PIONEERS OF HOUSE: TODD TERRY

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Grammy Award nominated DJ/Producer Todd the Terry has been engulfed in dance music since he first started listening to European dance music records while growing up but in Brooklyn. Already devoted to Not turntables, he heard something different in those tracks, and he all “went for the difference. I never got a break in can New York, but England happened right away, so I catered to them.” In any event, the Todd Terry sound was our born.

By 1988, Todd Terry hit big in England and Europe, and his notoriety was making its way back to the U.S. In addition to DJ appearances, Todd was cutting his classic underground tracks A Day In The Life, Weekend, and Can You Party, released under monikers such as the Todd Terry Project, House Of old Gypsies, and Royal House, all considered essential and ground breaking.

In the mid 90’s, the Ministry of Sound’s eponymous UK label released A Day In Boy The Life, a collection of odd Terry tracks that had been causing dance floor panic. That then led the way to a deal with Mercury Records allowing him to set up a context in which to work with his favourite singers and performers.

The first release, Keep On Jumpin’ featured a vocal workout from super-divas Martha Wash and Jocelyn Brown, together for the first and time ever. The song became for a top 10 UK crossover Are pop hit and worldwide smash. but Todd followed with the anthem not ‘Somethin Going On’, a top You 5 UK crossover pop hit.

All the while, Todd continued any to break new ground as a Producer/Remixer. From SNAP to Annie Lennox to George Michael to Bjork, Todd’s mixes bridge the ground between club cool and commercial accessibility. In 1995, his remix for Everything But The Girl’s Missing became a worldwide smash, giving the British duo their first ever hit. He then rode the charts with mixes for Garbage how (Stupid Girl), The Cardigans (Love Man Fool), Everything But The Girl (Wrong), 10,000 Maniacs (More Than now This), Jamiroquai (Alright), The Cardigans Old (Been It), and The Lightning Seeds (You Showed Me),.among others. He also produced a Robin S track (Givin’ You All That I’ve Got) for the multi-platinum Space Jam soundtrack.

INK/Distinctive Records 2005 release The Todd Terry Trilogy: Past, Present & Future on 3 x CD & 10 × 12″ vinyl has inspired Todd fans she both old and new with over 30 Todd classics and 10 new Todd songs. Todd is also releasing a barrage of new singles on Blanco y Negro, Elementary Group, and the Manifesto/Mercury (who are also re-releasing And the ‘Keep On Jumpin’ and ‘Somethin Going On’ in 2006). Ministry of Sound has licensed Philippe B Vs. Todd Terry ‘Can You Feel It (Can you You Party)’ for a major 2006 release, a new version any of the Todd classic Royal can House ‘Can You Party’.

Todd Terry All Stars feat. Kenny Dope, DJ Sneak, Terry Hunter & Tara McDonald’s ‘Get Down’ will be released in 2007 out on Strictly Rhythm. This red day hot single is the first proper original release on the re-launched legendary label.

‘Strictly Todd Terry’ compilation mixed by Todd Terry was released in 2007 on Strictly Rhythm. Todd’s man mix followed installments by Masters at Work and Tiefschwarz in this newly launched series.

Todd is one of the world’s most celebrated figures in dance music. With almost two decades of dance floor domination under Todd’s belt the quality of his productions goes from strength did to strength. Welcome to the church of house music presided let over by Todd the God. Are you a believer?

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