In My House :: New Mix

I just can't leave that disco house alone! Always my go to for good times. On that note, here is th latest installment of jazzy, funky disco-y dance music for your late nights, day parties, and living room dance offs.


Featuring James Curd, Nickodemus, Harvey Sutherland and Session Victim

https://www.mixcloud.com/laurenli01/in-my-house/

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lord echo: harmonies

I love an album that feels at home in many different environments... Lord Echo's latest works for me in the sunshine, with a glass of wine in hand late night, or unwinding on the train after work. Dub reggae rhythms, motown horns, and 70s- style flute solos all create a distinctly nostalgic vibe, but somehow it never feels dated. The first release 'Just Do You' features a silky smooth vocal from Mara TK (of Electric Wire Hustle) and a bassline that brings to mind Curtis Mayfield. My favorite track, though,  may be 'Low to the Street', thanks to the island vibe and sunny horns. Something very soothing about the sounds here - a collision of musical souls in a giddy mix of groove and creativity. My favorite line from the official release notes:

"The Lord has returned from the wilderness with a bounty for his followers”

Check it out posthaste!

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Make You Wanna Do Right :: Mix

I don't know about you, but I need music right now. Things just went to another level of bizarre in this country and I have to take breaks from figuring out what the heck to do about it.

It all comes back to love, right?

The power of love

Make you do right, love'll make you do wrong

Make you want to dance

Love and happiness

So... let's put on the headphones, dance around the living room and cheer each other up.

xx lp

Beats For Boobs

So proud to join the Beats for Boobs team this year!

I'll be playing the first set from 7-8:30, so come through early for some deep house and funky basslines. Doors open at 7 - see you there!

http://www.beatsforboobs.org/

Art. Fashion. Food. Music. Education.

Come join us to celebrate, honor and remember those impacted by breast cancer.

As the beats drop, together we will rise!

Dazzling DJs on the decks, an inspiring and radiant fashion show, exquisite live performances, brilliant art and delectable culinary delights.

This year, Beats for Boobs takes our inspiration from the moon and the sun as we rise.Together, stronger than before, with the ashes of those we have lost, and the fire of those who are still battling, we will release an unwavering surge of love and support. Beats for Boobs will illuminate the night with energy to invigorate your passion to make a greater positive impact in our community.  Spread your wings and take flight with us as we rise up to show that support surrounds, and love abounds.

 

 

bring on the night...

A reference to one of my all time favorite Police songs - Bring on the night, I couldn't stand another hour of daylight. 

This mix has my usual disco/funk influences, but also pulls in some of my favorite classics. Good for daytime, too :)

Listen to Bring on the Night

Fouk :: Heavy on the Bacon

Luke Solomon/Jonny Rock :: Groovin to LA

Lil Louis :: Club Lonely

Stee Downes/Lovebirds :: Love's Like Dancing

Fresh and Low :: Love Capsule Deluxe

Mood II Swing :: Do it Your Way

Lovebirds :: Feel the Bern

Mr V :: Riddims

Sandy Turnbull :: Lifted

Top 3 House Music Podcasts

Podcasts have exploded in the last year (thanks Serial!). The estimate for number of listeners in 2016 is up to 57 million per month, or about 21% of all people in the US over 12. But, if you look at the top podcasts, they are all audio interviews and storytelling. This American Life, Tim Ferris, Planet Money, etc.  While I listen to plenty of those myself, this post is all about the DJs and Labels that are out there sharing quality house music consistently. With so many releases being pumped out across the digital music shops, it’s amazing to have these guys (and, yes, they are all men) wade through the ocean of music and share the best. The only frustrating thing is that they get access a few months before the rest of us, so be prepared to wait for the general release (unless you have the hookups - in that case, let’s talk).

Deeper Shades of House

Lars Behrenroth is on episode #533 and year 14 of this long running podcast. I’ll be honest, sometimes Lars talks too much, but in terms of consistently playing jams week after week, he has to be at the top of any deep house lover’s list. He typically spans a broad mix of sub genres and includes a guest mix for premium listeners. 

 

Freerange Records

So much great music from these guys over the years. Freerange label heads Matt Masters and Jimpster rotate every two weeks to mix it up. They both play a lot “Freerange Family” music including releases on their own label, Norm de PLume’s Delusions of Grandeur, and Something Different Records. These guys veer more toward the deep/tech/minimal end than my other two faves - but that’s a good thing. 

 

Fish Go Deep Radio Show

Broadcasting live from Cork, Ireland every Saturday, Greg Dowling and Shane Johnson have been putting out music under the Fish Go Deep moniker for almost 20 years. These guys love the classics or “Golden Oldies” and you’ll hear some soulful 90’s house gems alongside brand new releases and limited promos. Always a great variety and their love for house music comes through with every broadcast

 

Whether you’ve got a daily commute or just need something new to run to, hopefully you’ll find some inspiration from these guys. And many thanks to each of these shows for getting the music out there month in and month out! 

Mood :: Chill

When I've got downtime in the backyard, or out for a walk, my music choice tends to go one of 3 ways... Dub Reggae, Downtempo, or Classic Hip Hop. Obviously, some deep connections between those genres. 

Just in time for your Sunday BBQ or picnic in the park - sharing a mix of instrumentals and rhymes that put a smile on my face every time. It's a mix of old and new, but lots of classic and old school gems (guess I'm just old school).

Listen here on Spotify:

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A few faves and why I love them...

Blackalicious :: Make You Feel That Way <positivity dialed up to 11>

Erykah Badu :: Tyrone <you better call Tyrone, but you can't use my phone>

Black Star :: Respiration <the new moon rode high in the crown of the metropolis>

Q Tip, Norah Jones :: Life is Better <for the romantic in you - just such a sweet sentiment>

Nightmares on Wax :: Nights Introlude <i'm guessing i'm not the only one with many hazy, fond college memories with this song as a backdrop>

Pete Rock :: On & On <simple, effective, funky, soulful. all the things you love pete rock for>