Larry Levan is one of the most important DJs you’ve never heard of if you happen to be younger than me. I was barely aware of the parentage & respect that needed to be paid to this guy until I did some digging. When you’re producing & remixing the funk, soul and R&B that would eventually be sampled to produce essentially all of electronic dance music that’s not being created originally, you’re kind of a big deal. Big enough that a petition is being circulated to name a portion of the street where Paradise Garage after him. Paradise Garage was one of the few institutions in club culture that became hugely popular with both gay parties and the burgeoning non-LBGTQ friendly club scene in NYC. There’s a lot of legacy to this place, and since we name streets after people who have had far less impact on worldwide culture, show your support if you can. Sign the thing right here. (via FACTMag)
For this edition of Hometown Fire, I’m delighted to feature one of the hardest working ladies in the NYC underground & Burner community. While I’ve mentioned her before, she’s fought her way through the Gotham underground and earned a slot at Sankeys NYC, the UK super-club transplant that opened this fall (discussed here by me previously). This is a HUGE win for fans of the silky smooth & soulful signature sound that seeps from the speakers whenever she slips onto the decks. There’s a deep, almost tribal quality to some of the more intense moments of her mixes, something that you couldn’t ignore if you caught her set at GlamTech. There’s a bunch more on her Soundcloud before.
To reiterate, one of the shooting stars of the underground is spinning at one of the most underrated clubs in the city. She’s setting up for Reda Briki, a dance institution in his own right, but this post is not for him. It’s for Resy. Because she drops it like it is much warmer than it is outside my apartment right now. Get tickets for it here.