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The Electronic Weekend: WKDU’s Electronic Music Marathon begins Friday

King Britt | Photo by Inna Spivakova | innaspivakova.com
King Britt | Photo by Inna Spivakova | innaspivakova.com

After a seven-year break from the event, Drexel’s student-run WKDU radio will be hosting its 11th Electronic Music Marathon starting this Friday, October 10th and ending on Monday, October 13th. DJ’s have the opportunity to donate for a one hour time slot, which will benefit Musicopia and Village of Arts and Humanities, both local non-profits emphasizing arts education in Philadelphia. Continue reading →

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Young Robots Records will release limited edition vinyl EP at Creep Records on 3/1 with a performance by The Downtown Club

The Downtown Club | Photo by Theo Constantinou
The Downtown Club | Photo by Theo Constantinou

Young Robots Records, home to local acts The Downtown Club, Nicos Gun, Instamatic and others, will release a limited edition vinyl EP on March 1st.  Taking a selection of cuts originally released on the label’s Philadelphia Maneto compilation, the new wax run will includes original songs from the bands mentioned above alongside remixes by label boss DJ Apt One.  A release show and party will be held at Creep Records in the Piazza on March 1st with appearances by The Downtown Club and DJ Apt One.  Admission to the event includes a hand-numbered copy of the EP and can be purchased here.  Check out Philadelphia Maneto below.

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Listen to Young Robots’ Philadelphia Maneto comp ft. Pink Skull, Instamatic and more (release party at Race Street Pier on 7/18)

InstamaticIn the last few weeks, we got a sneak preview at Young Robots‘ new compilation album Philadelphia Maneto, which features dance remixes of some of Phillies’ best dance / rock artists – we heard a track from The Downtown Club plus a remix of Nicos Gun. Today, the entire comp is streaming via Soundcloud, and the full artist list features Instamatic (pictured), Pink Skull, Superprince and more. Mostly remixed by DJ Apt One, this compilation reworks songs by local artists into all out jams that are sure to get you out of your seat and dancing.  And it gets better: not only is the album free to download, but on July 18th at Race Street Pier, there will be a concert and after party in celebration of the release featuring artists from the compilation.  Stream the album below and get groovin’.

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Download Nicos’ Gun “Dirty Girl (DJ Apt One Remix)” from the forthcoming Philadelphia Maneto compilation

Local record label Young Robots has been working hard this summer to put together a Philly-centric compilation of new songs and remixes from local bands and producers, called Philadelphia Maneto. Curated by local electronic artist DJ Apt One, the comp will feature additional help by a selection of other dance-centric artists, with the set released next week on digital-download and 12″ vinyl. On July 18th, there will be a concert at the Race Street Pier to celebrate the whole thing. Last week we got a taste of the set with The Downtown Club’s “Dance”; today, we have a featured remix of the Nicos Gun track “Dirty Girl.” The track (recently remixed by Philly’s own Les Professionnels as well) is full of delightful synth programming and an infectious beat. Listen to it and grab your download below.

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Philly electronic music experts sound off on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories

Photo from BBC Radio 6
Photo from BBC Radio 6

Tomorrow brings the official release of the album the internet has been eagerly anticipating since a 16-second ad aired without fanfare during a March episode of SNL. Random Access Memories, the latest from French discotronic duo Daft Punk, has been streaming on iTunes since last Wednesday, and its lead single – the pop earworm “Get Lucky,” sung by the ever-charismatic Pharrell – has been bumping the XPN airwaves since last month.

But what about the album beyond that? There’s a lot of hype and excitement in the air for it, but hype doesn’t always equate to quality. Sure, the duo of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter released the trend-setting 1997 album Homework and the irresistible Discovery in 2001. And yeah, James Murphy name-checked them in that song title that one time. But less discussed is the uneven 2005 effort Human After All, or the Tron soundtrack.

Does Random Access Memories hold up? Is it a new chapter in dance music and a return to glory for these mysteriously helmet-clad techno-heads? Or is it a bunch of bluster that will breeze away with the next album-of-the-minute? We asked a handful of Philly’s own electronic music heads – from Chris Powell of Spaceship Aloha and Man Man to DJ Apt One- for their thoughts on Random Access Memories, and got a variety of responses. Check them out below. Continue reading →

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How Baauer’s viral hit “Harlem Shake” has its roots in Philly

Propelling out of the Mad Decent world to become a viral YouTube hit, Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” is a dance-pop earworm with roots in Philly. Or so explains local producer and deck-rocker DJ Apt One in a post on his blog today. He writes:

In 2010, Skinny Friedman and I had just received some demos from Dave Nada and DJ Ayres with some of the first Moombahton tunes. We set about making some edits of our own, and we put out a free EP on the web called Moombahton de Acero Volume 1 (volumes 2 and 3 would follow later). Included on this EP was a bootleg of Gregor Salto, DJ Gregory and Solo’s “Con Alegria.” One of the samples I used on the bootleg ended up on a “beats and loops” breaks and samples record T&A Records put outwith a bunch of early Moombahton luminaries on it.

Baauer, formerly a up-and-coming Philly DJ/producer called Cap’nHarry, is an acquaintance and a good dude. I got to know him when Moombahton first blew up, Harry having opened for Dillon Francis and me at Fluid back in 2011. Harry used the sample in a tune called Harlem Shake, which ended up in my mailbox sometime in early 2012. Everybody who heard it thought it was a great tune, and we all appreciated the local incestuousness of its creation, but nobody expected it to become such a phenomenon.

Below, download “Con Alegria” – the song Apt One originally sampled – and compare it to “Harlem Shake.”

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DJ Apt One celebrating the release of Philadelphia International: The Re-Edits


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Philadelphia International Records, a new collection of Philly International songs is being released in the UK on Harmless Records called Philadelphia International: Re-Edits & Remixes. The collection, sanctioned by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff features remixes and re-edits of some of Gamble & Huff’s classic songs from various producers around the world. The only Philly producer represented on the collection is DJ Apt One with his re-edit of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes’ “Wake Up Everybody” that you can listen to below. DJ Apt One is throwing a record release party that he’s calling The Ball on Friday, January 20th at Kung Fu Necktie. The Ball is billed as an evening featuring “the Philly Sound and the Disco and House Music it inspired” with special guest DEL and residents DJ Bruce and DJ Apt One. For more information about the event go here.

Wake Up Everybody (DJ Apt One Edit) by DJ Apt One

Track List
CD 1 Uptempo Good Time Philly
1. Satisfaction Guaranteed Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes 7.22 Morning Star Re-Edit
2. Only The Strong Survive Billy Paul 8.19 J*Ski Re-Edit
3. Save A Place The Trammps 6.37 J*Ski Re-Edit
4. Free Love Jean Carn 7.04 Victor Rosado Re-Edit
5. Do It Anyway You Wanna People’s Choice 6.35 Keep Schtum Re-Edit
6. Life On Mars Dexter Wansel 5.35 DJ Mila Re-Edit
Mysteries Of The World MFSB 6.00 J*Ski Re-Edit
7. Ain’t No Stopping Us Now McFadden & Whitehead 7.30 Noodleman Re-Edit
8. Dance Turned Into Romance The Jones Girls 6.55 DJ Friction Re-Edit
9. Be For Real Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes 7.43 Tim McAllister Re-Edit
10. Message In Our Music The O’Jays 9.16 Jimmy The Twin Re-Edit

CD2 Mellow Slinky Philly
1. If You Wanna Go Back Jean Carn 6.46 Morning Star Re-Edit
2. Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby The O’Jays 8.08 Deep&Disco Rework Re-Edit
3. You’re Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else The Jones Girls 8.36 Henry Greenwood Re-Edit
4. Strategy Archie Bell & The Drells 6.05 Touchsoul Re-Edit
5. Let The Dollar Circulate Billy Paul 6.41 scratchandsniff Re-Edit
6. Easy Money Dee Dee Sharp Gamble 6.56 Todd Terje Re-Edit
7. Was That All It Was Jean Carn 7.59 Morning Star Re-Edit
8. Nights Over Egypt The Jones Girls 6.59 Womack & TOT Re-Edit
9. Don’t Let Love Get You Down Archie Bell & The Drells 8.00 Ed Zone Re-Edit
10. Wake Up Everybody Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes 9.31 DJ Apt One Re-Edit