Join your fellow Party Boys and Party Girls for a New Year’s Jackin’ Eve edition of the Dance Megamix with Don Play. This week, Don checks in from his home studio where he lays down more current dancefloor bombs as well as some house classics. Happy 2015, friends of the podcast!

Tracklist for December 31, 2014

01 :: Radio 4 – Sound Of The Underground (The DFA Remix) [Plant Music, Inc]
02 :: Tony Lionni – Steps Ahead [Madhouse Records]
03 :: Omar S – Surpass [FXHE Records]
04 :: D’Marc Cantu – Size And Shape [Créme Organization]
05 :: Andrés – Skate This Way [La Vida]
06 :: MFO – Anti Social Plan [Dekmantel]
07 :: Those Guys – Love, Love, Love (Main 12″ Mix) [Basement Boys Records]
08 :: Omar S pres. Aaron “Fit” Siegel – Tonite (Detroit Mix) [FXHE Records]
09 :: Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness (MK Feel It In The Air Remix) [White]
10 :: Gingy – Vscus [Royal Oak]
11 :: Crowdpleaser – Right Beside You (After Rhône 2013) [Tamed Musiq]
12 :: Johannes Volk – Inferno [Dolly]
13 :: Emmanuel Jal – Kuar (Henrik Schwarz Remix) [Defected]
14 :: D’Marc Cantu – Long Weekend [MOS Recordings]
15 :: Hardrive – Deep Inside [Strictly Rhythm]
16 :: Danny Tenaglia – Bottom Heavy [TRIBAL America]
17 :: Norm Talley – Mid-Nite Madd-Ness [Tsuba Records]
18 :: The Superior Inferior – Echelon XIII (John Heckle’s Interpr 2) [One Electronica]
19 :: Kerri “Kaoz 6:23” Chandler – Coro (‘Kaoz 6:23’ Dark Mix) [Nite Grooves]
20 :: Robert Owens – I’ll Be Your Friend (Original Def Mix) [RCA Records]
21 :: Lazare Hoche & Malin Genie – My Love For Who? [Lazare Hoche Records]

Merry non-denominational winter solstice to those of you not celebrating the holiday on this Krampus-Eve! Join Don for 3+ hours of gospel house and new dance music, all pressed on wax and ready to serve. Just unwrap and enjoy!

Tracklist for December 24, 2014

01 :: Shirley Caesar – Hold My Mule [Rejoice Records]
02 :: Celestial Choir – Stand On The Word (Celestial Choir Unreleased Mix) [Larry]
03 :: Soho – Hot Music [Kool Groove Records]
04 :: Cajmere feat. Dajae – Brighter Days (Underground Trance) [Cajual]
05 :: Cajmere feat. Dajae – Brighter Days (Underground Goodie Mix) [Cajual]
06 :: DJ Spen pres. Jasper Street Co. – A Feelin’ (Paradox Instrumental) [Basement Boys Records]
07 :: Tension – A Place Called Heaven (Fire Island Mix) [Azuli Records]
08 :: Mariah Carey – Joy To The World (Crash Dub Crash) [Columbia]
09 :: Joi Cardwell – You Got To Pray (250lbs. Of Blue Vocal) [Eightball Records]
10 :: Machine – There But For The Grace Of God Go I [RCA Victor]
11 :: Inner Life feat. Jocelyn Brown – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Larry Levan Unreleased Breakdow Mix) [Salsoul Records]
12 :: Frankie Knuckles – Walkin’ (Grant Nelson’s Divine Gospel Remix) [Virgin Underground]
13 :: Jasper Street Co. – God Helps Those (Who Help Themselves) (Junior’s Club Mix) [Basement Boys Records]
14 :: Mariah Carey – Joy To The World (Celebration Mix) [Columbia]
15 :: Sounds of Blackness – I Believe (Deliverance Dub) [Perspective Records]
16 :: Carlos Nilmmns – Moments Of Happiness / I Thought I Had You [Skylax Classic]
17 :: Monodeluxe feat. Jaidene Vega – Change (Sophisticado Full Vocal Mix) [Sophisticado Recordings]
18 :: The Rotating Assembly – Seasons Of My Life [Sound Signature]
19 :: Deep88 – Grancartridge [12Records]
20 :: L.I.E.S. – Comeback Dust (Max D’s Big Top Dustheads Rmx) [Future Times]
21 :: Donato Dozzy & Tin Man – Test 07 [Absurd Recordings]
22 :: Fabio Monesi – 7:00 am [Wilson Records]
23 :: Trus’me – Working Nights [Fat City]
24 :: Joe Claussell – Drums Of Ju/Ru [Sacred Rhythm Music]
25 :: Sound Stream – Julie’s Theme [Sound Stream]
26 :: Scott Grooves – C Track [Modified Suede Recordings]
27 :: Roman Flügel – O.T.H. [Live At Robert Johnson]
28 :: Floating Points – Sparkling Controversy [Eglo Records]
29 :: Âme – Den Råtta [Innervisions]
30 :: Oceanic – Kobo [Rimini]
31 :: Omar S. – Nelson County [FXHE Records]
32 :: Terrence Parker feat. Reno Ka – Finally (Louie Vega Dance Ritual Mix) [Planet E]
33 :: K-Alexi – The Dancer (Joe Smooth It’s My House Mix) [K Klassik]
34 :: Sound Stream – Let’s Break [Sound Stream]
35 :: DJ John Collins – Yeah [Underground Resistance]
36 :: Romanthony – Bring U Up (PBR Streetgang Remix) [Glasgow Underground]
37 :: Nicholas – Running Into Time [Home Taping Is Killing Music]
38 :: Deep88 – Thor Ens Funk [12Records]
39 :: Lazare Hoche & Malin Genie – Naive [Lazare Hoche Records]
40 :: Joe Drive – Amnios [Aesthetic Audio]
41 :: Abacus pres. Idrum – iDRUM This Djembe (This Is Not A Bongo) [NDATL Muzik]
42 :: Deetroit – Deeviants [Unknown Deetroit]
43 :: Dark Sky – Rare Bloom [Mister Saturday Night]
44 :: Robert Owens – Sacrifice (US Dub) [NDATL Muzik]

I can’t stand it — you can’t stand it! No one can stand letting a full week go by without getting to hear some fresh beats for breakin’, poppin’ and lockin’. This episode of the Dance Megamix features some Larry Levan gems and a bunch of new wavey, electro infused rhythms straight out of Detroit. And of course, who could resist a quick shout-out to the blue-eyed soul legend Michael McDonald?!!

Remember, next week’s Christmas Eve show is a special 4-HOUR SET starting at 9pm EST. Tune in!

Tracklist for December 17, 2014

01 :: Imagination – Just An Illusion [MCA Records]
02 :: Taana Gardner – Heartbeat [West End Records]
03 :: Nena – Das Land Der Elefanten [Epic]
04 :: Tom Tom Club – Genius Of Love [Island Records]
05 :: The Graingers – Shine Your Light [BC Records]
06 :: Wuf Ticket – Your Mama [Prelude Records]
07 :: Peter Brown – Burning Love Breakdown [T.K. Records]
08 :: Pete Shelley – Witness The Change [Genetic Records]
09 :: Dominatrix – The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight (Beat Me) [Streetwise]
10 :: Dominatrix – The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight (Dominant Mix) [Streetwise]
11 :: Hashim – Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) [Cutting Records]
12 :: Serious Intention – You Don’t Know (Acamental Mix) [Easy Street Records]
13 :: Serious Intention – You Don’t Know (Limited Edition Mix) [Easy Street Records]
14 :: Jamaica Girls – Need Somebody New [Sleeping Bag Records]
15 :: Hot Streak – Body Work [Easy Street Records]
16 :: Michael McDonald – Sweet Freedom (Freedom Mix-Extended Club Version) [MCA Records]
17 :: Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls (Dance Mix) [EMI America]
18 :: Visage – Fade To Grey (Dance Mix) [Polydor]
19 :: Cybotron – Clear [Fantasy]
20 :: Captain Rapp – Bad Times (I Can’t Stand It) (Part 2) [Becket Records]
21 :: Captain Rapp – Bad Times (I Can’t Stand It) [Becket Records]
22 :: Prince – Head [Warner Bros.]
23 :: NYC Peech Boys – Come On, Come On (Don’t Say Maybe) [Garage Records]
24 :: Midnight Rats – Goalmaker (Instrumental) [Underground Classic]
25 :: Cuco – The Circus (Remix) [Rated “X” Records]
26 :: Herman Kelly & Life – Dance To The Drummer’s Beat [T.K. Records]
27 :: The Salsoul Orchestra – Ooh I Love It (Love Break) [Salsoul]
28 :: Teddy Pendergrass – Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose [Philadelphia International Records]

The boogie is for real on this episode of the Dance Megamix, as Don arrives fresh from Detroit with music on his mind. He weaves his way through roller boogie jams, early house burners, and of course some Detroit vibes.

Tracklist for December 10, 2014

01 :: Chaka Khan – I Know You, I Live You [East End]
02 :: T.C. Curtis – You Should Have Known Better (Dub) [Sire]
03 :: T.C. Curtis – You Should Have Known Better (Vocal) [Sire]
04 :: Common Sense – Voices Inside My Head [BC Records]
05 :: Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King – Love Come Down [RCA Special Products]
06 :: Montana Sextet – Heavy Vibes [Philly Sound Works]
07 :: Man Friday – Love Honey, Love Heartache (Vocal) [Vinylmania]
08 :: Lisa Hill – I Am On The Real Side [Cherry Hill Productions]
09 :: Convertion – Let’s Do It [Sam Records]
10 :: Seduction – Groove Me (Dub Mix) [Vendetta Records]
11 :: Jay Williams – Sweat (Sweat The Club) [Big Beat]
12 :: Blaze – Whatcha Gonna Do (Vocal) [Quark]
13 :: House Master Baldwin feat. Paris Grey – Don’t Lead Me [Future Sound R&R Records]
14 :: BnC – House Ain’t Givin Up (Dean’s Mix) [AKA Dance Music]
15 :: Liz Torres – Can’t Get Enough [State Street Records]
16 :: Nightwriters – Let The Music (Use You) (Club Mix) [Jack Trax]
17 :: Bang the Party – Bang Bang You’re Mine [Impossible]
18 :: Omar feat. Stevie Wonder – Feeling You (Celebrate Life Mix) [Celebrate Life]
19 :: Charisse Arrington – Down With This (Masters At Work Remix) [MCA Records]
20 :: UBQ Project – Luv Me Down [Vibe Music]
21 :: Wall of Sound – Penetration (New Edit) [Eightball Records]
22 :: Basil Hardhouse – City Streets (Vocal) [Nu Groove Records]
23 :: Rhythim Is Rhythim – Nude Photo (Rythim Mix) [Transmat]
24 :: Mystery Club – Mystery Girl (Set Me Free) (House Mix) [International House Records]
25 :: Ralphi Rosario feat. Xavier Gold – You Used To Hold Me (Mucho Michie House Mix) [Hot Mix 5 Records]
26 :: Alton Miller – Clouds Are Gone (Henrik Schwarz Remix) [Deeper Soul]

In response to the serious events going on in our nation, Don decides to change it up and do a tribute to Fairness and Justice in this edition of the Megamix. Two hours of mostly soul jams about equality, harsh realities, and hope for a better future. The mix ends with some house tracks that try their best to also fit this theme.

Tracklist for December 3, 2014

01 :: Gil Scott-Heron – The Bottle [Rumal-Gia Records]
02 :: War – The World Is A Ghetto [CBS Records]
03 :: Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves the Sunshine [Polydor]
04 :: The Temptations – Message From A Black Man [Gordy]
05 :: Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On [Tamla]
06 :: L.T.D. – Love To The World [A&M Records]
07 :: Eddie Kendricks – Keep On Truckin (Unreleased Version) [Soul Jazz Records]
08 :: The Pointer Sisters – Yes We Can Can [Blue Thumb Records]
09 :: Jr. Walker & The All-Stars – Cleo’s Mood [Motown]
10 :: Stevie Wonder – Living For The City [Tamla]
11 :: Ray Charles – No Achievement Showing [Atlantic]
12 :: S.O.U.L. – Down In The Ghetto [BGP Records]
13 :: Curtis Mayfield – Superfly [Curtom]
14 :: Rick James – Ghetto Life [Motown]
15 :: Willie Hutch – Brother’s Gonna Work It Out [Motown]
16 :: Gregory Porter – 1960 What? (Opolopo Remix) [Motéma]
17 :: Virgo Four – It’s A Crime [Rush Hour Recordings]
18 :: Risqué – Essence Of A Dream [Stride Records]
19 :: Dream 2 ScienceDream 2 Science [Rush Hour Recordings]
20 :: Tribal House – Motherland (Freedom Mix) [Pow Wow Records]
21 :: Aly-Us – Follow Me [Strictly Rhythm]
22 :: Frankie Knuckles – The Whistle Song (Sound Factory 12″ Mix) [Virgin]
23 :: Cymande – Dove [Janus Records]

Why don’t we run away together, to a place where 90’s house music reigns supreme over all the land? In this edition, Don atones for last week’s technical mishap by laying down the gauntlet. Enjoy two full hours of deep house, Tee Scott disco, and even some Italo for your earbrains. Shake to the rhythm of the Latin groove!

Tracklist for November 19, 2014

01 :: N.Y. House’n Authority – Apt. 1B [Nu Groove Records]
02 :: Deee-Lite – Runaway (Masters At Work Dubb) [Elektra]
03 :: Body 2 Body feat. Donell Rush & Chantay Savage – Let’s Get Intimate (E-Smoove’s Groovy Dub) [iD Records]
04 :: Robinson Wall Project – Stand By (Remix) [Black Rain Records]
05 :: The Underground Solution – Luv Dancin’ (Underground Mix) [Strictly Rhythm]
06 :: Bobby Konders – The Poem [Slow to Speak / Nu Groove Records]
07 :: The African Dream – Makin’ A Living [Eightball Records]
08 :: Mariah Carey – Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise) (Fly Away Club Mix) [Columbia]
09 :: Jungle Wonz – The Jungle [Trax Records]
10 :: The Adventures of Stevie V. – Dirty Cash (Money Talks) (Sold Out Mix) [Mercury]
11 :: The Daou – Surrender Yourself (Ballroom Mix) [Columbia]
12 :: Donna de Lory – Think It Over (Donna Got Murked Mix) [MCA Records]
13 :: Ron Trent – Altered States [Prescription Classic Recordings]
14 :: Tony Paris – Electric Automan (Dub) [Vanguard]
15 :: Shirley Lites – Heat You Up (Melt You Down) (Vocal) [West End Records]
16 :: ‘Lectric Workers – Robot Is Systematic [Archivio Fonografico Moderno]
17 :: Skatt Bros. – Walk The Night [Casablanca Records]
18 :: Jesse’s Gang feat. Farley “Funkin” Keith – Real Love [Jes’ Say Records]
19 :: Modern Romance – Can You Move [Atlantic]
20 :: Michelle Wallace – Tee’s Right (Instrumental) [Emergency Records]
21 :: David Joseph – You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me) [4th & Broadway]
22 :: First Choice – Love Thang (Remix by Tee Scott) [Gold Mind Records]
23 :: Beck – Deep Sky (Edit by Mr. K) [Most Excellent Unlimited]

Sorry folks, the recording unit in the radio studio did not work last night. It was set to use a horrible “auto-limiter” feature so the recording got completely messed up — volume jumping up and down constantly. It’s just not listenable, so I will not be posting it this week. Stay tuned next week and I promise to bring extra fire for the next edition.

Yours truly,
Don Play

Sawubona futhi abangane!

Our four-hour excursion into THE MUSIC OF SOUTH AFRICA from 1968-1994 continues as Don Play moves on to the funkier stuff. Yes, there is plenty of Harari to go around!!!

Lucky for you, Don has done the heavy lifting here. Listen and observe how outside influences interact and infiltrate the bubble of institutionalized apartheid, and how South African music evolves into a more unified format that galvanizes separate “homelands” and brings together a nation. This is the soundtrack to a country on the rise. Change is inevitable.

Tracklist for November 5, 2014

01 :: The Syndicate – Pezulu [Soul Brother]
02 :: The Syndicate – Keep On Bumping [Soul Brother]
03 :: Letta Mbulu – Mahlalela (Lazy Bones) [Chisa Records, Inc.]
04 :: Gil-Scott Heron & Brian Jackson – Johannesburg (Long Version) [Arista]
05 :: Rodriguez – This Is Not A Song, It’s An Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues [Light In The Attic]
06 :: Dick Khoza – African Jive (Moto) [Matsuli Music / As-Shams]
07 :: The Movers – Phata Phata No.1 [City Special]
08 :: Batsumi – Mamshanyana [Matsuli Music]
09 :: The Movers – Get Down [Black Disco]
10 :: Harari – Musikana [The Sun / As-Shams]
11 :: Harari – Marabi [Gallo]
12 :: Harari – Give [Gallo]
13 :: Hugh Masekela – Don’t Go Lose It Baby (Stretch Mix) [Jive Records]
14 :: Brenda & The Big Dudes – Mirror Mirror [Family]
15 :: Chicco – Stepfather [Roy B. Records]
16 :: Hot Soul Singers – Going Crazy [Third World Music]
17 :: Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night) [Motown]
18 :: Brenda & The Big Dudes – Weekend Special (Drivetime Mix) [Capitol Records]
19 :: Yvonne Chaka Chaka – Stimela [Roy B. Records]
20 :: Jekete – Jekete [Star Music]
21 :: Chimora – Shigomase [Dephon]
22 :: Dalom Kids – Yo-Up [Gallo]
23 :: Kamazu – Fire [Roy B. Records]
24 :: Penny Penny – Shaka Bundu [Awesome Tapes From Africa]

Sawubona! This week we have an extra special four hour, double edition educational podcast tracing THE MUSIC OF SOUTH AFRICA from 1968-1994. Don Play opens his archive of ultra-rare 45 and 12″ records that he painstakingly has accumulated over his occasional trips to Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban. The journey begins with mbaqanga and township jive, and then progresses to jazz, afro-disco, bubblegum, international pop, and ends up at house music (where else?).

Special shout outs go to all of Don’s family and friends tuning in from around the world. Most importantly, special thanks and recognition to the recording artists and producers for their creative work in the face of harsh realities. May you all receive credit for the work which you have produced and given to the world.

One final note, please forgive Don for any minor factual inconsistencies here. He is doing his best for you, the people! Feel free to add your thoughts and memories in the comment section below.

Tracklist for November 5, 2014

01 :: Paul Simon – I Know What I Know [Legacy]
02 :: The Mahlatini Queens and Boys NZE – Asibonisane [Soweto]
03 :: Boy NZE & Ndlondlo Bashise Band – Umame Ithemba-Lami [King]
04 :: Nkeku’s Boys feat. Joseph Dumako – Dikiledi [Swinger Soul]
05 :: The S.J.K.’s – Sondela [Sounds of Soul]
06 :: Piston Mahlathini & The Queens – Nomacala [King]
07 :: The Brights – Take Chance [Atlantic City]
08 :: Lulu Masilela with the Boyoyo Boys – Big Change No. 500 [Ma-Ma]
09 :: Abafana Bamavuthela – Hot Coffee [Soul Jazz Pop]
10 :: Margaret Singana – Abafazi [Jo’Burg]
11 :: Amaphikankani – Crazy Bump [Soul Jazz Pop]
12 :: The Young Lovers – Organ A-Go-Go [Atlantic City]
13 :: Sibasa Pirates – Ni Ambara Suthi [Tip Top]
14 :: The Movers – Back From The Moon [City Special]
15 :: Babsy Mlangeni – Ayamqhikaza [Black Music]
16 :: Mandla Khoza and His Violin – Malandela [Go Go]
17 :: Abakhwenyana – Siyobabamba [Sounds Disco]
18 :: Miriam Makeba – The Retreat Song (Jikele Maweni) [RCA Victor]
19 :: Hugh Masekela – Bajabula Bonke (The Healing Song) [UNI Records]
20 :: Letta Mbulu – Jigijela (Don’t Throw Stones) [Chisa Records, Inc.]
21 :: Letta Mbulu – There’s Music In The Air [A&M Records]
22 :: Johannesburg Street Band – Pata Pata [UNI Records]
23 :: Sathima Bea Benjamin with Dollar Brand – Africa [Matsuli Music / As-Shams]
24 :: Dollar Brand – Cape Town Fringe [Chiaroscuro Records]

It’s not over between Don Play and his love affair with dance music. This week, the Dance Megamix twists and turns its way among disco, 80’s funk and electro, classic and current house. Extra special shout outs go to our live listeners and a personal thank you to DJ Mod Vespa for his divine inspiration since 1996. Let no distraction put you asunder from listening to this mix.

Tracklist for October 29, 2014

01 :: JĂKKI – Sun…Sun…Sun [Pyramid Disco]
02 :: John Gibbs And U.S. Steel Orchestra ‎– Trinidad [Jumbo Caribbean Disco]
03 :: Visual ‎– The Music Got Me [Prelude Records]
04 :: Wham! – Young Guns (Go For It) [Inner Vision]
05 :: Capricorn ‎– Pow Pow Pow [Emergency Records]
06 :: New York Edits 4 – Untitled [NY Edits]
07 :: First Choice – Let No Man Put Asunder (Frankie Knuckles Vocal) [Salsoul Records]
08 :: Jomanda – I’ll Give It To You (Come Get It) (Seduction Mix) [Quark]
09 :: Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley – The Word Is Love [Silk Entertainment]
10 :: Jamie Principle – Baby Wants To Ride (X-Rated) [FFRR]
11 :: Armand Van Helden – The Funk Phenomena [Henry Street Music]
12 :: Late Nite Tuff Guy – Do I Believe In God (LNTG Muscle Mix) [Razor N Tape]
13 :: Elektrik Funk – On A Journey (I Sing the Funk Electric) (Instrumental) [Prelude Records]
14 :: John Rocca – I Want It To Be Real (Instrumental) [Streetwise]
15 :: Carolyn Harding – Movin’ On [Emergency Records]
16 :: Black Traxx Vol. 3 – Your Mind Is So Crazy [Night Club Records]
17 :: Lil’ Louis & The World ‎– I Called U (Saxy Version) [FFRR]
18 :: DJ Pierre – Let The Music Take You Higher (Original Yo Yo Mix) [Emotive Records]
19 :: Joi Cardwell – Jump For Joi (Spike Vocal) [Eightball Records]
20 :: Daft Punk – Burnin’ (Ian Pooley “Cut Up Mix”) [Virgin]
21 :: Dynamo Electrix – You (Club Vocal Mix) [Kumba Records]
22 :: Nick Jones Experience – The Keys Of Life (For Naeem Johnson) [Massive B]
23 :: Luna Project – I Wanna Be Free (The Higher Mix) [Black Label]
24 :: Luna Project – I Wanna Be Free (The Funky Remix) [Black Label]
25 :: Chez Damier – Untitled [KMS]
26 :: Yazoo – Situation (Joey Negro Re-Edit) [Rapster Records]
27 :: Fast Eddie – Let’s Go (Who Done It?) [D.J. International Records]
28 :: Chez Damier / Ron Trent – Foot Therapy [P&D]