There's no denying the physical dexterity and narrative genius that seems to flow from the masters of New York-style house DJing. If you've never experienced it, here's your chance to catch three of that city's unrivalled best on a soundsystem
straight from the heyday of house. Louie Vega
is one half of Masters of Work
, the era-defining production outfit responsible for such anthems as "The Ha Dance," "Deep Inside,"
and "I Can't Get No Sleep."
Next up is Tony Humphries
, who's an East Coast legend in his own right. Humphries was a radio DJ on the influential 98.7 Kiss FM (check out this three deck mix from 1993
), and held a storied residency at Zanzibar
, Newark's answer to the Paradise Garage
. There he would play an instrumental role in promoting the "Jersey Sound,"
a form of garage house that's steeped in gospel. Last but not least is David Morales
, a man who at one time was considered the highest-paid remixer of all time. A DJ who's played at The Loft, The Paradise Garage, Sound Factory, The Red Zone, and just about every other notable New York venue, to say that Morales is a big figure in dance would be a real understatement. Get a feel for his style by listening to these remixes: Bjork's "Hyperballad,"
De La Soul's "Saturdays,"
and Black Sheep's "Strobelight Honey."
Also, check out this mix of Morales DJing live at Red Zone in 1990
. Particularly relevant considering the three of them will "tag all night long playing ONLY '90s house music!"
Sat., April 28, 9 p.m., 2012