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Paradise Garage To Be Honored In New Film

A movie about seminal New York City club and Larry Levan is now in production. The film will be Written and Directed by Jonathan Ullman (Trouble in the Heights) and is simply called Paradise Garage. Previously, Ullman directed a 15 minute short film on the space, which you can see below. In the film, the part of Levan will be played by British actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, while staff member Joey Lanos (also a consultant on the film) will be played by Rayniel Rufino. Of the project, Ullman states: “The stories of The Garage speak volumes about the human spirit…how people ... Read more

A Mixtape Tribute To Larry Levan And Paradise Garage

Larry Levan is an undisputable dance music God whose importance cannot be underestimated. Synonymous with creatively-original and emotionally-charged DJ sets at revered NYC club the Paradise Garage, the curatorship of Larry Levan’ sets became known as a genre in itself. This provided the earliest definition of what is now known as garage – the characteristics of which can still be heard in the genre to this day. Now, the quintessential Larry Levan compilation, “Genius of Time” captures this cultural figure as the prolific producer and remixer he was, while also being a joy to hear, bursting with full-blooded, timeless and ... Read more

Why You Need To Follow The “Paradise Garage Bot” Twitter Account

Fans of disco, early house and synth funk need not look further to get their groove on , as there’s a now a twitter account,  that posts tracks known from the hay day of legendary Manhatten nightclub Paradise Garage. The Paradise Garage Bot, which is linked to a mysterious online Japanese publication named Drummatrix, posts tracks every half hour on a daily basis, with the latest tweets linking to gems such as Curtis Mayfield – What Is My Woman For?, Sheila & B. Devotion – Spacer, Loose Joints – Tell You (Today), Cerrone – Take Me, and of course Emergency’s classic and Garage anthem Chemise – She ... Read more

The Definitive Larry Levan Compilation Is Here

Larry Levan’s influence across the spectrum of dance music is instrumental. From Paradise Garage to seminal house producer, Levan’s legacy permeates throughout dance music, from your favorite DJs “best of” lists to any and all “pioneer” conversation. Now, Universal has compiled “Genius of Time,” with 22 of Levan’s best productions and remixes. Packed with cuts like Gwen Guthrie’s ‘Padlock’ and Smokey Robinson’s ‘And I Don’t Love You’, alongside edits of Grace Jones, Central Line and Loose Joints, the album will be available on 25 March. Pre order HERE CD1 1 NYC Peech Boys – “Life Is Something Special (Special Edition)” ... Read more

Go Retro With A Selection Of Rare Early House And Disco Sets

While we are all taking our moments these days to reminisce 2015, we thought we’d expand on that thought a little and take you on a musical trip down memory lane. So we’ve selected some of our most favourite retro sets by the pioneers of the days of Proto-House, late Disco and Italo. Step back into the days of The Warehouse, Music Box, The Hacienda and Paradise Garage, under the curation of artists such as Nicky Siano, Larry Levan, Masters At Work, Ron Hardy, Derrick May and Lil’ Louis.  Nicky Siano – @ The Gallery (1976) [soundcloud url=”https://soundcloud.com/wax-poetics/nicky-siano-live-at-the-gallery-october-1976″ comments=”true” auto_play=”false” color=”E40045″ width=”100%” height=”166″] Junior Vasquez ... Read more

Five Must-See Dance Music Documentaries

With dance music embedded deeply in European society for over 2 decades now, it’s no surprise that the history and developments in the music, genres, and the various communities, subcultures and lifestyles as a result of those have been documented for all of us to enjoy – and to grow a better understanding of the origins and workings of what is a huge part in the lives of an ever-growing amount of people. For your viewing pleasure, we have selected five seminal dance music documentaries that will be just as relevant in fifty years time.  The Summer of Rave 1989 Documentary by the BBC on ... Read more

Rare 1989 Video Interview With Larry Levan

“You can’t dance to decoration [in a club]. You’re selling music. Not mirrors and paint” The “Jimi Hendrix of the turntables”, “prototype resident” and “worshipped like a god” by his audience and colleagues. There’s never been a shortage of superlatives to describe the late and great Larry Levan. The decade-long resident of clubland’s ground zero, Paradise Garage, is still widely regarded as a prime example of all the right things a true DJ should entail. Specifically his cross-disciplinary take on sets, where he was the first to combine post-disco with other sounds, like early house, to Kraftwerk and British synth-pop. ... Read more

Documentary: ‘Maestro’ – the Birth of Dance Music Culture

Maestro, tells the story of how a group of people found refuge and a call for life outside the mainstream in New York City. What evolved was a scene that set the groundwork for what was to come in dance music culture later, starting first with House and later Techno. Maestro gives a rare insight into those secret underground beginnings, which thirty years later has grown into a huge worldwide industry. It’s the first time the genesis of electronic dance music is told  in a motion picture. Included in the film are pioneer dance music DJs and producers, “founding fathers”, ... Read more