by Courtney LaFavor
Happy Monday you fine freaks! I’m hoping you made it out of last week without too much heart break, because with the loss of Prince there was plenty of it to go around. When a legend of this magnitude passes, I find myself amazed at how deep their impact truly reaches, and especially in places you never think to look. Across all genres of music, people have paid tribute to a man who was so much more than just a pretty face with a beautiful voice. In watching tribute after tribute this week, I see the same thing. I see the way Prince’s music possessed a power, a magic, that you just don’t find that often in modern pop music. No matter the tempo, what Prince brought to music was so much more than catchy melodies or suggestive lyrics, it’s the way it electrifies not just any dance floor but the hearts of everyone within the path of those sound waves. His shows were a safe and supportive place to really let those freak flags fly. Prince gave us all an escape from our individual realities and proved that living in that fantasy world, if just for those 4 minutes, was as real as it got. He got us through this thing called life, and that’s a mighty long time.
And now for favorite thing about this week already. I’ve talked lots before about loving when DJs play with genres and move out of their comfort zones. I am equally excited when they come BACK to genres that they maybe don’t mess with in live performances or their current production work. The NAP DNB crew has had the pleasure of knowing I:Machine for many, many blurry years. Most of us have played and produced along side him; maybe you have too! When I first heard him, he was Tha Doc and he gave me what is still to this day one of my favorite mixes to date. It was smooth, jazzy, hip-hoppy and made my dancing feet VERY happy! Well, time happened and as we grew up, so did his tune selection. Moving now within some more of the juke/footwook region and heavier dnb sounds, the sets and mixes I’ve heard over the past couple years from I:Machine are much different than that CD 10 years ago. And I’m happy to see the changes. His growth is outstanding with multiple releases across numerous labels world wide, and necessary to keep the spirit of creativity alive. But then this mix comes in.
This mix that was the most delightful little night cap to this beautiful day that included NAP DNB family BBQ time and conversations about our own growth and development. It reminds me of being so young and saucer eyed about all genres of electronic music and my exploding love of discovery of them. We’ve all grown a LOT within this scene over the years and to punish or put anyone down for not continuously playing the same exact style of dnb or ANY dance music for that matter is counter productive to the foundation of dance music. Electronic music is about exploration and I:Machine’s journey back to his cool cat roots is exactly what the spring time calls for; bouncy bright bass lines and shiny horns make you want to take on a day with a big hug (and then maybe a gut punch, just for good measure, because it’s Monday for pete’s sake). Waste not a second longer and get this goodness into your ear holes. You’re over due for some sexy dnb in your life, and we got you.