All posts by Love Handle

LOVECAST #10 – Sonny Dunn

Love Handle podcast numero 9 takes us into the Funk’d up mindstate of Sonny Dunn.  The homey is nice with the cuts and joins Catalist and Famous Lee to put the FUNK in funktion.


01. I Level – 3 A.M.
02. Sandy Kerr – Thug rock
03. Connie Case – Get down
04. Frank Graham – I like it
05. Junior – Too late
06. Switch – Keeping secrets
07. S.O.S. Band – Borrowed love
08. Stephanie Mills – Whatcha gonna do with my lovin’
09. Howard Johnson – Keepin love new
10. Atkins – We gon’ make u feel good
11. One Way – Get up
12. Tavares – Got to find my way back to you
13. Alexander O’neal – Innocent
14. Slave – Steppin out
15. Evelyn King – Do you want my lovin
16. Val Young – Seduction
17. Fatback – Rockin to the beat
18. Rick James – Come into my life
19. Changing Faces – I’m gonna make you love me
20. The woods empire – Universal Love

Love Handle – Toronto – May 16 2015


Orlando ‘Buscrates’ Marshall is a true Funk-a-teer. The Hotlanta by way of Pittsburgh homey has been on the product from day one! One third of East Liberty Quarters and having just released his debut EP (16 bit Ensemble) on Omega Supreme Records , Love Handle is super hyped to feature his Tdot debut. Accompanied by Son of S.O.U.L. and resident Famous Lee, expect a dancer’s mix of Modern and Classic FUNK slappers as well as a healthy dose of Modern Soul and Two Step. Who Love Ya BABY??

LIVE MIX #6 – Victor Underground

Love Handle live mix takes us on an award tour and who better to guide us than a man bumping the Funk for nearly 30 years!

A crucial part of Toronto Funk Foundation, Mr. “12 inches of Pleasure” makes sure to put some cheese in yo macaroni and butter yo bread, FUNK side up!

LOVECAST #9 – Randy ‘Hotthobo’ Ellis

April’s Love Handle guest gifted us a audio basket of treats:
An exclusive Randy Hotthobo Ellis Love Handle mix!
The Voltaire Records head honcho is serving notice to the North! FUNK is comin through!!

Love Handle – Toronto – April 18 2015


Buckle up Toronto, we are in for a very special treat! Love Handle proudly presents the Toronto debut of Randy Hotthobo Ellis! Straight outta L.A. by way of the Bay area, Randy “Hotthobo” Ellis is a co-owner and label manager of Voltaire Records in California, and a frequent contributor/collaborator to Loose Shus, Elegant Borzoi, and Chautauqua. His 100% vinyl sets journey deep into an abyss of new, classic, and obscure 12″ and 7″ records, with a focus toward high-end boogie, disco, two step, sweet soul, italo, house and modern funk.

Combined with the return of our resident globe trotting Dj Catalist, this is gonna be a massive jam! Show up early and get ready to sweat!

$10 b4 midnight

Love Handle – Toronto – February 21 2015

What a better way to celebrate the ‘Love’ month than to join us on the dance floor as we welcome Dj Victor Undergroundvibe aka 12 inches of Pleasure. Possessing one of the deeper selections of pure FUNK, Dj Undergroundvibe is sure to make you SWEAT!! Accompanied by the usual funky suspects Famou SLee, and Dj Serious, this jam is going out to all of you heart breakers and love makers out there.

$5 before midnight.

LOVECAST #8 – Famous Lee & Catalist

In digging deeper and deeper into our respective crates to bring you the goodness we’ve realized that in todays world of increasingly rare and unknown releases sometimes it’s important to recognize the comfort of familiarity.  This isn’t to say that we’ll stop hunting for the obscure/unknown gold, but it’s important to stop and enjoy the deep vein of major label releases and radio play hits that were pressed throughout the 80’s.  To take a page out of the hommie Arcee’s book, we on that Woogie tip (major label funk!) and it ain’t going nowhere!  Dip Drop into Toronto’s best FUNK podcast!!!


01. Sass – Much too much – 75 West Records
02. Starshine – All I need is you – Prelude
03. Taste – Got to get better – Taste
04. Fresh Band – Come back lover – are n’ be
05. Afterbach – It’s You – ARC
06. Randy Hall – I’ve Been Watching You (Jamie’s Girl) – MCA
07. B magic & micheal tomas – summertime girl – b magic
08. Contessa – Femme fatale – 6 am records
09. Liberty Silver – I’m High On Your Love – EAD
10. Loose Ends – Tell Me What You Want – Virgin
11. Lee Moore – Do You Feel Like A Party – LM records
12. Loni Gamble – Dance to it – Tracy Records
13. Merge – Take It To The Top – RCA
14. War – Still In Love – Coco Plum
15. Green & Waters – Right Away Dance
16. Vaughn Mason – Move your electric body – Funky Feet Recs
17. Byrd Pressley – Something To Remember You By – Heat
18. Kevin Moore – Speak Your Mind – Chocolate City

Love Handle – Toronto – January 17 2015


It’s a new year and we’re starting off with a BANG! Famous Lee and Jason Ulrich are joined by Gene King. If you have been living in a deep hole and haven’t heard of Gene, then you have some catching up to do.. One of the premiere champions of underground music in Toronto/Montreal for close to 3 decades, Gene is a record collector, label owner, producer, radio show host and general all around amazing talent. Come out & show some proper LOVE as we hott up the dancefloor LOVE HANDLE style!

$5 til Midnight $10 after

LOVECAST #7 – Cam Hildebrandt

Arriving on the scene, cripsy and clean, Cam Hildebrandt is a man with a plan. Dropping OG Modern Soul masterpieces is a specialty that not all can master. One needs to possess an innate sense of direction when it comes to yachting; the fashion sense of a retired European tennis player and the je ne sais quoi of a junior cabin porter on the Love Boat. Regardless kick back and enjoy the master stylings of Cam, along with a healthy dose of Famous Lee & Catalist. Love Handle, holding it down like gravity!


01. Three Flights Up – I’m only half
02. Curtis Mayfield – Tripping Out
03. Frankie Lee – I am Love
04. Rick A. Webb & RAW Band – Don’t Keep me Waiting
05. Lew Kirton – Something Special

—— Cam Hildebrandt Set ——

06. Ronnie McNeir – My Baby
07. Tony Love – We’re doing it together
08. Special Delivery – Got to be number 1
09. Enlightenment – Burning Flame
10. Original Just Us – You’re My Inspiration
11. Kiki Gyan – Feelin Alright
12. Mad Lads – You Blew It
13. Klas – Let’s Make Love Tonight
14. Popcorn – Song for you
15. First Horizon – I need to know

—— End ——

16. Donald Albert – The Hardest Thing
17. Big Jacks/Kutcorners – Lovespeak Instrumental
18. Rocket – Love Chain
19. Lesette Wilson – Caveman Boogie
20. Cojo – Play it by ear

Love Handle – Toronto – November 15 2014


Back on the scene, crispy & clean, Love Handle returns with special guest Voyage Funktastique’s Walla P Mtl! If you were fortunate enough to attend the Love Handle BBQ then you’ll remember his set, but if you missed it, this is your chance to indulge in the finest funk the true north has to offer! Together with residents Dj Serious & Famous Lee, this is gonna be a funk-fest you don’t want to miss, Yah Mo B There!

LOVECAST #6 – Famous Lee & Catalist

The daring Funk duo returns unmasked and raw – Catalist & Famous Lee, fresh from rescuing dames in dance-floor distress, and feeding the funk impoverished, are gonna break you down like entropy; funking for the Future by drawing from the past, this one’s for you, dancers.


01. Gwen Presley & Portable Patrol – Running (Accapella)
02. Freeez – Southern Freez
03. W.Q.B.C. –
04. Lisa evans – Too much Love
05. KoKo – Step by Step
06. Crystal Clear – between a rock and a hard place
07. Greg phillanganes – do it all for love
08. Chaz go for love
09. Affinity –  don’t go away runaway dub
10.  Aurra – Make up your mind
11. Tavares – Loveline
12. Vaughn Mason & Krush – Electric Body
13. Jefferson Ink – girl you turn me out
14. The Kee – You Turn me out
15. Cecil Parker – I’ve been missing your lovin’
16. Sandra Taylor – Rock Me Well
17. O’Bryan – Can’t live without your love
18. Mass Production – Slow Bump

LOVECAST #5 – Famous Lee & Catalist

Straight from the mines of Diggersbury, Catalist and Famous Lee drop some uncut raw funk and modern soul nuggets to put a sparkle in your 2-step. Love Handle puts the FUNK in FUNKasaurus, and you know THISSSSS.


01. Perfect touch – What goes around (Celebrity)
02. Brother to Brother – Let me be for real (Sugar Hill)t
03. Lazztistics – Hangin’ Tuff (Coastal)
04. Eighties Ladies – Turned Onto You (Uno Melodic)
05. Twilight – You look so good (Rose Records)
06. Superior Movement – Come fly with me (CIM Records)
07. George Franklin Smallwood & Marshmellow Band – You Know I Love You (Smallwood)
08. Hipnotic – Are You Lonely? (Street Level)
09. True Desire – The T.D. Theme (Destiny)
10. Rick James – U turn Me ON (Motown)
11. JR Tucker – Take A Message (Geffen)
12. Don Blackman – You Ain’t Hip (Arista)
13. Brenda Watts-You’re My Chance (Nelwin)
14. Iyicko – Tied Up On Love (I Records)
15. The New Jersey Connection – Love Don’t Come Easy (Carnival)
16. Rainbow Brown – I’m The One (Vanguard)
17. Kenix ft. Bobby Youngblood – There’s Never Been (No One Like You) (West End)

Love Handle – Toronto – October 18 2014


Now after last month’s festivities y’all already know the deal – Toronto’s best monthly FUNK jam just keeps getting better and better. Originators Catalist and Famous Lee will be on hand and armed with a cornucopia of vinyl FUNK and modern soul delights. Buckle up this is gonna be a TRIP!

Love Handle BBQ – September 21 2014


There’s gonna be a whole lotta finger lickin’ funk happening’ at the Cold Tea patio this Sunday as the whole Love Handle Fam turns out in style. Featuring special guests U-Ome Eddy Funkster (Funkmosphere) and Walla P Mtl (Voyage Funktastique), and the culinary talents of Adrian Stein fromSmoke Signals Barbecue, this jam will take your senses for a tumble!

No Cover & Family Friendly

Love Handle – Toronto – September 20 2014


We’ve been planning this one for months folks! Love Handle proudly presents one of the Aces in the Los Angeles funk scene, U-Ome Eddy Funkster.

Eddy has been listening to boogie funk since he was a kid growing up in the 80’s. “My mom would always have the R & B station on when going to school, so I got a lot of oldies and The Whispers “Rock Steady””. Eddy was also an avid popper in the 90’s learning from the Electric Boogaloos and other masters of street dancing. “Understanding popping, you have to understand funk music”. This was when he started to collect records, a passion that he still follows to this day. In the 2000’s he linked up with Dam Funk and the Funkmosphere crew in Los Angeles to hold down thelegendary Funkmosphere night. This night is known to be one of the most world renowned nights for 80’s funk music, more commonly known as “Boogie” these days. Recently, Eddy met XL Middleton by chance and the two began producing and crafting their version of Boogie, with more of a Southern Californian feel. They just recently started the Mofunk Records label to release their own material and material from artists they feel needs to be heard world wide. The smash hit “Press Play”, with Zackey Force Funk on vocals, has been a prime example of what to expect from the man. With releases coming out on his own Mofunk imprint, Voltaire Records out of San Francisco, and Hit and Run out of Los Angeles, the future is looking bright for Eddy Funkster

Dust of those dancing shoes cause this one’s gonna be a burner – Love Handle keeps on funkin ya!

At the Piston. 10pm start. $10 b4 12.

LIVE MIX #4 – Jerome Derradji

Chicago veteran, Jerome Derradji absolutely tore up the joint at August’s Lovehandle. Lucky for you we recorded it. Feel the Funk.

Love Handle – Toronto – August 16 2014


SATURDAY AUGUST 16th we welcome a very special guest straight from Chicago to bless us with some boogie joints.

A bit more about the man:
Jerome Derradji moved to the US in 2000 and cut his teeth working with various record shops and electronic music distributors in Chicago. He decided to launch Still Music in 2004, with the inaugural release featuring Amp Fiddler from Detroit remixing Patchworks from France. With this template set, Still Music went on to release music from veteran dance producers such as Rick Wilhite and Gerald Mitchell, while also stretching out into other genres on Randolph’s “Lonely Eden” album and Seun Kuti’s political afrobeat on “Think Africa”. Still also dropped the In The Dark compilation, showcasing the then-emerging Detroit house sound and featuring the production debut of Keith Worthy, which was touted as Groove Magazine’s #1 release the month it came out. These credentials have earned Still Music “Label of the Month” status in XLR8R magazine and on leading dance music site Resident Advisor.

Not satisfied with Still Music’s impressive breadth and depth, Jerome also launched two highly successful sublabels to compliment the main label. Past Due records is the place for long-forgotten independent disco and funk gems to be unearthed, reissued, and remixed by modern producers, bringing artists like DIT and Greyship Daviz into the spotlight they (wrongfully!) never achieved the first time around. Love For Music (also known as Stilove4music) is the label dedicated to more underground sounds, from disco edits to lo-fi house and techno madness. This is the label responsible for launching Trus’me and Bruce Ivery amongst others, in addition to being home to Chicago’s disco don, Rahaan.

These different directions are all part of the overall musical philosophy of Mr. Derradji, who is also a diverse disc jockey. Crafting sets from the past 40+ years of music, with a special interest in finding and playing music that others can or will not, Jerome has become known as a special selector. He has been at the helm of CD mix compilations such as The American Boogie Down for BBE Records and The Sound of Still Music for Slip’n’Slide which features only cuts from him own label. His talents also include production, with his remix of “System of Survival” on Love For Music being a favorite of DJ Harvey even years after its initial release. In addition, Jerome has thrown an uncountable number of parties in the US, concentrating on the dance music capitals of Chicago, Detroit, and New York City, including a two year residency at the famous club APT. Jerome has also toured Europe to spread the Still Music sound, playing with too many heavyweight DJs to name.

Get Ready Toronto…. Get there early….
alongside residents Famous Lee + Catalist,
you don’t want to miss this.