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NYPD brings New York subway dancing to a standstill

Born in the mid-noughties, “litefeet” is a descendant of breaking, or b-boying, the dance culture that accompanied the early days of hip-hop in the Bronx in the 1970s. But where b-boys tended to keep to the streets, litefeet crews have taken their moves aboard New York’s subway trains – and, subsequently, run into the policing philosophy that has transformed the city over the past 15 to 20 years. “They’re trying to end something that’s beautiful, that’s positive,” laments dancer Goofy, founder of the respected W.A.F.F.L.E litefeet crew. “They’re trying to end an art.”

“They’re trying to end something that’s beautiful, that’s positive – they’re trying to end an art”
The NYPD’s line is that litefeet is very dangerous to the acrobats themselves, as well as the riding public – a view that resonates with those who believe that New York has metamorphosed from a world that was edgy-but-exciting to a safer place that feels distinctly sanitized. As singer James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem wrote in his 2007 hymn to the city, “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”:

New York, you’re safer –
And you’re wasting my time.
Our records all show
You were filthy but fine.

In the opening of debutant director Scott Carthy’s film – soundtracked by Yung Gutted, Czarquan, JJ DOOM, Badbadnotgood, Tall Black Guy and Darkside – we see dancers performing for each other, and the sheer invention and joie de vivre is infectious. But for all the camaraderie and the purity of litefeet’s grace and athleticism, when the setting moves to the interior of the moving train there is a distinct shift in atmosphere. Now their audience has not chosen to be there. Who hasn’t been a passenger in an underground carriage and felt the claustrophobia and tension when performers jump aboard asking for money? You only have to look at the differing reactions of the passengers in the film to see it – one man’s extraordinary horizontal pirouette on a handrail is another man’s nearly getting kicked in the head.

Perhaps it is in the moment where the train dancers cram into a bag the dollar bills they have collected that we see what has really caused police to outlaw their onboard routines. Goofy observes that the initial crews who took to subway trains to make money were soon joined by “people from their neighborhoods with criminal mindsets, looking to make a quick buck,” causing people to “bad-name the dancing community.” It is easy to see why the train dancers might have come to the attention of what Murphy, later in his song, calls, “the cops who were bored once they’d run out of crime.”

But the banning of dancers from trains will hardly mark the end of litefeet, nor the music that drives it on, nor the kids who want to take it to the next iteration. Goofy describes how litefeet dancers “saw the pole on the train as an opportunity.” No doubt the W.A.F.F.L.E crew and their fellow innovators already have the next opportunity in their sights.

Tom Horan is Culture Editor-at-Large at NOWNESS.

My track Love To The World was featured in this film.

The Black Opera Ft. Georgia Anne Muldrow – ‘Beginning Of The End’ (produced by Tall Black Guy)

Free download available off of the newest album by The Black Opera “The Great Year”

 

From The Smoking Section BY  / 10.05.14

Somber cuts usually don’t mesh with the weekend slipping out of your grasp but I have to make an exception for this one. “Beginning Of The End,” produced by Tall Black Guy, matches his patented, bouncy drum, programming to The Black Opera’s ad libs and Georgia Anne Muldrow’s stirring vocals. The track’s got an eerie direction from jump what with the haunting samples and keys draped throughout. It’s tastefully done, though and should give a good hit of soul to anyone in need of it.

“Beginning Of The End” stands in as a single for The Great Year: The Black Opera’s new long play.Listen to the project in full below. The album is currently available for purchase on iTunes.

TALL BLACK GUY MIX BY DJ MIZ RIZK

Just out in time before my tour this week, DJ MZ RIZK put this dope mix together and artist: Andrew Gibbs put together the cover art, big thank you to the both of them for creating this for me!

HOUSE SHOES PRESENTS… FLIPS VOL. 1: TALL BLACK GUY B/W SHASH’U (7″)

House Shoes recently started his quarterly “Flip Sessions” series where he selects a sample and producers get the opportunity to create their own interpretation. One public winner is chosen from a voting process on his soundcloud (soundcloud.com/houseshoes), and Shoes also selects a personal favorite.

The people, and Shoes have spoken, and here are the winning entries, pressed up on a VERY limited run of 45’s. House Shoes Presents: Flip Sessions Volume One featuring Tall Black Guy and Shash’u…

 

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This September Australian and New Zealand Tour!!!

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Nothing Leaves The House – First Word Records x Record Store Day 2014

On a Saturday morning at the start of November 2013, First Word Records took 3 of our favourite producers out of London to spend the day browsing through the vinyl shelves of the biggest record nerd we know – the incomparable Mr Thing.

This was the culmination of an idea that first manifested itself on Record Store Day 2012. Like most ideas it was a natural conclusion to a conversation about records and music – kidkanevil had expressed a desire to dig through Mr Thing’s sizeable collection for some inspiration. Chatting to Mr Thing it seemed unfair to limit this to only one producer – Tall Black Guy and Eric Lau were top of our wish list.

So – a double 7″ (Mr Thing would make a beat too – they are his records after all) in time for Record Store Day 2013 (yes, we’re a year late). There was however one stipulation about the records from the usually mild-mannered Mr Thing:

‘The guys can sample anything they like, but Nothing Leaves The House….’

And who were we to argue…..

The result is four tracks that celebrate our love for record digging, sample chopping and the simple love of a dope beat.

This video gives you a taste of what went on!

Filmed by Ricky Kershaw and Jeff Metal.
Edited by Ricky Kershaw.

Listen to the tracks here:
https://soundcloud.com/firstwordrecor…

For more info check http://www.firstwordrecords.com

Southport Weekender | The Big 50 – Line Up

Friday 9th May – Sunday 11th May 2014

From the good folks at http://www.southportweekender.co.uk

…The wait is finally over! Thank you all for all of the suggestions you’ve been sending in over the last few months. For this landmark event in dance music history, we will be bringing together some of the legendary DJs who have made our scene so incredible alongside the trailblazing new talent who take the music we love in exciting new directions.

The longest running indoor dance and urban music event in the world reaches it’s half century milestone in May, and nearly 7,000 of the world-wide musical family will be coming together in an unforgettable weekend of dance, music and love!

So without further ado, we are thrilled to unveil the full DJ line up for our next Southport Weekender – The Big 50!

As always, the live acts will be announced a bit closer to the time… hold tight for another spectacular news flash!

The longest running indoor dance and urban music event in the world reaches it’s half century milestone in May, and nearly 7,000 of the world-wide musical family will be coming together in an unforgettable weekend of dance, music and love!

So without further ado, we are thrilled to unveil the full DJ line up for our next Southport Weekender – The Big 50!

As always, the live acts will be announced a bit closer to the time… hold tight for another spectacular news flash!

CARL COX
CLASSIC
HOUSE SET
MK KERRI CHANDLER SETH TROXLER MARTINEZ BROTHERS TONY HUMPHRIES
TERRY HUNTER DERRICK CARTER DJEFF AFROZILA SEAN MCCABE PHIL ASHER
THE BASEMENT BOYS
MOODYMANN GILES PETERSON OSUNLADE MCDE GREG WILSON BEN UFO
ALEXANDER NUT FLOATING POINTS TALL BLACK GUY KEV BEADLE GAVIN KENDRICK
JOEY NEGRO KENNY DOPE ANDREW ASHONG MR SCRUFF NORMAN JAY PAUL ‘TROUBLE’ ANDERSON
ANDY DAVIES BOB JEFFRIES TERRY JONES
DJ JAZZY JEFF MISTAJAM SPINDERELLA DAVID RODIGAN DJ EZ DJ SPOONY
SHORTEE BLITZ RONNIE HEREL SCHOOLY STEVE WREN BIGGER DJ SWERVE
MR THING DJ DIGGZ JP MARTIN (IN FULL SWING) E DOUBLE D
MIGUEL MIGS FRANKIE FELICIANO JIMPSTER
TREVOR NELSON RONNIE HEREL JP
VAKULA RAINER TRUBY LAY-FAR KEV BEADLE GAVIN KENDRICK
CARL COX (JAZZ FUNK SET) KENNY DOPE (HOUSE SET) KERRI CHANDLER (DEEP HOUSE SET) EXIST (ATJAZZ & KARIZMA) NEIL PIERCE SOULDYNAMIC
LIL STEVIE JONNY MILLER LUIS RADIO MARK STONE BEN BROPHY MUCHO SOUL
DJ SPEN
DISCO SET
ROB OXLEY PETE WHARRIER CRAIG BARTLETT PAUL STUART

So there you have it! What a selection… and the clock is ticking until we come together from all corners of the globe to get down at this historic gathering.

We are now working on live acts, and lots of special 50th surprises to come, including programming for the intimate second Dome and the Inn on the Green that will take over from the Sun & Moon as the site musical meeting place.

There will be some thrilling changes to the rooms on site (more details on that soon!), plus our brand new merchandise line, a new series of CDs, a birthday club tour and, of course, our summer soiree in Croatia!
Much love,

CHARLIE JOHNSON’S PARADISE TEN ORCHESTRA – “YOU AIN’T THE ONE” (TALL BLACK GUY REMIX) [POTHOLES PREMIERE]

By the folks behind fantastic HBO series Boardwalk Empire. It’s called Sounds of the Onyx and it features producers like Pete RockDJ Jazzy Jeff, and Shafiq Husayn flipping tracks from the United States’ Prohibition Era, which ran roughly from 1919 to 1933. Pete Rock chose to take on a classic from that time, “Sugarfoot Stomp“, performed by Boardwalk Empire‘s house band and, yes, plenty of necks were hurt in the process. I mean, those drums.

Before the full six-track project hits the web on Monday (Sept. 16), we are proud to premiere the latest leak featuring the handiwork of Tall Black Guy. The Midwestern producer transforms “You Ain’t The One” by Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten Orchestra into a straight-up brassy banger. But what’s most engaging about the track isn’t just the fact that it could pummel your sound system, it’s that I can absolutely hear an MC blacking out over this beat