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ROBOT VOODOO PARADE mix(ed) by ANDYCAPP

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This is it, and what an it, it is. The big final mix of the year compiling all my favourite new songs, recent finds, and nostalgic reminders of years gone by. I hope you enjoy. If you want a physical … Continue reading

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THE MOST VALUABLE HIP-HOP RECORD OF ALL TIME!!!

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Jean-Michel Basquiat’s history with rap music goes deeper than Jay Z’s punch lines and bragging rights. That engagement was most visible in the “Beat Bop” 12-inch, a ten-minute sparring match between MCs/graffiti artists K-Rob and Rammellzee, which the legendary Brooklyn … Continue reading

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Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack: Death To Disco?

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Disco should’ve been dead. By late 1977, when the movie Saturday Night Fever and its soundtrack were released, many of the biggest hit disco singles had come and gone: “Rock The Boat,” “Kung Fu Fighting,” “Lady Marmalade,” “The Hustle,” “Get … Continue reading

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20 BEST HIP-HOUSE RECORDS EVER MADE!!!

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1989 my next-door neighbour Jennie was seeing the DJ from the local roller disco, thus instantly catapulting her to demi-legend status in Rusthall, one of Tunbridge Wells’ less prestigious satellite villages. One pivotal day she told me that if I … Continue reading

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Still Music Uncover a Rare 1984 Mix of Chicago House!!!

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“So this is a mix that aired in the mid 1980′s on Chicago’s WBMX. The show was the ‘Saturday Night Live Ain’t No Jive Dance Party.’ The Hot Mix 5 were the main DJ’s but every week they put on … Continue reading

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MEDUSA’S : Chicago’s missing link – Jacob Arnold

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There are a handful of American dance clubs from the 1980s—the Paradise Garage, the Warehouse, the Muzic Box—whose names have become synonymous with underground music. Then there are those whose impact has gone unacknowledged. Medusa’s, a Chicago teen club that … Continue reading

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HISTORY OF THE BEAT TAPE!

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From Cassettes to Donuts: the history of the hip-hop beat tape Sept. 3, 2013 Written by Laurent Fintoni Got beats? If you’re a hip-hop fan – or a fan of music in general – then you’ve probably heard at least … Continue reading

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RICHIE HAWTIN IS WAAAAAYYY OVERATED!

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Richie Hawtin continues to perplex me, but that’s probably because I don’t ingest ketamine. Yes he is really, really good at what he does; play really boring minimal techno and get paid lots of money to do so. There are … Continue reading

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HOW HOUSE MUSIC HIT THE UK – By Greg Wilson

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I’ve always been intrigued by the ways by which different forms of dance start, percolate, merge, or are assimilated into different cultures around the world. My next foray into art production is documentary film which explores how many different dance … Continue reading

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THEO PARRISH – The Essentials…

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Theo Parrish & Moodymann has always remained staples in my sets in one way or another since I started playing house and eclectic sets more frequently (Sometime around 1998). The last time I saw Theo at Plastic People in London … Continue reading

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50 DJs Over 50 Who Are Still Killing It

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Some of these DJ’s I didn’t even know were alive, some of them really should quit and some I am very glad are still doin’ their thing so I can still hope to see them in the near (death) future. … Continue reading

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WHEN FOOTPRINTS meets BANG THE PARTY! (hint…this SATURDAY)

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It certainly has been a long time coming but the day has finally arrived. BANG THE PARTY! (Andycapp & L’oqenz) are teaming up with legendary party FOOTPRINTS (Jason Palma, General Eclectic and Stuart Li aka BasicSoulUnit)  for a one off … Continue reading

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DAVID SHAW – Interview….

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For BANG THE PARTY!’s 7th Birthday this month we’ve invited like minded DJ DAVID SHAW from Montreal to join us in selecting and playing a wide range of disco-tinged music for us. In preparation of his arrival we asked him … Continue reading

BANG THE PARTY! 2-DISC RELEASE

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Celebrating our 7th Birthday we have put together a 2-Disc compilation package spanning 30 years of influential and inspiring music both rare and classic to BANG THE PARTY…mixed with generous love and appreciation by ANDYCAPP and a sleeve designed by graffiti artist DARCY OBOKATA. The complete package will be available for a mere $5….why..cause that’s how much it cost to make…so it is essentially free. We are offering SIDE ONE free, right here to download….

SIDE ONE

MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON – Risin’ Up
GREGG WRIGHT – Searching For The Love
BONEY M- New York City
DISCONNECTION – Dead On The Case
MIM SULEIMAN – Nyuli (Instrumental)
EASTBOUND EXPRESSWAY – Never Let Go
DAVE SAMUELS – New Math
CHATEAU FLIGHT – Instant Replay
MAURICE FULTON – Revenge Of The Orange
EDDIE HARRIS – La Carnival
LTD – Holdin’ On
BRAINSTORM – On Our Way Home Pt. 1&2
RSW – Mash Up
IDJUT BOYS & QUAKERMAN- Gurner’s Choice
LANCELOT LAYNE – You Think It’s Soft (Trevor Walker Remix)
TUMBLACK – Chunga Funk
TUMBLACK – Bateau La Passe

SIDE TWO

TAKE THREE – Tonite The Night
FUNKAPOLITAN – As The Time Goes By
INVERTO – Miura
LADYVIPB – Pain In My Brain
ALLISON DAVID – One Last look
FUNKI PORCINI – Sally Wants To Be A Surgeon
MARIUS CULTIER – Zouk
LINDSTROM – The Contemporary Fix (EYE Remix)
LES GAMMAS – Whenever
D’ANGELO – Spanish Joint
E.S.G.-Moody
EROT – Two Songs For Annie
THE POP GROUP – 3:38
RUSS MCDONALD – Looking From The Cooking Pot
LUV YOU MADLY ORCHESTRA – Moon Maiden
MAXAYN – Doing Nothing, Nothing Doing
SYCLOPS – A Lovely Sunday
BUILD AN ARK – Always There

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New York City House

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Chicago gave birth to house music and London brought it to the world, but New York City gave it its dimension. House music was NYC’s ubiquitous after-dark soundtrack throughout the ’90s and there was a shade for every taste: rough-and-ready … Continue reading

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The Export of New York’s ’70s and ’80s Underground

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The hugely successful Saturday Night Fever would seal New York’s status as the world’s capital city of hedonism, spawning decades of bad imitations on British wedding-party dancefloors. From the success of the sitcom Taxi, set in a New York cab … Continue reading

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CLASSIC NIGHTCLUBS – Dingwalls

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Talking Loud And Saying Something, or simply Dingwalls to many, represented a unique moment in dance music history. The party packaged seemingly disparate strands of club culture, creating an environment where far-out music from Yusef Lateef and Jean-Luc Ponty could … Continue reading

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Dance Mania: Ghetto House’s Motown

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Dance Mania: Ghetto House’s Motown As it prepares to make its return, Jacob Arnold tells the story of the seminal Chicago label. Few independent dance music labels have anywhere near the longevity and output of Dance Mania. It went through … Continue reading

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99 RECORDS STORY

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From ESG to LCD, Ed Bahlman’s punk-funk record label, 99, is one of the most influential New York imprints ever. The nondescript exterior doesn’t show it but musical history was made at 99 MacDougal Street in New York’s Greenwich Village. … Continue reading

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Romanthony: The Wanderer

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Romanthony (Anthony Moore) died May 7 in Austin, Texas at the age of 46. He grew up in New Jersey where his parents encouraged him to take guitar lessons as a child. As a young adult, he heard Tony Humphries … Continue reading

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Celebrating “PARIS IS BURNING”

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Legendary: A celebration of ‘Paris Is Burning’ with Peaches Christ and Latrice Royale NOTES FROM THE NIALLIST If you have not seen Paris Is Burning, you’re just not doing it right. I’m talking Life, honey. I’ve written about Paris Is … Continue reading

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VIDEO – New Order & Factory-related groups

Here’s a little something you don’t see every day, a compilation of original video by bands associated with the “lesser” Factory-related record labels operating out of Brussels Belgium. It’s called Umbrellas in the Sun and consists of seldom-seen videos from more well-known Factory acts like A Certain Ratio, Durutti Column, Section 25 and even New Order, along with more more obscure groups like Crispy Ambulance, Josef K., The Names, Quando Quango and plenty of others.

The two Belgium-based labels, Factory Benelux and Disques de Crepescule, were founded by Michel Duval and Annik Honoré (if this latter name sounds familiar it should, as she was with Ian Curtis during the last years of his life), and featured music that didn’t exactly fit Factory’s profile or release schedule. Although practically anything that showed up on these labels was (at least!) kinda quirky, some of it was as good if not better than some of what was on Factory Records proper.

For instance, The Plateau Phase by Crispy Ambulance, was both too far out as well as perhaps too… proggy (?) for Factory, nevertheless it still sounds fantastic. Hell, this being the Internet, I can even pass you a toke (here’s “Travel Time” off that record):

In 2005, fellow Factory nut James Nice put out Umbrellas in the Sun on the LTM label. Here’s a chunk of that DVD featuring all sorts of exotic post-punk treats filmed between 1980 & 1985. Ah yes, another fine example of the Internet practically vomiting diamonds into our cupped hands. Feel free to slide them down your own gullet, though do be prepared for the fact that much of it will scratch and burn on the way down.

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10 More Essential + Rare Books For DJs and Producers

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So, it’s almost summer and you’ve got your poolside reading list all set to go, right? We’re going to assume you’re like the rest of us and don’t really think about those kinds of things until it’s too late. So, … Continue reading

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MO WAX – 21 Years On….

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“The lunatics had taken over the asylum,” says James Lavelle of the music industry of the mid-90s. “There was a shitload of money going around, it was fuckin’ New Labour, anything was possible, we were very young, everybody was coming … Continue reading

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NILE RODGERS speaks….

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“Miles Davis said it’s not the shit you play, it’s the shit you don’t play that counts… To me the more information you hear, the less funky it is. Less is more in my world.” – Nile Rodgers According to … Continue reading

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Every summer is ‘The Summer Of Disco’

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Well, as I pointed out, every summer is rightly the summer of disco. Talk of a “disco revival” is irrelevant as disco has never really gone away, but that still doesn’t stop it becoming a media trope every two to … Continue reading

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The Roots of Industrial Music

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Harnessing the creative force of urban brutalism and playing freely with taboo themes: subverting popular and political culture, and all the while pushing self-modified synths in strange and violent ways, the pioneers of industrial motored through the musical landscape of … Continue reading

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IT’S YOU: The History of a Chicago House Classic

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Chicago’s airwaves were thick with house in 1985. The city’s indigenous dance music revolution which had begun just two years before, was now in full bloom. At the time, Tom Adams was building a following as a DJ on Chicago’s … Continue reading

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VIDEO – Bryan Ferry is big in JAPAN…

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VIDEO – JAMES BROWN on respect!

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Little White Earbuds’ Brief History of Early Electronic Music

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“You take a sound, any sound, record it and then change it’s nature by a multiplicity of operations. You record it at different speeds; you play it backwards; you add it to itself over and over again. You adjust filters, … Continue reading

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10 ELECTRONIC BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ

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JEREMY J. BEADLE WILL POP EAT ITSELF? (1993) At the height of You’ve Been Framed‘s popularity, Jeremy Beadle sat down to pen this extended essay on “pop music in the soundbite era”. OK, different Beadle, but still deserving of your … Continue reading

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THE A-Z of ELECTRO

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In its original incarnation, Electro was black science fiction teleported to the dancefloors of New York, Miami and LA; a super-stoopid fusion of video games, techno-pop, graffiti art, silver space suits and cyborg funk. Now that Electro is back, David … Continue reading

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ONRA – Interview(s)

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Onra is one of those artists you discover, cherish, and want to keep all to yourself, only to discover he’s tight with A-Trak, loved by Diplo, and pretty much one of the bigger  artists doing what he’s doing — that … Continue reading

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ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE – P-Funk Documentary (2005)

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“a joint rolled in toilet paper”: Funkadelic’s Funky Soul / Joseph T. Thomas, Jr.   Abstract: Through an examination of Parliament-Funkadelic’s lyrics and music, this paper explores shit, dirt, and the funk, investigating their relationship to George Clinton and his … Continue reading

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BANG THE PARTY! Video(Mix) Tape

We recently posted an article about a week ago by legendary FAITH founder Terry Farley (see the link below) lamenting the DJ’s importance over the dancing crowd and we couldn’t agree more. For us, dancing has always been the most important part of BANG THE PARTY in tandem with the music, after all we don’t throw parties for people who like to stand. Rather than complain and moan like disgruntled dad DJ’s, we put together what we like to call a VIDEO MIX (TAPE) of all of our favourite dancers who have graciously over the years blessed us with their skills. Hopefully you will be inspired to do the same…even if your dancing skills are no better than Elaine Benes.

http://bangtheparty77-84.com/2013/01/16/terry-farley-when-did-the-dancing-stop/

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MASSIVE ATTACK (‘S) BLUE LINES – 21 Years On

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Brooding, dark, eclectic and beautiful, Massive Attack’s Blue Lines is the landmark release from 1991. A stunningly original work, it was an album that joined the loose ends of music scenes as diverse as soul, punk and post punk, hip … Continue reading

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CRACKERS NightClub – Popularizing Jazz-Funk in the 70′s

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Nightclubbing is a series on RBMA where we tell the story of the spaces that have forever changed the world of music. In this edition, Stephen Titmus writes about Crackers, the oft-forgotten London club that helped popularize jazz-funk in the … Continue reading

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THE BALLROOM – Where Voguing is Always in Style

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Mention the word “voguing” to people, and generally their first reaction will be “strike a pose, there’s nothing to it”. A dance fad made popular by Madonna in the early Nineties but invented in the New York City gay underground … Continue reading

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PRINCE: A Biography in Print

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Sitting up late one night not so long ago with a bunch of musicians, I found myself immersed in the sounds of Prince’s Parade – a record that, at the time of its release, became something of an obsession of … Continue reading

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FACTORY RECORDS: The Final Years

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On Monday 23rd November 1992, Factory Records – the Manchester home to New Order and Happy Mondays and owners of the Haçienda club – went into administration with debts of over £2m. The downfall of the company and the shattering … Continue reading

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THE HISTORY OF Celluloid Records!

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The primal thrash of punk was a howl of rage and hope, a deliberate pop year zero – but after it, what deluge? Inevitably, perhaps, there came a natural urge to more sophistication or complexity, coupled with new musical technologies … Continue reading

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D’ANGELO’s Voodoo – Behind The Scenes

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Holdups and false starts kept Voodoo from a ’90s release. Perfectionist D’Angelo had become distracted by weed and weightlifting, and debilitated by sophomore pressure to follow up his groundbreaking 1995 debut Brown Sugar. In the interim he’d fathered two children, … Continue reading

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THEO PARRISH – Crack Magazine Interview

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We thought we’d start by talking about how where you grew up affects the music you make. For me it’s really elementary. Any person is going to be influenced by where they came from and the trajectory of their experience … Continue reading

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DADDY KEV (Low End Theory) – RBQMA Interview

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None has captured the zeitgeist of the “beat scene” better than Low End Theory. A staple of the Los Angeles club scene since late 2006, this Wednesday night party has created a lively conversation between various strains of the city’s leftfield hip … Continue reading

BANG THE PAR T.V. Ep.02 – MUSCLE & HEAT

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20 BEST BROKEN BEAT RECORDS

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In the late 90s a movement began in West London that was to inspire a new direction in dance music. Though this movement was never acknowledged in the mainstream music press, never had a crossover chart single, and never truly … Continue reading

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VIDEO – Kid Creole& The Coconuts Documentary

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JD TWITCH (OPTIMO) – 20 Questions

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Where are you based? Glasgow. Is this your home town? I grew up in Edinburgh. Any reason for the switch of city? I moved to Glasgow in 1986 to go to university. Although the two cities are only an hour … Continue reading

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VIDEO – Herbie Hancock on Sesame Street

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