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This song. On repeat. Forever.

True facts: There was a time Richie and I were hauling ass to make the train from a Tumblr meetup one night. This was almost right after we met for the second time. He played this on his phone’s speaker as we did so and said “DON’T JUDGE ME!”

Then he played Prince’s “Batdance” and all was right with the world.

(Source: cyruez)



Today, I was revisiting a compilation album that was one of my favorites a decade ago. Back in 2002, Mental Groove released Where Is Here, a double-vinyl, gatefold comp that was truly fantastic. I bought it whenever it was that the album turned up Amoeba, mostly because it had a Miss Kittin & The Hacker track on it (“The Beach”). 

I bought this because I wanted to play “The Beach” at during my sets. Turns out that this wasn’t the track I played the most. I flipped over “Her Dream” by Cassy & Dave the Hustler. Yeah, that’s Cassy, who is one of the most acclaimed DJs in the world right now. I was also really into “Rather Be” from Crowdpleaser & St. Plomb, feat. Selfish in Bed. I used to play those two tracks pretty regularly at a party I threw called Transmission. 

This comp is still gold. Check it out if you like underground dance music. You can get it through iTunes. As for the vinyl, check record stores with good dance sections. 





Black History Month Story time:

Merry Clayton - “Gimme Shelter”

Before 1969, Merry Clayton was just a Brooklyn-based singer trying to scrounge up any back-up gig she could find. When The Rolling Stones were recording “Let It Bleed,” they started looking for backup singers for their new song “Gimme Shelter,” and their manager suggested Clayton.

Six months pregnant, Merry came to the studio to record her now-infamous backup track. The Stones themselves were very obviously impressed with her talent. Around 3 minutes into the Stones version, you can even her Jagger let out a “Whoo!” when Merry cracks open the note over the word “Murder.”

Though the recording session put to tape one of the most memorable backup performances in the history of Rock N’ Roll, the memory would not be a good one for Merry Clayton. Just after the session, she suffered a miscarriage in her home. Many blame the intensity of her performance.

When the Stones heard this, they were heartbroken. They approached her and offered partial ownership of the track. They also wanted her to record her own version.

This is it. Be careful, it will melt steel.

Merry said, of the whole ordeal, “That was a dark, dark period for me, but God gave me the strength to overcome it.”

Amazing story.