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Ten Tracks That Shaped Ralph Session: A Journey Through House Music.

Kono Vidovic June 17, 2024 72 4

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Ralph Session is a producer who has been making his mark on the house music scene dropping quality underground house music since 2009. The New Yorker, now based in Barcelona, has racked up well received releases on some of the hottest labels around including Razor-N-Tape, Local Talk, Nervous, Moulton Music, Large and Exploited and continues to head up his own label Half-Assed as a platform to curate the culturally deep sound of his native New York City. For his Freerange debut ‘Freaknik’ he’s joined forces with LA producer and vocalist Juliet Mendoza who can also be found dropping gems for the likes of Planet E, Ocha and Shaboom.

Ralph Session

Here we ask Ralph to talk to us about ten tracks that have had an impact on his musical world.

James Brown – Superbad

Every kid should have a healthy knowledge of Funk & Soul. I think that’s what’s missing in a lot of scenes….knowing the history. Seems like a no brainer but if you start off with James Brown you will love the rabbit hole you go down from there. I did the same thing years ago. Luckily for me it was through B-Boyin’ which I will say is better to experience instead of just listening to it and not getting down. 

Afrika Bambaataa & The SoulSonic Force – Planet Rock

Linoleum checkered floors or cardboard you know how we got down to this. On the dancer or Dj side who hasn’t been influenced by this record? I actually just used bits of this in a song that’s coming out this year so I guess it’s still inspiring me. 

AV8 Records

I started getting these records when I was like 14-15 years old from a catalog from Music Factory that used to be on Fordham Rd in The Bronx. It was my first intro into Party Breaks. Mash ups basically before people were doing anything like that. Shit was raw AF. I think about that feeling and vibe when I make my tracks. Combining elements and stripping things to the raw groove. 

Dj Gregory – Elle 

My Shelter classic. This one for me I would get lost in the music. I didn’t know the name of it. I was in the circle. But I always wanted to hear that song with that high pitched xylophone hit. That was always funny to try to describe to people. “Yeah ,you know the song with the bom bom sound thing?”

Eddie Amador – House Music

In my earliest days of house music, I remember first being brought to Club Shelter and hearing this. I thought I would never hear it again and the next Saturday night I went Timmy Regisford sure as hell dropped it and from then on I knew I wanted that feeling all the time…I was addicted.

JT Donaldson – Moments Of Love

JT Donaldson is a mad scientist with his music. This one for me specifically I always studied. If you ever want a perfect example of how use swing and quantization to make a record move better, this is it. The hi hats rhythm are so good and smooth wit that piano riff. 

Sunburst Band – Journey To The Sun (Dennis Ferrer Mix)

Oh shit this one brought the house down everywhere when it came out. 

It def made me think about how to make my drums better and how I could go heavier with my productions and still not lose that house feeling. 

Cajmere & Gene Farris – Edge Of The Looking Glass 

When the digi stores popped up, Stompy, Traxsource, it opened my mind and I pretty much became a Chicago house head. NY was getting a bit too soulful and boring and at least for me I wouldn’t hear many Chicago records. Thing with NY is it was a bit closed minded like that. Maybe that’s changed. But from those stores I started playing more Chicago stuff mixed with my soulful side. Chicago bangs a bit more with their style an I fucks with that!

Mr V – V Gets Jazzy 

A dope remake of Let’s Get Jazzy by KC Flightt. This showed me how to mix things from the same song as you would hear in Hip Hop but in a house way. Not just playing song after song. Play this into Let’s get Jazzy and then mix Life Ain’t What It Seems into that too. You will see what I mean. 

Ralph Session feat Juliet Mendoza – Freak

It’s still early days but this release feels like a game changer track for me. To see the support for it already is amazing. I think it has to do with a mix of a great song being coupled with a great label that has the respect of the people. When you think of Freerange you know it’s gonna be dope. I think this one is no different. So grab a copy of the Freak Ep on Vinyl or Digital.  

Thank you and conclusion.

Thank you so much, Ralph, for sharing these incredible tracks and insights with us. It’s fascinating to see how these songs have shaped your unique sound. For all our listeners, be sure to check out Ralph’s latest release, the ‘Freaknik EP,’ available now on vinyl and digital. Dive into the grooves, feel the beats, and let the music take you on a journey. Don’t miss out on this phenomenal EP – grab your copy today!

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Kono Vidovic

DJ | MUSIC CURATOR & SELECTOR | PODCAST MAKER | BLOGGER Professional online interpreneur. Coffee practitioner. Electronic music culture maven. Total music guru. Infuriatingly humble problem solver. Food & sports fanatic.

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