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Tony Humphries: Revolutions on Air at SonarDôme

117 minsRecorded 14 Jun 2018 at Sonar in BarcelonaNext Sónar Sessions Sun at 1:00am EDT
Samuel Smelty

The Jersey sound figurehead plays a house set inspired by his legendary Kiss FM show and the golden era of New York radio.

Anyone interested in house music history will know the name Tony Humphries, the resident DJ at Newark’s Zanzibar club. Credited with pioneering Jersey’s soulful, gospel-tinged take on house music, with an emphasis on bass and deep dancing energy, Humphries created not just a sound and a space, but an enduring feeling that is still sending waves through clubland today. After an encounter with Shep Pettibone, who played a mix of Humphries’ on New York’s Kiss FM, his subsequent influential (and heavily bootlegged) radio show popularized the Jersey house sound, and opened the door for countless tracks, mixes, and remixes. Humphries has worked in the studio with classic R&B bands like Black Ivory, as well as on Mtume’s much-sampled “Juicy Fruit”, and has reinvigorated many an R&B star’s career with his deft dancefloor prowess, working with everyone from Chaka Khan and Donna Summer to the Jungle Brothers and Queen Latifah. A true legend, Humphries has paved the way for the current crop of house producers, before they were a sparkle in their mother’s eye – in fact, his soundtrack of love and positive vibes has probably even set the scene for many a house fan’s inception. With this special Revolutions On Air set, named after the acclaimed RBMA documentary series, the master mixer pays homage to the halcyon days of New York radio – live in the mix!


Produced by Caroline Whiteley
Engineered by Denis Hürter

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