So after a two and a half hour intermission and two dirty martinis at the Chesterfield, I proceeded to BLUE (for the second time this weekend) to attend the highly coveted Lust4House Saturday Social; for on this night, "The Family" was celebrating the upcoming holidays. After figuring out a small deviation from the scheduled dj line-up (I was quite disappointed that Marcello Bentine, Mirza and Joshua Wilkins would not be spinning on this very hot, sultry December night), I approached the bar for what would turn out to be my third dirty martini.
In the booth: none other than Vaughan Lazar! I have to say, I haven't heard him play like that in a very long time. Playing a more groovy, bass laden set, with the help of a couple of Fred Everything tracks among other numbers, he warmed things up just right for Alan. But... all of a sudden, in pops b-side with a bag chock full of vinyl, almost as if he was hijacking the dj console! The nerve of some people! I must say, though, that it was a pleasant addition to the night's line-up, and a nice surprise because I haven't seen him spin since I was at Pangaea at the Hard Rock back in July (being the slacker that I am, I haven't been to Shine on a Friday yet). He did, however, play Lisa Shaw's 'Always' which, being one of my all time favorite slices of vinyl, put a huge smile on my face! So, keeping in mind that he dropped one of the night's best tracks, he then went to Gadjo's 'So Many Times' which, in my opinion, is highly overplayed and extremely undeservedly so! One other notable slice of wax was Blaze's classic 'My Beat'.
By this time, Alan was nearly fuming, plumes of smoke emanating from his ears, that his slot was jacked (just kidding; we're really one big happy family here at Lust ). The man was clearly on a mission! Out of the box came Everything But The Girl vs. Soul Vision's 'Tracey in my Room' (admittedly, I'm not sure if this was b-side's last track or Alan's first). This track was my next most notable track of the evening! Moving on to funkier territory, Alan dropped Lawnchair Generals' 'Tell You Something' with vocals by Angela Carlson and almost immediately afterwards, Sneak's 'Funky Rhythm'. Already, I was floored! He then played a Joey Youngman production, the name of which I couldn't recall. As I returned from Pizza Rustica (this post is not to be construed as advertising for the joint), Alan was just cueing Aquanote's 'Nowhere' which would be his last track for the evening. This is another gem from a few years back (2002, to be exact), pressed by none other than Naked Music! So it's 2:30'ish and we've already heard two Naked Music releases (Lisa Shaw's 'Always' was the first one; pay attention damn it!).
Jason Wiggill was up next. Dropping such notable productions as Sound Navigators' 'Down On It' and Franky Boissy feat. Roland Clark - 'Black Music', he was alternating between funky, bouncy and groovilicious as we were getting ready for Lust4House's other flagship dj, and soul-stirring maestro, Sheldon Prince.
Wasting not a moment, Sheldon played those tried, tested and 100% approved songs that get people in a frenzy: Michelle Weeks' 'Be Thankful' and the 'Take It Back Together' medley.
At this point, unfortunately, the slice of pizza I had consumed was doing some number on my innards and I felt sort of sick to my stomach.
I was really disappointed to miss most of JC's set as I decided to drive home, feeling under the weather. This is mostly because he was playing really well when he got on, and naturally, using vinyl only!
All in all, I had a great time. As I get ready to leave for Athens next week, I can only look back and reflect on what a great weekend it was, musically. In the space of two nights and two different venues, I've heard house music spun by all my favorite locals: Seth Shore, Lyrik, Jimmy T., Sebastian, Vaughan, b-side, Jason Wiggill, Sheldon and JC!!!