We’re very stoked to finally see this project come to fruition. Starting a mix series is something that we’ve been thinking about doing for a long time, and it’s dope to finally be able to share it with you.
Azamat Bogdanov is a DJ & producer from Perpignan, France, who now currently resides in our very own Montreal. This full-bearded tastemaker is one of the most versatile and innovative club DJs currently slanging tunes in the city, and his recent foray into production with ITFW is making a lot more people take notice of his talent, deservedly. He’s also a member of the French DJ/producer collective La Big Familia, and as mentioned several times, a resident DJ and curator of the Boomclap weekly at Blue Dog Motel.
Every Saturday afternoon, Azamat B. broadcasts a live Ustream show on Radio Los Santos, and usually invites a slew of guests, who have more often than not played at Boomclap the night before. Chillin at home and streaming his and his guests’ (who’ve included Canblaster, DJ Rashad and LOL Boys, to name a few) sets rates pretty high on the list of laid-back hangover cures, a welcome conclusion to the usual Boomclap weekend debauchery.
Once Azamat B. agreed to do the first Avenge The Virgins mix, I was definitely intrigued by what kind of vibes he would bless us with. Would it be a ghetto rap set, a hedonistic uk bass rave set, or a hands-in-the-air straight house set?
Well, it turns out that he actually chose to do it on a relatively underground/unknown style of house music, Ballroom or Vogue house, birthed in dark, swanky LGBT clubs.
I knew next to nothing about it, although I had heard its heavy influence on a few of my favorite artists, like Azari & III. After doing a bit of research, I discovered that it is actually an extremely wild scene (see: Paris is Burning), with a huge focus on sexual, groovy ass house music. For 52 minutes, Azamat B. takes you on a manic journey from the late eighties to 2011, building the vibe up to a rolling crescendo, then descending into sensual two-step territory . The song selection and mixing is pretty much beyond reproach, and Jackin Around features solid tunes from the great ballroom producer DJ MikeQ, as well as recent output from Tom Flynn, Maurice Donovan and Boddika.
For most of us, this is also the first preview of an unreleased Prince Club tune called ‘Utopia’, which is sounding positively amazing, and a rad original by dapper don Sinjin Hawke called ‘It’s Over’.
And now, ladies and gentlemen, without further ado
Avenge The Virgins presents Jackin Around by Azamat B.
(Download link on the soundcloud player)
01. LNR- Work It To The Bone [House Jam Records]
02. Size Queen feat. Paul Alexander – Walk (Paul’s Groove) [Tribal America]
03. X-Press 2 – Muzik Xpress (Club Mix)[Junior Boy's Own]
04. Toni Braxton – Make My Heart (Geoffery C’s Raw House Dub)[Code Red]
05. Sinjin Hawke – It’s Over [Unreleased]
06. R Tyme – Use Me (MK Mix) [Trance Fusion]
07. West Norwood Cassette Library – Blonde On Blonde [Teal Recordings]
08. Marcello Napoletano – Everyday Madness [Rush Hour]
09. Maurice Donovan – Satisfied [The House Sound of SSSSSS]
10. Dj MikeQ – Make You Gag feat. Ms. Theresa [Qween Beat Productions]
11. Robbie Tronco – Runway (As a House) [Henry Street Music]
12. Tronco Traxx – Walk 4 Me (Sound Factory mix) [Henry Street Music]
13. Green Velvet – Flash (Jamie Jones Remix) [Cajual Records]
14. Tom Flynn – Bianca [Size]
15. Prince Club – Utopia [Unreleased]
16. Boddika – Warehouse [Hotflush]
17. Marble Players – Marble Anthem [Marble Music]
18. Claude VonStroke & Christian Martin – Peanut Butter Jelly Time [Undefeated]
Once again, we’d like to give a big shout-out to Azamat B. for dropping this magic on our asses and educating the masses.
If you dig the swag, pass this around. It’s pretty much an all-purpose mix. You can make awkard love to it, you can roller-skate to it, you can get more or less buck to it, and hey, you can even vogue to it. Ballroom vibes will be huge in the coming year, trust.