Yesterday, I received a small box of a cereal called "Shadey O's" in the mail. It looked like your run-of-the-mill '90s Fruit Loops knockoff, but the Nutrition Facts cited "Mollyflavin," "Heartthroborus," and "Acid" among the ingredients; and buried within its single serving of colorful, powdery rings—which I'm still a little afraid to actually taste—I discovered two tickets to Club Shade, promoters Seva Granik and LadyFag's three-year-old, New York warehouse rave party. This Saturday, in honor of Pride, Club Shade will take over a giant warehouse on the Greenpoint waterfront for a night of non-stop revelry to the pounding sounds of DJs Heartthrob, Honey Dijon, Wrecked, and Fatherhood, the duo of Michael Magnan and Physical Therapy.
The unconventional invite harked back to a bygone time of extravagant creativity in the city's party culture, perhaps exemplified by legendary, celebrity-studded '80s club Area, which notoriously mailed out their opening night invites inside water soluble pills. Granik, for his part, has cited archival RAVE KRISPIES boxes from the '90s rave scene as an inspiration—which is also roughly the era that Berlin-based producer Physical Therapy is celebrating on his very own Club Shade mix, which we're debuting in full below. "It definitely strives to capture the sound of Shade which is basically big flamboyant warehouse tracks," Physical Therapy told The FADER via email. "I feel like there are some somewhat forgotten sounds from New York: big room techno, tribal house, early progressive house—guys like Danny Tenaglia, DJ Duke, and Armand van Helden all produced and DJed these sounds. It's booming and dark, but with powerful vocals and samples."
Physical Therapy continued: "For me, musically, this is what Shade is about. Take a track like the 'Rise Up and Work NYC Mix' of 'Atomic Slide' by Fierce Ruling Diva: warehouse kicks on a ballroom pattern, choir samples, and inspirational vocals (even though it was technically produced in Amsterdam). Anyway, the mix is more evocative of the sound than a straight tribute, so I hope you get the picture. But if you want to really experience it you should probably make your way to Club Shade." Buy tickets for Club Shade here.
The Mole - Lockdown Party (DJ Sprinkles Crossfaderama)
Ralphi Rosario - All Right Now (Extended Glee Club Version)
Kink - Work (Live Edit)
Nicson & An-Gelo - Freek
Sasse - Face2face With Reality (Physical Therapy Edit)
Strip Steve - Work!
Roger S. - Let Yo Body Jerk (Bonus Beats)
Fierce Ruling Diva - Atomic Slide (Rise Up & Work NYC)
Dense & Pika - Black Deep (Physical Therapy Edit)
Bok Bok & Tom Trago - Pussy Trak
Le Dom - Rub Up
Mr. Tophat & Art Alfie - Kavolrak (Joe Mull Remix)
Perc - Pure & Simple (Ben Sims Warehouse Mix)
The People Movers - C Lime Woman (DJ Duke Mix)
Ultra Nate - Party Girl/Turn Me Loose (The Hardshell)
Nuyorican Soul - Runaway (Armand van Helden Rascal Mix)
Nuyorican Soul - Runaway