Tuesday, 28 December 2010

KIRK DEGIORGIO End of Year Top Ten Tracks: 2010

(in no particular order)
KIRK DEGIORGIO: Membrane (C2 Remix) (Planet E)
MARK BROOM/JAMES RUSKIN: Hostage (Blueprint)
SECRET CINEMA: Glad Chord (Gem)
MODEL 500: OFI (Mad Mike Remix) (R&S)
J-T KYRKE: Connect (M Rec)
BEN SIMS: Psychosis (Drumcode)
MIKE DEHNERT: Biface (Fachwerk)
JAKOB KORN: Mirrorflip (Dolly)
KIRK DEGIORGIO: Ripple Effect (Rush Hour)

ART10 - Miles Sagnia: Transmission EP COMING SOON

Top Ten December 2010:

DJ Charts > Kirk Degiorgio > Top Ten December 2010:
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MARK BROOM/JAMES RUSKIN: Black Lines (Blueprint)
RAIZ: Keep Secrets (James Ruskin Remix) (Droid)
MIKE HUMPHRIES: Tactical Recon (Mastertraxx)
SPIROS KALOUMENOS: Aftertouch (Patterns)
MARTYN: Shook Up (3024)
LEE HOLMAN: Kawl 1.0 (Kawl)
JOLKA: Five (Sect)
JOTON: Quarantine (Sub Space Remix) (Newrhythmic)
FUNCTION: Variance 3 (Sandwell District)


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Release Date: Jan 2011
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Sound Obsession: Dec 2010

John Coltrane Special

John Coltrane - Blue Train (Edit) - Blue Note
John Coltrane - Dakar - Prestige
John Coltrane - Fifth House - Atlantic
John Coltrane - Cousin Mary - Atlantic
John Coltrane - Naima - Atlantic
John Coltrane - Mr. Day - Atlantic
John Coltrane - Central Park West - Atlantic
John Coltrane - My Favorite Things - Atlantic
John Coltrane - Ole - Atlantic
John Coltrane - Song Of The Underground Railroad - Impulse!
John Coltrane - Impressions (take 2) - Impulse!
John Coltrane - Miles' Mode - Impulse!
John Coltrane - Alabama - Impulse!
John Coltrane - Wise One - Impulse!
John Coltrane - Acknowledgement - Impulse!
John Coltrane - Transition - Impulse!

Top Ten November 2010:

DJ Charts>Kirk Degiorgio>November Top Ten:
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O/V/R: Post Traumatic Son (Blueprint)
EXIUM: Lifeforce (Pole)
A MOCHI: Dark Matter (Figure)
STEVE RACHMAD presents IGNACIO: Virton Upgraded (Music Man)
SP X: Extract (Time To Express)
SAMULI KEMPPI: Quantum Mechanics (Mote-Evolver)
SASHA CARASSI: Hypercombo (Drumcode)
SPIROS KALOUMENOS: Full Moon (Toyfriend)
PFIRTER: The Dub Track (Len Faki Remix) (Figure)

Friday, 12 November 2010

The Third Man: Tangier (ART-DDS4) VINYL OUT NOW!!

“Awesome” Kenny Larkin (Planet E)

“Killer, soaring, majestic” Monty Luke (Planet E)

“Seriously hot shit” Vince Watson (Bio, Tresor, Delsin)

“Absolutely stunning” Laurent Garnier

“Definitely a BIG release. I love BOTH tracks!” James Ruskin (Blueprint)

“I want this motherfucker!” Renaat (R&S)

“Absolutely beautiful…” Luke Slater (Mote-Evolver)

Vinyl format OUT NOW. Advanced Digital format released Nov 15th Exclusive to BEATPORT.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Sound Obsession - Nov 2010:

Cinematic Seventies:

Peter Thomas Orchestra - Stars & Rockets - Polydor
Donny Hathaway - String Segue - Atco
Badder Than Evil - Hot Wheels - Buddah
Dave Grusin - Condor! - Capitol
Willie Hutch - Chase - Motown
Johnny Pate - Brother On The Run (Opening) - Perception
Johnny Pate - You Can't Even Walk In The Park - ABC
Lalo Schifrin - Scorpio's Theme - Aleph
Isaac Hayes - Pursuit Of The Pimpmobile (Outro) - Enterprise
The J.B.'s - Sportin' Life - Polydor
Donny Hathaway - Detective's Goof - Atco
Francois De Roubaix - Les Dunes D'Ostende - Barclay
Gladys Knight & The Pips - Claudine's Theme - Buddah
Love Unlimited Orchestra - Dream On - 20th Century
War - Flying Machine - Far Out
Isaac Hayes - Randolph & Dearborn - Enterprise
Jerry Peters - Melinda Latino - Pride
Art & Ron - Can't Stop Talkin' - Happy Fox
Dave Grusin - Flight Of The Condor - Capitol
Lalo Schifrin - The Faceless Assassin - Aleph
J.J. Johnson - Harlem Clavinette - United Artists
Donny Hathaway - String Segue - Atco
David Shire - The Taking Of Pelham 123 (Main Theme) - Retrograde
Herbie Hancock - Party People - Columbia
Alain Goraguer - Ten E Medor - Pathe Marconi EMI
The Blackbyrds - Wilford's Gone - Fantasy
Charles Earland - Betty's Theme - Prestige
Weldon Irvine - Nowhere - Pride
Bernard Hermann - I Work The Whole City - Arista
Stargard - Theme from Which Way Is Up - MCA
Bill Conti - Reflections - United Artists
Love Unlimited Orchestra - Do Drop In - 20th Century
Edwin Starr - Runnin' - Motown
Johnny Pate - Shaft In Africa - ABC
Lalo Schifrin - Enter The Dragon (Main Title) - Warner Bros.
H.B. Barnum - Fun Lovin' Rap - MGM
J.J. Johnson - Willie Chase - MCA
Bernard Hermann - The Days They Do Not End - Arista
Isaac Hayes - Theme From Shaft - Enterprise
Lalo Schifrin - Rollercoaster - Aleph
Grant Green - Slight Fear and Terror - Blue Note

Sound Obsession - Oct 2010:

At Home Productions: Wayne Henderson Special

Pleasure - Bouncy Lady - Fantasy
Pleasure - Reality - Fantasy
Ronnie Laws - Always There - Blue Note
Ronnie Laws - Never Be The Same - Blue Note
Blacksmoke - Freedom Of The Mind - Chocolate City
Pleasure - Ghettos Of The Mind - Fantasy
Pleasure - Jammin' With Pleasure - Fantasy
Side Effect - Keep That Same Old Feeling - Fantasy
Allspice - Destiny - At Home
Allspice - Love Fire - At Home
Bobby Lyle - Pisces - Capitol
Bobby Lyle - The Genie - Capitol
Pleasure - Joyous - Fantasy
Wayne Henderson - Lush Life - ABC
Wayne Henderson - Lady Bug - ABC
B&G Rhythm - Hibaros - Polydor
Bobby Lyle - Inner Space - Capitol
Bobby Lyle - Good Inside - Capitol
Roy Ayers & Wayne Henderson - Lovers Should Always Be Together - Polydor
Ramsey Lewis - I'll Always Dream About You - Columbia
Chico Hamilton - Mysterious Maiden - Elektra
LA Boppers - Watching Life - Mercury
LA Boppers - Gimme Some Of Your Lovin' - Mercury
The McCrary's - Love On A Summer Night - Capitol

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Top Ten October 2010

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LUCY: Kalachakra EP (Prologue)

JEFF MILLS: Something In The Sky 5 (SITS)

SIGHA: Early Morning Lights (Marcel Dettmann Remix) (Our Circula Sound)

PATRICK SIECH: Crude EP (Drumcode)

JUJU & JORDASH: Deep Blue Meanies (Robert Hood Remixes) (Dekmantel)

ALAN FITZPATRICK: The Heist (8 Sided Dice)

LEE HOLMAN: Seeker EP (Snapshot)

VAINQUEUR: Ranges (Scion)

NICK DUNTON: Oikumene (Surface)

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Kirk Degiorgio Interview for Red Bull Music Academy:

Interview celebrating 50 editions of Sound Obsession show for RBMA:

Sound Obsession - Aug-Sept 2010:

Krautrock Special Pt's 1&2

Part One:
Xhol Caravan - Pop Games - Hansa Int.
Annexus Quam - Silver Forest - Ohr
Cravinkel - Two Circles - Philips
Popol Vuh - Dream Pt IV - Liberty
Ash Ra Tempel - Traummaschine - Ohr
Can - Oh Yeah - Spoon
Deuter - Gammastrahlen - Kuckuck
Embryo - Tausendfussler - United Artists
Epsilon - Before - Bacillus
Et Cetera - Mellodrama Nr. 2A - Global
Gila - Aggression - BASF
Tangerine Dream - Sunrise In The Third System - Ohr
Agitation Free - Ala Tul - Vertigo
Ash Ra Tempel - Suche & Liebe - Ohr
Can - Vitamin C - Spoon
Cluster - Fur die Katz - Brain
Electric Sandwich - China - Brain
Emtidi - Saat - Pilz
Holderlin - Traum - Pilz
Khan - Stranded - Brain
Klaus Schulze - Gewitter Energy Rise Energy Collapse - Ohr
Kraan - Sarah Auf Der Gansewies - Spiegelei
Neu! - Hallogallo - Brain
Thirsty Moon - Big City - Brain
Popol Vuh - Ah! - Pilz
Triumvirat - E minor 5/9 Minor 5 - Harvest
Xhol - Orgelsolo - Ohr
Agitation Free - Laila, Pt.2 - Vertigo
Amon Duul II - A Morning Excuse - United Artists
Ash Ra Tempel - Day Dream - Kosmische Muzik
Birth Control - M.P. - CBS

Part Two:
Klaus Schulze - Synphara (Edit) - Kosmische Muzik
Can - Future Days - Spoon
Lied des Teufels - Nichts - Kuckuck
Thirsty Moon - Tune In - Brain
Agitation Free - Mediterranean Flight - Vertigo
Can - Oh Yeah - Spoon
The Cosmic Jokers - Interstellar Rock - Kosmische Muzik
Cluster - Caramel - Brain
Faust - Giggy Smile - Virgin
Sand - Sarah - Delta Acustic
Missus Beastly - Fly Away - Nova
Yatha Sidhra - A Meditation Mass Pt.2 - Brain
Kraftwerk - Kometenmelodie 1 - Philips
Harmonia - Sonnenschein - Brain
Kraftwerk - Uranium - Kling-Klang
Kraan - Heimweh Nach Ubersee - Spiegelei
Manuel Gottsching - Quasarsphere - Kosmische Muzik
Neu! - Leb' Wohl - Brain
Release Music Orchestra - Atlantis - Brain
Michael Bundt - The Brain Of Oskar Panizza - Offers Musik
Popol Vuh - Hore, Der Du Wagst - Brain
Deuter - Night Rain - Kuckuck
Serge Blenner - Phrase 4 - Sky
Michael Rother - Katzenmusik 1 - Brain
Manual Gottsching - E2-E4 - Spalax


ART-DDS4 - The Third Man: Tangier/Paucity (Vince Watson RMX) by kirkdegiorgio

KIRK DEGIORGIO: Exodus Earth - Boomkat Review:


Originally released in 2001 on the now defunct EMI subsidiary label NEW RELIGION - this much in-demand has been remastered and repressed on ART for vinyl and digital formats. Features the original and Carl Craig remix (as featured on the recent DJ Hell mix CD for Get Physical). OUT NOW!

Recent gigs:



Tuesday, 27 July 2010

2 Hour Disco Mix for ISM:

Kirk Degiorgio Goes Disco for ISM

Tracklisting announced so far:

Timmy Thomas – Africano
Tempest Trio – Do You Like It, The Way That It Feels?
Brooklyn Dreams – Music, Harmony & Rhythm
Fantastic Four – Got To Have Your love
NYCC – I’ll Keep A Light In My Window
Linda Hopkins – In Your Blood
The Choice Four – Come Down To Earth
James Wells – My Claim To Fame
Wish / La-Rita Gaskins – Nice & Soft
Asha Puthli – I’m Gonna Dance
Debbie Jacobs – Don’t You Want My Love
Jesse Gould – Out Of Work
Kebekelektrik – War Dance
Billy Nichols – Give Your Body Up (To The Music)
Ava Cherry – You Never Loved Me
Eastside Connection – You’re So Right For Me
Gregg Diamond – Risky Changes
Lucy Hawkins – Gotta Get Out Of Here
Tasha Thomas – Shoot Me (With Yout Love)
Passion – Don’t Bring Back Memories
Dazzle – You Dazzle Me
Damon Harris – It’s Music
The Players Association – Goin’ To The Disco
Jakki – Sun Sun Sun

Sound Obsession - July 2010:

SABA-MPS Labels Special

Guntel Hampel Quintet - Heartplants - SABA
Nathan Davis Quintet - Carmel's Black Forest Waltz - SABA
Deiter Reith - A Happy Afternoon - SABA
Jef Gilson Nonet - Suite Pour San Remo - SABA
Francy Boland - Rosa De Luxe - SABA
Tony Scott & Indonesian All-Stars - Burungkaka Tua - SABA
Orchester Roland Kovac - Blue Dance - SABA
Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band - Un Grao de Areia - MPS
Dave Pike Set - Walkin' Down The Highway - MPS
Wolfgang Dauner Quintet - Oh Baby, I Don't Love You Anymore - MPS
Michael Naura Quartet - Soledad De Murcia - MPS
Mike Nock Underground - Wax Planet - MPS
Peter Herbolzheimer - El Soul Condor - MPS
Nelson Riddle - Volcano's Daughter - MPS
Smoke - Griffo - MPS
Charly Antolini - Handicraft - MPS
Bill Evans - 2nd Movement A - MPS
Don Ellis - Whiplash - MPS
Erwin Lehn Orchestra - Color - MPS
Erwin Lehn Orchestra - Funf Zur Vier - MPS
Peter Herbolzheimer - Mr. Clean - MPS
Peter Herbolzheimer - That Ol' Bus Smell- MPS
Don Ellis - Parting - MPS
Don Ellis - Dew - MPS
Volker Kriegel - Mindwill - MPS
Deiter Reith - Orita - MPS
Klaus Weiss - And As I Looked Again - MPS
Volker Kriegel - Are You Really Living Next To Me? - MPS
Fritz Pauer Trio - Terra Samba - MPS

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Sound Obsession - June 2010:

Groove Merchant/LRC Label Special

Jimmy McGriff - Tiki - Groove Merchant
Larry Willis - Out On The Coast - Groove Merchant
O'Donel Levy - Bad, Bad Simba - Groove Merchant
Ramon Morris - First Come, First Serve - Groove Merchant
Buddy Rich - Sierra Lonely - Groove Merchant
Jimmy McGriff & Junior Parker - The Inner Light - Groove Merchant
Groove Holmes - Red Onion - Groove Merchant
Mike Longo - Like A Thief In The Night - Groove Merchant
Reuben Wilson - The Sweet Life - Groove Merchant
Buddy Rich - Three Day Sucker - Groove Merchant
Jimmy McGriff - Purple Onion - Groove Merchant
Lonnie Smith - Straight To The Point - Groove Merchant
Jimmy McGriff - It Feels So Nice - Groove Merchant
Joe Thomas - Polarizer - LRC
Lonnie Smith - Filet-O-Soul - LRC
O'Donel Levy - Freedom and Good Times - LRC
Jimmy McGriff - Space Cadet - LRC
Jimmy McGriff - Flexible Flyer - LRC
Jimmy Ponder - Love Me Right - LRC
Lonnie Smith - Babbit's Other Song - LRC
B. Baker Chocolate Co. - Snowblower - LRC

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

ART-DDS3: Vinyl available for pre-order NOW!

Movement 2010 Round-Up:

Some reviews of this years Detroit Electronic Music Festival - Movement 2010, including my DJ set at the Movement-Torino Stage:

Book Choice #21:

Marcus Chown: Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You

It's been awhile since my last book choice - not much time for reading lately, due to production and DJ schedule, but I finally managed to finish this excellent attempt at explaining quantum theory. Perfect for a layman with no academic background in physics or maths whatsoever, the book is best read in small chunks in my opinion, as I happen to disagree with the title - it certainly hurt my brain trying to understand the concepts it describes! Highly recommended.

Friday, 28 May 2010

Top Ten May 2010:

(in alphabetical order):

A MADE UP SOUND: Crisis (A Made Up Sound)

ARCHITECTURAL: Track 1 (Architectural)

CONFORCE: Pretty (Far From Here) (Modelisme)

DARKO ESSER: Phobia (Perc Trax)

LITTLE NOBODY: Metropolis How? (James Ruskin Remix) (Gynoid)

MARCEL FENGLER: Sculptures (Mote Evolver)



SLAM: Last Sonic Approach (Drumcode)

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Bleep43 Podcast: Movement 2010 "The Calm Before the Storm"

A downtempo deep techno-house mix in anticipation of this weekends Movement 2010 Detroit Festival.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Sound Obsession - May 2010:

Todd Rundgren Special:

Todd Rundgren - There Are No Words - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - Baby Let's Swing - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - The Last Thing You Said - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - Don't Tie My Hands - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - Believe In Me - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - Be Nice To Me - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - I Saw The Light - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - A Dream Goes On Forever - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - Don't You Ever Learn - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - I'm So Proud - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - Ooh Baby Baby - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - Tic Tic Tic, It Wears Off - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - Flamingo - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - Does Anybody Love You? - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - I Don't Want To Tie You Down - Bearsville
Isley Brothers - Hello, It's Me - T-Neck
Utopia - Freak Show - Bearsville
Utopia - The Ikon - Bearsville
Felix Cavaliere - I Am Free - Bearsville
Hall & Oates - You're Much Too Soon - Atlantic
Todd Rundgren - Real Man - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - Born To Synthesize - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - Solar Fire - Bearsville
Utopia - Just One Victory (Live) - Bearsville
Steve Hillage - Shimmer - Virgin
Todd Rundgren - Cliche - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - Love Of The Common Man - Bearsville
England Dan & John Ford Coley - Love Is The Answer - Big Tree
Todd Rundgren - Can We Still Be Friends - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - Pulse - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - Hideaway - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - Influenza - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - Flamingo - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - Healing (Pt I) - Bearsville
Todd Rundgren - Healing (Pt II) - Bearsville

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Josh Wink charts "Ripple Effect":

Josh Wink places Ripple Effect at No.2 in his Beatport Chart for May 2010.
JOSH WINK – Beatport Top 10

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Top Ten April 2010:

(alphabetical order)

BASIC SOUL UNIT: Saturn (Creme Organization)
BEN SIMS: The Ol' Vibes (Naked Lunch)
GARY BECK: Elisse (Bek Audio)
KAISERDISCO: Vert (Drumcode)
KENNY LARKIN: Glob (Claude Von Stroke Remix) (Planet E)
MARK BROOM/JAMES RUSKIN: The Metal Man (Blueprint)
MILES SAGNIA: Follow The Light (A.E.R.)
SPITZER: Roller Coaster (InFine)
THE THIRD MAN: Messier 66 (A.R.T.)
WAX: Track 1 (No.30003)

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Sound Obsession - April 2010

Jimi Hendrix Special:

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Hey Joe (alternate take) - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Third Stone From the Sun - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Purple Haze - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - The Wind Cries Mary - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Foxey Lady - BBC Sessions
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Manic Depression - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - May This Be Love - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - If 6 Was 9 - Sony
Rotary Connection - Burning Of The Midnight Lamp - Cadet
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Little Miss Lover - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - You Got Me Floatin' - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Wait Until Tomorrow - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Ain't No Telling - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Spanish Castle Magic - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Castles Made Of Sand - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Moon Turn The Tides... - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Crosstown Traffic - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along The Watchtower - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - South Southern Delta - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Have You Ever Been - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Izabella - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Midnight - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Lullaby For The Summer - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Earth Blues - Sony
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Ezy Ryder - Sony
Idris Muhammad - Power Of Soul - Kudu
Isley Brothers - Machine Gun - T-Neck
Jimi Hendrix - Message To Love (alternate Version) - Sony
Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune - Sony
Jimi Hendrix - Freedom - Sony
Jimi Hendrix - Drifting - Sony
Jimi Hendrix - Angel - Sony

The Third Man: Messier 66 OUT NOW:

OUT NOW: The Third Man: Messier 66 (ART-DDS2) available from all good specialist vinyl retailers. Digital formats forthcoming.

Friday, 2 April 2010

Detached Easter Special:

W.A.A.D. 2010:

Today is World Autism Awareness Day! Please spread the word and get involved.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Vince Watson Charts Time Spin:

Producer/DJ Vince Watson charts "Time Spin" at No.1 for his April 2010, Juno Chart HERE.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Sound Obsession: March 2010

Stax Label Special - Part 2 (1971-1975)


The Staple Singers - Respect Yourself - Stax

Booker T. & The MG's - Melting Pot - Stax

Louis Paul - Leave The Door Where You Found It - Enterprise

Isaac Hayes - Never Can Say Goodbye - Enterprise

Isaac Hayes - Do Your Thing - Enterprise

Frederick Knight - I've Been Lonely For So Long - Stax

The Staple Singers - I'll Take You There - Stax

The Dramatics - In The Rain - Volt

The Emotions - Nothing Seems Impossible - Volt

The Dramatics - Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get - Volt

Bar-Kays - It Ain't Easy - Volt

Bar-Kays - Memphis Sunrise - Volt

Little Sonny - Eli's Pork Chop - Enterprise

Black Nasty - Talking To The People - Enterprise

The Staple Singers - If You're Ready (Come Go With Me) - Stax

Isaac Hayes - Theme From "The Men" - Enterprise

Isaac Hayes - Rolling Down A Mountainside (Live) - Enterprise

Joe Hicks - Ruby Dean - Enterprise

24 Carat Black - Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth - Enterprise

Isaac Hayes - Joy - Enterprise

Isaac Hayes - Wonderful - Enterprise

Little Milton - Let Me Back In - Stax

Shirley Brown - Woman To Woman - Truth

Temprees - The Whole Bit Of Love - We Produce

Temprees - I Love, I Love - We Produce

Bettye Crutcher - When We're Together - Enterprise

Isaac Hayes - Run Fay Run - Enterprise

Isaac Hayes - Pursuit Of The Pimpmobile - Enterprise

Bar-Kays - Holy Ghost - Stax

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Juno Bestseller Chart: "Membrane" & "Ripple Effect/Time Spin"

both Kirk Degiorgio EP's "Membrane" (Planet E) and "Time Spin" (Rush Hour) enter the Juno Techno bestsellers Chart for March at No.7 and 12 respectively.

Monday, 15 March 2010

NuLoop Choice: Ripple Effect / Time Spin

Online EU music store NuLoop make Kirk Degiorgio: "Ripple Effect/Time Spin" (Rush Hour) No.5 in it's current choice of releases. It is currently their No.10 best-selling Techno release of Week 10, 2010.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

The Third Man: Messier 66 - SNIPPETS

The Third Man: Messier 66 EP (ART-DDS2) by kirkdegiorgio

Coming soon on ART - estimated release date: early April 2010.
Produced by Toby Leeming.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Kirk Degiorgio - Membrane (Planet E)

Kirk Degiorgio - Membrane by planetedetroit

coming soon on Planet E. Check out the full length original (low-res stream) above. Video trailer to come.

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Top Ten: February 2010

(alphabetical order)

Audio Werner: Meanwhile (Hartchef Discos)

CRCvsMyon: Mass Defect (Track 2) (Heliocentric)

Gayle San: Mania (DJ Hi Shock Remix) (Elektrax)

Humano: Musterion (Music Man)

Jeff Mills: Something In The Sky (SITS)

Jerome Sydenham: Black Ice (Apotek)

Mike Dehnert: Dico EP (Track 3) (Fachwerk)

Patrice Scott: Eclipse (Sistrum)

Roberto Bosco: Space Drone (Wave)

Tevo Howard: Data (Rush Hour)

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Sound Obsession: February 2010

Stax Label Special - Part 1 (1960-1971)

Prince Conley - I'm Going Home - Satellite
The Mar-Keys - Pop-Eye Stroll - Stax
Otis Redding - These Arms Of Mine - Volt
Booker T. & The MG's - Jelly Bread - Stax
Eddie Kirk - The Hawg - Volt
The Cobras - Restless - Stax
Booker T. & The MG's - Soul Dressing - Stax
Sam & Dave - You Don't Know Like I Know - Stax
Otis Redding - I've Been Loving You For So Long - Volt
Sam & Dave - Hold On! I'm A Comin' - Stax
Carla Thomas - B-A-B-Y - Stax
Booker T. & The MG's - My Sweet Potato - Stax
Carla Thomas - Something Good - Stax
Booker T. & The MG's - Hip Hug-Her - Stax
William Bell - Everybody Loves A Winner - Stax
Carla Thomas & Otis Redding - Tramp - Stax
Booker T. & The MG's - Slim Jenkin's Place - Stax
Sam & Dave - Soul Man - Stax
Johnny Daye - What I'll Do For Satisfaction - Stax
Bar-Kays - Soul Finger - Volt
Charmells - As Long As I've Got You - Volt
Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - Volt
Ollie & The Nightingales - I Got A Sure Thing - Stax
William Bell - Every Man Oughta Have A Woman - Stax
Mable John - Able Mable - Stax
Judy Clay & William Bell - Private Number - Stax
Rufus Thomas - Funky Mississippi - Stax
William Bell - I Forgot To Be Your Lover - Stax
Charmells - Sea Shell - Volt
Steve Cropper, Pops Staples, Albert King - Tupelo - Stax
The Emotions - So I Can Love You - Volt
Mavis Staples - Sweet Things You Do - Volt
The Mad Lads - Love Is Here Today - Volt
Moloch - I Can Think The Same Of You - Enterprise
Isaac Hayes - Theme from Shaft - Enterprise
Jean Knight - Mr. Big Stuff - Stax
Melvin Peebles - Sweetback's Theme - Stax
Isaac Hayes - Ike's Rap I - Enterprise
Isaac Hayes - Our Day Will Come - Enterprise
Isaac Hayes - Going In Circles - Enterprise
Isaac Hayes - The Look Of Love - Enterprise

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Slices DVD Magazine:

Issue 1-10. Out March, 2010: ft. Carl Craig, Kirk Degiorgio, etc.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Milton Jackson charts A Way Of Life:

House-meister and Freerange artist Milton Jackson charts Kirk Degiorgio "A Way Of Life" ART-DDS1 for February 2010.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Carl Craig charts Isidora:

Detroit's finest includes Kirk Degiorgio "Isidora" (B12) in his Feb 2010 Top Ten Chart for RA and Beatport.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

ART-DDS1: WhatPeoplePlay Digital Exclusive

Visit online music retailer WHATPEOPLEPLAY for an exclusive advance digital release of ART-DDS1: "Swarm" EP.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Tracks of the Decade: Kirk Degiorgio: "Nairobi"

Kirk Degiorgio: "Nairobi", has made No. 26 in Test Industries "Tracks of the Decade". This track - originally released on New Religion in 2001 - will be remastered and repressed on ART early this year.

Carl Craig's remix of Nairobi has also been licensed by Get Physical for a forthcoming DJ Hell Mix Compilation.

Kirk Degiorgio: Time Spin / Ripple Effect EP:

Kirk Degiorgio: Time Spin / Ripple Effect (Rush Hour) by kirkdegiorgio

Release Date: Mid-February, 2010 - Rush Hour Records.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Top Ten January 2010:

(Alphabetical Order)

1XA: Track 1 (1XA)

ARNAUD LE TEXIER: The Saturday Kick Project (Bass Culture)

AYBEE: Doors & Elevator (Aybee Visitation Mix) (Underground Quality)

AZUNI: Here You Come (Drum Poet)

BEROSHIMA: A Cosmic Flight (Frank Mueller Orig Mix) (Mueller)

EQUALIZED 003: Track 1 (Equalized)

KIRK DEGIORGIO: Time Spin (Rush Hour)

THE RHYTHMIST: The Agency (P&D Remix) (P&D)

TRAVERSABLE WORMHOLE: Vol.6 (Traversable Wormhole)

VIRGIL ENZINGER: Form Of The Formless (Bas Mooy Remix) (Driving Forces)

Monday, 18 January 2010

Electrodes & Wires, Berlin.

After the success of last years appearance alongside The Black Dog, I'll be returning to Adam X's 'Electrodes & Wires' night at Club Maria, Berlin this coming Saturday 23rd, January. I'll be playing a 1 hour live showcase highlighting recent and forthcoming releases. Also on the night - a live performance from B12 and Damon Wild.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

R.I.P. Teddy Pendergrass

R.I.P. Philly soul legend - Teddy Pendergrass (1950-2010)

Thursday, 7 January 2010

2010 - a random assessment.

State of the A.R.T.

2010. Another decade has crept up on us.

The dance music scene has become truly global. DJ’s can now add Kazakhstan, Dubai, Indonesia, Venezuela and many more to the list of countries on the circuit.

Producers from Chile, Romania, Mumbai have added their perspectives to the dance music template and new forms have evolved.

Music technology in the form of a laptop and – often cracked – software has opened up production to most of the world’s population.

With this democratization has come some demystifying of the music making process and a plethora of freely available releases in digital formats via sites such as Myspace, SoundCloud, BandCamp, etc.

Budding DJ’s no longer need to spend formative years ploughing through crates of vinyl in dusty warehouses to amass a collection worthy of the name.

The music-blogs and file-sharing sites are where most of the ‘digging’ takes place these days. Knowledge once shared over the counters of intimidating record stores can now be garnered from sites such as Discogs, Popsike, Allmusic, etc.

Aspiring DJ’s no longer need to spend formative years practising beat-matching and learning harmonic mixing as new DJ software auto-syncs tracks and works out the key for you.

Even selection skills can be garnered from the internet in the form of perusing DJ charts which proliferate on online stores such as Beatport, Juno, Phonica, etc.

In this new world of easy access to once arcane skills, promoters, distributors and labels have become lost and confused. It has become near impossible to find uniqueness in a scene now so laden with content.

Unable to keep up with the ever-increasing pace of new producers and divergences within multiple dance music genres, consumers and promoters alike mostly settle for ‘representations’ of a scene.

A privileged few DJ’s have worked long and hard to become the ‘representatives’ of this modern dance music scene. In a fragmented culture where confusion reigns, they are the safe bet to fall back on – hence we have a situation where a select few DJ’s headline at every club night and festival with a decent budget.

Without the safety net of the headline representative, paying customers cannot be found in sufficient numbers as ignorance and confusion reigns over expectations from the sheer number of lesser-profile names.

The high fees commanded by the headliners is offset by the large number of DJ’s and live acts willing to fill the remainder of the bill for bare expenses or those who will even pay their own way to gain some profile.

The club and festival format is therefore that of the compilation album. Frontloaded with an expensive high-profile name or two and the remainder filled with cheaply available material the majority know or care little about.

With over-exposure and familiarity comes contempt – especially in an age of blogs, twitter and forums. Just the past few weeks I have read withering criticism aimed towards many high-profile DJ’s that appears to stem from bitterness and envy.

The criticism is mostly unjustified. It takes a certain amount of stamina, determination and sheer will power to travel the world with the stress of security, irregular sleep, the sacrifice of family life, etc – yet still retain the energy and enthusiasm needed to deliver a good performance.

Many paradoxes exist within the dance music scene – not just the most popular DJ’s being the most vilified. Revenue from record sales is at such a level for most producers that releases are often little more than loss-leaders.

Many artists now rely on live shows and DJing to sustain a living. However, it’s obvious that the live circuit has reached it’s capacity, with many club nights and festivals closing due to lack of interest.

Over-booking of the same high-profile names is cited as the main reason for the decline in attendances at these events – but how can we be sure when confusion reigns even over what we expect of DJ’s and live performers?

Misunderstanding of music technology is rampant at present. At one end of the spectrum we have a lot of people assuming that laptop DJ’s do little more than press a few buttons, when infact they are performing something more complex and difficult than spinning with three turntables.

At the other end of the spectrum we have a lot of people assuming laptop DJ’s are doing something extremely complex and difficult when infact they are just pressing a few buttons and pumping their hands in the air.

Nobody really knows what anybody is doing anymore – and I think this is one of the reasons for the anger, confusion and bitterness I read and hear from club-goers and artists alike. But I have little time for such negativity.

Personally, I find all this genuinely exciting! I have been careful just to outline the current situation rather than make any judgments because I am as confused as anybody as to what is going on.

I am excited by technology and tend to be an ‘early-adopter’. I embraced digital DJing very early on – infact I pioneered it - and I have not heard any convincing argument that stands up to scrutiny that it is somehow inferior to the traditional two-decks and mixer approach.

And yet, I still buy vinyl. I still hunt for rare records that have not been released in digital format and I also record for boutique vinyl only labels such as Abstract Forms. My ART label releases in both vinyl and digital formats.

I own a studio with some luxury hi-end analogue gear – yet I’m aware a lot of my music is listened to on small headphones in compressed format.

Paradoxes. Everywhere.

Music technology enables us to manipulate sound in ways previously thought impossible. We can extract separate notes from within a chord and re-arrange them. We can use a plug-in to automatically ride a vocal track instead of relying on a compressor with it’s associate artefacts.

We have loudness maximizers and brickwall limiters to deliver tracks with more average energy than ever before, scale builders and chord memorizers – and yet, the dominant music of the past decade within dance has been minimal house and techno… a genre with a thin sound almost devoid of harmonic or melodic development.

I have never been inspired to make a minimal techno track, but have always incorporated some of it in my DJ sets. With my unique setup, minimal tracks become malleable tools to loop up and layer as added percussion or rhythm tracks.

Minimal is decreasing in popularity – both in it’s pure form and it’s influence as an aesthetic on other genres. Yet it remains popular in its heartland of southern, central and eastern Europe. Along with the recent popularity of ‘ethno-house’, minimal thrives in countries with little or no heritage of dance music’s roots in black American music culture.

Minimal is not concerned with funk or soul – it is more about experimenting with noise and sound. The rhythms are based on machine generated shuffles – as artificially funky as the goat herder and ethno percussion of the ethno-house scene.

Yet, within the same overall scene and often cheek-by-jowl in the clubs, exists the antithesis of this artificial music – artists such as Omar S, Theo Parrish, Moodymann, etc. No wonder the promoters fall back on the tried and trusted representatives when booking the line up.

So, you won’t find much negativity from me as regarding the current dance music scene. Yes, it’s confusing, frustrating, back-stabbing, etc – but ultimately it’s a beautiful adventure into the unknown with a cast of wonderful and weird characters.

A few of us lucky ones were courted by major labels during the ‘noughties’. Artists such as myself and Luke Slater are sort of ‘re-emerging’ from that world back into independence and I know I have learnt a lot from those years beyond skills gained working in top studios with ‘real’ musicians.

Mostly, I’ve learned that the majority of people in this industry just try to do their best and enjoy life with it. There are a few who will screw you over, but it’s easy to get paranoid in this industry and the struggles and competitiveness can be channelled into creativity. At the end of the day – nobody is owed a living just because they make music.

So stop moaning people! Enjoy the confusion! Embrace the technology! Music is life!