RIP David Mancuso

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By every account, 2016 has been an awful year. Yet, this morning we woke up to the news that dance culture pioneer David Mancuso had passed. Much like Frankie Knuckles in 2014, it is a devestating blow. Here is a 7-hour set from Mancuso in his style:

You’ll notice how he doesn’t mix, just plays (beautiful) songs. He was a DJ before there were DJs. He was a cultural pioneer that provided a safe space before “safe spaces” even existed. He created The Loft in 1970. The party was called “Love Saves the Day“:

Clubs are set up for the purpose of making money. This is not what The Loft is about. The Loft is about putting on a party and making friends. That doesn’t mean you can’t put on a party and make friends in a club, but these places are structured to make a profit, and that’s a whole different head. Without a doubt, that has a bearing on how things happen and how far things can go.

For me The Loft is all about social progress.

Mancuso would then go on to start one of the very first “record pools,” the modern equivalent of a file-sharing system. Such members of the record pool? Tony Humphries, François Kevorkian, Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, and Nicky Siano … LEGENDS.

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In the newly released book, Life And Death On The New York Dance Floor 1980-83 (which we have already ordered for our library, make no mistake), Mancuso gets a good chunk:

davidmancusoMancuso’s party was the “complete opposite” of Studio 54, where dancers would buy expensive outfits in order to be somebody and narcissism reigned. “The Loft wasn’t about your dress and attire,” he explains. “It was about being communal.” Dancers wore functional T-shirts, military-style gas pants, and either Capezio jazz-dance shoes or five-dollar Chinese slippers.

David Mancuso was nothing more than a seminal figure in modern music, setting the table for disco, boogie, house, and, well, most of the music you love today. For a complete telling of Mancuso, visit discomusic.com.

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Make It New x Scissor & Thread Showcase w/ Frank & Tony and Rosas Nievas (THU 8/11)

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Make It New Presents
Scissor & Thread Showcase
w/ Frank & Tony and Rosas Nievas (LIVE)
Thursday, ask August 11

Our dear friends Frank and Tony return for an all night affair with special guest Rosas Nievas who will be performing live at the MIddlesex Lounge!

Frank & Tony:

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And introducing Rosas Nievas:

RSVP HERE.

Ricardo Donoso Goes In for Mysteries Of The Deep

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“He probably held too tightly
(In the palm of his hand,
Looking out on the sea)

To the sand the wind
Was taking, grain by grain —

He who holds a fear
Of becoming mist.”
Guillevic

With the advent of technology, electronic music (or what we around here refer to as ‘music’) has become very much a chameleon. It can be ambient, jazzy or extra-fast. It can powerfully propel live music just as it can fill background sound with vibes. Buzzsaw, breakbeats, hip-hop, found sound or electronic disco, there’s always a new genre on the come up because “electronic music” can be molded to do almost anything.

Maybe no one in Boston knows this better than Brookline’s Ricardo Donoso. Having established a worldwide reputation for sound design and electronic music composition, Ricardo has clearly brought his Berklee-trained talent to new heights by throwing himself into the wiring.

And here we go again, another mix, another uniquely-designed sonic body of water our head can go swimming in. This time, he works with Mysteries of the Deep, a podcast series. The series has gone on to such acclaim they are holding an “live sensory event” in New York City at a secret location on Friday October 10th.

Inside the mix you’ll find his two aliases, his own and Scuba Death, in addition to 16 other tracks from artists that share his propensity for using tools to craft a kind of technologic ethnicity.

Click around the tracklisting below to get to know Ricardo and his friends. And turn the lights down or close your eyes with this one. It arcs through ambient grooves, plumbs the depths of submariner sound only to emerge awash with brilliant sunlight.

1. Koenraad Ecker – Decline (Digitalis)
2. Badawi – Tired Soldiers (Asphodel)
3. Eric Holm – Høyvika (Subtext)
4. Scuba Death – Helium Tremors (Further)
5. Roly Porter – Cloud (Subtext)
6. Milton Bradley – Reality is Wrong (Prologue)
7. Monolake – Plumbicon [Rebreather Mix] (Imbalance)
8. Yves De Mey – Disperse (Semantica)
9. Xhin – Claw Eyes (Semantica)
10. Edit Select – Distance (Prologue)
11. Recondite – Equilibrium (Dystopian)
12. Donato Dozzy – K1 (Further)
13. Ricardo Donoso – Child Primitive (Digitalis)
14. Yuka – Snow Fox (Pro-Tez)
15. Regis – Falling the Same Way (Sandwell District)
16. Antix – Box of Birds (Iboga)
17. Jo Johnson – In the Shadow of the Workhouse (Further)
18. Pilotpriest – Thief / Body Double (self-released)

Maybe make plans to visit NYC in October? As Ricardo himself put it:

“Gonna be sick, Alessandro‘s new record is dope.”

Turns out we actually wrote about Alessandro just last week.