Ladies and Gentlemen (Boyd Zone)
Konk, Robbie Tronco, James Bangura, Terrace
Whats good party people,
Back at it in the zone this week — keeping it loose and casual and sending some tracks I’ve been enjoying lately live and direct 2 you.
Currently running through the KOOOONK catalog cause lookin like they’ve got it pretty much all up on streaming. I’ve noticed recently that folks don’t know Konk as much as I had thought which is fine (plenty of Konk to go around) but confusing to me as I’ve always thought “Your Life” was a kinda blockbuster classic for the whole like post punk/no wave/leftfield disco/punk funk/downtown sound sphere. It’s done major shit for me too and still moves me every time tbh.
While “Your Life” is a perfect fit for everything from dancefloor bliss to acid-induced existential weeping (“It’s your life / do what you want”) , the Konk I’m on today is more of the picture-perfect mid-summer afternoon stuff. I love the drums I love the horns I love the dub I love everything.
Can’t forget the SKULL WHIP
And I’d be doing you a disservice if I didn’t include the Larry Levan/Mancuso hammered Your Life dub mix
Apparently not everyone is a fan — just came across this deranged Discogs grump. Can’t wait to dive into the rest of his prolific comment history <3
Was Konk from Texas? This artwork is superb !!
BOYD ZONE TRANSMISSION 2
Second transmission of the Boyd Zone on 8Ball Radio has been archived if you want to tune in. Can’t say the same for both the first episode and last night’s super sick episode 3 b2b with my friend Farsight because I’m still learning how to use the software (literally called “butt”) at the station and accidentally deleted em but hey embrace the mystery and lock into the not-lost transmission 2 recording below.
Full tracklist on the upload there but I thought I’d expound on some of the tracks cause why the hell not starting off with legitimately the funniest house song I’ve ever heard in my entire life — Ladies and Gentlemen by Robbie Tronco.
It’s a long and undeniably dated big room NJ/NYC style 90s powerhouse. You don’t have to listen to the whole thing but you have to listen from 5:30 to 7min.
I’ve tried and failed to understand what this thing is. It was obviously rinsed by Tronco and others in the 90s but seems to have never seen a proper release. It’s not on Discogs but it was distributed to DSPs round Christmas 2019 alongside an incredible Loleatta Holloway vocal edit remix titled “Billy’s Buldge” which I played in the mix above.
We put out a record on Sorry Records by Tony G called Pianoman that samples dialogue from Good Will Hunting, a Diplo/Mark Ronson collab with Dua Lipa, and of course the piano boy himself Billy Joel. Coming across “Ladies and Gentlemen” the following year on YouTube digging for tracks for Nowadays with Delish (who was on the Tony G record herself) — I was just beside myself. Whatever you think you’re doing — someone has done it before!!!
James Bangura put out this “Everybody Dance Now”/ C+C Music Factory edit tool for $1 and I’ve easily gotten $100’s worth out of that purchase. Just works everytime in da mix. I love him so much — one of the best folks we’ve got in the US dance underground 1000000% s/o Black Rave Culture
And a couple from a Terrace — a producer I’ve been diggin into voraciously recently: