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Cajmere: Funky Fresh for 5 Mix

20 Feb

Curtis Jones aka Cajmere aka Green Velvet

What better a way to celebrate Presidents’ Day than by honoring one of the forefathers of house? Cajmere, the Chicago-based genius we also know and love as Green Velvet, has put out a new mix tape for 5 Magazine, a publication with the valiant purpose of championing one of the city’s contributions to the United States and the world. His new mix, the 4th volume in a series called “Funky Fresh for 5” covers typical sounds of the Cajmere/Green Velvet repertoire, ranging from gospel-house to outer space loops. He even delves into the progressive house realm towards the middle of the mix. This upbeat set is sure to keep you moving your feet on this beautiful day.

Be sure to stream/download this mix. If you’re hungry for more, check out Cajmere live in the mix for 5 Magazine on Wednesdays from 1-4 EST/12-3 CST here.

To stream Cajmere’s Funky Fresh for 5 Mix: Volume 4, click here.

To download, right click + save target as here.

P.S. My first introduction to Cajmere (I didn’t realize Green Velvet and Cajmere were the same guy at the time) came via this scene in Party Girl, one of my favorite movies to date):

playing: Cajmere – “You Got Me On”


Upcoming Shows: Green Velvet, Shomi Noise, & More!

28 Apr

Soo many great events this weekend! In a trend I have noticed in recent months, all the really good shows are happening at the end of the month. Luckily, I saved up my energy and will be partying down. Here’s a mini-guide:


Classixx + Nancy Whang @ Webster Hall

Lil Ray @ Crave Wine Bar (check out DJ KrunkPony there on Saturday too!)

Green Velvet & Jamie Jones @ Good Units


A-Trak & Kid Sister @ Terminal 5

Shomi Noise (The Wretched Party! launch!) @ East River Bar, Brooklyn

and if you’re in. . .


or Rio

or Ontario

or Amsterdam

Retail DJ March 2011 Podcast

17 Mar

For the first time in, well, ever (?), I am putting up the monthly podcast weeks before the last day. That’s cause for celebration. Another aspect of this podcast worthy of a hoorah is the fact that I recorded it all on my new mixer! You see, I previously had the difficult task of manually placing each song next to another, manually attempting to beatmatch when possible, crossfading almost all of the time, from one song to the next. But now, with the help of modern technology, this podcast is going to get increasingly better over time. Note that this recording was made after only one week of playing with the mixer (a Vestax vci-300 mk II + Serato/Itch), so there are a few mistakes. However, I am really proud of this and know that they will only get better with time and additional practice.

This mix includes new (and old) tracks by several of my favorite artists. I wanted to make something relaxing and danceable all at once, so I consulted some of the best, including: Joyce Muniz, Homework, Jesse Rose, and others who bring a guaranteed dance beat with every track they make. I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did putting it together!

Retail DJ March 2011 Podcast

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Retail DJ March 2011 Podcast (right click + save as)

nicolas jaar – keep me there (atreides’ ‘swag numero deux’ edit)
homework – hold me tight (original mix)
jesse rose – non-stop
hercules & love affair – my house (original mix)
crookers (ft. roisin murphy) – royal t (house of house remix)
prince club – i know (2011 re-issue mix edit)
pteradactil disco – big ass biscuit (original mix)
round table knights – endless (original mix)
lcmdf – future me (mr. a’s repeat the repeat the repeat mix)
azari & iii – into the night (renaissance man extended mix)
joyce muniz – party over here, party over there
risk sound system – the sound is yours (kerri chandler remix)
round table knights – cat power (extended mix)
idiotproof, renaissance man, payme – moonlighting (original mix)
green velvet – flash (jamie jones remix)
la fleur – racine (original mix)
crookers, kardinal offishall, carla-marie – put your hands on me (jesse rose play prime remix)
detroit grand pubahs – sandwiches (idiotproof mix)
sapabonde – vai nao se esconde (guto de almeida remix)
chaz jankel – get myself together (original mix)

– Retail DJ

Get Dressed To This: Shower Scene

12 Feb

Your skin's screaming for some TLC!

We often play music when we get ready, but shower time usually gets neglected or left to the torture of our own voices across the plastic curtain. Yeah, singing in the shower is fine, but every now and then, you need an actual track. Whereas most are known for putting their vocal cords to the test under the nozzle, I give my feet some work by dancing in the shower instead. So when Homework came out with a 15 minute mix for Data Transmission, I knew I had found my soundtrack.

The mix features some old favorites along with some new stuff and a slightly more soulful sound. Oh and did I mention it’s great to dance to?

But beyond dancing, I wanted to actually provide you with some product suggestions for curing winter dryness without wasting time as all these products can be used in the shower! Anyway, lather up and Get [showered] Dressed To This:

The Music:

Homework – Minimix for Data Transmisson

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tracklist (below) after the jump

The Goods:

1. Whipped Pudding by Oyin: smells like chocolate and can be used as body butter or deep conditioner for people with super dry skin/hair

2. Ultra Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner by Ojon: reduces frizz, gives hair a glossy finish, and leaves a rich, buttery scent

3. Brown Sugar Body Polish by Fresh: this citrus-y delight is super refreshing and helps buff away flaky, dead, dry skin in just one use

4. Face Butter by Carol’s Daughter: while it sounds like a facial skin nightmare, this moisture-rich, non-greasy treatment helps keep your face radiant in the cold

5. Advanced Care Moisturizing Cream by Aveeno: a leader in dry skin care, Aveeno’s moisturizing cream is excellent for dry, cracked skin (try sleeping with it on covered hands and feet at night to wake up with super soft results)

6. Egyptian Fennel with Grapefruit & Sweet Orange Lipcare by Pangea Organics: keeps your lips moisturized and soft without a greasy mess

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Retail DJ Septober Podcast, Part 2: The Mellow

1 Nov

In the first Septober Podcast: The Model, I encouraged you to “werk it” with the catwalk-worthy tracks I included as your diva/o soundtrack. But for this podcast, part two of the Septober series, I wanted to provide you with some music that while still active, was a bit more mellow in tone. The vibe is funky, soulful, and a whole lot of fun. As I mentioned in the post for part 1 of this podcast, the set includes some of my favorite tracks (among hundreds I went through during the months of September and October), including a track produced by Retail DJ featured artist EZRAKH. The vibe of this podcast is positive and at times even a little romantic (though not cheesy in the slightest). I hope you enjoy!

Retail DJ Septober Podcast, Pt. 2: The Mellow

Retail DJ Septober Podcast pt. 2 by RetailDJ

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1. Adulture & OCD Automatic – Paper Cat (Bit Funk Remix) (Free Magic Bug-a-Funk Bootleg)
2. Retail DJ Intro (music: Cajmere – U Got Me Up (Underground Goodie Mix ’93) (feat. Dajae)
3. Spiral Beach – Teddy Black (Mix Chopin Mix)
4. EZRAKH – 77 Theme
5. Database – Turn Your Love Around Benson
6. Michael Jackson – Off the Wall (Only Children Club Edit)
7. Infusion – Try It On
8. Midnight Magic – Beam Me Up (Shep’s Lengthy Retouch)
9. Nini Raviolette – Suis Je Normal (Crackboy Edit)
10. Caro Emerald – Back It Up (Herr Styler Remix)
11. Capsule – I Wish You (Corporate Remix)
12. The The – Giant
13. Dirty Projectors – Stillness Is the Move (Hidden Cat Remix)

*note: some of the tracks have been shortened for a better flow in the podcast

– Retail DJ

Retail DJ May Podcast

28 Jul

Taking a cue from the folks over at Too Many Sebastians, I thought I’d pay a little homage to the now-famous Brazilian DJ Duo The Twelves. Their remixes are sick, and I’ve included my favorites in this podcast. Based on the May tracklist, this podcast is short and sweet, at only about 36 minutes, but it’s enough to get a party going in your pocket (via your iPod of course!), to wake you up at work, or motivate you before getting your stomp on at the club.


Retail DJ May Podcast

Retail DJ May Podcast by RetailDJ

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Jupiter – Mama Used To Say
Erlend Oye – Sudden Rush (The Twelves Remix)
Theatre of Disco – YOA (The Twelves Remix)
Sion – Pitch Up (Original Mix)
Green Velvet feat. Santiago & Bushido – Green Velvet
Cicada – Metropolis (The Twelves’ B-Live Rio Mix)
The Cheerz – Monsta (Original Mix)
Punches – Let Go

– Retail DJ

Upcoming Shows: Pride Parties, Runaway, Carte Blanche, Green Velvet, and More!

22 Jun


As per usual, I am highlighting my top show picks for this week, but this time around, I’m giving a shoutout for Pride. Yes, it’s that time of year folks. The Pride Parade is this weekend, meaning this week is going to be chock full of extra parties for the folks within the LGBT community and their allies (both in advocacy and the need to dance dance dance!)


  • Booby Trap Returns to NYC w/ DJs Lauren Flax (Fischerspooner, DJs Are Not Rockstars) and Kim Ann Foxman (of Hercules and Love Affair) 

 This West Coast girl party is coming to the eastern shores to show NYC how to party for PRIDE!! Free w/ RSVP, doors at 10. See the invite for more details

  • Gordon Voidwell performs (w/ Darwin Deez and Scary Mansion) @ Santos Party House. Tickets for $10 / $14 at the door; doors at 7 pm

              Yes, Gordon Voidwell as in the man behind the hit “Ivy League Circus”

  • Goldfrapp in concert @ the Hammerstein Ballroom, tickets $43, doors at 8 pm


  • Green Velvet (!!!)  w/ Dave P and JDH @ Santos Party House, Adv tickets for $10, doors at 1o pm

This man is one of the godfathers of American house and dirty hard techno beats. If you have yet to see him live, please check him out.

  • Au Revoir Simone, The Hundred in the Hands, CALLmeKAT and Runaway (DJ set) @ the Warsaw, tickets $15 in advance, $17 at the door, doors at 8 pm see the invite for more details

I saw Runaway DJ a few months back at the Marcy Hotel (Wolf + Lamb party), and they blew me away! Don’t miss it.


  • Carte Blanche (aka DJ Mehdi + Riton) w/ Dave P & JDH @ Webster Hall, $1 before midnight w/  RSVP

I seriously cannot wait for this show . . . I have been counting down the minutes. They recent House Party mix was on iPod repeat for weeks! To top it off, the show is only $1. Come out and dance!!!


  • Princess Superstar performs at Choice C*nts’ 3rd Annual Pride Party @ Santos Party House, tickets $15 w/ RSVP to thegaysha@gmail.com, $20 at the door. See the invite for more details
  • Welcome to MENhattan presented by WORK w/ DJs Peter Rauhofer, Ana Paula, Marco da Silva, and Stephan Grondin @ Roseland Ballroom. doors at 10 pm, tickets from $80

This is a 14 hour party (you read that correctly – 14 hours)! If there’s one good way to celebrate Pride, it’s by dancing!

– Retail DJ


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