For the last six months or so I’ve been religiously attending DJ Clyde’s Sunday Night Roll at Skateland in Northridge. True roller skating culture was not something I grew up with, so for me, seeing this place for the first time was mind-blowing. The first thing I noticed was the majority of the skaters were middle aged (or “grown and sexy” as Clyde likes to say.) They were impressively skilled, many of them with custom skates made from oxford shoes. This was and is a place for people who see roller skating as a way of life. The most notable element for me was DJ Clyde the Glide’s hand-selected funk/soul music and how deeply the skaters lost themselves in it. He was playing the types of records I had been digging for, but presented in a new way. This mix is inspired by the music played Sunday nights at Skateland. Enjoy. Daniel T.
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