Rollie Fingers (a.k.a. Will Fewell) is somewhat of an anomaly in the DJ world. He is part of SF Weekly's "Best New Club Night of 2010," Icee Hot, but only had his first DJ gig back in January when the party first launched. By day, Fewell has the relatively uncommon (at least within the DJ/party scene) job of a fourth-grade school teacher, but manages to balance his daily work with a brilliant taste in dance tunes and equally excellent DJ sets. Before Rollie Fingers and the rest of the Icee Hot crew blow up Paradise Lounge this Thursday, June 3 for a special edition of their party, he hooked up SF Weekly with this mini-mix of futuristic house tunes, R&B-flavored dance jams, and lots and lots and lots of bass.
1. Monsta Boy Feat. Denzie - "Baby Can't You See (Stickz and Stoned Mix)"
I picked up this one at Amoeba a while back. Monsta Boy had a big tune with "Sorry! (I Didn't Know)" in 1999. This one is from 2001. I love the line "This is for you, this is for me... This is for everyone." Dedicating a song partially to yourself is a beautiful thing.
2. Martin Kemp - "Terr"
Martin Kemp was our first out-of-town guest for Icee Hot. We teamed up with our sister party Turrbotax in New York to bring him out from London. We try to make sure all of our UK guests get the full San Francisco treatment; we drive them out to Golden Gate Bridge, we feed them burritos, we introduce them to exotic beverages, such as the Arnold Palmer, and we try to explain why our country has terrible healthcare and an even worse education system. We also make sure they get themselves a nice pair of 'trainers'. Martin was a very gracious guest; he is kind and positive, and very tall. I usually don't love tall people, but there is a huge exception for Martin. He is also way younger than me and acts very mature. It might be a result of his astounding height. Martin is part of the label Blunted Robots with Shortstuff and his brother Brackles. All of their tunes are just right for me.
3. L-Vis 1990 - "River Riddim"
I met L-Vis 1990 when he came out with another ridiculously named DJ Bok Bok, to play Disco Shawn's other party Tormenta Tropical last November. He runs a label and party called Night Slugs out of London. I have to say, being around those guys really inspired us to want to start a party. We had the idea before of doing a night that focused on this kind of music--whatever it may be--but when you have these amazing producers and DJs telling you to do it, it just becomes inevitable. L-Vis bought a very handsome plaid hunting coat while he was here, and I have seen him wearing it in a few photos-including the Night Slugs XLR8R feature.
4. Lemonade - "Lifted (Shortstuff Remix)"
Shortstuff was the second out of town guest from London. He came here directly after losing all of his luggage in a cab in New York. All his clothes, music, special New York trinkets--gone. He spent a lot of the time he was here hunting down his bag and collecting tunes to DJ with. He also had this habit of only eating when he was assured to be eating the best tasting thing possible. I think he went on some pretty long stints without food, and then followed them with these long, appreciative dining sessions at La Taqueria. I have never seen a man romance a taco like Shortstuff did. He ended up pulling together an amazing set for Icee Hot and having a really nice time in San Francisco, so much so that he is coming back to play with Ikonika on June 3! This tune is really special for me because it is a remix of the band Lemonade, who are very near and dear friends of mine. I used to live with two-thirds of the band in San Francisco, and Ben used to always come over and leave empty Diet Coke bottles on my coffee table as his calling card. This tune will come out soon on True Panther, an amazing record label home to Delorean, Girls, Glasser and Tanlines.
5. Aalyah - "R U That Somebody (Brenmar Windy City Remix)"
Brenmar has been making some pretty exciting tunes lately. He is also in the band These Are Powers. I realize that between this tune and the Lemonade remix, you have heard repeating refrains of "Oh Girl," "BOYY," and "Baby GURL" enough to last you at least through the mix, but this is not the last time you will hear a tune directed toward "Girl": that lovely, nameless apparition that seems to be the only reasonable thing to sing about.
6. Girl Unit - "Shade On"
This is a great one off the I.R.L EP on Night Slugs. I love how dynamic his tunes are. WOO!
7. Norrit - "You Were Just Calling"
Norrit is this dude from Lawrence, Kansas who I currently have a Twitter-based tunes-crush on. This song is brilliant. Norrit just nails this area between house and R&B that is really doing it for me lately. This whole E.P. (called Now Jack Swung) is golden. It also has some great remixes from Chrissy Murderbot and Doc Daneeka.
8. Roska - "Proverbs"
Roska is a great producer. At least one of his tunes creeps into every one of my sets. I met him a couple months ago when he played Tormenta Tropical. He very patiently waited for me to eat a giant burrito at 3 a.m., and didn't complain once.
9. Stevie B - "In My Eyes"
"Hey girl, if you see the sun in my eyes / It should be of no surprise / It's the light of love that's inside of me / Now tell me, what do you see in my eyes" SWOON!
10. Soul Clap - "Kissing Game"
By now, you are probably seeing this love I have for old R&B tunes. They excite my thirteen-year-old self like no other. I am really excited by all these producers using these tunes as a palette to explore new directions in house music. I always think that Soul Clap would be mad if they knew that someone was speeding their beautiful tune all the way up to 130 bpm. Oh well.