Record Store Recs: DJ Minx Brings The Detroit Heat
The heavy-weight DJ/producer DJ Minx shares her favorite record stores in her hometown of Detroit, along with some hot vinyl she scored recently
With the unprecedented, ongoing global disruption of COVID-19, it's important to support the music community however we can. With Record Store Recs, GRAMMY.com checks in with vinyl-loving artists to learn more about their favorite record stores and the gems they've found there so you can find some new favorite artists and shops.
Detroit's "First Lady of Wax," DJ Minx, is a true gem of a DJ/producer and dance music OG. She's been going hard for three decades, yet is still wildly undercelebrated. Back in 1996, she founded the Women on Wax DJ collective to celebrate and promote fellow Detroit women DJs and artists, expanding it with a still-active label called Women On Wax Recordings in 2001. She spun at the inaugural Movement festival in her hometown in 2000 and has been a regular at the iconic house and techno event, as well as others across the city and globe.
Minx is one of a handful of Detroit DJs keeping their classic sound, rich history, and collaborative and supportive creative community alive and well. Today, for the latest edition of Record Store Recs, she takes us to her favorite Motor City record stores and shares some hot releases she's recently scored there.
What are three to five record stores you love?
Detroit Threads in Hamtramck, Michigan
Somewhere in Detroit in Detroit
Spot Lite in Detroit
Why do you love these shops? And what kind of goodies have you found there?
Detroit Threads is all of that and a bag of whatever you are looking for because they have vintage clothing and trinkets that you can grab while shopping for records. The vinyl bins are loaded! If I'm looking for some classics, boom! They've got it goin' on!
Somewhere in Detroit is a hot spot! People from around the globe visit there because of the good selections of music and for its sweet history. It's owned by Submerge [Records] and is in the basement of the Underground Resistance building.
Spot Lite is a gem that recently opened and my goodness it's the whip! The atmosphere is funky and chill at the same time, so you can spend hours in there just vibin'!
For at least one of your favorite shops, share a recent record or two you bought there and what you love about the record/artist.
I picked up the Parabellum Detroit album from Detroit Threads, and it is loaded. There are releases from Kenny Dixon Jr. (Moodymann), Rick Wilhite, Delano Smith, Jon Dixon, Javonntte (whom I work with quite a bit), Marcellus Pittman, and more on the release. Every track is well crafted and soothing to the soul. I could play something for my every mood and yours too! 11 tracks, three pieces of vinyl, one vibe. LOVE it!
I also picked up the DET-313 EP because there's a track called "Jus Hangin" that's a groover. Norm Talley and Moodymann produced it and D Julz got a hold of it and mashed it up real nice-like. The other track on the release, "Muggy Detroit Heat," gave me the feel of old school, Music Institute, full dance floor vibes. NOT TO MENTION the pressing sounds smooth as glass. Very well done.
What's an upcoming/recent release or two you have your eyes on picking up and why?
There's a series of House Music All Life Long EPs [from Defected Records] out there and one, in particular, stands out—the fourth one. Dario D'Attis' "Space & Time" needs to come home with me. I can see a crowd rockin' to the beat of that one. Todd Edwards has a track on it too. I've always liked his productions, so it's a treat that it's available on the same release.
When crate-digging, how do you pick out records? (Is it the cover that grabs you, or do you shop for specific artists?)
First, it's the cover that could get my attention, but it's the artist that I look for mainly. If I love an artist's productions, I'll look for their records and see what they have goin' on.
What were the first CD and first vinyl you remember purchasing when you were younger?
The first vinyl I bought was two copies of "100% Disin You" by Armando. I thought I was the sh*t when I was able to blend two copies of it!
In your opinion, what can music fans do to better support Black artists and businesses?
For starters, get to know their business, what they do and who they are. Share why you support them and post it on your socials. Write a review about them or their business, visit their page(s) often, listen to their music and if you like it—buy it instead of asking for a free copy or download!
ReImagined At Home: Watch Ant Clemons Croon The Cosmic Blues In Performance Of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine"
Singer/songwriter Ant Clemons puts his own spin on Bill Withers' immortal "Ain't No Sunshine" in an exclusive performance for ReImagined At Home
Why has Bill Withers' immortal hit, "Ain't No Sunshine," endured for decades? And, furthermore, why does it seem set to reverberate throughout the ages?
Could it be because it's blues-based? Because it's relatable to anyone with a pulse? Because virtually anyone with an ounce of zeal can believably yowl the song at karaoke?
Maybe it's for all of those reasons and one more: "Ain't No Sunshine" is flexible.
In the latest episode of ReImagined At Home, check out how singer/songwriter Ant Clemons pulls at the song's edges like taffy. With a dose of vocoder and slapback, Clemons recasts the lonesome-lover blues as the lament of a shipwrecked android.
Giving this oft-covered soul classic a whirl, Clemons reminds music lovers exactly why Withers' signature song has staying power far beyond his passing in 2020. It will probably be a standard in 4040, too.
Check out Ant Clemons' cosmic, soulful performance of "Ain't No Sunshine" above and click here to enjoy more episodes of ReImagined At Home.
Fleetwood Mac in 1975
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Poll: From "Dreams" To "The Chain," Which Fleetwood Mac Song Is Your Favorite?
"Dreams" experienced a charming viral moment on TikTok after a man posted a video skateboarding to the classic track, and now it's back on the charts, 43 years later
In honor of Fleetwood Mac's ethereal '70s rock classic "Dreams," which recently returned to the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to a viral TikTok skateboard video from Nathan Apodaca, we want to know which of the legendary group's songs is your favorite!
Beyond their ubiquitous 1977 No. 1 hit "Dreams," there are so many other gems from the iconic GRAMMY-winning album Rumours, as well as across their entire catalog. There's the oft-covered sentimental ballad "Landslide" from their 1975 self-titled album, the jubilant, sparkling Tango in the Night cut "Everywhere" and Stevie Nicks' triumphant anthem for the people "Gypsy," from 1982's Mirage, among many others.
Vote below in our latest GRAMMY.com poll to let us know which you love most.
Will Smith at the 1999 GRAMMYs
GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Will Smith Dedicate His 1999 Best Rap Solo Performance GRAMMY To His Son
In his acceptance speech, he offers thanks to his family and "the jiggiest wife in the world, Jada Pinkett Smith"
Today, Sept. 25, we celebrate the birthday of the coolest dad—who else? Will Smith! For the latest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, we revisit the Fresh Prince's 1999 GRAMMY win for Best Rap Solo Performance for "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It."
In the below video, watch rappers Missy Elliott—donning white leather—and Foxy Brown present the GRAMMY to a stoked Smith, who also opted for an all-leather look. In his acceptance speech, he offers thanks to his family and "the jiggiest wife in the world, Jada Pinkett Smith." He dedicates the award to his eldest son, Trey Smith, joking that Trey's teacher said he (then just six years old) could improve his rhyming skills.
The classic '90s track is from his 1997 debut studio album, Big Willie Style, which also features "Miami" and 1998 GRAMMY winner "Men In Black," from the film of the same name. The "Está Rico" rapper has won four GRAMMYs to date, earning his first back in 1989 GRAMMYs for "Parents Just Don't Understand," when he was 20 years old.
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EDC 2019: Alison Wonderland, TOKiMONSTA, Deadmau5, Above & Beyond, Tiësto, More
The world-renowned EDM fest has released the lit roster of over 240 artists for its 23rd annual event, set to return to its ninth year in Las Vegas from May 17–19
Today Insomniac, which hosts the now-global Electric Daisy Carnival and other major EDM events, announced the highly anticipated lineup for its flagship Las Vegas fest, set to take place May 17–19 this year. EDC 2019 is positively stacked, featuring GRAMMY winners Diplo, David Guetta and Tiësto, plus GRAMMY nominees TOKiMONSTA, Paul Oakenfold, Deadmau5, Above & Beyond and Kaskade.
Deadmau5 will be making his first return to the fest since 2010, bringing his new "Cube 3.0" stage setup, and Guetta will be back for his first time since the 2012 event. Australian singer/songwriter DJ/producer extraordinaire Alison Wonderland, plus GRAMMY-nominated rave icons Steve Aoki, Armin van Buuren will also bring fire to the three-day event.
Unlike a typical music festival lineup, EDC lists theirs alphabetically by day, giving way to a treasure hunt to the many gems across the lines of names. Underground techno queens Charlotte De Witte, ANNA and Amelie Lens will all perform at the event, which has eight(!) stages, along with fellow techno heavy-hitter Adam Beyer.
South African DJ/producer and underground house legend Black Coffee will also perform, as well as fellow house heavyweights Green Velvet, Patrick Topping and GRAMMY nominee Eric Prydz. Green Velvet will be offering two sets, one as Get Real, his project with Detroit legend Claude VonStroke.
Several artists will be hopping on the decks together, including Topping, who will be doing a B2B set (a.k.a. back-to-back, or collab set, for those not up on the rave lingo) with fellow British DJ Eats Everything. U.K. dubstep stalwarts Skream and Rusko are on the lineup for an "old skool dubstep set," which, as Your EDM put it, is "absolutely unheard of."
But wait, who are the headliners? Pasquale Rotella, CEO and co-founder of Insomniac, believes that headliners are everyone that attends the festival, spreads the love and makes all the magic possible.
"Being a Headliner means looking at the world a little differently, and seeing beauty and inspiration everywhere you look. It’s about lifting up the people around you and making time for your family and friends. This is a journey we all take together—always connected and committed to one another," Rotella said in a statement on Insomniac's website.
If you want to get your dance on and check out the carnival rides, interactive art and plenty of lights and lasers with EDC in Vegas, you're in luck; tickets are still available. Check out EDC's website for more info.