If there were ever a post that would fully embrace our mission and mixes that we felt needed to be shared it would be these by Chicago's own "Gemini", Spencer Kincey. Spencer was a part of Chicago's second wave of artists that came out of the 90's loft and underground scene and by many accounts was both an master on the decks and in the studio. With timeless releases on labels such as Relief, Caujal, Peacefrog, Planet e and Classic to this day still finding new fans and then what was becoming an steady flow of DJ gigs around the city and trips overseas, it all seamed to have all faded with out reason and had many asking the same question. "What happened to Spencer Kency"?
Back in 2009 when I really started to embrace the whole social media thing, I started seeing posts making the rounds from blogs, music sites and fans all wondering the same thing. "What did ever happened to Spencer Kincy and where has he been all of these years"? Being that other Chicago artists such as Derrick Carter, Mark Farina and DJ Sneak that also came out of the same era had gone on to spread their sound around the world still to this day, this had many asking why wasn't Kincey part of all this as well? From what I can put together from various sites and comments online is that sometime around the early 2000's, he disappeared altogether from both the industry and from those who knew him personally. There are a few different theory's behind why or how this all came about and the most recent info that I've seen by Chicago's (5 Magazine) sheds some light on the subject. Along with those questions came an renewed interest in his productions and mixes by younger fans that would hear what was being being posted by Kenceys fans on various websites and fan pages. That's when I started to wonder what sets of his I could find online being that the internet was now full of classic and never before released mixes from days gone by from both fans and artists that have held on to them. Surely people have dug out their old mix tapes and shared what they have of his or could point to someone or where that did. Well for the most part the end result was the same same handful of sets that have already been passed around for sometime now with a few getting put out over and over but on different sites. That's when I started to wonder if there were any tapes in our collections that might have been forgotten about or maybe since we didn't know about how much the music fans around the world missed him, that we never felt there was an rush to post them.
Fast forward to 2013 when we dove into the vaults and found these 6 live recordings mixed in with the lot. I had talked to The Datman about what I was reading online about Spencer and he to was shocked with what I had told him. He felt just as strong as I did about putting these out and telling the story behind them the best we could and share his magic behind the decks. Fast forward a year to 2014 and here we are ready to share with those who are willing to listen and breath life back on to these tapes that had been sitting for all is time. From the start, there's always been an method on how and when we post or pick a set to share on our blog, but for some reason these sets always seamed to get pushed back for for one thing or another since we took them out of the boxes. I thought about how these would be presented and decided it best to share them by date. We will, to the best of our abilities, try and tell some of the story from the nights but with so many recordings over the years going back to the early 90's sometimes our memories do fail us. So in the end we might just let the mixes talk for themselfs and keep the story's brief. Please, if any of you have flyers from any of the other dates listed, message us on here or hit us up on our Facebook page. We would love to be able to add them to the post. The 4 from 1997 were recorded at Shelter and the two from 1998 were recorded at Karma, both in Chicago. I'll spread out the the mixes over time so don't expect them to be posted all at once. So lets get into it then!
Spencer Kincy and (Derrick Carter) Live from "Material at Shelter" Chicago". 01-24-1997
Spencer Kincy, Derrick Carter live at "Shelter" Chicago. 01-24-1997 by Live Sets Chicago on Mixcloud
Going by the feel and flow of the recording, the first 45 minutes or so is Spencer and Carter closes out the rest of the mix. If they went back to back on parts later in the mix or if it's just Carter on his own we're really not sure but none the less it's a great classic set to start with. This was around the time when Fridays were "Material" nights at Shelter and you had residents such as Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Spencer Kincy and other great Chicago talent laying down tunes and setting a great vibe that Friday nights were known for.
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(Special thanks to Terry Matthews from 5 Magazine for the use of the link)
Hope this finds you all well.