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Avery & Johnson Lee :: A Little Bit Higher (live on 4 turntables)

March 23rd, 2011 No comments

It's been 11 years to the month since this infamous 4 turntable live mix.  I thought it was definitely due for a repost or in DJ style a re-rewind...In fact there's history behind this recording from March of 2000. This mix was the very first collaboration between Avery & Johnson. After realizing what great musical chemistry they had between them, they soon formed a partnership which you now know as District Soul. So to say it was an important mix in lives of both us would be an understatement.

The playlist below is a little more complicated than a typical one. What we did was represent what songs were being played during each track of the original CD that we distributed. Obviously since this is a continuous audio file format you won't have the advantage of using track numbers but it should be good enough as a general guide.

A Little Bit Higher :: March 2000

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1. The Songtress - Seeline Woman
Feel the Beat (accapella)
Ricard F Good Love (accapella)
Bye-e-ya (accapella)

2. Lil' Louis - Clap Your Hands
Johnny Corporate - Sunday Shoutin'

3. Johnny Corporate - Sunday Shoutin'
Feel the Beat (accapella)
A Man Called Adam - America

4. A Man Called Adam - America
Johnny Corporate - Sunday Shoutin'
Oscar G - Movin On
D-d-d-da (accapella)

5. Oscar G - Movin On
Roger Sanchez - I Never Knew

6. Abstract Truth - We Had a Thing
Roger Sanchez - I Never Knew
D-d-d-do (accapella)

7. The Deep - Dom Dom Jump
D-d-d-do (accapella)
Gene Farris - Summer Affair

8. Summerland - Soulmate
Gene Farris - Summer Affair
The Rurals - Corker

9. The Rurals - Corker
Summerland - Soulmate
Sunship - In the Pocket
Jess & Crabbe. Big Booya
Mike 303 - Things Never Change

10. Mike 303 - Things Never Change
Joss & Crabbe - Big Booya
Powder Productions - El Loco
Armand Van Helden - Break The 80's

11. Lenny Fontana & DJ Shorty - Chocolate Sensation
Armand Van Helden - Break The 80's

12. Powder Productions - EI Loco
Lenny Fontana & DJ Shorty - Chocolate Sensation
Armand Van Heiden - Break The 80's
Move Your Body - (accapella)

13. Kings of Tomorrow - Fade to Black
Move Your Body - (accapella)
Derrick Carter - Get Up Everybody
Tim Deluxe - I Know

14. Derrick Carter - Get Up Everybody
Southern Comfort - Let's Go Disco
Daft Punk - Burnin'

15. Tim Deluxe - I Know
Daft Punk - Burnin'
Southern Comfort - Let's Go Disco

16. Sounds of Blackness - The Pressure
Vernessa Mitchell - Higher
Southern Comfort - Let's Go Disco
Bucketbootlegs - Five-Oh Fantasy

Avery & Johnson Lee :: A Little Bit Higher (live on 4 turntables)

March 23rd, 2011 No comments

It's been 11 years to the month since this infamous 4 turntable live mix.  I thought it was definitely due for a repost or in DJ style a re-rewind...In fact there's history behind this recording from March of 2000. This mix was the very first collaboration between Avery & Johnson. After realizing what great musical chemistry they had between them, they soon formed a partnership which you now know as District Soul. So to say it was an important mix in lives of both us would be an understatement.

The playlist below is a little more complicated than a typical one. What we did was represent what songs were being played during each track of the original CD that we distributed. Obviously since this is a continuous audio file format you won't have the advantage of using track numbers but it should be good enough as a general guide.

A Little Bit Higher :: March 2000

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1. The Songtress - Seeline Woman
Feel the Beat (accapella)
Ricard F Good Love (accapella)
Bye-e-ya (accapella)

2. Lil' Louis - Clap Your Hands
Johnny Corporate - Sunday Shoutin'

3. Johnny Corporate - Sunday Shoutin'
Feel the Beat (accapella)
A Man Called Adam - America

4. A Man Called Adam - America
Johnny Corporate - Sunday Shoutin'
Oscar G - Movin On
D-d-d-da (accapella)

5. Oscar G - Movin On
Roger Sanchez - I Never Knew

6. Abstract Truth - We Had a Thing
Roger Sanchez - I Never Knew
D-d-d-do (accapella)

7. The Deep - Dom Dom Jump
D-d-d-do (accapella)
Gene Farris - Summer Affair

8. Summerland - Soulmate
Gene Farris - Summer Affair
The Rurals - Corker

9. The Rurals - Corker
Summerland - Soulmate
Sunship - In the Pocket
Jess & Crabbe. Big Booya
Mike 303 - Things Never Change

10. Mike 303 - Things Never Change
Joss & Crabbe - Big Booya
Powder Productions - El Loco
Armand Van Helden - Break The 80's

11. Lenny Fontana & DJ Shorty - Chocolate Sensation
Armand Van Helden - Break The 80's

12. Powder Productions - EI Loco
Lenny Fontana & DJ Shorty - Chocolate Sensation
Armand Van Heiden - Break The 80's
Move Your Body - (accapella)

13. Kings of Tomorrow - Fade to Black
Move Your Body - (accapella)
Derrick Carter - Get Up Everybody
Tim Deluxe - I Know

14. Derrick Carter - Get Up Everybody
Southern Comfort - Let's Go Disco
Daft Punk - Burnin'

15. Tim Deluxe - I Know
Daft Punk - Burnin'
Southern Comfort - Let's Go Disco

16. Sounds of Blackness - The Pressure
Vernessa Mitchell - Higher
Southern Comfort - Let's Go Disco
Bucketbootlegs - Five-Oh Fantasy

Avery & Johnson Lee :: A Little Bit Higher (live on 4 turntables)

March 23rd, 2011 No comments

It's been 11 years to the month since this infamous 4 turntable live mix.  I thought it was definitely due for a repost or in DJ style a re-rewind...In fact there's history behind this recording from March of 2000. This mix was the very first collaboration between Avery & Johnson. After realizing what great musical chemistry they had between them, they soon formed a partnership which you now know as District Soul. So to say it was an important mix in lives of both us would be an understatement.

The playlist below is a little more complicated than a typical one. What we did was represent what songs were being played during each track of the original CD that we distributed. Obviously since this is a continuous audio file format you won't have the advantage of using track numbers but it should be good enough as a general guide.

A Little Bit Higher :: March 2000

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1. The Songtress - Seeline Woman
Feel the Beat (accapella)
Ricard F Good Love (accapella)
Bye-e-ya (accapella)

2. Lil' Louis - Clap Your Hands
Johnny Corporate - Sunday Shoutin'

3. Johnny Corporate - Sunday Shoutin'
Feel the Beat (accapella)
A Man Called Adam - America

4. A Man Called Adam - America
Johnny Corporate - Sunday Shoutin'
Oscar G - Movin On
D-d-d-da (accapella)

5. Oscar G - Movin On
Roger Sanchez - I Never Knew

6. Abstract Truth - We Had a Thing
Roger Sanchez - I Never Knew
D-d-d-do (accapella)

7. The Deep - Dom Dom Jump
D-d-d-do (accapella)
Gene Farris - Summer Affair

8. Summerland - Soulmate
Gene Farris - Summer Affair
The Rurals - Corker

9. The Rurals - Corker
Summerland - Soulmate
Sunship - In the Pocket
Jess & Crabbe. Big Booya
Mike 303 - Things Never Change

10. Mike 303 - Things Never Change
Joss & Crabbe - Big Booya
Powder Productions - El Loco
Armand Van Helden - Break The 80's

11. Lenny Fontana & DJ Shorty - Chocolate Sensation
Armand Van Helden - Break The 80's

12. Powder Productions - EI Loco
Lenny Fontana & DJ Shorty - Chocolate Sensation
Armand Van Heiden - Break The 80's
Move Your Body - (accapella)

13. Kings of Tomorrow - Fade to Black
Move Your Body - (accapella)
Derrick Carter - Get Up Everybody
Tim Deluxe - I Know

14. Derrick Carter - Get Up Everybody
Southern Comfort - Let's Go Disco
Daft Punk - Burnin'

15. Tim Deluxe - I Know
Daft Punk - Burnin'
Southern Comfort - Let's Go Disco

16. Sounds of Blackness - The Pressure
Vernessa Mitchell - Higher
Southern Comfort - Let's Go Disco
Bucketbootlegs - Five-Oh Fantasy

Avery :: Don’t Stop The Love

December 25th, 2010 No comments

I recently uncovered this mix in my collection of mixes.  The first half of it is all disco tracks that I started adding to my vinyl 10 years ago.  I got on a kick of trying to find some of the old classics that I recognized but didn't know who actually made the record.  The first track is a classic by Class Action.  The next seven tracks jump around from the years of 73-80.  The mix then jumps into some deep house while keeping a little of the disco intro that started the mix.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

Don't Stop The Love - June 02, 2001

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01_ Class Action | Weekend
02_ B.T. Express | Express
03_ Glen Adams Affair | Just A Groove
04_ ??
05_ Loose Joints | Is It All Over My Face?
06_ Billy Brooks | Fourty Days
07_ Herbie Hancock | Chameleon
08_ Moodymann | J.A.N.
09_ The Phonkticians | I Am Me
10_ Mr. Egg Germ | Intuit (Stay Kidd's The What Dub)
11_ Kemetic Just | See The Light
12_ Rhythmcentric | New School Fusion (Part 1)
13_ Rhythmcentric | New School Fusion (Part 2)
14_ Stacy Kidd | He's The One feat. Tracy Hamlin
15_ ??
16_ ??
17_ Soul Providers | Try My Love (T-Kolai Andalu Mix)


Avery :: Spiral Effect

December 6th, 2010 No comments

I recorded this mix back in 2002.  It's a montage of deep and tracky house that sort of meanders all over the place.  The mix opens up with The Club Track by Trackheads.  I particularly like the vocals the guy has because it really sums up how I'd see most people moving from club to club trying to find out where the fun or action was.  Later on in the mix is an original track I wrote called What I See.  The horns on The Beaujolais Files by Afronaught are unmistakable and always get me moving.  Track number nine is by the Banji Boys but not to be confused with the other Banji Boys (Armand Van Helden).  Of course there's a couple obligatory Moodmann tracks... His tracks always seem to find their way into my mixes.  Finally,  the mix ends with an Afrobeat track from the 70s and Gwen Guthrie's Seventh Heaven track from the 80s.

Spiral Effect - 2002

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01_ Trackheads | The Club Track
02_ ??
03_ ??
04_ John Ciafone | Everyday
05_ Avery | What I See
06_ Induceve | Monolevel
07_ Afronaught | The Beaujolais Files
08_ Do It Interlude
09_ Banji Boys | Keep On Movin' 2002
10_ Mike Grant | Baby Wants to Ride
11_ Marques Wyatt | For Those Like To Get Down
12_ Moodymann | The Third Track
13_ ??
14_ Intruder | You Got Me
15_ Moodymann | ??
16_ Shina Williams and His African Percussionists | Agboju Logun
17_ Gwen Guthrie | Seventh Heaven


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Avery :: Live @ The Battery 88.1FM WMUC

November 4th, 2010 No comments

This is a live recording from a set I did at 88.1FM WMUC "The Battery".  It had been about 3 years since my last radio show at the station and I was asked to come do a guest set by host Mike Fiorita.  Around this time I had been experimenting in my sets by mixing it up with all kinds of genres instead of the straight forward house or lounge set.  I started this mix with some funk, moved on to some jazzy lounge, worked my way into deep house, then to some broken beat, and finally ended with some jazz.  Anyhow, the quality of the archive isn't as nice as I'd like but it'll have to do.

Live @ The Battery - 11.21.03

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01. Billy Brooks | Fourty Days | Music-Dex
02. The Vibrations | Shake it Up | Chess
03. Chakachas | Jungle Fever | Polydor
04. Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra | Che Che Colé | Daptone
05. Olayton & Fulcrum | Soul Fan | Om
06. Dizzy Gillespie | Mateca (funky lowlives rmx) | Verve
07. Esc | Hard to be Patient | Seminal Emissions
08. The Procussions | Leave Her Alone | Procussion Sound
09. Sun & Soul Shades | Goldmine | DNH
10. Freaky Afronaught | Playon' On My Bone-a-Phone | Fair Park
11. Pepe Bradock & Michelle Weeks | Distorted Echos | KIF
12. DJ Vitamin D | It's The Shit | Look At You
13. Ciudad Feliz | Your So Nice | Silver
14. Pepe Bradock | 18 Carat | KIF
15. Raw Deal | Blues For Brother | (white)
16. DJ Cam Sound System | I'm A Rasta | Inflamable
17. Nina Simone | True Messengers | (white)
18. Al Green | Love & Happiness (Magnetic West Remix) | (white)
19. Funkanova | Wood, Brass and Steel | Jazz Funk


Avery :: Step Into The Light

October 26th, 2010 No comments

Recorded in July 2003, this mix takes its listeners on a trip through house tracks from 90s and a little bit of disco at the end.  It starts off with "Long Hot Sexy Nights" by the infamous Moodymann.  A little later is a track off the very first EP by Naked Music NYC, who later formed the very popular Naked Music Recordings.  "Babarabatiri" track by Gypsymen (Todd Terry) is a house remix of a famous Cuban song by Beny Moré.  "The Bounce" by Kenlou needs no introduction.  To this day, it is one of my favorite tracks.  The mix ends with two disco bangers by Jimmy "Bo" Horne and Double Exposure.  Unfortunately like some of my other mixes from my collection, I no longer have the original playlist, so I named as songs as I could remember.

Step Into The Light - July 2003

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01 / Moodymann / Long Hot Sexy Nights / KDJ
02 / ??
03 / Naked Music NYC / I'll Take You To Love / Ton-A-Records
04 / ??
05 / ??
06 / Rasoul / Wishing / Large
07 / ??
08 / Rasoul / Wishing / Large
09 / Gypsymen / Babarabatiri / White
10 / ?? / Make It Funky
11 / The Brand New Heavies / Close To You (Old School Hard Core Dub) / FFRR
12 / East 17 / House Of Love (Murk Main Mix) / London Records
13 / Romanthony / Da' Change / Black Male Records
14 / Kenlou / The Bounce / MAW Records
15 / Easydelics / Berimbau De Osahna (Freeform 'Catedraticos' Reform) / NRK
16 / Thompson & Lenoir / Can't Stop The House / House Jam Records
17 / Jimmy "Bo" Horne / Spank / Sunshine Sound Disco
18 / Double Exposure / I Got The Hots For Ya / Salsoul


Avery :: The Unseen Horizon

October 21st, 2010 No comments

Recorded in February 2003, "The Unseen Horizon" takes a voyage through many styles of house.  It starts out on a harder, driving theme highlighted by Natural Rhythm's "Fall".  The mood shifts to a slightly disco-ish vibe with the Kings of Tomorrow track "The Session".  A few more tracks further into the mix brings us to a very cool track:  Twilight by Mustang.  I enjoy it's hypnotic melodies along with its thick percussive rhythms.  Almost like it was meant to be, the 3rd Eye remix of Roy Ayers melts right into the mix.  If memory serves correct, it was Rise Ashen who did this bootleg.  After a few moments in this deeper mood, things switch up to a more tribally jazzy vibe.  Claude Monnet - "New Jazz Soul" was quite a hit at the time.  It seems like in the early 2000s, you could never go wrong with a Cooly's Hot Box track.  "Cooly's Wages" is a funky deep jazzy track that I played at several venues back then.  When the Deep Swing "Shelter" track drops, things have moved towards the garage style.  Finally the mix ends with two classic tracks.  "Show You Love" by Romanthony and "Voices In My Mind" by Voices.  Both of these tracks were and still remain anthems.  They are the type of tracks that gave me goose bumps when I first heard them out late night at a rockin' night club.


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01 / Hanayo / Joe Le Taxi / Bio
02 / Natural Rhythm / Fall / Dufflebag
03 / Kings of Tomorrow / The Session / Strictly Rhythm
04 / Deep Brothers feat. Michael Watford / You Got Me / Azuli
05 / Flytronix / Free From You / Farout
06 / Mustang / Twilight (Freedom Soundz Re-edit) / Visions
07 / Tribute to Roy Ayers / 3rd Eye / Easy Breezy
08 / Bitch Kreek / Doin Alrite / Pagan
09 / Claude Monnet / New Jazz Soul / SSOH
10 / Cooly's Hot Box / Cooly's Wages / Sole
11 / Chaka Khan / Never Miss the Water (Piratebrain rmx) / Piratebrain
12 / Deep Swing feat. Xavior / Shelter / Soulshine
13 / Bucketheads / Come and Be Gone / Henry Street
14 / DJ Sampler / Kult Records
15 / The Sandsharks / Feel Alright / Aztonk
16 / Romanthony / Show You Love / Azuli
17 / Voices / Voices / Ministry of Sound


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Avery :: When It Was Yesterday

October 16th, 2010 No comments

When I recorded this mix in 2002, it was inspired by a big collection of early 90's house music that Johnson came across at his store Joe's Record Paradise.  Johnson gave me a ring and I spent the next several days pouring over 1000's of records.  I found many tracks that I loved back in my early days of going out to the nightlife in DC in the early 90's.  I decided why not make a mix with only music from 10 years ago.

One song that I really love on this mix is The Way I Feel by Mijan.  I don't think I ever heard the song played out live but I know I rocked it.  I think it really got slept on.  Lift Him Up by Funky People is one of those gospel-esque house tracks with an infamous 90's bass line.  Things get very energetic with Find Our Way by Key To Life.  As an hommage to Little Louie Vega, I had to play Shut Me Out by Louie "Balo" Guzman.  I originally hear the track on the United DJs Of America Vol. 2 mix Vega did and was forever trying to hunt down the vinyl.  It took me years to get it.  One Of Those Nights by Norma Jean Bell made me realize that NJB and KDJ (Kenny Dixon Jr.) seem to have released several versions of the same songs over the years.  I'm definitely not complaining because I love the tracks.  The last several tracks on the mix pay respect to my days listening to 92Q (Baltimore radio station) and going to the Paradox.  These tracks were on heavy rotation.

When It Was Yesterday - June 18, 2002

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1 / Bust People / What Must I Do / Gee Man Wax
2 / Mijan / The Way I'm Feelin' / Smack
3 / Funky People / Lift Him Up / Funky People
4 / Key To Life / Find Our Way (Breakaway) / Sub-Urban
5 / Louie Balo / Shut Me Out / Empire State Records
6 / The Brand New Heavies / Sometimes (MAW Remix) / FFRR
7 / Norma Jean Bell / One Of Those Nights (Late Night Mix) / Pandamonium
8 / ??
9 / DJ Sneak / Message Of Love / Cajual
10 / Those Guys / Good Vibrations / Basement Boys
11 / Thompson & Lenoir / Can't Stop The House / House Jam Records
12 / Lindell Townsell & M.T.F. / Get With You / Mercury
13 / Cajmere / Brighter Days (Underground Goodie) / Cajual
14 / Robin Breaks / I Get Dubbed / Dansa
15 / Barbara Tucker / I Get Lifted / Strictly Rhythm
16 / Roach Motel / Movin' On / Junior Boy's Own


Avery :: Abstractions 2

October 15th, 2010 No comments

This is part two of my Abstractions series.  Recorded in 2003, the concept behind the Abstractions series is a blend of different musical styles put together in a way you wouldn't have heard before.  It's recorded with three turntables, songs, beats, spoken word, humor, and with my arrangement.  You'll even find my comic hero Richard Pryor along with those crazy guys from The Firesign Theater.  It's a pretty off the wall combination of music and words and I still enjoy listening to it today.

Abstractions 2 - February 2003

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1 / Gang Starr / Dough In Advance
2 / Digable Planets / Where I'm From (instrumental)
3 / INI / Fakin' Jax (instrumental)
4 / Al' Tariq / Do Yo' Thang (instrumental)
5 / Showbiz & AG / Next Level
6 / Pumpkinhead / Wack Emcees (instrumental)
7 / Alkaholiks / Likwidation
8 / Lace Da Booms / Cut That Weak Shit (instrumental)
9 / Godfather Don / Fame (instrumental)
10 / Peanut Butter Wolf / Run The Line feat. Rasco
11 / ??
12 / The Herbaliser / The Blend
13 / Jurassic 5 / Lesson 6 The Lecture
14 / Reflection Eternal / Fortified Life
15 / ??
16 / Mr. Scruff / Shanty Town
17 / ??
18 / The Last Minister / Feel Free


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