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Thursday
May032012

House Music Legend: Gemini

Spencer Kincy aka Gemini dropped out of the house music world mysteriously. But his legend lives on.

Just got this 1990's mix of house legend Spencer "Gemini" Kincy from resident advisor, which linked to a R_co mix on soundcloud.  For those unfamiliar with the enigmatic house producer, who suddenly vanished from the music industry without a trace, check out an article I wrote on his work a while back.  This guy is phenomenal, and this mix is pure class!  A-Grade beef.

Gemini - Experiments Mix Tape (1990's) >>> [Download]

...by Dick Diamonds

Monday
Sep122011

The Foundation (001)

 

Spencer Kincy, aka Gemini, was a legend in the making.  The American native was a Chicago DJ in high demand, and a seriously talented and prolific producer who made tunes which were before their time and which still blow up the dancefloor as hard as they did in the 90's.  This guy is a phenomenal.

So who is Spencer Kincy?  5 Magazine tells us:

"Spencer Kincy was giant in Chicago's House Music revival - part of the second wave of younger DJs and producers that took the music of the early 1980s, rubbed it up and dropped it in places like 500 West Cermak, Medusa's and the Vault. A lot of people who are now superstars of the scene - Mark Farina, Sneak, Derrick Carter, and dozens of others - were a part of that movement, too. Spencer released a number of tracks on Relief, Planet E, Cajual, Peace Frog - labels representing the classics of that era - and he usually recorded under the name Gemini. 

And as gritty, as grimy, as jarring and noisy as his productions could be, he could also make them sing. His collaboration with JT Donaldson, the Duality EP, wasn't just a play on his DJ name. A track like "Changing Times" was deep, controlled, almost gentle, presaging some Deep House currents by nearly a decade. And he could follow it up with a jarring track of completely abstract sounds - a thunder that would shake the 16 inch reinforced concrete walls of a warehouse. He could work with live musicians or filter a disco loop, pound it into the ground and make it more inspirational than any gospel choir, as he did on "Stand Up" (Relief). The output was eclectic, and sometimes it missed its mark, but he always pushed the envelope forward."

When listening to some of his tracks, it's easy to want to run out and buy some, or the whole collection for that matter.  It's not that easy, as most of it is on vinyl and out of print - - and Kincy isn't interested in having more printed or released digitally.  Robsoul recordings did put out a Tribute EP this year though, so definitely check that out.

Fact is, Spencer Kincy inexplicably dropped out of the game and disappeared, obviously leaving a huve void in the scene, and a lot of questions and speculation.  From my own research, and by reading some articles on 5 Magazine, people still don't know why such a genius would just fall off the way he did.  No one knows exactly where he went to, although death is out of the question according to some sources.  Either way, this guy has left a major mark in House music, it's just a shame he didn't stick around to make more of it.  Gemini, come back and make us some more heat, please! 

You can see and hear lot's more of Spencer Kincy's awesome music here, at a Facebook Group dedicated to this legendary House producer.  Get that.

 

 

DICK DIAMONDS