For those who don't know we've been dancin' (not posing!) to black dance music at the Raw Fusion club since 1996...this is our 13th season! To start 2009 off with a bang we have teamed up Stockholms premier house club Soulmates and invited Ian Friday direct from NYC. Ian is one of the hottest DJs and producers on the soulful house scene right now and have with his trademark ultra-deep style been bangin' out big tunes. If u wanna know more about Ian you can check out an interview with him here
Where: Raw Fusion Club @ Mosebacke Etablissement (Stockholm) When: 28 Feb, 22-02 Entrance: 100 SEK DJs: Ian Driday, Mad Mats, Saint Sebastian, DJ Asparagus, 100 Hundar, Tropical Treats (small room)
Below is a video clip from his session at Djoon in Paris...
One of the baddest house cuts ever to be put on wax must be Cajmere's jackin' ol'school winner "Dream States" which features the soulful but psychadelic vocals of Derrick Carter. I used to play this like mad at the early Raw Fusion parties around 96-97 where it always set a perfect mood with its deep and raw-edged feel. The vinyl copy is still today a much sought after gem which is not easy to pick up but here's a vinyl rip from my (well played) personal copy. Both vocal and the hot dub included. Jack dat...!
Even though Up Hygh is no longer around and Pure P and Rick Skizzo aka Funkenteller now make beats on their own there is no doubt that together they delivered sum supa hot shit. Their beats and productions are still to this day the best shit ever to emerge from Sweden (with the exception of Hearin' Aid...props!). They both got new projects that u need to look out for, Pure P with Hygher Baby (album out early March on Raw Fusion) and Funkenteller with Deep Space 69 (out now).
Below are two sought after remixes that never made it out officially but have been in my playlists over the last 2 years. Both mixes kills it...enjoy!
To me disco can go two ways. Either you got the good shit when its black, soulful and dirty or u got that crappy euro/italo wackness that I just can't stand (who really like that stuff anyway??). But once in a while us Europeans get it right. One good example is a library joint by Alan Hawkshaw that I used to spin back in the day that I recenlty seen alot of cats playlisting again. It probably wasn't meant to be a disco track but its a perfect blend between space disco and jazz funk. Either way its one mutha of a track...enjoy!
Just did a live mix for my man Recloose radio show over in New Zealand that I thought I should share with ya'll. Especially check out the upcoming GAMM joint from Jazzy Jens, the new Recloose remix on Soulparlor and a killer thumpin house remix from Opolopo (btw, he just did sum hot edits on Kraftwerk...search!). You can listen or download the mix right here.
Here is the full tracklist:
1. Mode M - Space Based (Void) 2. Soulparlor - The Outer Rims, Recloose Remix (Raw Fusion test) 3. Stereotyp - Take The Weight (Sonar) 4. Phlash & Friends - Look At What We Have Done (Archive) 5. D'Angelo - Africa, Jazzy Jens Edit (GAMM test) 6. Ashford & Simpson - Bourgié Bourgié, Joe Claussel Mix (Warner Bros) 7. Jackie Beavers - Mr Bumpman, Splice Edit (test) 8. Theo Parrish - Synthetic Flemm (Sound Signature) 9. Dreamer G - - I Got That Feelin' (Madhouse) 10. Freedom - Closer, Klubb Kidz Flava Dub (Power) 11. Rogiérs - Home, Opolopo Mix (test) 12. The Meters - Just Kissed My Baby (Reprise) 13. Dwele - A Few Reasons (Koch) 14. The Natural Four - Try Love Again (Curtom) 15. Busta Rhymes - Light Up A Fire (test) 16. Johnny Osbourne - No Soundlike We, Version (Jammys) 17. Taxi Gang - Computer Mailfunction (?) 18. D'Angelo - Dreaming Eyes Of Mine, J Dilla Mix (test) 19. Lee Field & The Expressions - My World (Truth & Soul)
This Friday I went down to club Devotion, one of the few clubs in Stockholm where u can here deep soulful dance music with emphasis on r&b, boogie and soul (no cheese or autotuned pop r&b in sight). Its run by my good friends Pure P and Will-Rock who both can hold it down better than most of the DJs I hear when travelling abroad. The best thing with Devotion is that they really try to keep it deep and not just throw down the crowd pleasers all the time. Oh, the crowd is real ill as well...mainly dancers...no posers!
One of the tunes that went down best was this slept over feel good boogie tune by Jerry Knight (one half of Ollie & Jerry). This is my kinda shit...enjoy!
Like a good friend of mine always tells his little son; sharing is caring! With that in mind I will on this lil' blog share with ya'll both music and thoughts. For those of you don't already know me...expect the music u didn't know u loved!
So, first off! I've got into house music around 1990 and since then it's still to this day one of the music styles that still delivers that real soulful dance feelin'. That is if u'r not lookin' towards the mainstream shit. One of the big choooones that have been with me since the early days is Lil' Louis classic house jam "Club Lonely". Trust me, it doesn't get much better than this! Oh, btw...if u'r a real house head and know u'r shit u gotta come down to the Raw Fusion club on Feb 28th for Ian Friday (Tea Party, NYC) and April 11th with Timmy Regisford (Shelter, NYC)...u know its gonna be hot!
25/4 - Raw Fusion Club (Stockholm) with Soulparlor 1/5 - Reisen (Stockholm) with Pure P etc 16/5 - Berns Terrace (Stockholm) with Benji-B 24/5 - Eurocultured Festival (Manchester) with Aaron Phiri etc 30/5 - Raw Fusion Club (Stockholm) 13/6 - Raw Fusion Club (Stockholm) with J-Heart (LA) etc
The man behind the world renowned Raw Fusion label.
Promotes and DJs at the long running Raw Fusion club in Stockholm since 1996 (13 yrs!). Started out as a b-boy and have been spinnin' black dance rhythms since the mid 80s. He now travels the globe where he spins more or less everything and anything that got dirty soul....retro to future and beyond!