Where Dancefloors Stand Still: A Deep House Compilation by DJ Sprinkles
Where Dancefloors Stand Still is a CD and vinyl compilation of deep house tracks selected and mixed by DJ Sprinkles, released in 2013 by Mule Musiq. The compilation features tracks by artists such as Braxton Holmes, Fingers Inc., Sound Mechanix, Classic Man, Gene Farris, Choo-Ables, Lectroluv and Keys & Tronics Ensemble. The tracks are subjected to sound effects, manipulation and layering similar to that typically heard at DJ Sprinkles' Deeperama events.
The compilation is inspired by the Japanese club scene, where strict anti-dancing laws have been enforced since the 1940s. DJ Sprinkles writes in the liner notes: \"This mix is dedicated to all those who continue dancing in defiance of the law; those who refuse to let their dancefloors stand still.\" The cover art features a painting by Emi Winter titled \"Terre\".
Where Dancefloors Stand Still received critical acclaim from music critics and fans alike. It was praised for its selection of rare and classic deep house tracks, its smooth and seamless mixing, its sound quality and its beautiful artwork. It was also hailed as one of the best deep house compilations of 2013.
The compilation is available in CD, vinyl and digital formats from Mule Musiq. You can listen to a preview of the mix on SoundCloud[^3^] or buy it from Discogs[^1^] [^2^].
DJ Sprinkles is the alias of Terre Thaemlitz, a musician, producer, DJ and writer based in Japan. Thaemlitz started DJing in the late 1980s in New York City, where he was influenced by the underground house scene and its social and political aspects. He has released numerous albums and singles under various names, such as G.R.R.L., Kami-Sakunobe House Explosion K-S.H.E, Social Material, Teriko and Terre's Neu Wuss Fusion.
Thaemlitz is also known for his critical and theoretical writings on topics such as gender, sexuality, identity, culture and music. He has published essays, books and lectures on these issues, often challenging the mainstream and dominant narratives of the music industry and society. He is also an outspoken advocate for transgender rights and anti-capitalism.
Thaemlitz moved to Japan in 2001, where he runs his own label, Comatonse Recordings. He continues to produce and DJ music that reflects his diverse influences and perspectives, ranging from deep house to ambient to electroacoustic. He has collaborated with artists such as Bill Laswell, Scanner, Ultra-red and Mark Fell. He has also performed and exhibited his works in various venues and festivals around the world.
One of DJ Sprinkles' most acclaimed works is Midtown 120 Blues, a 2008 deep house album that explores the origins and erasure of the genre by mainstream culture. The album features voiceovers from Thaemlitz that critique the commodification and neutralization of house music, as well as samples from various sources such as speeches, films and interviews. The album is a tribute to the underground house scene of New York City in the late 1980s and early 1990s, where Thaemlitz witnessed the struggles and joys of marginalized communities such as queer, transgender, black and Latino people.
Another notable project by DJ Sprinkles is Deeperama, a series of DJ mixes that showcase his eclectic and deep selection of house tracks. The series began in 1995 with Deeperama Module Party #1: A Comatonse Mixtape, and has continued until 2019 with Deeperama Module Party #20: A Comatonse Mixtape. The mixes feature tracks from various labels and artists, such as Mule Musiq, CrÃme Organization, Field Records, Ojo de Apolo, Skylax Records, Toy Tonics, Francis Harris, Young Marco, Zip and Donato Dozzy.
DJ Sprinkles has also been involved in several collaborations with other artists and labels. In 2012, he released a collaborative album with Mark Fell titled Complete Spiral EP on Comatonse Recordings. In 2013, he released a remix album titled Queerifications & Ruins on Mule Musiq, featuring his reinterpretations of tracks by artists such as John Tejada, Hardrock Striker and Ducktails. In 2014, he released a split EP with Hardrock Striker titled Skylax House Explosion on Skylax Records. In 2017, he released a collaborative album with Will Long titled Long Trax on Comatonse Recordings. a474f39169