ABOUT THIS ITEM
'A few years ago I took a trip to Europe searching for a new sound. People along the journey had been telling me about this guy from Tropea, Italy called DJ Steve (named after his favourite musician, Stevie Wonder). He's a butcher there by day, but at night he's the DJ at a club called Casablanca (this is all getting a bit ‘Flashdance’…). I made my way to this tiny town in the south of Italy and found DJ Steve. His 12 hour DJ sets opened my eyes. This guy was the real deal. He was playing dubplates, vinyl, cassettes, and reel-to-reels. All special edits he had done over the years. I couldn't believe what I was hearing.
In late November of 2011 DJ Steve finally made his first visit outside of Italy and came to New York. He came on my Beats In Space radio show and blew everyone away. It was one of the most listened to mixes of the year. While he was in New York, I was able to record in a few of the dubplates of edits he had done. Those recordings are how we arrived at the release of DJ Steve's "Special Cuts #1 & #2". "Special Cuts A" features low-slung punk-funk bass, vocoder vocals, bluesy guitar and a chugging Balearic-house rhythm. "Special Cuts B" opts for a quirky electro-bossa rhythm, catchy keyboard line, fretless bass and full vocal - you'll think you're listening to an old Italo pop record or something on ZTT from the early / mid 80s. Fantastic!
With this release we also started a new sub-label for Beats In Space Records. BIS Records Inc is for any of the edits or bootlegs we might come across. Expect to hear more from DJ Steve soon.'
Tim Sweeney. June 2012, NYC.