2017 Year In Review

Apt One @ December 19th, 2017 ... · No Comments

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This was a really exciting year. My self-titled EP came out on Soul Clap, and we licensed a fantastic remix by Bosq to Defected Records. Amy Douglas and DJ Bruce turned in stellar vocals and remixes, respectively. I had the honor of remixing Midnight Magic. I got to play some really fun parties in the UK, Miami, NYC, Pittsburgh, DC and beyond. Funk Train has started to grow in DC, NY and Philly. Most importantly, I got to share it with lots of great friends and my family as well. I got to watch many of my friends achieve some great things in their careers – it’s been very satisfying.

I’m happy that some of these things were recognized by some of the music outlets I like most. Juno named the Bosq Remix of Get It On and my remix of Midnight Magic as two of its top 30 disco tracks this year, and Traxsource named me one of their top 100 indie dance artists for the second year in a row.

Next year should be a fun one too! Amy Douglas and I are working on a lot of new music and I have plenty of other fun projects in the works. Thank you for all the support from Soul Clap, Razor-N-Tape, Diggin Deeper, Giant Cuts, Defected Records and anybody else who has put out my music recently. Thanks to Brent from Rogue Agency and Sammy my mix engineer. Thanks to Jeff Fry for great graphic design on all the Funk Train fliers and thanks to everybody who has listened to my music, come to see me play or supported me in any way!

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Funk Train NYC with Rich Medina and Amy Douglas

Apt One @ December 5th, 2017 ... · No Comments

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This Friday the Funk Train goes “I-95 intergalactic” as my Philly brother Rich Medina joins me in NYC for a night of disco anthems, funk, soul and house. He and I will be rocking short sets and going back and forth all night. Amy Douglas will join us at peak time to do a short set of our recent jams, including Get It On and Funk Train – and also preview some material from our in-progress EP.

Can’t miss!

Michael The Lion’s Funk Train
featuring:
Michael The Lion (Soul Clap / RazorNTape / Defected
Rich Medina (BBE / Jump’N'Funk)
Amy Douglas Live! (Soul Clap / Hot Creations / Defected)
Friends and Lovers
641 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238
Friday, Dec 8th, 2017, 10PM-4AM
$5

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Funk Train Returns To DC With Jarrett Tebbets (Hot Mass, Pgh)

Apt One @ October 24th, 2017 ... · No Comments

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All aboard – the Funk Train rolls back into DC after recent stops in the UK and New York. This time, Hot Mass disco chief Jarrett Tebbets will be heading in from Pittsburgh to grace the wheels on the Eighteenth St. Lounge patio. And wouldn’t you know it, he and I will be doing a home-and-home series, with a Michael The Lion set at Hot Mass in November (check the sidebar for the details).

Michael The Lion’s Funk Train
Michael The Lion f/ Jarrett Tebbets (Hot Mass, Pgh)
Eighteenth St. Lounge
1212 18th St. NW
Washington, DC
10PM-3AM

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Michael The Lion f Amy Douglas – “Get It On” (Bosq Remix) – Now Out on Defected Records

Apt One @ October 11th, 2017 ... · No Comments

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The Bosq remix of “Get It On” from the Michael The Lion EP (feat Amy Douglas) is now out on Defected Records Amsterdam 2017 Compilation. Couldn’t be more excited to be associated with one of the marquee dance music labels in the world today. Thanks to Soul Clap Records for making this happen.

Grab yourself a copy of the remix to buy or stream here: http://smarturl.it/defams17

You can also find the EP in its entirety wherever fine vinyl or digital music is sold.

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Michael The Lion & Amy Douglas with DJ Bruce at House of Yes NYC

Apt One @ September 20th, 2017 ... · No Comments

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Amy and I will be reprising our performance from the summer of 2016 – doing some of our recent material and some old joints too. This all takes place at one of the most inviting and fantastic parties in NYC, House of Yes. To top it off, DJ Bruce will be there to round out a “Funk Train” style lineup. Keep an eye on the dress instructions, this party is for real.

House of Yes presents
Prohibition Disco
Tickets: bit.ly/2w6Veot

::: Vintage Looks are Required for Entry :::
Dress to the nines. Be the bees knees. More inspiration here: http://pin.it/p60BQEH

::: Music :::
Michael The Lion
DJ Bruce
David Kiss
Amy Douglas (live)

Saturday, October 7
Oct 7 at 10-4
2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11237

21+ | No Re-Entry
*Free before 11pm with RSVP only*

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Locomotive Disco – London This Saturday

Apt One @ September 18th, 2017 ... · No Comments

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Happy to make my first return to the UK in five years, and none better to rock with than my Soul Clap Records family. Jack Priest and I will be turning the disco screws in Hackney this Saturday. Best not miss it.

Locomotive Disco

Michael The Lion (Soul Clap, Razor-N-Tape, USA)
Jack Priest (Wolf+Lamb, Soul Clap, UK)
Harrison
Noww

September 23rd, 2017
21h-4h

Oslo Hackney
1A Amhurst Road, E8 1LL London, United Kingdom

Limited free passes available at oslohackney.club

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Midnight Magic – Sea of Love Remixes

Apt One @ September 13th, 2017 ... · No Comments

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Very excited to tell you about a new remix for one of the world’s great disco bands, Midnight Magic. Had a hard time remixing my label-mates, the original material is so good it’s hard to top, but I’m happy with the result. Includes a dub version as well. Remixes from my good friends Nark and FSQ round out the record – it’s tops all around.

Find out where to buy or stream it at all the digital outlets HERE.

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The Funk Train Returns to Philly With Andy Pry of Tiki Disco

Apt One @ July 17th, 2017 ... · No Comments

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The Funk Train pulls back into Philly this Friday with one of New York’s most renowned disco selectors – Andy Pry of the legendary Tiki Disco.

Fresh off stops in Miami and DC, and still blowing steam from Eli Soul Clap’s visit to the last Philly edition… it’s time to refuel and get it on as we celebrate the new EP and single on Soul Clap Records.

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The Funk Train – Philadelphia Edition
f/ Andy Pry (Tiki Disco, NYC)
& Michael The Lion (Soul Clap, Razor-N-Tape)
@ Front St. Cafe – 1235 Front St.
10PM, $5 Cover.

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Michael The Lion – Michael The Lion EP (Soul Clap Records)

Apt One @ June 30th, 2017 ... · No Comments

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Happy to announce the release of the self-titled Michael The Lion 12″ EP, which has been trickling out to various vinyl outlets over the past week. This record is the culmination of a few years worth of tinkering and experimentation with the Michael The Lion project – live instruments and voice alongside classic disco textures – all with a positive vibe. Wonderful lyrics and melodies from Amy Douglas and a fire remix from Bosq, whose work I’ve long admired. Uplifting vibes for a time when lift is sorely needed.

A digital release, with a special pair of remixes from DJ Bruce is now out as well!

Buy it at the following fine retailers:

VINYL:

Crew Love Store (US) | Bandcamp | Juno | Halcyon | Phonica | Kudos Records

DIGITAL:
iTunes | Juno | Beatport | Traxsource | Amazon

PS. Thank you to Amy Douglas, Ben Woods, Rick Gabriel, Jeff Fry, Sam Posner, Lora Reehling, Soul Clap Eli, Soul Clap Charlie and Del for their help getting this record together!

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Friday – Funk Train DC Featuring Cyclist

Apt One @ June 20th, 2017 ... · No Comments

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The Funk Train rides back into DC this Friday with Canada’s finest along to conduct. Cyclist of Toronto’s legendary Beam Me Up parties will be along to make sure there’s extra vibration at the station!

Michael The Lion’s Funk Train -¬†featuring Cyclist (Beam Me Up, Toronto)
Eighteenth St. Lounge
1212 18th St N W.
Washington, DC
Saturday, June 23rd, 10PM-3AM.

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