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.


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:


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

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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Kraak & Smaak featuring Michael The Lion at Coda Philly

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This Friday is my birthday, and what a nice birthday gift it is to get to share the stage with Kraak & Smaak in my hometown. I’ve long had a trans-atlantic admiration for these guys, and over time, we’ve ended up working on the same labels and with the same agencies – birds of a feather flock together. Looking forward to making it super funky.

Friday, May 26, 2017
Kraak & Smaak World Tour
f/ Special Guest Michael The Lion
Coda – 1712 Walnut St.
Free before 12AM, $15 after

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Hooked Returns To Philly This Saturday

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This weekend, we’re back up to our old tricks – Del, Shawn and I will be bringing you disco classics and the music they inspired at FB’s.

///HOOKED Vol. 10

MICHAEL THE LION (Soul Clap Records, Razor-N-Tape)
DEL (Do You Wanna Boogie, 5 Magazine)
SHAWN RYAN (Universal Cave, Superprince, Razor-N-Tape)

Playing the classic sound – from past to present.

Saturday, April 29th
at Franky Bradley’s
1320 Chancellor St.

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Funk Train Hits Philly, BK and DC

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The Funk Train rolls through the Northeast Corridor this coming month – three nights of disco, house and funk with some amazing talent. Eli from Soul Clap, Andy Pry of Tiki Disco, DJ Bruce of DJ Palace and M//R of L.I.E.S. will be joining me on these dates. Check the flier for details!

Do. Not. Miss. It!

A portion of the proceeds from Philly, NYC and DC will be donated to ACLU of PA, DJs For Climate Action and the Union of Concerned Scientists, respectively.

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Funk Train Philadelphia featuring Eli of Soul Clap

Apt One @ February 1st, 2017 ... · No Comments


February 24th, my traveling Funk Train event pulls into its fourth city, my home town of Philadelphia, for a special one-time event. Bringing Soul Clap honcho Eli aka Bamboozle in for a rare Philly set in an intimate setting. Announcements soon coming on two Funk Train events on the East Coast in March!

Party for a cause. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the ACLU of Pennsylvania.


Philadelphia Edition

feat. BAMBOOZLE of the duo SOUL CLAP
Michael The Lion (Soul Clap Records, Razor-N-Tape)

Friday, Feb 24th, 9PM-2AM
Front St. Cafe, 1253 N. Front St., Philadelphia

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Discobelle Mix #153 – Michael The Lion

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I’ve got a new mix of Michael The Lion originals, private stock edits from my live sets and all kinds of other goodies… all done in the name of the venerable Swedish blog Discobelle. If you’ve heard me play a DJ set recently, this is pretty much what’s floating in and out of my sets at the moment.

The mix features jams and edits from Ashford and Simpson, Mark Seven, Isaac Hayes, Ron Hardy, Joey Negro, Deep&Disco, The Brothers Johnson, Cheryl Lynn, Rhyze, Louie Vega, Vince Montana, Elvin T., Don Ray, Patti LaBelle… PLUS…

Soul Clap Records exclusives from With You and two from my upcoming Michael The Lion EP – Side of Life and Get It On (ft. Amy Douglas).

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Funk Train LA Edition – December 29th

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Get on the Funk Train! The party that brings the disco heat is pulling into third US city – Los Angeles. It’s a family affair as we bring POOLS, Dino Soccio and Dirty Dave together for two rooms of disco, house and classics at Los Globos on Thursday the 29th. Shoutout to BasslineLA, Prism Sound, Razor-N-Tape, Soul Clap, Rogue Agency and Los Globos for helping to pull this all together!

Excited to bring the Philly sound to the left coast and get some sun!

Michael The Lion’s Funk Train (LA Edition)

Michael The Lion (Soul Clap Records, Razor-N-Tape, Philadelphia)
POOLS (Razor-N-Tape – LA)
Dino Soccio (Only Children, Razor-N-Tape – Chicago)
Dirty Dave (Dublab – LA)

at Los Globos (In Two Rooms!)
3040 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, California

Dec. 29th, 9PM-2AM

$10 advance tickets, $15 at the door

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Michael The Lion Live Mix on WKDU FM

Apt One @ December 2nd, 2016 ... · No Comments

For the third straight year I was asked to play during WKDU 91.7′s Electronic Music Marathon. This year, the marathon raised money for Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. Shoutout to my two cats, Fela and Ladybird!

I’m really happy with the set – it’s made up of lots of forthcoming original material and some simple edits that I’ve made for my own DJ sets. Pretty much what you can expect when you hear me playing live.

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