This is one of my favorite mixes. Created earlier in the century when DFA was rising with The Rapture’s House of Jealous Lovers and mash ups and edits were just starting to enter the scene. You’ll find some Red Hot Chili Peppers and Donna Summer amongst some of my favorite San Francisco cohorts including Spun (Rong) and Garth (Wicked, Greyhound). Also, East Coast cohort King Britt (FiveSIx) who used to sell Scott Hardkiss and I vinyl at Tower Records when we were at college in Philadelphia in the ’80s. And the prolific Tony Senghore who contributed so much to the San Francisco label Panhandle.
Having spent my youth in Africa, I have a strong affection for repetitive grooves and call and response vocals. Before we had modern electric instruments all we had where voices and drums. Punk music appropriated the whole call and response thing. House perfected the drum groove and simple repeating vocal line.
This DJ mix is a bit of a history lesson on the afro-punk-dance explosion that has had us dancing our socks off since we were kids.