A scan of recent “In The Mix” posts is beginning to resemble a “European only” version of the Resident Advisor, so when I have a powerhouse from the home turf I am beyond excited. In the States, the holy grail of house music does not belong to either coast but instead is tucked safely away in the Midwest- usually Detroit or Chicago. This week’s DJ/producer gives Chicago another notch for his dynamic and soulful dancefloor jams:
Curtis Alan Jones AKA Green Velvet AKA Cajmere, or simply: the textured God, as I like to refer to him.
When it comes to the production and mixing of varying house styles, Jones, or any of his dueling monikers for that matter, is a pioneer of the 4/4 with his evolutionary sound and experimental foresight. In his trajectory from chemical engineer to producing mastermind who has graced major festivals and clubs worldwide, Green Velvet is making America proud as he maintains our name in the upper echelon of electronic music culture.
5Chicago.com is killing it in their curated series, “Funky Fresh For 5″, featuring exclusive monthly mixes from the man himself. His latest release, volume six, was transmitted to the masses this past Tuesday and had big shoes to fill with the previous five star-studded artists such as: Danny Daze, Oliver $, Voices of Black and Stevie Wonder. True to form, Jones did not disappoint, but instead hit his marks and then some. The result? 1.25 hours of unadulterated groove, from the funky to the smooth, dark syncopated rhythms to the purest jazz and a tribute to Donna Summer (16:28) somewhere in between. He even finds time for his highly acclaimed track, “Preacher Man” (54:13) to rouse your senses, imagination and passion. It’s 100% truth and 100% available tonight at Naga brought to you by our friends at CreateSpace Collab.
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