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Monthly Archives: July 2011


Here is 30 minutes of my record collection for your personal enjoyment. Go ahead and turn this one up. Move! Because this one is mixed for the dance floor.

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From the amount of times I mention Italian producer Nicholas, you might think I have some bias for Italy. But truth be told I simply just love the energy and sound coming from this scene. Nicholas has showed me aspects of house I wasn’t aware of and now Simoncino has taken me another step deeper. Simoncino is quickly coming to the forefront of my thoughts when I consider what sort of house tracks I want to play out. This release comes soon after one of my favorite releases of summer; his “Beat the Street EP” on Mathematics Recordings.

Simoncino seems to be somewhat of a master of those 80’s era claps and is brave enough to bring those airy pads back into house, “All Night” is a perfect example of his unique outlook & explorations in house. Nicholas has a solid grip on the skill of sampling and looping to produce a solid groove, the piano sample in “Holdin’ On” is no exception. It’s one of his best productions and properly fitted on the Quintessential imprint.

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Simoncino – All Night

Nicholas – Holdin’ On

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Justin Vandervolgen of !!! and Out Hud is at it again on the limited pressing label Golf Channel. This release is a selection of electric romping disco that gets looped into a frenzy, something Justin has a knack for. I just picked up a past release from Golf Channel (Clapping Song/Sheebooyah) that whips things up similarly. “Clapping Song” is stuck in my head, so this release is getting to me right as my interest for Golf Channel is rekindled. Perfect!

“I’m Dancer”

“Needs Ending”

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Here is some good ol’ groovin disco for you, keeping true to what moves! Alot of innovations and nuances have come to the fore front of dance music but sometimes they fail to pick a dance floor up off it’s ass. These tracks are the sort of classic goodness that just simply work. And not in a boring way whatsoever.

Enjoy two of the tracks from the EP in their entirety. Ripped via my personal vinyl collection.

Pick up the vinyl here.

Martial Arts (Anonstop Edit)

Primates (Anonstop Edit)

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Located at:
820 West 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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This Saturday, July 9th, the tracks locked in the grooves of our records are amplified to full effect at our humble home the Avalon Bar. This is a night for Dancers, it is all about getting together and fulfilling these records intention: rhythmic movements amongst good company. Our record collections are ever expanding, many corners of the dance music genome will be explored!

I personally have been searching for some good extended jamming tunes to play out, I love the kind of tunes that take over and require only a gentle finesse when it comes to mixing, LET THE TRACKS DO THE TALKING!! Also I put Canyons – Fire Eyes EP in my crate in honor of the event taking place the night before our night; Leo Thomson of Canyons visits from Australia and is joining the Double Fisted Crew back in their original home, Avalon Bar. 😉

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Avalon Bar gets treated to some DFU and CANYONS! And I had the opportunity to ask Leo Thomson some questions as well.

Located at:
820 West 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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Avalon Bar hasn’t seen anything along the lines of this in a while. Talented people have been holding down monthly residencies, but as far as bringing in guests it hasn’t happened much. Meanwhile The Double Fisted Underground has been up to a lot, but the Avalon days seemed like they were long gone. So this Friday feels like a revitalization of that OC underground vibe that I have heard so much about but haven’t seen a whole lot of. For me personally it’s such a pleasure to get a chance to dance a night away at a place I consider a home away from home, Avalon Bar, to a guest DJ whose record I picked up and played out so many times. It makes that international dance music community feel oh so cozy!

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Interview with Leo Thomson, DFU’s guest this Friday (July 8th) at Avalon Bar.

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Q: How did you and Ryan (of Canyons) connect?

We were friends in high school first.

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Q: What are your personal influences in music?

My musical influences are really varied – I grew up listening to rock and metal, then got really into hip hop and then through hip hop became more interested in soul and older music in general. Then from soul I started listening to disco and from disco I started listening to house music. So It’s kinda hard to pin point what the influences are, but I guess music from the 60’s through to the late 80’s has definitely been an influence.

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Q: Can you tell me about the scene in Australia?

Australia is unique in that it’s so isolated which I think has negative and positive effects. It’s a good thing if it means people try to make more original music but it’s a bad thing when it means that some kinds of music / bands / artists don’t necessarily get the recognition they deserve until they’re validated by another country first. There is definitely a strong scene for indie / rock bands here but maybe the dance side isn’t as strong, which I think has to do with there being very few venues that support good dance music.

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Q: Have you been djing internationally? What are some gigs that are most memorable?

When we released a 12″ with DFA in 2009 we came out to the US to play a few shows. We did a really fun boat party in NYC and a few other shows there and we also played in LA, SF and did a pool party out in Palm Springs.

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Q: My first exposure to your production was with the “Fire Eyes” EP on DFA. (I have this piece of vinyl!) If you don’t mind disclosing what went into this release can you tell me who is the vocalist and what samples and original instrumentation went into this?

The vocalist is a woman from Sydney called Delilah. She moved out to Australia from the US in the the late 70’s I think. She’s definitely a character. The only sample in there is that percussive build up kind of thing which is from a Sylvester tune. We played/programmed all the rest of the music.

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“Fire Eyes” (Jacques Renault’s Living In The Jungle Mix)

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Q: Scotty tells me you two met after he bought the first release on your label Hole in the Sky, he said he loved it and reached out to you and Ryan. Can you tell me about how and when the label started, and what (if anything) is going on with the label, now or in the future?

The label was started by Ryan and I as a way of us releasing the music we were making separately at the time, as well as music by our friends. It’s been pretty quiet for a while because we’ve been finishing off our album but we do have some good things lined up for the next few releases, which we’ll get happening really soon.

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Logo side of the first Hole in the Sky record: The Templates – Daylight

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Q: When you visited Scotty in Long Beach a couple years back, what was your impression of the happenings of SoCal? Did you have any gigs while you were here? Any memorable moments?

It’s going back a way now, it’s hard to remember to be honest. We played a fun gig with Scotty that he organized but I can’t remember the name of the place. Hanging out with Scotty was memorable!

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Q: So you are working on a full length album, how are these coming along, and what challenges or inspirations have you come across in your recent work?

We’ve finished the album now thankfully. It was definitely a challenge for us to write an album. I think a big part of it was that we’ve been used to making individual tunes for 12″s and doing remixes etc but we obviously wanted our album to be a coherent body of work. We are also into so many different types of sounds and music so it was tough to figure out a way to get all the different things we wanted on the record while at the same time have it still hold together as one thing and not sound too disparate.

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You can keep in touch with Canyons here and keep in touch with the Double Fisted Underground on here.

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