. Plenty of great spiritual, soul, funk and disco sounds throught the whole mix!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Universal Cave WKDU Takeover

Universal Cave raided WKDU's vinyl library for a few hours and played our favorites, many of which were new to us:

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Il Suono Scuro 6

After a few years of restful slumber six feet under, Il Suono Scuro is back from the grave with another hour of soundtrack music for the Halloween season:

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Hooked Halloween

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Thursday, September 29, 2016


The Dragon returns with some yearning Kraftwerk R&B!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Underdog Goes East

Leonard Part Sixx, the man responsible for the legendary Underdog Edits Series, will be in NYC on Friday and Philadelphia on Saturday. If you're not familiar with his work, you can hear his recent Razor N Tape release and an amazing 3 hour DJ set below, or find some highlights from his 14 volume vinyl series on Youtube. There's also a good interview with him at The Standard.

TLDR: Underdog Edits are amazing. Do not sleep on this!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

World Building Debut

Mark Seven kicks the doors wide open on this joint! Psyched to have this cult DJ/producer in the house for the first release on World Building. Both sides of the wax are guaranteed to stimulate your body, your mind & your soul. Let us guide you thru the ultimate dance experience!
Mark flexes the serious house muscles on these tunes. Two sides of massive DJ-ready club killers!
Classic chords, tough basslines, hype sax riffs, swangin’ drums, strong vocals, multiple mixes (including a saxapella!) … we know what you need. Thanks for checking out the first 12” on World Building.

The Fatal Flaw in Disco (u-4-ria) 7:35
The Fatal Flaw in Disco (lonely dancer) 6:38
The Fatal Flaw in Disco (saxapella) 2:56

Never Leave (original) 6:53
Never Leave (pressure dub) 8:20

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Kids Part 1

DC Promo Tracks #21 is a sneak peak of the third installment from fledgling Philadelphia label, Going Home Records (run by DC alumnus Ryan Todd). Four smoky & smudgy deep house grooves from Kansas City's own Maxine & Cleo (Argot, Material Image). 300 copies stamped and hand-numbered, pressed on 180g. Will be available at Rush Hour, Earcave and All Day Records. More info to come...
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Friday, August 12, 2016

RIP Soundcloud Groups

Most of them were pure spam, but I'm proud of the DBJ group. I even discovered a few new producers and found some tracks to play out through it. Anyway, now is your last chance to take a look - Soundcloud groups are being removed on August 22nd.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Girls Chat Room

Dig through your desk for a free AOL disc, grab the nearest Blackberry, call the 900 number on the screen... do whatever it takes to join in the fun with Girls Chat Room. The Chat is abuzz with hot gossip and new tracks and even some new fangled video content. Trust me, it's worth fighting the eternal battle with your Flash plug-in for this one. Preview the action below, stream the whole album on Soundcloud and buy it on Bandcamp for $5.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Celebrate 8/08

Decided to put together a little treat for my fellow gear enthusiast/producer types. It's samples of all my TR-808's drum voices as well as 30 sample patterns ranging from 80bpm all the way up to 130-something. Some dry, some with effects, some busy, some simple. Classic electro rap beats, Italo, janky wind-tunnel techno, WBMX-style house, etc. Anybody can use these patterns for whatever they want, no credit necessary.
Download the samples here.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

Rhythms of the Pacific

More of that good goodness from Vancouver's Pacific Rhythm. Volume 3 out soon!

Personal Software

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

M//R on Red Light Radio

Tuff grooves galore on M//R's recent Red Light Radio appearance, including Peggy Guo, Wolf Dem, Manik, Sorcerer, Motion Graphics, Zhut Kapote and some of his own unreleased work.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Little Disco Summer '16

Heavy vibes from the homie DJ Bruce aka STRONG on Yaya. Check the track and whole Little Disco compilation below. Good stuff!

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Down On Bitter End

An edit of a disco cover of a soft rock anthem with huge percussion and reinforced drums?!? Ticking a lot of boxes with this one...

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

U Cave Discobelle Mix

Universal Cave's mix for Discobelle's excellent series.

01. The Countach - Aqua Marina (Paradise Mix)
02. Last Rhythm - Open Your Mind (Dub Version)
03. Braden Schlager - King of Comedy [Efficient Space]
04. Zamatsutsi - Mogadishu [Balearic Social]
05. Sorcerer - Rich Cat [Universal Cave]
06. Starpoint - I Want You (Red Zone Mix)
07. The Beat Broker - Larceny Dub [Universal Cave]
08. San Laurentino - Pacific Touch
09. Larry Heard - Space Jungle
10. Sorcerer - Critical Situation [Universal Cave]
11. Ess O Ess - Cantillate (Suzanne Kraft Remix) [Not An Animal]
12. Teque Nick - Bye Bye Stembi
13. African Dream - Young & Free
14. Maxine and Cleo - Kids Part 1 [forthcoming on Going Home]
15. Potent Mutant - His Power is Yours (Superprince Remix)[100 Years of Solid Dudes]
16. DTR - Journey Into A Dream (Perfect Essence Instrumental)

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Up Up to the Sky

A heavy groover from the new Superprince 12", available now at Philadelphia's Profond, Downtown 304, Juno & more!

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Superprince on WKDU

Superprince's mix and live set from this week's Hot Mix on WKDU. Join us at the Dolphin next Friday for a little record release party.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Start Again

Shout out to DĂ©licieuse Musique for debuting Start Again from the Superprince Edits 12" out now on Razor-N-Tape!

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Strong Feeling

I'm proud to announce that Superprince is making it's vinyl debut on Razor-N-Tape!
Philly's home-grown edit kings Superprince drop some serious brotherly love in their first outing for RNT. From the uptempo bounce of 'Strong Feeling,' to the soulful boogie of 'Down on Bitter End' and 'Start Again,' to the chilled re-cut funk of 'Up Up To The Sky,' these 4 heaters are guaranteed to find a permanent home in any record bag!
Listen to A1 below and pick up the vinyl from Juno and other record shops around the globe. 

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Make It Happen

The final track from Satin Kimono. Listen below and pick up a copy from this list of shops.

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Jaz on Vice

Vice profiled the homie JAZ's work as a DJ, record collector and priest! Watch the 10 minute video here.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Superprince Summer Scorchers

Hop aboard the disco train as we conduct you through heater after heater, including tracks from our upcoming Razor-N-Tape 12", unreleased Superprince and a mega groover from another upcoming RNT releases. Choo choo!

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Love Weather Dinner Party

Extra Lovely Records somehow managed to convince occasional DBJ contributor Vincent Smaldone aka DJ Image to open his top secret vault of tapes and share a few highlights. Under piles of random reels and unlabeled floppy discs, they unearthed Love Weather Dinner Party, an experimental turntablism album in the vein of Q-Bert's Wave Twisters, Mixmaster Mike's Anti Theft Device and D-Styles' Phantazmagorea: Psychedelic scratching and distorted drums with heaping helping of forgotten pop culture references make for a far out yet very flavorful Dinner Party.

Listen to a few tracks from the album below and head over to Extra Lovely's Bandcamp to pick up a limited edition (only 50) paint splattered cassette or files.

Instruments Used: 
MPC2000, Homemade Electric Organ, VCR, Sony 1/4" Reel to Reel, Dr. 202, Turntables, Vestax 07 Pro, Vintage Keyboards, 4-track recorder, Adat, SK1. All Samples from vinyl and film. This project was created without a computer. 

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Thursday, June 30, 2016


Another Beastie remix to accompany the recent batch I posted, plus some Nas heat courtesy of Philadelphia's Ian Saint Laurent.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Satin Kimono

The Beat Broker's "Satin Kimono" EP is now available! Listen to the title track and buy the vinyl from these fine retailers.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summer 2016 Cave Jams

Summer's finally here and I made a chart to celebrate. As always, there's a crazy amount of mind blowing/expanding new music coming out, as well as numerous quality edits and necessary reissues. Here's a round-up of some of my favorites:

✔️ Plenty of exciting new music from Suzanne KraftJKriv & Free Magic,Selvagem, Bezier on Honey SoundsystemNoema on THE MAGIC MOVEMENTJoe Claussell on Sacred Rhythm MusicMy Love Is UndergroundGrowing Bin RecordsAficionado Recordings, Kinfolk Records & Good Timin'.

✔️ Top shelf edits from Albion and mikeBurns on Legalize LambadaArsenii,Eddie C on Red Motorbike, The Mighty Zaf on Moton Records Inc, Mori Ra and Fatnotronic.

✔️ Great reissues from Music From MemoryFavorite RecordingsSpacetalk& more!

✔️ Plus Sorcerer music + the Beat Broker 12"s on Universal Cave, andSuperprince's DEBUT 12" on Razor-N-Tape!!!

Check out the previews, buy some records and remember not to leave them in the sun. đŸ˜Ž

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Charmed Life

A mellow remix of one of Homero Espinosa's Charmed Life with a little shuffle. Grab a free download!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Honey It's You

The Beat Broker's take on a Dream Chimney classic, out now on Universal Cave Records! Available now from Pacific Beach Vinyl or preorder from Juno. Follow Universal Cave on Soundcloud for more.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Coffee Wave 2

Psychedelic soul and trippy visuals that go well with your morning brew. Coffee Wave is a collaboration between Ed Christof and Dewey Saunders. Pick up one of the mega limited (edition of 30!) zine/cassette packs here. Listen to the mix below and preview the art here.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Larceny Dub

Universal Cave has some more summer heat on deck: The Beat Broker's "Satin Kimono" is dropping on June 27th. "Larceny Dub" will give you a taste of the vibe: it soars to new heights of AOR bliss, featuring an extensive re-working of a record that was passed along to The Beat Broker by an ex-Deadhead neighbor.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

I Wanna Get To Know You Better

Party time piano and Colonel Abrams style vocals reedited, reinforced & remastered with love!

Keep an eye out for our new 12" on Razor-N-Tape in July!

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Beast Mode

Ian Saint Laurent just blessed the internet with a trio of awesome break heavy Beastie Boys remixes:

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Hooked Returns for Philly Pride

Special Pride Edition

JUNE 11th, 2016
Michael The Lion (Soul Clap, Razor-N-Tape)
f/ Amy Douglas (Live!)
Shawn Ryan (Superprince, Universal Cave, Razor-N-Tape)
DEL (5 Magazine, Do You Wanna Boogie)
Franky Bradley's
13th and Chancellor, Philadelphia

I'm very excited to once again return to Franky Bradley's for #Hooked - Philly's soiree for the disco classics and the music they inspired. This is one of my favorite parties the world over, and it's gonna be smack-dab in the middle of Pride weekend in the Gayborhood. Shawn Ryan and Del will be alongside on the wheels as we bring you the heat!

But I'm doubly excited because Amy Douglas will be coming down from Boston to join me and sing our Soul Clap Records hit Funk Train. Plus we will be debuting "Get It On," a tune from my upcoming vinyl EP which will be out this fall. This is the first live performance at Hooked and the first live performance of either of these songs anywhere!

If you haven't heard Funk Train yet, here's the legendary Francois K (Prelude Records, Studio 54, Paradise Garage) dropping it in one of his Deep Space sets (@ 28:10):

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Wine Cooler Country

Sit back, sip your cooler and enjoy a cruise through the country with Aristotle Chipotle's groover:

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

You Got Yours

To celebrate amassing 25,000 followers on Soundcloud, Razor-N-Tape has a special giveaway for you:

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Feel the Umgebungsdruck

The Magic Message's Shearn is behind the knobs for the latest installment of the Vodercast series. Shearn has one of the most jam packed gig schedules in the city, quite possibly hitting the 10,000 hour mark on the mixer in Philadelphia clubs, bars and parties alone. For this mix, he takes listeners on a rare journey through the more ambient side of his techno tastes:

1. Leon Vynehall – Midnight on Rainbow Road (Rush Hour)
2. Bicep – Dahlia (Feel My Bicep)
3. Cosmic Cowboys – If You Leave Tonight (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) (Musik Gewinnt Freunde)
4. In2Deep – One (Musik Gewinnt Freunde)
5. Bedrock – Emerald (BOg Remix) (Bedrock Records)
6. Elliot Thomas – Desert Light (Voyeurhythm)
7. Matthus Raman – Swimming With Birds (Jake Chambers Remix) (Musik Gewinnt Freunde)
8. Rodriguez Jr. – Mistral (Stephan Bodzin Remix) (Systematic Recordings)
9. Alex Niggemann – Virgo (Last Night on Earth)
10. Hunter/Game – Adaptation (Kompakt)
11. Eduardo De La Calle – Anima Animus (Cadenza)
12. Efdemin – Parallaxis (Traumprinz’ Over to the Edge Remix) (Dial Records)
13. Four Tet & Martyn – Glassbeadgames (8 Hours at Fabric Dub) (Ninja Tune)
14. The xx – Tides (Dixon Remix) (Innervisions)
15. System – SK20 (~skape)
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Monday, May 23, 2016

The AufklÀrung Gang? The AufklÀrung Gang!!!

Another solid gold hit from the 100 Years of Solid Dudes ever expanding roster of artists: AufklÀrung Gang. Get your tanzen shoes on and enlighten yourself with "Tanzen."

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