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DT778 – DJ Spen

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US house icon DJ Spen first laid his hand on the decks at the age of thirteen while growing up in his native city of Baltimore – he hasn’t looked back since.

Also known as Sean Spencer, the talented DJ and producer began his illustrious career in the mid-’80s as a hip-hop radio DJ making beats under the moniker Numarx, responsible for writing and recording ‘Girl You Know It’s True’, later covered and made into a smash hit by Milli Vanilli. The years that followed saw DJ Spen move away from hip-hop and towards the classic Chicago house sound that would define his productions for years to come, after joining forces with famed production collective The Basement Boys. Working under the name Jasper Street Co., DJ Spen released his first 12″ through Basement Boys Records in 1995, the energetic gospel house cut ‘A Feeling’. This was the first in a lauded series of releases for the label that brought Spen commercial and dancefloor success over the next decade, earning him international recognition as a house music pioneer.

In 2004, DJ Spen split from Basement Boys, releasing through Black Vinyl Records and his own label Code Red before founding his second imprint Quantize Recordings, which has since become a regular outlet for his music. Alongside his own productions, DJ Spen has built a reputation as a talented and prolific remix artist, putting his own unique stamp on pop anthems from Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Everything but the Girl, Toni Braxton and more. If that isn’t enough, he’s still spinning eclectic and soulful jams in clubs across the globe, further establishing his status as an eminent figure in house music, both past and present.

DJ Spen returns to our Podcast series with a new mix for 2022 featuring a load of remixed and re-edited tracks. Check it out below and download it for free here

Q&A

Sum up this podcast in 10 words…

It’s a mixture of new, recurrent and classic mixes

What’s your personal favourite track on it?

Rinder and Lewis’ track ‘Lust’ is one of my favourite records, and I was able to include it in this mix, which makes me very happy.

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?

A track by Ricky Morrison and Stephanie Cooke called ‘A Guy Like You’ is the special ingredient.

Tell us about your next release?

‘The Eye Of The Storm’ is a special remix of my album, ‘Soulful Storm’. It features some of my favourite producers including Terry Hunter, DJ Spinna, DJ Meme, Kerri Chandler, David Morales, Ralf GUM, Jovonn, and many more.

What have you got coming up?

I am looking forward to releasing our first single on our new record label, QU3, produced by MicFreak, Abco, and Mr V. Also, since it is our 10 year Anniversary, I am looking forward to hosting some parties to celebrate. The first being Unquantize Your Mind, right here in Baltimore on March 13th.

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?

I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped make it to 10 years! Your support has been greatly appreciated over the years.

Tracklist

1. Ricky Morrison and Stephanie Cooke ‘Guy Like You’

2. Hallex M fr Mike City ‘She Speaks’ (DJ Spen Remix)

3. Lauray Him and Fundisile ‘When You Smile’ (DJ Spen Remix)

4. Thommy Davis and Neal Conway featuring Randy Roberts ‘Darlin‘ Darlin’  Baby (Sweet and Tender Love)’ (Booker T Disco Mix)

5. Rinder and Lewis ‘Lust’ (DJ Spen Re Edit)

6.  Mary J Blige ‘Good Morning Gorgeous’ (Terry Hunter, DJ Spen and Reelsoul Remix)

7. N’Dinga Gaba and DJ Spen ft Marc Evans ‘Until You’ (DJ Spen Decadence Re Edit)

8. Alicia Keys ‘Show Me Love’ (David Harness Remix)

9. DJ Oji ‘That Virtual Whistle Song’

10. JBMixx ‘Little Girl’ Ezel (Feliz Remix)

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