GOD MADE ME PHUNKY / SHAKE DAT BOOTY (INC. PAL JOEY REMIX)
12" Vinyl UK30.04.19
description 4 to the floor are committed to delivering seminal house music to wax, making sought after heritage tracks readily available on vinyl for crate diggers to add to their collections. on volume 1’s a-side you’ll find a track with one of the most famous lyrics from house music history md x-spress’ ‘god made me phunky’, the record has inspired countless producers to sample and remix it, but this 90’s gem still sounds amazing in its original glory. on the flip are two mixes of a three kings classic, ‘shake dat booty’. the a pal joey interpretation matches looped vocals with harmonious keys that perfectly complement each other, while the wahoo main mix utilises energetic drums and techy synths to up the ante.
pal joey (aka joseph longo) came up in the heady days of new york street culture, amidst b-boying, boom boxes and an unusually entrepreneurial spirit of beat-making. beginning with crude “pause tapes”, he was soon making tracks with drum machines and sampled vocals, all painstakingly assembled with razors and reel-to-reel. working at vinylmania, where larry levan might be found shopping for records in his pajamas, helped joey’s entrance into the city’s nascent house music scene, and he was soon working with everyone from krs-one to sade to the orb, whose “little fluffy clouds” he tweaked for stateside tastes.
true to his city’s inclusive spirit, pal joey consistently blurs the lines between disco, house and hip-hop, dropping scraps of old soul and recent rap alike over his skipping drum patterns and head-nodding keyboard lines. joey’s records (under his principal moniker and also aliases like earth people and soho) have appeared on jive, epic, talkin loud, wave and coco machete. he also has run three labels of his own - loop d’ loop, cabaret and footstompin records.
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a much in demand reissue of two of nyc born-and-bred, pal joeys, classics from his joint label with reynald deschamps, loop dloop. first up, party time which harnesses that 90s nyc underground house energy with a rawness that was to emanate through many of pal joeys subsequent productions. scalpel in hand, joey expertly crafted this sample laden groover, his trademark stuttering, off-kilter rhythms, loops and fills keeping listeners on their toes throughout, never knowing how the next phrase might unfold. on the flip, raw love utilises a seminal disco classic as its main sample source, looping it in a way only pal joeys mind knows how, adding percussive hits and extra effects to create an innovative, animated and exhilaratingly rhythmic dancefloor bomb. both tracks are perfect examples of the simplicity and seeming effortlessness that pal joey maintains in his productions, adhering to the mantra that less is more but with a resonating rawness that touches deep down in the soul.
joey longo has had a long & varied music career since the 1980s, from regular global dj spots to producing hip hop records for krs one to spearheading the deep nyc house sound that he is most well known for. the raw shit is a classic pal joey ep, featuring a handful of his trademark hip hop & jazz infused tracks, all sample laden & with dope chopped up drums & ultra deep synth pads that occupy that sweet late night spot somewhere between the burrell brothers & maw. released in 1995 & still sought after by music lovers today the ep is the perfect marriage of house music with b-boy sensibilities, raw indeed! remastered, repressed & re-released for 2015 in conjunction with king street records, new york city.
*la ronde* is one of the seminal japanese house releases, originally released in 1991 on king street offshoot bpm records it has long been a highly sought after slab of wax among deep house & dance music aficionados around the world. confined to one single disc on its original release this luxurious 2015 re-issue lets all the music contained within breathe the way it was naturally intended across 2 re-mastered 12 inches, making it utterly indispensable for all you djs & fanatics out there clamoring for all these classic tracks from far eastern heavyweights like toshihiko mori, soichi terada and many many more (nycs legendary pal joey even makes a guest appearance!). this is gorgeous, ambient, deep house at its finest, full of melody, soul & vibe, totally essential & finally available in this format for the very first time. fully re-mastered, re-pressed and re-released in full conjunction with king street sounds / bpm records, nyc / japan.
new york city darling pal joey is back with a new project called walk the dog and new single i cant.then holding things up in the rear are two mixes from xapy ha, the production team of label head sean holland and studio partner james general patton. these two brought you the b for bad remixes on shake dat booty, the first coco machete release, and pal joey production, ten years ago this june. this is, new york city, this is coco machete.
diy - also „do-it-yourself“ - hat eine große bedeutung in joey agrestas leben. er stammt aus new jersey und lebt über einem ersatzteile-shop. „let’s not talk about music“ entstand in über drei jahren, in denen joey agresta die lieder in seinem schlafzimmer-studio einspielte. computer wurden für die aufnahmen bewusst vermieden, neben regulären instrumenten nutzt joey agresta selbstgebastelte gerätschaften und bannt die klänge auf mehrspur-kassettengeräte. lo-fi als bewusste ästhetische entscheidung. unter pseudonymen wie joey pizza slice, son of salami oder salami junior hat er diverse kassetten veröffentlicht und so die aufmerksamkeit von bands wie future islands und the parquet courts gewonnen, die erklärte fans sind.
der legendäre baby ford, seit ende der 1980er schon 27 jahre lang im business, schüttelt für die neue fabric-cd locker ein ausgewogenes dancefloor-set aus kultigen house-grooves und feinstem, modernem techno aus dem Ärmel. dabei lässt er auch sein eigenes hochqualitatives material einfließen und beginnt das set mit seiner kollaboration mit dem ifach collective, um es mit dem noch unveröffentlichten tune * nyo15* ausklingen zu lassen.
rare disco from valery allington, camouflage, rena, king sporty & more ..strut presents horse meat disco iv, the first compilation by the ace london dj collective in over two years. since the last instalment in 2012, their status has been cemented as global disco leaders, remaining true to the underground ethic that first inspired them.