This Week in House Music: Dames Brown, Folamour, Amp Fiddler, DJ SWISHA, AceMoMA, Kush Jones & Masters At Work
I'm finally back in America, unfortunately. Luckily, I'm in New York! Next time you find yourself in the Big Apple on a Sunday, get your booty over to Nowadays for Mister Sundays—the crowd, vibe, sound system, and house music are impeccable. That party completely lifted my mood and is the vibe I'm bringing to This Week in House Music—upbeat joy and vibey New York swag.
Best New Track: Dames Brown featuring Amp Fiddler and Andrés - What Would You Do? (Folamour Remix) [July 15, Defected Records]
Last fall, Detroit vocal trio Dames Brown (Athena Johnson, Teresa Marbury, and LaRae Starr) served up a soulful, upbeat house bop, with production from Motor City legends Amp Fiddler and Andrés on Defected Records. Dames Brown's rich vocals soar over a sample of "If Jesus Came" by Gospel Soul Revivals. French disco and house maestro Folamour ups the funk even higher on the latest remix of the summer heater.
Best New Mix: DJ SWISHA, AceMo, Kush Jones & MoMa Ready B2B @ The Lot Radio
A visit (or two) to The Lot Radio is another New York trip essential, where you can chill outside to drink wine, beer, coffee, or tea with friends while their eclectic lineup of DJs spin from inside the cozy reclaimed shipping container. New York DJ/producers DJ SWISHA, Kush Jones, AceMo, and MoMa (the latter have a duo called AceMoMa) serve up two hours of grooves, swag, and good vibes for their B2B2B2B Lot show last week. Unfortunately, the mixer broke shortly into the set, but they kept things rolling strong with plenty of heaters. Track IDs include "Cascade" from Sublime Porte and "Innocente (Mr. Sam's Remix)" by Leigh Nash and Delerium.
Best Classic Track: Jamiroquai - Emergency On Planet Earth (London Rican Mix) [1993, Sony Music UK]
If you're talking about classic house out of New York, Masters At Work, aka Louie Vega and Kenny Dope, are essential to the conversation. Since the early '90s, in addition to their stellar productions, they've served up countless unforgettable grooving, soulful, Latin-influenced dancefloor-ready remixes for a wide range of artists. Today, we remember their remix of U.K. funksters Jamiroquai's evermore pertinent "Emergency on Planet Earth." A great example of their remix mastery, their version extends the track by two minutes, opening it with a groovy conga drumbeat that leads into an acidy synth.