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e s p e r p e n t o #01 #daxdj podcast

Una mia vecchia registrazione del 1994 ritrova vita grazie agli amici di e s p e r p e n t o. Il ruolo del #DJ moderno deve essere questo: educare, provocare.. naturalmente ci vogliono i “contenuti”! Tra il 1993 e il 1994 sono usciti dischi fondamentali per la cultura elettronica, musica ancora attuale che ha influenzato un bel tot di artisti e dj. .. Fate attenzione perchè ne ho molte altre cassette e anche di più pazze ..

e s p e r p e n t o #01 w/ Dax DJ (FAMILY HOUSE /PARTYHARDY)

The first e s p e r p e n t o by Dario Bedin is a special mixtape recorded in 1994: IDM (known as “art techno”, “intelligent techno” or “electronica”) is the controversial musical genre which embraced the underground phenomenon between 1993 and 1994.

www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jul/03/artificial-intelligence-compilation-album-warp-records-idm-intelligent-dance-music

A-Side: “Astral Dub” by Dax DJ, consists of experimental works by great artists such as AFX, with ambient, IDM and astral dub stuff.

www.mixcloud.com/esper-pento/e-s-p-e-r-p-e-n-t-o-1-dax-dj-astral-dub-mixtape-a-side-1994/

B-Side: “A-E-O” contains a selection with futuristic tracks by Autechre (æ), Seefeel and many others. *Afro Technological influences inside.*

www.mixcloud.com/esper-pento/e-s-p-e-r-p-e-n-t-o-01-dax-dj-a-e-o-mixtape-b-side-1994/

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Tunnel di Andrea Benedetti, la prima fanzine techno italiana

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Questa mattina sono stato letteralmente folgorato da questo link postato da Andrea Benedetti: quanti ricordi, qualcosa di veramente speciale.. Come faccio di solito, quando trovo materiale interessante riguardante la musica elettronica, giro sempre i collegamenti al mio amico, collega, partner in crime MOG. Dopo pochi minuti ecco arrivare il suo feedback:

” Ciao Dax, questa è storia io al tempo leggevo Neural, e ho anche il disco di DIVE di cui parlano nell’articolo, pubblicato dalla MH, comunque era proprio così, la musica era ricerca e lotta sociale, i rave, la musica elettronica erano cultura, di quella vera!!! Il futuro di cui parlavamo in quel periodo è arrivato e come si ipotizzava non è stato poi tanto positivo, la nostra fortuna Dax è stata quella di vivere quegli anni e di vedere i cambiamenti anche musicali che ci sono stati e che abbiamo vissuto in prima persona. “

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Raccomandato a tutti i Cybernauti, Hackers, Travellers, agli abbonati di Neural, ai frequentatori del Link di Bologna (dove puntualmente trovavo fanzines e acquistavo i dischi della MH, Betulla, ACV),  agli amici di electronique.it, Fabbrika, Bozombo, paynomindtous.it.
You know who you are …

[…] Penso però che la comunicazione raggiungerà livelli superiori a quelli di oggi in poco tempo anche grazie alla musica che stiamo facendo come pionieri. Anche se non ci saranno riscontri commerciali continueremo a farla. […]

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George K FU.ME intw.

1. Why and When did you start to produce music?

E’ difficile ricordare l’esatto momento in cui realmente ho iniziato a pensare di produrre tracce … so di certo che ero un teenager: forse 15/16 anni. Il tutto ha avuto una naturale evoluzione con il mio percorso artistico/personale, un naturale prolungamento del mio lato più creativo.

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2. Where do you continually get your inspiration?

La mia inspirazione è strettamente legata a quello che vivo: chiaramente non sono di Detroit, sono un classico emigrato dal sud che vive in un quartiere popolare, con i suoi alti e bassi: momenti di felicità e forte tensione sociale! Il classico posto dove lo stato è in secondo piano, questo mi ha formato come persona e come producer/dj (forse anche per questo motivo non faccio musica facile o soft), o forse io la penso così. Altra fonte di inspirazione è tutto ciò che ho vissuto nel mio passato: la cultura Rap (soprattutto i “breakbeat electro” per B-Boy) writing/writers, motorini truccati, gli atteggiamenti da “zarro”, le partite a 11, le trasferte nei club a km di distanza, le “jam”. Poi il tutto è variabile di giorno in giorno; direi che a livello di background non sono uno di quelli che può vantare il padre musicista con una selezione di dischi incredibile, lui è un semplice operaio a cui piace Modugno e Fausto Papetti. Mio fratello ascoltava Prog-Rock ed io all’inizio ascoltavo le cassettine che gli passavano con Posse, Rock, Punk ecc., chiaro che un minino ha influito.

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3. Are you involved in any current collaborations? Talk about FU.me, Austerity ..

Al momento sto cercando di produrre il più possibile da solo, per portare avanti la mia identità sonora. Austerity è un collettivo formatosi tempo fa in maniera molto naturale, diciamo che i componenti hanno in comune il pensiero e la metodologia di produzione. “Austerity” perchè era giusto ricominciare a produrre con una coscienza sociale. FU.ME è la mia label, ora siamo alla seconda uscita! Potevano essere molte di più, ma ho avuto problemi con una distribuzione p&d (soldi/ritardi) che è in mano a dei totali incompetenti; detto questo ora si procede per il verso giusto, così come dovrebbe essere. La mia label vuole proporre musica vera, per farlo ho dovuto non scendere nemmeno un secondo a compromessi. Esempio: non sono il tipo che dice “non accettiamo demo”, a me interessa poco dell’hype, giudico la persona a livello umano e musicale. Puoi essere il più figo di tutti, protresti farmi fare “sold out” con un uscita in due settimane, ma se non hai nulla a che fare con me o con la mia visione, non un minimo di spazio con me! In sostanza, se sei un “wannabe” che vuole arrivare (chissà dove), come me non avrai a che fare, sia musicalmente che come persona. Penso che la creatività sia un dono che rende immortali, noi abbiamo un dovere sociale: le cose bisogna farle bene e con il cuore, non a caso e per il cash.

4. Which artists are you currently listening to?

Sono legato in maniera viscerale alla scena di Detroit e a label come Tommy Boy per l’electro. Come artisti ascolto Mills, Hood, le produzioni vecchie UR, Stingray, il vecchio Armand Van Helden, tutti gli artisti legati alla Chicago Old School. Come produzioni nuove ben poco: mi risultano molto noiose e molto facili, strizzano l’occhio a quello che va al momento, non hanno una loro identità sonora, non mi stupiscono.

5. DJs?

Mills, Hood, Laurent Garnier, Prosumer, DJ Qbert, Stingray, DJ Hyperactive.

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6. Tell us about Brianza and Italian music scene.

In Brianza c’è una scena musicale piccola, quanto talentuosa: produttori di ogni genere che però hanno il loro impatto sulla scena italiana; purtroppo paga molto la vicinanza con Milano che però, in termini di numeri, paga il fatto che è molto dispersiva! In sostanza qua ci si conosce tutti abbastanza bene. Esempio pratico: nello stesso posto a bersi una birra puoi trovare me, JS, Bighans (produttore di musica elettronica e di rap), dj 2p (produtore rap e dj da battaglia che fa scratch), svariati gruppi di vario genere, tutto in una simbiosi creativa bellissima. Di Brianza si parla poco semplicemente perchè siamo degli esportatori! L’esempio eclatante (più che altro il primo che mi viene in mente) è Bochum Welt. Della scena italiana potrei scrivere per ore.. quindi sarò molto riassuntivo, come detto prima, detesto i “wannabe”, detesto le persone non vere, detesto quelli che si sono creati un personaggio, detesto quelli senza storia, ma è anche vero che ho avuto a che fare anche con gente splendida, talentuosa e che non scende a compromessi. Il vero problema (come quello del mondo) è che girà tutto intorno ai soldi e alle conoscenze, se non sei parte di un booking o sei amico di un promoter, fai ben poco in questo paese (soliti artisti, solite serate, nulla di nuovo) a meno che tu non voglia suonare per quattro lire. In più ora si è aggiunto l’aspetto “social” dove anche il più sfigato senza storia, diventa il king in un secondo! Ora potrei avere un atteggiamento da “hater”, ma non lo è assolutamente. Non vorrei stare al loro posto, non mi interessa fare i miliardi facendo una cosa che non mi rappresenta, come non mi interessa fare il figo in consolle o perchè ho 6000 gigs. Sono una persona da pane e mortadella, ho il mio lavoro e questo lo faccio in primis per me. Spero sia chiaro il mio pensiero, fate le cose bene e non tanto per …..

7. Enlighten us on your dream project?

Vorrei fare un album e vorrei provare a collaborare con diverse forme di espressioni, video, foto, artwork, ecc.; per il resto sto bene così.

8. Drums, Synthesizers and Sequencer.

Non rinuncio mai alla mia Electribe, mi piacciono le drums vecchie serie rx yamaha.. Del resto non parlo, sono molto geloso del mio setup.

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9. Your best place for music .. around the world?!

La Scozia ha un scena incredibile: per fortuna ancora non conosciuta dai magnati.. Bei party, belle persone, ottima conoscenza musicale da parte del pubblico, persone che si vogliono divertire.

10. Visions of the future.

Penso che a livello qualitativo, il tutto potrà cambiare non prima di qualche anno, purtroppo c’è ancora l’ultima coda di noia e di medioevo del club in generale. Sono ottimista, ma bisogna avere pazienza.

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Daniel Araya – Interview + Live at Rundgång EP

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1. Present yourself; origin, now, future.

My name is Daniel Araya, I’m from the Swedish countryside originally but now live in Stockholm. I’m the studio engineer at state run Elektronmusikstudion.se and I have my own company where I build custom made elctronic and mechanics for art, sound and movie sets.
I discovered house and acid house around 1987 by listening to radio shows and started making music with an Amiga computer not long after. I bought my first analog synth (Korg 800 DV, still have it) in 1991 and began buying mostly broken synths and fixing them. I bought my first tb-303 bass synthesizer around 1995 and absolutley loved it, I have four of them now!

After I moved to Stockholm in 2000 I met a lot of nice and inspiring people and started playing quite a lot. I recorded stuff for my own use for many years but mainly played live at local parties and festivals and also helped run swedens best electronic music festival www.norbergfestival.com for a while. I have played mostly in Sweden but aslo occationally in Norway, Germany, Spain and the UK.
It is only in the last two years that I have really begun releasing records, I have tracks and EP’s coming out on a host of Swedish labels and this release on Family House is my first release abroad!
I will to continue making music and building/modifying synts, hopefully releasing more tracks and be able to play around Europe now and then.

2. Describe us your “Live at Rundgång” Stockolm night.

I had a friend, Mark Verbos, over from the US and since I was going to play I asked if he could do it too so we had a lot of fun doing back to back analog techno sets.

The venue is a concrete bunker in the meat packing district sounth of town, you enter under a loading dock, very secret but super nice vvenue of a type that is rare in Stockholm nowadays.
My setup was a “medium” size rig for me, and consisted of 2xtb-303, tr-606 (with 808 bassdrum!), tr-707, Pearl Syncussion drum synth, Eventide Space reverb and an Alesis microverb II.
The gig itself was like all my gigs totally improvised, I never know what is coming out and I don’t keep notes but just go with the flow! The crew and audience was great and shout out to R.U.N.D.G.Å.N.G for the great recording of my set! (“Rundgång” means “feedback” in Swedish).

“Recorded live at club R.U.N.D.G.Å.N.G, Stockholm, Sweden 28/04/15”

TRACKLIST

Live at Rundgång EP Track 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

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3. Where do you continually get your inspiration?

I listen to a lot of music, both at home and at work and I love getting tips from friends. I also go to a lot of gigs and festivals. Buying, fixing and building new synths are also a great inspiration, a new machine often leads to a new track, EP or even an album!

4. Which artists are you currently listening to?

It is quite a mix actually… footwork pioneer DJ Rashad, Swedish experimental act Maria W Horn (that I’m remixing), lo-fi retro whatever act CC NOT and a lot of Alessandro Cortini from the “Forse” series. And Paranoid London, great weird acid, just listen to their track “Eat Glue”!

5. Talk about your passion for Analog equip. ?!

Well, as I told before I got in to it quite early when I was still in highschool, we did not have any money so I could not buy any fancy digital synths at the time so I had to make do with old analog gear and tape recorders.

I was already into electronics and I found older synths to be quite easy to understand since they are quite simple. I bought my first synth, the Korg, for 100 SEK (10 Euro!) and I continued to buy broken and banged up stuff mostly. I almost never sold anything, just traded for other things that I wanted.
I still get new gear but I have almost everything I want. I just added one of my childhood dream synths, the Oberheim Xpander, what a beast! It will take some time but expect lush strings and pads in the future!
Sometimes I try to take the time to build new stuff or modify my gear to get my studio and live rig even better, I can spend unlimited amount of time on that I guess…easy to be distracted from making music but it can sometimes lead to new musical paths.

6. What do you look for in a beat?

I maily improvise on my drum machines, usually ending up with sounds from two or three on each track and I run most of it through a Buchla modular system, it really makes the individual sounds come alive and generates some really interesting textures. I used that a lot on my Virgo Rising release “Hope” and sort of tried out that method.

In the end I think I make quite classic beats but I try to make small variations to the sounds we know and love!

7. New software, plugins, digital?

I don’t use a computers when I play gigs but I recently started to use Ableton Live and I love it! It made wonders for my creativity but I’m not a very advanced user so I mostly use it as a really fancy tape recorder and multitrack record my synths. I use some plugins and trying to learn more but I find it a bit boring to try to learn a software that emulates somthing that sits just a meter away as original hardware! I would like to get in to MAX/Max for live in the future thouh, there are some crazy possiblilities with that software!

8. How would you describe your sound?

Very analog and not really minimal. I try to make more minimal tracks sometimes but I usually find JUST ANOTHER PERFECT SOUND that has to be in. Several times per tune. 🙂

9. What images and emotions do you want your music to invoke in the listener?

I want people to let go, have fun and maybe bea bit scared some times.

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10. Message to everyone.

Take care of each other!

Daniel Araya interview by Dario Bedin. Thanks to Virgo Rising Discogs.

SABATO 13 GIUGNO 2015 FERMATA | OASI showcase | EXPOINCITTÀ LOUNGE DIURNO ELITA

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” like an isolated area of vegetation in a desert, Oasi is an exception, a freedom spirit, love, emotions, lost melodies, food, technology and creativity are projected in an innovative logic… an electronic paradise.. ” www.facebook.com/OasiProject


OASI sowcase feat.

ALEX NILMAR – Electronic / Techno
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Fondatore e organizzatore del progetto OASI, Alex è un personaggio completo in grado di ricoprire i vari ruoli che ruotano intorno alla night life del nord Italia. Il suo credo, la melodia… una miscela di melodie, suoni misteriosi, malinconici tra pop, techno ed elettronica, che penetrano l’anima di chi ascolta.. un viaggio oscuro e psichedelico che va oltre la dancefloor di un club.

DAX DJ – House / Funky
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Un veterano della plastica nera, ma con l’entusiasmo di un ventenne.. una di quelle persone che quando si mettono dietro la consolle comunicano un entusiamo totale. Considerato uno dei migliori dj (nel senso letterale del termine) della nostra penisola. Eclettico artista e collezionista che vanta nei suoi scaffali più di 10.000 vinili ! Un un mix di house, funky, techno e acid house che trasmettono tutta la sua esperienza e passione.

LOW MANUEL – Electronic
www.facebook.com/lowmanuelofficial
Amante della musica, la sua vera passione.. Manuel è un ragazzo strano, introspettivo, che cerca di esprimere la sua visione sulla musica attraverso uno stile sofisticato e melodico, influenzato dalle stelle e dal mondo marino. Supportato da artisti come Fairmont, Ryan Davis, Deepfunk e Sid Le Rock, lavora con due grandi etichette, Beachcoma e Sixtysevensuns.

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Sabato 13 giugno 2015
h. 19.00 – 2.00
INGRESSO LIBERO

Spazio Ex-Cobianchi
P.zza Duomo 19/A, Milano
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MOGDAX

Words by Daniel Wang

Mogdax represent a ‘special corner’ of electronic music right now – not many people from Italy are making this sort of ‘bridge’ between old disco, italo disco, and new electronic. Mog and Dax, together make exactly this sort of connection…

Introduce yourself. How did you get started, and how long have you been DJing?

Dax: I’m Dario, known as Dax DJ. Living in Vicenza in the north of Italy, not too far from Venice. I start DJing many years ago I
was 14 and now I’m 31! Initially using tapes recorded from Italian radio shows and playing them at “Cantina” small parties…
After going to high school, I started working in the best DJ record shop in my town: Music Power. They wanted me to work there, because every day I spent my time in this shop looking for new vinyl and breaking their balls! There I experienced a lot of dance music: soul, funk, disco, Italian commercial dance, techno and house music and all the little independent labels
that I love. My first 45” was Kraftwerk Space Lab, later my first 12” was Sueno Latino on DFC’s Italian Label.

Mog: I’m Max, aka Mog, 32 years old, from Vicenza. I started playing electronic music in 1991 and since then I can’t stop. I have my own music studio where I spend a lot my time, almost live in it. Since I was 17, I’ve bought and sold instruments. I’m very affectionate with the ones that are now in my studio.

Your new label is called Made in Italo. Please tell us about the first single by Mogdax, Jack Ibiza.

Dax: Made In Italo Records was founded by Max and me (2005). I can’t do music without Max; we met several years ago and we started to collaborate in his super home-studio, focusing on new musical directions and spending time talking about music, italo
and analog equipment. We like electronic music and Max is the heart of Mogdax. Fact One is our first single with two tracks, Jack Ibiza and Black Side, totally played by Mog. The voice you can hear in Jack Ibiza is mine. It’s our first tribute to the current electronic scene and the Black Side track is very close to nostalgic italo, but with some Detroit feel.

Mog, you handle more of the technical side of MogDax. I had a chance to visit your studio. Can you tell us what instruments and sound tools you use, and how these affect the results of your production?

Mog: In the Mogdax project, I am the creator of the music not only from a technical perspective, but also trying to
craft a sound that belongs to the mix of Dax’s experience and mine. I worship the analog sound from analog instruments, but I also like using the new software now available. It was hard to choose between the different types of instruments, I had no choice but to buy one and learn from the instrument itself. Once I’d bought my first Casio drum machine and my first Akai sampler I learned what sound I was really looking for and what machine would satisfy my needs. If I wanted a filtered and dirty bass I would use Roland; if I wanted an accurate and calibrated sound, I’d prefer to use my Korg or Quasimidi…The sound is the most important thing in conveying the exact feeling you have while you do your track. Talking about software, it’s useful to help the work of an artist, but it’s also standardizing the music scene at the present time.

What kinds of things influenced your musical background? Disco, funk, soul, or other genres like jazz and classical?

Mog: My dad’s passion for music was my lucky charm. He introduced me when I was very young into the amazing world of music. Every style gave me something I brought to my music, from the bossa, through to jazz, to italo disco. But what did really influenced me, and my musical sounds, were the early nineties productions of Warp, Plus8, Kk etc.

Dax: Working in a record shop, I listened to many different styles. Afro music influenced me: a sort of mixture of electronic, funk, disco and tribal – all mixed. At the beginning I played acid house on my radio show (my first Nugroove and Bobby Konders). I’d been into the electronic scene also, and collected all the Aphex Twin, Autechre, Richie Hawtin +8 and Warp vinyl. And after that, back to the seventies, and I became a crazy maniac collector of gems and obvious italo tunes. One of my Italian electronic gems: Giampiero Boneschi’s Moog Mandolins & Moonlight on Durium made with “Strumenti Elettronici.” (Thanks Bob Moog!).

Do you find that you can achieve the “italo” sound with new, virtual instruments? Or are you specifically trying to create a newer, more contemporary sound?

Mog: I prefer to create new and more contemporary sounds even if some of the italo ones are always present in my
virtual instrument archive. Nowadays, the available tools help you do unbelievable things by manipulating the sound the way
you want. I don’t want to follow a path in music creation; I just follow the ideas I have at the moment.

Do you really eat pasta everyday?

Dax: Yes, all Italians eat pasta every day! I love spaghetti all’amatriciana with parmesan, aglio olio, peperoncino and carbonara. Italian food is the best and pasta is good healthy food. We’ve got many types of pasta from bigoli, to orecchiette… also the North is different from the South and the islands, Sardegna and Sicily.

Mog: I love pasta with tomato and mozzarella. In Italy pasta is a must in everyday meals.

You actually know a number of the italo disco pioneers personally, like Daniele Baldelli or Leonardo Re Cecconi (Dr. Togo). Can you tell me about your experiences with some of them?

Dax: Yes, I know Daniele and I’m a fan of Baia degli Angeli 77/78 (legendary cosmic club) and “Cosmic Culture” (check out the new CD collection out on Amarkord Records). I have many tapes. My friends usually listen to them in the car, smoking. I’ve got several friends outside Italy that are going crazy looking for italo vinyl! The secret is to come to Italy and go to little fairs in little towns. You can find everything; it’s where I met the BAFFO and his super collection of italo and seventies US records and where I met Luigi Figini (known as Dr. Togo) from Emilia Romagna. Actually, he’s spending his weekends selling old second hand vinyl at fairs and festivals.

Are there any contemporary Italian electronic, disco, or house music producers whom you admire, or are working with?

Dax: I have many friends in Italy that do music: Spiller, Beker – Re.Do.It.Stone.Funk.Collective, Duoteque (Dusty Kid and Ferlin), Guglielmo Mascio, Fabrizio Mammarella, Maurizio Dami and Jolly Music. But my best artist, musician and friend is Mog!

Mog: Thanks brother! In the Italian electronic scene my favourite producers are Pankow in the early nineties and now Jolly Music.

What are the essential elements for a good party when you are DJ’ing?

Dax: Main ingredient: the good music; the feeling: from the location, to the people, to the sound system.

Mog: Cool People

What is your ideal kind of music?

Mog: A mix between the Orb’s dreamlike atmosphere and Richie Hawtin’s minimalism, Autechre’s syncopated sounds and Lumukanda’s tribal rhythms.

Dax: I play several styles during a DJ set, I like to surprise people and make them dance with obscure disco tunes and mix them up with electro minimal tracks or moody ones. I love it! Tracks like Gaucho’s Dance Forever – DJ version (System Music) or Sounds of Humano by Sangy (Musix), Stand By by Code 61/2 (Many Records) are modern!

Give us a Top Ten list of favourite records, old or new, and tell us why.

Dax: Several records… You need to check my family-house.net web site every month or listen to the Mogdax sound. Here for you is a quick selection of secret (but not too secret!) weapons:

PASSENGERS Girls Cost Money (Durium)
Super boogie

AUTECHRE Amber (Warp)
Very close to me

VARIOUS Big Bear 002 (Big Bear)
The way I met Stevie Kotey and Bear friends

MFSB Mysteries Of The World (Phi’Int.)
Essential juice

JIMMY CRASH (Nugroove Records)
This is minimal

ADONIS We’re Rocking Down The House
Yes, we rock!

EL COCO Cocomotion (AVI)
Dancin’ baby!

RAY MANG / LEE TONG (Hole Subaltern)
Nu-funk dope

LIL LOUIS & THE WORLD Nice & Slo (CBS)
When I was young I usually played this at the end of every set. Perfect “ultimo disco”!

What do you in your free time, besides making and spinning music?

Dax: I’ll tell you. Music is my life … My free time is just for friends and my doll!

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MOGDAX – KEEP ON MAG. (.pdf)

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