DJ Three Waxes Poetic About Ten Dance-Floor Weapons
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more encyclopedic guru of house and techno than Chistopher Milo AKA DJ Three. And it's no surprise, given he's one of the most highly regarded tastemakers on the underground American EDM scene.
The Florida native has been commanding dancefloors since the early '90s, holding down residencies at NYC hotpots like Twilo and Cielo, not to mention regular stints at dance meccas in London, Berlin and Ibiza. Plus, Milo's Hallucination Limited imprint has also been instrumental in pushing quality underground sounds by the likes of Terry Francis, Reverse Commuter, and his own productions as Second-Hand Satellites with Sean Cusick.
Needless to say, when we asked Milo to name ten of his DJ weapons, he came back with nothing short of a crate-digger's manifesto on the legacy of classic house and techno, the state of contemporary EDM, and just how passionate he is about his record collection.
"There's fewer and fewer secrets left in house and techno anymore. So the idea of posting up some of my nearest and dearest has me feeling a little precious, and I still play all of these!" he says. "They're not dated, nostalgic oldies to my ears. But like you've asked for, these are very much a handful of 'weapons' of mine to be played in the magic hours. Yeah, it can be few and far between when I play them, but they're magic every time.
"The timing of this is interesting, because the last year or two, I witnessed nostalgia nearly to a fault around the globe in house and techno. But I also realized how much music I have in my record collection that will likely never be available digitally -- most of the tracks listed here fit that mold.
"I want to be clear that dropping vintage sounds or old records, for me, is not about throwback nostalgia. I mean, dropping a beloved classic now and again is, of course, a wonderful thing to do. But with the type of tracks I've listed here, it's about working them in the middle of the newest and most contemporary music in a way that's symbiotic. That makes it all about the present moment at hand."
1. Master C&J's "Dub Love"/"When You Hold Me"
The YouTube quality was pretty bad for "Dub Love." So here's the flip-side's "When You Hold Me," which is simply another live take with all the same elements. This is absolutely my favorite Chicago record ever. Believe it or not, this used to get played in between industrial stuff like Skinny Puppy and Revolting Cocks when I was first going to alternative clubs.
This record drips with an urgent, sexed-up house groove. Some of the best dancefloor moments I've had have been when this gets dropped, 'cause it's never casually played -- there's some shade involved!
It was impossible to get a playable copy of it. Every time I ordered it, the pressing had paper or dirt within the pressing, or was pressed on re-used vinyl ... Thanks a lot Trax Records!
It took me so long to get this and it ended up being from a kid who moved to Florida, who couldn't believe anyone would be interested in the crates of house he had. House was simply what was on the radio when he was living there through the late '80s!
2. Marvin Sasha's "Heavenly Trance" (Night Dubbing)
Another record I chased forever in the '90s. It was bootlegged a few times but just impossible to find, probably 'cause they're all at Doc Martin's house and quite a few hidden away in Ibiza, I'm told.
It was produced by Marvin Sasha (AKA Mr. Marvin), who along with Joe T Vanelli and Kama Sutra, to name a few, produced so much amazing Italian house music. There was always an amazing dub version or superdeep underground mix to be found. The Fathers of Sound remixes, especially Pacha's "One Kiss" are still pure house class.
I would have to say this is one of my favorite records ever. It never gets old to me. The history of Italian dance music is something I never feel I know enough about -- there are serious gems yet to be found, I'm sure.Next Page
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