M43: YGT / Your Gay Thoughts

8Aug

Next Monologues parties:

12.08 Number 90, London with Cody Currie + Danvers

https://www.facebook.com/events/733504646774391/

01.09 Farbfernseher, Berlin with Zepherin Saint + Ben Gomori

https://www.facebook.com/events/114195562558207/

Something pretty different for you this month on Monologues as we head over to the beautiful Ljubljana, Slovenia to meet Your Gay Thoughts. This five-piece outfit make weird, wonderful, woozy downtempo beats that cross from wigged-out stoned hip-hop jams to jazzy oddities and plenty more experimentalism besides. They’ve also recently branched out into dancefloor-oriented sounds via their YGT project, churning out Frits Wentink-y leftfield house wonk of the highest order. This mix takes you through both sides of their creative output and makes for a pretty wild trip.

*How would you describe your sound?*

Fake jazz / post-pop.

*What and who inspires you and influences your sound?*

There's so much new inspiring music one can hear every that it's really hard to define what exactly influences our stuff, but that I could say that the millennium golden age of MTV RnB probably leaves marks in every step of our musical voyage.

*Can you tell us a little about this mix and what it means to you?

This mix to me is like a journey that takes you through our past, present and also the future, because it includes bits of forthcoming work, that's still in progress. In the mix there's music from our band Your Gay Thoughts, instrumental beats, some stuff from YGT—our new dancefloor friendly project—some music from our forthcoming second LP that will come out on King Deluxe in 2018, a forthcoming track for Jazz Cabbage, a few remixes from our friends, some old demos, new demos, few exotic edits we released for Prrrrrrr Records and more.

Tracklist:

Your Gay Thoughts - Perilous Storm [King Deluxe]

Your Gay Thoughts - 8bit Astro [King Deluxe]

Your Gay Thoughts - Gastrolith pt 2 (TizTiz Remix) [King Deluxe]

Your Gay Thoughts - Dybbuk Instrumental (demo)

Your Gay Thoughts - Wet Vexing Rose (Salty Sam Remix) [King Deluxe)

Your Gay Thoughts - Morning After (demo)

Your Gay Thoughts - Claude Monet [King Deluxe]

Your Gay Thoughts - Transit of Venus instrumental (demo)

Your Gay Thoughts - Inn Kick Blunt 6 (demo)

Your Gay Thoughts - Inn Kick Blunt 4 (demo)

Your Gay Thoughts - Westside [rx:tx]

Your Gay Thoughts - untitled footwork demo

Your Gay Thoughts - That's Past [King Deluxe]

Your Gay Thoughts - Wet Vexing Rose [King Deluxe]

Your Gay Thoughts - The Watercolors CD hidden track [King Deluxe]

Untitled YGT Remix [Jazz Cabbage]

Brazillian Girls - All About Us (YGT live edit)

YGT - UWTB [Jazz Cabbage]

YGT - untitled (demo)

YGT - Aperol Spritz [SVNSET WAVES]

Your Gay Thoughts - Mariah [King Deluxe]

Alain Gorager - La Femme (Your Gay Thoughts Flip) [Prrrrrrr Records]

Your Gay Thoughts - Honolulu [King Deluxe]

YGT - Mary Lou [Jazz Cabbage]

Les Baxter - Wotuka (Your Gay Thoughts Flip) [Prrrrrrr Records]

 

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M42: DJ Spen

7Jul

DJ Spen plays 51st State Festival on August 5th in London. More details at https://www.51ststatefestival.com

Something a bit different on Monologues this month as we partner with London's house/disco/garage mecca 51st State Festival to present a legend of soulful house music, DJ Spen. One of the most prolific and popular producers in that end of the spectrum, his career stretches back to the glory days of US house and garage in the mid-’90s, when he was part of the legendary production outfit The Basement Boys. He counts hundreds of production credits to his name, with collaborations alongside Karizma and Todd Terry and remixes for Michael Jackson and Diana Ross along the way. His Quantize Recordings and unquantize labels are two of the scene’s best-selling imprints, and with such a huge body of work behind him, choosing what to pick on this mix can’t have been easy. It’s an honour to have him as a guest.

*How would you describe your sound?*

I describe my sounds as being soulful, funky, disco, jazzy, feel good dance music.

*What and who inspires you and influences your sound?*

A plethora of people and entities influence my sound from Gamble and Huff, to Parliament Funkadelic, to Curtis Mayfield and Quincy Jones, to Soul II Soul, to DJ Premier, to Jazzy Jeff, Dr. Dre and the list goes on.

*Can you tell us a little about this mix and what it means to you?*

This mix is a combination of many of the sounds I love to put together. Hard and gritty, to smooth and melodic dance cuts. It was a joy to put together!

 

Tracklist:

Black Motion - Rainbow (DJ Spen & Michele Chiavarini Remix) [Defected Records]

Namy - Colors Of The Universe (DJ Spen Remix) [unquantize]

Jasper Street Company - I Wanna Be Happy (Dave Anthony & DJ Spen Remix) [Basement Boys Records]

Junior White - In Da House (DJ Spen Remix) [unquantize]

Pauline Henry - Heaven (DJ Spen & Reelsoul Remix) [Groove Odyssey]

DJ Spen & The MuthaFunkaz present Marc Evans - The Way U Love Me [The Sound Of Defected]

Spencer Morales ft. Randy Roberts - Without Your Love (DJ Spen & Thommy Bootleg Dub) [Quantize Recordings]

MF Robots - The Night Is Calling (DJ Spen & Gary Hudgins Remix) [Quantize Recordings]

Sharon Brown Adams - We Got The Funk (Spen's Low End Theory Mix) [Quantize Recordings]

Richard Burton - Bad Luck (DJ Spen Bootleg Mix) [Groove Odyssey]

Chiwoniso - Gomo (DJ Spen & Soulfuledge Remix) [Soul Clap Records]

 

Next Monologues parties:

Aug 12 - Number 90, London - Cody Currie + Ben Gomori http://bit.ly/2sTNWmw

Sept 1 - Farbfernseher, Berlin - Black Loops + Ben Gomori http://bit.ly/2sNqUCA

Follow us on SoundCloud http://soundcloud.com/monologues

 

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M41: Kiko Navarro

31May

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Mallorca’s Kiko Navarro is a well-known name in the Balearics, formerly holding down residencies at Pacha Ibiza, Pacha Mallorca and Space Ibiza. As a producer, he’s graced the likes of Local Talk, Yoruba Records, Exploited, Quantize Recordings and Large Records in recent years, blending classic house sounds with Afro and soulful flavours. His new album on BBE Everything Happens For A Reason is a stunner, and its release prompted us to reach out for him for a mix. The result is a hugely enjoyable romp through his infectious sounds, with a healthy dose of his new LP along the way.

*How would you describe your sound?*

A variety of colours, flavours and styles which I call HOUSE.

*What and who inspires you and influences your sound?*

I have got many influences since I started producing music. One is the beautiful life in Mallorca where I was born and hope to live for the rest of my days. If you want some names obviously my favourites producers have influenced me somehow, but the list is too long to write here!

*Can you tell us a little about this mix and what it means to you?*

I included some of my latest productions, future ones and also all-time favourite remixes and my next singles upcoming from my already released Everything Happens For A Reason album on BBE Music.

Tracklist:
Lunare Project feat. Jaidene Veda - Moonlight (Koki Dub) [Netswork Records]
Kiko Navarro feat. D7 - Humanity (Extended Mix) [BBE Music]
Modaji - Hiroko (Kiko Navarro Beats From The Sea [Unquantize]
Mojo Project - Tell Me Why (Koki "Solutions" Dub) [Lovemonk]
Sebas Ramis & Tutsi Girl Play House - Faith (Kiko Navarro Instrumental Mix) [Sub_Urban]
Kiko Navarro feat. Concha Buika - Lo Siento (Extended Mix) [BBE Music]
Kiko Navarro - Ohashia [BBE Music]
Kiko Navarro feat. Isis "Apache" Montero - Everything Happens For A Reason (Extended Mix) [BBE Music]
Kiko Navarro - Nea Kameni (Original Mix) [Local Talk]
Kiko Navarro feat. DJ Spen & Dana Weaver - What We Need (Extended Mix) [BBE Music]

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M40: Zepherin Saint

28Apr

Click here to check out our latest label release from Atdhe.

Zepherin Saint has been pushing a deep, percussive afro house sound since launching his label Tribe Records back in 2009. Since then he has focused his output almost solely on his own imprint, which has showcased global grooves alongside top-draw soulful US house artists like Timmy Regisford, Peven Everett, Mr. V and Ron Carroll. His mix for Monologues journeys through his tribal sound, joining the dots between Afro and Latin music along the way and including some exclusive edits and unreleased beauts from his travels recording with musicians across the globe.

*How would you describe your sound?*

I like to delve into various sides of electronic music whilst bringing a live element to the production. I always like to include the human imperfection through live instrumentation or vocals and aim for the dance floor mostly. I am a big fan of indigenous music that tells stories through its rhythm and folklore and I attempt to find a way to include in my productions. In one word for me it’s 'soul' as that is where it comes from.

*What and who inspires you and influences your sound?*  

Watching people react to music be it in a coffee shop or club. Bands and artists like Earth Wind & Fire, Led Zeppelin, War, Parliament and Fela Kuti continuously influence me and more present day Yussef Kamaal and Floating Points.

*Can you tell us a little about this mix and what it means to you?*

I wanted to show various styles of what I have produced but at the same time present the soulful thread that joins it all together and also show case parts of the world I have been lucky enough to record in.

Tracklist:

Zepherin Saint - Hey Jazz [Melange Records]

Mephia -  Pieces Of A Dream (Zepherin Saint Remix) [Tribe Records] unreleased

IFA IYAY - Chango's Dance [unreleased]

Dayme Arocena - Madres (Zepherin Saint Remix) [Brownswood]

Zepherin Saint - Paradise In Winter [unreleased]

Zepherin Saint - Z Drum Beat Edit [unreleased]

Zepherin Saint ft. Adama - Canima [Tribe Trax]

IFA IYAY - Soul Survivor [unreleased]

Zepherin Saint - Chess Dance (edit) [unreleased]

Kholi - Inner freak (Zepherin Saint Instrumental) [Tribe Records]

Zepherin Saint - One Sound [Tribe Records]

IFA IYAY - Flame [unreleased]

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Ben Gomori - Monologues @ Farbfernseher Berlin - 27.01.17

5Apr

Ben Gomori's warm-up set from our January party.

Monologues returns to Farbfernseher Berlin this Friday 7 April with Danvers + NVWLS: www.facebook.com/events/1441365525935898/

Tracklist:

The White Elephant - Don't Change Your Way [Woman France]
Osunlade - Touched My Soul [Set]
Damon Lamar - Joyridin [Tetrode Music]
D'Angelo - Devil's Pie (Behling & Simpson Edit) [n/a]
G. Markus - Sugar [G-Edits]
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Tell - In Suspension [Banoffee Pies Records]
Moodymanc - Don't You Want My Love [Peacefrog Records]
G. Markus - Tite [Melodymathics]*
Takuya Matsumoto - Trash Track [Meda Fury]
Konstanin Sibold - Dome
Atdhe - Earl St. Groove [Monologues]*
Djambo Basch - Alpine [Monologues Records]*

G. Markus - Oktogon [Melodymathics]*

*denotes forthcoming

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Monologues Records Taster Mix #3

25Mar

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Buy our vinyl releases http://bit.ly/monologuesjuno

Tracklist:

G. Markus - Moon Face*

Jesus Pablo & The Disciple - Wine (Ben Gomori’s Underwater Meditation)

G. Markus - Poussez-Poulet

Danvers - Blind Method

G. Markus - Old Mutha

Nail - Voodoo

Kamal Imani - Cosmic Being (Atdhe Remix)*

Nail - On Wid It

Nail - Decisions*

SMBD - Captain*

Danvers - Keep Right On

Hume - 5th Floor (Ben Gomori’s Elevated Remix)

*denotes vinyl only

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M39: SMBD

25Feb

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Next party: Farbfernseher, Berlin - 07 April 2017 - Danvers, NVWLS + Ben Gomori

SMBD (aka Simbad) is one of the most prolific and eclectic producers in dance music, with a list of original, remixes, collaborations and uncredited performances that runs for pages and pages. Never one to be pinned down, he makes whatever he feels, from ‘bruk’ house and garage through to soulful bass excursions and global beats. Part of Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide and Brownswood roster, he has been on fine form recently with releases on Apron and Local Talk and his disco cut-up bomb Captain on our Dialogue Vol. 2 vinyl EP. His mix for us is a serious treat, spanning myriad styles and comprising solely of unreleased demos, dubs and collaborations.

*How would you describe your sound?*

I guess its soul music. My aim is to make timeless shhh. And i work with electronics, digital & analog machines to live instruments and vocals. I'd say most of my stuff is also dancefloor orientated.

*What and who inspires you and influences your sound?*

Travelling. Movement. Friends. Women. Mysteries of the Universe. Musicians and fellow music makers & DJs. Too many to mention.

*Can you tell us a little about this mix and what it means to you?*

This is just a selection of unreleased stuff from the last few years, almost like a showreel, labels are welcome to holla if there's something they're feeling. I've got tons more hahaha...

 

Tracklist:

SMBD x Jameszoo - Sunday Beat (Ruff)
Alicai Harley - Do Better (SMBD Version)
SMBD - Hear Us Beat
SMBD x Roots Manuva - Yesterday
SMBD x Roots Manuva - Lock Away (Ruff)
DVA x Mickey P x SMBD - Forkbender
SMBD - A2
SMBD x Cooly G - I Don’t Mind (Demo)
SMBD - If U
SMBD - Meteorite Beat (Ruff)
Izamabad aka Simbad x Karizma - Just Like That (Ruff)
SMBD x Pedro 123 - Reach For The Beat (Ruff)
SMBD - B2
SMBD - Brapage Beat (Ruff)
SMBD - Afromental Demo
SMBD - Come Again Beat
Dayme Arocena - Madres (SMBD Ruff Suite 2)
SMBD x Spacek - Let’s Go (Dirty Mix)
SMBD x Speech Debelle - Romantic (Ruff)
SMBD x Rae Rae - Bitty Demo

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M38: Platzdasch

26Jan

A veteran of the deep house scene who returned from a 12-year-hiatus in 2015, German producer Platzdasch specialises in a particularly lush and groovy take on the genre, full of wide atmospherics, classic samples and strong melody. Releases in recent times on Gents & Dandy’s Records and Masterworks Music have marked him out as a compelling force, and with a new collaborative partnership with a talented keyboard player now in the mix, he looks set to keep churning out quality house music in the near future.

*How would you describe your sound?*

Always deep, soulful and warm...

*What and who inspires you and influences your sound?*  

Three decades of electronic music and two decades of house music especially… there are too many great artists and songs that inspired and influenced me to mention them all.

*Can you tell us a little about this mix and what it means to you?*

First of all I feel very honoured to be able to join the great circle of producers who have contributed a Monologues podcast so far. Thanks to Ben Gomori!

The tunes I selected characterise my musical work since I return from musical retirement and it's great to realize that I found my way back into the music, perhaps more than ever before. Since I rarely listen to my finished and released songs it was a happy reunion as well!

The last track of my selection is Harvest, the first and forthcoming release together with my new fellow, the highly talented keyboard player Holger Dix. We had a great start into our cooperation and I'm looking forward to continue it!

Tracklisting:

Platzdasch - Feelin 88 [Gents & Dandy's Records]

Platzdasch - Dignified Words (Club Mix) [Manuscript Records Ukraine]

Platzdasch - Free At Last [Masterworks Music]

Platzdasch - Strimpulse [Masterworks Music]

Platzdasch - Mo Slowtion [Gents & Dandy's Records]

Platzdasch - Two Decades [Gents & Dandy's Records]

Platzdasch - Most Valued [Gents & Dandy's Records]

Platzdasch - Gleitsicht [Masterworks Music]

Platzdasch - First Step [Masterworks Music]

Khillaudio - Cut Your Grass (Platzdasch Remix) [Gents & Dandy's Records]

Platzdasch - Plus Sign [Masterworks Music]

Platzdasch feat. Dix - Harvest [Deep Inspiration Show Records]

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M37: Raam

22Dec

The mysterious Raam hails from Stockholm and has been releasing a succession of tasty 12”s on his Raam Records label over the past few years that celebrate all things analog, lush deep house and melodic techno with reverence for the Detroit greats imbued in its heart. There’s little else to say about him aside from he was involved in the Nordic disco scene in a previous incarnation… so we’ll let the music (and him) do the talking. His mix features pretty much all of his label output to date.


*How would you describe your sound?*

Deep and forceful, produced with analogue gear, with a focus on beautiful pads dirty drum patterns and warm basslines.

*What and who inspires you and influences your sound?*

People, places and my record collection.

*Can you tell us a little about this mix and what it means to you?*

 

The mix is made out of my music as well as two remixes on my own stuff by Baba Stiltz and Samo DJ. I had an idea of what tracks I wanted play and in which order but when i started mixing it came out another way than planned but much better. I think it present´s the diversity of my label, spanning from more disco-influenced tracks to more clean techno productions.

Tracklist:
Raam - Pallas  [Raam Records]
Raam - Unfold [Raam Records]
Raam - Lipslide [Raam Records]
Raam - Oblique [Raam Records]
Raam - Hidden [Raam Records]
Raam - Ment (Samo DJ & Alexi3d Rmx) [Raam Records]
Raam - Crest [Raam Records]
Raam - Brink [Raam Records]
Raam - Ment [Raam Records]
Raam - Padme [Raam Records]
Raam - Hidden (Baba Stiltz Rmx) [Raam Records]

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M36: Dj Aakmael

22Nov

Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Dj Aakmael has been releasing a steady stream of quality deep house over the last decade. Fusing jazzy samples with lush strings, woozy textures, sublime keys and a frequent sense of melancholy, his sumptuous cuts have recently found their way to labels like Freerange Recordings, Release Sustain, Kolour LTD and Church. His destiny sounded pretty inevitable, born to a trombonist father, singer mother and with a composer and music teacher for an uncle, with a vast library of records at his disposal growing up. His expert sampling and affection for sounds from the past are clear evidence of this, and make for some seriously musical house grooves.

*How would you describe your sound?*

Deep, raw, nostalgic with a jazz appeal.

*What and who inspires you and influences your sound?*

Ups and downs in life, culture. As far as who, there are so many artists/groups that I listen to including but not limited to: The Art of Noise, anything from the classical music Romantic period, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, The Sylvers, Antonio Carlos Jobim, The 5th Dimension and so on, many, many more. I get influenced by old music, nostalgia, history.

*Can you tell us a little about this mix and what it means to you?*

This mix contains a selection of my tracks ranging from deep to more mellow, reflecting somewhat on the range of my ideas. When I listened back to it, to me it felt refreshing because 1) I never really play my tracks out after I produce, 2) It gave me a sense of what others may feel when they hear these songs compiled together, 3) The back and forth between the deep and the jazz gave it a feeling that I haven't felt in a long time. A mix with rare tracks and dynamic range. I could have gone on but wanted to keep it as close to an hour as possible. I may need to create a Part 2!

Tracklist:

Dj Aakmael - Roses [Kolour LTD]

Dj Aakmael - Recess [Unxpozd Entertainment]

Dj Aakmael - Beautiphul [Church UK]

Dj Aakmael - Time [Unxpozd Entertainment]

Dj Aakmael - Dubb [Hizou]

Dj Aakmael - Daydreeming [Freerange Recordings]

Dj Aakmael - Aakboogie [Unxpozd Entertainment]

Dj Aakmael - Trombon [Unxpozd Entertainment]

Dj Aakmael - Spreadsomluv [People of Earth]

Dj Aakmael - Music [Uzuri]

Dj Aakmael - Dearest One [Unxpozd Entertainment]

Dj Aakmael - Deepermoments [Earthrumental]

Dj Aakmael - Fourpoint 5 [Kolour LTD]

Dj Aakmael - Jazz Piece 2 [Unxpozd Entertainment]

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