Back with our occasional Mix series and this time we feature the excellent sister duo based in New York the Analog Soul , whom we had the pleasure of sharing the decks with back in December 2016 when we all played for Discwoman .
Born in the SF Bay area to a writer mother and sculptor father, their childhood was marked by an avid appreciation and promotion of the arts and culture. At a young age Jacquelyn would soon discover her talent as a dancer while Kat pursued the fine arts through painting and drawing. Music however, would prove to be their destined paths. As 80's kids, part of the first generation of MTV, the sister's found themselves glued to the tube, mesmerized by the sounds of new wave and post punk, early hip hop, classic soul/r&b and pop, and developed a keen interest in jazz, fostered by their father's love of legends such as Chick Corea, Thelonius Monk, Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis, to name a few, while artists like Herbie Hancock, Paul Hardcastle and Kraftwerk would later influence their introduction to electronic music. Fast forward to the late 90s. Parties at SFâ€™s Sound Factory, 1015, the EndUp and introduced the duo to nightlife, electronic music and DJ culture.
An acceptance to the famed Alvin Ailey School in 2001 would see Jacquelyn off to New York and within a year, after shopping weekly at the legendary DanceTracks record store, she landed a job there, eventually becoming shop manager and music buyer, working amongst and even playing alongside some dance music luminaries such as Theo Parrish, Kenny Larkin, King Britt and Gilles Peterson. DatKat moved to NYC a year later and began quietly honing her skills. In 2004 the girls secured a weekly radio spot on the
famed eastvillageradio.com and the Analog Soul show was born. The long- running show aired every Monday night from 10pm-12amand explored what they deemed "the deeper, darker side of techno and house"--but it also showcased the full spectrum of electronic music, from minimal, acid, Detroit techno, electro, dub, dubstep, and d&b to trip hop and other forms, with special guests ranging from Function to Simbad, Roland Appel, Slam Mode, and Dj Qu. While the overall sound was largely dance-based, the show was aimed at promoting quality underground music and artists, and to expose some otherwise â€œgenre-biasedâ€ listeners to a wider range of electronica. The show ended in 2009, and the twins would continue to play regularly at various venues in the city, such as APT, Love, and Stay.
DatKat played Montrealâ€™s Academy Club and more international gigs would soon follow, with headlining stints in Kiev, Ukraine at Xlib Club and Sky Art Cafe and Moscowâ€™s legendary Propaganda Club for Nina Kraviz's â€œVoicesâ€ party alongside
resident Vakula. In early 2011, Kat formed a collective called RADIO with close friend Lenny Posso (label boss of Chronicles and Thema Records) and A.Arias, a record collector and NYC promoter (Strobelight Network), and began throwing warehouse parties tailored to bringing the real underground back to NYC, booking the likes of Terrence Dixon, Oliver Ho, Christian Rau, Small People, and Trus'me among others.
As Analog Soul, they play regularly as residents of Brooklyn's Bossa Nova Civic Club as well as Lebain, Output and Goodroom. They played the inaugural edition of Sustain Release (2014), Resident Advisors in residence series with Mood 2 Swing in 2016, Mysteryland 2016 with Art Department, Omar S and Derrick Carter, and a New York edition of Boiler Room with Anthony Parasole, A.Arias and Volvox.
Through their partnership with Baltimore veteran Donny Burlin, they've promoted and curated many events under Space is the Place, a mythical, legendary DIY artist wharehouse, which has hosted the likes of Mike Huckaby, Theo Parrish, DJ Bone, DJ Spinna, Chex Damier, Kai Alce, Mood 2 Swing, Stingray, Sublimate, Mutual Dreaming and many more.
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