Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2023-12-13
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  IDENTITY

BLACKLINES: Underground Techniques
by DJ Harry T
2004-05-01

This article shared 4794 times since Sat May 1, 2004
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


CD Releases

Since its inception, Defected Records has been pumping out hits like a jack in the box. After licensing some of the biggest names in the industry, a mix series that keeps getting better and better and a full-length artist album (Roger Sanchez), they embark on another—enter Junior Jack. Vito Lucente has been quite the busy boy this past year, having produced club smash, 'E-Samba,' which has been burning up dance floors across the country. No stranger to the scene, his first track release, 'My Feeling,' garnered some attention and recently has produced 'Make Luv,' a remake of Oliver Cheatham's hit 'Saturday Night' as his alter-ego, Room 5. His latest release, 'Da Hype,' features the vocals of Robert Smith, lead vocalist of '80s band, The Cure. After an exciting year, he drops his full-length album, simply titled, 'Trust.' This long player features 'Thrill Me' and 'Stupid Disco,' along with the aforementioned singles. For more information on Junior Jack and other Defected artists, visit their Web site at www.defected.co.uk

Louie Vega, one half of Masters At Work, releases his highly anticipated full-length album, 'Elements Of Life.' The concept of his album focuses on a collage of different sounds and languages, woven like the finest tapestry, rich in culture and historic like a classic novel. On this spiritual journey, he's selected an assortment of talent to bring forth his message of love and unity to the masses. The opening prelude of soft, spoken verse by Philly-born Ursula Rucker greets the listener with loving arms then segues into a remake of The Chakachas' classic, 'Jungle Fever.' Louie introduces us to new discovery, Raul Midon, who lends his vocal and guitar skills on 'Cerca De Mi' and 'A Better Day,' which is very reminiscent of Stevie Wonder meets Jose Feliciano.

House pioneers Blaze grace the album twice with their new single, 'Brand New Day' and the album titled classic, 'Elements Of Life.' Rounding out the album, he includes the sultry vocals of his wife, Anane, on 'Nos Vida' and 'Mon Amour.'

Louie Vega's Elements of Life will be in Chicago May 15 at Metro and is an all-building event. For more information, visit www.metrochicago.com .

One of my favorite labels, Hed Kandi, continues in their long-standing tradition of creating compilations for the mind, body, and feet to groove to. 'Winter Chill' is a collection of smooth, downtempo flavors to relax and ease your mind. Tracks featured include 'New Light Of Tomorrow' by Husky Rescue, 'The Same Deep Water As Me' by I Am Kloot, 'All Or Nothing' by Dirty Vegas and 'Lying Peacefully' by Pepe Deluxe.

'Hed Kandi 1 – World Series UK Mix' is a special 3-CD set, mixed by Mark Doyle, meshing together selected tracks from their past compilations and the biggest tunes in dance music into one incredible set. Over three hours of incredible dance music, each CD is broken down into its own genre, using the names of its successful CD series: Beach House, Disco Heaven and Twisted Disco. Tracks included here are 'Music and Wine' by Blue Six, 'Feelin' Love' by Soulsearcher, 'Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)' Spiller, 'Dancin'' by Erick Morillo, Harry Romero & Jose Nunez featuring Jessica Eve and 'Dreams' by Sandy Rivera.

Disco Heaven 01.04 continues in their long-standing tradition of providing quality vocal house selections both known and unknown that continue to heat up the dance floors. Tracks featured include 'Mad Love For Ya' by Deep Area, 'We Got Love' by Praise Cats featuring Andrea Love, an uplifting remake of the Whitney Houston classic, 'Love Will Save The Day' by Jaque and 'I Believe' by Sounds of Blackness. For more information on this compilation and others, visit their Web site: www.hedkandi.com .

Recommended Listening

Larry Levan – Greatest Salsoul Remixes (Salsoul UK)

One of the greatest DJs that ever lived and resident of Paradise Garage, Larry Levan remixed and re-edited many of the label's biggest dance tunes. This 2-CD set includes the following tracks, 'Aint No Mountain High Enough' by Inner Life, 'Double Cross' by First Choice and 'I Got My Mind Made Up' by Instant Funk.

Lisa Stansfield – Complete Collection (Arista) Import

Bursting onto the scene with 'All Around The World' in 1989, blue-eyed soul singer Lisa Stansfield has released a box collection of all five of her albums, including bonus tracks, remixes and b-sides. Included here are 'Change,' 'People Hold On,' 'All Woman,' 'Boyfriend' and a remake of the Barry White classic, 'Never Never Gonna Give You Up.'

Will Downing – Emotions (GRP)

The soft, smooth and sensual baritone whose career began in 1988 releases his eleventh studio album, including a certified hit with 'A Million Ways.' As his liner notes read, his inspiration for the album came from a conversation about music with George Daniels, who owns an independent record store here in Chicago. Tracks here include 'Rhythm Of U & Me,' 'Falling In Love' and a remake of the Aretha Franklin classic, 'Daydreaming.'

CD Spotlight

Marques Wyatt – Horizons (OM Records)

The first time I heard the name was while in Los Angeles hanging out with my friend/DJ Scott K, shopping at Beat Non-Stop for tunes and came across 'Sound Design vol.1.' I was so impressed at his choice selection for the mix that when OM records sent me his next release, 'For Those Who Like To Get Down,' I knew the title track was going to blow up and be in everyone's crate. Sure enough, it became a signature tune all over the world, showcasing his talent as an artist, writer and producer.

Marques' history all goes back to his pilgrimage to NYC in 1984, where in the city's underground clubs he heard music that he never knew existed. So began his mission to bring that moment, that feeling he had back home to the scene in Los Angeles. Having spun at venues that include Helena's, MAC's Garage and Brass, Marques soon made a name for himself and introduced groundbreaking artists like Digable Planets, Brand New Heavies and Jamiroquai to the scene. Presently, he has been running DEEP, an institution dedicated to the meshing of different people, a sanctuary of sound and good times and see the best in dance music.

'Horizons' encompasses the deep, soulfulness of gospel, jazz and poetry, as found in the spoken opening by OM artist, Omega (Afro-Mystik), segueing into the rejoicing calling of 'You Gotta Believe' by Intense and Voices of 6th Ave, which will have you waving your hands. Other highlights include the Latin flavors of Los Hermanos 'Quetzal,' Chicago's own Mark Grant 'Girl With U' and the amazing Kathy Brown explaining why she will 'Never Again' give her heart to just anyone. Defining this new album as 'a new day, a new hope experienced through the healing powers of music,' Marques Wyatt will certainly draw you into the DEEP experience, free your body, nurture your soul and elevate your mind.


This article shared 4794 times since Sat May 1, 2004
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Out and Aging
Presented By

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Celine Dion, 'The People's Joker,' Billy Porter, Patti LuPone, 'Strange Way' 2024-04-19
- I Am: Celine Dion will stream on Prime Video starting June 25, according to a press release. The film is described as follows: "Directed by Academy Award nominee Irene Taylor, I Am: Celine Dion gives us ...


Gay News

Kokandy Productions now accepting submissions for Chicago Musical Theater Fest returning Aug. 8-11 2024-04-18
--From a press release - CHICAGO (April 18, 2024) — Kokandy Productions is pleased to open submissions for the 2024 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, returning this summer following a four-year hiatus. Kokandy is thrilled to ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Jerrod Carmichael, '9-1-1' actor, Kayne the Lovechild, STARZ shows, Cynthia Erivo 2024-04-12
- Gay comedian/filmmaker Jerrod Carmichael criticized Dave Chappelle, opening up about the pair's ongoing feud and calling out Chappelle's opinions on the LGBTQ+ community, PinkNews noted, citing an Esquire article. Carmichael ...


Gay News

Judith Butler focuses on perceptions of gender at Chicago Humanities Festival talk 2024-04-10
- In an hour-long program filled with dry humor—not to mention lots of audience laughter—philosopher, scholar and activist Judith Butler (they/them) spoke in depth on their new book at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., on ...


Gay News

Andersonville Chamber announces Andersonville Midsommarfest entertainment lineup 2024-04-09
--From a press release - CHICAGO (April 8, 2024) — The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is pleased to announce the full entertainment line-up for Andersonville Midsommarfest, one of Chicago's oldest and most beloved summer ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Outfest, Chita Rivera, figure skaters, letter, playwright dies 2024-04-05
- For more than four decades, Outfest has been telling LGBTQ+ stories through the thousands of films screened during its annual Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Film Festival—but that event may have a different look this year because ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Dionne Warwick, OUTshine, Ariana DeBose, 'Showgirls,' 'Harlem' 2024-03-29
Video below - Iconic singer Dionne Warwick was honored for her decades-long advocacy work for people living with HIV/AIDS at a star-studded amfAR fundraising gala in Palm Beach, per the Palm Beach Daily News. Warwick received the "Award of ...


Gay News

'Rumors' performers create alternative drag playground 2024-03-24
- At first glance, Dorian's Through The Record Shop (1939 W. North Ave.) looks like a brightly-lit shop with a handful of records on the wall, but there's a secret world behind those unassuming shelves. Visitors are ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Queer musicians, Marvel situation, Elliot Page, Nicole Kidman 2024-03-21
- Queer musician Joy Oladokun released the single "I Wished on the Moon," from Jack Antonoff's official soundtrack for the new Apple TV+ series The New Look, per a press release. The soundtrack, ...


Gay News

THEATER Chicago's City Lit has anxiety on tap with 'Two Hours in a Bar' 2024-03-21
- Two Hours in a Bar Waiting for Tina Meyer by Kristine Thatcher with material by Larry Shue Text Me by Kingsley Day (Book, Music and Lyrics). At: City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.. Tickets: ...


Gay News

Lollapalooza announces lineup; SZA, Skrillex among headliners 2024-03-19
- Lollapalooza has released its line-up for the event that's taking place Aug. 1-4 at Grant Park. Headliners include SZA, Blink-182, Skrillex, The Killers, Hozier, Melanie Martinez and Stray Kids, among others. Some of the other acts ...


Gay News

Jamie Barton brings nuances of identity to her Lyric Opera 'Aida' performance 2024-03-18
- Chicago's Lyric Opera is currently featuring a production of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida starring Michelle Bradley as Aida, Jamie Barton as Amneris and Russell Thomas as Radamès. The opera runs through April 7, 2024, with Francesca Zambello ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Lady Gaga, 'P-Valley,' Wendy Williams, Luke Evans, 'Queer Eye,' 'Transition' 2024-03-15
- Lady Gaga came to the defense of Dylan Mulvaney after a post with the trans influencer/activist for International Women's Day received hateful responses, People Magazine noted. On Instagram, Gaga stated, "It's appalling to me that a ...


Gay News

House-music festival on Aug. 30-Sept. 1; icons, Idris Elba to be part of it 2024-03-13
- The ARC Music Festival—an event celebrating house music—will take place Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at Chicago's Union Park, per WGN-TV. This will mark the fourth year that the festival will celebrate the genre at Union Park—less than ...


Gay News

COBRAH slithers into Chicago and brings Feminine Energy 2024-03-08
- COBRAH snaked her way into Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., for two nights March 7 and 8 for her Succubus Tour. This Swedish-born talent has a way with naughty words and ...


 


Copyright © 2024 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.

All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.