I Love Vinyl
Founded in the Summer of 2009, and without a doubt one of the best underground parties in the heart of gotham, Wax Poetics magazine, Halcyon, Raw Fusion, Great Weekend, and Fusicology, present this monthly all-vinyl oasis, featuring a dream team of resident romantics. Sharing deck duties are (six!) resident djs Amir (bbe), one half of the internationally known rare-record collector and mixtape duo, Kon & Amir; prolific beatsmith Ge-Ology (Female Fun), boasting remix credits from Pete Rock to PPP; The Twilite Tone (Great Weekend), both a key player in the seminal 90’s Chicago house scene, and long-time producer and dj for Common; New York veterans OP! and Scribe (Raw Fusion NYC), and Jon Oliver (EVR), the baby of the bunch. The sounds are mind-wide, foot-friendly, and snap crackle popping. Anything is fair game, but you can expect to hear some soul, disco, dilla, boogie, hustle, hip-hop, old-school house, no wave, new jack swing, dancefloor jazz, bossa nova, salsa, funk, electro, and afrobeat. No pretentious bullshit, no dress code (not that you shouldn’t come sexy as hell), no commercial radio crap, and no laptops allowed.
I Love Vinyl Founder DJ Scribe spins dynamic sets from the heart, ranging from deep soul to dancefloor killers, acoustic jazz to glitch-hop and techno. But a list of genres doesn’t do justice to describing his repertoire because, for Scribe, it’s all about the right feeling.
Spinning full-time since 2002, he taught himself how to mix on live radio on WOBC FM at Oberlin College in Ohio, where he then began to cut his teeth as a dj at house parties and campus events, eventually opening for A Tribe Called Quest in front of 3,000 people. It was the first show of their groundbreaking Low End Theory Tour.
Scribe has developed numerous acclaimed residencies: Love Revolution at Joe’s Pub; Tag, in partnership with Wax Poetics Magazine; Stone Soup in conjunction with BBE Records; Soulnado, at the world-famous Knitting Factory, a joint effort with DJ Busquelo; and one of the most respected parties at Miami’s annual Winter Music Conference since 2006: the Raw Fusion Miami party. In 2006, Scribe and partner OP! (Suite 903) founded Nu-iSh, a multifaceted venture dedicated to representing, supporting, and exposing the best new music. In 2008, Scribe and OP!, under the Nu-iSh umbrella, launched the monthly instant smash Raw Fusion NYC, the New York arm of the Raw Fusion franchise, at APT, one of NYC’s top dj venues.
He has also shared the marquee at live music venues like the Highline Ballroom, Le Poisson Rouge, SOB’s and Joe’s Pub with Floetry, Roy Ayers, Black Eyed Peas, Scratch of The Roots, Omar, Eve, Dwele, Les Nubians, Stephanie McKay, Antibalas, Little Dragon, Chin Chin and others; moved the crowd all over Western and Eastern Europe; and traveled extensively within the US and Canada, including multiple appearances at the annual Candela Art and Music Festival in Puerto Rico, Winter Music Conference, and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival.
Like legendary treasure-hunters, Amir has spent the past twenty-five years excavating record bins finding gems to pierce ears with. Fortunately, everyone gets to share in the riches of his labor; long-forgotten musicians are now getting their proper dues and appreciative audiences are being turned on to some amazing music.
Since first putting it down with partner Kon in 1997, Amir has co-released a total of eight albums; six On Track installments of critical acclaim, another album called The Cleaning, and most recently, an album appropriately titled, The Kings of Diggin’ along with DJ Muro from Japan.
As a child, Amir’s sonic environment included his father’s jazz collection, his mother’s gospel and his older siblings’ disco. Later, when he listened to hip-hop, he came to fully appreciate the soundtrack of his youth. In early Run-DMC and The Treacherous Three songs he recognized many of the samples used on the beats from his family’s music library. When he heard samples he couldn’t identify, he would investigate until he found the original source. This came to be his passion: to map the sonic lineage of hip-hop.
Thousands of hours, dollars, and record stores later, Kon & Amir are ready to bring five more expertly compiled double-albums to the forefront for us to enjoy. They have managed to salvage some of the greatest music you’ve never heard. Audiences who are tired of being force fed subpar music will thank them for providing an alternative. As Amir puts it, “We made this for the neglected audience, for people who are looking for mature music. Simply put, these treasures are food for the soul.”
The Twilite Tone
Anthony Khan aka The Twilite Tone has been electrifying dancefloors since the early 90’s in Chicago where he walked the well-defined lines between House Music and Hip Hop. Khan’s first release was the house 12-inch single “Under the Cherry Tree” b/w “Just Like Heaven” under the name 3:26 (taken from the alias and address of the legendary club The Music Box in Chicago). He is credited with bringing a wide variety of music, including Hip-Hop, to the mainstream Chicago club scene, which was dominated by House and Techno. Also known as Ynot, he produced and performed on Common’s first three albums, including the classic “Resurrection” LP, and is currently in the studio with Common working on material for his upcoming album.
In 2005, Khan and friend Lee Douglas (Rong Music) teamed up under the moniker Great Weekend to produce the critically acclaimed “How Do You Feel” single, which was featured on the BBE release “Prince Language presents Real Music For Real People”.
In 2008, Khan relocated to New York where he hosted his Great Weekend event at the now defunct APT in the meatpacking district of Manhattan on a monthly basis. In 2009, he joined forces with DJ Duane (Other Music/Bimmark/NegroClash) to produce Tha Get Up Great Weekend event every first Friday at APT. In addition, Khan was a founding weekly resident at the Mister Saturday Night party at Santos Party House.
Known in NYC and around the globe as a purveyor of all things soulful, OP! is a talented DJ and tastemaker who can hang on just about any dance floor. From Hip-Hop, House, and Classics to Future Soul, OP! can finesse them all, adopting musical diversity and focusing it into a beautifully cohesive vibe. Through his work with Decon, Cornerstone Promotion, Suite903, Heineken Red Star Soul and The Fader, Raw Fusion NYC, I Love Vinyl, Haven Loft Party, OkayAfrica.com, and Party People South Africa, OP! has helped shine a light on underground, global soul and continues to push for its relevance on the world stage.
Jon Oliver is a true DJ commando. His resume counts over 35 venues played just in the 5 boroughs and good deal more sprinkled across the globe from Houston and LA to Sweden and Estonia. On his spare time he hosts a weekly show on eastvillageradio.com and blogs tales from the trenches at jonolivermusic.com.
Ge-ology’s work as a painter and illustrator has gone hand-in-hand with his music production, collaborations and remixes. He has worked with renowned recording artists such as Mos Def & Talib Kweli (Blackstar), Jill Scott, De La Soul, Yukimi Nagano (from Little Dragon / Koop), Sadat X (Brand Nubian), Pharoahe Monch (Organized Konfusion), Vinia Mojica, Bahamadia, Res, Consequence (Kanye West /A Tribe Called Quest), Dabo (JAPAN / Nitro Microphone Underground) and DJ Spinna’s hip-hop group, The Jigmastas.
Ge-ology’s sound is also evident in the 3 chart-toping songs he produced for Welsh songstress Jem. Her debut album, “Finally Woken” went platinum in the UK, including the Ge-ology produced top 10 hit “They,” which reached #6 on the Billboard Music Chart. And most recently, his music appeared in the Oscar nominated film, “The Kids Are All Right”, directed by Lisa Cholodenko (of “Wendy & Lisa” fame, key members of Prince’s infamous band; The Revolution).
His early music production began in high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts, in which he was the DJ and beat-maker in a four-member group, “Born Busy”, including fellow student and good friend, the legendary Tupac Shakur (known then as MC New York). Ge-ology (under the moniker, DJ Plain Terror) is credited for producing the very first demo/song Tupac had ever recorded his vocals on.
Ge-Ology’s gigs have also taken him around the world and across the US numerous times. He has played everywhere from boat parties in Lyon, France on the Rhône river; the Styrbord Babord docked in Gothenburg, Sweden; Tromso in the deep freeze of Norway’s Arctic; and the Q-Bar in Bangkok, Thailand. His DJ sets have rocked dance floors in London, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Oslo, Barcelona, Vienna, Reykjavík, Stockholm, Helsinki, Madrid, Montreal, and many other cities.
He is known for taking crowds on musical journeys that can encompass a range of genres from Funk-Jazz, Soul, Disco Classics, Break Beats, Latin, Afro-Beat, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian Samba & Bossa Nova, Deep & Classic House, Detroit Techno, Classic Hip Hop, and any timeless underground music for the dance floor.
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