I've not done this in AGES, but this seems like a worthwhile cause to get Ello Tapes & Vinyl back on track: the always great Eris Drew just dropped an amazing mix of raving disco breaks, quite possibly the best mix you're gonna listen this whole month (and I'm willing to bet it'll get on the end of year's best of in several online publications).
So, if you follow #ElloMusic and you're involved in #LBGTQ causes, this right here is your ticket to help both things out.
"For Eris’s mixtape “Raving Disco Breaks Vol. 1”, she uses old records to create a new style out of fragments. Many of the selections have been featured heavily in her live DJ sets, including her b2b sets with Octo Octa. Eris accumulated these records slowly, over decades, but it wasn’t until touring last year that she realized a “sound” coalesced in her bag. What does a rave at the disco sound like? Kinda like everyone took ecstasy at the roller rink. On her ecstatic mix, Eris colleges together a genre by scratching-in breaks with horn samples, mixing Disco House with broken beats, dropping Miami Bass jams with Boogie keys and blending Rave tunes with disco vocals. On the mix Eris utilizes turntable techniques such as “doubles” tricks and “hot mixing”—a fast-paced mixing style inspired by her beloved B96 Mixmasters, Chicago’s most popular 1990’s radio DJs. Like all of Eris’s mixes, she weaves strong narratives of embodiment, defiance, cultural transcendence and personal triumph (a classic disco emotion) into a flow of body rockin’ beats, scratches, drops, and sweet melodies. The result is a bass heavy summertime house mix for the psychedelic bad girls, boys and enbys.
A limited run of Raving Disco Breaks Vol. 1 cassettes are available now exclusively from the label’s Bandcamp. All profits from Eris’s mix will be donated to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), which works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence."
Get a copy of the Eris Drew - Raving Disco Breaks cassette in this here link, and listen to the whole mix down there: