posted by Frankie J | Wed, July 6 | 9:51 PM | PermalinkWattie Green makes his debut in Chicago next week at none other than the house music mecca: Smart Bar. Join us as Flapjack Records collaborates with the legendary Gramaphone Records to celebrate vinyl and house music the way Flapjack likes to get down. Alongside Wattie Green are hometown Flapjack favorites Frankie J, South Of Roosevelt, and Gramaphone Records owner Michael Serafini.
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posted by Frankie J | Mon, June 20 | 9:38 AM | PermalinkAs you may or may not know, House Music has a very family oriented scene. The house proud people who see it that way live it, and they flourish along with the music and the scene. Here at Flapjack Records we are a family label as well, and here is our newest addition to the family: Kyler "Flapjack" J. He is still learning the ropes now, but will be up and making moves in no time at all.
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Here at Flapjack Records we love nothing more than to start the day off with some seriously Slovenian beats...I mean slammin beats...actually I mean seriously slammin Slovenian beats. To deliver the goods just as the morning paper lands in the bushes is Piran based bread and potato cruncher and newcomer to the Flapjack family, Benjamin Shock. As thick as potatoes are the four absolutely slamming tracks that make up his debut EP "Revisited".
So let's revisit a classic dish and give it that Slovenian slam twist on the filter with "Choose Your Destination". Life is changing, and it is changing for the better with this tune banging out of a club system at a hungry dance floor. Watch a starving crowd go from delirious to ravenous with just one serving of this cut.
It's summertime all the time with the heat that is cooking on "Latin Madness" which features Matthew K. on the saxophone. If you are into the Latin flavors, then this is the summer cut for you. Tasty filtered pianos reminisce over tuff kicks and underneath a space time freeze dried funk sax solo to keep you freakin. Watch the wild filter work and don't let it fall off your fork.
Now there ain't nothing wrong with a little "Swing" is there? It's like Frank's Red Hot Sauce...I put that shit on everything. No fanciful delicious house set should go without a bit of swing. This tune fits perfect right between that main dish and desert to keep mouths and dancing feet happy and moving.
"Overdrive" finishes off this tuff and crunchy loaf of thick house goodness. The tune also revisits a disco/house classic dish and kneads the hell out of it until it is molded into that perfect ball of dough. Pop that shit in the oven and you've disco's revenge melting in your mouth in no time. Don't forget to grab the butter out of the fridge, bend over and assume the position on the dance floor cuz this EP will work that ass into shape. Just spread a little of Benjamin Shock's "Revisited" on it.
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Order up! Best get this hot plate of short order Flapjack Digital yumminess down the gullets of some very impatient truckers on their way through the sunshine state of Florida. That happens to be where our short order cook specialist Camouflage hides out in dirty diners that only dish out the most delicious and greasy beats. Stop in to one of these roadside delights and peep the new "Chew The Groove EP".
The first spit on the griddle is as smooth as the grease it's cooked in. "Down" is a deep chord and bass driven plate that will rumble the guts of even the heartiest of dance floors. It's smooth beats work so nicely with some serious sub bass that is so hot that it can fry an egg inside your fridge.
To compliment this blue plate special is the Glasgow twist "Down (That Peruvian Boy Remix)". That Peruvian Boy stops by to put his spin on this short order aural explosiveness. Take a handful of Hodges style beats, sautee it with some fresh Todd Edwards sample based grooves, and you have this production masters recipe for a dance floor feast. Nothing short of amazing on the taste buds as well as the ear buds.
Warm your spirits with a huge house anthem swill of this freshly squeezed "Unite". Just as the title says, this bit o' honey will unite everyone on dance floor or in the bathroom. Either way there is going to be some downright nastiness going on. Be sure to wash your hands after every use.
"Nothing To Lose" is what you will have when you grab up a face full of this cut. It might hurt going in a bit, but it won't hurt coming out if you know what I mean....especially coming out of a huge sound system in front of a packed dance floor. There is some tasty bass in this tune that will fill hearts and bellies of all who get a taste. So next time you are on the road, stop by this roadside stand of short order excellence and grab a copy of FLAPD23: Camouflage - "Chew The Groove EP".
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posted by Frankie J | Thu, May 26 | 9:19 PM | PermalinkI started out just writing music reviews for 5 Magazine. Then one day after a very strange but refreshing gig in the city, I wrote a little something about my experience. At the same time Terry Matthews over at 5 Magazine and I were chatting back and forth about the idea of columns in the magazine and who could write a really good one. Justin Long's name was the first name that popped in my head. Then I mentioned that I had a little something on the back burner and passed it along. This is what became of it. Here is a little snippet of the piece. I hope you like it and if you do, please follow the link to read the entire column. There will be more where this came from soon ;)
The women in the place are all good looking and mostly single from the looks of it. There are men in there as well, mostly sitting at the tables on the side that had little "reserved" cards placed on them. There are some young and very attractive women in attendance, but they all seem to be attached to much older men. These sugar daddies follow the girls around, doting on them, and sneering at all other male onlookers.
This is all very National Geographic and leaves me wondering if I should hide in a bush or something. Everyone is well older than me and I'm 30 years old.
This is Cougarville, and I'm just a cub.Read on here ->
posted by Frankie J | Wed, May 18 | 3:34 PM | PermalinkHey everybody! Our good friends at Stompy.com included us here at Flapjack Records in a nice promotion they are doing to honor Chicago House Music record labels. It's really a big honor for Flapjack to be listed among such greats as Cajual, Classic, Trax, and DJ International. So until 5/30/11 if you buy music from any of the labels on the ad above at Stompy.com and enter "5chicago" in the promo field you will receive a 20% discount. That's a killer good discount if you ask us. Thanks again for all of your continued support in doing what we love!
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The latest EP he curated for Flapjack is Little Man Big's "Four Score", and we threw 15 Random Questions at him to find out what makes him tick.
Stompy - What was the first song that got you interested in House music?
Frankie - "Pump Up The Jam" by Technotronic....actually no that's not it. I honestly don't know because when I first got into dance music I was a Drum n Bass head. This was back in '96 though and house was hitting it hard on the radio then. It was mostly main stream hard house at the time but they would drop some underground jams in those sets. Memorable tunes of the time were "Rollin N Scratchin" by Daft Punk and "The Percolator" by Cajmere. I rocked DnB for years, then was on a 2-Step UK Garage for a 2 year stint, then back to Liquid Funk DnB. then after playing DnB every night of the week to the same 15 dudes wearing hoodies and bobbing their head with scowls on their faces I got burned out. That is when I was turned on to the beatin post deep house movement around 2004-2005. I started trying to make house tunes like the ones I was hearing, utterly missed the mark, failed, but became wildly successful for the sound that came of it.
Stompy - What's always in your fridge?
Frankie -Right now there is 18 pounds of maple glazed turkey that I just cooked, Two Brothers Domaine DuPage beer (local Illinois brew), a case of pampelmousse flavored La Croix, about 6 or 7 different open jars of salsa, lots of fresh vegetables, shredded cheese made of rice, two barrels of maple syrup, lamb & rice dinner dog food, jars of pickles, and cod liver oil.
Stompy - What was your first job?
Frankie -I worked in a snack bar of a swim club in the town I grew up in. Serving the food blew balls but I slacked like a pro, ate tons of free pizzas and always chatted it up with the fine ladies in bakinis.
Stompy - What's your favorite pair of shoes?
Frankie -I have two pair of Bata - Benidorm, one pair white, and one blue....got the first pair in Venice, and three years later the second pair in Rome....I absolutely love the style and they are only sold in Italy.
Stompy - What was the last piece of music you bought? I still buy a lot of vinyl from Gramaphone's used house section....killer selection and right here in Chicago. I find a ton of jams from back in the day I missed or got promos of and never bought. Last thing I got was Fetish 001: Joey Youngman - "Studio Maintenance EP" and Dirty Bird Special 01: Cajmere - Percolator Re-mastered.
Stompy - What did you do after your last gig?
Frankie -I got rip roaring wasted on Wild Turkey with my good friend Wattie Green and ended up passing out face down on the hotel room floor and totally missed my flight the next day. Pretty routine weekend.
Stompy - What's your most prized possession?
Frankie -My Butterscotch Blonde 1952 Fender Telecaster 6-string electric guitar
Stompy - Do you have any mottos?
Frankie -I have a couple that I live by...the first one I was told by Woody McBride a long time ago. When I was a young and still crapping in my pants and rubbin it in my face, I asked Woody how do you become such an awesome touring DJ? He responded with "You are only going to get out of this what you are willing to put into it." Truer words have not been spoken. My second motto I came up myself and it mostly had to do with music production at first but also came to apply to everything else worth doing in my life. It goes something like this...."When you try something and it totally fails it's not actually failure, it is progress, because now you know what not to do." This motto has gotten me through a lot of tough remixes as well as other larger life situations such as different haircuts n such.
Stompy - What do you usually have for breakfast?
Frankie -Lately oatmeal or sunnyside up eggs. I dig fresh strawberries and homemade breakfast sausage too.
Stompy - Do you play any instruments?
Frankie -I sing and play guitar in a rock band. Been playing guitar since I was 13 and singing since I was 17.
Stompy - If someone sends you a demo, what should they do to make sure you DON'T listen to it?
Frankie -Send me a link to more than 4 songs, a file that is close to or over 100MB, or a sound cloud link that also says it's been shared to 2,735 other people.
Stompy - What do you carry your music in?
Frankie -It's on my laptop, hard drives, and vinyl all smashed into a backpack
Stompy - What's your favorite DJ Mixer?
Frankie -Pioneer DJM-800
Stompy - Beer, Wine, Liquor or Water?
Frankie -I usually stick to drinking tasty beers, but every once in a while ill get liquored up and I usually pay for it.
Stompy - What would you rather be doing right now?
Frankie -DJing at Stompy+Sunset ;)