Dimitri from Paris-Get Down with the Philly Sound Sampler

Disco means a lot of things to a lot of people, but most people don’t know much about it. To some, disco will permanently mean Saturday Night Fever and Abba. Dimitri from Paris’s upcoming compilation looks at where the disco sound came from, and listeners might get a new sense of where the sound went.

Get Down with the Philly Sound highlights the origins of disco in the soulful sound of Philadelphia, better known as The Philly Sound. No Bee Gees here, but lots of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and groups from iconic label Gamble and Huff. In this promotional mix, Dimitri narrates a selection of tracks from the mix–it has lots of the music featuring the voice of the late and truly great Teddy Pendergras to whom the mix (and this post) is dedicated.
-mix inside


Gavin Russom/The Crystal Ark pt. 2

As a follow up to the last post, here is an amazing set from Gavin Russom. Really, it is pretty special. A little bit of everything is here. It takes all kinds of wild directions, but bookended by Jelly Roll Morton and John Coltrane it makes sense in an inexplicably coherent way. At any rate its an impeccable selection of tunes that feel like they all bend time and space in some special way.

The Crystal Ark’s single is out now on DFA Records. Check out the instrumental in the first post on The Crystal Ark, and pick up or download a copy at your favorite place to buy music! If they don’t have it, tell them order it.

-tracklist and mix inside!

Gavin Russom/Crystal Ark Top 10 Chart

Gavin Russom in two places at once.

Gavin Russom has been one of my favorite artists on DFA since the Black Leotard Front’s “Casual Friday” from 2004. I still buy DFA singles on vinyl, and I’m pretty good about taking care of records, but not Gavin Russom’s stuff–Black Leotard Front and Black Meteoric Star were played ragged. Now he’s back as Crystal Ark. I’m listening and playing out digitally mostly these days, so I don’t have to worry about destroying another fine medium of recorded sound. . .whew! Save the vinyl.

Check out the chart below along with the instrumental of his new single “The City Never Sleeps.”
-Chart and single inside!!!>