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freethinking nyc, volume 26

freethinking nyc, volume 26

It’s back. What can I say? Real life kind of gets in the way, sometimes. But, on Thursday February 23rd, freethinking nyc is back, back, back. It’s hard to imagine that it’s been nearly a year since the last outing… It’s time to get back behind the decks, and to unleash nearly a year’s worth […]

Death of a Disco Dancer, Morrissey and Marr at their peak

Death of a Disco Dancer, Morrissey and Marr at their peak

There are a few differences between the UK & the US in the consumption of music which never fail to surprise me. Actually, scratch that – it’s more ‘New York’ than ‘the US’ that I feel qualified to make reference to. It’s partially just seeing what music goes down when you’re DJing – there’s just […]

James Brown: there was (is) none better

James Brown: there was (is) none better

Wow. Seriously. James Brown is an artist at the very heart of the freethinking movement. On any given freethinking nyc night, you’ll be guaranteed to hear him, and there’s a fighting chance that you’ll also hear Fred Wesley, Bobby Byrd and Maceo Parker. James Brown changed music. I never saw James Brown play live. The […]

freethinking nyc, volume 25

freethinking nyc, volume 25

Bringing it back. freethinking nyc, volume 25 hits New York City on March 17th. Coming to you from the new home for freethinking nyc – the vig bar – volume 25 will be a special night. It’s St. Patrick’s Day – so expect a big night in NYC. For freethinking nyc, volume 25 – expect […]

freethinking nyc, volume 24

freethinking nyc, volume 24

‘Can you play something more up to date, like from the 2000s?’ Can you be more specific? ‘Something from the 90’s’ Well, this is brand new. ‘Something like Salt-N-Pepa’ I think it’s fair to say that some people really don’t know what they’re after when they go to ask a DJ for ‘some music’. Another […]

freethinking berlin: Manchester style

freethinking berlin: Manchester style

Earl Zinger? Check. Johnny Pate? Check. Japan? Check. Some of the normal favourites managed to sneak through and into the set for freethinking berlin this weekend. It’s fair to say, however, that the night was a slightly different proposition to the regular freethinking nyc idea. A very good mate of mine turned 40 this weekend. […]

Switching it up at freethinking

Switching it up at freethinking

the freethinking movement is about innovation. It’s about doing things differently – and not just catering to the lowest common denominator. It’s about pushing forward, and celebrating the good stuff. And so, as we enter 2011, we will also be doing things differently… First of all, DJ Prestige now lives in Brooklyn, baby. He’s showing […]

The many versions of 'Where's Your Love Been?'

The many versions of ‘Where’s Your Love Been?’

Talkin’ Loud was pretty much always reliable. From the heavyweights of Omar, Galliano and the Young Disciples through to the lesser known artists like the K-Creative – in the early 90s there were few labels which you would look to for a safer bet. It was with this in mind that I remember picking up […]

Rediscovering Japan

Rediscovering Japan

There’s some music that’s just good – but about as cool as sandals with socks. At the freethinking movement, we’re proud to call out the music which we like, regardless of whether it’s cool or not. A great example: Japan. Since kicking off freethinking nyc last year, Japan have featured on a regular basis. ‘Gentlemen […]

Deep funk because, you know, it's Christmas

Deep funk because, you know, it’s Christmas

My last post was brought on by Christmas shopping. When it comes to Christmas, and this has been the case for many, many years now, my oldest brother and I have an unwritten rule. I suppose I am about to break the ‘unwritten’ part of that now, but here goes: ‘buy some music that you […]

I blame my brother

I blame my brother

Music played a huge part of my childhood. I bought my first record at a ridiculously early age. At four, I can’t claim that the money that I handed over for ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ by The Boomtown Rats was really earned. But, the money was there, and I distinctly remember handing it over in […]