Month: August 2022

Revealed: Why Todd Edwards didn’t have 90s Strictly Rhythm release

Back in the 1990s, the world generally knew a lot less about music producers than we do now. There were few ways of getting more information about most - unless you had direct contacts in the industry, most people knew little to nothing about the producers making the tracks they were dancing to. For example, Mood II Swing was a duo consisting of Lem Springsteen and John Ciafone. Between 1992 and the early 2000s, they…

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Is DJs looking miserable still a thing? For Nervous Records, yes!

For reasons that Ears To The House has never fully understood, most DJs look utterly miserable in their press shoots. This isn't a new trend either - even when we look at archive material from dance music’s early days, we see the average DJ typically looks like they've just got dressed again after undergoing a colonoscopy. From time to time, DJs are apparently permitted to smile in photos - an example of such a person…

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Wednesday Whisper: 31st August 2022

Which DJ has been walking around with a limp lately? This all started some two weeks ago after a rather unfortunate incident involving the DJ, a promoter, and a female who made her position very clear for the DJ in question. The DJ was due to do a show, and he turned up for work a little earlier than planned. Staff then took him over to a backstage area so he could relax for a…

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Juan Atkins isn’t happy with your favourite dance music site…

Very occasionally, Ears To The House is contacted by the people whom we write about. Curiously, it's extremely rare for anyone to get in touch whenever we publish nice, positive things about them - although one person who was mentioned in an article last week is very much an honourable exception to the rule. Unsurprisingly, they tend to be slightly more willing to reach out whenever the content is of a more critical nature. Exactly…

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We asked for good news from Detroit scene – and here’s one!

Is everyone in the Detroit music scene an unprincipled snake who puts themselves ahead of everyone else? Ears To The House refuses to believe this is the case - and would dearly love to showcase a more positive side of the scene. That's precisely one thing we're going to do today. As regular readers will know, we strongly believe the dancefloor should be a place of enjoyment and freedom - but for far too many…

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Criticising Saudi Arabian tourism? That’s a crime in Saudi now…

Whenever anyone tries to launch a social media campaign in Britain to promote the country to tourists, the response is typically quite British. The comments sections quickly fill up with observations about how rubbish the country is - some are being more serious than others - whereas any hashtag runs the risk of being hijacked by those with a different message. Such self-deprecation would never be allowed in the likes of Saudi Arabia, that so-called…

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Why does Detroit’s media refuse to look into one of its own?

The more we look at Detroit's response to the God Said Give 'Em Drum Machines film, the more questions just keep piling up. For starters, there's the curious coverage of the Detroit Free Press - who also just happen to be one of the sponsors for the premiere of the fim in the city. They had space on their website the other day to mention the multiple allegations of sexual abuse from multiple sources being…

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Will Bandcamp Friday ever end? New dates have been announced

Over the weekend, Bandcamp sent out emails to inform everyone about what was happening with their long-running Bandcamp Friday event. In case anyone's unfamiliar, these are events which Bandcamp stage on the first Friday of each month where they forego their usual revenue share. The events began in March 2020 and have continued almost every month since. What initially began as the site's initiative to try and help out musicians whose income was being decimated…

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Here’s One They Made Earlier: 29th August 2022

For this week's edition of Here's One They Made Earlier, we go back to 1994. Back in those days, the MP3 was something known mostly to computer buffs - the rest of us still lived in the analogue age of physical media. Vinyl sales counted towards the final chart position of a song - hence why many records in this era featured house remixes. The remixes themselves varied dramatically. More commercial versions focusing on the…

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Police seek headline on illegal raves – but probably not this one…

It's a Bank Holiday weekend in much of the UK today - and as ever, this means a couple of things. It means the weather will probably be rubbish, there'll be more traffic on the roads than usual, and it'll mean more illegal raves than on your normal weekend. Keen to make sure they had something to do over the bank holiday - not to mention grab a few headlines - Devon and Cornwall Police,…

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