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Influences Pt 2: Junior Vasquez 1994 - side A & B

Influences Pt 2: Junior Vasquez 1994 - side A & B

About the show

Playing tracks by

Sound Of One, Morel’s Grooves Pt 5, Radical Men , Groove Box ft Evelyn Thomas, Aphrohead and more.

Influences part 2 features a DJ I never heard... Junior Vasquez.

How can he be an influence? Well, like the Frankie tape I posted, this mix (tape 1 of 2 here) was on constant rotation on my walkman for years.

Part of what caught my imagination was the scale. Despite occupying two C90 cassettes, it sounded like part of a much longer set. There was time to develop themes and atmospheres, moving through really deep House tracks to spells of beautiful vocals.

It sounded like nothing I'd heard in a UK club, where 2 hour sets were standard. And I was captivated by the idea of this guy playing for hours to a fiercely loyal NY crowd (described better than I can hope to here: www.djhistory.com/features/the-sound-factory-1995)

Shame I never got to experience the reality... despite visiting NY briefly in 1992, fresh from school and ingnorant of anything as cool as Sound Factory. No doubt my arrival at the door would've provided plenty of amusement :-)

Comments

schmilo
schmilo

Nice one RJJNYC - better update the playlist :-)

You had a lucky break meeting your NY friend - a bit of local knowledge goes a long way!

NY certainly felt more edgy to me in 92. I remember waiting for a bus in the Port Authority terminal and ending up standing next to a policeman to discourage all the helpful gentlemen who kept offering to assist with my luggage :-)

I didn't make it back for about a decade and by then it felt so different that I wondered how much my perceptions had been down to my youthful nerves.

RJJNYC
RJJNYC

It was a very different place then. I was fortunate to get taken by a New Yorker I'd met in London (I'm originally from Borehamwood, not exactly an epicenter of grooviness!), wouldn't have had a clue otherwise. Drove people crazy going on about it when I got back from the trip (probably my best attempt to describe the experience can be found here in the info box under the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3omp0EPnk2A).

For tracks on this I have:

Chocolate Tribe – Conquistadores Chocolate
Chez N Trent – Morning Factory
George Morel – I Feel It (Sound Factory Mix)
Saint-7 – Hands on Love
Frankie Pharoah – I Need Your Love
Groove Box – One World
Ralph Falcon feat. Dorothy Mann – That Sound (Drop the Bomb Dub, Vox Mix)
Radical Men – Higher Ground
Aphrohead – In Thee Dark We Live (Junior Factory Mix)
Chuggles – Thank You
?
Journey of Life – Do You Wanna Groove?
Gladeez – As I Am (Sound Factory Mix)
Sound of One - As I Am (Farley/Heller Mix)

schmilo
schmilo

PS - any assistance with the IDs would be much appreciated!

schmilo
schmilo

No worries RJJNYC - hope you enjoy it! I'll put the second tape up in a sec.

Good to know I might've got in - altho even if I wasn't so clueless I'm not sure I would've had the balls to turn up on my own. At the time NY felt a bit intimidating for a skinny, small town English boy who'd just got off the airport bus :-)

RJJNYC
RJJNYC

Thanks so much for posting! At risk of providing more cause for regret, I very much doubt you'd have had any trouble getting in in 92. There was never a Studio 54-type door whore thing going on, it was only after the club got more famous (maybe late 93/94) that there was a belated effort to preserve it's gay identity and they tried to be more strict about only letting in gay men and their friends. In 92 you queued up, got patted down by the security guys, paid, checked your coat and went and found a place on the dancefloor. People were there to dance and work up a sweat, not be cool, that was one of the great things about it.