GadHouse Newspaper in Bangkok, Thailand feature on Marc Davis.
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Artist: No I.D.
Producer: No I.D.
Title: Throw Your Hands Up
Label: Black Pegasus/Seven Sense
Vinyl: 7inch, Yellow LTD EP
Ex Producers: Marc Davis
Art Work: Pritt Kalsi
Video: Jay Nice & Pritt Kalsi
Release: Record Store Day
Saturday June 12th, 20201
Before No I.D. became vice president of Def Jam Records, producer of Jay Z’s 4:44 album, creator of hits for Common, Nas, Ghost face Killer, DMX, and Sade and a musical mentor to Kanye West, he was just Dion creating funky beats in the basement. Let’s flash back 30 years ago in Dion’s basement in the Pill Hill area on the south east side of Chicago. During this time his production gear was minimal and consisted of 1 technic turntable, a gemini mixer, a tape deck, and the legendary SP1200 sampler. Digging for disco, breaks, funk, Soul, Jazz, House, and rap records was a norm for him, along with childhood friends Frank Washington, Marc Davis and Leron Carson (RIP).
This tight circle of friends enabled No I.D. to create, and test out new beats. He would put them on cassette tapes and oftentimes give them to Marc to get feedback. As Time went on, these tapes accumulated and ended up in Marc’s shoeboxes, which throughout the years became damaged or lost. Luckily a few years ago Marc was able to retrieve some old shoe boxes with some of these lost tapes containing pure funky treasures!!
The unreleased yellow 7 inch Holy Grail is a 3 track E.P. on the SP1200 in No I.D.’s early years developing his signature chop sample style of sweet jazz over hard drums. The lead off track “Throw Your Hands Up” is pure hard-core jazz funk with a magnetic chorus. The B-side song “Invisible Theme” is a classic 12 bit gritty sound dressed with slick sequenced horn stabs. “Invisible Jazz” showcases a groovy baseline with an ear bopping clarinet that filters in and out super smoothly. This is the second follow up to the Black Pegasus’ Seven Sense Series that’s bound to be a record store day hit!
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Let's take it back 25 years ago on Chicago's south east side on 87th street where you have up and coming M.C. Common Sense recording his debut album with future hip hop music production legends Twilight Tone and No I.D.
Can I Borrow A Dollar the debut album heralded a new hardcore jazz sound with non orthodox lyrical imagery and officially putting Chicago on the rap music map! But just like most albums some songs make the final cut while others disappear into obscurity never to be heard.
Luckily Marc Davis, child hood friend of Common Sense now known as Common preserved one of the only recordings of the original Charms Alarm and the U.A.C. Free Style.
Now for the first time these holy Grail songs are debuting on Black Pegasus Records on a super limited edition colored 7inch and part of the newly formed Seven Sense Series. The new series will be unreleased demos from Common and his original music family and spear headed by Marc Davis and original U.A.C. member David "Moe" Grant.
Monday, October 16, 2017
|200 Copies Limited Edition Green|
In 2009 while Marc Davis was over in Snickars Record shop in Stockholm, Sweden digging for tunes he ran across a great spirit in the name of Julian Wareing. Marc was impressed by Julian's knowledge of Chicago's DJ's, specifically Ron Hardy and the legendary Music Box club.
"I was thinking how does a young cat from Sweden know about Ron Hardy"? says Marc. This first impression led Marc to invite Julian to come down to the Bern's Hotel later that night to hear his DJ set of rare disco, boogie, jazz fusion, and Afro rhythms.
Not only did Julian come hear Marc's set In front of a packed venue. He managed to video footage of the set which has sense gone viral on YouTube. "Nobody had ever played tunes like Marc did at the Bern's before".. says Julian.
This connection created a friendship that bonded despite the transatlantic distance. Julian experienced "Bangin' In The Park" which is the legendary outside music event in the heart of Chicago's south east side. Here he was able to meet the creme de le creme of Chicago's taste makers of DJ's, promoters, dancers, and lovers of the "party". He met everyone from Sadar Bahar, Lee Collins, Gene Hunt, Jamal Anderson, Trent Odineal, to Hans Cherry, and Teddy Mapp.
While in Chicago Julian also spun tunes at Brian Reave's (Unified Records) night at Lava Lounge along side of Russell Dixon (RIP).
This welcomed him into the family amongst the real heads.
In 2015 Julian spliced up a very rare groovy baseline and presented it to Mika. They both agreed the joint needed to be on wax and on Black Pegasus. They took a trip to Helsinki, Finland and pressed up three acetates that created a slow buzz that bubbled for two years!!
In 2017 Marc pressed up a limited test presses and passed them on exclusively to Sadar Bahar. Sadar did his thing and started running the tune to death while on his European and Japanese tour dates! Every festival from Chicago's Chosen Few, Amsterdam's Dek Mantel, to Croatia's Dimensions Festival heard the monster LightHouse Theme!!
LightHouse Theme is an instrumental that is pure sweet potato pie on the dance floor!! While the B side track A Good Time is rare groove party heaven!!
Julian Wareing's LightHouse EP is 200 limited, numbered green copies!!
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Since 2006 Marc Davis and his record label Black Pegasus has released a string of limited edition vinyl smashes. The catalogue ranges from previously unreleased golden era hip hop 7 inches, to rare and funky well sought-after disco 12 inches. From EP's to LP's Black Pegasus’ boutique style distribution arm reaches a world wide demographic of rare vinyl collectors, enthusiasts and die hard vinyl only DJ's. The records sound warm and phat and look distinct with it's black winged horse logo, often colored vinyl and numbered based on the amount of copies pressed for it's release. Black Pegasus' dropped hot joints
by Tim Dog, UltraMagnetic MC'S, MF 911, Stedy Serv, Fully G, Mika Snickars, Sadar Bahar, East Of The Rock, Tone B. Nimble just to name a few. It is rumored the first Black Pegasus' Ultra 7 Series release Ultra Magnetic MC'S Ain’t IT Good To You (Unreleased Paul C. Edit) Test Press sold for over $3000 Dollars!
The labels face, sound and direction is spearheaded by Marc Davis. His passion for tracking down music off old 2 inch reel to reels, rare Acetates, and old demo tapes is what fuels the Black Pegasus movement. As well as being an all star record collector of jazz fusion, disco Boogie, Brazilian and African grooves Marc is a renowned international DJ. He is the first DJ from Chicago to spin eclectic sets of downtempo and up tempo eclectic rare grooves in some of the most under the radar and taste maker European clubs and festivals during the late 90’s until present.
This opened the door for other Chicago heavy weight DJ's as Sadar Bahar (Soul In The Hole), Mark Grusane (Mr. Peabody Records), Rahaan (Street Edits), Zernel (Grimey Records).
Marc's DJ history can be traced back to the early 80's growing up in Chicago's south east side hearing and watching pioneers Ron Hardy, Frankie Knuckles, Steve Hurley as well as practicing his skills with child hood friend and legendary producer No ID (Jay Z, Common, Kanye West game).
Friday, November 25, 2016
Black Pegasus' double release for Black Friday taps into the rare groove chamber this go around.The 1st joynt is a 200 copy limited edition, red colored and numbered Marc Davis' Chi Talo EP. This is a rare and well sought after Disco Boogie Monster 12 inch re edit of both Chicago and Italy obscure 7 inches that will satisfy any hardcore vinyl collector!
The 2nd release is the Soul In The Hole In The Park DVD, featuring Sadar Bahar and Marc Davis spinning funky vinyl pieces! For over 10 years the Soul In The Hole family has been hosting legendary Chicago summer park jam functions with two turntables, a mixer and underground Disco, Jazz fusion, Afro rhythms, and obscure Funk. This limited release of 100 copies is a journey inside this world with interviews, rare footage and incredible music! DOING PREORDERS ONLY !!! SHIPPING WILL BEGIN DEC 17 FOR RECORDS AND DVDS !!