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


Listen to new music from Leon Huff

Leon Huff, one-half of the legendary Gamble and Huff songwriting and production team, has a new solo album out called Groovy People. It’s his second solo album, the first since his 1980 solo debut Here To Create. Listen to two songs below from the new album; a cover of “The Way You Do The Things You Do” originally done by The Temptations and “Groovy People” originally recorded by Lou Rawls. “Groovy People” was written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and appeared on Rawls’ 1976 All Things In Time. The album was recorded in Philly at Sigma Sound Studios.

The Way You Do The Things You Do by Leon A. Huff

Groovy People by Leon A. Huff


Questlove to host a Soul Train Dance Party and Gamble And Huff to be honored at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Washington, D.C., isn’t too far to travel to if you want to attend Questlove’s “Soul Train Dance Party” that is a part of this year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival on Thursday, June 30th. According to the @SmithsonianFolk twitter account, Questo will be DJ’ing the event. Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff will also be honored in a special program on July 10th. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is happening June 30–July 4 and July 7–11. More information can be found here.


Gamble & Huff: Maybe The Expressway Should Be Named For For Them

Considering the enduring importance of the music and work of the legendary Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, architects of the famed Sound Of Philadelphia the City of Philadelphia should have given them naming rights to the Schuykill Expressway. While I-76 is out of the question, Gamble & Huff are having a street named for them today by the City of Philadelphia. After today the 300 Block of South Broad Street will be known as Gamble & Huff Walk. The ceremony takes place today at 11AM in front of the historic Philadelphia International Records building along the Avenue of the Arts and will be hosted by The Geator With The Heater, The Boss With The Hot Sauce, My Man, Pots and Pans, Jerry Blavat.