After devoting enough time to Learning Secrets to land themselves on a government watch list, DJ/booking duo Orthy and Jeramy celebrate eight years Saturday with a send-off to soon-closing Beauty Bar featuring a rare live show from NYC nu-disco up-'n-comers Midnight Magic, backed up by locals Love Inks and Feathers -- a new all-babe act whose combined weight is definitely less than a bag of bricks. To recap their taste-making/record-breaking near-decade, Secrets has chosen an octet of songs for your listening pleasure.
- Listen to Learning Secrets' Anniversary Playlist here
Morgan Geist, "Lullaby"
The closer from the DJ Kicks mix CD of The Whitest Boy Alive, this brooding, hip-shaking house track has guest vocals from Erlend Oye, who apologizes for insulting a get-down partner who refuses to freak out on him. Swallow that pride, Erlend Oye!2005:
LCD Soundsystem, "Disco Infiltrator"
From the year when it "became cool to like cool dance music", this LCD fave was a staple of early Secrets shows at the now-closed Whisky Bar, whose legendary $1 shots proved a little too
Hot Chip, "Over and Over"
Often sandwiched in sets between Laid Back's "White Horse" and Prince's "Controversy", this tune's jangly percussion and cheeky lyrics exploded so many dance floors that Orthy had to buy four copies of the single, because he played it over and over, and over...2007:
Studio, "Life's A Beach"
Enjoyed most by people underemployed enough to actually believe the title, this 13min slow-burner moves from driving techno to lush ethereal guitar washes and back.2008:
The Juan Maclean, "Happy House"
This track's mix of pulsing piano, big room drums, and infectious pop vocals made it an even more instantaneous nightclub classic than the Vodka Red Bull.2009:
Neurotic Drum Band, "Robotic Hypnotic Adventure"
"Huge. Piano. House. 'Nuff said."2010:
Caribou's pastiche of jazzy drum rhythms, epic synth builds, and stuttering one-word vocal lines made Learning Secrets the answer to the question "Who Loves the Sun?"2011:
Todd Terje, "Ragysh"
There were lots of records that never left LS's crates during "one of the best years for music in a long time", but this one stood out for its atmospheric arpeggios, meticulously programmed drums, and a break known to drive crowds crazy...from the heat...of all those babes in Feathers.